Friday, 28 June 2013

5 of the best work-savvy sandals

From top left: nude, £120, Kurt Geiger; tan, £24.99, New Look; white, £60 (previously £75), Whistles; white, black and tan, £135 (previously £169), Hobbs; black, £39.99 (previously £49.99), Zara.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Dress Down Friday Fears: The Breton top

Dress Down Friday is a weekly terror for some. "Casual" and "corporate" are two words that just don't tend to mix, so it seems pretty twisted to torture us weekly with a day where we must teeter the balance between on- and off-duty. Help is on hand, however: each Thursday, theworkwearedit will bring to your desktops a little nugget of inspiration to help you plan an outfit for the follow day.


Image on left courtesy of Lookbook. Clockwise from top left: Breton top, £14, River Island; skinny jeans, £22.75, Forever 21; canvass shopper, £10, Talented Toes at ASOS; ballet pumps, £65, French Sole; geometric necklace, £15, Topshop; glasses, £85, Specsavers.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The "Queen of Less" - Jil Sander, S/S 13

After 8 years away from her eponymous label, Jil Sander returned to Milan Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2013 collections armed to the hilt with her trademark purist designs. Establishing her brand in 1973, Sander's melted the neart of working women worldwide during the Nineties with her understated professionalism that fulfilled the designer's promise of delivering clothes suitable for climbing the corporate ladder. After three years collaborating with Japanese high street brand Uniqlo, Jil Sander polished the floor with the competition on her return (namely her predecessor Raf Simons, who made his move into Dior via the Paris catwalks), channelling the clean, minimalistic designs that we have come respect from the German sartorialist.

Images from Style.com

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Lunchtime Listings: 5 links of extra-curricular reading especially curated for you

Your lunch hour is not only for nibbling on sandwiches and the odd bit of window shopping - it's a great time to catch up on news and current events from around the world. As well as the articles posted daily on theworkwearedit, I'll be bringing to you five of the most interesting stories around the world to broaden your horizons and provide some intellectual stimulus outside of your daily workload.

Image from The Guardian.

Boardroom Beauty: Barefaced chic with a 90s twist

From left to right: Alexander Wang; Proenza Schouler; Calvin Klein Collection. All S/S 13 looks, from Style.com

Sometimes, in retrospect, the 1990s looks like the ugly sister of the 80s. Music inspired much of the fashion and subcultures sprang up with their own range of aesthetics, from rave through to grunge. Although designers may be able to draw inspiration from these styles and create something beautiful now, looking back at the originals can sometimes be an exercise in visual torture.

However, in terms of beauty, mainstream 1990s fashion had a wonderful parred back aesthetic that makeup artists drew on for the looks they created for a wide variety of designers this season. Bare skin, bold brows and latte-tinged lips completed the minimalist micro trend that ended up causing quite a ruckus as beauty fans everywhere sought about ways to recreate the look.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Back to Basics: The White Shirt

Although each seasons's trends add a dash of excitement to both our lives and our wardrobes, sometimes we crave the reassurance of an item we know we can always rely on. Certain clothes are so ubiquitous that they are evident in almost all of our closets and comfort us with the knowledge they can be thrown together with both classic and new items to easily create a stylish, comfortable look. First in the series is my pick of five white shirts that would slot perfectly into your fashion framework as either your first foray into this particular piece or as a subtle new season update.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Lunchtime Listings: 5 links of extra-curricular reading especially curated for you

Your lunch hour is not only for nibbling on sandwiches and the odd bit of window shopping - it's a great time to catch up on news and current events from around the world. As well as the articles posted daily on theworkwearedit, I'll be bringing to you five of the most interesting stories around the world to broaden your horizons and provide some intellectual stimulus outside of your daily workload.

Image from Workplace Diva.

Dress Down Friday Fears: The blazer-and-jeans combo

Dress Down Friday is a weekly terror for some. "Casual" and "corporate" are two words that just don't tend to mix, so it seems pretty twisted to torture us weekly with a day where we must teeter the balance between on- and off-duty. Help is on hand, however: each Thursday, theworkwearedit will bring to your desktops a little nugget of inspiration to help you plan an outfit for the follow day.

Image on left courtesy of Stockholm Street Style. Clockwise from top: Blazer, £49.99, Zara; shirt, £29.95, T M Lewin; bracelet, £8.50, Miss Selfridge; belt, £9, ASOS; jeans, £95, Levi's; bag, £28, Topshop; shoes, £149, Hobbs; sunglasses, £102, Ray-Ban at my-sunglasses.

