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3 Tips for Styling Blue Work Dresses

If you have a blue dress but you’re not sure how to style it or you’re thinking about buying one;

Try my 3 tips below for picking colours

3 Tips for Styling Blue Work Dresses
Just a little side note on working with 2 colours in an outfit. My personal feeling is that you need a neutral colour in there as well. Neutral colours such as black, white or grey. In my opinion if every accessory you add is red, it looks very much like you’ve tried way too hard!
I like to think of it as a recipe. For example:
70% main colour (Look 3. A blue dress)
20% Accessory colour (Look 3. Red belt, necklace and bag)
10% Neutral colour (Look 3. Black shoes and tights)

So now you need to pick your blue dress. These are some of the best ones for work I have found in the shops at the moment.

Add some blue to your Professional wardrobe
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Diary Update – of a fashion designer business!

We’ve been very busy! Only now have I had the time to sit down for this little diary re-cap.
We held a great competition with Pinstripe & Pearls giving everyone a chance to win a dress of their choice from our Silk Line Collection! The lucky winner was drawn 12 days ago and we sent her a lovely parcel. She chose the Ava dress.

The Winner’s Prize all packed up!

Ava dress

Ava Dress

We’ve moved into a new studio space. It was built especially for us. But this has taken a lot of energy and lugging stuff about. Only just getting sorted now a month later! See the build process here.IMG_4783

New Studio just after we moved in

Our sale has started on the website. Don’t miss out on some great price points for designer silk jersey dresses. All our pieces are made in Britain in our studio. See my top 4 fashion sale picks!

Rosa Blouse – a top sale pick!

I’ve been working on new collections – I have a very cosy new corner that I’ve covered in colours and images. I’m calling it Inspiration Corner!

Inspiration Corner

Last but not least we are launching a new range of scarves. The first one has landed and it is covered in beautiful Flamingos. Get your mittens on our limited edition 100% Spun Viscose scarves with my Flamingo print. I hand painted the Flamingos and then they were printed onto the scarves. We have only got 4. Once these have gone we won’t be able to get the Flamingos printed onto the Spun Viscose again. A shame, it’s a nice soft fabric.

Close up on the Flamingos

Oh and on a personal note, I’ve got a bit obsessed with my icecream maker and it’s been homemade gelato literally everyday! I’ve been using the allotment fruit. The raspberries and strawberries have made amazing gelato and sorbettos!

Yay homemade gelato

Yay homemade gelato

Watch out for more scarves on the way, new collections and other bits and pieces!!

hand painted Flamingo scarf


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Scarves & Flamingo love

We have just launched some lovely very limited edition Flamingo scarves!

I decided to hand paint the flamingos onto silk and then we printed them onto Spun viscose for a lovely hand-washable scarf!

The flamingo print adds a great pop of colour to an outfit. I love flamingos – kind of weird and wonderful at the same time!

We can’t get the same spun viscose fabric printed any more but we might bring the flamingos back on a different fabric in the future!

Zoom in on my hand painted flamingos!

 

 

Our Top Ten Flamingo Facts!!:

  1. A baby flamingo (a chick) has a straight beak. It develops the curve after a few months.
  2. The backward bend in the birds leg – it looks like it’s knee but in fact is it’s ankle!
  3. A flock of Flamingos is called a Flamboyance or a stand.
  4. Flamingos in the wild can live up to 20-30 years!
  5. The colouration of the flamingo’s feathers is caused by pigments in their food.  Flamingo’s eat things such as shrimp, plankton, algae and crustaceans. The pigment is called carotenoid.
  6. By standing on one leg the Flamingo conserves heat and maintains their body temperature.
  7. The name Flamingo derives from the Spanish and Latin word Flamenco. Flamenco means fire.
  8. Flamingos can swim and they are very good swimmers. But they prefer to wade!
  9. Flamingos can be as tall as 5 feet.
  10. They can fly up to 35 miles per hour!

 

For more Flamingo info:

http://www.flamingos-world.com/

http://www.interestingfunfacts.com/cool-facts-about-flamingo.html

 


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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!

Fortnum cafeFortnum 3

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

coral accessories, navy dress


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Just add coral

Women working in a wide variety of professions and work places should find navy a great colour to have in their wardrobe. Within the name ‘navy’ there are a variety lighter hues and darker shades, so you can find one that suits your colouring.

In my dress collection for professional women one of the staple colours I offer is a deep traditional shade of navy. It’s almost black but can be more flattering than black and it’s a colour you see me often wear! (For more information on navy)

Today I am wearing my Missy dress in navy. I have matched it with a favourite colour of mine; coral.

Navy and coral

I have some coral court shoes and a coral scarf with white spots. I think it really lifts it as an outfit.

Coral scarf and shoes

Coral scarf and shoes

Some lovely practical (nice chunky stylish heel) coral shoes I have found that would work in this outfit are these Charlotte Olympia pumps:

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coral pumps:

You could try a coral coloured necklace as an alternative to a scarf such as these nice beads:

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I’d have a nice summery Ivory bag with this outfit such as this gorgeous Saint Laurent Cabas tote:
Saint Laurent Small Cabas Y leather tote
 coral accessories, navy dress