Top 15 accessories to add interest to your work outfits

One of the easiest and fastest ways to dress is by wearing simple clothes, then adding some interesting accessories.  I do this all the time.  Not only is it easy, its quite economical, as you can create many different outfits with the same, sometimes more expensive, neutral clothes.  When the accessories are eye catching, I find that’s what people pay attention to, more than the neutral clothes.  So, if you wish to dress like this, here are the Top 15 accessories to add interest to your work outfits:

 

 

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The look we are aiming for is sophisticated and interesting, not bonkers, so I wouldn’t recommend wearing too many of these at once.  However, you will see that most of these accessories are classically shaped, with the interesting detail lying in the pattern or colour.

The details of the individual pieces are:

1) RUSSELL & BROMLEY | Quilty Quilted Shoulder bag in fuschia suede | £199

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If you are looking for some more fuschia suede to add to your wardrobe, but you are on a strict budget, I just bought these DUNE | Luiza fuschia suede slippers | suede upper, synthetic lining and sole | £23 (was £59).  These are much brighter in real life, like a shocking Schiaparelli pink, you can see a photo of them on my Instagram:

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Although, since they are shoes, I won’t be wearing them terribly often as I easily spoil suede shoes.  That’s why  I wouldn’t spend much on suede shoes.  I expect a suede shoulder handbag (not a clutch that you, you know “clutch”) would wear better, though.

 

2) REISS | Eden double strap ankle court shoes in gem | Leather upper and lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 7cm | £79 (was £159)

I’ve written about how interesting shoes help your career before, and here are another pair that could start a conversation, while still looking chic.  What’s more, they are reduced to a more affordable price, along with other lovely heels in the Outlet section of the Reiss website.

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3) & OTHER STORIES | Oily reptile phone case | 100% Cow leather | £19

This phone case has an incredible leather finish, making it quite a unique accessory.

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4) MANGO | Fur leather ankle boots in off-white | Ponyskin outer, synthetic lining and sole | Heel height: 10cm | £119

I doubt I could actually walk far in a heel this high, but these are so fabulous, I had to include them for those who can wear such high heels.  Mere mortals, like me, can but gaze at them in delight.

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5) ZARA | Leather city bag with zips in red | Calfskin outer, cotton lining | £89.99

A red bag is a classic, interesting accessory, and one that you can use for years to come.

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6) ZARA | Necklace with geometric rhinestones | 50% zinc, 40% plastic, 10% iron| £29.99

Zara really do have the best statement necklaces, at this price point.  No wonder my friends and I have so many of them.

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7) NEW LOOK | Cream woven gem point flats | Textile upper, synthetic sole | £19.99

I recently bought these on a whim, and am really glad I did.  They are cute, comfortable (I am between sizes, so bought the larger size and added a memory foam insole) and sparkly.  All for under £20.

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8) BANANA REPUBLIC | Leather stud bracelet in grey and silver | Leather and metal bracelet with buckle closure | £25

Just the right side of fierce for work.

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9) Marks & Spencer | M&S Collection leather gloves in magenta | Leather outer, polyester lining | £18

Affordable, durable and colourful gloves: perfect antidote to cold, grey days.

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10) ZARA | Fur wraparound stole in brown | 89% Modacrylic, 19% polyester | £29.99

Zara fur is some of the best on the high street, in my opinion, and I have a similar stole in black from a few years ago that is plush and thick, that I always receive compliments on.  Its the easiest way to add some affordable luxury to a plain coat.

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11) MANGO | Faceted crystal earrings in green | 70% acrylic,25% zinc,5% brass | £14.99

I don’t recommend hanging, swinging earrings that bob around your face while you talk, distracting others.  However, these look bold and luxurious and, most importantly!, likely to stay still.

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12) REISS | Emerald asymmetric strap court heels in blue | Leather and suede upper, leather lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 8.5 cm | £85 (was £169)

Another beautiful pair of heels from the Reiss Outlet section.

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13) JIGSAW | Camouflage print scarf | Silk chiffon | £59

This is a fantastic print, almost like leopard print, but not quite and all the more subtle for it.

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14) ZARA | Double pearl earring | 50% acrylic, 45% brass, 5% steel | £12.99

This is at the more conservative end of the “interesting accessory” spectrum, but sometimes that’s either what we feel like, or what our workplace requires.  Either way, these are a fun, high street spin on the Dior double pearl earrings (£260).

