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Be BOLD at work

Black Suit Recipe
Ingredients:
1 Black suit
1 pair of bright smart shoes
1 bright work bag or ipad case
1 bright statement necklace

1.Take one black work suit
2.Add a rainbow of colourful accessories
3. Wear all day with confidence

Be BOLD at work
I love a black suit for work. It’s a classic and you really can’t go wrong with it (unless it fits badly). A well fitting black suit you can bring out season after season for work.
You can always buy new versions with interesting features such as a satin lapel or a peplum jacket.
But if you want to stick to your own suit but update it, a great way to do it is to add a bright colour in your accessories. Reference current colour trends or just pick a colour that looks amazing on you.
Bright colours would look really great right now in the summer heat.
(although as I write this it started raining….I’m sure the sun will be back!!!)


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Take your pick of black jackets

Following on from my last blog entry. I’m looking at some good black jacket choices around.

If you have a pear shape body type like me, then you’ll want a jacket that doesn’t cut off at your widest point: hip area and also perhaps a shoulder or neck detail that will balance out your hips. This little black jacket I’m wearing has got a little gathering in the shoulders, nips in at my waist and is shorter than my hips.

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kasinua cropped linen jacket by By Malene Birger

This little jacket is a great little cropped shape.

If you are a colomn shape – long, slim and angular; go for a double breasted jacket so you widen out your body and also one that nips in at the waist.

Jil Sander Double-breasted silk-blend twill blazer

If you are a colomn shape – wide and straight; you need a jacket that nips in at the waist. Go for a single breasted jacket to ensure you don’t widen your figure. If you can find a jacket that has a fake or real waistband at the waistline then this will help with creating a waistline when your jacket is done up.

Stella McCartney Iris wool-twill blazer
When shoulders are the widest point of your body then you’ll need to create width further down to balance them out. You can do this with the peplum jackets that have been around at the moment. For example:

Moschino | Crepe peplum jacket | NET-A-PORTER.COM


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How To……Dress for a work based event

Dressing for a work based event
Dressing for a work based event. Using the suit you’re already wearing to work and turning it into an outfit suitable for a work based event, whether that be drinks with the boss or an evening promotion.

Mulberry slim fit shirt
$600 – mulberry.com

Helmut Lang sheer blouse
£194 – farfetch.com

Elie Saab peplum jacket
$1,478 – boutique1.com

Alexander McQueen black pants
€535 – montaignemarket.com

Christian louboutin pumps
$1,395 – net-a-porter.com

Christian louboutin pumps
$645 – net-a-porter.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs flat shoes
$273 – forzieri.com

Givenchy black leather tote bag
$2,085 – forwardforward.com

Oscar de la Renta multi chain necklace
$1,150 – net-a-porter.com

Ellis Faas L108 Creamy Lips
£22 – liberty.co.uk


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City Slick

City Slick

Etro black silk blouse
$505 – stylebop.com

Helmut Lang black blazer
$349 – barneys.com

Piazza Sempione black pants
£185 – liberty.co.uk

Givenchy black ballet flat
€398 – jades24.com

Hermès black bag
fashion.1stdibs.com

Sylvia Toledano box clutch
£1,399 – farfetch.com