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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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

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

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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Red dress with leopard print accessories

It’s so tempting at this time of year to forget about dresses in favour of sweaters, trousers and boots. Well, until the party season starts, but it’s a little bit early for that just yet (even if the shops are full of Christmas stuff already!). If you have an event to go to that requires an elegant outfit, I don’t think you can go wrong with a red dress at any time of year. A LRD (little red dress) makes a fabulous alternative to black, and this one from Boohoo is a classic style that would be ideal for many occasions.

The high neckline keeps it classy, while the split sleeves show a bit of flesh without baring the upper arms completely.

As reds go, this is the perfect shade for me. I have several red dresses, but this is now my favourite, and at only £20 it’s a bargain. Despite the budget price tag the quality is really good and it fits me like a glove. Boohoo tends to come up small so after checking the size guide I sized up to a 12, which proved to be the right decision. It doesn’t have any zips or fastenings, but the slight stretch in the material makes it easy to get on over my head. The high neckline keeps it classy, while the split sleeves show a bit of flesh without baring the upper arms completely. The fabric isn’t too thick to wear a coat over though, so I can still wear it when the weather turns colder. A cropped faux fur jacket would look great with it.

Red dress with leopard print accessories

A red dress with leopard print accessories is both classic and a little bit sassy.

When it came to choosing accessories there was only really one type that came to mind: leopard print! Are you getting sick of seeing it yet? I don’t think I ever will! We all keep saying it’s a neutral, but it really is. That’s why most of us love it I suppose. It certainly trumps a plain nude for me anyway. A red dress with leopard print accessories is both classic and a little bit sassy. On a more practical level, these shoes have a closed toe and a wooden effect heel so I don’t have to worry about my chipped nail polish or ruining them in the mud!

Snake print would be another option if you’re not keen on leopard print. But if you need a break completely from animal prints then metallics would work well too; my preferred shades would be rose gold or bronze. This dress is available in lots of colours and a few prints too, as well as maternity versions. I really like the chartreuse (very this season), and of course classic black would be a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

Do you have a favourite red dress? Which colour would you choose this dress in and what would you wear with it?

Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

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Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

New Look leopard print court shoes

Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

Boohoo Red dress with leopard print accessories

Boohoo red dress c/o | Dune clutch bag (old, similar) | New Look shoes (old, similar) | Azuni cuff and earrings | Roberto Cavalli sunglasses

Last week’s favourites were…

Darlene of Aquamarina Style, Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life and Laurie of Vanity and Me!


 

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Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers

We all have our favourite colour combinations, right? Well, cobalt and mustard is definitely one of mine. The last time I wore these two colours together it was the other way round – mustard trousers and a cobalt top. When I bought these trousers in the River Island sale a couple of months ago I knew I wanted a mustard or ochre sweater to go with them. However, the only one I had was the bat wing sparkly number that I paired with my glittery skinny jeans. I know there are plenty of other colour options for these bright blue trousers, but when I get an outfit in my head I have to pursue it!

As luck would have it, I was browsing the Marks & Spencer outlet in the Lowry shopping centre on my lunch break when I found this jumper for £10. I don’t usually like ribbed jumpers but the gold frill edge sold it to me. I think it compliments the frill detail on the trousers rather nicely. My super comfortable Marks & Spencer shoes bookend the blue to bring the outfit together. So thanks to a lucky lunch time find I’m mixing cobalt and mustard again! I added a neutral bag that I bought in France from Scottage (one of my favourite French shops) on sale for 15 euros, and some fun acrylic earrings that I bought while waiting for a train at Birmingham New Street! You know I never miss a shopping opportunity 😉

Do you have a favourite colour combination? What colours do you like to pair mustard with?

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

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Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer ochre high cut shoes, River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper

Accessorize orange resin earrings

Mixing cobalt and mustard again, Marks and Spencer mustard ribbed jumper River Island cobalt trousers, Scottage tan and leopard print bag

River Island trousers (similar) | Marks & Spencer jumper (similar) | Marks & Spencer shoes | Scottage bag (similar) | Accessorize earrings

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Shauna of Lipgloss and Lace, Kim of Champagneista and Ruth of My Little Nest!

 


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