There are certain wardrobe staples that we wear more for comfort than the wow factor. Changing attitudes to casual clothing means many of us no longer need to dress formally for work. Jeans, track pants and trainers are now deemed acceptable in many social settings, including the office for many of us. But however relaxed the dress code might be, there’s no escaping the fact that image does still matter. It affects how we feel about ourselves and how others perceive us. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we do, even if it’s subconsciously.

If you’re working from home, it’s still nice to feel like you’ve made an effort with your outfit. I find it puts me in a more productive frame of mind. Plus, you never know who might call round! The good news is you don’t have to choose between comfort and style. Thanks to the rising popularity of athleisure there are plenty of options for dressing up while dressing down; it’s all about elevating your casual style with a few simple wardrobe upgrades.

Jeans

Denim is now acceptable in most social settings, thanks to the many forms it comes in. From coloured to printed to coated, there are plenty of alternatives to basic blue jeans.

    • Switch tailored trousers for a pair of brightly coloured skinnies. Team with heels, a shirt and a blazer to make them office-appropriate.
    • Camo or floral print make a great alternative to plain blue or black skinny jeans. The khaki tones of camo print make them really versatile (more than you’d think), particularly if you stick to a darker version. I’ve just bought both a traditional camoflage print pair as well as some in a darker print, which I’ll be featuring in an outfit post soon. Dark floral print denim with a subtle pattern is ideal for Winter, while lighter pastel shades work really well for Spring/Summer.
    • Coated black skinny jeans are the perfect day to night option. Switch court shoes and a blouse for strappy sandals and a camisole for instant glamour.
    • Flared or wide legged jeans in a black or indigo wash with a white button down shirt and blazer is a classic combination that never dates.
    • Embellished jeans are fun – side stripes, pearls, patches and beads add an interesting twist to this wardrobe classic.

Trainers

Never have I been more happy that it’s now acceptable to wear trainers just about anywhere. Emma Thompson even wore her vegan Stella McCartney x Stan Smith trainers to Buckingham Palace to accept a damehood! She also wore a Stella McCartney trouser suit and looked amazing. That surely means they are now on a footing (see what I did there?) with brogues and Oxfords as office-acceptable shoes. I rarely wear anything other than trainers for work these days (although when I want something formal my Calla shoes are just the job). My bunions have got worse over the last year and I now find wearing most of my high heels for any length of time very painful. To be perfectly honest, it’s just not worth the agony. Yay for funky trainers…and being able to run for the bus. Ok, I lied about that bit, I never use buses 😉

Track pants

Most bloggers spend a lot of time working from home (but you already knew that, right?) so wearing something comfortable is a must. I bet I’m not the only one to sit in my PJs typing on my laptop until midday am I? That’s all well and good…until there’s another parcel delivery and you have to greet the courier looking less than your best. Please tell me it’s not just me! This is where track pants or joggers earn their place in your wardrobe. And I don’t mean the worn out holey ones that you might wear to decorate in! No, no, no…there are some seriously luxe options out there that don’t cost a fortune. You can easily dress them up with a stylish sweater and a jacket. Depending on the fabric and style, you can even wear them with heels for a night out.

Sweatshirts

Être Cécile sweatshirt

For years I shied away from wearing sweatshirts and hoodies because I thought they were just too casual (and also quite unflattering). But now I love them, especially as there are so many gorgeous embellished designs…you all know I’m partial to an animal motif don’t you? 😉 If money were no object I’d be indulging in some high end labels, but thankfully the high street has some equally fabulous offerings. And, of course, there’s always eBay, which is where I bought the Être Cécile sweatshirt in the photo above from. Wear with jeans, tailored trousers, a pencil skirt or a pleated midi; sweatshirts are definitely no longer boring or basic.

The concept of athleisure has been around for some time now. Love it or loathe it, it seems like it’s here to stay. For some, wearing sports clothes for non-sporting activities feels like a crime against fashion, but for others it makes perfect sense to dress comfortably. I’m now firmly in the latter camp; I can now slob out in style and never be caught off guard by the postman ever again!

