Top 15 pointed flats

Its been a little while since I have done one of these posts, but a recent trip to John Lewis and Russell & Bromley reminded me of some of the fabulous pointed flats that are for sale at the moment.  The 15 pairs that appeal most to me are:

Top 15 pointed flats by theworkwearedit on Polyvore featuring Boden, Massimo Dutti, Banana Republic, Somerset by Alice Temperley, Jigsaw, John Lewis and Office

1.  DUNE | Briella Embellished Toe Point Flat Pumps, Black Suede | Black suede upper, synthetic lining and sole | £60 (normally £75)

These shoes come in blush, grey or black suede (the leopard print ponyskin, which I recently bought, has sold out), however, I think the darkened metal on the bejewelled brooch looks best against the black suede.  Dark opulent party flats.  Very Manolo for less.

Buy Dune Briella Embellished Toe Point Flat Pumps, Black Suede, 3 Online at johnlewis.com

 

2.  BANANA REPUBLIC | Amirah flat in cotton / supersilver | Leather upper, breathable  synthetic lining and sole | £75

This style, and the grey leather with subtle silver detailing, is so elegant. I’m really tempted by them.  Also, I find that I need ankle straps to be adjustable (ie you can swivel them around) or detachable.

These shoes also come in black and grey abstract pattern, along with tea rose and a red metallic:

3.  & OTHER STORIES | Pointy suede flats in aqua blue | Suede upper, leather lining and sole | £55

Suede upper (like a moth to the flame, I am drawn to suede), leather lining and sole, and a good range of colours to choose from.  This is why I always love to look at the shoe section of & Other Stories.

& Other Stories | Pointy Suede Flats

4.  SOMERSET BY ALICE TEMPERLEY | Chelwood Flat Leather Pumps in Off White and Black | Leather | £100

T-bar flats are an elegant alternative to the lace up flats that I am seeing everywhere, right now (although I like both).  These are terrific, with the black and white gangster spat styling.  Only size 7 is available online, but if you are near John Lewis, I did see another size in store.

Buy Somerset by Alice Temperley Chelwood Flat Leather Pumps, Black Online at johnlewis.com

5.  BANANA REPUBLIC | Alani D’Orsay Flat in tea rose | Leather upper, breathable synthetic lining and sole | £75

These D’Orsay flats would be perfect in warmer weather, and, of course, there’s the matter of how versatile “nude” shoes are.  These shoes also come in super silver and black reptile print.

6.  OFFICE | Low Down Ghillie Lace Up in red | Suede upper, synthetic lining and sole | £60

I know that coloured suede is very impractical for me (I attract dirt), but the heart wants what the heart wants.  These shoes also come in black.  If you are worried about the leg shortening effects of ankle ties, you could always just wear these sorts of shoes with cropped trousers and/or long skirts.

 

7.  COLLECTION BY JOHN LEWIS | Pavia Leather Pumps, Black/White | Leather upper and lining.  Synthetic sole | £65

I think the Collection by John Lewis range is worth a look, as they make classic, all leather shoes at a reasonable price.  This range is a recent discovery of mine.

Buy COLLECTION by John Lewis Pavia Leather Pumps, Black/White Online at johnlewis.com

8.  JIGSAW | Cecile Flat Ballerina Pumps in silver | Leather upper, lining and sole |  £69

These are beautifully soft in real life, as well as being leather lined.  The silver is a slightly cracked / distressed finish (as opposed to the super silver shoes that you can buy at Banana Republic which are a glossy silver).  They also come in navy or  black ponyskin.  Beautiful times 3.

Buy Jigsaw Cecile Flat Ballerina Pumps, Silver Leather, 3 Online at johnlewis.com

9.  & OTHER STORIES | Leather ballerina flats in black | Leather upper, lining and sole | £55

The classic pointed flat shoes.  Interesting shoes catch my eye, but sometimes I just want to wear a plain classic pair like these.  Great value for all leather shoes.

& Other Stories | Leather Ballerina Flats

10.  BODEN | Pointed T Bar flats | Suede or leather upper, leather lining and sole | £69

I haven’t lost my mind.  I’ve pictured the yellow suede, as I adore such a buttercup yellow.  However, I fear I might even stain them just by trying them on.  So, I am including them as they also come in navy (slightly two-toned), black and silver leather.  Sleek and chic.  I love Boden shoes.

