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Workwear Wednesday

 Hattie Wool Trousers by Monsoon

Hattie Wool Trousers by Monsoon £65.00

Wednesday Workwear

This time of the year, tailored LBDs really make the best work dresses – they offer that little extra coverage and are perfect for layering for those extra chilly days. Here are two structured and versatile dresses by Monsoon perfect for your workwear wardrobe.

Clara Black Tailored Work Dress by Monsoon

Clara Black Tailored Work Dress by Monsoon  £75

Petra Ponte Black Structured Work Dress by Monsoon

Petra Ponte Black Structured Work Dress by Monsoon £55

Pin-up Pumps

Black Patent Bow Shoes by HobbsLet me present you with my latest purchase – these adorable black patent shoes by Hobbs. I’d been looking for something similar for a while, but couldn’t find any that satisfied my high expectations. These are leather and excellent quality. As a matter of fact, if you are looking for chic, feminine workwear, Hobbs is a great place to check out during the sales.

Black Patent Bow Pumps by Hobbs £139 £69

How To Wear Houndstooth

How to wear Houndstooth - Houndstooth dress and bag by JaegerYes, I know, this is not a Spring/Summer post. It’s been raining a lot and the weather has gone back to cold, so I feel like this is more appropriate. Anyway, moving on…Houndstooth is a great classic print, but it can quite easily make a look dated, especially if it is teamed with tweed or wool. So if you want to avoid this, yet  take advantage of the print’s instant chic appeal, I recommend you look for a modern take on the working wardrobe staple—be it with a slightly altered print or new colours and textures.

For example, these pieces from Jaeger have got it all right. The dress is not only red and white instead of the traditional white and black, but it also made of silk, and the pattern is slightly altered.  It looks feminine, chic, modern and professional.

This bag works because it’s in shiny PVC. I’m always a fan of printed accessories—they make a simple outfit instantly look chic. And this bag would look great with a black dress and houndstooth-print shoes.

Coral and White Houndstooth Silk Dress by Jaeger £225 now £149

The bag isn’t available online anymore, but you might be lucky if you visit one of the many Jaeger stores.

The Smart Businesswoman’s Wardrobe Staple – The Pencil Dress

Workwear - Stunning Pencil Dresses for the Workplace

For those of us not lucky enough to go to the Oscars as part of our jobs, there are still some stylish dresses we can wear in the workplace. Granted, pencil dresses aren’t as exciting as red carpet gowns, but there are smart, flattering and very easy to wear.

All you need to complete the look is to add a pair of heels and—depending on the model—a belt. It doesn’t get any simpler than this! Professional and practical, the pencil dress belongs in every woman’s wardrobe.

Structured navy jersey pencil dress by Monsoon £55

Belted red pencil dress by Jaeger £220

Black pencil dress by Oasis £75

Paneled grey pencil dress by Oasis £65 now £30

Something Different For The Office

Grey Check Belted Dress by Betty Jackson at Debenhams

I saw this dress the other day in Debenhams and was instantly drawn to it. It’s a fairly classic cut, but its print and colour palette are quite original. Soft and feminine, yet perfect for the workplace, it’s a must have if you like to stand out from the rows of black-suit-white-shirt drones. It’s also a dress that will easily wear out of the office—I can picture myself teaming it with light grey flats and cardigan for a spot of Sunday brunch.

I must stress that the above picture does not do justice to this piece and it is definitely worth checking out in person. The below image gives you a better idea of the print:

Grey Check Belted Dress by Betty Jackson at Debenhams

Grey check belted dress by Betty Jackson. Black by Betty Jackson at Debenhams £65 £52

Channeling Chanel


Monochrome Tipping Cardigan by WarehouseI think it’s very clear where Warehouse got its inspiration for its monochrome tipping cardigan. For effortless daytime chic, pair with a pair of dark jeans and heels – these monochrome peep toe shoes would be perfect.  If you want to go full Coco, team with a LBD or black pencil skirt and a pearl necklace.  £38.

Bargain Hunter – £20 Tailored Red Linen Dress

Red Linen Shift Summer Dress by TU at Sainsbury's

You might be surprised to read this, but Sainsbury’s actually has a very decent clothes range. It’s called TU and is available in most bigger Sainsbury’s stores. I’m not saying that every item of the line is good, but there are a few excellent pieces every season that are well-cut, made with quality materials and look really good. I have a couple of summer dresses from TU and always get compliments when I wear them—and surprised reactions when I tell people where they are from. This season, the key piece to get your hands on is definitely this little tailored red linen dress. At only £20, there’s really no reason not to.

Neutral Bags and Shoes by Karen Millen

Leopard Print Strappy Gladiator Sandals by Karen Millen  Leopard Print Purse by Karen Millen  Monochrome Sling Bag by Karen Millen  Monochrome Peep Toe Court Shoes by Karen Millen

I went to a very pleasant Karen Millen event last night. It was the perfect occasion to check out the new collection while nibbling on canapés and drinking champagne. There were many lovely pieces but what really stood out to me were the bags and shoes. I’m a big fan of leopard print (as long as it’s done right!) and I really like this fresh and elegant version. I think the gladiators are gorgeous, but I don’t think I’d be able to walk in them! The monochrome bag and shoes are perfect for understated chic and will you please have a look at this gorgeous bow detail:

Bow Detail Monochrome Peep Toe Shoes by Karen Millen

I think I’m in love!

Leopard Print Strappy Gladiator Sandals £135

Leopard Print Purse £59.95

Monochrome Sling Bag £165

Monochrome Peep Toe Court Shoes £135

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