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Wearing black opaque tights to work

Wearing tights in the winter to work. Tights are a great tool to have in the cupboard for Autumn Winter.There are different ways to style opaque tights and look professional and smart for work. Here I am looking at how to style black opaques for the Autumn winter in the office.

Bold coloured dress or suit and black opaques

An easy styling trick: Use one bright colour in your outfit and contrast this with some bold black opaques.
See how in each picture the person has linked the black tights back through the outfit.1. a black belt2. a black bag3. a black polo neck sweater/jumper underneath.This is a good trick to pull an outfit together.
Black opaque tights and red dress

Red dress and black tights on trendy-u.ru

black opaque tights and blue suit

Carolina Herrera A/W 14-15 ready to wear bold blue outfit and black tights

black tights, cream outfit

Cream outfit and black tights from Christian Dior

Contrasting skirt colour

You could go for an alternative colour in the skirt against some black tights.
cream skirt, black tights and pearls

Katie Krysh (My Keep Calm and Carry On blog) cream skirt, pearls and black

black opaques and yellow skirt

Christie Young wears yellow skirt and black opaques http://azisenhour.wordpress.com/

 

colour blocking, black, red and white

Colour blocking from Jessica Quirk What I Wore style blog

Black tights with a black skirt
This combination works well. Especially if you go for a contrast on the top:
black opaque tights

black opaque tights, black skirt and grey top from Hello Gorgeous

black tights, grey skirt

Fashionably Employed wears a grey skirt, bright purple top and black opaque tights

black tights and contrasting jacket

Grey jacket, black skirt and black opaque tights

black skirt black tights

White top, black skirt and black tights

Wear plain tights with a patterned outfit
You could wear a smart dress with a pattern or a patterned skirt. Either way some plain black opaques will work well.

black tights geometric patterned skirt

Black outfit with feature patterned skirt

black tights, black shoes and patterned dress

Black tights and patterned dress from Christine Aguilar at She Look Book

 What black opaque tights to get? See our guide

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What colours to wear with a mustard bag?

If you have a lovely mustard bag but haven’t yet used it for work, why not??
People often ask me about what colours go with mustard. Really, mustard is much easier to work with than you think!
Here I have limited it to 3 styling suggestions but I could have gone on.

Grey and mustard is one of my favorite combinations. It doesn’t matter whether it is dark grey or light grey – they both work and look sophisticated and smart.

What colours to wear with a mustard bag?

Red, yellow and blue are primary colours – so that’s why mustard (yellow shade) can work with red or blue.

A burgundy jacket looks very smart with a mustard bag.

I would avoid using blue, red and yellow all in one outfit though: it can look a little childish!

The third look has a yellow patterned dress and navy to go with the mustard.

You could wear a navy suit, nude shoes and white shirt with your mustard bag. Another lovely mustard combo! 

 


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What can I wear with a pink dress?

So it’s Friday again and I’ve been doing more shopping research for professional clothing for women!
It can take a lot of looking to find pieces that tick all the boxes when it comes to work wear. If I’m choosing dresses I only go for knee length or lower and with a not too low neckline. It’s always great if there is a sleeve of sorts, especially as we get into the colder months.

This time some pink dresses caught my eye. For me grey is the perfect colour to be styled with pink. You have the smart conventional calm grey against the pink pop of personality.

Pink Accessorised with grey
So Be Bold and wear pink to work. You can always tone it down with grey as I have done above. I have listed at the bottom what all the items are with their prices.
Be Bold in Pink or Purple

Jaeger, wool windowpane jacket £250

Zara structured blazer £95

L K Bennett Kareena grey suede shoes £210

Coccinelle grey north south tote bag £175

John Lewis coloured buckle leather belt £25

Burberry stretch-crepe dress £490

Izumi colour block wool crepe dress £910

Gucci silk-cloque dress £1110


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Getting in the spirit of Christmas – what to wear to work!

I’m always looking around to see what is in the shops. All in the name of market research of course! So I thought it’s high time I started sharing this research with everyone else.
As everyone else is getting into Christmas mode I thought I’d better join in!!
(I recently met a man who’d done all his Christmas shopping!!! I mean, what is the world coming to!?)
What do you wear to work when you want to feel a little cheerful and festive without being too obvious with a Christmas jumper stuffed on under your blazer!?
I think red dresses are one answer. Pick a well fitting red dress in an appropriate length and good neck line and you can make a striking smart entrance to the office.
5 Red Designer Dresses for work
In the above picture I have selected 5 red designer brand dresses by Armani Collezioni, Landress, Anglomania, Diane Von Furstenberg and Joseph that I think are very work appropriate.
Below you can see my suggested complimentary colour and styling ideas. I have selected a couple of lovely non-Christmasy scarves. Choosing a scarf with a other colours in it is a great way of introducing a second or third colour into an outfit.
How to style a red dress
These pieces are all available online as I write this so you can get shopping right away!!


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You will find me in the library

fashion art and sewing books in the studio

Kerry takes you for a snoop of her book shelves!

If you are interested in any of the books, artists or designers I featured in my little video clip then I’ve popped some links below so you can find out a bit more.

If you are in Essex or nearby and you want to visit my studio to see the books then you would be most welcome. Please contact me via my business website to book an appointment.

