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Wearing Coloured Tights To Work – professional work wear ideas

Can you wear coloured opaque tights to work?

Well, probably not if your work place is very corporate and has strict guide lines.

I’ve selected some of the easiest black alternatives to get you started, if you want to and can, branch away from black opaque tights in your work place/office!

Navy

Navy is a good place to start if you are looking to branch out from black opaque tights. Navy is still very neutral, smart/professional and corporate. I like the way Jean at Extra-petite.com styles navy in unexpected ways.

In picture 1. Jean pulls navy through all of the accessories – tights, bag and shoes.

In this picture Jean adds colour (and personality) to her outfit with the bold green coat. Once taken off you have a pretty neutral corporate outfit – a good idea to steal?

navy tights and bag

1. Navy tights and accessories from Jean at Extra Petite.com

navy jacket and tights

2. Jean at Extra Petite wears a navy jacket and navy tights

 In this other outfit navy cover’s a large proportion of the body; the torso and legs.

Because of this, threading the maroon through the outfit in shoes, gloves and skirt works well to balance it out.

 Grey

Dark grey tights

Another easy step into colour and away from black is grey.

A dark grey skirt/dress and dark grey tights is an easily achievable, flattering and professional look.

Grey tights and skirt

Dark grey skirt matched with dark grey tigths

grey dress and grey tights

Alexa Chung wears a grey knee length dress with grey tights

work wear grey tights

Dotty wears Grey tights with a pale tweedy skirt

dark grey tights

Blake Lively wears dark grey tights

 

Red Tights

Red comes in many shades. Maroon and burgundy which are darker shades of red are the easiest to en-corporate into a work wear look. Demonstrated here, are three ways to approach adding strong coloured tights to outfits and if your feeling super adventurous then you could exchange the red for another bright colour!

1. Wear an all black outfit with your coloured tights. The contrast is bold but not too crazy!

coloured tights, black dress, smart work wear

Greta wears a black dress and red tights on Red White and Pearls blog

Burgundy red tights, pretty black dress outfit

Jessica Quirk wears burgundy tights and black outfit on her What I wore blog

2. Here the maroon colour has been selected from the dress and matched with maroon tights. Matching your tights colour to a colour in a pattern is an easy way to style an outfit so it is coherent. It is not always easy to find the exact match in colour

pattern burgandy

3. Grey is a softer neutral than black and can be a nice complimentary colour to red tights.
coloured tights, grey skirt, work wear

Burgundy tights and grey skirt

Dog tooth suit JPG


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Fill your diary with Art and Fashion exhibitions!!

A list of inspirational fashion, art, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

(if there is a fantastic fashion or art exhibition near you then do let me know!!)

This is updated with some great upcoming exhibitions including the not to be missed McQueen….

On NOW:

LONDON:
(19th September 2014 – 18th January 2015) – Fashion and Textile Museum: This looks like another good exhibition from the Fashion and Textile Museum. It’s on my personal ‘go-to’ list.

Horst: Photographer of Style – V & A (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography) – I’m excited about this one!

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – V&A:  If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

PARIS:
Dries Van Noten – Inspirations –  Les Arts Décoratifs (March 1st-November 2st 2014)

Fashion in France 1947-57 - The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion (July 12th -Nov 2nd 2014)

NYC:

Exposed: A History of Lingerie - The Museum at FIT (June 3rd – November 15th 2014)

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters – MoMa (July 26, 2014–March 22, 2015)

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

NYC:

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe – The Brooklyn Museum: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor (September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015)

Dance and Fashion – The Museum at FIT (Sept 13th 2014 – Jan 3rd 2015)

If you didn’t make it to London to see the fantastic Henri Matisse art exhibition or the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion exhibit but New York is more convenient. You are in luck because they are both heading your way in October!

