A business casual capsule wardrobe: the key workwear pieces you need

I wrote a post on what essential items a capsule wardrobe for a business casual dress code should contain.  However, I’ve had a few requests to do some capsule wardrobe posts with actual pieces, so take the post from the theory to the practice.  Your wish is my command, Reader.

Before we start, some points to note are:

  • you can either just stick with the key pieces that form a capsule wardrobe or use it as a foundation, from which to build a larger wardrobe (by including some extra colourful and printed pieces);
  • its important to choose a colour palette, so that everything coordinates.  I have chosen black (with some blue), as its the most versatile, however, you may prefer other neutral colours, like charcoal or navy;
  • these pieces are likely to be hardest working ones in your working wardrobe, so choose them carefully and buy the best quality you can; and
  • know your workplace: depending on how informality your workplace is, you may wish to mix these pieces with more casual items, like knitted tops and (unripped) jeans.

Here is a wardrobe board showing The Key Pieces:

Business casual capsule wardrobe: the key pieces

I have created a Pinterest board that contains both the key pieces and the extras, that together to give you a multitude of outfits:
Follow the workwear edit’s board Capsule wardrobe: business casual on Pinterest.

 

 

1) A PLAIN BLACK BLAZER

Get the best quality, best fitting blazer you can, in a neutral, but you may prefer a modern shape like a biker jacket or a zip up blazer, rather than a traditional suit blazer.  Tweed and other fabric variations also work well here.  If you do have a formal blazer, the sleeves can be rolled up, or it can be worn with non-tailored pieces like jeans.  Regardless of whether you buy cotton or wool, buy the best quality you can afford, as you will notice the difference in a blazer.

The key plain black blazer here is the WHISTLES | Ella Ponte Jersey Jacket in black | 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane. Machine Wash | £95 as it has the classic suit blazer shape, but is unlined and made of stretch cotton, which makes it business casual attire.  Also, it has some contrasting fabric panels which makes it a little more interesting than some: Buy Whistles Ella Ponte Jersey Jacket Online at johnlewis.com

Another black jacket, in a different shape is the JIGSAW | Cotton stretch jacket in black | 94% cotton, 5% polyamide, 1% elastane.  Dry clean only | £169, its a hybrid between a blazer and a cardi (blardi?).

EXTRA: A COLOURED OR TEXTURED BLAZER

Once you have a plain neutral blazer, do also consider a different coloured and/or textured blazer, particularly if you favour black trousers or skirts, but don’t want to wear a solid black outfit.

The extra textured blazer is the MANGO | Belt jacquard jacket in neutral | 64% cotton, 20% acrylic, 14% polyester, 2% polyamide | £34.99 (was £69.95).  The jacket would probably benefit from either a different belt or no belt at all: MANGO | Belt jacquard jacket in neutral | 64% cotton, 20% acrylic, 14% polyester, 2% polyamide.  Lining: 100% acetate, Sleeve lining: 100% polyester.  Belt: 100% polyurethane | Jacquard cotton-blend jacket with detachable faux leather skinny belt. Padded shoulders, long sleeves and twin side pockets. | £34.99 (was £69.95)   . . Note: the jacket would probably benefit from a different belt.

An alternative is the the BANANA REPUBLIC | Textured Collarless Jacket in black with white | 80% cotton, 20% polyester | £39.99 (was £110).

Another elegant alternative is the JIGSAW | Stretch Tweed Jacket in black and cream |86% cotton, 7% acrylic, 4% polyester, 3% polyamide | £89 (was £179).  This blardi jacket is largely unlined, but looks good and fits well.

A colourful blazer is the MASSIMO DUTTI | Orange knit blazer | 100% cotton. Lining 100% viscose | £79.95.  Orange is fabulous: fun like red but a little less classic.

A nude or pink blazer is a flattering, useful piece, such as the MANGO | Bow pattern blazer in neutral BOTONA3-H | 52% cotton,34% polyester,14% viscose| £44.99.

A lighter alternative blazer is the TOPSHOP | Stripe Cropped Jacket in ivory and black | 100% Cotton. Dry clean only | Cropped tailored jacket with frayed hem and zip pocket detail | £58.

Finally, a white blazer is surprisingly versatile, such as the ZARA | Short blazer with pockets in off white | 98% cotton, 2% elastane. Lining: 100% acetate | £59.99.

