It can be really depressing when you have an office job and need to decide what to wear to work on a Monday, especially in a job that requires you to wear ‘formal’ clothes. That doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish, or that you must wear one of those (in my opinion) hideous ‘women’s suits’. Dress simply in a black dress, tights and oxfords. Add simple jewellery that doesn’t make too much of a statement. Add a great looking leather bag. The final touch for a bit of colour and classic style is a scarf that goes well with your bag, and well manicured nails. Dressing well is going to make you feel great about having to start the work week after a fabulous weekend.
dress, tights and shoes by Cos t by Weekday / ceramic earrings by Oei Ceramics on Etsy / garnet ring by Naomi Tracz Jewellery / nailpolish by Essie / bagby Rebecca Minkoff / scarf by Arati Devasher
Denim is hard to wear. We all know that. But it’s the pieces you choose to wear that can make denim more than a tourist staple, and up the ante to style and luxury. Pair a denim skirt with simple accessories that enhance rather than detract from it, with one statement piece, like this Ocean Blues hand-dyed scarf. Wear denim with confidence to work, play or anywhere in between.
Shein.com denim skirt / Topshop tank top / Arati Devasher blue scarf / Mansur Gavriel clutch / Aerin.com flats / SlinkyLinksJewellery on Etsy tassel earrings
Wear a statement necklace with red clothes, and it can be off-putting – you could end up looking like a pillar box with baubles on, after all… when chosen carefully, a red outfit can make a real style statement, and when its fire-engine shade is accentuated with pale shades and vibrant accessories, that bright red doesn’t seem so daunting after all. Caution: this style may invite fulsome compliments.
red camisole by Topshop / red bootcut trousers by Gucci / green Murano bead necklace by Arati Devasher / turquoise earrings by Pearly Karpel / lipstick by Nars / bracelets by Oscar Bijoux and Aurelie Bidermann / sandals by Forever 21
Pink is so often given a bad rep, and it really doesn’t have to be ‘only for blondes’ or for ‘girly girls’. Wear it in your own way, and it can create a fashion statement without turning you into a cliche.
Wear pink with panache! Make it casual chic by wearing the Arati Devasher pink Birdies scarf with black… polkadot trousers, a tank top, and a chunky cuff, topped off with sleek patent Oxfords. The pink lip accents the colour and means you’re wearing it – it’s not wearing you.
Zara vest top / Arati Devasher Birdies scarf / Zara polkadot trousers / Popmap.com oxford shoe / CumiDesigns on Etsy cuff bracelet / BH Cosmetics liquid lipstick