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Because (sometimes) Classics Are The Best!

It seems a while now since I first got into discussions with the lovely Kate (a la Pouting In Heels). We were discussing her upcoming photoshoot and what she was going to wear.

Well, the result of the photoshoot was beautiful. It is a real example of how pretending to be someone else can give you confidence behind the camera. Try it next time someone says ‘say cheese’ – you may end up feeling more yourself than ever!

Trench Coat and silk dress

Kate in my black Lana dress

You can see she is a complete natural behind the camera in this blog article featuring a dress from my one of my collections!

I like the way she has styled the dress with the trench – a nice combo of smart and casual. I look forward to seeing more styling on her blog, she obviously has a flare for it.

City style Fashion dress

Keeley in my navy Jo Jo dress

It’s always nice to see how different people style and wear my designs.

See here how one of my fav bloggers Keeley (the British Fashionista) styles one of my dresses (JoJo) with exactly the right amount of accessories for a smart work city look. She added some smart heels, a great bag, big sunnies and some subtle jewellery.

 

 

 

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Styling a Navy Dress

Styling a Navy Dress

Navy is a great alternative to black. If want to add colour to your wardrobe, navy pretty much goes with any colour. Styling a navy wrap dress for work and professional environments and situations is easy to do. In the picture above I have added a small selection of accessories and colours to give you some ideas. But there are really endless choices opportunities to personalise and style your working professional wardrobe.

Navy itself is very flattering on most skin tones. For more mature skin tones you will find navy a perfect alternative to black. The depth of colour won’t wash you out.

Colour choices:

1. I have chosen a burgundy red. Using this deeper darker red takes the colour pallet into more Autumn winter. Brighter lighter reds work equally well with navy.

In this style selection I have added gold as my metal of choice. This golden tone works nicely against navy and burgundy red.

2. Navy and grey are a lovely combination. As I would class them both as neutral colours, having them both in an outfit will give you a very smart, corporate and calm look. Make sure you go for the grey that works for you. Some people suit a pale grey and others a darker shade. There are so many greys out there and some tend to be bluer and others greener. Wearing silver jewellery works well with a navy and grey combination. The reflective nature of silver lifts and lightens an outfit.

3. Cream or white with navy are a classic, sophisticated and summery combination. Here I have picked a pearl necklace as my jewellery of choice – always professional and sophisticated. If white is too harsh against your skin tone try other colours like ivory, cream or blush. Keep it business like by avoiding any sailor references!

4. Yellow might not be your cup of tea but it can look really nice next to navy. If a whole yellow dress is too much, picking out and highlighting with yellow in an outfit can be a more subtle and professional way to go about it. In the picture I have selected a lemon yellow shade but yellow in any shade works very well next to navy. If you prefer a mustard, go with mustard.

For more help on understanding colour and colour matching

Accessory style and shape choices:

Jackets and cardigans

When you are dressing for work you can either go for a jacket or a cardigan. Depending on what your dress code is at work or what your position is you will pick one or the other.

Both cardigans and jackets can work over a wrap dress like the one in the picture. To choose a coverup you need to first think about the lines and shapes of the dress. The navy wrap dress in the picture has a high waist line. In my selection 1 I have chosen a short burgundy cardigan which picks up on the line of the dress. Again in selection 4 I have selected a short lemon jacket which will sit just above the waistline.

The longer jackets in selection 2 and 3 I have chosen because their necklines do not conflict with the neckline of the dress. The dress has a v-shape neckline due to its wrap over style and the grey jacket reflects the v-shape neckline. The cream jacket on the other hand is a high round neck that will completely cover the neckline of the dress.

All of the jackets I have selected have long sleeves in common. The dress has mid-length sleeves and so your cover-up piece (cardigan or jacket) will need to have longer sleeves. This will mean your outfit continues to look smart and professional yet keep any air-conditioning chill off!

