How to Match a Green Dress

If you like wearing a green dress for work, there is no reason you can’t look smart and mix up how you style it.

On the left I have started off with black and green. Black and green are easy to match and you probably are doing this combination already! (moving anti-clockwise) Navy works equally as well next to green and is a smart alternative to black for work.

There are various different shade of navy from very deep dark navy to a lighter brighter version. Choose a shade that works for you.

 

How to Match a Green Dress

I have chosen to add a red belt in the next look. With regards to red with green, I would keep the amount of red to a minimum so you don’t look too Christmasy (or vice versa in a mostly red look). Here I have kept the majority of accessories as nude.

Pick out the red in a lipstick to create a unity across the look or if one red accessory is not enough!

Pink looks nice next to green and again go for a pink shade that suites your skin tone. Red and green are complimentary colours.

Because pink is a mix of red and white it works very well with the green and is less obvious than red.

Orange and green work well together. You can use burnt orange, deep dark orange or a bright orange. It all depends on the green tone and the colours that suit you.

Last but not least we move round to burgundy. Because burgundy, red wine or oxblood are shades of red they work well against green. These dark shades are a great alternative to black, navy or grey.

Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags

Deep Dark Red Autumn Winter 2014 Bags
Time for some shopping?

Autumn Winter 2014, bags in a deep dark red colour are everywhere. I love this colour for a bag, whether it’s called oxblood, burgundy or dark red! It is a sophisticated, smart and versatile shade that can easily be incorporated into your working wardrobe.

How to style Burgundy, Oxblood or Dark Red?

There are different ways to work with dark red. Hopefully the following styling examples I have put together will give you some ideas.

Burgundy Styling
Styling Points:
1. Choose a pattern that includes the dark red shade in it:
2. Select matching accessories in the dark red colour:
3. Or a matching item of clothing:
4. Select another colour that contains red in it.
5. Deep dark reds go easily with navy, grey, ivory and black:

3 Tips for Styling Blue Work Dresses

If you have a blue dress but you’re not sure how to style it or you’re thinking about buying one;

Try my 3 tips below for picking colours

3 Tips for Styling Blue Work Dresses
Just a little side note on working with 2 colours in an outfit. My personal feeling is that you need a neutral colour in there as well. Neutral colours such as black, white or grey. In my opinion if every accessory you add is red, it looks very much like you’ve tried way too hard!
I like to think of it as a recipe. For example:
70% main colour (Look 3. A blue dress)
20% Accessory colour (Look 3. Red belt, necklace and bag)
10% Neutral colour (Look 3. Black shoes and tights)

So now you need to pick your blue dress. These are some of the best ones for work I have found in the shops at the moment.

Add some blue to your Professional wardrobe

Colours That You Can Wear With A Purple Suit

A purple suit is a great alternative to a black, navy or grey suit. Don’t be scared of adding pops of colour; purple can take it!

Purple is a great winter colour – warm and sumptuous. Because it is made up of red and blue you can add both of these colours to purple. Yellowy green looks lovely next to purple because yellow is purple’s complimentary colour (see here about complimentary colours).

Colours That You Can Wear With A Purple Suit
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How To Style Black And White Patterned Skirts For Work

Black and White Patterned Skirts
This week black and white skirts have been catching my eye. A black and white patterned skirt is a great piece for your working wardrobe. It has such versatility; you can probably accessorise and pair it with various different items you already own.
Don’t forget to choose a skirt length and shape that suits you. It’s best not to just jump in and purchase just because you love the skirt and the pattern (a note from personal experience!!).
You purchased a black and white skirt. The next step is to asses your wardrobe.
3 ways to style a black and white skirt

1. The first option is a styling option that has been recently trending: mixing pattern with pattern in one outfit. This doesn’t have to look crazy but it can be harder to find a good match of items. It’s best to use a larger scale pattern on one item with a smaller scale pattern on the other. A pop of colour added to the mix can lighten the look.

2. Pull out all the blouses/shirts/tops (in one colour) you have for work. Now put the skirt on and try it with each of the coloured tops.
What do you think? Do you like yourself in that colour put with the black and white skirt?
In this example I have matched the bag to the shirt to unify the look.


3. This is the most straight forward styling option. Select all the grey, white and black tops/blouses/shirts out of your wardrobe and try them on with the skirt. Sometimes a style of blouse will go better than another. Until you get them on it can be hard to say. To brighten this look it’s nice to highlight parts of your outfit in a colour. In this example I’ve used a belt, shoes and nail varnish but you could use different items. Try a coloured jacket/cardigan, necklace or bag instead.

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! 

 

What can I wear with a pink dress?

So it’s Friday again and I’ve been doing more shopping research for professional clothing for women!
It can take a lot of looking to find pieces that tick all the boxes when it comes to work wear. If I’m choosing dresses I only go for knee length or lower and with a not too low neckline. It’s always great if there is a sleeve of sorts, especially as we get into the colder months.

This time some pink dresses caught my eye. For me grey is the perfect colour to be styled with pink. You have the smart conventional calm grey against the pink pop of personality.

Pink Accessorised with grey
So Be Bold and wear pink to work. You can always tone it down with grey as I have done above. I have listed at the bottom what all the items are with their prices.
Be Bold in Pink or Purple
Jaeger, wool windowpane jacket £250
Zara structured blazer £95
L K Bennett Kareena grey suede shoes £210
Coccinelle grey north south tote bag £175
John Lewis coloured buckle leather belt £25
Burberry stretch-crepe dress £490
Izumi colour block wool crepe dress £910
Gucci silk-cloque dress £1110

Getting in the spirit of Christmas – what to wear to work!

