Creating a great impression in the first seconds is vital in the workplace so let’s consider how to introduce trends to keep your look current.
Your coat is seen first so it must make you look and feel great. The wide choice of colour and style around includes variations on the classic trench in metallics, laminated cotton or PVC but remember that any extremes will have a short life span.
Tailored trouser suits in brights or neutrals are having a day. If you fall for a Melania Trump white or cream stunner ensure that you love to make an entrance and importantly are not a messy eater! Otherwise a tailored jacket, easy to throw on, is a great ally to ramp up authority for a client meeting. The updated heritage neutral checks won’t date so do consider them if they suit your personal style.
Anything goes with skirt lengths at the moment, so no problem to find one which flatters, but be fussy as just an inch difference can upgrade dowdy to chic or dress mutton as lamb. Hem asymmetry floats on but create balance with a neat top so the look doesn’t distract. Otherwise a neat pencil skirt can be teamed with most tops.
Interesting features on work appropriate tops include wrap overs, statement sleeves and the Diana or Thatcher bow. A colourful jumper in fine merino wool or cashmere also fits the bill. Cardigans are hot! Cast aside thoughts of granny’s twinsets and seek pattern, velvet trim, unusual buttons, scalloping or contrasting panels. Take care with sparkle, feathers and fringing, best kept for partytime as are cold - shoulder tops and sweaters.
Dresses are a perfect one- stop work shop, currently in prints for every taste: striped, floral, animal or polka dot. Wide cuffs enhance dramatic gestures in the presentation although annoying at the computer. Fabrics are soft, crisp or textured but check creasability by scrunching them and consider stretch and flattering side ruching for day long comfort . Denim is now stiff and respectable with dark jeans and tailored dresses edging into smart casual workwear.
Shoes update our look so choose with care. If you enjoy a heel try comfortable kitten or block heels. Otherwise smart flats are available in glorious colours, textures and prints.
Unstructured, over-sized bags carry loads of stuff but less authority than a structured tote, in your correct scale. Hip slung, shiny rubber and the revived bum bag are fun in high fashion environments but please keep dinky animal shaped bags far from the professional gaze!
A pale top or jacket in your pastels carries authority or alternatively on- trend rainbow brights give licence to sport your dynamic colours, best teamed with neutrals. If you can’t resist fabulous scarlet ’n’ fuchsia a la YSL, treat colleagues to the season’s top accessory –90s styled cat’s eye sunglasses!
Finally the clincher, grooming. If you’re not a lark the news is good, short easy- care wash’n’ go hair is in and time consuming contouring out. The trend for Colour Pop lipsticks mean it’s the time to be bold. Autumns and Springs try strong corals or vibrant orange reds and cool customers sparkle in your vivid pinks and zingy blue reds.
It’s exciting to refresh our work wardrobes with the season’s trends which flatter us. If you’re unsure which these are consider the Personal Style class and our new Fashion Update launched next week. Contact your stylist for your bespoke copy of the Fashion Update, catered for your clothing personality.
Guest blog by Fiona Ingham consultant for Borough of Camden/Chalk Farm/Hampstead - 020 77221984- visit Fiona's web page for more information.
Images via WGSN
Top left Hobbs, top right Jigsaw, bottom left Whistles, bottom right Sinequanone.
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