2) A PLAIN IVORY BLOUSE

If a button down shirt is too formal, then a blouse shape works well here.  It should still be ironed and nicely fitted.

The key blouse here is the PURE COLLECTION | Silk satin T-shirt in ivory | 100% Silk Satin | £79; jersey can look too casual for work, especially if paired with jeans, but silk works well in this shape: EXTRA: A BLACK AND A COLOURED BLOUSE

I would also recommend a black blouse, such as the BODEN | Ravello Top in raven black | 63% viscose 37% silk. Machine wash | £49: BODEN | Ravello Top in raven black | 63% viscose 37% silk.  Machine wash | £49

A brightly coloured extra is the PURE COLLECTION | Pure Silk Satin T-Shirt in sailor blue | 100% silk. Hand wash | £37 (was £79): PURE COLLECTION | Pure Silk Satin T-Shirt | 100% silk.  Hand wash | £37

The V-neck version of this top is also in the sale, in various colours, for around £40.

If you prefer the look of a classic button down white cotton shirt, with the sleeves rolled up, there is the UNIQLO | Broadcloth Long Sleeve Shirt in white | 73% Cotton, 23% Polyester, 4% Spandex. Machine wash | £19.90, which you can see me trying it on here.  This MANGO | Bib detail shirt in white (SAN) | 96% cotton,4% elastane | £16.99 (was £34.99) also looks terrific, as I favour the extra opaqueness a bib front offers.

3) A PRINTED BLOUSE

Any abstract or graphic print, or stripes, work, but approach florals, frills and loud/large prints with caution.

The key printed blouse is the Somerset by Alice Temperley | Kimono Print Blouse, Cream | 100% silk | £89: Somerset by Alice Temperley | Kimono Print Blouse, Cream | 100% silk | £89

An additional printed blouse is the JIGSAW | Blue depths print silk top | 100% silk. Cold hand wash | Round neck, relaxed fit, elbow-length sleeves | £98.  This is a smart buy as it has a matching skirt, so you could even wear this double print outfit as a dress alternative.

JIGSAW | Blue depths print silk top | 100% silk. Cold hand wash | Round neck, relaxed fit, elbow-length sleeves | £98

There are some other beautiful printed shirts and blouses such as the  PURE COLLECTION | Silk Tie Front Blouse in blurred check black and white | 100% silk georgette | £43 which would look great with skinny jeans, to counter the formality of it:

PURE COLLECTION | Silk Tie Front Blouse in blurred check black and white | 100% silk georgette | £43

Another beautiful printed blouse is the REISS | Delores Pansey Print Silk Blurred Bloom Blouse | 100% silk. Hand wash | £135.  A further printed blouse is the BODEN | Paris blouse in swan print black | 100% viscose | £69.

4) A NEUTRAL ROUND NECK KNIT

This is a great, low maintenance piece, as long as you choose a flattering (not tight), hard wearing one.  Merino is the most durable wool, and also looks finer than cashmere, so that’s why the plain knits I have chosen are merino.

The key round neck knit here is the J CREW | Merino Tippi sweater in north sea blue | merino wool | £69.50: J CREW | Merino Tippi sweater in north sea blue | merino wool | £69.50

The heather grey version also looks very versatile.  A less expensive alternative is the similar albeit more fitted and long sleeved GAP | Merino sweater | 100% merino wool |£39.95, that comes in a range of colours:

GAP | Merino sweater in black | 100% merino | £39.95

EXTRA: A PRINTED KNIT

A terrific looking printed extra is the COS | Printed panel cardigan in black | 100% Cotton with silk/cotton front panel | Hidden press stud fastening | £55: COS | Printed panel cardigan in black | 100% Cotton  with silk/cotton front panel | Hidden press stud fastening | £55

5) A BLACK PENCIL SKIRT

The classic office skirt is a pencil skirt, but a more voluminous shape might suit you better.   For versatility, its smart to buy a black skirt that coordinates with your black blazer, for when you need to be dressed formally (interview, anyone?).  For a business casual look, a pencil skirt is perfect worn with a t shirt or knit, for example.