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15) REISS | Ivy animal print court heels | Leather upper and lining.  Synthetic sole | heel heigh: 9cm | £159

Its another pair of Reiss heels!  Frankly, I was going to include the classic Nine West leopard print heels I keep writing about, but I wanted to do a post on interesting accessories that I have not written about before.  Nobody likes a rehash, now do they?!  Also, the black and white animal print is a stunning, rare beast.

Womens Animal Print Animal Print Court Shoes - Reiss Ivy Print

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Thank you for reading, Reader, and have a lovely day.

Trying it on at Banana Republic

Reader, I’m sorry: I haven’t done a Trying It On post for a while, so here is one from Banana Republic.  Back, when the sun was shining and the weather was warm [scowls at this morning's dreary wet weather], I went to Banana Republic to try on a couple of dresses from the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic collection, I also tried on a few other things.  Here is what I tried on and my verdict on each piece.

 

1. BANANA REPUBLIC | Sloan sheath in black | 60% Cotton, 35% Rayon, 5% Elastane | £75 (size US6 or UK10 Petite)

 Here is the website photo:

 Here’s how it looked on me:

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 VERDICT: I should have sized down in this dress, to US4 / UK 8, and, as its too short, I also need the regular size rather than the petite size.  However, the dress is unlined, so I would keep looking, for a lined dress.

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2) BANANA REPUBLIC | Silk popover blouse in sweet cream | 100% silk | £75 (size S)

Here is the website photo:

Here’s how it looked on me:

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VERDICT: You can see more photos of the shirt below, as I wore it with the trousers.  Its a very pretty colour, really flattering and not sickly sweet.  Its also a colour that you don’t see often.  The shirt is semi sheer and looked better tucked in on me, however, with a camisole underneath, its well worth buying, although I should have tried XS, too, as this shirt is roomy.  If this particular colour doesn’t appeal to you, then it also comes in pink and white.

 

3) BANANA REPUBLIC | Sloan Slim Ankle-Zip Pants in black | 56% Rayon (aka viscose), 39% Cotton, 5% Elastane | £55 (size US4 or UK8 in regular length)

I’ve heard women say that they really like the Sloan trousers, but there are a few variations of “Sloan trousers” and last time I went to Banana Republic, I tried on the wrong ones.  Apparently the ones to get are the “Slim Ankle Pants” or the “Slim Ankle-Zip Pants“.  I tried the latter.  Here is the website photo:

Here’s how they looked on me:

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VERDICT: These are terrific trousers: just the right side of skinny: they could have been cut with me in mind.  How thoughtful, Banana Republic! [wink]  These are a great buy. If, however, you prefer a slightly looser cut, the Sloan-Fit Slim Ankle Pant (no ankle zip) comes in a range of beautiful winter colours.

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Thank you for reading, Reader, and I hope you have a lovely day.  As for me, I have Best Value Workwear, Trying It On at Zara, and a comparison between the Uniqlo, J Crew and, now, also, Gap merino knits posts to finish.

What would Jackie Kennedy Onassis wear to work?

Jackie Kennedy Onassis – a name was synonymous with style, and even though her look evolved over time, she was always immaculately presented in simple, chic clothes that suited and fitted her beautifully.  That’s quite impressive, given that she spent the majority of her life in the public eye.  Most people have numerous style mishaps during that sort of period.

Now, Jackie didn’t shop from the high street; the suit you see below is, like so many of hers, from Chanel.  However, most of us do, so when I asked myself “what would Jackie Kennedy Onassis wear to work” I added the proviso, “if she had a high street budget”.  Here is the answer:

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The individual pieces in this outfit board are:

By |October 20th, 2014|blog, workwear outfit|0 Comments|

Outfit post: Cos this printed dress is superb

I know some women prefer to wear dresses to work, as they are such an easy way to dress, once you find the right dress.  Also, they are less traditional and corporate looking than a suit.  So, here is one superb printed dress, around which I put together two outfits, using some pieces I have written about or Instagrammed lately:

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The individual pieces in each outfit are:

By |October 15th, 2014|blog, outfit board|1 Comment|

Shades of Grey: the Top 15 grey workwear pieces

How is it that I have not written about the Top 15 grey pieces you can wear to work?  Grey is one of the easiest “colours” to wear both with other colours and with other shades of grey.  In fact, I often find an outfit comprised of various shades of greys one of the most elegant and easiest to put together.  Not sold?  Here are some of my favourite grey based workwear outfit photos from Pinterest:

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And here are the Top 15 grey workwear pieces that I have seen on the high street, right now:

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The details on the individual pieces are: