Style Files | 5 workwear tips from the girls of Goliath

My obsession with a good TV show always follows the same stages. It starts with curiosity—snippets begin popping up on my newsfeed or my friends discuss it over lunch. Next is trial where I give in to societal pressure and watch an episode. Finally, I realise its incredible and binge-watch it for 12 hours over the weekend or disappointing and stop soon after. Goliath fell in the former category. I caught a glimpse of it on the Amazon Prime tab and soon enough, I was pressing play to the next episode. No surprise here but I finished the legal drama; rather unhealthily, over a single weekend.

Image of two female and one male persons walking through a courtroom from the legal tv show drama Goliath, an Amazon Prime Original production

Besides my obsession to desperately find out what happens in the next thrilling episode, there was one more thing that caught my eye in Goliath—the fashion. Since much of the season takes place in the plush office of an upmarket legal firm, the Goliath girls were chic, prim and polished. Especially if you work or study in a formal environment with a dress code, this can come in handy. That's why I've compiled a list of the workwear inspired tips I learned from the girls of Goliath.

Image of lawyer Callie Senate wearing red lipstick, black eyeliner and a blonde bob haircut in formal wear in the legal tv show drama Goliath, an Amazon Prime Original production

Trust the staples

I believe it's incredibly important to have a couple of trusty looks in your pocket which you can pull out on rushed mornings. Like Callie's staple red pout and side parted bob, I turn to winged eyeliner and a swipe of lip gloss when I'm blanking. It's a fail safe way to still look presentable and pulled together, even though your mind may not feel the same way.

Image of lawyer Michelle McBride wearing neutral trousers, pastel shades and a beachy waves hairstyle in the legal tv show drama Goliath, an Amazon Prime Original production

Basics needn't be boring

If one thing's for sure in Goliath's first season, it is that Michelle McBride is remarkably well-dressed and has the most stunning house. She's an easy breezy kind of lady who manages to look like a million bucks with only a Birkin and beachy waves. Michelle's consistent pairing of gentle pastels with relaxed neutrals is the perfect summer uniform for any office environment as it stays formal without being boring, something I can't wait to try myself!

Image of lawyers Callie Senate and Michelle McBride in dark coloured blazer jackets and formal wear in the legal tv show drama Goliath, an Amazon Prime Original production

Blaze of glory

Did a sudden meeting crop up? Did mustard from your sandwich spill on your collar? Are you looking for a way to revamp your summer dress? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the solution lies in a blazer. Like the lady bosses of Goliath, there's no trouble too big for a blazer. It'll uplift any drab dress, hide any gruesome stain and have you commanding a room the second you step in it.

Image of two female characters wearing minimal makeup and groomed hairstyles with light accessories in the legal tv show drama Goliath, an Amazon Prime Original production

Polished and prim

If you've have days when you've barely managed to get out of bed; let alone down your coffee and get dressed for work, remember you aren't alone. We've all been there, sometimes on consecutive days in a week. Since your limited time and patience won't allow a full face of make up, aim to look natural yet polished like these lovely ladies from Goliath. Groom your face, tie your hair and throw in an accessory—no one will even be able to tell the difference!

Image of lawyer Callie Senate wearing androgynous clothing with blazer jackets, a white shirt and tie along with red lipstick, black eyeliner and a blonde bob haircut in the legal tv show drama Goliath, an Amazon Prime Original production
Borrow from the boys

And I'm not talking about plaid shirts and snapback caps—we're women for pete's sake, not teenagers. Especially if yours is a fashion centric work environment, a touch of androgyny will be welcomed. Whether she's commanding a courtroom or overseeing an office meeting, Callie flaunts her androgyny to perfection! So make like her and set your eye on a suave male closet, dig out a fitted coat, slim tie and a white shirt. She'd be beaming with pride!


Life | I left my heart by the sea

It's safe to say that I love the sea. I've mentioned it time and again, to the extent that you've probably wondered if I'm on a coastal management board on the side. Well no I'm not, although that does sound nice. I've shot posts by the seaside, I've watched it while dining under the stars and even been inspired by it when all I could see were waves from afar.
A video gif image of ripples and waves flowing in the sea with sand below and sunshine above

Although I now make a mandatory trip (or two) to the sun-kissed beaches when I'm back home, I didn't always feel the same way. Owing to a few wave-washed tumbles during my toddler years, I've been told that I refused to even step inside the water! With such contradictory feelings being experienced over the years, I've always tried to pin-point where my sentiments changed so drastically and how the adoration washed (hah!) over me but, to no avail. All I know is that it happened like Hazel Grace and Gus' sappy romance; slowly and then all at once.

An image of a woman standing on the shoreline of the beach in the sand as the waves of the sea touch her feet

I don't believe that questioning its origin will help me find answers. I mean, we've all had absolutely irrational crushes or weird clothing stains that appear without prior notice. Some questions have no answers so all you have to do is accept their occurrence. Same with my sea struck affair. Like a whirlwind romance, I didn't know where it began and why, all I knew was that I had to savour every second of it.

And so it began. Picnics on the sand, straight out of an Enid Blyton novel. Soaking up the waves, even before eating breakfast. Midnight walks on the seashore with the only audible sound being the waves crashing against the rocks. A large chunk of both, my camera roll and long term memory have been formed there.

An image of waves in motion hitting the rocks in the sea surrounded by trees and sand at the beach

 Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

But it isn't just a few pleasant memories that carved the sea into my being - it was also what I learnt from it. I learnt that salt water, be it tears or crashing waves, heals all wounds. Just like a glimmer of sunshine and calm water after a night of rocky waves, I learnt that a new day always brings new hope. I also cannot deny the fact that no beauty product has ever been able to give me the beachy waves that a morning soak in the sea can. A happy place is a wonderful thing. Some find it in a designer store, others in a corner office. Mine is on a sand bank, with the approaching waves caressing my toes.





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