A big happy 2016 to you. For most of us a new year is a chance to re-write goals, hopes and dreams – this year it’s my hope any obstacles are perceived as opportunities, that you achieve your goals and that 2016 brings a whole new level of style.
You know how passionate I am about showing you how to ooze style in ways that work on you, not what is dictated for you.
If that means ditching the power suit, or reducing the amount of black or grey, making small or radical changes – make 2016 the year to do so.
“Style is what makes you different, it’s your own stamp, a message about yourself,” says Jacqueline de Ribes.
As a non-trend follower or fashionista, my greatest satisfaction lies in helping women create a personal style, watching their confidence increase accordingly.
I am not against suits – there are some stunning suits that can look amazing. And that is my point, push those boundaries. Have a look at the various corporate posts I’ve written ‘The Basic Essentials For the Modern Corporate Woman’ and ‘Staying Stylish in The Winter‘ and ‘Working It’ to see how wearing an interesting suit can be refreshing.
This year I will continue giving you new looks, pushing boundaries and giving you the confidence to take action, shed the old, start anew and feel fantastic.
A gorgeous cut suit in a vibrant colour will make you stand out from the rest of the suits. Adding a printed blouse either tucked in or flowing over pants and patterned shoes breaks up the mono-colour. Be bold, be different.
- Cobalt blue smoking jacket Diane Von Furstenberg on Matches
- Cobalt blue trousers Diane Von Furstenberg on Matches
- Snake print blouse from Top Shop
- Animal print sandals from Nine West
- Red handbag from Nine West
- Brown and blue earrings from Lizzie Fortunato on Neiman Marcus
Experiment with a jumpsuit to add some chic into your wardrobe this year. This feminine jumpsuit in white is fresh and sophisticated, especially when adding a touch of black such as a statement necklace and printed shoes.
- White jumpsuit from Saloni on Matches
- Large black flower and diamonte necklace from Lanvin on Farfetch
- Handbag Ted Baker
- Snake skin print sandals from Edward Meller
Wearing vibrant colours at work such as red and yellow are a powerful combination. These fabulous yellow trousers worn with this interesting red wrap blouse is a standout. For some contrast carry a stripe bag and wear patterned shoes.
- Wide leg yellow trousers from Rochas on Farfetch
- Red silk wrap blouse from Juan Carlos Obando on Net-a-porter
- Large black flower brooch from Lanvin
- Stripe bag from Jil Sanders on Matches
- Multi coloured stud pumps from Fendi on Farfetch
Who says you can’t wear leather to work? This red midi skirt combined with a white blazer and silk camisole is a super groovy outfit. Add some extra pizzazz with block coloured shoes and patchwork bag.
- Red leather midi skirt from Gucci on Matches
- Black silk camisole from Witchery
- White blazer from H&M
- Gold and red beaded cuff from Etro
- Large blue stone earrings from Oscar de la Renta on Farfetch
- Patchwork calf hair and leather handbag from Fendi on Net-a-porter
- Red, gold and pink punps from Jean-Michel Cazabat on Farfetch
- Print silk pencil skirt from A.L.C. on Matches
- Black and white wrap belt blouse from Donna Karan on Net-a-porter
- Multi stripe handbag from Kate Spade
- Lace cut out pumps from Nicholas Kirkwood
- Flower and crystal drop earrings from Dolce and Gabbana on Farfetch
Yes mixing prints and patterns is a skill that many still struggle with, yet if done well is a creative and unique look for work. These two pieces work very well together and just to add a little more craziness, add multi patterned shoes.
- Printed pencil skirt from Stella McCartney
- Multi floral rrinted silk blouse from Etro on Matches
- Black and yellow detail handbag from Balenciaga on Matches
- Multi patterned snake print pumps from Etro on Matches
- Green crystal drop earrings from Peter Lang
- Drape dress from Vivienne Westwood on Matches
- Black/fuchsia tassel choker from Lizzie Fortunato on Neiman Marcus
- Red and black printed handbag from Oroton
- Red and pink sandals from Paul Andrew on Matches
- Gold ‘Ciao’ bracelet from Lanvin on Farfetch
- Ruffle waist dress from Roksanda on Matches
- Blue stone cuff from Etro on Net-a-porter
- Multi patterned snake skin pumps from Etro on Matches
- Flower and crystal drop earrings from Peter Lang
- Patchwork handbag from Fendi on Matches
- White draped dress from Jason Wu on Net-a-porter
- Flower stone earrings from Dsquared2 on Farfetch
- Soft blue and white handbag from Kate Spade
- Animal print pumps from Jimmy Choo
For those a little more daring, a tartan-check dress such as this is a fabulous new look for your work. Adding a statement necklace and some great shoes tells your colleagues, boss and clients you are confident and unique.
- Tartan-check midi dress from Alexander McQueen on Matches
- Large sequin zipper necklace from Vera Wang on Farfetch
- Red and white handbag from Kate Spade
- Black cut out sandals from Nine West
With work may come various work related events to attend. This stunning flapper style fringe dress is not only loads of fun, but will impress everyone in the room. Don’t be boring, show some flair with your after work functions.
- Fringe embellished dress from Marco De Vincenzo on Matches
- Crystal drop earrings from Peter Lang
- Applique flower clutch from Emanuel Ungaro on Farfetch
- Buckle strapped sandals from Nine West
Ooh la la…dramatic elegance is what this draped silk jumpsuit says. Again another head turner for your after work functions. The versatility of this jumpsuit allows one to wear it with bold coloured accessories such as these, or on it’s own for simple elegance.
- Draped silk jumpsuit from Tibi on Net-a-porter
- Lips earrings from Erickson Beamon on Matches
- Black and yellow baguette bag from Fendi on Matches
- Yellow tassel toe sandals from Aquazurra
I hope you enjoyed this post, giving you some inspiration on ways to improve your image and style for the start of the year.
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