Monday, September 24, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
|Dea London - fabulous workwear|
for the fuller figure. Loving this outfit!
Smart but casual and on trend.
So for me casual in the work place is a complete anathema but I understand that many a different wardrobe maketh the world go around and that for some ladies and gents the prospect of dressing casually at work is actually very attractive indeed, allowing them to breathe a sigh of relief every Monday morning. Indeed for many this is a working environment to be envied: Common in entrepreneurial, high tech, software, leisure and many design work environments.
Whether your workplace is ok with casual or whether it has 'casual' days, such as dress down Fridays, the term 'casual' is rarely as casual at it seems.
Honestly, I actually think that this is one of the hardest work cultures to dress for - it so open to interpretation, to personal taste and to going horribly wrong!
|Boden - some great outfits for a smart|
casual work wardrobe. Loving this whole
outfit - jeans at work looking so smart.
To compile this list I have used my own experience of over 20 years in various workplaces but I've also asked around, done a bit of research and compiled the top tips for dressing casually for work.
JEANS & JOGGERS - Personally I think your 'slopping about the house jeans' and work should NEVER EVER MEET irrespective of the work environment. Likewise joggers, hoodies and trainers in your work enviroment are only ok if you are a PE instructor or something similar.
Team your work denims with a smart top - even a smart T - and smart shoes. The look above right from Boden is a great casual look for work where the consistency of indigo matched with a little pizazz on the wedge sandals and shoulder detail of the top make the outfit both very polished and current.
I also advise smart leggings in place of jeans if worn with a smart tunic top and smart pumps, brogues or boots. This is a low maintenance work look too and can be very practical if you are on the move a lot. This look, above left, from Next makes for a lovely alternative to jeans for the office and embraces key seasonal trends of pattern, leather and berry colours.
|No! The joke is mostly on you.|
SLOGANS - I once worked with a woman who wore
Friday, September 21, 2012
|This is Jaeger.co.uk & a high price point|
but lots of similar options in the shops
at Zara, H&M, Top Shop, River Island.
In my experience creative people tend to have creative style personalities and as such rarely look for advice on their image. But occasionally I come across the individual who has to either tame down their creative wardrobe or add a bit more va va voom. The two most common scenarios are:
"I come from a very corporate background and have a corporate working wardrobe but I've secured a new job with an advertising agency. Even in the accounts department the finance manager is expected to embrace the creative environment. Help I want to wear a suit but ...."
"I am really creative in my style personality. I love experimenting, love eclectic combinations and mixing second hand with designer, colour clashing and print. But while I work in a creative environment I also need to communicate that I can be trusted to be excellent at what I do. I'm creative but I am professional and take my job seriously. I need to tame it down a bit without compromising my personality."
You could buy three different colour suits in a mix of trousers and skirt and also in three different colours or patterns that you would be happy to co-ordinate. The acid test here is that you should be happy to put the trousers of one suit next to the skirt of another and the jacket of another and be happy that the 3 items look great together. At least one suit should be plain. Then mix them all up to create lots of different work looks.
|Biba at www.houseoffraser.co.uk|
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
|'Are You A Man or A Mouse? A Woman or A Wouse?'|
Dolly, Lilly & Jane proving that ladies have a successful style
through the 9-5.
There's something enduring about that feeling of being ready for something new, feeling smart and ready to go, growing up another year. I loved it - especially the new shoes and bag part. But then I always loved the dressing up box too.
Those of us who make dressing for work an art form; something to enjoy, a uniform for the day, a work statement where the clothes make you feel a certain way or where they make others behave a certain way. Dressing for the job you want rather than the job we have - Dramatics, City Chics love it while Romantics & Creatives may struggle with embracing a more 'corporate' style.
There are those of us for whom getting dressed for work is an extension of our everyday home selves. Where our working wardrobe is not much different to our leisure wear wardrobe; ok so maybe it's bit smarter. Dressing for work is a bit of a chore and perhaps we grudge the money we have to spend on specific work wear, preferring the clothes to do the hard work and for them to be appropriate for lots of occasions. We dress more for comfort and a little less for image. This may be you if you are a Classic or Natural, but Romantics can struggle with a more formal look too.
