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Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it for day, is it for night? It’s time to rethink your ‘what to wear to work’ style. Unless you work in an environment that requires a particular dress code or a uniform, workwear has really eased up on its power suiting rigidity. With the spring/summer catwalks mixing up all things day and night, take inspiration and make your pieces go just that little extra bit further. Step out of the white shirt zone and pick a blouse with added detail – a statement sleeve, a stylish print, a hint of embellishment. You can apply the same rules to white shirts. Metallic statement earrings are not just for evenings, use them to add that little something extra to your Monday to Friday work chic. Natalie x

  1. Somerset by Alice Temperley top £69, 2. Prada earrings £360, 3. Finery trouser £79, 4. Gianvito Rossi heels £495, 5. Michael Michael Kors bag £195.

 

2016-11-01-one-look-rtOne of the most popular items of knitwear at the moment is the slinky black roll neck jumper. It has a 60’s feel to it and slips easily under slinky slip dresses as well as tucking perfectly into trousers and jeans without adding bulk. These Zara heels have an on-trend block heel, show them off by styling with ankle length trousers and jeans. Don’t play it safe when it comes to accessories, you have the sleek template of black trousers + black knit, so amp it all up with a statement earring and small bag with big glitz. Finally, blend in an autumnal hue with this gorgeous teal Hobbs jacket. Natalie x

1.Hobbs jacket now £99, 2. Miss Selfridge jumper now £18, 3. J. Crew earrings £65, 4.DKNY trousers £249, 5. Zara heels now £29.99, 6. Dune bag now £35

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Sometimes there’s nothing better than a classic, and when it comes to skirts the figure-sculpting, nip-and-tucking tailored/fitted pencil skirt is a true style classic. Apart from putting a wiggle in your walk (you try and stride in a pencil skirt) this piece is the perfect outfit template to dress-up or dress-down. You’ll find some sleek and chic pieces in gorgeous summer hues filtering into shops. L.K. Bennett for example has bold bright high waisted pencil skirts in either coral or bright yellow. Perfect for occasion dressing or more informal lunches at the weekend. The soft duck egg blue of this Roland Mouret piece blends in easily with a denim shirt. Denim after all is not just for weekends and this shirt is in a softer chambray fabric so it’s easily tucked in at the waist or  left out for a more casual feel. Ladylike, smaller structured handbags are the s/s alternative to roomier day totes. Play around with these soft sorbet hues and style with an edgier black patent court and gold chain necklace to toughen things up a bit. Natalie x

1.Weekend by Maxmara top £120, 2.Roland Mouret skirt £450, 3. H&M necklace £9.99, 4.Michael Michael Kors bag £186.63, 5.Jimmy Choo heels £396.22

 

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I’ve spoken about the versatile appeal of a fabulous white blazer, especially now that all those spring events are creeping up on us. Throw into that style mix the power of a laidback-to-lux lightweight tweed jacket and  you have quite a repertoire of capsule wardrobe cover-ups. These jackets will work in either of these looks but I love the modern edge a dressy white tailored blazer gives to a basic shift dress when paired with a cool trainer in a hot pop of colour. As you can see there are a lot of mid-season sales going on at the moment so now is a good time to think about snapping up some of these versatile capsule wardrobe investment pieces. Natalie x

1.Jaeger jacket now £159.20, 2. The White Company bag £138.60, 3. Dune heels now £56, 4. Dorothy Perkins dress now £49.50, 5. Oasis jacket now £48, 6. Faith bag £29, 7. Adidas trainers £100

QUESTION: What to wear to work that’s not too smart and not too casual.

 

ANSWER: Pitching your workwear style can often be a tricky task as you want don’t want to look overdressed or underdressed, yet being presentable and polished is key. It’s always worth investing in pieces that can be styled in a smart or casual way depending on what your day entails.

1. ASOS trousers, £25: – A good fitting pair of black or navy trousers are a wardrobe must for every woman. Smarten up with a pair of black or block coloured courts, or swap for tan loafers or ballet flats for days you’re running around:

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2. Mango blouse, £19.99: – Stripes are always on trend and we love this relaxed white and blue option by Mango, perfect for the changing seasons. Wear tucked into tapered trousers or pencil skirts for work, or wear loosely with the sleeves rolled up on the weekends. A simple necklace or stud earrings will stylishly complete the look:

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3. J.Crew top, £39: – On colder days, pair your trousers with a fine knit sweater in a contrasting colour. This khaki jumper will also look gorgeous with skinny jeans for cosy Sunday walks:

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4. French Connection dress, £45: – It’s always great to have a few go-to dresses in your collection and plaid looks fantastic all year round. This navy and tan fitted waist dress is a really flattering option as your frame is accentuated and it falls appropriately just above the knee:

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5. Warehouse dress, £60: – For days when dressing to impress is in order, look no further than this cinched waist red shift. As red is one of your investment colours, we think we’d pop this gorgeous dress into the mix – It’ll look killer with a pair of pointed toe tapered grey blazer:

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5. Zara bag, £49.99: – Complete the look with a tan tote bag that will add an instant chic touch to your outfit:

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This waist defining black Topshop jacket creates a great suit look with this Whistles’ skirt, but thanks to the split hem detail of the skirt and the tie-detail of the jacket this look is elevated out of the more severe corporate realms. You can also style these pieces independently for  casual or evening outfits. This Zara striped jumper is a slim fit so it will look great tucked into this skirt and the zingy colour clash boosts all that black. Come the weekend style with a pair of jeans and flats. You’ll find these comfy block heel Rupert Sanderson shoes  – perfect for day – on sale at The Outnet. The black patent pair has already sold out but why not add bright colour to your wardrobes with these. Structured ladylike bags have flown straight oft catwalks and into a high street near you. This is a chic alternative to the usual work tote. Natalie x

1.Topshop jacket £46, 2. Zara jumper £19.99, 3. Whistles skirt £110,  4. Zara bag £29.99, 5. Rupert Sanderson heels now £199.75.

 

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I have this grey cashmere jumper from M&S and I live in it. Literally. I bought it a few years back and it has stood the test of time year in an year out. I wear it as a casual staple with my skinny jeans and biker boots…and it’s the ideal work separate to loosen up pencil skirts and cigarette-cut trousers. This Carven tweed jacket is from last season. But it works perfectly now and will continue to work for seasons to come. Who needs fashion season’s when you find the perfect piece? Add a contrast print with your scarf. I don’t know why brands don’t do more animal print scarves just like this DVF must-have. When you think you are having one of those ‘blah’ outfit days this accessory makes all the difference. That and a killer pair of black patent courts. Natalie x

1. Carven jacket now £399, 2. M&S cashmere jumper £75, 3. Baukjen skirt £99, 4. DVF scarf £110, 5. Jimmy Choo heels £395.