Earrings Are All You Need

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!

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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!

Pearls On Hair Up; Put The Kettle On

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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!:

 

Autumn Winter 2013 Moody Blooms

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.

Autumn Winter 2013 Moody Blooms
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.

Natural and Navy

Natural and Navy
During the summer months navy is a great alternative colour to black for work.
Wear your navy dress with natural low denier tights. Here I chose a selection of low denier Wolford tights but see this page for more options.
Wear a nude/natural coloured shoe that matches your leg tone to extend the length of your leg.
You can go for a matching navy bag, a nude shade or maybe even add a pop of colour with a red or pink bag!

Seamless from one to day to the next

If you want an everyday fail safe bra then I would suggest you have a selection of seamless bras.  You can wear a seamless smooth bra under anything from

a silk blouse like this:

to a jersey dress like this:Ivory silk Jersey dress

Find where to get them and who can do fittings in London City here.
Take a look at this for TOP TIPS on Lingerie; fitting, colours and styles.
I have selected a few nice seamless and smooth bra and panties/briefs styles from different brands that are great for everyday wear and can look good under a variety of outfits.

Brand: Chantelle Paris

·      Collection: Basic Invisible

Memory foam t-shirt bra

Toffee, beige and black,

The memory reacts to your body heat and moulds to your breasts

Crush resistant cups (good for travelling)

Available up to a size G

·         Collection: Haussmann

T-shirt Bra

ultra nude, noisette or black

Seamless cups and back invisible under tight fitting clothes

Narrow strap

Available up to size G

Full brief – ultra nude, black or noisette, up to a size 48

Tummy control panel, opaque, seam free and very flat finish

Brand: Fantasie

(great for larger cup sizes (up to a JJ cup)

·         Collection: Ava

Brief – seam free, control brief (includes sizes 2XL 18-20 and XL 16-18) In black or Ivory

Strapless Bra – Seamless bra available in large sizes up to 40E or 36GG. In black or Ivory.

Moulded Plunge Balcony Bra – Seamless and smooth bra available in large sizes up to 40F and 36G. In black or Ivory.

·         Collection: Esme

Moulded Bra – fabric in nude or black (sizes start at 30DD going up to 40GG and 38H)

High waist Shorts – Black or nude in sizes small – 2XL

Brand: Gossard

Collection:  Egoboost

Strapless Bra – Goes up to a size 38G, nude or black, removable straps and smooth cups

Plunge Bra – Goes up to a size 38G and in nude or black

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Collection: Glossies

Sheer Moulded bra – In nude or black. Sizing up to a 38G

Deep Short – Smooth, natural fit, light control panel at the front, cotton liner. Up to size XXL and in black or nude

Padded bra From 30D to 38G, moulded cups in nude, black or mocca

Where can you get these lingerie brands and others if you work in London City? Try our new online directory – see shops listed by lingerie brands and find them on a local London city area map.

Take your pick of black jackets

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.

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kasinua cropped linen jacket by By Malene Birger

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.

Jil Sander Double-breasted silk-blend twill blazer

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.

Stella McCartney Iris wool-twill blazer
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:

Moschino | Crepe peplum jacket | NET-A-PORTER.COM

Hot weather and getting your legs out!

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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:

  • I would suggest you go for a very fine denier maybe a 5, 8 or at most a 10.
  • 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!

Styling a black dress for work with brown and leopard print

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!

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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.

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I was enjoying some icecream in The Parlour at Fortnums. A great way to get the creative juices flowing on a hot day!!

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.

NEW Kenzo Clouded Leopard Print Silk ScarfLauren by Ralph Lauren Christina Tiger Print Square Scarf, Red Online at johnlewis.com

AZZEDINE ALAÏA | Leather and Ponyskin Belt | Browns fashion & designer clothes & clothing

Jaeger Spring Leopard Print Scarf, Multi Online at johnlewis.com

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.

Hobbs Macy Leather Slingback Sandals Online at johnlewis.com

L.K. Bennett Florete Chisel Toe Court Shoes Online at johnlewis.com

Expanding Bags and Feet in Nude

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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.

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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:

L.K. Bennett Sabira closed courts Black - House of Fraser

Bury kitten heel court shoes L K Bennett
Michael Kors Nude Winslow Open Toe Women's Court Shoe
nude shoes, navy dress

How to Dress for Work from Spring Summer 2013 Catwalks

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:

Black and white vertical stripes
Black and white pattern
Black and white colour blocks
All white with black edging
Black and white stripes

Or you might like the all white look:

White crisp shirt and trousers
Crisp white shirt with skirt
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.

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