I know the books could be quite useful to a fashion or art student or someone learning to sew. I can send you a full list of books to select from. We have a colour photocopier in the studio and we charge 10p per copy (just to cover the ink and paper costs).

Books, artists and designers featured in the video:

Marlene Dumas

Book: Measuring The Grave

Website

I went to see her exhibition ‘Measuring Your Own Grave’ at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Jean Paul Gaultier

Website

Book:

Want to see the exhibition in New York? - get some info here

Alexander McQueen

Website

Book: Savage Beauty

I went to see this exhibition at the Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)Want to see it in London – get some info here

Charles James

At the MET Museum where I saw this exhibition

Book: Beyond Fashion

Guy Bourdin

This is about an exhibition of his work I saw at the V & A

Book: Exhibit A

Ellen Von Unwerth

Book: Wicked – but there are other books with her work

A bit of info on Wikipedia!

John Galliano

A bit of info and updated news on the designer

Book


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New York New York Exposed

I always try and see some exhibitions when I visit a place. Annoyingly on my recent trip to NYC I was there just a tiny bit early for some of the exhibitions that I wanted to see. But I did go to the FIT museum and see their current exhibits.

Exposed: A History of Lingerie exhibit

FIT exposed lingerie exhibition leaflet cover

The FIT Exposed Leaflet cover

This exhibit was on the ground floor and takes you on a tour of lingerie from Circa 1770 right up to 2014.

One of my favourites was this loungewear set from Regine Brenner (1939) and this 40′s lounging robe from Jay Thorpe.

lounging robe, bedroom clothing

Jay Thorpe Lounging robe 1942

Loungewear from Regine Brenner 1939

I’ve always loved the concept of loungewear and I need to get me some lovely looking lounge wear!

Have a little read of the New York times look at this exhibition: A short discussion on the subject matter & the issues raised by the changes in lingerie over time.

Dance & Fashion exhibit

In the basement of the building is a large exhibition space. Here they hold some large fashion exhibits and this dance and fashion exhibit was no exception.

They had a huge range of themes to show the correlation and link between fashion and dance. There was a mix of mens and women’s wear and accessories.

Some of the clothes on display are fashion pieces inspired by dance – for instance some recent pieces from Ralph Lauren and Lady Gaga’s Point Shoes by Noritaka Tatehana for the Gaga video Marry The Night.

Gaga ballet point shoes from video

Lady Gaga’s point shoes

Other pieces are dance costumes worn for certain productions and were designed by a fashion designer. For example there was the work by Iris Van Herpen for the 2013 NYC ballet Never Where. Read a little about the Iris Van Herpen’s development of the designs on The Cut.

ballet, fashion, design, women, 2013 NYC company

The front cover of the Dance and Fashion exhibition leaflet – featuring Iris Van Herpen’s ballet costume design

One of my particular favourites were the costumes by Riccardo Tisci (the creative director of fashion house Givenchy) for the Opéra de Paris ballet production Bolero  in 2013. I loved the way the fabric would move around with the dancer and also had a feeling as if the dancer is naked. The costumes are heavily embroidered which is beautiful. They evoke skeletons or tattoos for me which brings a dark edge to the romantic soft skin tones of the costumes.

Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci designed ballet costumes 2013

Ballet costumes designed by Riccardo Tisci

See on Vogue some pictures of a sketch, the costumes on stage and the costumes in fittings.

In 1997 designer Rei kawa kubo (of Comme de Garcon) was invited to design costumes for The Merce Cunningham Dance Company production Scenario. Inspired by the Comme de Garcon bump collection the dance costumes had an interesting tension between the restriction of the clothing and the dancer’s movement. Read a bit more on it here
If this has sparked your interest and you have easy access then it is well worth a visit. You can’t really go wrong with a free exhibition of this caliber!

Take a look at the other current and upcoming exhibitions in NYC, London and Paris.

highline NYC walk


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NYC Here I Am!

I’ve been in the USA for 5 days and so far I’ve been very busy. As soon as I arrived I got changed and we headed to an American football game (Jets vs Bears) for some serious tailgating!!

The guys cooked so much delicious food and there were a lot of drinks!! Jet lag and alcohol kicked in and I got very tired during the game.

Yesterday we headed to the west side meatpacking district to the High Line. If you are visiting NYC The High Line is definitely worth a visit. It is a disused railway turned into a long garden. It swirls above ground between buildings. Yesterday the weather was hot hot hot, perfect weather for walking on the High Line. There are benches to relax on and places to stop and eat and drink.
Good views on the High Linekerry on highline

I think I would have preferred it if it was less busy, obviously still tourist season right now, with coaches of people pulling up on one end. Maybe in a month when it’s turned more autumnal it will be quieter.
walk the line in NYC

After the long walk along the The High Line we headed to the Upper East side and had lunch at the East Pole. With no sign and quietly tucked away – it is a hidden delicious spot. The combinations of fresh in-season produce are creative. The menu is easy to interpret as they seem to be a mix of well known dishes with a twist. For example: we had a side dish of chips to share, but not just your basic chips. These chips had truffle oil and Parmesan cheese on them… mmmm delicious.

It would be a good spot to have lunch if you’ve been enjoying a visit to the Met museum or one of the many others around there.

East Pole NYC restaurant

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