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The 3 Best Statement Sleeve Tops Across the Price Points

If you haven’t done so already, it is definitely the time to inject a little bit of Spring into your wardrobe. Now is the time to pack up the jumpers and coats (well, most of them, given the chill in the air today) and do an inventory of your long forgotten spring clothes. It is at this point that you may ask yourself what on earth you wore last year as you cast your eye over your old spring outfits! Fear not, if you feel uninspired with your current wardrobe just adding in one new item will give the other pieces a whole new lease of life.

One of the key trends for this season is the statement sleeve; coming in all fabrics, colours and shapes, they are a brilliant way to update any wardrobe whether the occasions is formal, casual or even special . Here are my top 3 styles across the price points:-

Steal: The Ruffle Wrap

This blouse will give your current navy and black trousers a whole new twist. Thus creating a perfect outfit to take you to the office and beyond.

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Spree: The Lace Ruffle

Lace is one of the key fabrics this season so this blouse nails two trends in one. The sequin part of this look is actually a separate camisole but if sequins aren’t your thing you can team this blouse with any colour underneath that takes your fancy. A midnight blue camisole would look amazing.

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Beans for Dinner: The Cold Shoulder Ruffle

OK, so this blouse may not be appropriate for the office but it is a fabulous style to dress up with a skirt for glamorous occasions or wear with jeans when less formal attire is required.

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March Trend Edit – How to Work Pink

Pink is a colour I’ve always quite liked except when overloaded with it during my daughter’s Disney Princess period ,thankfully now passed. The fashion magazines are hailing it as one of the colours of the season and the high street is full of it. If you’re thinking, ‘How can a grown women wear pink without looking like Barbara Cartland or indeed a Disney Princess?’ please read on. It really is the perfect colour to take you from winter to spring as it will add a fresh twist to any outfit – much needed after the dull winter months. There are a huge amount of different shades around and there is a shade that suits all skin tones. I’ve put together two outfits below to show how one versatile piece can be used for a work and casual outfit thereby making your pounds go further.

Stockist: Blouse, & Other Stories. Jeans, Top Shop, Cardigan, Cos. Trainers, Office. Culottes, Warehouse. Shoes, Cos. Handbag,

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Wrap up In Style and October News

If you are in the market for a winter coat then you had better get your skates on. According to some fashion gurus or other notable anonymous fashion people, you have already missed the boat as you should have bought it in August! Personally, I think that’s a bit of a ruse made up by retailers to boost sales. As we are now in October though, I can safely say that now IS the right time to buy.
According to a recent article in the online Telegraph, black is the colour most pinned on Pinterest. That’s a shame when there are so many wonderful colours and fabrics available. Coats are the article of clothing that you wear most days throughout the winter and choosing to wear a black coat can make you invisible. A move away from black to a stylish pattern or rich colour is guaranteed to make you feel great even when the elements are against you. It’s also a sure fire way to stand out in the crowd and that has to be a good thing.

Here are my top 3 coat trends and a sneaky jacket to help you wrap up in style:-

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Leopard Print
A glamorous edition to any wardrobe. You can’t help but look chic in leopard print even if you’re wearing scruffy jeans underneath.

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Military
You’ll always look well turned out in a military style coat – sorry! Khaki is one of the colours of the season so you can nail two trends in one.

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Tweeds and Checks
The heritage look is everywhere on the high street and there is a huge amount of quality fabrics and timeless styles to choose from. Look out for large checks and bold colour tweeds too.

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The Puffa
Yes, really! Hilariously called ‘Luxe Sport’ by some of the fashion press. They are practical, warm and extremely useful – enough said.

Stockists – Leopard print – River Island, Military Coat – Stradivarius, Tweed Coat – Zara, Puffa – Mango

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My Latest Vlog – Simple but effective tips to update your autumn wardrobe

My latest vlog with the inspirational Louise Webster from Beyond the School Run We discuss simple but effective tips to update your autumn wardrobe and personal style.

I’ll also be demonstrating how you can do this at the  Connect, Collaborate and Inspire workshop on October 15th, 10-12pm at The Florence, Herne HIll. Annabel from AC Executive Coaching will also be  talking you through steps to reconnect with the workplace. For more details and to book tickets please click here or drop me a line.

Out with the Old and In with the New

I love September, not just because it marks the start of a new fashion season but because it presents an opportunity for change and a fresh start in all areas of life. For me, it is like the start of a new year and a chance to make positive changes to my business and wardrobe. I’ll spare you the business synopsis and instead go straight to the subject of the wardrobe in which I’m slightly more knowledgeable.

As many of you will be heading back to work after a summer break the new season is the perfect time to shake up your work wear. According to a new study, well dressed people earn 20% more those who don’t. ‘Dressing well’ is subjective but it isn’t about wearing designer or the trendiest clothes. Being aware of your own style and body shape, as well as paying attention to grooming, is key. It ultimately comes down to being happy and confident in our appearance as individuals. This, in turn, will have a positive effect on us and how we present ourselves.

To shake up your work wear I would urge you to chuck out one item and add in one new item. This will make all the difference in refreshing your wardrobe. To help you decide which new item to add in, here is a list of my top 5 work wear items for autumn/ winter 2016:-

Statement Trouser

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In this case a pair or dogtooth culottes that will slot seamlessly into any wardrobe. If culottes aren’t your thing then choose from a number of new trouser styles out there, wide leg trousers, crops, palazzo pants and embellishment to name but a few. The whole point is to move away from the black and navy classic cuts.

Midi dress

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All I can say about this style is, ‘thank goodness’ as my exposed knees are best left to high days and holidays! A midi dress is such an easy option to wear. You can coordinate with ankle boots and no tights when the weather is mild and layer up with a roll neck in the colder months.

Crisp White Shirt

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Never out of fashion and having a much deserved ‘moment’ this season. My personal favourite is the longer line style worn with cropped trousers. They also look great with jeans and statement skirts as shown here.

Bow Detail Blouse

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There are lots of different styles around from pussy bows, oversized bows, finer ribbon ties and some crazy prints too. They offer a lovely, feminine touch to any outfit.

Full skirt

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Technically not the right description for this skirt, there are no pleats coming from the waistband. These types of full pleated skirts are very much on trend but they are not the easiest to wear, as they can accentuate the hips and tummy. I’ve chosen this one as it does the opposite; as well as being a stunning design, the a-line shape will balance our the hip and tummy area.

Stockists

Dogtooth culottes – Zara, White shirt – COS, Bow detail blouse – Max Mara, Midi dress – Uterque, Full skirt – & Other Stories

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Top 5 Flat Shoes

It was during my first maternity leave that I realised I couldn’t actually walk more than a few yards in most of the shoes I owned, save for a pair of crusty gym trainers. I was the person who changed into heels under the desk as soon as I arrived in the office, none of which were very useful for my change in lifestyle.  The art of pushing a pram carrying a cappuccino whilst simultaneously texting called for shoes that were fit for purpose and these obviously had to be flats.

Thankfully nowadays flat shoes are an integral part of most wardrobes and in my case anyway, heels have to be relegated to high days and holidays. The recent furore over the receptionist who was sent home for not wearing heels proves this point, I haven’t spoken to a single person who isn’t astonished by this outdated dress code policy.

In honour of flats I complied one of my toughest (because there are so many styles to choose from) top 5s for the season below:-

  1. Cutwork – these are particularly useful if you want a lightweight summer shoe but hate showing your toes. I’ve chosen a slipper style here but there are many other cutwork styles such as espadrilles and sandals on the high street.

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  1. Lace ups – every brand has a version of these and they are a great contemporary update on ballet pumps. Beware though, think black laces can make legs look shorter and wider. Choose instead nude colour styles with thin short laces that only wrap the ankles once.

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  1. Espadrilles – you’ll find many versions of these from leopard print to floral and even studded versions. The latter from Valentino – a snip at £495. They have indeed come a long way from my childhood pair from Woolworths. Don’t be put off by the ties on this pair as you only need to tie them at the front.

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  1. Sliders – sometimes called slides. I would advise googling the former unless you want to shift though a lot of children’s toys! These work really well with boyfriend jeans as well as shorts and are so very comfortable.

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  1. Boho sandals – there are some amazing sandals around at the moment which are guaranteed to add life to any outfit. Look for multi-coloured poms poms, fringing and studs to name but a few!

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Stockists

  1. Top Shop
  2. Zara
  3. Manebi – Net a Porter
  4. Sliders – Carvela
  5. Sam Edleman

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