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!
I wore the pearls again, over the Ava dress this time. I think having a dramatic statement neck piece works well with this dress.
You can see I was wearing my hair pulled back. When you are wearing a statement neck piece (and/or high neck outfit) you can elongate your neck and show off your statement piece by wearing your hair up.
Try some different ways to keep your long hair up in a chic style low at the back of your head. There are some very chic looks out there to keep your professional look fresh if you find you’re always wearing your long hair loose!
Ladies with short hair do not need to worry about this! Perhaps you can be inspired by these ladies with shorter hair if you’re feeling a little stuck in a hair rut!:
If you need some inspiration for your Autumn Winter office wear then try adding some moody blooms to your wardrobe. With one floral piece coordinated with some plain coloured pieces you already own, your wardrobe will be refreshed. The key with this Fall 2013 trend is to choose flowers against a dark background. You can then mix black or deep colours to make the floral trend less summery.
Use the catwalks to influence your new purchases but don’t try and replicate an entire look. The key is to always buy pieces that suit you.
This floral look is pretty but with the dark tones still looks very smart for work. I have chosen pencil skirt shape skirts with the floral pattern – this keeps it from being too girly.
The gorgeous jacket in the center is an easy to wear floral piece because the floral is a placement rather than all over. Here I have coordinated it with a plain flared skirt. For the office, the jacket is nice nod to the trend on it’s own and doesn’t need a floral skirt.
The accessories pick out some of the dark tones such as the deep burgundy shoes in the middle.
Following on from my last blog entry. I’m looking at some good black jacket choices around.
If you have a pear shape body type like me, then you’ll want a jacket that doesn’t cut off at your widest point: hip area and also perhaps a shoulder or neck detail that will balance out your hips. This little black jacket I’m wearing has got a little gathering in the shoulders, nips in at my waist and is shorter than my hips.
This little jacket is a great little cropped shape.
If you are a colomn shape – long, slim and angular; go for a double breasted jacket so you widen out your body and also one that nips in at the waist.
If you are a colomn shape – wide and straight; you need a jacket that nips in at the waist. Go for a single breasted jacket to ensure you don’t widen your figure. If you can find a jacket that has a fake or real waistband at the waistline then this will help with creating a waistline when your jacket is done up.
When shoulders are the widest point of your body then you’ll need to create width further down to balance them out. You can do this with the peplum jackets that have been around at the moment. For example:
So far this summer I hope you’ve got your legs out at least once? It’s been so hot in the UK, I’m sure everyone is struggling with what to wear.
Prior to the heatwave I know a lot of women were running into shops purchasing their new summer stock of hosiery. It’s a struggle knowing what to wear with the British weather at the best of times; do you wear the summer skirt outfit for work or the pretty summery dress to a wedding.
Women don’t want to be left without some coverage on their legs: the weather can turn bad and you’re left shivering whilst waiting for your taxi or sitting in a chilly church wedding.
So for the normal British summer I would suggest going on the higher denier end of sheer hosiery. Select a 12, 15 or 20 denier– you’ll get a little more coverage but still a nice sheer look for summer.
Now let’s get back to this heatwave!
If you just can’t bring yourself to have bare legs at work, whatever the weather! Try some of these tips:
Select a great colour that matches your natural skin tone (you don’t want orange legs and white arms!).
Go for a hold up or stocking; this will allow your body to breath (but if you don’t like hold ups or stockings then make sure the tights you buy have a cotton gusset).
Choose a sheer toe, an unreinforced toe or a barely visible shadow toe reinforcement to enable you to wear a nice open toe shoe or smart sandal.
Have a look at this to help you select the perfect pair for you!
If you work in London City’s Square Mile then check out our new shopping directory. In this first part we have put up we have focused on hosiery and lingerie. It should help you find the nearest place to get your tights – or order them online and pick them up instore!
If you’ve been reading my styling posts, you’ll probably have noticed that I try to keep my styling simple! Today I styled my black JoJo dress a little bit retro with a lovely leopard scarf and some black sunnies!
I’m wearing some brown kitten heel sling back shoes which are great for a little bit of a lift but also comfy! Brown shoes work with this black dress because they pick out the brown in the leopard scarf.
You could try any of the following with a black dress; Tie the outfit together with a scarf or belt that mixes brown and black with some brown shoes.
I would suggest for work outfits to keep the look more professional you select scarves that are slim, silky and not too long. A bigger bulkier scarf can look really good in a casual look but could be too dominant for work.
I decided to take a break in the park on Monday and have my lunch. But of course I couldn’t help but check my Ipad for incoming emails etc…! I had my Marc by Marc Jacobs bag with me – which I can stuff full of everything I need. The bag just seems to expand and expand!!
The dress I’m wearing is navy. I personally like the navy dress and black bag together. People used to make a fuss about this being a ‘not done’ combination.
I finished the outfit off with some nude shoes. These were a great purchase – so comfy and the straps accross the front allow me to get about quickly with no worries about the shoes falling off. I chose nude and not black to match the handbag because I thought the look would become too dark for a summer’s day. They also link in with the pearls.
Nude shoes are a great item to have in your wardrobe as they can be worn with any dress colours. You’ll have more flexibility in your outfit building with a pair of nude courts like this, in your wardrobe:
How to dress for work from the catwalks: If your feeling stuck in a rut, get some inspiration
If you, like most women, like to update your wardrobe on a seasonal basis then a great place to start looking for inspiration is the catwalks.
You can get some ideas of the latest fashions but you don’t need to literally wear or purchase what the models are wearing. Take them as a starting point to find what you like this season i.e. it could be the black and white trend for spring summer 2013 that really catches your eye.
These are some catwalk pictures showing various designers who have used this black and white combo in different ways:
Or you might like the all white look:
You have picked the details, so what’s next?
Take a look at the details that make up the outfits. Perhaps invest in a crisp white angular shirt to add to your work outfit and match this with a well fitting pair of white trousers that you already own.
Mix and match textures in white: choose a white blouse like this Stella McCartney embroidery anglaise cotton shirt (below) or the chiffon trimmed silk and cotton blend shirt by Helmet Lang. Match with a white skirt such as the white jacquard Nina Ricci skirt:
If all white is a bit too scary as a work look then perhaps try the black and white trend. No one says you have to stick to one trend. You probably already own a white/ivory shirt or blouse. Purchase a black and white piece to go with it, such as a striped jacket or a skirt like these from Marni and DKNY below:
Just by using the black and white trends I picked out there are a lot of options to choose from for spring summer 2013.
Ideas for work wear:
Black and white stripe jacket over an all white look.
White trouser suit with a black and white striped blouse.
Black skirt suit and crisp white shirt.
White pencil skirt with black blouse and black and white patterned accessories.
White dress and black accessories (belt, shoes, bag)
You can do this with most trends and also for most price points; from high street to designer. Flick through some magazines and you’ll see pictures from the catwalks, or get onto the Vogue website.
There is no need to try and re-create a catwalk outfit, all you’re trying to do is take the essence, the spirit or the feel of the concept and make it work for your body type and your wardrobe.