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.
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!
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.
Because the right bra can make all the difference especially if you want to look smart and professional. Choosing a moulded cup will avoid lumps and bumps giving you a smooth seam free finish under close fitting tops and dresses. The plunge shape gives you good coverage and is the perfect shape for a v-neck wrap dress.
The Freya Deco Vibe bra pictured above comes in three tones, blush (pictured), mocha and black. If you have a difficult to find size this bra might be a good option. It starts at 28D, 30D and 32B and goes up to 36GG or 38G.
From dusky to bright pink, lemon to sunshine yellow, apple to mint green, terracotta to tango orange and taupe to mink brown. All these colours work well with an outfit that has navy as a base. If you need a break from black – navy gives you many alternatives to work with in outfit building!
Today I decided to keep accessories to a minimum; with only dangley earrings. I went for hair styled up but pushed round to the side to gave it a bit of a vintage feel. When you wear long earrings they can often look their best when not competing with a lot of hair!
I love a good cup of tea. This is me this morning!
Luckily as I run my own business I don’t have to stick to office rules. But I have worked in offices before with ‘uniform’ rules – some strange rules and some sensible! Often jewellery rules can be very specific. You have to try Not On The Highstreet for earrings. I took a look and was going to pick some out for you, but seriously I could have shown you so many lovely earrings that you might as well click on the link and go and see for yourself!!
If you want some fashionable statement striking earrings try Net-A-Porter so many lovely dangley earrings I want on there!
Firstly you need to pick one highlight colour that suits you like pink, red, blue or yellow. Then choose the base colour or matching colour that you will work with such as black, navy or brown (this could be a suit separate or a dress).
Here I have chosen pink as the highlight colour and navy as the base colour. You can always add white or black as neutrals if you need to (see the white shirts and skirt I have added).