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Isoken Ogiemwonyi: Office Dressing Gets a Stylish Makeover…Up Your 2017 Workwear Game Now!



Let’s face it – workwear can be pretty damn boring. So much so, that we often end up wearing the same pieces to work over and over again, not that that’s a bad thing, but sometimes we need to switch it up you know?

Whether you work in a super strict corporate office or for an anything goes company, shop and/or get inspired by the new ways to combine cut, colour & print. The new workwear pieces break the rules and make office dressing unbelievably stylish.

The Blue Hues

Nothing says ‘fashion – empowered’ like a well-fitted work dress but a conventional dress takes on a whole new vibe with unexpected pops of colour. 

Animal Instinct

Yup. You heard it here first. Animal print is a neutral! Switch out your go-to blouse for something a little wilder but fluid and the overall look will take on a sense of ease that feels oh-so-sexy.

Neon Appeal

Your workwear rotation isn’t complete without a failsafe work dress. Subtle texture or statement colour will elevate a regular look to office appropriate chic.

Prints Meet Polish

Whether you like your print flamboyant or subtle – add this season’s detail du jour with a delicate ruffle and pair with solid coloured separates for the perfect polished professional ensemble.

Contemplate A Jumpsuit

A classic colour in an unusual silhouette? Update your wardrobe with a well-cut work jumpsuit and statement jewellery. The overall look makes for the ultimate in professional power dressing.

Sheer Femininity

Sheer accents easily soften sharp suiting, this luxe feminine detail will put a sensual spin on an otherwise standard office look. Bold accessories contrast with languid lines to strike a balance between classic and contemporary.

Shop the looks here:

Models: Agnes | @mz_guimaris
Principal Photography: NJC Works | @njcworks
Styling & Art Direction: Isoken Ogiemwonyi for ZAZAIICreate | @theobsidianway
Hair & Makeup: ZAZAII Beauty Rooms | @experiencezazaii
Looks: Uju Estelo, Amarelis Atelier, Obsidian, Rococo, Toka Toka Lagos
Shop all Workwear here:

Isoken is Editor at Large of BellaNaija Style and runs Editorial Business & Strategy at BNStyle. She is also the founder of the award-winning company behind fashion, beauty and lifestyle multi brand store ZAZAII. She has been in the business of fashion since 2009 and is passionate about fashion, communications, native content and growing the fashion industry in Nigeria . She writes The Fashion Business Series to deliver actionable insight for brands in the fashion and creative sectors and blogs about personal style at A Million Pinks. Follow her on Instagram @theobsidianway @amillionpinks @experiencezazaii BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Style: @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Living@bellanaijaliving


  1. Jo!

    March 18, 2017 at 10:39 am


  2. Kai

    March 18, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Hian…. Most of these are so ill fitting ?

  3. Slimgirl

    March 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

    The finishing is soooo poor!

    • Nina

      March 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      I tire oh, from time this finishing issue and still she can’t seem to get it right, maybe its just not her calling this fashion thing

  4. bruno

    March 18, 2017 at 11:30 am

    blue hair for work? u are crazy.

    many of u people don’t belong in fashion pls find another calling, fashion is not ur calling.

    imagine a nurse or lawyer entering the hospital or court room with blue hair.

    • peyton

      March 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Even certain kinds of jewelry are not permitted in a lot of courtrooms. very modest earrings. no blings. How many offices will permit you to wear this clothes?? its not realistic at all

  5. Poesy

    March 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Hian. Do you want my HR Manager to schedule a ‘chat’ with me?

  6. Omolara

    March 18, 2017 at 11:56 am


  7. Dt

    March 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    ill fitting

  8. zzzzzzzzzzz

    March 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Wear this to my own office and a query awaits you


    March 18, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Asides it being ill fitting, it’s not everyone that’s a size 6 nah!

  10. Honestina

    March 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks but no thanks. Cmon, wear the second dress to work? Talk of the over size glasses. Please go back to the drawing board and come again. This is serious NOPE

  11. Kosi

    March 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Were the clothes intentionally ill_fitting? I’m confused

  12. josdaily

    March 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    The coral skirt is a no go. Some of clothes are all over the place. This needs a rethink

    • Sansarai

      March 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      The coral skirt and hideous brown and white top or the only combo that I wouldn’t consider.
      The rest are fine…just need better fitting as others have said

  13. The Real Oma

    March 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I actually like most of this and agree the finishing can be better.
    For those saying they are not work-appropriate, please note that it depends on where you work! Many new generation establishments will have zero issues with these pieces or similar and i’m not talking of banks and courtrooms….

  14. Mba

    March 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I wouldn’t even wear this to a farm talk less of a professional setting. Mba

  15. Me

    March 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Come to talk of banks, they could / would allow, trust me, I’ve seen worst coming out from the FCA – You would think the ladies rolled out of bed and jumped straight into the office!

  16. Onyii

    March 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    The animal print top is the only one I won’t consider wearing. I’d wear others if they are fitted.

  17. Sayo

    March 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I am just glad she didnt use someone else’s clothes.this is exactly how tacky her clothes are.
    Nicole is such a loyal friend cos she stays looking tacky ALWAYS cos she is trying to support her friend

    PS-I suspect she made Arese’s pink suit with the tacky crotch area

    • Tutu

      March 18, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      She did @ pink suit. Toke had the nude one I think. Nice concept but I think her tailors are cheap. She needs good tailors. She should get schooled by Mae Otti on work wear.

  18. Allegra

    March 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I work in Telecoms and there is no way, no chick is coming into my office or dept looking like that. Just saying. Even is she worked in a start up, she will soon find her self out of a job. The only place she can wear this blue hair and these ill fitted clothes and poor quality material is if she worked for her self.


    March 19, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I love the ruffle look it’s so perfect for spring! The shirt is similar to a H&M shirt I listed on my blog as a must-have piece for spring.

    • fF

      March 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

      lamode don’ wori. Isoken wee be ya fren’ for dix fake naiz koment.

    • Idomagirl

      March 20, 2017 at 12:50 am


    • Idomagirl

      March 20, 2017 at 12:53 am

      We don’t have “Spring” in Nigeria, unless you’re advertising this for those abroad…

  20. Idomagirl

    March 20, 2017 at 12:52 am

    I’ve seen “bend down select” that look better than this.

  21. LA

    March 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Some of these comments are unbelievable. I agree with the person that wrote that it depends on where you work. But there are A LOT of jobs out there you can wear these pieces too and loads of stylish women that will rock them well. Plus an outfit doesn’t need to be form fitting and hugging all your “curves” and what not to be stylish. These are all amazing! I wouldn’t wear the animal print ruffles because personally it is too busy and it’s just too much colour for me – also the neon yellow dress. Doesn’t mean they’re not great!

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