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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Classic Cool: put a spin on your look this spring

Put a spin on your look this spring with graphic monochrome, slick suits and sharp blazers.

Published 01/05/2014 | 02:30

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Sunglasses, €105, Rayban; blazer, €134,trousers, €53, tie €13, and shoes €55 all River Island; shirt, €39.95, Zara 
Niamh: Sunglasses, €17.95, Parfois; jumper, €110, shirt, €170 both Reiss; skirt, €64, Topshop; bag, €28, Oasis; shoes, €140, Karen Millen
Sunglasses, €105, Rayban; blazer, €134,trousers, €53, tie €13, and shoes €55 all River Island; shirt, €39.95, Zara Niamh: Sunglasses, €17.95, Parfois; jumper, €110, shirt, €170 both Reiss; skirt, €64, Topshop; bag, €28, Oasis; shoes, €140, Karen Millen
Niamh: Sunglasses, €27, coat, €114, both Topshop; top, €165, The Kooples; Brown Thomas; trousers, €69.95, Cos; bag, €210, Karen Millen; shoes, €75, River Island Richard: Jacket, €235, sunglasses, €115, both Ted Baker; t-shirt, €55, Reiss; pocket square, €10, River Island;jeans, €110, Nudie, BT2; shoes, €60, River Island
Blazer, €325, trousers, €155, both Reiss;shirt, €49.95, Selected Homme;tie, €13, River Island

When it comes to workwear and Ireland in the warmer months, it’s often tempting to pack a little suitcase in case the heavens open or the sun starts blazing.

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However, buying smart, layerable pieces in lightweight fabrics is the best idea - and the fact that vintage glamour is in for spring (and summer) means that you’ll still look fancy enough for after-work drinks.

"Turn back the clock and add a little 60s style to your look," says fashion editor Corina Gaffey.

"It's all about changing your inner Jane Birkin with a dash of modern Kate Moss - imperfect wavy hair, clean lines, geometric prints, and graphic patterns in monochrome tones make it look current chic and not costumey."

Stocking up on black, white and grey doesn’t mean you’ll look out of season, as in light summery fabrics they look crisp rather than cold. For the gents, button-down shirts or round-necked tees work, "as long as they are pulled together with a sharp blazer", emphasises Corina.

When it comes to suits, it's all about slim fit and tailored. "Stick to a palette of grey or black, solid colour shirts, a skinny tie and well-shined shoes with a smooth toe will scream Don Draper from Mad Men.

A three-piece suit is always a winner too, and taking off the waistcoat after work will have you bar ready.

Photography: Naomi Gaffey

Styling: Corina Gaffey

Assisted by: Kellie-Marie Connelly

Make-up: Nadia El Ferdaoussi

Hair: Victoria Stein

Models: Richard at 1st Option and Niamh at Morgan The Agency

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