Here's me trying to bit a bit posh for work. As I've mentioned, I run a bridal shop so I can't look too 'done up' or intimidating, even. Girls come to me to see wedding dresses for their big day, not to see me tottering about dressed to the nines. So I have to keep those days for the weekends. Not that I have too many of those days lately. I suppose I've become more...relaxed. But today I went a bit posh with the shirt and bow tie. I just love these tartan trousers, they're so luxurious looking and totally timeless! I call them my vintage Moschino's. I bought them a little over ten years ago (from Tk Maxx would you believe!) so technically speaking they are actually...a little bit vintage.
When i was younger, i was pretty good at keeping up with my favorite trends. I studied fashion, so as a result I lived and breathed fashion. I suppose my style and my opinion on the fashion industry has changed with age. Now in my late twenties, fast approaching thirty (eek!) I am mostly concerned with flattering cuts, complimentary colours and well...comfort..! I'd say now that i'm more relaxed about fashion. i wear what i like and not what the magazines dictate to me. I don't doubt my ability to wear what suits me, I think with time I have developed my own style and so long as I'm confident with it, I should be ok. What has changed however, is that I try to look and feel good by spending a few extra minutes (or two, or realistically fifteen) on myself in the mornings. most days for work i dress casual 'ish' but polished... an oversized knit and leggings, a buttoned up shirt, skinny chino's, smart loafers...nothing too experimental. But I'll funk it up with statement jewellery. Although I have to deal with annoying things like rings getting stuck in dresses and bracelets snagging chiffons (!!) so some days I just play it safe and leave it all at home.
These days I like to be taken seriously at work so I have to dress a little more serious. And I always like to look dressed up, 'poshed up' even. I like to look and feel like I've dressed up even when i don't have the time. Here's are a few of my easy look good staples:
I: If I'm not leaving the house then I'll go make-up free and give those pores a breather. If I'm leaving the house however I'll always do my face- always. If I have just five minutes then I'll prioritise: concealer under (my ever so obvious) dark circles, eyebrows on (shu uemera eyebrow pencil you have changed my life mwah x) and blusher. I have chubby cheeks so I have to try and chisel them with as much blusher as deemed ok. And mascara of course. That goes without saying.
II: Jewelry!! You'll never find me without it. For me it finishes a look and gives you an identity. I pile it all on then take one or two pieces off and usually find that's the right amount. Don't think you need to do matchy matchy with your outfit. A colour clash doesn't symbolise lack of style, it shows confidence in your look!
III: Leggings & oversized tops. These two pieces of clothing are my best friends. I really detest exposing my white legs until I really have to so I'll wear leggings with everything all through Spring and into summer for as long as I can. Leggings and an oversized shirt or knit go together like peaches and cream so I've got heaps of different combinations to keep me going with the work wardrobe. Throw on some smart flats and I'm ready. Add a blazer and 'ta da'! I'm all poshed up.
IV: Hair grips/bun doughnut. I don't like washing my hair everyday, it's too long and takes at least half an hour to blow dry. So I avoid this chore like the plague, by always having a stack of hair grips and my trusty doughnut so I can rock out my fail safe top knot hair do. I've been sporting a high bun now for suuuuch a long time. I'm talking easily for 6/7 years. I know it's time to put her to rest. I read the other day that the new bun is the low bun.
Shirt Margaret Howell - Vintage blazer - Vintage Moschino Trousers - bow tie from Hong Kong - Shoes Ebay