It all starts now. The new season is almost upon us and with that comes style advice for your new wardrobe plan! As we are judged over 50% on how we look (at work) and upon meeting someone for the first time, it has never been so important to work your office wear to the max! It undoubtedly contributes a great deal to how you project yourself.
As a personal stylist and trainer it is fair to say I have picked up a few tricks along the way to help you plan your seasonal wardrobe update. Below is all the style advice you will need to polish your work look for Spring without having to break the bank…
1. Invest in a great suit with some man vibes. Androgynous tailoring is where the high street will be at this season. Don’t be scared. Embrace the comfort that comes with oversized jackets and slouchy trousers. If you are very petite it’s best to invest in one piece over a whole suit for fear of drowning yourself in too much fabric. Team with a smart heel to give you some height to really work this look. Look to Zara, Massimo Duitti, Cos and Whistles for some ideas.
2. Look out for a smart suede skirt, preferably in a neutral colour like tan or navy. Leave the black for Winter and soften your wardrobe somewhat with warmer shades. Suede is smart, sophisticated, ultra modern and bang on trend. Team with a structured white shirt, your oversized mannish jacket or a funky neck scarf. I spotted some great second hand ones (extra points for those who find the perfect pre loved option) on Etsy.com.
3. Buy something in a jewel colour. Beautiful crimson pinks and emerald greens are two of the richest colours (and my personal favourites) in the colour palette and they with both feature in Spring. Especially good for dark hair and dark skin tones.
4. Look out for a smart gilet to be worn over skirts, dresses and trousers. I just bought this tan version on Misguided.eu and love it or this Hobbs gilet below (€240) is a great investment piece. It gives any outfit that instant wow factor, is a another layer to add during the seasonal transition and it just uber cool!
5. Update some of your classic buttoned shirts for softer more feminine slouchy options. Think Wimbledon meets little house on the prairie. Team with just about anything from beautiful cream high waisted skirts (Zara, Warehouse and Reiss) to under your denim dress for dress down friday.
6. Culottes are one of the trousers of choice this season (along with wide legs) most especially if they are midi length. Look out for some dressy options on websites like asos.com. Team with tights or go bare when the weather gets a little warmer! I also loved this black jumpsuit version from Next for just €44. Team with a white shirt underneath for the office.
7. Introduce a little love of lace. Keep it structured and not too sheer for the office. Check out some beautiful lace options in BT2, Dunnes Stores, Littlewoods and H&M.
8. Have your shoe options nailed. It is on the of the biggest faux pas women make and most difficult element of any look (every woman I meet tells me this!). Invest one pair of dressy black ankle boots, a pair of loafers (ideally with tassels for Spring), a smart black patent heel and a cream version and they will see you through most fashion dilemmas this Spring. I would start the search in The Shoe Garden in Arnotts with lots of options all under one roof.
9. Update your accessories. Visit Parfois for your accessories and bags. There is one in Dublin Airport, in the Jervis Centre on Henry Street and in mahon Point in Cork. They have a great collection of affordable and chic accessories and are still quite new to Ireland. Also check out your local Stella & Dot stylist (also quite new to Ireland) with some gorgeous unique accessories & bags.
The best style advice I can give you is to invest NOW at the start of the season in the things that will make your life a lot easier and a lot more fun when it comes to your work wardrobe! If in doubt bite the bullet and get some help whether with a personal shopper or personal stylist. It will be worth it in the end as your image matters not only to how people view you but how you feel and hence preform in work!