 

Are you a fan of athleisure? Would you wear trainers to work? I’d love to hear your take on dressing for comfort!

 

 

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Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great weekend and start to the new week. Apologies for having to skip Sunday’s link up post – I returned from holiday on an overnight flight on Sunday morning, then had to drive from Gatwick back to Cheshire via Cambridgeshire. I finally got home Sunday evening…just in time to go to bed ready for the 5am alarm! I’m amazed I made it through a 10 hour work day feeling so chipper, although it hit me driving home in the dark. I’m still trying to get back to some kind of routine…and then there’s the unpacking and washing all my holiday clothes! It’s good to get back to blogging and catching up with everyone else’s posts though 🙂

The four colours in these tartan trousers make them very versatile when it comes to selecting tops and accessories.

I’ve got some holiday outfits to share with you over the next week or so, but today’s outfit is one from before my trip. We popped across to the other side of the quays during a break from work to have a look at the poppy display at the Imperial War Museum North. It really is a stunning sight.

It was quite a chilly day so I wore my snuggly mustard biker jacket. The four colours in these tartan trousers make them very versatile when it comes to selecting tops and accessories. It also helps that the pattern includes my two favourite colours: red and mustard. The last time I wore them on the blog I teamed them with a red belt bag and sock boots, but these satin bow trainers are much kinder to my feet!

Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

I loved this jacket the moment I saw it in River Island but I waited until it went on sale before snapping it up.

I’m a big fan of faux suede moto jackets; they’re ideal for cooler weather when you don’t want to wear a big Winter coat. I have a couple of thinner ones, but this mustard jacket has a soft, fluffy lining. The only downside is it does shed a bit, so I probably wouldn’t wear it over a black jumper. I loved this jacket the moment I saw it in River Island but I waited until it went on sale before snapping it up. It was definitely worth the wait, although I had to wait even longer to wear it because I bought it in Summer!

To be honest, the fit isn’t as flattering as my khaki and cobalt blue biker jackets, but then it is thicker. That doesn’t make it any less versatile though; I could wear it over a maxi dress with tights and boots for a dressier look, or with dark skinny jeans for a casual weekend outfit. I’m sure you’ll be seeing it again over the coming months!

Are you a fan of moto jackets too? Do you prefer bright colours or more muted shades? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

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Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

poppies Imperial War Museum North

Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

poppies Imperial War Museum North

poppies Imperial War Museum North

Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

Mustard biker jacket and tartan trousers

Mustard bomber jacket and tartan trousers

River Island jacket (similar) | Zara trousers (similar) | Bow trainers from TKMaxx (blush pink version) Mila Blu bag (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Nancy of Jodie’s Touch of StyleSuzy Turner and Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood!

 


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Karen Millen Frill skirt and mustard top

In yesterday’s Style Not Age post I mentioned that I had a couple of outfits in mind for our “Frill Seekers” theme; well this was the other one. It just wasn’t practical to wear this to work on a long, chilly day, so I had to wait a couple of days until I could take these photos. I really wanted to wear this skirt on the blog because I’ve had it for years and never worn it. Every time I’d tried it on it was too tight for comfort! I bought it when I was going through a bit of a Karen Millen phase and picked this and another skirt up in the sale.

An outfit made up entirely of old and previously seen pieces…it’s good to shop your closet!

I had intended to wear it with the mustard frill neck jumper that I paired with my cobalt trousers, but it didn’t look quite right. Then I remembered I had this top which is part of a co-ord set, which works much better. My M&S faux suede court shoes match it perfectly. I added my Angel Jackson fringe bag, which has a shoulder strap, but I tucked it inside to wear it as a clutch. A gold owl pendant, statement ring and neutral tassel earrings finished off the look. An outfit made up entirely of old and previously seen pieces…it’s good to shop your closet!

I’m keeping it short and sweet today as I’m holiday…I’ll catch up with link ups and comments properly when I get back 🙂

Karen Millen Frill skirt and Zara mustard top, Angel Jackson fringed bag

Karen Millen Frill skirt and Zara mustard top, Angel Jackson fringed bag

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Karen Millen Frill skirt and Zara mustard top, Angel Jackson fringed bag

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Karen Millen Frill skirt and Zara mustard top, Angel Jackson fringed bag

Karen Millen skirt (old, similar) Zara top (sold out, similar) | M&S shoes | Angel Jackson bag (old, similar) Pia necklace (similar) | Zara earrings (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style, Julie of This Main Line Life and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots!

