Buying your work wardrobe for A/W 2014 – inspiration from the catwalks!

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Christian Dior Couture A/W 14
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Christian Dior Couture A/W 14

It’s almost time to start thinking about our Autumn wardrobes! Noooo, I hear you cry!

A sad time for our lovely light summer pieces, but I love Autumn Winter styles and fashions just as much.

If you’re looking for inspiration for new work wear purchases or new ways to use pieces you already have you might find something of use here.

5 ideas for A/W 2014 work wardrobe from the Fashion Catwalks

1. Add a bright collarless coat or jacket to an all black outfit as seen on the Dior catwalk. The black polo neck and trousers is great, sleek and easy look to create. You might just need to purchase a new colourful collarless jacket to update it.

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2. Alexander Wang A/W 14
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2. Alexander Wang A/W 14
Celine A/W 14
2. Celine A/W 14

2. Wear a large collared shirt underneath a long top/jumper/dress. Whether the model is wearing a very short dress or a very long top in the pictures to the left, this feels a very sharp and fresh look! You could easily style this with some slim fitting trousers. Both looks by Alexander Wang use tones of the same colour in each look i.e. dark plum top over a red-plum shirt.

If nothing else get yourself a large collared shirt to update your professional work wear wardrobe.

3. Go geometric if you want to add some interest and pattern to the daily grind.

Giorgio Armani couture A/W 14
3. Giorgio Armani couture A/W 14

This Giorgio Armani jacket is a great example of how to wear pattern in a smart and not too girly way!

4. Add a pop of colour on your feet. On the Dior catwalk Raf Simons added shoes in a nice bright orangey red or a striking indigo blue. The pairing of the indigo blue with the red trousers in the Dior looks smart and interesting. Coloured shoes with coloured trousers is an idea to consider when putting an outfit together. Alternatively you could use pops of red. Giorgio Armani uses red for shoes, gloves bags and you also get a glimpse of a red top beneath.

Giorgio Armani Couture A/W 14
4. Giorgio Armani Couture A/W 14
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4. Christian Dior couture A/W 14
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4. Christian Dior Couture A/W 14
5. There seems to be a lot of contrasting in textures/finishes for AW 14. For example on the Versace catwalk you see a lot of blocking in satin next to matte.

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Versace Couture A/W 14
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Versace Couture A/W 2014

Versace AW 14
5. Versace A/W 14

Images from Elle. With thanks

Where is your hem at?

Hems

You may or may not have read that this Autumn Winter (2013) trends include the skirt lengths mainly falling at knee length or mid-calf. Hurray I hear you cry, I can’t believe it’s taken so long for this to come round into fashion again!

I’ve collated some pictures of different ways a knee or mid-calf length piece can be incorporated into your professional wardrobe:

1. Try a pleated skirt in the ‘on-trend’ nude colour and an over the knee length.

Nude pleated skirt knee length A/W '13 Lanvin

Beautiful Klimt-inspired collection. L'Wren Scott Fall 2013
2. Try a mid-calf length – a wrap around coat style picks out the fashionable length but also keeps your legs warm!
Miu Miu Stripe dress Calf length
3. Just over the knee is a great length -In bright red this A-Line Bottega Venetta dress is striking and smart. Perhaps a circle skirt like this black one at Michael Kors is a better shape for your body (balancing out your wider shoulders or larger bust).

Bottega Veneta knee length red dress Autumn/Winter 2013-14

Michael Kors Calf length black skirt

4. A high mid-calf length can work in a fitted pencil skirt style such as this lovely teal coloured Oscar de la Renta skirt.

Teal skirt over the knee length Oscar de la Renta

Knee length printed skirt and collarless jacket Waist emphasised by coloured belt Oscar de la Renta

Lanvin A/W 2013 red floral dress

Be inspired by shades of dusky pinks

If you can’t bare Winter and want to keep some summery lightness in your working wardrobe the dusky pink A/W 2013 trend is going to be great!!
There are a variety of pinky shades to choose from – so you should find something to suit your skin tone!

Taking a look from the Giorgio Armani Prive show as inspiration – a dusky pink jacket and skirt hits the nail on the head with this trend. Feminine, womanly and great for work. You can add a touch of black in footwear or as a blouse underneath if you find the total dusky pink look too much!

Be inspired by shades of dusky pinks

Autumn Winter 2013 Moody Blooms

If you need some inspiration for your Autumn Winter office wear then try adding some moody blooms to your wardrobe. With one floral piece coordinated with some plain coloured pieces you already own, your wardrobe will be refreshed. The key with this Fall 2013 trend is to choose flowers against a dark background. You can then mix black or deep colours to make the floral trend less summery.

Autumn Winter 2013 Moody Blooms
Use the catwalks to influence your new purchases but don’t try and replicate an entire look. The key is to always buy pieces that suit you.
 
This floral look is pretty but with the dark tones still looks very smart for work. I have chosen pencil skirt shape skirts with the floral pattern – this keeps it from being too girly.
The gorgeous jacket in the center is an easy to wear floral piece because the floral is a placement rather than all over. Here I have coordinated it with a plain flared skirt. For the office, the jacket is nice nod to the trend on it’s own and doesn’t need a floral skirt.
 
The accessories pick out some of the dark tones such as the deep burgundy shoes in the middle.

How to Dress for Work from Spring Summer 2013 Catwalks

How to dress for work from the catwalks: If your feeling stuck in a rut, get some inspiration

If you, like most women, like to update your wardrobe on a seasonal basis then a great place to start looking for inspiration is the catwalks.

You can get some ideas of the latest fashions but you don’t need to literally wear or purchase what the models are wearing. Take them as a starting point to find what you like this season i.e. it could be the black and white trend for spring summer 2013 that really catches your eye.

These are some catwalk pictures showing various designers who have used this black and white combo in different ways:

Black and white vertical stripes
Black and white pattern
Black and white colour blocks
All white with black edging
Black and white stripes

Or you might like the all white look:

White crisp shirt and trousers
Crisp white shirt with skirt
You have picked the details, so what’s next?
Take a look at the details that make up the outfits. Perhaps invest in a crisp white angular shirt to add to your work outfit and match this with a well fitting pair of white trousers that you already own.
Mix and match textures in white: choose a white blouse like this Stella McCartney embroidery anglaise cotton shirt (below) or the chiffon trimmed silk and cotton blend shirt by Helmet Lang. Match with a white skirt such as the white jacquard Nina Ricci skirt:
If all white is a bit too scary as a work look then perhaps try the black and white trend. No one says you have to stick to one trend. You probably already own a white/ivory shirt or blouse. Purchase a black and white piece to go with it, such as a striped jacket or a skirt like these from Marni and DKNY below:
Just by using the black and white trends I picked out there are a lot of options to choose from for spring summer 2013.
Ideas for work wear:
  • Black and white stripe jacket over an all white look.
  • White trouser suit with a black and white striped blouse.
  • Black skirt suit and crisp white shirt.
  • White pencil skirt with black blouse and black and white patterned accessories.
  • White dress and black accessories (belt, shoes, bag)
You can do this with most trends and also for most price points; from high street to designer. Flick through some magazines and you’ll see pictures from the catwalks, or get onto the Vogue website.
There is no need to try and re-create a catwalk outfit, all you’re trying to do is take the essence, the spirit or the feel of the concept and make it work for your body type and your wardrobe.

Get your fruit on for spring summer 2012

Get your fruit on for spring summer 2012

Dolce Gabbana multi colored dress
$3,575 – neimanmarcus.com

Michael Kors belted dress
$1,740 – stylebop.com

Gucci gold dress
€949 – veryeickhoff.com

Nicole Fendel poplin dress
€356 – my-wardrobe.com

D G cotton mini dress
£199 – profilefashion.com

Riani multi colored dress
€289 – veryeickhoff.com

Miu Miu flat shoes
$595 – net-a-porter.com

Seychelles bow shoes
$80 – endless.com

Dolce Gabbana orange bag
£910 – profilefashion.com

Anya Hindmarch glitter handbag
£895 – anyahindmarch.com

Anya Hindmarch tote handbag
£165 – harrods.com

Juicy Couture tote handbag
$88 – juicycouture.com

Cherry jewelry
jewelry.1stdibs.com

Juicy Couture lemon jewelry
$48 – juicycouture.com

Juicy Couture rhinestone jewelry
$29 – juicycouture.com

J.Crew plastic sunglasses
$128 – jcrew.com

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