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11.  DUNE | Abbie  Jewel Heel Pointed Toe Flat Shoe in snakeskin | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £55 (normally £69)

Snakeskin is a favourite of mine, but these shoes are really elevated by the jewelled heel.

DUNE LADIES ABBIE - Jewel Heel Pointed Toe Flat Shoe - grey | Dune Shoes Online

12.  RUSSELL & BROMLEY | Jewelled Point Flat in Tantrum | Leather upper, lining and sole | £225

I adore these shoes, and have admired them for over a year.  Perfect “desk to dinner” shoes.

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If you are on a stricter budget, like I am, the Dune Briella flats (pictured above in black), also come in leopard print and are reduced to £45.  They are sold out online, but there are some in some stores, and you can check using the Dune store checking function:

DUNE LADIES BRIELLA - Jewelled Square Brooch Pointed Toe Flat Shoe - leopard | Dune Shoes Online

If you like the Tantrum style, but fancy a different animal print, they also come in snakeskin:

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13.  BODEN | Lille Lace Up Point shoes in silver | suede upper, leather lining and sole | £89

I think about these shoes often, and really can’t justify them as I have silver pointed flats.  However, the heart wants….  These are a slightly cracked silver suede.  They also come in navy or orange suede.

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14.  MANGO | Leather pointed ballets in ivory | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | £19.99 (was £34.99)

These would have to be the bargain shoes of the post, and they also come in black,

Leather flat shoes | MANGO

 

 

15.  MASSIMO DUTTI | Suede multi strap ballerina shoes in raspberry | Suede upper, leather lining and sole | £69.95

Divine.

RASPBERRY MULTI-STRAP BALLERINA

If you want berry pink shoes, but have a little more to spend, there are the ridiculous, wonderful RUSSELL & BROMLEY | Caterina pointed bow flats | Leather upper, lining and sole | £195.  I should be so lucky:

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Thank you for reading, Reader, have a delightful rest of your day.

By |April 30th, 2015|blog, shoes|4 Comments

Uniqlo silk is on sale

Just that, really, Reader. There are a few styles of silk shirts to choose from, but my favourite is the collared, pocketless shirt, which you can see me trying on in red, below. It’s currently £24.90, down from £39.90, and I need size XS as it is a very roomy cut.  

   

      

I do also really like the short sleeve T blouse, too, which looks ideal for warmer weather. It’s now £24.90, reduced from £39.90.  

 

  

I included the light grey version of this blouse in a recent outfit board:

  

Finally, I just noticed that Uniqlo also have a nice looking silk shirt dress, too, reduced to £49.90, from £69.90:

  

By |April 18th, 2015|blog|4 Comments

A little boxy purchase

I have long admired the Celine box bag – sleek, minimal and unbadged / logo free. Although I’ve never craved it enough to think seriously about paying that sort of money for a handbag. Diamonds? Yes. Handbag? No, not for me. Anyway, I follow LornaLuxe on Instagram, and saw her new JCOS Studios bag which bears far more than a passing resemblance to the Celine box bag, then saw that 10KSPECIAL gets me 10% off the, already fairly reasonable price (£104). So, I bought it. 

Here is the link to the JCOS Studios medium box bag in camel, and here are photos of it, and some of the other colours it comes in (I’m slightly wondering if I should have bought the nude colour instead?).  I shall report back, but the Instagram photos have my hopes up that it’s a good one!

   

                

 

  

  

By |April 17th, 2015|blog|2 Comments

Be straight with me

There are so many flares and wide legged trousers in the fashion press at the moment, that its made me have a another think about the style of trousers that I write about.  My usual trouser style is narrow and cropped, which is classic and flattering.  Also, its easy to wear with any kind of shoe – flat or heeled.  However, its good to make a change, so this outfit board features the Gap True Straight trousers.  I’m not ready to embrace flared or wide legged trousers, so straight trousers are as far as I can go right now:

Truly straight by theworkwearedit on Polyvore featuring Uniqlo and MANGO

The details of the individual pieces are:

1.  UNIQLO | Silk Short Sleeve T Blouse in light grey | 100% silk | £39.90

What a useful little thing this top looks to be!  I often wear varying shades of grey, so a light grey top like this, is perfect with mid grey and charcoal, as well as other colours.

