Friday Fashion – Work Wear Updates.

You’ve enjoyed that Summer holiday, but now it is nose back to the grindstone time, so what better time to update your work wear wardrobe. The days of having to turn up for work in a masculine suit have long since past, and, today you can look stylish, sophisticated and work smart in a range of pieces, from Diane Von Furstenbury dresses to culottes and tailored silk blouses.

Wallis New Work Wear pieces

Wallis has always been a good place to look for sharp tailoring and pieces that can take from the office to bar with ease.  This season, they are leading the way when it comes to shirts and blouses, with bright orange and olive green shades adding interest to the neat cuts and shapes.

Khaki Long Sleeved Shirt Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Khaki Long Sleeved Shirt Price: £30.00 Click to visit Wallis

Orange Split Front Shirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Wallis

Orange Split Front Shirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Wallis

Blush Stripe Shirt Was £35.00 Now £28.00Click to visit Wallis

Blush Stripe Shirt Was £35.00 Now £28.00 Click to visit Wallis

A dress is a great option for work, add a tailored blazer and a low heeled shoe and it can take you through nearly every work occasion. This monochrome dress is a Diane Von Furstenberg dupe, a classic shape and design.

Monochrome 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

Monochrome 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Dress Price: £45.00 Click to visit Wallis

An alternative to a smart dress is a tailored culotte suit or jumpsuit. The classic print for workwear pieces is a pinstripe, and this version is gorgeous – you could easily layer this over knee high boots and a polo neck once Winter really sets in.

Black Pinstripe Jumpsuit Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Pinstripe Jumpsuit Price: £55.00 Click to visit Wallis

A few more pieces to consider:-

A grey blazer could be a good alternative to black…

Grey Zip Midi Blazer Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

Grey Zip Midi Blazer Price: £35.00 Click to visit Wallis

A floral blouse looks great with black cigarette pants.

Berry Floral Woven Wrap Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Berry Floral Woven Wrap Top Price: £33.00 Click to visit Wallis

Shoes from Jones Bootmaker

A quick and easy way to update your workwear wardrobe is through a new pair of shoes. Jones Bootmaker has some great designs in ladies shoes that have lower heels for comfort, especially if you are going to be standing in them for any length of time.

Jones Bootmaker Cassie Court Shoes Mary Janes High Heels £79 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Cassie Court Shoes Mary Janes High Heels £79 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Beety Court Shoes Slingbacks £69 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Beety Court Shoes Slingbacks £69 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Casey Court Shoes High Heels £44 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

Jones Bootmaker Casey Court Shoes High Heels £44 Click to visit Jones Bootmaker

 

 

Fashion Focus – Ankle Boots

In my humble opinion, a good pair of ankle boots, especially one with some sort of heel, is the most versatile footwear in your wardrobe, and one you should not be without when putting together any sort of capsule wardrobe. They can be worn as an everyday staple under jeans and trousers, and, if you opt for leather, they will also be all weather proof. Choose a stylish suede pair, with either a kitten or stiletto heel are perfect with a bodycon or shift dress and add an edge to any outfit.

I don’t mind admitting that, when Winter really sets in, I live in ankle boots. Currently my hero pair are from Clarks. They have a square heel, are black leather and are durable and hard wearing. I’m reaching for them every single day as they are the sort of boots that would keep you upright on an ice rink.  For evenings or more dressy occasions I am wearing a black suede pair with studs and a more spiky heel – more of a shoe boot style, and find that these are still glamorous enough to wear with a dress. (You can see those boots in this post here).

Now is a great time to invest in a new pair of ankle boots as there are some really good sales on, and many boots have got some good savings. You can buy womens boots online here. This is great as we have at least two months of needing boots due to the weather, and most of us still remain faithful through the Spring too. (Unless of course we get a scorcher, in which case the sandals appear – and, of course, by a scorcher I mean firing the barbecue up when it reaches 14degrees…)

Kate Moss is the Queen of Ankle boots for day or night

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I have rounded up some of the designs that have caught my eye, many of which, indeed, have good savings.

Gabor Pricilla Ankle Boots Heeled Ankle Boots now $45 click to visit Jones Bootmakers

Gabor Pricilla Ankle Boots Heeled Ankle Boots click to visit Jones Bootmakers

Jones Bootmaker Nicolette Ankle Boots Heeled Ankle Boots now £29 Click to visit Jones Bootmakers

Jones Bootmaker Nicolette Ankle Boots Heeled Ankle Boots Click to visit Jones Bootmakers

Jones Bootmaker Nikki Ankle Boots Heeled Ankle Boots now £33 Click to visit Jones Bootmakers

Jones Bootmaker Nikki Ankle Boots Heeled Ankle Boots

Arista Flirt £55 click to visit Clarks

Arista Flirt £55 click to visit Clarks

Dalhart Salsa now £40 Click to visit Clarks

Clarks Dalhart Salsa

Kadri Alexa now £30 Click to visit Clarks

Clarks Kadri Alexa

Womens Buckle Wedge Ankle Boots £24.00 Click to visit Peacocks

Womens Buckle Wedge Ankle Boots
£24.00
Click to visit Peacocks

Wide Fit Black Zip Front Heeled Boots Now £17.99 Click to visit New Look

Wide Fit Black Zip Front Heeled Boots
Now £17.99
Click to visit New Look

Tan Suedette Tassel Side Block Heel Ankle Boots Now £17.99 Click to visit New Look

Tan Suedette Tassel Side Block Heel Ankle Boots
Now £17.99
Click to visit New Look

Grey Buckle Strap Block Heel Ankle Boots £29.99 Click to visit New Look

Grey Buckle Strap Block Heel Ankle Boots
£29.99
Click to visit New Look

Do you have a favourite pair of ankle boots that you wear all the time?

 

Paloma Faith brings her retro glamour to the Torch relay

Who else would roll up those trousers of the special torch relay tracksuit, put a 1940s style roll to the hair, and then add a rather gorgeous, totally glamorous but dangerously high pair of red platforms to carry the Olympic torch? It could only be that beautifully eccentric goddess Paloma Faith of course.

Paloma never does anything less than full on glamour, and the torch relay proved to be no exception. Yes, this event did involve some walking, and yes, everyone else had worn trainers, but Paloma is an old star movie star transported from the 1940s to the present day, so anything flat and sensible on the feet was never really an option. And, you have to admit, those shoes were pretty gorgeous and a perfect match to her flaming red lippie!