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How to Keep Cool In the Heat.

My extremely rare grumpy moments (just don’t verify this with my husband) often occur when I am hot and bothered. Last week, a cold morning led to a beautifully hot day and I cursed the fact that I was boiling on a bus wearing trousers and a jacket made from a heavy fabric. If you work in a formal environment it can be extremely tricky to create a summer look that keeps you cool but still looks smart. If you are struggling to do this and would like a hand then please give me a call. To help you here is an outfit I put together as part of a presentation last week, along with some key tips to avoid any hot, grumpy moments – it’s not just me, is it?:-

Prints and Patterns

Printed skirts are having a moment which is fantastic news as they flatter most body shapes and keep you cool. Also, patterned fabrics are less likely to show perspiration so choose a printed top for times when you know you’ll feel the heat. The skirt in the outfit is made from a seersucker fabric which is light weight but not clingy so there is no need for a lining – another bonus  and you’ll find out why below.

Fabrics

Natural fibers such as cotton, linen and silk allow the skin to breathe and keep you cool. Beware of any clothes that are made of natural fabrics but have polyester or synthetic linings as these will make you sweat more. Many brands do this because it reduces the cost of the garment but it’s worth paying the extra price for a breathable cotton lining.

Accessories

The right shoes, handbag and jewellery will make all the difference and give the outfit a summer feel. Heavy, dark accessories can ruin the most beautiful summer dress. I would suggest having a pair of smart summer flats or wedges to hand, as heels can be very uncomfortable when it is extremely hot. The bright earrings and shoes in this outfit demonstrate that point perfectly, dark shoes would completely change the look from summer to autumn.

Stockist – Skirt, Top Shop. Top, Mango. Shoes, Top Shop. Earrings, Anthropologie

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Winter Warmers For December

Chunky knits are, without a doubt, one of the hottest styles around at the moment and let’s face it we could all do with some heat during this cold snap. All you need is a pair of cropped jeans and ankle boots for a stylish, contemporary outfit. For extra fashion points (and warmth) layer a long white shirt underneath. They also make the perfect gift..if you can bear to give it away once you have it in your possession!

Here are my top 3 across the price points:-

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Knit for All

Not strictly a cable knit but at just £14.99 I’m not complaining! It also comes in three other colours.

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Knit For The Many

I love the clever design of this jumper which uses different cable sizes. The beautiful soft nude colour compliments most skin tones too. Fairly reasonably priced at £55.

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Knit For The Few

It is not surprising that a Danish brand creates such a gorgeous, cosy jumper. There is no getting away from the £280 price tag but if you calculate cost per wear over the next 20 years it may well be worth it!

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If you would like some help to choose your perfect jumper or anything else for that matter please get in touch.

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

If you would like a helping hand to ensure your wardrobe is up to date for autumn please get in touch.

How to Connect with Your Style Vlog

On Monday I was invited along to the Guardian offices along with other women who run businesses that support mums back into the workplace. I was truly inspired by the work that many of these women are doing and was struck by the enthusiasm that we all shared for changing the current culture and helping more women return.

After the event, I spoke with Louise Webster, who is the founder of Beyond the School Run, a website dedicated to helping the lost talent pool of parents that have left their careers, connect back to the workplace. We discussed how important it is to be happy with our image and the simple, practical steps we can take to feel good about ourselves.