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’.
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,
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
Necktie: YSL | Net-a-Porter.com
March to the beat of your own drum, contradict the norm.
Every woman has that one staple, base outfit in their wardrobe; this is mine.
A crisp, clean white shirt with a strong collar does wonders. Professional, yet when purchased with the correct fit… wonderfully feminine.
Just don’t spill your vanilla latte.
Team with black or navy cigarette style trousers to streamline your look. Finished with a pair of ankle strapped, pointy courts. I love a nude colour, as they go with everything and elongate the leg when worn with a skirt.
Finish off with a good quality, large, jet-set style bucket bag with easy access to possessions. My favourite is a BRIGHT BLUE Michael Kors. Pricier than the high street of course, but you can be sure the strap won’t split leaving you scrabbling for your things in the middle of the street.
[Although] that does eliminate the chance of a handsome gentleman stopping to help you gather said things spread everywhere; followed by some intense eye contact and the offer of a date that evening….. but that’s the chance you gotta take.
Shirt: Oui | House of Fraser
Trouser: Jigsaw | John Lewis
Heels: Style For Less
Bag: Michael Kors Jet Set