WOMEN Silk Short Sleeve T Blouse

 

2. LK BENNETT | Floret Printed Point Toe Court in yellow sweet pea | Leather upper, lining and sole | Heel height: 8.5 cm | £175

I saw these shoes and knew I wanted to include them in an outfit board, so these gorgeous, happy looking shoes inspired the outfit board.  I think if you are going to spend on LK Bennett shoes, you may as well get some printed or detailed shoes, as that’s where you can really see the quality of their shoes.

LK BENNETT | Floret Printed Point Toe Court in yellow sweet pea | Leather upper, lining and sole | Heel height: 8.5 cm | £175

3.  GAP | True straight trousers in black | 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane | £39.99

These trousers are great: thick fabric in a flattering cut.  A friend did say that they can shrink, length wise, in the wash, though, so perhaps buy the length that will allow for that:

 

You can see me trying these trousers on here, and this is what they look like on me in a size 10:

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If you don’t want to wear straight trousers, the other trousers that I thought would work well in this outfit were the BANANA REPUBLIC | Sloan-Fit Gray Slim Ankle Pant in Rich Grey | 56% Viscose, 39% Cotton, 5% Elastane | £39.99 (was £55):

4.  MANGO | Textured jacket in natural white (AFRICA4) | 100% cotton.   Lined | £49.99

This jacket was included in my recent post on the Top 10 Jackets and Blazers.  Lovely, textured cotton blazer from Mango – its the sort of thing that they excel at.

Textured jacket

5.  WHISTLES | Duffy Zip Satchel Bag in Dark Grey | 100% Cow Leather | H: 28cm, W: 20cm | £260

I don’t often write about Whistles bag, certainly not as often as I should.  They are some of the high street handbags: no logos or badging (I loathe that), good shapes, soft leather, minimal details/hardware and reasonable prices.  I often find myself admiring this style when I am in a Whistles store, and I’m pleased to see it in dark grey, as its chic and versatile.

Buy Whistles Duffy Zip Satchel Bag, Dark Grey Online at johnlewis.com

Top 10 jackets and blazers

Well, Reader, one hint of sunshine and I’m already looking forward to spring and summer, when we can shake off our winter coats and just rely on a jacket or blazer to keep us warm.  I love a great jacket or blazer, and find its something other women always seem to pay attention to or comment on.  Perhaps its up there with bags and shoes, in terms of things women love to own and wear? So, here are the Top 10 jackets and blazers I have seen on the high street.

Top 10 jackets and blazers by theworkwearedit on Polyvore featuring Reiss, Gerard Darel, MANGO, Zara and H&M

The details of the individual pieces are:

1.  JAEGER OUTLET | Matelassé Curved Hem Jacket in black | 57% Cotton, 43% Polyester | £129 (was £199)

This is rather expensive for polyester / cotton, but the shape looks terrific: sleek and flattering.  Perfect for when you need something less formal than a suit jacket, but but still somewhat traditional.

2.  H&M | Short jacket in black and cream | 58% cotton, 42% polyester | £20.99 (was £29.99)

At the other end of the expenditure spectrum is this great looking blazer that H&M did last season (I did an outfit post on it here) and, thankfully, again this season.  At the moment its 30% off.  Its well shaped, thick and the sort of thing that you would wear both to work and on weekends.

Here it is in an outfit board I put together:

Gap Ultra Skinny Trousers outfits

If you would like something similar in black and white, and have a little more to spend, there is the BANANA REPUBLIC | Drapey Tweed Blazer in black and white | 80% cotton, 20% polyester | £99.50.

3.  ZARA | Buttoned short army jacket in black | 100% cotton | £59.99

The two brands that consistently bring out a range of really great jackets and blazers are Zara and Mango.  I clearly love this jacket as I have already bought it and written about it (here).  Very on trend, given the amount of (paid) press coverage the Gucci drummer jacket (£2720) is getting.  I adore the Gucci jacket, but the detailing makes it less wearable for work than the Zara version.  I’m not even commenting on the price.

Image 8 of BUTTONED SHORT ARMY JACKET from Zara

I have also seen and admired this chic waffle textured cotton jacket, but the rest of Zara’s blazers and jackets seem to be polyester.  I expect that more will come online, soon.

