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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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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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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


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Daily Work Wear Studio: Smart Casual

Working in a studio means sometimes I like to do smart casual. I appreciate that for those of you in corporate and office based roles that this may be annoying! Sorry.

Grey suit jacket, silk blouse, skinny jeans

Grey jacket, black skinny jeans and flame coloured blouse

Maybe you could replace the skinny black jeans with some slim cut trousers if the skinny jeans look is too casual. I like to wear my skinny jeans with heels to elongate my legs!

Casual smart orange blouse and grey suit jacket silk blouse, suit jacket and jeans: casual smart Silk blouse and skinny jeansSmart grey suit jacket and bright orange silk blouse


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Styling a Navy Dress

Styling a Navy Dress

Navy is a great alternative to black. If want to add colour to your wardrobe, navy pretty much goes with any colour. Styling a navy wrap dress for work and professional environments and situations is easy to do. In the picture above I have added a small selection of accessories and colours to give you some ideas. But there are really endless choices opportunities to personalise and style your working professional wardrobe.

Navy itself is very flattering on most skin tones. For more mature skin tones you will find navy a perfect alternative to black. The depth of colour won’t wash you out.

Colour choices:

1. I have chosen a burgundy red. Using this deeper darker red takes the colour pallet into more Autumn winter. Brighter lighter reds work equally well with navy.

In this style selection I have added gold as my metal of choice. This golden tone works nicely against navy and burgundy red.

2. Navy and grey are a lovely combination. As I would class them both as neutral colours, having them both in an outfit will give you a very smart, corporate and calm look. Make sure you go for the grey that works for you. Some people suit a pale grey and others a darker shade. There are so many greys out there and some tend to be bluer and others greener. Wearing silver jewellery works well with a navy and grey combination. The reflective nature of silver lifts and lightens an outfit.

3. Cream or white with navy are a classic, sophisticated and summery combination. Here I have picked a pearl necklace as my jewellery of choice – always professional and sophisticated. If white is too harsh against your skin tone try other colours like ivory, cream or blush. Keep it business like by avoiding any sailor references!

4. Yellow might not be your cup of tea but it can look really nice next to navy. If a whole yellow dress is too much, picking out and highlighting with yellow in an outfit can be a more subtle and professional way to go about it. In the picture I have selected a lemon yellow shade but yellow in any shade works very well next to navy. If you prefer a mustard, go with mustard.

For more help on understanding colour and colour matching

Accessory style and shape choices:

Jackets and cardigans

When you are dressing for work you can either go for a jacket or a cardigan. Depending on what your dress code is at work or what your position is you will pick one or the other.

Both cardigans and jackets can work over a wrap dress like the one in the picture. To choose a coverup you need to first think about the lines and shapes of the dress. The navy wrap dress in the picture has a high waist line. In my selection 1 I have chosen a short burgundy cardigan which picks up on the line of the dress. Again in selection 4 I have selected a short lemon jacket which will sit just above the waistline.

The longer jackets in selection 2 and 3 I have chosen because their necklines do not conflict with the neckline of the dress. The dress has a v-shape neckline due to its wrap over style and the grey jacket reflects the v-shape neckline. The cream jacket on the other hand is a high round neck that will completely cover the neckline of the dress.

All of the jackets I have selected have long sleeves in common. The dress has mid-length sleeves and so your cover-up piece (cardigan or jacket) will need to have longer sleeves. This will mean your outfit continues to look smart and professional yet keep any air-conditioning chill off!

Jewellery

The jewellery I have selected all keep in mind the v-shape neckline of the dress. They all hang vertically down the chest area, creating the illusion of more body length/height (this tip works well for shorter stockier ladies).

The biggest necklace I chose was a pearl v-shaped collar type. Although bigger it is not too showy. Although jewellery is a great area to add personality to an outfit we need to be careful not to step outside the professional/work guidelines or unspoken dress codes!

A general guideline for necklaces is: the bigger and bolder the necklace is, the simpler and understated the outfit should be.

If your not sure whether you have too much jewellery on: just stick to one thing in one area i.e.

Go for earrings or a necklace. Wear bracelets or a bold ring.

And as Chanel said “when accessorising always take off the last thing you put on”

 Featured clothing:

Weekend Max Mara red top
matchesfashion.com

Miss Selfridge jacket
missselfridge.com

Altuzarra grey blazer
$1,475 – harveynichols.com

Isabel Marant wool jacket
matchesfashion.com

Jimmy Choo yellow pumps
$845 – profilefashion.com

L.K.Bennett suede pumps
$360 – lkbennett.com

Gianvito Rossi pumps
matchesfashion.com

Rosantica chain necklace
matchesfashion.com

Sterling silver necklace
daysjewelers.com

Chloé pendant jewelry
$740 – selfridges.com

Great Portland
$205 – knomobags.com


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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!

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!).