Well, I’ve had The Chat with my gainful day-job employer, and now have a back to work date. My stint on the maternity leave farm is coming to a close. Working Mum, here I come.

I don’t know quite how I feel about it, to be honest. I originally didn’t intend to be away from the workplace for this long – I anticipated that I’d have maybe seven or eight months off, tops, then dive straight back in before too many cobwebs could settle over my desk. Then, I got swept up in domesticity and work gradually slipped from my brain. It’s a cliche, but when you’re up to your eyes in nappies and teething gel and your baby doesn’t sleep through, it’s increasingly difficult to condition your mind back to that project you started before you left, wondering if Accounts ever did pay that invoice, if an office 600 miles away passed their audit.

All good things come to an end though, and I know it’s the right time for both me and Moo. I watched nursery help turn Mouse from a clingy, shy baby into a headstrong, bubbly little girl, and I know Moo will thrive in the same setting. I’ll be alright. I think. I mean, I’ve gone back to work after having a baby before so I know it’s manageable, and I know that deep down I’ve missed it a lot. The adult company, the sense of tangible achievement at the end of each day, the lunch break.

What I’ve also missed is being able to wear nice clothes and not have them trashed. Gradually I’ve stopped bothering to do my hair properly or wearing anything that requires ironing. Not because I don’t care, but because there’s literally no point when there’s a baby not too far away who is desperate to suck on a bit of fringe and leave sticky, beige handprints over my shoulders. So, whenever my nerves threaten to take flight about Going Back, I allow my brain to take a little stroll down the daydreamy path of Sophisticated Working Mum. I’ve got the chance to reinvent myself a bit and sweep back in looking (faking) breezy, fresh and in control, and a bit part of that is my outfit.

Allow me, if you will, to share with you my most coveted First Day look, which is wonderfully baby, child and playgroup unfriendly! Not to mention crazy expensive, but it’s my dream, so you can let me off. Anyway. it’s Black Friday soon and I might win the lottery so you never know.

Brittany White Blouse Silk Shirt by GOAT‘Brittany’ Belted Silk-Crepe Shirt in White by GOAT – £170


Remi Grey Trouser by Reiss

‘Remi’ Tailored Trouser in Grey Blue by Reiss – £75


Sally Platform Court Shoes by L.K. Bennett

‘Sally’ Platform Ankle Strap Court by L.K. Bennett – £125


Lavina Trench Coat by Hobbs

‘Lavina’ Long Trench Coat in Pink by Hobbs – £89


Tote Bag with Zip Detail by Ted Baker

‘Morgan’ Large Zip Detail Tote Bag in Taupe by Ted Baker – £99


What would be on your dreamwork powerdressing must-have list?

This is a collaborative post. All pieces sourced via LoveTheSales, prices correct at time of publishing.

– SJW November 2016