“Werk” at Work

Happy Wednesday/Halloween to my lovely readers and clients! This month’s blog post is all about how to ‘werk’ at work! In other words, how to feel and look super stylish whilst paying your daily dues. I’m a firm believer in that how you feel about what you’re wearing and your appearance has a huge impact on how you feel in general and how you perform throughout the day.

For me, I need to feel comfortable in order to be more productive. Heels are great if you’re sat down or just for a meeting but in general I opt for a flat shoe because, really, who has time for blisters?!

I’ve put together some work wear style looks, inspiration and then a whole collection of pieces to achieve those looks.

The best tip I have is to dress for you’re body shape. There are so many varieties of trousers, tops and skirts available, so you can find the style that best suits your body and build from there. Remember, dressing for your body shape is all about balancing out your proportions.

These are some great achievable looks to inspire your work wear wardrobe, and as a bonus they can easily transition in to ‘after work drinks’ wear.

First up… Trousers!

If you want to liven up your work wear wardrobe, an easy way is to add colour, texture or pattern.

I would recommend to keep the detail to either your top or bottom half, as both may be a little much depending on where you work or how confident you’re feeling. I would always recommend placing detail, pattern and texture on the area of your body which you are most comfortable with and want to attract attention to.

Broad shoulders or wide hips? Go for a wide leg trousers that will balance out the shoulders, or for wide hips, they will skim over the bumps to create a smoother silhouette.

If you have a rectangular shape, go for tapered trousers as they create the illusion of wider hips and will add curves and dimension to your shape.

… Skirts, Dresses and Jumpsuits… the length of a skirt or dress should be determined by your height and footwear. If you are short, go for a shorter skirt, a midi pencil skirt will make you appear shorter, especially if wearing flats. Tights are the perfect accompaniment to skirts, especially in the cold weather or ‘furry’ days 😉

…Tops and Jackets…

As its often difficult to find a good fitting pair of trousers, I tend to find it easier to interchange tops. Therefore, this is where I add most of the colour, pattern and texture.

If you are top heavy, avoid a lot of detail on top, particularly frills and ruffles which add volume. Instead go for quality fabrics and a great fit. If you’re busty, a V-neck is a more flattering neckline.

If you’re short on time, a bold coloured jumper is an easy way to liven up a pair of trousers. Once you know what colours suit you, shopping and getting dressed is so much easier!

and finally… footwear…

Footwear is really quite specific, some people can’t wear a certain style of shoe due to problems with their feet, and others can wear any. I opt for flats most of time out of comfort, but this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style. The high street is full of gorgeous footwear at affordable prices with styles that will transform the simplest of outfits.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s blog. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on info@francescaallen.co.uk or alternatively head to the contact page.

Love Frankie xx

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