I’m always looking around to see what is in the shops. All in the name of market research of course! So I thought it’s high time I started sharing this research with everyone else.
As everyone else is getting into Christmas mode I thought I’d better join in!!
(I recently met a man who’d done all his Christmas shopping!!! I mean, what is the world coming to!?)
What do you wear to work when you want to feel a little cheerful and festive without being too obvious with a Christmas jumper stuffed on under your blazer!?
I think red dresses are one answer. Pick a well fitting red dress in an appropriate length and good neck line and you can make a striking smart entrance to the office.
5 Red Designer Dresses for work
In the above picture I have selected 5 red designer brand dresses by Armani Collezioni, Landress, Anglomania, Diane Von Furstenberg and Joseph that I think are very work appropriate.
Below you can see my suggested complimentary colour and styling ideas. I have selected a couple of lovely non-Christmasy scarves. Choosing a scarf with a other colours in it is a great way of introducing a second or third colour into an outfit.
How to style a red dress
These pieces are all available online as I write this so you can get shopping right away!!

You will find me in the library

fashion art and sewing books in the studio
Kerry takes you for a snoop of her book shelves!

If you are interested in any of the books, artists or designers I featured in my little video clip then I’ve popped some links below so you can find out a bit more.

If you are in Essex or nearby and you want to visit my studio to see the books then you would be most welcome. Please contact me via my business website to book an appointment.

I know the books could be quite useful to a fashion or art student or someone learning to sew. I can send you a full list of books to select from. We have a colour photocopier in the studio and we charge 10p per copy (just to cover the ink and paper costs).

Books, artists and designers featured in the video:

Marlene Dumas

Book: Measuring The Grave

Website

I went to see her exhibition ‘Measuring Your Own Grave’ at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)

Jean Paul Gaultier

Website

Book:

Want to see the exhibition in New York? – get some info here

Alexander McQueen

Website

Book: Savage Beauty

I went to see this exhibition at the Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)Want to see it in London – get some info here

Charles James

At the MET Museum where I saw this exhibition

Book: Beyond Fashion

Guy Bourdin

This is about an exhibition of his work I saw at the V & A

Book: Exhibit A

Ellen Von Unwerth

Book: Wicked – but there are other books with her work

A bit of info on Wikipedia!

John Galliano

A bit of info and updated news on the designer

Book

New York New York Exposed

I always try and see some exhibitions when I visit a place. Annoyingly on my recent trip to NYC I was there just a tiny bit early for some of the exhibitions that I wanted to see. But I did go to the FIT museum and see their current exhibits.

Exposed: A History of Lingerie exhibit

FIT exposed lingerie exhibition leaflet cover
The FIT Exposed Leaflet cover

This exhibit was on the ground floor and takes you on a tour of lingerie from Circa 1770 right up to 2014.

One of my favourites was this loungewear set from Regine Brenner (1939) and this 40’s lounging robe from Jay Thorpe.

lounging robe, bedroom clothing
Jay Thorpe Lounging robe 1942
Loungewear from Regine Brenner 1939

I’ve always loved the concept of loungewear and I need to get me some lovely looking lounge wear!

Have a little read of the New York times look at this exhibition: A short discussion on the subject matter & the issues raised by the changes in lingerie over time.

Dance & Fashion exhibit

In the basement of the building is a large exhibition space. Here they hold some large fashion exhibits and this dance and fashion exhibit was no exception.

They had a huge range of themes to show the correlation and link between fashion and dance. There was a mix of mens and women’s wear and accessories.

Some of the clothes on display are fashion pieces inspired by dance – for instance some recent pieces from Ralph Lauren and Lady Gaga’s Point Shoes by Noritaka Tatehana for the Gaga video Marry The Night.

Gaga ballet point shoes from video
Lady Gaga’s point shoes

Other pieces are dance costumes worn for certain productions and were designed by a fashion designer. For example there was the work by Iris Van Herpen for the 2013 NYC ballet Never Where. Read a little about the Iris Van Herpen’s development of the designs on The Cut.

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The front cover of the Dance and Fashion exhibition leaflet – featuring Iris Van Herpen’s ballet costume design

One of my particular favourites were the costumes by Riccardo Tisci (the creative director of fashion house Givenchy) for the Opéra de Paris ballet production Bolero  in 2013. I loved the way the fabric would move around with the dancer and also had a feeling as if the dancer is naked. The costumes are heavily embroidered which is beautiful. They evoke skeletons or tattoos for me which brings a dark edge to the romantic soft skin tones of the costumes.

Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci designed ballet costumes 2013
Ballet costumes designed by Riccardo Tisci

See on Vogue some pictures of a sketch, the costumes on stage and the costumes in fittings.

In 1997 designer Rei kawa kubo (of Comme de Garcon) was invited to design costumes for The Merce Cunningham Dance Company production Scenario. Inspired by the Comme de Garcon bump collection the dance costumes had an interesting tension between the restriction of the clothing and the dancer’s movement. Read a bit more on it here
If this has sparked your interest and you have easy access then it is well worth a visit. You can’t really go wrong with a free exhibition of this caliber!

Take a look at the other current and upcoming exhibitions in NYC, London and Paris.

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