But back to the task at hand.....
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I know that summer is not quite over; infact as I write it is a gloriously sunny day here in Rorbas at Mirror Ball Studios and also, I believe, in the UK. So I'm not suggesting you pack up the summer brights and pastels just yet but a bit of forward planning never hurt.
Today I'm bringing you the colours that you will be wearing this Autumn & Winter; certainly the colours that are going to be all over the shops.
These are THE colours that have been BIG news on catwalks and which designers have been in love with since last year when they started showing their collections.
What to expect?
Well, I've compiled the Autumn/Winter 2012
TOP TEN COLOUR TRENDS.
|Dea London - great A/W|
collection - lace remains big
& softens spruce
10. Navy is big - it's this year's alternative to black.
9. Leather is a big fabric this year and has also influenced the shades of brown that we will see. Expect them to be antiqued and leathery in their colour.
8. Olive is often the most popular shade of green for Autumn/Winter collections but this year you will see it become stronger, darker and more of a spruce green, as trends also go military on us.
7. Lovers of brights don't despair as they remain very much on trend - think of them as accents or contrast shades but also the choice for evening wear too - think Cobalt Blue, Emerald and Ruby Red.
|Colour Blocking is a|
trend to stay. Note
GOLD is the colour
6. The bright yellow trend of summer will stay around (and I predict will remain very fashionable next spring) but it will soften a little for winter to a more dusky yellow.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|With or without 'FLOATING' - hmmmm|
Sometimes we wonder how we ever lived without a specific 'thing'. Some say the telephone, some say the wheel but I am going to say THE BRA!
Blog followers who know me personally will know my Bra and Boob history - suffice to say it's not good. So big was my bust that a friend used to joke that it took me at least 15 minutes and £15 pounds per cup for a bra purchase, and that was in the 90's. Plagued by a big bosom, and I mean big, that didn't sit where it should, my bosom dominated my life in my teens and twenties. It impacted my confidence and my fashion choices. It was so cumbersome that exercise was difficult and I piled on weight too.
Things have changed a lot since then; manufacturers have wised up to the growing boom of the bust industry and no longer is a large bosom the prevail of the 'over the shoulder boulder holder', as Bette Middler would say.
In addition I have lost some of my bust size and am now as happy as I can be with my 32F. What I have learned however, is that nothing you put on top of a bra will look as good as it can if the bra itself isn't doing it's job. I LOVE A GOOD FITTING BRA and I LOVE A GOOD BRA FITTER and I LOVE A GOOD BRA WEBSITE.
And so it is with great pleasure that I introduce someone who can bring us all 3. Your very own Bra fairy and my very first guest blogger. So a huge welcome as I am delighted to introduce:
Sara O'Regan Founder of Bra Sense who
shares with us her expert insight and top tips.
Most people treat underwear as ‘another fashion item’ or an item that is a basic purchase (no-one sees it but me). But it is not. The bra is the foundation garment. It can literally make or break an outfit as the bra shape and fit decide your proportion and your curves. The wrong shape and size can mean you have to buy a dress size larger or a looser fit to cover up the bra’s mistakes.
Not only the size of these 4 points but also the distances between them. Your shoulders, waist and hips are bodily fixed. They are fixed points which you cannot change. However, the bust is different. It can bulge, sag, droop, or sit exactly where nature placed it, in proportion and distance to the other three points.
A different bra can immediately change the position of the bust and as it does, it dictates the shape and size of clothing we must wear over it. So this is why the whole bra fit is key. Most people focus on the size of a bra, when the body profile or form, proportion and natural shape are the drivers to bra design, fit and size. So this is why the whole bra fit is key. It is not about underbust and around bust measurement. These are aids to size – not guides to size. Most people focus on the size derived from measurements, when the body profile or form, proportion and natural shape are the drivers to bra design, fit and size.
Here, you can instantly see the difference between the two photos. In both photos the same size top and bra is being worn but in the one on the right the correct style, design and shape of bra in the right size is being worn. Wearing the correct bra moves the bust back to where the body and therefore every other fashion item expects the bust to be. So the top fits smoothly as it should. Notice where the neckline sits, the extra length in the body and the posture?