‘What Should I Wear To…?’ Series: Breakfast On The Weekend

Happy Friday everyone! As I have said before on the blog, many of us find casual chic styling harder to achieve than getting dressed up for a ball. There is a good reason for this; with day-to-day dressing there are multiple choices and the goal posts change depending on the nature of the occasion.  Getting the perfect balance between comfort, under or overdressing and weather appropriateness can be a challenging task.

Sports-inspired clothing work great on a casual morning out. I have always loved a cricket jumper and find that it has an easy breezy style that lends itself perfectly to weekend excursions. I also like the white/cream base of these jumpers as they are a welcome change from the black jumpers in colder weather. Relaxed striped trousers are all the rage at the moment and it hard to go wrong with a classic red and navy combination.  A nice handbag and some clean sneakers are all you need to show up for breakfast looking like you have mastered the ‘just threw this on’ look.

Of all the meals in the day, breakfast is my favourite and I particularly enjoy a breakfast outing on the weekend.  If you have had a particularly great breakfast in London somewhere – please do let me know so I can add it to my list of places to try.  I hope you enjoy this look and thank you for visiting my blog.  Have a great weekend!

 

Clothes and accessories:

Trousers – Warehouse, Similar  –  Zara

Cricket Jumper – Debenhams, Similar – Uniqlo,  ASOS

‘What Do I Wear To…?’ Series: A Sophisticated Party

I have a distinct memory of being on the first leg of our honey moon in Bangkok and stepping out into the hotel lobby one evening to go to dinner.  As we were waiting to speak with the concierge, I saw a women breeze into the hotel and immediately command the attention of everyone in that room.  She was wearing a lovely pair of high-waisted trousers with an elegant white top and she oozed sophistication.  ‘Stop staring’, I remember my husband whispering but I could not take my eyes off her outfit.  A ‘sophisticated look’  is always a delight to behold and let’s just say my husband has had to tell me to stop staring multiple times after that honeymoon first!

We have all been invited to a party where the occasion, venue or fellow attendees require we attend in ‘sophisticated’ attire. I find that  luxurious materials such as silk or velvet serve as solid building blocks in helping to achieve an elegant and refined style statement. For me,  the key  to sophisticated dressing lies in choosing elegant styles that whisper ‘timeless’ rather than scream ‘trendy’.

I absolutely love the unexpected luxury element that silk brings to this polo top. It might be an ordinary top, but using silk transports the humble ‘polo top’ to a sophisticated garment that qualifies as party wear.  Add to it wide leg velvet trousers in navy and you have an outfit that is both comfortable and uber chic all at once.  I have added a bright clutch and a bling bracelet to bring out the party element and add a ‘pop of colour’ to the overall styling.

I genuinely adore the sophisticated aura that this outfit exudes and I cannot wait to wear it to some winter parties (I am hoping some invites will materialize or else I am wearing it to bed as it feels so good against the skin). Have a fabulous Monday and as always, thank you so much for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Silk Top – ASOS White, Trousers – Marks and Spencer, Clutch Bag – Henri Bendel, Bracelet – Banana Republic)

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‘What Should I Wear To…?’ Series: Coffee After School Drop Off

It’s that momentous time of the year again – in the next few weeks (give or take a few days), those of us with children of school going age, will see our darlings returning to school. It’s high time really, family and friends have been visited, summer camps have been attended and copious amounts of sugary foods have been consumed. I can almost hear the computers at home begging for relief and I for one have exhausted my ability to answer any more complicated questions about how the universe works or why I can’t leave one sibling on the corner of the road somewhere! (yes that request has been made).

Children going back to school can often present the opportunity to meet new parents and the dilemma of ‘What do I wear to…?’ to meet new people straight after school drop off.  I have always found that in reality my attention on a school morning is almost entirely focused on getting the children ready, leaving little time for me to worry about my styling choices. For those of us who are heading to work straight after, work clothes save the day. However, if you are not working or work from home, the dilemma of what to wear to school drop-off is a very real one! In a busy morning situation, I find that comfort is key and my go to clothes are almost always a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.  Adding a nice pair of flats and a low-key statement piece such as a nice jacket can elevate that simple look to a more polished one.

