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).
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.
It’s almost time to start thinking about our Autumn wardrobes! Noooo, I hear you cry!
A sad time for our lovely light summer pieces, but I love Autumn Winter styles and fashions just as much.
If you’re looking for inspiration for new work wear purchases or new ways to use pieces you already have you might find something of use here.
5 ideas for A/W 2014 work wardrobefrom the Fashion Catwalks
1. Add a bright collarless coat or jacket to an all black outfit as seen on the Dior catwalk. The black polo neck and trousers is great, sleek and easy look to create. You might just need to purchase a new colourful collarless jacket to update it.
2. Wear a large collared shirt underneath a long top/jumper/dress. Whether the model is wearing a very short dress or a very long top in the pictures to the left, this feels a very sharp and fresh look! You could easily style this with some slim fitting trousers. Both looks by Alexander Wang use tones of the same colour in each look i.e. dark plum top over a red-plum shirt.
If nothing else get yourself a large collared shirt to update your professional work wear wardrobe.
3. Go geometric if you want to add some interest and pattern to the daily grind.
This Giorgio Armani jacket is a great example of how to wear pattern in a smart and not too girly way!
4. Add a pop of colour on your feet. On the Dior catwalk Raf Simons added shoes in a nice bright orangey red or a striking indigo blue. The pairing of the indigo blue with the red trousers in the Dior looks smart and interesting. Coloured shoes with coloured trousers is an idea to consider when putting an outfit together. Alternatively you could use pops of red. Giorgio Armani uses red for shoes, gloves bags and you also get a glimpse of a red top beneath.
5. There seems to be a lot of contrasting in textures/finishes for AW 14. For example on the Versace catwalk you see a lot of blocking in satin next to matte.
Every woman should own a great fitting t-shirt bra. It’s such a versatile piece of lingerie. Obviously they work well under t-shirts (thus the name) but they also look great under shirts and smooth fitting dresses.
Basically any tops/dresses that have a lot of coverage but require smooth and seam free lingerie underneath – you can trust a t-shirt bra will do the job.
Choose a skin tone option as this will extend the variety of tops and dresses that you can wear it under!
You may or may not have read that this Autumn Winter (2013) trends include the skirt lengths mainly falling at knee length or mid-calf. Hurray I hear you cry, I can’t believe it’s taken so long for this to come round into fashion again!
I’ve collated some pictures of different ways a knee or mid-calf length piece can be incorporated into your professional wardrobe:
1. Try a pleated skirt in the ‘on-trend’ nude colour and an over the knee length.
2. Try a mid-calf length – a wrap around coat style picks out the fashionable length but also keeps your legs warm!
3. Just over the knee is a great length -In bright red this A-Line Bottega Venetta dress is striking and smart. Perhaps a circle skirt like this black one at Michael Kors is a better shape for your body (balancing out your wider shoulders or larger bust).
4. A high mid-calf length can work in a fitted pencil skirt style such as this lovely teal coloured Oscar de la Renta skirt.
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!
This shows two sides of using green as a base colour for an outfit. Depending on the green that works with your skin tone and hair colour you can go warmer or colder, lighter or darker, brighter or muted with the coloured accessories!