"Another great #cotton #workwear #blazer from @Zara " Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! http://www.instapinapp.com (02/18/2015)

4.  MANGO | Textured jacket in natural white (AFRICA4) | 100% cotton.   Lined | £49.99

Mango often stock a fantastic range of cotton jackets and blazers for the warmer months, and this is just such an example:

 

 

Textured jacket

5.  MASSIMO DUTTI | Coral short coat | 80% wool, 20% nylon | £145

Massimo Dutti seem to have an aversion to taking photos where you can see the whole of their, really quite lovely, things, so I am including a few of this short coat, so you can see it.

SHORT COAT

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6.  JAEGER OUTLET | Puppytooth jacket | 96% Wool, 4% Elastane | £75 (was £220)

I wasn’t going to include anything else from Jaeger, but then I saw this cropped jacket.  It is very similar to a Balenciaga jacket I saw a year ago in the Gold Label section of my local TK Maxx.  The workmanship was incredible, and this sort of shaping is rarely achieved on the high street in anything other than scuba fabric.   So, to see this wool, is terrific, very luxe for less. The matching dress has sold out, but I would simply wear it with a white collarless top and black cigarette trousers.

7.  MANGO | Bead cotton jacket in black (ELRIVINO) | 100% cotton | £59.99

Bead cotton jacket

8.  REISS | Orchid cropped zip jacket in grey | 80% wool, 20% polyamide.   Lined | £120 (was £245)

After my recent Reiss sales picks post, I thought I’d best limit myself to only including one of their jackets, so I have chosen this.

Womens Grey Cropped Zip Detail Jacket - Reiss Orchid

If I could include another from Reiss, it would be this:  REISS | Pinot fitted fishtail jacket in shell pink | 66% Wool 30% Polyester 4% Polyurethane | £135 (was £225))

9.  MANGO | Beaded ethnic jacket in pink (CHANIA) | 65% cotton, 35% polyester | £49.99

This is a jacket probably best suited to casual Friday or informal workplaces, but its just so Isabel Marant for less and pretty, that its on my shopping list.  I should buy it soon, as I predict it will be one of the more popular high street jackets of the season.

I really shouldn’t include any more Mango in this post, so I will only quickly mention this cotton geometric jacket, and this cotton frayed hem jacket and this cotton blue trimmed jacket.  Really, their summer jackets are outstanding!

10.  GERARD DAREL | Valence Jacket in Navy Marine | 100% wool.   Lined | £93 (was £310)

I suggested this to a dear friend, when she was looking for a navy jacket she had seen on Stella McCartney, so this was on my mind when I wrote this post:

 

Buy Gerard Darel Valence Jacket, Marine, 8 Online at johnlewis.com

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Thank you for reading, Reader, have a brilliant day.

By |March 3rd, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog|0 Comments

Reiss sale picks

I have noticed that the Reiss sale stock seems to have been gathered from all the stores and returned to the warehouse, as there is more Reiss sale stock online, than there was.  Reiss make some gorgeous looking pieces, but some of its expensive at full price, so to shop in their final reductions, is a Good Idea.  Here are the best of the sale picks:

1.  REISS | Garland waterfall sleeve dress in midnight navy | 100% viscose | £79 (was £159)

With all things ’70’s coming in right now, these sleeves, which are quite flattering, suddenly look more modern to me right now.  Perfect desk to dinner dress as the sleeves make it look more “party” than office”, but covered with a jacket during the day, its an office appropriate dress:

Womens Midnight Waterfall Sleeve Dress - Reiss Garland

2.  REISS | Delilah fitted lace dress in black | 45% Viscose 35% Nylon 20% Cotton.  Lined | £79 (was £195)

This looks like the perfect dress for a work cocktail party – interesting, glamorous, but covered up:

Womens Black Fitted Lace Dress - Reiss Delilah

 

3. REISS | Orchid cropped zip jacket in grey | 80% wool, 20% polyamide.   Lined | £120 (was £245)

I would love to buy this, if I had the extra budget (I’ve been a little indulgent, so had to put the brakes on.  Boring) and the extra wardrobe space (another problem.  More boring).  Isn’t it coolly beautiful?!  I live in jackets, here in London, most of the year and love how well they change and “smarten” a plain outfit.

Womens Grey Cropped Zip Detail Jacket - Reiss Orchid

4.  REISS | Noir  neutral high collared fitted jacket | 78% Wool 22% Polyamide | £175 (was £265)

This is one of my favourites, and the sort of great tailoring that makes Reiss stand out from the rest of the high street labels.  Its classic and elegant but quite modern.   Its relatively affordable luxury, too, during final reduction sale time.

