‘Tis the season: the top 20 work party pieces

We can’t avoid it, and why would we want it to – its the party season.  Lots of fun!  Unless you don’t know what to wear.  Well, here are the Top 20 work party pieces on the high street:

Top 20 work party pieces

The details of the individual pieces are:

From day to night, workwear to weekend

Who doesn’t want to go from day to night, workwear to weekend, with as little change as possible?  Its not lazy, no, its efficient!  Also, its timely, as many of us are starting to celebrate the festive season, which often means after work drinks.

So, here are 2 day / workwear and night / weekend outfits based around 1 coat, 1 top and 1 pair of shoes:

"Day to night / workwear to weekend" outfit board

The details of the individual pieces are:

Shop the streetstyle: Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld is one of my style role models: she knows what looks great on her, and she repeatedly wears it.  Fiercely, but with a smile.  Fortunately for me, who writes about workwear, she often favours shirts and pencil skirts, so you can shop Carine’s streetstyle look and still look work appropriate (although you might need to do another button up).  Here is one of her classic looks, on the left, which you can recreate using the high street pieces on the right:

Shop the streetstyle: Carine Roitfeld

The details of the individual pieces are:

By |November 13th, 2014|blog, outfit board, shirts & tops, shoes, shop the street style, skirts|5 Comments

The best of Boden workwear (since its 25% off time…)

Boden currently have a 25% everything until midnight on Thursday, using the code X4K7, so here are the 10 pieces that are the best of Boden workwear:

"Best of Boden" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The details of the individual pieces are:

By |November 12th, 2014|blog, dresses, shirts & tops, shoes, trousers|1 Comment

The Top 15 winter wool coats: the sequel

I wrote a post, at the end of August, called “The top 15 winter coats: its time”.  Since then, the mild weather meant I didn’t really focus on all the lovely coats that were coming into the shops.  Well, its getting properly cold now, so here we have The Sequel, as there are even more great coats to choose from.

I selected the coats on the basis that they need to be a) less than £300; and b) wool rich.  A winter coat is a performance item, and acrylic just doesn’t either keep you warm or wear well, and I have assumed that, like me, you expect your winter coats to keep you warm for years to come.  Sermon is over, here are the coats!

"Top 15 winter wool coats: the sequel" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The details of the individual coats are:

By |November 10th, 2014|blog, coats, The Best / Top X lists|13 Comments

Trying it on at Whistles

Like most of us, I have been to Whistles, I have admired clothes from Whistles, and I have tried clothes on at Whistles.  However, its taken me far too long to pull it all together and write about what I saw, liked and tried on at Whistles.  So, here we go:

 

1) WHISTLES | Campbell tailored trousers in black | 46% wool, 49% polyester, 5% elastane | £125 (size 10)

Whenever I see promising looking trousers in a good fabric composition (this is good, but more wool is required for me to think its great), I try them on.  Here is the website photo:

Whistles Wool Blend Campbell Tailored Trousers, Black

Here’s how they look on me:

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Whistles Campbell trousers, black, trying it on, change room photos

Whistles Campbell trousers, black, trying it on, change room photos

Whistles Campbell trousers-the workwear edit

By |November 7th, 2014|blog, change room selfies, dresses, shirts & tops, trousers|10 Comments

The top 15 blush, berry and burgundy pieces for work

Its a beautiful palette: blush, berry and burgundy.  They look wonderful together, and fantastic with other colours.  Burgundy is at the more formal, easy to wear end, but berry is a gorgeous alternative to red, and blush looks lovely with creams and light greys.  Here are some photos from Pinterest that show you better than I can tell you:

"Blush, berry and burgundy" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

If you would like to add some blush, berry and/or burgundy pieces to your working wardrobe, here are the Top 15 pieces on the high street right now:

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The details of the individual pieces are:

Quick Office treat

Reader, I’ve almost left this too late, sorry! I spontaneously walked into an Office store, saw and tried these gorgeous Gilly heels (£65), then found a discount code and ordered them. The code is TREAT for 20% off, until tonight (again, sorry!!).

I think they are beautiful, and also quite “elevating” like the TopShop faux leather pleated skirt: so, likely to lift my existing outfits from classic, but standard, to a bit more interesting. Fingers crossed.

The devils always in the details, so here are some: the shoes have a suede upper and leather lining, the heel is 7.5cm (very wearable!) and the price, with discount is £52.

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By |November 2nd, 2014|blog, shoes|0 Comments

The elevating TopShop faux leather pleated midi skirt

Some pieces elevate everything else they are worn with. They really lift the outfit from rather standard to interesting and fresh. I just bought this TopShop faux leather pleated midi skirt (£55) that is just such a piece. The product code is 27A28F BLK in case you are going instore, as it’s sold out online (although a search shows that size 10, my size, is available in some stores)

It’s also extremely versatile – I quickly put together 4 easy outfits with it and existing pieces in my wardrobe:

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As to its “elevating” qualities: imagine the below denim blazer outfit with black skinnies, instead. A little predictable?

By |November 1st, 2014|change room selfies, Trying it on, workwear outfit|9 Comments

Trying it on at Zara

The stock turnover in Zara is so high that, really, I could almost do one of these posts fortnightly.  I will spare you that, Reader.  However, I do check the Zara website at least weekly, keeping an eye on what has come in and often have a look instore, before deciding what to try on when I go back.  I went in the other week, and here is what I liked and tried on.

 

1) ZARA | Printed leggings with side zip in black | 97% cotton, 3% elastane | £35.99 (size S)

Leggings?  Leggings for work? Fear not, these are mislabelled trousers.   Here is the website photo:

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Here’s how they look on me:

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Change room selfies-Zara-black-slim-work-trousers-square print

Change room selfies-Zara-black-slim-work-trousers-square print

By |October 27th, 2014|change room selfies, Trying it on|4 Comments