 

 

 


 

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The end of October means Halloween, the clocks going back an hour (boo to the long dark evenings) and another Style Not Age collaboration 🙂 This month Jacqui has chosen “Frill Seekers” as the theme (good choice Jacqui!). I actually had a couple of outfits in mind for this theme, but went with this one as I had to shoot the photos during a break from work. I’ve been wearing trainers a lot lately as my poor bunions have been quite painful due to running more regularly again.

I’ve found wearing trainers incredibly liberating; I can walk wherever I want to without worrying about my feet killing me by the day’s end.

The upside is it’s never been more acceptable to wear trainers for work as it is now. We constantly see street style photos of fashionistas in pretty maxi dresses and trainers (or sneakers, depending on which side of the pond you live). I’ve found wearing trainers incredibly liberating; I can walk wherever I want to without worrying about my feet killing me by the day’s end. Hurrah for that! So I chose these knitted sock trainers to wear with my skinny waxed jeans and red frill blouse. I bought the blouse back in the Summer from & Other Stories when I was working in Leeds. It was reduced by 70%, so too good to pass by. I had to size up to a 14 though as the 12 pulled across the chest. Having to go with a bigger size means it’s loose around the waist, so I knotted it (one of my favourite tricks with shirts).

The embroidery on the jacket includes snippets of other colours and adds a professional element to an otherwise casual outfit. I love pairing a smart blazer with jeans, it’s a classic combination that will take you just about anywhere.

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Now let’s what my frill-seeking fashionista friends chose for this month’s theme…

Anna has also opted for a frilly shirt and jeans, topped off with a funky waistcoat. See all the details on her blog Anna’s Island Style.

Jacqui is looking fabulous in a red dress from M&S and Lotus boots. See all the details over at Mummabstylish.

Hilda is looking very chilled out in a chic jumper from Coast and stunning striped trousers. You can see more at Over the Hilda.

 

So that’s it for another month…only two left this year! I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s theme as much as we have 🙂
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Whenever I have an occasion to dress up I often opt for a lace dress. I have several in different colours, including the red one I wore for a family wedding back in March, and another black one that I wore for New Year’s Eve. Those are both figure hugging, so I was really happy to add an A-line style dress to my wardrobe.

Pairing this black lace dress with red accessories was a no-brainer; I love the contrast…and of course red is my favourite colour!

This Eva Trends dress has very flattering three quarter length sleeves and a high neckline that I prefer lately. I was unsure what size to order, but after some help from the team at Eva Trends I settled on a small, which fits really well. I have the usual issue with the waistband sitting a bit too high due to my long torso, but I have that with every dress in this style. To get around this problem I always add a belt to define my true waistline. Pairing this black lace dress with red accessories was a no-brainer; I love the contrast…and of course red is my favourite colour! Last week one of my colleagues asked me if red is my favourite colour because I wear it a lot 🙂 Of course, metallics or leopard print would also look great with this dress.

The shoes and belt are really old, but they serve me well with so many outfits. The red clutch is actually the Zara multiway bag which I’ve worn as a beltbag and with the shoulder strap before. I love having versatile items in my wardrobe that I can wear different ways. My jewellery is from two of my favourite brands: Ottoman Hands and Azuni – their pieces are beautiful and affordable.

I have a couple more dresses from Eva Trends to share with you over the coming weeks…the location for those photos will be a bit more exotic than my back garden 😉 If you love this dress (or anything else on the Eva Trends website) you can get a 10% discount on your entire order with the code EP10!

Do you love to wear lace? What accessories would you choose to wear with a black lace dress?

Eva Trends dress | Zara bag | shoes and belt both old | Ottoman Hands ring and earrings | Azuni cuff

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Shelbee on the Edge, Jodie’s Touch of Style and  Is This Mutton!

 


 

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