Henri Marisse: the cut outs – MOMA (Oct 12th 2014 – Feb 8th 2015)

Matisse exhibition Tate Modern

Lydia Delectorskaya and Matisse at Hotel Regina, Nice c.1952
Cover of the Tate Modern exhibition booklet

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk – Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway (October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014)

Jean Paul Gaultier Cocktail bar Barbican London

Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning attire - MET Museum (October 20th 2014 – February 1st 2015) This sounds fabulous. The title is borrowed from the 1992 film. Which I remember enjoying a lot at the time! It has Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in it – a must see if it past you by!
Egon Shiele Portraits  – Neue Galerie (Oct 9th 2014 to Jan 19th 2015)

LONDON

Rembrandt The Final Years (15th Oct 2014 – 18th Jan 2015) – Bringing together 100 works from museums across the world – showing is creative work in the final years of his life.

Piet Mondrian - Tate Liverpool (June 6th – Oct 5th)

Constable The Making of a Master -  The V&A (20 September 2014 – 11th January 2015)

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – The V&A (14th March – 19th July 2015) – This is a must see exhibition. I loved it when I was lucky enough to see it NYC. I may even see it again whilst it is in London! I’m so pleased it has made it across to London where it belongs!!


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Diary Update – of a fashion designer business!

We’ve been very busy! Only now have I had the time to sit down for this little diary re-cap.
We held a great competition with Pinstripe & Pearls giving everyone a chance to win a dress of their choice from our Silk Line Collection! The lucky winner was drawn 12 days ago and we sent her a lovely parcel. She chose the Ava dress.

The Winner’s Prize all packed up!

Ava dress

Ava Dress

We’ve moved into a new studio space. It was built especially for us. But this has taken a lot of energy and lugging stuff about. Only just getting sorted now a month later! See the build process here.IMG_4783

New Studio just after we moved in

Our sale has started on the website. Don’t miss out on some great price points for designer silk jersey dresses. All our pieces are made in Britain in our studio. See my top 4 fashion sale picks!

Rosa Blouse – a top sale pick!

I’ve been working on new collections – I have a very cosy new corner that I’ve covered in colours and images. I’m calling it Inspiration Corner!

Inspiration Corner

Last but not least we are launching a new range of scarves. The first one has landed and it is covered in beautiful Flamingos. Get your mittens on our limited edition 100% Spun Viscose scarves with my Flamingo print. I hand painted the Flamingos and then they were printed onto the scarves. We have only got 4. Once these have gone we won’t be able to get the Flamingos printed onto the Spun Viscose again. A shame, it’s a nice soft fabric.

Close up on the Flamingos

Oh and on a personal note, I’ve got a bit obsessed with my icecream maker and it’s been homemade gelato literally everyday! I’ve been using the allotment fruit. The raspberries and strawberries have made amazing gelato and sorbettos!

Yay homemade gelato

Yay homemade gelato

Watch out for more scarves on the way, new collections and other bits and pieces!!

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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Friday Fashion is pink and fluffy

Outfit with pink fluffy cropped top and jeans

Talking through the outfit choice of the day!

Friday’s are not normally specifically casual or dress down for me in the studio. The clothing I choose for the day is usually dependent on the activities of the day. Friday arrived and I was going to be mainly sewing so I decided to go for a casual look with my new pink fluffy cropped top!

Casual dress-down Friday outfit  jumper jeans


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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

 


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Daily work wear Style: Fitted pencil skirt and loose silk blouse

One of the advantages of designing and making clothes is wearing them! I always at least like to try them each on at sample stage.

red skirt, ivory blousefitted red skirt, ivory blouseFitted red pencil skirtWork wear blouse and skirt

Here I am wearing the Grace blouse in ivory and the sample for a stretchy pencil skirt. The looseness of the blouse style contrasts nicely with the fitted style of the pencil skirt.

A quick video snippet of me talking about why we decided to continue the Grace blouse across seasons:

Kerry wears Ivory blouse in fashion video

A short video snippet about the Grace blouse

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