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Add colour to a grey dress

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Add colour to a grey dress

Adding colourful accessories could work just as easily with a grey trouser suit.
The colour you wear has an instant impact in a first impression, a meeting and a presentation.
It doesn’t need to be a full coloured outfit – accessories work just as well. Choose one colour, for instance, purple.

You can add purple in a variety of areas of your outfit:

nail varnish, purse, handbag, cardigan, shoes, scarf, belt or jewellery!

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Brown dress with coloured accessories

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Brown dress with coloured accessories

Brown is another great colour base to work with that will allow you to add coloured accessories and make many outfits from one piece.

Once you have found a selection of great colours for your skin tone – you can start to mix up your wardrobe and play with adding these colours in the accessories.

This is an easy way into adding colour into your wardrobe (for those people who are a little bit scared of just adding large pieces of colour in the form of a coloured dress or suit!).

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Got it in the bag

I am often scrabbling around in my lovely handbag looking for this or that. I’m pulling out item after item to find things. I realised that it’s not giving a great professional impression as a business woman. The handbag should look co-ordinated, smart, organised and still have all the ‘just in case’ weather requirements we need in London!

So, here is a range of looks that you could work in your handbag.

Stay practical and beautiful!!!

Got it in the bag
From top right:
It’s All Black
An all black look for the lovers of classic all black.
A compact mirror with an interesting padded texture, a black pashmina to keep the chill off, a range of pens (because you always need a pen), a Salvatore Farragamo keyring The statement McQueen scull handled umbrella adds a bit of edge to the look.Then I picked another McQueen item – a smart leather cosmetics bag,a YSL leather business card holder and a classic black Mulberry wallet.
Pink Lady
This look starts with a gorgeous bright pink Kate Spade wallet, then add a fun makeup case by Lulu Guinness, a pretty pink pen, a cute pink poodle key ring, a lovely bright pashmina, a black and white compact umbrella for unexpected showers, compact travel mirror from Sergio Rossi and keep your business cards safe in a black Rebecca Minkoff case.
Keeping Cool in Blue
Choose a quirky makeup bag such as this one by Marc by Marc Jacobs and work the rest of the look around it. A Vivienne Westwood wallet in stunning blue shade, a silver compact mirror, a swarovski blue pen, a Marc by Marc Jacobs compact umbrella, a deep blue Forzieri pashmina, a Mulberry silver star key ring and finally a silver business card holder from Kate Spade.
Red, black and fun
This smart but fun look starts with a McQueen business card holder in a bright red leather. I love this fun keyring dog by DSquared2. Then we add a bright pashmina from Forzieri for when the weather turns, a smart pair of ball point pens, a bright red compact umbrella will chase the rain away, a very smart ‘I mean business’ black embossed make up bag from Comme des Garcons, a fun red compact mirror and last but not least a Comme des Garcons spotty leather wallet.


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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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Brighten up the day

Brighten up the day

Valentino stilettos pumps
£509 – farfetch.com

Report shoes
$44 – endless.com

Givenchy orange clutch
$1,280 – forwardforward.com

Burberry Prorsum clutch handbag
£695 – matchesfashion.com

Loewe handbag
loewe.com

MaxMara waist belt
£120 – matchesfashion.com

Mango slimmer belt
£18 – mango.com

ASOS skinny belt
$11 – asos.com