If you've been following theworkwearedit on Pintrest (and you should - click here!) then you'll notice from my Dress Down Friday board that the blazer-and-jean combo is a classic that artfully treads the line between smart and casual. Often the case on dress down days at work is that we worry about looking too casual - although the name of the day suggests looking off-duty, it often feels odd to go to work entirely in your weekend gear. That's where this neat little look comes into play - chances are you've got the main components already floating around in your wardrobe, but for a little nudge in the right direction (or for an excuse to go shopping), check out my choices above, inspired by Susan Cernek on Stockholm Street Style. Team your standard black blazer with a pair of skinny boyfriend jeans (unlike in the inspiration photo, I suggest ruling out rips for the office) and keep the look tonal with a blue striped shirt and shoes. Lightly accessories with a pretty, simple gold bracelet, a pair of almost ubiquitous Ray-Ban sunglasses to shield you from the summer sun and a soft pink satchel to add some interest.

 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

It's back! The trouser suit becomes this season's most chic outfit choice

Despite being a major component in most modern women's working wardrobe, trouser suits have been viewed with dismay by fashionable types by what seems like ages. Viewed at best as women trying to squeeze into the male centric vision of corporate uniformity and, in worse times, as a sure sign of frumpiness, such a practical and professional outfit has long been overlooked as a stylish choice in attire.

Although the uprising has been bubbling along in the background for a few seasons, it was in the Spring/Summer collections of designers that we saw the trouser suit sweeping along in full glory, making it the trendiest outfit choice of the moment. Working alongside both minimalist and masculine trends, the combination of blazer and tailored trousers looked fresher than the dresses it was surrounded by.

Images from Style.com

Donna Karen's name has been associated with New York business chic for decades now, making her label one of the go-to choices each season for professional women wanting to look smart and feel great. Her diffusion line, DKNY, championed the trouser suit this season by opening the show with a beautiful all-in-white number. With the suit worn in a slightly loose fit, it was up to the sheer blouse underneath to add a feminine touch, teetering the look between boyish and womanly.

Champion of men's power dressing in the 1980s, it would have been surprising if Giorgio Armani failed to also adopt the trend. Using soft silks to create a flowing bottom half, look number nine was tightened up top with a blazer that cinched in at the waist.

Images from Style.com

Much anticipation surrounded the Paris showings this season, as it was time for the new creative directors of both Christian Dior and Saint Laurent (yes, they dropped the 'Yves') to showcase their first major collections for the labels. Raf Simons took the helm at Dior, an unexpected choice due to his reputation for parred down minimalism at Jil Sander and the extravagance of Dior whilst previously steered by shamed designer John Galliano. Opening the show with not one, but three trouser suits (differentiated by their coloured scarves - here is look number three), Simons cemented the choice of tailoring as a major player in this seasons's line up.

His 'competition', if we were to believe the media hype, was that of Hedi Slimane, previously highly regarded in his position at Dior Homme, who brought new vigor into the old house of Saint Laurent. Drawing both on the brand's heritage of "Le Smoking" and his own personal experience in menswear, Slimane sent a parade of suits down the catwalk. Look twelve comprised of a two piece in an almost charcoal grey with an ultra feminine sheer pussy bow blouse underneath. Styled with oversized floppy hats, the collection of suits all had a gentle seventies theme running through them despite their otherwise corporate sensibilities.

Despite the battle going on in the foreground, Nicholas Ghesquière made a show stopping collection of workwear at Balenciaga, with his usual twist of naughtiness thrown in. The dove grey double breasted style of look eights harkens back to the 80s Armani style but were sexed up with flashes of flesh from a certain little white crop top worn underneath. For those who actually have a job in the business world, it may be best to keep the second part just for the beach.


 

 

Here I am!

Today marks the launch of theworkwearedit and, boy, does it get me excited!

After working in a corporate, client facing environment myself, it often felt as if my love for fashion was a conflict against my role as a serious employee. Looking at the catwalk collections, it often comes across as pretty evident that the majority of designers have never stepped foot in your average office, let alone worked in one!

Now consider this: the average working week in the UK is 42.7 hours a week. Factor in 8 hours sleep a night, it shows that percentage wise, our outfit choices are dictated by business needs almost 40% of the time - and I don't think I'm alone in not wanting to feel confident and stylish for almost half of the week.

That's where theworkwearedit comes into play. The motto is "fashion and workwear seamlessly interwoven". Just because we work in environments that require a more conservative style of dress doesn't me that we can't walk the trends in the catwalks of our own life. Every day will bring another post dedicated to showing you how fashion and the workplace can mingle together into a beautiful relationship. Whether you're in a corporate, creative or casual setting, it's my goal to show you that you can feel fabulous 100% of the time.

- Lynsay Hodges, creator of theworkwearedit.