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:

"What would Jackie Kennedy Onassis wear to work?" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The individual pieces in this outfit board are:

1) ZARA | Structured woven jacket with pockets in black | 38% cotton, 33% wool, 17% polyamide, 12% acrylic.  Polyutherane coating.  Lined | £129

This jacket is looser and longer than both the jacket that Jackie is wearing and the Chanel-esque jackets that Zara sometimes do.  Also, this one is coated.  However, I think the more relaxed shape and coated texture give the jacket a fresh and modern look.

Image 7 of STRUCTURED WOVEN JACKET WITH POCKETS from Zara

You may have noticed that this jacket only fastens at the top, as opposed to Jackie’s, which buttons all the way down.  As such, you may wish to wear a simple merino knit or collarless silk shirt underneath, such as:

a) UNIQLO | Extra Fine Merino V Neck Sweater | 100% merino | £19.90

WOMEN Extra Fine Merino V Neck Sweater

 

b) UNIQLO | Silk long sleeve blouse in black | 100% silk | £29.90 (normally £39.90)

WOMEN Silk Long Sleeve Blouse

 

2) MARKS & SPENCER | M&S COLLECTION Leather Stitch Detail Gloves in black | 100% leather outer, polyester lining | £18

I have some of these leather gloves, and they are great value, lovely and durable.  They also come in a plethora of colours, that change from season to season.  An easy, affordable way to update your winter outfits.

 

If you have a little more to spend, the cashmere lined version of these gloves is £39.50, and come in a range of appealing colours.  The camel pair look especially luxe.

 

3) DUNE | Daveney square stud detail court shoe in black | Leather outer, synthetic lining and sole | Heel height: 8cm | £85

I know I just wrote about these shoes in the Cos printed dress outfit post, but I’ve seen these shoes in real life and am quite taken with them.  Plus, they go well with the bag that I wanted to include in the outfit post.  DUNE | Daveney Square Stud Court Shoe | £85

Now, for when it gets very frosty, and if its appropriate in your workplace, then you could wear these HOBBS | Sadie long boots in black | Leather upper, leather lining, leather sole | Heel height: 8.5cm | £204.00 (was £279) which I am including because they are so gorgeous.  Jackie was aware of the impact her outfits made, and these boots would most definitely make an impact.

Sadie Longboot

4) MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Leather Tote Bag in black leopard print mix | Leather outer, polyester lining | £169

Marks & Spencer are really on fire with their bags this season.  I give you Exhibit A:

5) J CREW | Telegraph pencil skirt in Super 120s wool in black |Merino wool.  Lined | £138

Jackie wore a fitted jacket and a looser skirt, but the jacket in this outfit is loose, so I have chosen a fitted wool pencil skirt.  What I like about this skirt is the slightly longer length, which makes it more elegant than an above knee pencil skirt.

Telegraph pencil skirt in Super 120s wool : pencil | J.Crew

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Thank you for reading, Reader, and I hope you are having a lovely day.

 

By |October 20th, 2014|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:

"Cos Printed dress" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

 

The individual pieces in each outfit are:

Shades of Grey: the Top 15 grey workwear pieces

How is it that I have not done a Top 15 on grey?  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:

"Grey outfits"

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

"15 Shades of Grey"

 

The details on the individual pieces are:

Mid season mark downs: & Other Stories and Gap

It feels like the Autumn | Winter stock only just arrived, but it would seem we are mid way through the season, as there are now mid season mark downs.

& Other Stories

The & Other Stories mid season sale started yesterday, although it only includes a limited number of items.  I am a big fan of the brand for its interesting, modern but discreet pieces, and immediately ordered these & OTHER STORIES | Richard Braqo silver slippers | Leather upper, leather lining and sole | £23 (was £45).  They have almost sold out, but if you want a pair, its worth keeping an eye out for returns in a week or so.  These shoes also come in black suede, against which the heel detail is more noticeable than on the silver.

& Other Stories | Richard Braqo Slippers

This is a smart buy for me as I had been meaning to go and buy them full price.  I have enough shoes, accessories and clothes that I now need to be strict like that.  If however, you are looking for more workwear at great prices, these pieces look good:

By |October 10th, 2014|blog, shirts & tops, shoes|3 Comments|