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A Dressipi Stylist’s job is never done until she has a “fashion first”.  By that we mean when a “I would never wear or buy that” becomes a “gosh who would have thought – I love it!”. And thanks to modern technology and your Fashion Fingerprint ™ we have been having a lot of “fashion firsts” of late. As Tara and I sat at our desks one afternoon this week helping our techies decipher and turn our fashion brains into algorithms for a very exciting Dressipi project, “fashion firsts” came flying out of the blue like shooting stars on a balmy night. It all started the evening before as I settled in to watch Gossip Girl. My phone pinged with a picture hot off the Selfridge’s shoe department shop floor. The message read “which shoe left or right?”. It was Donna and Sarah. Shoe shopping for Sarah’s wedding. On her feet? Silver strappy Jimmy Choos. Gossip Girl could wait this was a Dressipi two-in-one fashion first moment: 1 –  Silver strappy high heels; 2 – Jimmy Choos. “Which ones do you love?” I pinged back. “One on the left foot” came pinging back at me. “Then those are the ones you must get. They’re most you”  And so she did. And Tara and I nodded our heads as Sarah sashayed around the office modelling her silver strappy sandals with her skinny jeans and polka dot blouse (great combo). Marvelling at how perfect they would look with a cheeky cocktail dress. And the gorgeous wedding dress. And, and, and … “I think I should get a pair…” said Donna…

As Tara and I tried to get back to being techie (what reads wrong with that statement?), the lovely DHL man arrived. Parcel from Monsoon. For Donna and Sarah. Two gold box weave clutch bags as recommended on Dressipi’s weekly email. “I’ve never had a clutch before,” said Donna, “it actually fits quite a bit in.” And it’s the prefect way to update any outfit in a simple fashion flash with a touch of colour or a new catwalk trend (think prints).

And Tara and I nodded our heads as we marvelled at Donna’s brand new floral print Equipment blouse that she had recently bought off The Outnet – at a high street price. Canny outlet shopping and the Fashion Fingerprint ™ go hand-in-hand. Perfect for dabbling in a trend. This is the person who refused to wear florals, but when she did styled them with a cool hooded parka to give all that girliness a bit of edge.”They are on trend and I kept getting them in my recommendations pages. So I thought I should finally give it a try. And I love it!” And Tara and I nodded our heads and got back to the business of techie stuff and exciting projects…Fashion firsts indeed. Natalie x

ANSWER: Thanks very much for your tweet. We love a seventies boy blazer here at Dressipi HQ.  Whether you choose to channel an effortlessly cool Bianca Jagger vibe with a classic double breasted style or a simpler schoolboy version a la Mrs Cruise, you can’t fail with this pivotal investment piece. We’ve found a few brilliant ones out there for you to look at – perfect for your silhouette:
1 Miu Miu classic boxy navy blazer: A very simple, forever style with just the right amount of nip to create shape and define a bit of waist.
2 Black Fleece – fabulous version of a classic: we love the gold buttons and crop sleeves that hint at a more vintage era.
(We love this new Brooks Brothers owned label headed up by the amazing master of men’s tailoring Thom Browne… definitely one to watch!)
3 J Crew double breasted jacket: This one is more in keeping with Ms Jagger’s version and again features those gorgeous gilt fastenings.
4 Elizabeth and James crop jacket with gold buttons: This is a more formal style that would look just as good worn over a pretty summer dress as thrown over a sweater and jeans.
5 By Marlene Birger structured DB blazer: Another more structured tailored version with a slightly longer length.
We hope you like our recommendations and look forward to helping you out again. DRESSIPI x

QUESTION: I am going through your capsule recommendations for me but unfortunately there is not much choice. I desperately need smart casual wear for work. I seem to be wearing all the things in your should avoid section. I have £200 to spend now and I live in central London so I have options. I work in construction so I have to have flat shoes with no openings and I can’t wear anything loose (like accessories or belts etc) due to health and safety constraints. I always need layers due to cold portacabins. I hope you can help? Thanks in advance love your website

ANSWER: Hello and thank you for contacting us. It’s lovely to hear from you. Thank you too for your invaluable feedback with regards to our Capsule Wardrobe section. Currently the Capsule Wardrobe contains your absolute best items (and those to avoid). We will shortly be extending it to include a wider range of items including basics, investments, trend pieces etc – rather than just your absolute perfect pieces. At the moment we use this section as a starting point to explain why certain features of garments are either flattering or not so flattering for your shape….and to help keep you from wearing the clothes you should avoid. With that in mind here are some suggestions for your work wardrobe:

1. Wallis navy trousers £29.50: Invest in a good pair of trousers, something that flatters your shape but also keeps you comfortable and stylish. Dark colours are best due to the nature of your work (I assume you are on site?). A gentle wide leg trouser is a good shape for you simply because it balances out your hip proportions. I have selected two styles here in a chic navy blue from Wallis. One is in a more casual stretch fabric the other in a linen. You might also like the stylish linen trousers from Boden. They cost quite a bit more (£75.65) but are a great quality trouser. Boden also does a more casual cargo style trouser (£41.65) which would work perfectly for summer.

2. Next rubber sole flats (in black), £28: These patent flats from Next have a sturdy and comfy rubber sole, which makes them a lot more practical and site friendly than a reguar flat shoe. They come in black whcih I would recommend buying – a bit more versatile!

3. Banana Republic open cardigan £55: An open cardigan is a useful wardrobe basic. It’s the perfect garment for layering over jersey pieces and acts as a lightweight jacket. You want something you can just throw over your trousers and a top and still look smart. For a stylish touch snap up this figure flattering waterfall open cardi from Next (£23). It has a simple waterfall collar as opposed to a mass of ruffles, making it more user friendly for your line of work. Black or grey works perfectly with navy blue.

4. Black coat H&M £39.99: I love this coat from H&M. It’s not fussy but it also has a chic stylish feel to it. This would sit perfectly over your open cardigan and a top. What’s more there are no belts, buckles, etc to get in the way.

5. Boden twist jersey top £24.65 (in blue): The good thing about this jersey Boden top is that it is an empire line cut – one of your must-haves. This piece is on sale, and they do stock your size in a lovely blue which would work with your navy trousers and a black or grey cardigan.

6. Kaliko jersey tops £19: I have also inlcuded these twist front and ruched jersey tops. They will flatter the tummy area and look lovely balanced out with your trousers.

7. Empire line tops: It’s also worth looking at these Empire Line shirts. I know the pink Simply Be one might be too bright for your work day – but it’s a fun piece for the weekend with a pair of bootcut jeans.
I hope that this has given you some work wear inspiration. As mentioned, we are currently putting together a more user friendly and comprehensive Capsule Wardrobe section…so we will keep you posted. Natalie x