Arabella and Addison cat mouse sweater

When I stumbled across this Arabella and Addison cat and mouse sweater on the TK Maxx website I just had to have it! I love cats and anything with cats on so this jumper is right up my street, and having a mouse on it too makes it just that bit cuter. I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit simple to let the cat and mouse take centre stage, so I paired the sweater with these black Asos peg leg trousers and a pair of vintage black court shoes that belonged to my mum. Purrfect!

Arabella and Addison cat mouse sweater

Arabella and Addison cat and mouse jumper

Modalu grey handbag

black court shoesSweater: Arabella and Addison at TK Maxx, trousers: Asos, shoes: vintage, bag: Modalu, sunglasses: Karl Lagerfeld, chunky brcelet: handmade..

 

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Marks and Spencer lace dress

If you’re a regular reader of Style Splash you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Marks & Spencer clothes, so I was delighted when I was asked to select some items from the new range based upon a style milestone – an event or lifestyle change that prompted a new way of dressing. I chose two outfits suitable for a smart work wardrobe.

A key moment in my style evolution was returning to work after having my daughter. I only took nine months off work, but when I returned to my job I wanted to upgrade my wardrobe and create a definite boundary between the clothes I wore at home and those I wore to the office. Having that time off also made me realise that it was time to move on and find a new job, so I followed the advice that you should dress for the job you want rather than the one you have. I work in TV production where pretty much anything goes in terms of a dress code, but whereas before taking maternity leave I dressed primarily for comfort, returning to work and looking to change jobs meant that it was important for me to look and feel professional, while still expressing my individual style. Since then pieces from M&S have been the mainstay of my working wardrobe, from classic dresses to bold print jackets to versatile and feminine skirts, as well as stylish and comfortable shoes.

A key moment in my style evolution was returning to work after having my daughter. I only took nine months off work, but when I returned to my job I wanted to upgrade my wardrobe.

Looking through the website, I was somewhat spoilt for choice, but I eventually decided upon a lovely coral and navy lace shift dress (which is so comfortable thanks to the stretch fabric!) and a beautiful flower print top and bold red A-line skirt, which I can mix and match with lots of other items in my wardrobe.

Marks and Spencer lace dress

The twist waist lace dress is a classic and subtle take on the floral trend, with coral lace contrasting against a navy under layer. It’s a real wardrobe hero thanks to its flattering cut which clings in all the right places, while the draping at the front skims over the tummy area. It’s an easy pull on style, with just the right amount of stretch, making it one of the most comfortable dresses I own. The cherry on the cake is that it doesn’t crease, and although I haven’t washed it yet, I dare say that it wouldn’t need ironing either, which makes me love it even more! I accessorised with a stretch faux pearl bracelet (also from M&S) and a pair of snakeskin effect leather peep toe court shoes, which are a previous M&S purchase.

Marks and Spencer lace dress

Marks and Spencer pearl bracelet

Marks and Spencer snakeskin shoes

Marks and Spencer lace dress

Adding a few well cut classic pieces in bright hues and bold prints is a sure fire way to liven up your working wardrobe. This A-line skirt is a really flattering style which would suit all body shapes. The  fabric and cut far outweighed my expectations – it’s fully lined and the Buttonsafe™ technology uses heat fused buttons that won’t fall off, which I think is brilliant and yet so simple! I can’t count the times I’ve had buttons fall off nearly new garments, rendering them out of action until I’ve had the time (and the right coloured cotton) to fix them. The skirt also has pockets which scores extra brownie points from me! It’s available in red and pink – I chose red because it’s a confident, strong colour, so seemed more appropriate for work, but I’m already planning to buy it in pink too – it’s such good value for £35.

Marks & Spencer pixel print top and red Buttonsafe skirt

The digital floral print top I paired with the skirt is such a valuable addition to a smart work wardrobe thanks to the mix of strong colours – in fact I picked out several different alternatives to the red skirt on the M&S website, such as these blue culottes, black tapered leg trousers or red wide leg trousers. There is a matching pencil skirt (currently out of stock on the website) but I opted to team the top with a block colour for added versatility. I chose a pair of red suede shoes to finish off the outfit, which I bought from M&S a couple of years ago (similar style here).

Marks and Spencer red skirt and pixel print top

Marks and Spencer red skirt and pixel print top

Marks and Spencer red skirt and Pia coral bracelet

Blue and gold Avon necklace

Marks and Spencer red suede shoes

Marks and Spencer red skirt and pixel print top

I’m absolutely over the moon with these new additions to my work wardrobe…I’m sure I’ll be wearing them for years to come!

Have you had any style milestones that have prompted you to change the way you dress? Please share them with me in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend!

 

 

Emma xxx

 

 

Lace shift dress, pearl bracelet, red skirt and digital floral print top were gifted items.

 

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Oak leather top and Oasis red trousers

Stylist magazine recently ran a competition with Ford Fiesta to find a budding fashion stylist – entry was simple: put together an outfit including something red and upload it to Instagram with #FiestaStylista in the image caption. Well as red is my favourite colour I had to give it a shot. I decided to go way out of my comfort zone with a leather and suede top from Oak which I bought recently in the Outnet sale. I have to admit, it’s not the easiest item of clothing to style – it’s a batwing style so can look quite bulky, particularly in leather and suede. I will probably get the most use out of it by wearing it as an alternative to a jacket with a vest top underneath beacause it’s quite warm. I paired the top with some red trousers from Oasis, which I’ve had for a couple of years. I added a couple of red accents with my Angel Jackson bag and an enamel ring. A pair of black killer heels by Aperlai finished the look off.

Angel Jackson bag

Red and turquoise ring

Oak leather top

Aperlai shoesTop: Oak, trousers: Oasis, bag: Angel Jackson, shoes: Aperlai, sunglasses: Karl Lagerfeld.

 

Do you like to dress out of your comfort zone once in a while, or do you prefer to stick with the tried and trusted? Let me know in the comments!

 

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