The key black pencil skirt here is the J CREW | No. 2 pencil skirt in cotton twill in black | £66 (was £110).  You can see me trying the cream version on here:

J CREW | No. 2 pencil skirt in cotton twill in black | Cotton. Lined Dry clean. | Sits at waist. 23 1/2" long. Falls below knee. Back zip | £66 (was £110)

A more affordable, quite similar alternative is the GAP | pencil skirt in black | 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane | £34.95.  You can see me trying it on here.

EXTRA: A PRINTED SKIRT

As mentioned, a smart buy is a matching skirt and top, so you can wear them either separately or together.  So, I am also including the the JIGSAW | Blue Depths Print Pencil Skirt | 97% cotton 3% elastane | £98.00: JIGSAW | Blue depths print pencil skirt | 97% cotton 3% elastane. Lining 65% acetate 35% polyester.  Dry clean only | £98

A further versatile print pencil skirt is the MINT VELVET | Liza Print Pencil Skirt in mocha, black and ivory | 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane | £35 (was £79): MINT VELVET | Liza Print Pencil Skirt in mocha, black and ivory | 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane. Lining: 94% Cotton, 6% Elastane. Machine Wash | £35 (was £79)

6) SLIM BLACK TROUSERS

Cropped cigarette or straight trousers are quite popular right now, but wider leg trousers might suit your figure better.  As with the pencil skirt, its smart to buy trousers that coordinate with your blazer, even if you rarely wear them together.

The key slim black trousers here are the J CREW | Minnie pant in stretch twill in black | Cotton with a hint of stretch | £79.50, and you can see me trying on the wool version here:

Minnie pant in stretch twill

A more affordable alternative is the GAP | Ultra skinny pants in black | 95% cotton, 5% elastane | £39.95.  These are wonderfully flattering, but size down 1 or 2 sizes, and expect them to give during wear.  You can see me trying them on here.

EXTRA: COLOURED AND PRINTED TROUSERS

Colourful pieces are both more interesting and less formal than dark neutrals, so I have also included the BODEN | Bistro Crop Trouser in gemstone | 95% cotton 5% elastane. Machine wash | £59: BODEN | Bistro Crop Trouser in gemstone | 95% cotton 5% elastane. Machine wash | £59

Beige trousers really useful and versatile, such as the BANANA REPUBLIC | Hampton fit sateen crop in casual beige | 98% Cotton, 2% Elastane. Machine wash | £59.50:

BANANA REPUBLIC | Hampton-Fit Sateen Crop in casual beige | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £59.50

A good printed trouser option are the WAREHOUSE | Floral geo print trousers | 97% cotton, 3% elastane. Machine wash | £36: WAREHOUSE | Floral geo print trousers | 97% cotton, 3% elastane. Machine wash | £36

7) A PLAIN DRESS

The classic office dress is a shift dress, but a cocoon or a boxy shape (stick with structured shapes), might suit you better.  Dresses are the simplest way to dress, however dresses may be too formal for your workplace, so you may not need them or may prefer to wear them with flats.

The key plain dress here is the BODEN | Ottoman Shift in black | 100% cotton. Machine washable | £79.  This dress calls for leopard print heels; but I often think that about clothes!: BODEN | Ottoman Shift in black | 100% cotton.  Machine washable | £79 EXTRA: A PRINTED DRESS The key printed dress is the  WHISTLES | Bella Ikat dress | 85% Silk, 15% Elastane. Dry clean | £155.  Its possibly veering towards too formal for some workplaces, but it would be that perfect dress to take you from work to after work drinks:

WHISTLES | Bella Ikat dress | 85% Silk, 15% Elastane. Dry clean | £155

Another, more summery, dress is the COLLECTION by John Lewis | Lucette Sleeveless Dress In azure blue | 100% cotton | £79.

8) BLACK AND METALLIC HEELS

I recommend closed toe heels that are no higher than 8 or 9cm, ideally with both a leather outer and lining.  Every working wardrobe needs as many interesting shoes as possible, too, as they truly do transform the most neutral outfit.

The key black heels here are the LK BENNETT | Floret Leather Point Toe Court in black | leather, leather lining and sole | heel height: 8.5cm | £170:

LK BENNETT | Floret Leather Point Toe Court in black | leather, leather lining and sole | heel height: 8.5cm | £170

An alternative to the Floret shoe is the RUSSELL BROMLEY | 5th Ave in black patent | Patent leather upper, leather lining and sole | Heel height: 8cm | £165.  

