Dress like you mean business Part 2

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In my first article I outlined the reasoning behind investing in your work wear, here I will show you how you can take what’s available this season and understand how to package the most important item. YOU!

For more information on personal shopping for the season ahead and wardrobe detox / de-clutter contact me on 086-1775066 or email fiona@fhstyle.ie

Remember that feeling when you went back to school after summer if you had new shoes, a new bag and all new pencil case and notebooks? 

Do you want to recreate this feeling again without spending a fortune?

Read on for my guide on how to look stylish for autumn winter in work and where to get affordable wearable versatile value pieces. If you are sick of skinny trousers or feel like adding an affordable suit to your wardrobe then checkout my high street show stoppers.

Suits

Where do you start when there are so many choices and opinions on suits these days in the work-place? The suit must be in a cut that suits your shape and always be appropriate to the situation. Certain industries like law, accounting and finance require a more formal colour like black, but in most offices where work smart is the dress-code; opt for check, navy, or a two tone to add a bit of personality to your work-wear. Where you are restricted in terms of colour then invest in cut, and tailoring for added texture and a luxurious feel along with accessories which add colour.

I love this red suit available from next but be careful of wearing all red at work, surveys tell us that red can come across as quite intimidating, so best saved for power meetings and presentations.

Grey accessories will break red.  You could also add a grey tweed jacket or pair a black jacket with the pants making this an incredibly versatile outfit.

Coat

A coat should be warm, comfortable and in a neutral colour so it goes over everything. Stick to black only if you have a darker colouring, otherwise a navy or charcoal is a better bet.

Check out this number from Zara at just €139.00. This coat will look great whether you need to wear a suit or work in a more casual work environment, this would look perfect over jeans or pants also.

Handbag

I always encourage my clients to choose a hardwearing statement bag. This doesn’t always mean spending €100’s but I would suggest hardwearing and authentic as your starting point. If you think about the amount of wear and tear your handbag is expected to carry out its only reasonable that you spend a little more than you would an occasion or party bag.

Separates

Separates are a very important part of your wardrobe and having a range of colours and textures will alter a suit, pair of pants, skirt or a dress.