Jewellery

The jewellery I have selected all keep in mind the v-shape neckline of the dress. They all hang vertically down the chest area, creating the illusion of more body length/height (this tip works well for shorter stockier ladies).

The biggest necklace I chose was a pearl v-shaped collar type. Although bigger it is not too showy. Although jewellery is a great area to add personality to an outfit we need to be careful not to step outside the professional/work guidelines or unspoken dress codes!

A general guideline for necklaces is: the bigger and bolder the necklace is, the simpler and understated the outfit should be.

If your not sure whether you have too much jewellery on: just stick to one thing in one area i.e.

Go for earrings or a necklace. Wear bracelets or a bold ring.

And as Chanel said “when accessorising always take off the last thing you put on”

 Featured clothing:

Weekend Max Mara red top
matchesfashion.com

Miss Selfridge jacket
missselfridge.com

Altuzarra grey blazer
$1,475 – harveynichols.com

Isabel Marant wool jacket
matchesfashion.com

Jimmy Choo yellow pumps
$845 – profilefashion.com

L.K.Bennett suede pumps
$360 – lkbennett.com

Gianvito Rossi pumps
matchesfashion.com

Rosantica chain necklace
matchesfashion.com

Sterling silver necklace
daysjewelers.com

Chloé pendant jewelry
$740 – selfridges.com

Great Portland
$205 – knomobags.com


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Take the plunge

Take the plunge

What bra should I wear under a wrap dress?

Because the right bra can make all the difference especially if you want to look smart and professional. Choosing a moulded cup will avoid lumps and bumps giving you a smooth seam free finish under close fitting tops and dresses. The plunge shape gives you good coverage and is the perfect shape for a v-neck wrap dress.

The dress featured in this picture is from my Silk Line clothing collection.

The Freya Deco Vibe bra pictured above comes in three tones, blush (pictured), mocha and black. If you have a difficult to find size this bra might be a good option. It starts at 28D, 30D and 32B and goes up to 36GG or 38G.

Other examples…

Smooth it over

T-shirt Bra

Lace back distraction

Clear back Bra

 

Endless combinations

Multiway Bra

Sweetheart

Strapless Bra

Be a racer

Racer back bra

Halterneck and low back

Halterneck bra

Get into the Navy Base

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Navy Base

From dusky to bright pink, lemon to sunshine yellow, apple to mint green, terracotta to tango orange and taupe to mink brown. All these colours work well with an outfit that has navy as a base. If you need a break from black – navy gives you many alternatives to work with in outfit building!


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Earrings Are All You Need

Today I decided to keep accessories to a minimum; with only dangley earrings. I went for hair styled up but pushed round to the side to gave it a bit of a vintage feel. When you wear long earrings they can often look their best when not competing with a lot of hair!

I love a good cup of tea. This is me this morning!

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Luckily as I run my own business I don’t have to stick to office rules. But I have worked in offices before with ‘uniform’ rules – some strange rules and some sensible! Often jewellery rules can be very specific. You have to try Not On The Highstreet for earrings. I took a look and was going to pick some out for you, but seriously I could have shown you so many lovely earrings that you might as well click on the link and go and see for yourself!!
If you want some fashionable statement striking earrings try Net-A-Porter so many lovely dangley earrings I want on there!


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Pearls On Hair Up; Put The Kettle On

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I wore the pearls again, over the Ava dress this time. I think having a dramatic statement neck piece works well with this dress.

You can see I was wearing my hair pulled back. When you are wearing a statement neck piece (and/or high neck outfit) you can elongate your neck and show off your statement piece by wearing your hair up.

Try some different ways to keep your long hair up in a chic style low at the back of your head. There are some very chic looks out there to keep your professional look fresh if you find you’re always wearing your long hair loose!

Ladies with short hair do not need to worry about this! Perhaps you can be inspired by these ladies with shorter hair if you’re feeling a little stuck in a hair rut!: