Liven Up Your Black Work Trousers: Styling That’s True to You

Fashion |, Uncategorized

 

So, I posted a picture of my #AllergictoAverage [Tuesday-Get-Up] on Instagram and wow, people LOVED these trousers. The amount of comments I got on them, people asking where they were from, where did I find them etc. Well; you find them here and the best news is – THEY. ARE. ON. SALE.
All sizes up to an 18, go now. [Go – go!]

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One person did say to me however,
‘I love your trousers – I wish people more wore more colour in my office…’
Well, if you want to wear colour – you can – and you should!
But, if going in full pelt with fire engine trousers is a bit much, here’s a few suggestions to spice up your bottom half without going TOO wild.

[A Slim Belt for A Slim Silhouette]

I was lucky enough to be sent this amazing little belt from GANT, via Betty and Bee. It is the perfect addition to my corporate wardrobe, brightening up any pair of black trousers. The soft tone of the pink means it’s not garish or brash and blends nicely with any neautralised colours. It’s great quality with lovely attention to detail on the stitching and a beautifully shaped clasp.

Skinny belts are ideal for adding a sophisticated feel to a pair of relatively casual trousers. The trousers from Zara are great but they’re neither high nor low waisted, and being 5ft4, they have the potential to make me look a bit dumpy.
Adding a belt helps keep them in right area around your waist constructing a slim silhouette and a well dressed look.

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I wore it with last season Black Zara Slacks and one of  my new favourites;
Hawes and Curtis Beige and Navy Floral Shirts.

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I wore this to the media preview of ‘Hello My Name is Paul Smith’ which is currently showcasing at the Lighthouse Glasgow – review up next week.

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Perhaps a blog post on ‘How to Stand Out Against A Wall of Thousands of Buttons’ would be appropriate.

Hawes and Curtis Floral Shirt

As you can see, the belt is suuuuper subtle, an understated presence on the outfit, it definitely creates a clean split between black trouser and shirt.

Originally trained as a collar-sewing specialist,  GANT’s founder Bernard Gantmacher original values and aspirations of quality and class are still prominent today; making it an attractive offering for young professionals.

Unfortunately, this belt is no longer in stock [yeah, it was that popular], however I’ve picked out two that are just as elegant and versatile.
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At only £32.50 each [down from £65 – God, I bloody love sale season] they’re a steal.

Black Patent
Red Patent

 

[A Belted Loop Waist]

If the colour red is too much for you, but you liked the belted loop around the waist of the Lavish Alice trouser, these might be a real compromise. With a slight sheen to the fabric, these trousers are the perfect hybrid of style and professionalism.

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What’s even better, the tapered cigarette ankle finish means they could easily transform from working day to evenings drinks, or even be the basis for a Saturday night out.
At £38, a great investment.

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Culotte [Got] To Have

If you want to ramp up the adventure on the style front, but not particularly the colour, these culottes are a must-buy. Pair with a white collared shirt and hair clean back for an androgynous look. #GirlBoss swag instantly.

Oh wait – I forgot to tell you the best bit. [They’re only £9.99]
Yeah, you can thank me later.
Shop Now.

 

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What to Wear to Work: Fendi Inspired

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AW ’15 landed with a bang this year. With an blisteringly modernistic theme, this season’s fashion features a mixture of both neutral and courageous colour palettes, adventurous textures and bold prints, grounded with geometric shapes and cuts.

#AllergictoAverage is taking inspiration from Fendi. With straight-hanging tabbards, collars and cuffs, Fendi provides inspiration for a chic and sleek corporate wardrobe.
Fendi’s AW’15|16 collection has a sense of urbanity; aligning so prominently  with the vibes of a young, independent, successful,
millennial woman.

What to Wear to Work | Fendi Inspired | ASOS Sourced

‘It’s a collection for women, but not for them to be aggressive.
They are tough, they are strong’
Karl Lagerfeld | Creative Director

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A Knee-Length Number

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A soft and rounded silhouette with a sense of inflation, the dress is finished with a visual neck and cuffs. ASOS has a dress with a similar shape. A bellowing style skirt brought in at the waist with a subtle belt, it’s smart, stylish and easy to wear. Pair with thick black tights and pointed courts to be suitable for the office.

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Longing for Lapels

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Following the neutral palette of the previous piece. This coat is striking with geometric shape and eye-catching detail.
This trench from ASOS sees threads of Fendi woven through; with a bang-on-trend stone colour and Fendi-esque lapels.

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The Corporate Midi

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A high neck and midi length, this dress has elements of the 60’s flowing through. Lose the sleeves [and the potential straight jacket vibes] by going with this ASOS clean-cut dusty purple dress. Pair with closed-toe heels.
On sale for £31.50, it’s an absolute steal.

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Shop Here

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A Flash of Darkness

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The first hint of autumnal tones in the looks selected, this flash of burnt red brings flavour back to the forefront. This colour range is deep, it’s enriched and it reflects the changing nature of the AW season.
Take it straight through to winter with this burgundy suede beauty. Pair with a white shirt or black turtleneck.

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Working Tartan [and Check] in the Workplace; Inspired by St Andrews

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A weekend away to St Andrews, Scotland; where it’s been said you can find more tartan per capita than anywhere else in the world…

Beaches, beautiful sunsets and of course the Home of Golf.

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Wearing Tartan [and Check]

Inspired by my Scottish heritage and the abundance of our traditional dress; I’ve chosen top 5 picks for working the pattern on your bottom half in the workplace.

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With differences in colour and style of check, these 5 are divergent but with one common theme running through; they are distinctive, a real conversation starter. I have a pair of red tartan trousers myself and they’ve been commented on umpteen times.

Even better: they’re all under a sexy £65.

Pair with a crisp white shirt and black blazer to streamline your look.

1. High Waisted Grey with Braces
Yo Yo Melody | £14

2. Tommy Hilfiger Red and Blue Tartan Crop
Tommy Hilfiger | £56

3. Persona Dark with Light Grey Check
House of Fraser | £43

4. Milano Beige Wide Leg
Milano Parigi | £62

5. High Waisted White Base
Misguided | £32


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Graduate Fashion Week [2015]

#AllergictoAverage, Confidence, Corporate Wear, Events |, Fashion, Fashion |, WIWT, Women in Business, workwear
Graduate Fashion Week [2015]
Old Truman Brewery
Shoreditch [LDN]
Last week I attended #GFW2015 in The Old Truman Brewery- LDN. My first fashion week… wow, I was blown away. Blown away by the quality, professionalism and slickness of the show but more importantly the imagination, the diverse shapes and colours and the vision of the designers. Just incredible.
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Writing for #AllergictoAverage I had unprecedented access to the media lounge, all catwalk shows and the acclaimed #FROW // a real privilege.
With every designer as unique and distinct as the next (mirroring the #AllergictoAverage mantra) it was difficult to choose my favourites, but after much deliberation, I’ve drilled it down to 4; using the catwalk designs for ready-to-wear corporate inspo.
[1. Laila Maristani | UCA Rochester]
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THAT TAILORING.
The fluid nature of the 3 piece jacket paired with the masculinity of the buttoned collar and full sleeve makes for a striking combination. A timeless piece with flair, confidence and femininity; #GIRLBOSS.
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And the [colours] – what a perfect combination, not only because red & cream usually means red velvet cake but because what else means business more than a strong red trouser!?
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I’ve put together the below which embodies the above; elegant yet striking, powerful yet feminine.
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Slightly unusual to pair cream on cream. But Laila’s made it work.
[2. Jihae An | UCA Rochester]
As soon as Jihae’s first piece came on the catwalk I sat forward in my seat. Pinstripe? The perfect corporate pattern.
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Inspired by her experience of living in-between two cultures, Jihae’s collection [In Conjunction] talks of continuity yet clashes, of different fabrics and patterns, based on a largely monochrome palette.
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Clean cut shapes with a concentration on traditional tailoring, this is the perfect inspiration for the modern day city-living woman.
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[3. Jessica Violet Challis | UCLAN]
Perfect Layering, beautiful pastels and high necks with a reserved length. [It must be the pencil dress.]
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 A must have [easy-to-wear] piece for the corporate wardrobe. Jessica VC nailed it.
GFW Jessica Violet Challis Inspo
Ranging from £9-£670; the above take inspiration from Jessica’s seamless blend of colour and fine embroidery; a true [Urban Myth]
All Dress Details Can Be Found On Polyvore
4.[Fern Rebekah-Bywater | Liverpool John Moores]
One piece and one piece only stole this show for me:
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The Sleeveless Trench.
Modern Day Masculinity; powerful, confident, and authoritative.
[No other description needed.]
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Embrace the Masculinity | Rule with Femininity
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The Sky [Collection] is the Limit

Corporate Wear, Dresses, Events |, Fashion, Fashion |, Scottish Designers, What to Wear to Work, Young Designers

On Wednesday I attended a wonderful event at Edinburgh Castle; the launch of Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Future Leaders initiative. Prestigious venue, some of Scotland’s most prosperous individuals and high quality speakers making for an electric energy in the room. Oh and the canapes were not so bad either…

One of above mentioned individuals was Kirsteen Stewart, who I met and listened to as she spoke in front of 200 attendees about how she believed Scotland could be the most entrepreneurial community in the world.

What fired me up about Kirsteen was that she was designer and creator of brand ‘Kirsteen Stewart’, even more interestingly so, Kirsteen is from mainland Orkney Islands; a collection of islands at the very north of Scotland, where some of my extended family reside. Kirsteen told me how she started her business originally from her kitchen table, designing small leather goods. Her work has now evolved into full collections, including clothing, accessories and jewellery. Kirsteen herself still lives in Kirkwall, Orkney – working from her studio and retail premises; dispelling the myth that success in the fashion industry is impossible outside of the bright lights of London.

Kirsteen gave me her business card and we discussed her collections; I went on to have a look.

Split by collection, Kirsteen’s pieces vary in colour, style and materials. However one thing is evident; quality.

I was totally struck by her ‘Skies Collection’; inspired by the beauty of the Scottish sky. In particular, I was drawn to the Floccus Dress.

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The sleevedress is distinctive and distinguishing. The bold print, inspired by the ombre sunsets of the Scottish Sky, shouts confidence but also allures to a creative mind, a desirable in today’s competitive corporate environment. Remember, fashion is an extension of you.

The structured fit of the dress flatters the female silhouette, whilst the tailoring gives it a professional edge. The length is perfect and can easily be worn with bare legs or with dark, thick tights.

At £175.00 it is a little pricey for your everyday corporate wardrobe, and being dry clean only – it’s not ideal for a hectic schedule. However, they do say you get what you pay for and it is evident this piece is a true investment. Think big interview, big proposal, career changing meeting or just for one of those days when you need a little extra boost of confidence: leaving you feeling beautiful, stylish and ready to take on the world.

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The Skies Collection features dresses of the same style with different designs, such as The Cumulus Dress [above], inspired by the the fleeting Scottish Skies in springtime as they drift from sunshine to showers.

A recent Scottish Edge Winner (a funding initiative aimed at identifying Scotland’s top young, early stage and high growth entrepreneurs) Kirsteen plans to expand her product range to take to London and Paris; I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on where she goes next.

 Distinguish Yourself | Be Distinct

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Floccus Dress | £175 | KirsteenStewart:
http://kirsteenstewart.co.uk/products-page/the-skies-collection/floccus-dress/

Cumulus Dress | £175 | Kirsteen Stewart:
http://kirsteenstewart.co.uk/products-page/the-skies-collection/floccus-dress/

More information on Entrepreneurial Scotland and #FutureLeaders2015 can be found here: 
https://www.entrepreneurialscotland.com/future-leaders.html

More information on the Scottish EDGE Fund can be found here:
http://www.scotedge.com/about/

[Summer Vibin’]

ASOS, Corporate Wear, Fashion, Fashion |, Pointed Heel, Shirtdress, What to Wear to Work

So, I’ve not blogged in a couple weeks because I have on holiday to the wonderful Dubai. A sure fire escape from the rain and wind and snow (!) why the hell is it snowing in nearly April?

Inspired by the sun and by the style of affluent, stylish expats and holidaymakers… it got me thinking of summer vibin’ corporate wear.

The shirt dress is a sure fire way to look stylish and professional with an air of summer feminism. Here’s a perfect little pastel number, spotted on ASOS but from brand ‘Even Vintage’; sold in the iconic Laden Showroom in Brick Lane, LDN.

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The rounded collar and rolled sleeves give a softness to the usually formal-associated shirt. The shape of the dress allows for flattery on any shape; such as the slimline, tall model seen in the shots, but also for the curvy wearer – with confidence that the belt will pull you in in all the right places.

The colours are light and airy and the length of the skirt is perfect for the office – no worries about bending over for that pencil…

At 55 gold ones it’s perfectly affordable and versatile enough to be worn on a summer evening in the city; a lot of bang for your buck.

Wear with a soft court shoe, so as not to avert the eye from the beautiful tailoring of the dress.

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Shirtdress | The Laden Showroom | Asos: £55

http://www.asos.com/Women/Dresses/Shirt-Dresses/Cat/pgecategory.aspx?cid=13053#parentID=-1&pge=0&pgeSize=-1&sort=-1

PALMA Pointed Hees | Asos: £30

http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-palma-pointed-high-heels/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4777103&clr=Apricot&SearchQuery=pointed+courts&pgesize=82&pge=0&totalstyles=82&gridsize=3&gridrow=10&gridcolumn=2

Uptown Funk [Your Suit] Up

Corporate Wear, Fashion, Fashion |, What to Wear to Work, workwear

Funk [Your Suit] Up.

The corporate pattern you can always rely on? PINSTRIPE.

I’ve always loved a Pinstripe, in fact Rose from Titanic’s pinstripe look just before she boards the ship is one of my most iconic and aspirational fashion moments.

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Finding a pinstripe suit that has some edge to it can be difficult. The typical suit could be deemed as stuffy, ‘mannish’, ill-fitting and not complimentary.

However…

I am in love with this pin striped suit from Misguided. I first spotted it on Ferne McCann from TOWIE (yes, my guilty pleasure -shamelessly so- is reality TV).

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Typically, the wider the stripe the more apparent the confidence. Welcome this with open arms and team with a secondary statement piece, perhaps a statement necklace, brooch or neckerchief/scarf. However, try and keep these pieces tonal; e.g. a nude or dusty pink. Stay away from the neons.

Ferne wore it perfectly, paired with a casual, understated top and tonal statement necklace. You could replicate this look in the workplace, or make it slightly more professional by pairing with a open necked white shirt.

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Priced at £60 for the full suit (£25 for the trouser, £35 for the jacket) this is a wardrobe worthy piece. The versatility of the tailoring is great, with the ability to be worn as separates and also at evening/weekends. I anticipate the use of this suit in your wardrobe will be as prominent as your re-runs of Friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon…

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Yeah Christian, but sometimes our feet hurt too.

Fashion |

[‘The Higher the Better’] said Christian Louboutin.

and don’t get me wrong – I love a heel. Not only because I’m 5″4 and most of my male colleagues tower above me, but because they make me feel powerful, they make me feel confident and quite frankly I just feel a little dumpy without them.

But, as Business Insider said ‘Wearing high heels every day can suck’ and today I just did not feel like wearing them.

This made me think about how I can convey what heels do for me into flats. I’m always drawn to a pointed toe. A rounded ballerina flat just takes me back to my school days. For me, rounded toes are unprofessional and juvenile. I also have similar distaste for bows – stay away from the bows.

New research says you can judge 90% of a person’s personality by their shoes; so it pays to make the effort.

I like my flats to be eye catching, because I’m losing the elevation of the heel I want them to be distinct. Preferably through means of strappy detail or bold patterns.
Personally, I like darker colours, but feel free to experiment with some strong blues or reds.
Just remember – keep the point!

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These amazing flats by New Look are an absolute steal at £22.99. They are extremely similar to the Aquazurra Christy Leather Pointed Toe (priced at an eye-watering £435) with metallic heel adding to the professionalism.

£22.99 | New Look

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These flats get the high-five with regards to the bolder pattern. The TPU insert after the pointed toe gives a modern twist, pairing elegance with edge.

£55 ‘& Other Stories’

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I adore this shoe. Teamed with scuba pencil skirt and blouse, the shoe stands out from a mile away. The high strap encasing the ankle draws attentionwhilst the reptile print pattern is rich yet versatile, with the ability to be matched with a variety of colours and an easy switch from day-to-night on a Friday evening.

£85 | Dune | HOBRA – Natural

Make your tootsies as fabulous as you.

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New Look Flat | http://www.newlook.com/shop/shoe-gallery/view-all-shoes/black-lace-up-metallic-heel-pointed-pumps_319371201

& Other Stories Flat | http://www.stories.com/gb/Shoes/Flats/Pointed-Toe_Flats/582744-3900921.1

Dune Flat | http://www.dunelondon.com/hobra-reptile-print-lace-up-ballerina-0075508540002138/

#LFW. Palmer//Harding Inspiration

Fashion |
LFW; delightful. A showcase of often the most minimal to most outrageous, a sea of colours, textures, patterns, fabrics.

The calm amongst the storm for me for with regards to inspiration on corporate wardrobe excellence was Palmer//Harding’s stunning looks, which aim to ‘develop definitions of feminine strength’.

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Having been described as ‘the world’s most perfect shirt’ with an ambition to be the ‘go-to brand’ for modern shirting.

The designer’s desire to explore contradiction in their clothing shines through; with a base monochrome tone through the collection presenting a clean cut yet feminine look. No stuffy, shapeless shirts or ill fitting suits here,

#Get the Look for Less

Palmer Harding Monochrome Inspo - Corporate Wear

Pair a high necked white shirt with a modern black waistcoat; bringing in that sense of contradiction. A striped A-Line skirt will let you feel comfortable as you go about your day, neither swamping you nor clinging to you.

Top off with a pussybow style neck piece; play around with this. The one in the above collection is a pretty pricey YSL number but can easily be replicated by any slinky black scarf. Simply tie in a knot at the neck and let it hang gracefully.

Finally, finish the look with a chunky black peep toe with medium sized heel. This will take away from the formality of the shirt and skirt combo, the chunkiness will see you being surer on your feet, especially when you’re running for your train after hitting snooze one too many times….

Waistcoat: Linea | House of Fraser
Shirt: 1970 | Voox.com
Skirt: River Island
Shoes: ALDO
Necktie: YSL | Net-a-Porter.com

March to the beat of your own drum, contradict the norm.

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Wearing Vintage

Fashion |

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE vintage clothing.

I’ve been a lover of vintage clothing since I stepped foot in a famous vintage shop at the tender age of 15, in Glasgow, Scotland where I live. The colours, the smell, the energy of the shop and its’ founders. I can close my eyes now and still imagine it.

A lot of my wardrobe does consist of vintage clothing and I love incorporating it into my corporate wear too.

#WhatIWoreToday 

Wearing Vintage

Wearing Vintage

Today I paired a Vintage Kilt/A-line Skirt with 2 of the items from the ‘Your Base Collection’ blog; a strong white shirt and some nude courts.

The shape of the skirt really accentuated my waist and the length was just perfect. The colours were perfect for the Scottish gloomy weather we still have, before soon moving into a brighter wardrobe for spring. Because the skirt is so eye catching, it really heightened the outfit as a whole.

I added some vintage pearls, bringing feminine detail to the strength of the collar.

If you’re looking to try this outfit yourself, lookout for skirts that have a distinct A-Line shape with lengths going to around the shin, halfway between ankle & knee. Make sure you get a size that fits comfortably, so as to fit you properly and accentuate that waist.

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Shirt: Zara
Shoes: New Look
Skirt: Elephant Juice Vintage | https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/elephantjuicevintage

Stand Out: Stand Tall.

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