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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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The London Commute!

The London Commute!
Most people have a work commute of some sort. If you, like many in the City of London, thought it was a great idea to buy a big house and live in the countryside and commute into the City for work. I hope your commuting bag is prepared with the daily essentials. With an extra long train commute sometimes it’s these things that can make or break your day!
I’d also like to add into the mix your phone charger or a portable charger which could save you on the days when your phone is dying on the way home and you need to make that call for a late night lift from the station!


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Interview Outfit and Accessories

So, you’ve managed to land that big interview you’ve been working so hard for. Don’t think that the hard work is over just yet. A well known fact is that people judge people when they first meet (consciously or not!).
The key is to know the job role you are going for, what other people wear in that role and to be the best version of yourself that you can present.
Interview Outfit and Accessories
Present yourself visually as someone that is the best fit for the role. Who do they want to see? A smartly dressed woman, yes. But don’t forget your personality – you need them to remember you and to stay feeling like yourself (you on a really great day!).
The outfit I put together above is a look that I personally would use for a variety of different roles and companies. You could equally work the same look in a skirt or trouser suit with a pop of colour in your shoes and bag.
Previously when going for a fashion role I would wear clothes that fit with the look of the brand. For example if I was going for an interview with a company like L K Bennett I would wear a smart, work wear dress with some nice court shoes. But if I was going for a job at Topshop I would wear a look that was bang on trend but with an added bit of quirky.
This concept works if you look at various different banks, lawyer firms and accountant firms. They are projecting an image to their customers about the companies brand/personality.
For example; Does the accountancy firm you are interviewing with, appeal to young up and coming businesses? Your look should stay smart but not unapproachable and stuffy. I have found that thinking in this way for my own interviews in office or fashion roles helps to focus what I choose to wear and makes you stand out from the crowd.
 Don’t forget to only wear items  that are polished and well looked after. That trusty bag that has been stuffed to the brim and stuck in the tube door may not be the best choice!
I have also included some things to remember for the day. Some obvious ideas, but in the heat of panic it is all too easy to forget to put your phone on silent or equally, turn vibrate off.
To those of you going for an interview, good luck and if you’d like to add anything please do!


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Picking a gadget bag!

Picking a gadget bag!
If you get a new expensive gadget like an Ipad or tablet you will need to get a bag to protect and store it in. There are a lot of options out there. Even if you have a clip on back such as this one from Ted Baker, you may still want a cover to carry it in or a case that will protect the front of the tablet/Ipad. A sleeve would do this job – see the left hand column for a range of sleeves available.
At the moment I am particularly drawn to getting a case that includes pockets and features for a notepad, phone, pens etc…. and I really like the black Michael Kors in the £90+ bracket (Love a pocket).
A case that has the facility to stand the Ipad up can be particularly useful for skyping family or watching a film. If you want to do some typing this can also be helpful and the £90+ Logitech cover has a keyboard built in!
The ‘On the case’ cases are bags with a zip top. They are padded and designed to protect the Ipad or tablet, essentially quite a simple design but this could be exactly what you require!

One red dress: many colour combinations

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One red dress many colour combinations
Instead of pairing a red dress with black accessories, red can be worked with many other coloured accessories. For instance you could go for dark brown, light brown, beige, pale blue, navy, pale grey OR dark grey! The easiest method is to pick one colour that matches well.
If you try and keep to a maximum of three colours in the outfit you will look put together, not too matchy matchy and not too overwhelming colourwise!
  1.  Select red dress (main base colour)
  2. Select second colour (contrast/lifting colour: dark navy bag and shoes)
  3. Add a neutral to run through the outfit (nude tights, nude tone cardigan/jacket and pearl/nude toned jewellery)- could be black, nude or white


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Natural and Navy

Natural and Navy
During the summer months navy is a great alternative colour to black for work.
Wear your navy dress with natural low denier tights. Here I chose a selection of low denier Wolford tights but see this page for more options.
Wear a nude/natural coloured shoe that matches your leg tone to extend the length of your leg.
You can go for a matching navy bag, a nude shade or maybe even add a pop of colour with a red or pink bag!


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Ivory dress and brown accessories

So Tuesday as the heat was on outside, I chose to wear an ivory dress. To accessorise I chose a tan shade of brown. This keeps it light and summery but also steers it away from bridal!!

White no.3 White no.1

With a light coloured dress you will find tan accessories really easy to co-ordinate. There are a lot of accessories in tan to choose from in the shops and it’s a great summer alternative to black.

White no.4White no.2

Here I am wearing a thin tan belt which has a gold feature at the front. I have a Michael Kors bag and I’m also wearing my favorite kitten heel sling back shoes.
You could try something similar. Here are some ideas:

Metal keeper belt from Whistles on House of Fraser

Emalee Ted letters belt

Emma Leather Shoulder Bag LK Bennett

DKNY Grained leather tote