Fashion fun with Grant Thornton

Published on: October 6, 2014
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I am writing this week’s post looking out the window at the most amazing view from my room in Cromleach Lodge & Spa in Sligo. Came here for a one night break away with my Mum and her little doggie Archie and I cannot recommend it highly enough. What a view!

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This week I wanted to share with you piccys from the fashion event I did recently with Grant Thornton in Fade Street Social. You will find them below, but first, if you are looking for some professional wardrobe inspiration, below are my top 5 lessons for the season ahead.

1. Build your foundations first or get your key pieces right! Have wardrobe classics that work for your body shape and that you feel hot in! Feeling hot = feeling confident. No settling. Make a list of what you need, check it twice and hunt out those wardrobe classics that last beyond the seasons trends.

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2. Invest in some ‘hero pieces’. You know them when you see them. They must make you take a sharp intake of breath when you see them! You don’t see them very often and that is why you must buy! Look for embellishment, fur, colour, pattern and texture. Anything that makes it special to you! A great statement coat is a must have hero piece. Many women say to me on pieces like this, ‘are you not restricted with what you can wear with it?’. Nonsense. use your imagination, keep it simple, try things putt that you have in your wardrobe. If you feel good in it, go with it and don’t over think things too much.

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3. Think how are you individualising your look? Before you walk out the door in the morning, add a third colour to your look. It could be a clashing bag, jewellery, nail varnish or scarf. The most interesting outfits are the ones with unexpected elements. So if you like to keep it neutral in work, what are you doing to make your look different? A splay of colour shows confidence, creativity and individuality.

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4. Become a recreational shopper. The idea of going out to look for an outfit a week before you need it just DOES NOT WORK! As busy professionals, we don’t have time to shop lots but we also don’t have time to be stressed out buying things at the last minute that we don’t really like or wear. You find the best stuff when you pop into a shop your passing or on your lunch break. Make it your business this season to become more of a recreational shopper. Buy as you see things and see fashion as part of your world. If you see something one someone you like, ask where it is from!

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5. Trust yourself. We have access to so many blogs and magazines and ‘ways’ to get fashion inspiration. Most of the time it can make women go the other direction, towards the skirt they already have in three other colours. This season you need to be brave, try things outside your comfort zone, some will be right, some will be wrong but if you don’t try you won’t know. If it feels good and you feel good in it, trust your instincts and go for it. Just like you do in every other bit of your life! Why should fashion be any different?

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Here are some of the looks from my mini fashion show with Grant Thornton…. for some inspiration!

Jacket, Mango; Skirt, Biba; Top, Miss Selfridge; Accessories, Biba

Jacket, Mango; Skirt, Biba; Top, Miss Selfridge; Accessories, Biba

Coat with fur collar, Biba; Top and trousers both Coast; necklace, Jaeger

Coat with fur collar, Biba; Top and trousers both Coast; necklace, Jaeger

Dress, Pied a Terre; necklace, Warehouse; bag, Linea

Dress, Pied a Terre; necklace, Warehouse; bag, Linea

Skirt, Helen McAlinden; Top, Helen McAlinden; necklace, Coast; Bag, Mango

Skirt, Helen McAlinden; Top, Helen McAlinden; necklace, Coast; Bag, Mango

Wrap Dress, Biba; Gold Belt, Mango; Bag, Biba; necklace, Oasis; shoes, Miss Selfridge

Wrap Dress, Biba; Gold Belt, Mango; Bag, Biba; necklace, Oasis; shoes, Miss Selfridge

Top, Gerard Deral; Skirt, Linea; Belt, Mango; Bag, Linea

Top, Gerard Deral; Skirt, Linea; Belt, Mango; Bag, Linea

Until next week,

Julie x

 

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