A less expensive alternative is the DUNE | Appoint in black leather | leather, Lining: leather, Sole:synthetic | Heel Height: 7.5cm | £65. For leather outer and lined shoes, these are great value.

Metallic heels are so useful, and are a little edgier than nude heels, so these Jimmy Choo-esque silver heels are another key piece: BODEN | Jackie Heels in silver | Metallic leather upper, leather lining and sole | £99: BODEN | Jackie Heels in silver | Metallic leather upper, leather lining and sole | £99

EXTRA: COLOURED AND PRINTED HEELS

Do also buy some coloured and printed closed toe heels, if you can, like the BANANA REPUBLIC | Ninah Pump in snakeskin print | 100% Leather, breathable synthetic lining w a cushioned insole and synthetic outsole | 3 1/2″ heel | £60 (was £85): BANANA REPUBLIC | Ninah Pump in snakeskin print | 100% Leather. Breathable synthetic lining.  Padding System features memory foam and a cushioned insole.  Flexible synthetic outsole. 3 1/2" heel | £60 (was £85)

Leopard is a neutral, after all, so its not easy to go past a pair like the KURT GEIGER | Bea in leopard print ponyskin | Leather, Lining: Synthetic, Sole: Synthetic | Heel Height: 8cm | £39 (was £95): KURT GEIGER | Bea in leopard print ponyskin | Leather, Lining: Synthetic, Sole: Synthetic | Heel Height: 8cm | £95  Note: leopard print ponyskin, which these shoes are, is far better than leopard print suede.

If its colour you are after, these new season heels are gorgeous in real life: the LK BENNETT | Florisa in ultra blue saffiano leather | Kid leather upper, leather lining and sole | Heel height: 6.5cm | £160: LK BENNETT | Florisa in ultra blue saffiano leather | Kid leather upper, leather lining and sole | Heel height: 6.5cm | £160

9) PLAIN FLAT SHOES

Whether you commute, are on your feet at work or just prefer flats, it seems most women wear flats during their working day, so they should look good as well as feel comfortable.

The key plain flats here are the M&S | Autograph Leather Pointed Toe Pumps with Insolia Flex® in nude | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £45.  Lovely, sleek looking things: M&S | Autograph Leather Pointed Toe Pumps with Insolia Flex® in nude | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £45

EXTRA: PRINTED OR COLOURED FLATS

The extra flats here are the CARVELA | Leopard Pumps, Pony Blue | Leather upper, synthetic sole | £49 (was £110): CARVELA | Leopard Pumps, Pony Blue | Leather upper, synthetic sole | £49 (was £110)

A beautiful looking pair of coloured flats are the BODEN | Flat T-bar Point in aubergine | Leather upper and lining, synthetic sole | £69: BODEN | Flat T-bar Point in aubergine | Leather upper and lining, synthetic sole | £69   10) ACCESSORIES

Neutral outfits are really boosted by shoes, and also accessories like necklaces or, in winter, a fine scarf (this blue one from Cos is my favourite).  As its summer, I will just refer to necklaces (and there is no coat in this post for that reason, too).

The key necklace here is the classic but modern ZARA | Big jewel necklace | 65% zinc, 30% acrylic, 5% steel| £19.99.  Its really beautiful in real life and excellent value for money, like most of the Zara jewellery: ZARA | Big jewel necklace | 65% ZINC, 30% ACRYLIC, 5% STEEL | £19.99

EXTRA: MULTICOLOURED NECKLACE 

The extra necklace here is the ZARA | Multi coloured necklace | 55% zinc, 20% glass, 15% acrylic, 10% steel | £29.99. This necklace is stunning in real life, very Bulgari on a budget: Image 1 of  from Zara ————-

So, the 10 key pieces should enable you to create a plethora of outfits, by mixing them with the extras and/or your existing casual pieces, like jeans, a denim shirt, a T-shirt.  I will post again soon with some outfit ideas using the key pieces and extras.  In the meantime, here is my dress down Friday / casual workplace Pinterest board that has many street style outfits to get inspiration from:

Follow the workwear edit’s board dress down Friday / casual workplace on Pinterest.