Womens Neutral High-collar Fitted Jacket - Reiss Noir

5.  REISS | Pinot fitted fishtail jacket in shell pink | 66% Wool 30% Polyester 4% Polyurethane | £135 (was £225)

I approach pink with caution, but this is a lovely rose pink (ie not candy pink).  I wrote about this jacket in this outfit post, and also here is a photo of DemureEst (one of the best workwear Instagram accounts) in it, too:

Womens Shell Pink Fitted Fishtail Jacket - Reiss Pinot

 

 

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6.  REISS | Lorena jewelled button black jacket | 59% Cotton 26% Polyester 14% Viscose 1% Elastane | £130 (was £250)

Again, Reiss really excel at this sharp tailoring.  This classic, shaped jacket would look great with coordinating trousers.

Or…something less classic, like this TopShop polyutherane (faux leather) pleated midi skirt (I have it in size 10) and statement heels (like these or, even bolder/better,  these or these).

Or… on the weekend with a partially sheer lace skirt (inspired by Tash Sefton, whose Instagram account I adore – which is where the pic of her is from)

Womens Black Jewelled Button Jacket - Reiss Lorena

"Ok in a huge rush to get out of the house I may have wrapped a piece of lace fabric around my waist as a skirt ... Let's hope it doesn't fall down x" Photo taken by @tashsefton on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! http://www.instapinapp.com (02/06/2015)

 

7.  REISS | Michelle Pfeiffer cream wool tuxedo suit | 100% wool. Lined | Blazer £155 (was £265) and Trousers £65 (was £130)

I love winter white and think this tuxedo suit is absolutely superb.  It also comes in black and is the sort of thing that you’d have and love for years and years.

Womens Cream High-waisted Trousers - Reiss Michelle

Inspired by…:? (photo credit)

8.  REISS | Ivy print animal court shoes | Upper: 100% Cow Leather (fur aka ponyskin), Leather lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 9 cm | £79 (was £159).

There are lots of other things in the Reiss sale section, but I’m going to finish by just including my favourite sale shoes, these:

Womens Animal Print Animal Print Court Shoes - Reiss Ivy Print

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Thank you for reading, Reader, have a fantastic day.

By |February 26th, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog, dresses, shoes, suits|3 Comments

Army success, and other military workwear pieces

I wrote about my sales mishaps, last week, and referred to an army jacket I planned to try on.  Its a successful purchase!  However, its not the only military piece you could wear to work.  I’ve also found the following military workwear pieces on the high street:

Military workwear by theworkwearedit on Polyvore featuring MANGO, Uniqlo, Four Seasons, Zara, Uterque and Jigsaw

Note: Military is definitely a look that lends itself well to workwear, due to the sharp tailoring and minimal details.  However, I would add a piece, or even two, to an otherwise neutral outfit, but avoid head to toe unless you wish to look like a dictator (not that there’s anything wrong with that…).

The details of the individual pieces are:

1. ZARA | Buttoned short army jacket in black | 100% cotton.  Lined | £59.99

Starting with my favourite, the Zara army jacket I just bought in size S. Here is the website photo:

Image 8 of BUTTONED SHORT ARMY JACKET from Zara

Ignore the current website styling, as I don’t like it.  The previous styling was spot on, especially for work:

"And don't we think that @Zara have got the styling right on this jacket, too? " Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! http://www.instapinapp.com (02/11/2015)

Here’s how it looks on me:

"Happy Valentine's Day to me @Zara! My husband doesn't shop... Good thing I have it covered ❤️❤️❤️" Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! http://www.instapinapp.com (02/13/2015)

Its a quality piece at a great price, and I definitely recommend buying it.

 

2. JIGSAW | Camouflage print scarf | 100% silk chiffon | £29 (was £59)

This is such a subtle camo print, that I think this is a classic, neutral scarf, rather than a “statement” one.

JIGSAW | Camouflage scarf | 100% cotton | £59

3. MANGO | Belted waist shirt dress (REVENTA) | 98% cotton,2% elastane | £34.99

I wrote about this dress in my Top 10 work dresses post.  This military style shirt dress comes in both black or khaki.  Needless to say, black is far more versatile and less “military looking”.  This dress looks too short for work on the model, but I’m hoping that on an average height woman, it would be quite a bit longer.

