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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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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!


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Don’t Forget To Give it Some Lippy

YesJust thought I’d do a quick morning share as I get ready this morning for my PR meeting!Yes 5

I love red lipstick!

There are so many shades out there to choose from. I’m pretty convinced there is a good shade of red for everyone!!

I think it’s a shade that means business – don’t mess with me. It’s strong and powerful: women embrace your red shade.

I think if you don’t want to over do it with red in the work environment you can layer up the colour. One sheer layer for work and then add to it for the evening.

Lisa Eldridge gives us some tips on how to create the perfect red lips in an online video.

At Refinery29 they have uncovered some of the best shades for every skin tone.
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Got it in the bag

I am often scrabbling around in my lovely handbag looking for this or that. I’m pulling out item after item to find things. I realised that it’s not giving a great professional impression as a business woman. The handbag should look co-ordinated, smart, organised and still have all the ‘just in case’ weather requirements we need in London!

So, here is a range of looks that you could work in your handbag.

Stay practical and beautiful!!!

Got it in the bag
From top right:
It’s All Black
An all black look for the lovers of classic all black.
A compact mirror with an interesting padded texture, a black pashmina to keep the chill off, a range of pens (because you always need a pen), a Salvatore Farragamo keyring The statement McQueen scull handled umbrella adds a bit of edge to the look.Then I picked another McQueen item – a smart leather cosmetics bag,a YSL leather business card holder and a classic black Mulberry wallet.
Pink Lady
This look starts with a gorgeous bright pink Kate Spade wallet, then add a fun makeup case by Lulu Guinness, a pretty pink pen, a cute pink poodle key ring, a lovely bright pashmina, a black and white compact umbrella for unexpected showers, compact travel mirror from Sergio Rossi and keep your business cards safe in a black Rebecca Minkoff case.
Keeping Cool in Blue
Choose a quirky makeup bag such as this one by Marc by Marc Jacobs and work the rest of the look around it. A Vivienne Westwood wallet in stunning blue shade, a silver compact mirror, a swarovski blue pen, a Marc by Marc Jacobs compact umbrella, a deep blue Forzieri pashmina, a Mulberry silver star key ring and finally a silver business card holder from Kate Spade.
Red, black and fun
This smart but fun look starts with a McQueen business card holder in a bright red leather. I love this fun keyring dog by DSquared2. Then we add a bright pashmina from Forzieri for when the weather turns, a smart pair of ball point pens, a bright red compact umbrella will chase the rain away, a very smart ‘I mean business’ black embossed make up bag from Comme des Garcons, a fun red compact mirror and last but not least a Comme des Garcons spotty leather wallet.


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Be BOLD at work

Black Suit Recipe
Ingredients:
1 Black suit
1 pair of bright smart shoes
1 bright work bag or ipad case
1 bright statement necklace

1.Take one black work suit
2.Add a rainbow of colourful accessories
3. Wear all day with confidence

Be BOLD at work
I love a black suit for work. It’s a classic and you really can’t go wrong with it (unless it fits badly). A well fitting black suit you can bring out season after season for work.
You can always buy new versions with interesting features such as a satin lapel or a peplum jacket.
But if you want to stick to your own suit but update it, a great way to do it is to add a bright colour in your accessories. Reference current colour trends or just pick a colour that looks amazing on you.
Bright colours would look really great right now in the summer heat.
(although as I write this it started raining….I’m sure the sun will be back!!!)
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London City Hair and Beauty Directory

All professional women find time is short – whether you are trying to squeeze in meetings and seeing your partner or networking and pick up your kids from school – it can be tricky!

So to help you with your juggling act, I decided to start a new and (hopefully) useful directory online. Aimed at women in the city of London, specifically in the Square Mile area:

Instead of just a general title like women’s wear or beauty we have tried to aid you in the search for the service or product you require.

Visit our hair and beauty page and you will find a range of hair and beauty service providers with a table showing the various services they provide.

Whether you’re looking for a wash and blow dry, a full head of colour, a facial or a manicure; you should find a local service provider in our City of London directory!

I would love some feedback regarding how useful you have found it – if you work in London City. I’ll look to be doing some reviews of service and products at some point so let me know what you’d like to know about!!

Perhaps you’ve already had a great experience at one of the locations we have listed and would like to give us a little review. Feel free to get in touch.

If women find it useful I will do directories in other areas!


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This is a Hold Up: How to Get into a Tights Situation!

Putting hosiery on!

Best tip I’ve been given is to moisturise your legs before you put your tights on (not hold-ups).

Make your hands damp and use the palms of your hands to roll your tights up your legs.

A video of how to put on tights:

Don’t grip your tights with a claw like grasp, finger tips pressing into tights will create pressure in a tiny area and you’re more likely to get a ladder/hole!!

Caring for tights!

If you purchase a cheap pair of tights I would say wear them once and chuck them away. Otherwise you’ll end up with a drawer full of tights that you can’t remember the good from the bad and spend way to long trying out tights in the precious hours in the morning pre-work.

With regards to the more expensive pairs the recommendation with Wolford, for instance, is to hand wash them. Now I have been known to machine wash my Wolfords in a wash bag. They come out just fine BUT be aware you are degrading the fibres of the tights and they won’t last as long and be as fabulous as if you hand washed them.

With hold-ups/stay-ups stick the silicone sticky bit together before you wash them.

Where to buy?

There are so many tights to choose from it can be hard to know where to start but I hope my tips have helped you with starting or completing your professional work wardrobe. See here for the tips in my previous blog entry.

Hopefully my web pages are helpful when picking tights for Autumn Winter and Spring Summer.

There are many options of where to buy hosiery in the UK.

If you work in London City try our hosiery locator.

If you want to purchase online you could try:

mytights.com

tightsplease.co.uk

tightstightstights.co.uk

uktights.com