This week’s news and views

New in at Zara

A quick walk through Zara the other day confirmed that there’s nothing left in the sales that I fancy, notwithstanding some random, terrific return that pops up.  However, I did notice one thing in particular:

This multicoloured bejewelled necklace is incredible.  Its not at all discreet, but its the epitome of how Zara makes excellent quality costume jewellery for less.  Bulgari on a budget, if you like.   The details are from the website are ZARA | Multi coloured necklace | 55% zinc, 20% glass, 15% acrylic, 10% steel | £29.99:

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Here is a close up photo I took:

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I also noticed and admired the ZARA | Rhinestone necklace | 45% zinc, 20% steel, 15% resin, 12% glass, 8% shell | £29.99:

ZARA | Rhinestone necklace | 45% zinc, 20% steel, 15% resin, 12% glass, 8% shell | £29.99

If you are eagle eyed, you may notice that the shell looks the same as the New Zealand Paua shell:

See what I mean?

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Whistles

On I shopped, and saw that Whistles have some new season pieces, including their beautiful classic stretch silk dresses, which are well worth buying.  Dresses, once you have found the right one, are such an easy way to dress:

WHISTLES | Mimosa Print Bodycon Dress in Green/Multi | 85% Silk, 15% Elastane. Dry clean | £155:

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WHISTLES | Bella Ikat dress | 85% Silk, 15% Elastane. Dry clean | £155:

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WHISTLES | Bella Tyler animal print dress | 85% silk, 15% elastane | £155:

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Also, the very pretty WHISTLES | Lori stretch silk dress is available for £45 (reduced from £155) if you are a size 14.

Whistles also make lovely bags, including this WHISTLES | Duffy Zip satchel in black | £250, which reminds me a little of the Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body bag:

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I must say, though, that while Whistles sell some lovely things, their website is awful, so here’s hoping that they fix that.

 

Accessorize

Now, while I love a bold, or “statement” necklace, some people prefer something more delicate.  A friend mentioned that Accessorize were bringing out a Z range of gold plated jewellery, a collaboration with Zara Simon, so I stopped by and took a couple of pictures:

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Its a pretty range, and is quite an affordable way to add to your jewellery collection.

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Thanks for reading, Reader, and have a lovely weekend.

 

 

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What would Audrey Hepburn wear to work?

I imagine it might be an outfit like this:

What would Audrey Hepburn wear to work?

The individual pieces are:

TM LEWIN | Florence Jacket, in black and white | 80% Cotton, 5% Rayon, 5% Acrylic, 5% Polyester, 3% Metallic Fibres, 2% Elastane | £77.50 (was £155):

TM LEWIN | Florence Jacket, in black and white | 80% Cotton, 5% Rayon, 5% Acrylic, 5% Polyester, 3% Metallic Fibres, 2% Elastane.  Ottoman: 82% Tri-Acetate, 18% Rayon.  Dry Clean Only | UK 10 Length: 55cm | £77.50 (was £155)

BODEN | Sixties Ponte Dress in black | 98% cotton 2% elastane. Bodice lining: 100% polyester. Machine washable | £63.20 (was £79):

Sixties Ponte Dress WH645 Smart Day Dresses at Boden

HOBBS | Finsbury Bag in black | 100% Leather. Lining: 100% Polyester | 27cm H x 35cm W x 15cm D | £199

This bag has a detachable shoulder strap and a padded laptop compartment.

HOBBS | Finsbury Bag in black | 100% Leather. Lining: 100% Polyester | Detachable sholder strap | 27cm H x 35cm W x 15cm D | The front slip pocket has three compartments for cards and phone, with a roomy interior for documents, secure essentials pocket and a padded laptop compartment | £199

 

 

JONES THE BOOTMAKER | Peter Kaiser Damanda slingbacks in black and white | £69 (was £135)

Aren’t these so luvverly?

JONES THE BOOTMAKER | Peter Kaiser Damanda slingbacks in black and white | £69 (was £135)

Simple, elegant, timeless: an outfit twist on the question posed in the book, What Would Audrey Do?

Flat out smart: the 15 best flat shoes for work, Part 2

I have been preparing a capsule wardrobe post, and in doing so, have been having a good look at the new arrivals from various brands.  Something I couldn’t help but notice is the fantastic range of flats that are now available.  I did a post a little while ago on the top 15 flats for work that were in stores then, and, so, here are the top 15 flats that are either in stores or on their way!

