BALANCING ACT

Style Notes

A few styling tips for the season...

Bicester Village

From the boardroom to the bar, nail dressed-down glamour with a few sartorial tweaks and make your outfit work for any occasion.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT
It’s time to start thinking outside of the box – counterintuitive combinations are great for adding the ‘wow’ factor to workwear, or turning up the wattage on weekend styles. Team a smart trouser suit or dress with classic leather trainers or high-tops, and ditch the silk shirt for a more casual T-shirt. Elevate a pair of slouchy casual trousers with a pair of heels or tuck them into biker books for a tougher street-style look.

 

DON’T SWEAT IT
With the athleisure trend still going strong, adding sporty staples to your wardrobe is the easiest way to give a fresh twist to your everyday outfits. A sweatshirt partnered with a preppy pleated skirt looks pretty and playful; team the look with a roomy tote bag and loafers for go-anywhere styling. Technical sportswear fabrics are brilliant for mixing business with pleasure. Designed to withstand workouts and warm-ups, they’ll add a more gritty edge to your glamour. Have fun with fluorescent details, sporty stripes and logos.

 


IT’S A CINCH
Boilersuits are the hottest way to rock an all-in-one – dress down in a denim style or upgrade to silk for an elegant evening look. Ever obliging, the boilersuit can go either way. Embrace its relaxed style (comfortable just got chic!) or add definition and poise with a smartly buckled belt and accessorise with elegant heels and feminine jewellery.

 

BLUR THE BOUNDARIES
For shapeshifting outerwear try a classic trench. Available in a whole range of shapes and styles, the trench always looks effortlessly cool and is the perfect partner for both suited and booted styles and more laid back looks. Its waterproof qualities may come in handy too!

 

IN THE MIX
Try tweaking a tailored style by going larger than life. Take an oversized blazer or suit (boyfriend styling with business class is totally on trend) and mix it up with some funky but functional footwear. Or fuse military styling – combat trousers, fatigue jackets and army boots – with pretty prints and delicate fabrics. Accessories are key, so load up with some oversized 80’s jewellery or a signature timepiece for a touch of high-octane attitude.

 

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL
Bags are perfect pointers for the mood you’re in. Keep things practical but light-hearted with a belt bag or satchel, or shrug on a neat leather backpack or unstructured hobo bag. For sophisticated glamour, slip a super slick patent leather or mock-croc clutch under your arm and voilà, you’re ready to take on the town!

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