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.
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!
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.
Well, probably not if your work place is very corporate and has strict guide lines.
I’ve selected some of the easiest black alternatives to get you started, if you want to and can, branch away from black opaque tights in your work place/office!
Navy is a good place to start if you are looking to branch out from black opaque tights. Navy is still very neutral, smart/professional and corporate. I like the way Jean at Extra-petite.com styles navy in unexpected ways.
In picture 1. Jean pulls navy through all of the accessories – tights, bag and shoes.
In this picture Jean adds colour (and personality) to her outfit with the bold green coat. Once taken off you have a pretty neutral corporate outfit – a good idea to steal?
In this other outfit navy cover’s a large proportion of the body; the torso and legs.
Because of this, threading the maroon through the outfit in shoes, gloves and skirt works well to balance it out.
Dark grey tights
Another easy step into colour and away from black is grey.
A dark grey skirt/dress and dark grey tights is an easily achievable, flattering and professional look.
Red comes in many shades. Maroon and burgundy which are darker shades of red are the easiest to en-corporate into a work wear look. Demonstrated here, are three ways to approach adding strong coloured tights to outfits and if your feeling super adventurous then you could exchange the red for another bright colour!
1. Wear an all black outfit with your coloured tights. The contrast is bold but not too crazy!
2. Here the maroon colour has been selected from the dress and matched with maroon tights. Matching your tights colour to a colour in a pattern is an easy way to style an outfit so it is coherent. It is not always easy to find the exact match in colour
3. Grey is a softer neutral than black and can be a nice complimentary colour to red tights.
With the threat of snow, blizzards, floods and goodness knows what weather we will all get in the next week, I have put together a frosty white and grey look. Stay warm with warm white furry accessories like a scarf or hat. I went for grey to offset the white and sparkley silver jewellery works nicely with this look. A really stylish grey coat is a more practical choice than white and the same goes for the grey gloves!
Grey can look very professional for work. You need to pick the right grey for you. A very dark grey could be perfect or it could overpower you. A pale grey could work wonders or could wash you out. As with all colours you need to see them against your skin tone and preferably in a natural light.
A friend with an honest opinion helps and you can compare different grey’s against your skin tone.
A sales assistant who tells you the truth is worth her weight in gold – ask her opinion, get her suggestions and show your appreciation. All sales assistants should be honest (but this isn’t always the case), if you get home and you hate it then you’ll just take it back, a waste of everyone’s time.
It’s a little early in the morning for pictures. You can see how thrilled I looked! Morning cup of tea to get the grey cells going and my studio assistant has already got the camera out!! But here I am dressed in my black Missy dress, accessorised with a grey lace jacket. The jacket looks good flying loose but I have added a grey belt to nip in at the waist. The volume of the jacket works well over the fitted dress.
I’ve also added one key accessory – the grey/silver bracelet.
Black and grey are a great work combination. Have a go at mixing your work wardrobe up – you might have a grey suit jacket that would look great over a black dress?
Try these out:
Like the jacket I am wearing, this cardigan has a waterfall effect at the front. You could wear it loose or add a belt:
The Skirt comes in an extremely soft wool cashmere suiting fabric. The seams are piped with midnight blue which highlights the sections of the skirt. The skirt frames the curves of the female form at the back and narrows down to the knee, creating the illusion of an hour glass figure. This skirt is a celebration of the female form. At the knees the skirt flares out, creating a lovely movement. The hem sits just below the knees at the front which is a flattering and great length for the work environment.