Sunday, 18 January 2015

What does your work wardrobe look like?

In between Peppa Pig episodes and my breakfast this morning I managed to flick through half of Marie Claire’s February issue.  Apparently a focused wardrobe could attract a better job.

Well, clearly.

However, from the all-white outfits in the accompanying photograph to the article (page 71, if you have a copy handy) is a one-colour wardrobe seriously being advocated in order to combat ‘cognitive tiredness’?  Mark Facebook Zuckerberg is quoted as justifying only wearing grey t-shirts to make as few decisions in his life as possible.

Yes, well men usually only have to ponder over the colour and or slogan of a shirt, and there are far too many choices in the colour wheel for that kind of one-colour-fits-all caper, were my initial post-bagel reactions.

Yet researchers found that we are better at making decisions in the morning, so should streamline our wardrobe and dietary habits in order that those giant decisions throughout the day are correctly made, and we’re not wasting unnecessary time on our wardrobe.

Erm, what? What kind of world would we live in if we all stuck to one colour palette? It’s why there are a handful of colours in any packet of sweets.  And what H&M are reliable for.

But actually, I’ve suggested that there is a lot of black in my wardrobe, and there always will be.  It’s clean, straightforward and forms the basis of most of my outfits, whether for work, child’s play or socialising.  And it’s great to have 2-4 colours in your own colour palette, to ensure effective shopping and outfit coordination.    

Perhaps the secret isn’t in sticking to one colour, but in knowing every item in your wardrobe and being able to find it without a morning fumble through scrumpled piles of clothing.  My natural style involves wearing leggings and a dress for most occasions, adding a long-sleeved t-shirt during the winter and or cardigans during the spring/summer seasons.  Many of the dresses are similar colours, because I buy what I like and I buy a few of them (blues, jewels, stripes and yes, black).  Leggings are always black, except for my emergency navy pairs when I want to mix up an outfit. 

And I feel great with my more personalised version of the school uniform; fabrics and colours that suit me, not a Board of Governors, and that I can rely on without having to think about: at the beginning of a week my dresses are clean and hung in the centre of my wardrobe and my leggings are in the drawer below my skincare products.  In two swipes (and a spot of underwear) I’m dressed and SPFd.  The only time I have to search for something to wear is because I’ve been stuffing-the-laundry and avoided the washing machine for the previous week. 

And there’s nothing more fabulous than creating an impromptu outfit out of the chaos of little-worn clothes from the depths of your wardrobe.  Skirt and trousers, with a chiffon-shirt and external strappy vest, anyone?  Hint: throw on your some metallics and your favourite footwear to pull of these kinds of wardrobe moments.   

Plus, I bet Zuckerberg wears only grey t-shirts as it's the ultimate non-corporate nod.
How does your wardrobe work for you?  Have you found your signature style that you can rely on any day of the week, and for any event?


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New looks for 2015

Welcome back, I hope you had a wonderful festive season.  I'm on the verge of becoming the Size17Stylist after my indulgences, so I'm back on the peppermint tea and moving around more....well, the sales are still on!

Toddler-daughter did very well in the Next sale, and will be very warm and stylish for a few years to come, and I treated myself to the DKNY Bryant Park bag to match my purse, thanks to a 40% House of Fraser deal.  So there's a lot of twirling in the S15S household.

And now it's back to work, looking for the most flattering interpretations of culottes, which are all over the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2015.

What gorgeous items did you treat yourself to this sale season?

Monday, 22 December 2014

Forget Christmas (temporarily): Are you ready for the Boxing Day Sales?

Have you worked hard all year, bringing up gorgeous, well-behaved, polite children, looking after the family ahead of your own needs, working until late o'clock for your employer?  

Did you work until quarter past late to establish your own business?  

Can you remember the last time you bought yourself something fabulous to wear, that had you twirling with delight?

Well, it's (almost) time to treat yourself!

Check out  my 19 Top Tips  for the sales in Chapter 5, from what to wear to what to buy, in my book 119 Style Boosts from the Size15Stylist

 #53 "...Christmas Eve is a popular day for the January sales to start, and you can pick up a few bargains online without having to move from the sofa..."

 #58 "Only take your partner shopping with you if they really, really like shopping (or you don't like each other)..."

Designed for the busy woman whose life has changed in the last few years (and who may have temporarily misplaced her identity in the growing of another human) my book and my blog are devoted to boosting your unique style and helping you twirl again. 

Happy Sale Shopping, everyone!

PS - Did you know that if you save £10 a week for a Boxing Day you'll have around £500 to treat yourself with?!