In this instance, I have added this adorable embroidered linen bomber jacket to my t-shirt and jeans combination. Adding some leather slip-ons that are not sneakers, a cross body bag and a nice pair of sun glasses takes this look from ‘casual’ to ‘I just throw on stuff that happens to all work together’ in my opinion. I hope you like this look and I also hope that you meet some lovely new fellow parents this start of the new school year.

Thank you so much for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: T-Shirt – Uniqlo, Jeans – Gap, Jacket – H&M, Shoes – J slides, Cross-body Bag – Modalu, Ring – Ishariya, Sun Glasses – Dior)

 

‘What Do I Wear To…?’ Series: Dinner With Friends

Happy Friday everyone – the weekend is almost upon us!

I am often asked the question, ‘What should I wear to…?’ – more in reference to every day events that occur in our daily lives such as dinners and coffees than special occasion events such as weddings. The other day, a dear friend suggested that I do a series on what to wear to a variety of reoccurring occasions such as ‘coffee with a friend after school drop off’ or ‘drinks with friends straight after work’, etc, as this is where she struggles the most with clothing decisions.  I thought this was a great idea as I myself find that deciding what to wear to ‘parent teacher meetings’ can often be harder than deciding what to wear to ‘a Christmas party’. So here it is, the start of my ‘What do I wear to…?’ series – with a what do I wear to dinner with friends?

In order for such a series to be useful, I felt that I must feature at least an element of standard wardrobe staples that can be styled differently for various occasions depending on the need of the hour.  Also given that I reside in a colder country, and it gets cold during some part of the year in most countries, I will often try and feature outerwear that increases the seasonal versatility of the outfit.

Jumpsuits are a tricky piece of clothing!  I find that when they work they look fabulous and when they don’t – well let’s just say that make you standout in a crowd for all the wrong reasons.  The key to looking good in a jumpsuit is to find one that fits well.  The fit element is more crucial with jumpsuits than it is with many other garments. These are the jumpsuit rules that I live by: if the leg is too long but it looks great – buy it and get it shortened by a tailor.  If the jumpsuit has no sleeves and is too big under the arms and chest area – buy it and get it taken in by a tailor (this is easy to do by hand as well and I often do it myself).  If however, the jumpsuit does not fit well around the waist area or the material pulls between the leg inseam and waist  – let it go it as fixing this is not so easy.  Overall, I have found that if the fit is off on the top half of a jumpsuit – it can usually be fixed. However, if the fit is off between the waist and the bottom half, it’s best to leave it looking pretty on the hanger and ‘jump’ to the next shop.

A plain black jumpsuit works great as a staple for wearing out to dinner or drinks with friends.  I find that it can be dressed up or down easily and adding an interesting jacket is my favorite way to change it up for a repeat appearance.  Here, I have teamed it with this heavily beaded boxy Indian-inspired jacket that creates a great monochrome look and would keep you warm when the evening (or the air-conditioning) makes you chilly. Black heels and red lipstick are the only accessories needed for a great evening smart casual look.  I have also paired this jumpsuit with flats and a shorter swing jacket in the past for a more casual smart look.

It’s worth trying on many a jumpsuit to find your ‘princely’ piece.  There is however, that one problem with jumpsuits that seems unavoidable. When you need to use the facilities – the entire thing needs to come off.  My final piece of advice – never have too many drinks when wearing a jumpsuit!

Thank you for reading and I hope this will be useful in providing styling alternatives for your everyday events. Please feel free to send me suggestions on events you would like me to feature in this series.

(Clothes and Accessories: Jumpsuit – Express, Jacket – H&M, Earrings – H&M, Shoes – Vince Camuto)