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Colours That You Can Wear With A Purple Suit

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).

Colours That You Can Wear With A Purple Suit
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How To Style Black And White Patterned Skirts For Work

Black and White Patterned Skirts
This week black and white skirts have been catching my eye. A black and white patterned skirt is a great piece for your working wardrobe. It has such versatility; you can probably accessorise and pair it with various different items you already own.
Don’t forget to choose a skirt length and shape that suits you. It’s best not to just jump in and purchase just because you love the skirt and the pattern (a note from personal experience!!).
You purchased a black and white skirt. The next step is to asses your wardrobe.
3 ways to style a black and white skirt

1. The first option is a styling option that has been recently trending: mixing pattern with pattern in one outfit. This doesn’t have to look crazy but it can be harder to find a good match of items. It’s best to use a larger scale pattern on one item with a smaller scale pattern on the other. A pop of colour added to the mix can lighten the look.

2. Pull out all the blouses/shirts/tops (in one colour) you have for work. Now put the skirt on and try it with each of the coloured tops.
What do you think? Do you like yourself in that colour put with the black and white skirt?
In this example I have matched the bag to the shirt to unify the look.

3. This is the most straight forward styling option. Select all the grey, white and black tops/blouses/shirts out of your wardrobe and try them on with the skirt. Sometimes a style of blouse will go better than another. Until you get them on it can be hard to say. To brighten this look it’s nice to highlight parts of your outfit in a colour. In this example I’ve used a belt, shoes and nail varnish but you could use different items. Try a coloured jacket/cardigan, necklace or bag instead.

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Where is your hem at?


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.

Nude pleated skirt knee length A/W '13 Lanvin

Beautiful Klimt-inspired collection. L'Wren Scott Fall 2013
2. Try a mid-calf length – a wrap around coat style picks out the fashionable length but also keeps your legs warm!
Miu Miu Stripe dress Calf length
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).

Bottega Veneta knee length red dress Autumn/Winter 2013-14

Michael Kors Calf length black skirt

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.

Teal skirt over the knee length Oscar de la Renta

Knee length printed skirt and collarless jacket Waist emphasised by coloured belt Oscar de la Renta

Lanvin A/W 2013 red floral dress

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Be inspired by shades of dusky pinks

If you can’t bare Winter and want to keep some summery lightness in your working wardrobe the dusky pink A/W 2013 trend is going to be great!!
There are a variety of pinky shades to choose from – so you should find something to suit your skin tone!

Taking a look from the Giorgio Armani Prive show as inspiration – a dusky pink jacket and skirt hits the nail on the head with this trend. Feminine, womanly and great for work. You can add a touch of black in footwear or as a blouse underneath if you find the total dusky pink look too much!

Be inspired by shades of dusky pinks

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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.

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Autumn Winter first photoshoot – Piece 2 The Skirt

The Skirt comes in an extremely soft wool cashmere suiting fabric. The seams are piped with midnight blue which highlights the sections of the skirt. The skirt frames the curves of the female form at the back and narrows down to the knee, creating the illusion of an hour glass figure. This skirt is a celebration of the female form. At the knees the skirt flares out, creating a lovely movement. The hem sits just below the knees at the front which is a flattering and great length for the work environment.