Belted-waist shirt dress

A slightly dressier alternative is the & OTHER STORIES | Shirt dress in black | 100% viscose | £65.  Admittedly this dress is viscose, but the & Other Stories viscose tends to be quite thick and heavy (ditto their wool coats – I brace myself to lift them):

& Other Stories | Shirt Dress

Either of these black dresses would look great with these ALDO | McFeater leopard print heels | Leather upper, synthetic sole | Heel height: 9cm | £39.98 (was £70):

ALDO | MCFEATERS |

If you are on the strictest of budgets, there is the MANGO OUTLET | Cotton shirt dress in beige (VENTAS2) | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £17.99.

 

4. LODEN | Four Seasons military coat in dark green |  69% Wool, 22% Polyamide, 9% Cashmere | £179 (was £279)

Almost traditional military garb, this coat is a step too far for me, but I like its smartness.

Buy Four Seasons Military Coat, Loden, S Online at johnlewis.com

5. DUNE | Daveney neon camouflage square stud court shoes  | Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole | Hel height: 7.5cm | £89

I love these shoes: fun, unusual but totally work appropriate.

DUNE LADIES DAVENEY - Neon Camouflage Two Part Stud Detail Court Shoe | Dune Shoes Online

 

6. UNIQLO | Silk print long sleeve shirt | 100% silk | £39.90

“Hello sailor!”, this shirt also comes in white with navy and red anchor print.

WOMEN Silk Print Long Sleeve Blouse

7.  ZARA | Double breasted military style coat in navy | 75% wool, 25% polyamide | £89.99

A little more modern and less literal than the Loden coat, is this Zara military coat.

Image 2 of DOUBLE-BREASTED MILITARY-STYLE COAT from Zara

8. UTERQUE | Printed high heel shoe | calf furskin and goat leather upper, leather lining and rubber sole | £115

Shut the front door.  I adore how the Uterque bags and shoes look.  Only available online for now, but I am hopeful that one day I can browse in a store.  I haven’t yet ordered anything from Uterque online, but I might order this bag, when the weather warms up.

 

9.  NEXT | Self stripe military shirt in white | 68% cotton 28% polyester 4% elastane | £26

White Self Stripe Military Shirt

 

10. NEW LOOK | Khaki Cross Strap Pointed Heels | 100% manmade | £19.99

Its atypical for me to link to manmade shoes, however, these are fabric, which is more comfortable and breathable than vinyl.  Plus, who doesn’t like a pair of great looking shoes for under £20?!

Khaki Cross Strap Pointed Heels  | New Look

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Thank you for reading, Reader, have a tip top day.

 

By |February 16th, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog, scarves, shirts & tops, shoes|0 Comments

My shopping mishaps

I have bought quite a lot lately, and have written about some of my purchases here.  However, I thought it might be interesting if I also wrote a follow up on those purchases that didn’t work out quite so well.

Mishap No 1:

I saw this photo of some gorgeous Tabitha Simmons red velvet slippers.

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They made me want something similar, but at a high street price.  I found these Karen Millen suede ballerina flats, reduced to £55:

KAREN MILLEN Suede ballerina shoes (Red

Why are these a mishap?  Because they are higher on the foot than I like (I prefer a slightly lower cut shoe):

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Also, I forgot I had these Dune Luiza hot pink suede slippers (now £23)

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The Karen Millen red suede ballerinas have gone back, but I might end up buying these MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Albert suede flats | £45, although they are more covered than I like and I do have black flats.  Galore.  Can you have too many?:

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Mishap No 2:

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I ordered some sale items from H&M.  Namely, this H&M | Silk blouse in dark grey | £20 (was £34.99):

It looks like a steel grey in the photo, but in real life it was more smoky grey, so had a purplish/brown tinge to it, which you can really see when I held it against a different grey top, at H&M:

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The colour didn’t suit my complexion, and it didn’t work against any of my other grey items, so I took it back.

I also ordered the H&M | Straight regular jeans | 72% cotton, 28% polyester | £12 (was £29.99) in size 28, but they were too big, so I took them back.

Instead, I have ordered the jeans in size 27, and, after seeing it in real life and liking it, the H&M | Silk blouse in natural white and black | £20 (was £39.99).  It will replace a similar looking viscose one I had that, predictably, wore thin after a few years.

