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

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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.

 

Make Great Choices | Ones That Feel Like You

Be #AllergictoAverage

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…

Stand Tall | Stride Confidently

Be #AllergictoAverage

Wearing Vintage

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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.

Be #AllergictoAverage.

Hello World!

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Hello, my name’s Nicole, I’m 23, I’m Scottish and at the moment; I’m a corporate cat.

One of biggest things I see in the corporate world is that women aren’t confident in their fashion choices – or in other areas for that matter. Fashion is an extension of your personality, and in the workplace that extension stops dead in its’ tracks.

When you feel good in what you’re wearing, you stand taller, you smile more. You’re more confident in grabbing opportunities and in striving to be better. You stand out from the crowd, you radiate from within, you’re the colour amongst a sea of grey.

I’ll be exploring ways in which you can feel your best in your career, centered around how we dress ourselves. However, that’s just the start – Fashion is not something that exists in our dresses, fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, it’s in the way we live and what’s happening around us.

March to the beat of your own drum | Stubbornly refuse to fit in.

Be #AllergictoAverage