1. & Other Stories | Oily Leather Slippers in green | Cushioned leather insole and a leather outsole with rubber beneath the heel | Heel height: 1.3 cm | £55

Let’s start with something bold.  The iridescent sheen on these shoes was inspired by beetles and it elevates them into a pair of flats you can’t stop looking at.  They won’t appeal to everybody, but they are certainly unique.

& Other Stories | Oily Leather Slippers in green (iridescent like a hot rod! Or beetle) | Cushioned leather insole and a leather outsole with rubber beneath the heel | Heel height: 1.3 cm | £55

 

2. JIGSAW | Sophia pointed flat in black with taupe spots | 100% calf leather with pony-skin print upper. Sole: 100% cow leather | Rounded point toe | £89

JIGSAW | Sophia pointed flat in black with taupe spots | 100% calf leather with pony-skin print upper.   Sole: 100% cow leather | Rounded point toe | £89

 

3. DUNE | Ameretto Metal Trim Pointed Toe Dressy Flat – pink | Patent upper, synthetic lining and sole | £69

DUNE | Ameretto Metal Trim Pointed Toe Dressy Flat - pink | Patent upper, synthetic lining and sole | £69

 

4. RUSSELL &  BROMLEY | Tiara Jewel buckle pointy flat in silver | Silver crackle leather, leather lining and rubber sole | £195

These are a particular favourite of mine.  Incredibly luxe, very “let them eat cake”.  I saw a lady wearing the tan version the other night, which are perfect for if you want something more subtle, but still with an edge.

RUSSELL & BROMLEY | Tiara Jewel buckle pointy flat in silver | Silver crackle leather, leather lining and rubber sole | £195

 

5. BANANA REPUBLIC | Allegra pointed toe flats in black | Leather upper, breathable synthetic lining and synthetic sole | £39.99 (was £75)

Classic, comfortable, elegant Allegra.  I wear these shoes often, although never with the ankle strap.

BANANA REPUBLIC | Allegra Pointed-Toe Flat | Leather upper, breathable synthetic lining. Memory foam cushioned inner. Synthetic sole | £75

6. LK BENNETT | Tilly leather pointed slipper in black and white | Leather upper, lining and sole | £165

LK BENNETT | Tilly leather pointed slipper in black and white | Leather upper, lining and sole | £165

 

7. MINT VELVET | Grey Suede Pixie Pump | Sock: 100% Leather. Lining: 100% Cotton. Upper: 100% Leather. Sole: synthetic | £79

MINT VELVET | Grey Suede Pixie Pump | Sock: 100% Leather.  Lining: 100% Cotton.  Upper: 100% Leather. Sole: synthetic | £79

8. M&S | Footglove™ Leather Almond Toe Pumps | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £39.50

M&S | Footglove™ Leather Almond Toe Pumps | £39.50

9. DUNE | Ameretto Metal Trim Pointed Toe Dressy Flat – leopard | Ponyskin upper, synthetic lining and sole | £69

These shoes are almost a neutral staple, so prevalent is leopard print.  Good.  I have several pairs of leopard print shoes – perfect for my simple outfits.

DUNE | Ameretto Metal Trim Pointed Toe Dressy Flat - leopard | Ponyskin upper, synthetic lining and sole | £69

 

10. LK BENNETT | Agatha Check Print Flat | Leather upper, lining and sole | £165

Agatha Check Print Flat

 

11. M&S | Autograph Navy Blue Slip-On Pumps with Insolia Flex® | Ponyskin leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £49.50

I love ponyskin – its such a sleek finish, and quite unusual to see it in navy.  These shoes come in black, too.

M&S | Autograph Slip-On Pumps with Insolia Flex® in navy blue | Ponyskin leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £49.50

12. LK BENNETT | Tilly pointed flat in blue print | fabric upper, leather lining and sole | £150

I wasn’t going to include any more shoes from LK Bennett, but these are divine, so I changed my mind.

Tilly Pointed Flat

 

13. M&S | Autograph Leather Pointed Toe Pumps with Insolia Flex® in nude | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £45

These are a lovely staple and will be in my upcoming capsule wardrobe post.  Far more expensive looking in real life.

M&S | Autograph Leather Pointed Toe Pumps with Insolia Flex® in nude | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £45

14. RUSSELL & BROMLEY | Caterina Point Toe Bow Flat in pink | Patent leather upper, leather lining and sole | Heel height: 1.5cm | £195

There’s something faintly ridiculous about such a shoe, but it does make me smile.

RUSSELL & BROMLEY | Caterina Point Toe Bow Flat in pink | Patent leather upper, leather lining and sole | Heel height: 1.5cm | £195

And, finishing up with a beautiful pair of crazy expensive shoes – a pure fantasy shoe - its nice to dream, no?:

15. JIMMY CHOO | Gamble patent-trimmed calf hair point-toe flats | £475

Jimmy Choo | Gamble patent-trimmed calf hair point-toe flats | NET-A-PORTER.COM

There’s quite a mix of shoes here, and I’m so pleased to find such a range of fabulous flats, so we can be comfortable without compromising on style.  If, however, you didn’t see anything that really tickled your fancy, I have lots of other shoes to look at on my Pinterest workwear shoes board.

Follow the workwear edit’s board workwear shoes on Pinterest.

This week’s news and views

New arrivals

The sales are starting to tail off, which is when I often find some terrific, spontaneous bargains.  However, its also the time those canny retailers start bringing out the new seasons’s offerings.  This week, I’ve had a few emails, and there is one shop I am especially looking forward to visiting soon, to see the pieces in real life: & Other Stories.

& Other Stories have some really terrific, unique pieces.  Some things are a bit extreme for me and my conservative taste, but there are both some lovely looking basics such as the & Other Stories | Sleeveless Top in black | 80% Viscose, 14% Polyamide, 6% Elastane | £29

& Other Stories | Sleeveless Top in black |  80% Viscose, 14% Polyamide, 6% Elastane | £29

There are also some more interesting pieces, especially in their new nature inspired range such as the & Other Stories | African Mood Dress | 55% Cupro, 45% Cotton | £65

& Other Stories | African Mood Dress | 55% Cupro, 45% Cotton | £65

If you prefer less colour, no sleeves and a more relaxed shape, there’s also & Other Stories | African Mood Dress | 100% viscose | £55:

& Other Stories | African Mood Dress | 100% viscose | £55

Or shoes, I can never overlook shoes.  & Other Stories | African Mood Slippers | Leather upper, cushioned leather insole and a leather outsole with rubber beneath the heel | Heel height: 1.3 cm | £55

& Other Stories | African Mood Slippers

Quickly back to sales for a moment, though.  A few birdies have told me that this & Other Stories | Mulberry silk blouse | £33 (was £65) is really lovely and excellent value for money:

& Other Stories | Mulberry silk blouse

Also, its worth checking out the make up as its excellent quality.  Blondies like me might like the Worcester Taupe eyebrow pencil (£6) - its given me eyebrows you can actually see, that aren’t gingery like other light eyebrow pencils make them.

& Other Stories | Eyebrow pencil

 

Short cut

As you may recall, I ordered the J Crew matelasse black cotton drop waist skirt, and thought it might be good for dress down Friday.  Here it is with a sober black top and shoes:

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Too short.  There isn’t a day of the working week that this would be suitable for.  Even with such a sensible top and heels, it still screams “party”.  I would keep it, and wear it to all the many, many (ha!) parties I go to, but its also a bit too flared for my legs.  Still, there is a silver lining to my cloud: a returns trip to J Crew, is still a trip to J Crew, and its sale time.

 

Invisible socks

Sock liners seem like a good idea, except if you loathe the sight of them, and most creep up into view, around the sides of your shoes.  I think I have found the solution: H&M invisible socks:

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Here’s what they look like, in the packet:

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Here they are, on my feet:

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Here they are in action:

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VERDICT: Terrific solution to the visible sock liner problem (which I have had with even the leopard slippers, despite their generous foot coverage).  They are £6 for 2 pairs from H&M and are invisible even with my fairly foot skimpy nude high heels.  How do they stay on, as they really only cover your heels and your toes?  Well, they are elasticated and also have a little silicon strip at the heel section.  So, now you can have that bare legged look, while not suffering from sweaty feet or sore feet from rubbing shoes (especially a problem with synthetically lined shoes).

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Thank you for reading, Reader, and have a lovely weekend!