Mishap No 3:

I saw this Zara wool coat with funnel neck, in the sale:

Image 3 of WOOL COAT WITH FUNNEL COLLAR from Zara

I liked it, so I tried it on:

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It then sold out, and a kind fashion fairy friend found me one.  Am I keeping it?  No. The shoulders are rounded, and mine must be, too, as its actually not as flattering as a coat with more structured, “upright” (?) shoulders.  Like the ZARA | Black cotton army jacket | £60 below that I am going to try and, likely, exchange the coat for:

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Zara have changed the way this jacket was styled on the website, since yesterday, and I think the former styling was spot on:

"And don't we think that @Zara have got the styling right on this jacket, too? " Photo taken by @theworkwearedit on Instagram, pinned via the InstaPin iOS App! http://www.instapinapp.com (02/11/2015)

 

Mishap No 4:

I loved the look of this navy Zara TRF jacket, and when it went on sale it was reduced from £60 to £30.  I dithered, it was further reduced to £20 and sold out.  I completely missed out. Them’s the (sale) breaks:

 

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Thank you for reading, Reader, and I hope your shopping adventures have had fewer mishaps than mine!

By |February 12th, 2015|blazers & jackets, blog, shirts & tops, shoes, trousers|2 Comments

Outfit post: black and blue OR black and ivory

I wrote about the Top 10 work dresses last week, and today I’ve built two outfits around one of the dresses, so, on the left hand side is black and blue, and on the right, its black and ivory:

"Black and blue or black and ivory" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The details of the individual pieces are:

BLACK AND BLUE OUTFIT:

1.  MANGO | Trimmed jacket in navy (TULUN) | 100% cotton.  Lined | £69.99

I really like the jackets that Mango do every season: you can often find a really well priced cotton jacket there that will give an otherwise classic outfit a more modern look.  This is one such jacket: not as formal as a suit jacket or structured blazer, but definitely smarter than a cardigan (which I would avoid).

2.  KAREN MILLEN | Maxi colour block clutch | 100% leather | 34 x 26 x 4cm | £105 (was £155)

How very Anya Hindmarch for less.  I’ve seen it in real life and I love it, I really do.  Its the sort of clutch that would really be so useful, pulling those varying shades of blues and black together.

3.  OFFICE | Gilly strap court in black | Suede upper, leather lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 7.5cm | £30 (was £65)

As you may recall, I bought these shoes last summer, and have often enjoyed wearing them since then.  They look fabulous, and feel great.

If you were wearing a plain black jacket, instead of the navy one, the REISS | Harper scallop detail shoes in blue | Suede upper, leather lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 9 cm | £60 (was £149) would be perfect (sigh.  I want them):

Womens Blue Scallop Detail Court Shoes - Reiss Harper

 

 

 

 

BLACK DRESS:

JAEGER OUTLET | Wool crepe textured dress | 100% wool crepe | £99 (was £220)

 

BLACK AND IVORY OUTFIT:

1.  MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Cotton Rich Graphic Print Coat in black and ivory | 79% cotton, 10% acrylic, 9% viscose and 2% modal.  Lined | £99

I have seen this coat in real life, and its gorgeous.  A really lovely quality, classic, but interesting light weight coat.

Cotton Rich Graphic Print Coat

A more affordable, albeit synthetic, option is this ZARA | Patterned fabric crew neck coat | £40 (was £109).

2.  BANANA REPUBLIC | Jovana Pump in black and cream | Leather upper, breathable synthetic lining, synthetic sole | Heel height: 3 3/4″ | £85

I’m really taken with the look of these elegant, but slightly foxy, heels.  Classic, but so appealing.  Plus, you know that with the Banana Republic memory foam inners, they will be comfortable.

3. KAREN MILLEN | Signature grainy leather tote in black | 100% leather | 39.5x17x33.5cm | £100 (was £250)

Its a Karen Millen bag again, as I have been into a couple of their shops over the last few weeks and am quite taken with their bags.  They have some good looking options in the sale section, as well as the new season range.

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Thank you for reading, Reader, have a fantastic day.

By |February 9th, 2015|bags, blazers & jackets, blog, coats, dresses, outfit board, shoes|2 Comments

Top 10 work dresses

Some of my friends only wear dresses to work, and find that a great quality dress is one of the best workwear purchases you can make.  So, for my work dress loving friends, here are the Top 10 work dresses I found on the high street, right now:

"Top 10 work dresses" by theworkwearedit on Polyvore

The details of the individual dresses are:

1. GOAT | Scarlett belted wool crepe dress in midnight blue | 100% wool crepe.  Lined | £198 (was £440)

I had to include Goat, in honour of my dear friend A who kills in her elegant, ladylike Goat wool crepe dresses.  Many cheaper brands use polyester crepe, but Goat use wool crepe, which looks and feels top quality.  There are quite a few Goat dresses on The Outnet at the moment, and, as they are an expensive brand, its worth keeping an eye out for them at such reduced prices.  This dress also comes in black or red.

GoatScarlett belted wool-crepe pencil dressfront

2.  MANGO OUTLET | Draped dress in bright blue (MAISOU21) | 80% viscose,17% polyamide,3% elastane.  Lined | £29.99 (was £44.99)

This is one of those very flattering, as well as very affordable dresses, which also comes in black.

This is what it looks like on me (in black, in size 10):

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3.  JAEGER OUTLET | Wool Crepe Textured Dress in black | 100% wool | £99 (was £220)

This would  have to be one of the quintessential classic work dresses, now at a far more affordable price.  On the Jaeger website, they have paired it with classic black court shoes, but I think it would look far better with some coloured and/or printed shoes and accessories.

4.  MARKS & SPENCER | Autograph Side Gathered Marl Bodycon Dress in navy | 90% viscose, 10% elastane.  Lined | £55

Dresses with a subtle, all over print can be hard to find, but are so flattering when you do find them.  Not only does it introduce a few colours into an outfit, the print detail can camouflage all sorts of lumps, bumps, creases and spills.  The rust version is on sale for £35.

Side Gathered Marl Bodycon Dress

 

5.  COS | Tie-waist blazer dress in black | 96% Wool, 4% Elastane | £125

I love this sharp “suit-substitute” dress, although, again, I would pair it with some interesting shoes and/or accessories.  Cos do some of the best work dresses on the high street, but they do sell out.  Interesting, sleek, usually classically shaped, in natural fibres at good prices: no wonder some of my friends keep a very close eye on their dress section.

6.  WHISTLES | Botanical Floral Silk Bodycon | Stretch silk.  Lined | £160

Whistles repeat this shape of dress in varying stretch silk patterns, from season to season, and you can see from this Trying It On at Whistles post that its the better of the two silk dress shapes that they do.  I know a lot of women who love Whistles dresses, both for work and after work, due to the abstract prints and chic shapes.

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One very clever Reader, spotted this £35 dress from M&S as a great budget alternative.  It is, however, made of polyester, so I can’t comfortably wear it [fans overheated self], but I am linking it in case it would work for you.

If you are a size 16, the Ikat print version of this dress from last season is now £45, here.

 

7.  GOAT | Sabine wool crepe dress in claret | 100% wool crepe.  Lined | £180 (was £420)

I think I’m being quite restrained in only including 2 heavily reduced Goat dresses, don’t you?!  Its oh so elegant, this 60’s style number.

GoatSabine wool-crepe dressfront

8.  COS | Printed cotton dress in green | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £79

This is the green version of a similar dress Cos did about a year ago.  I love the stained glass effect the print gives, and you can see me trying on the black version here, along with some other Cos dresses.  Basically, gorgeous, but size down.

Here’s how the black version looked on me:

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9. & OTHER STORIES | Box pleat dress in light blue |  66% Triacetate, 34% Polyester | £65

An unusual inclusion from me, given the fabric.  However, its pretty and (delicate cycle) machine washable.

& Other Stories | Box Pleat Dress

10.  MANGO | Belted-waist shirt dress in khaki (REVENTA) | 98% cotton, 2% elastane | £34.99

I’m definitely casting my eyes ahead to spring, with this last inclusion. Shirt dresses are perfect for smart, but not too formal, work environments, and this khaki one has a little Out of Africa nod to it.  I like khaki a lot, and wear it with white, cream, black, tan and leopard print.  It also comes in black.

Belted-waist shirt dress

If you have a little more to spend, the Iris & Ink Adrienne silk shirt dress (£165) also looks lovely, and the silk obviously elevates the style of dress, into something you could wear at evening, too:

In navy, which would be perfect with the Boden Alice heels that I want:

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Thank you for reading, Reader, have a fab day.

 

By |February 5th, 2015|dresses, The Best / Top X lists|4 Comments