Friday 9 December 2016

How to look chic in work this summer

Roxanne Parker

Published 18/06/2010 | 05:00

1. Jasper Conran laptop bag,
€65 from Debenhams
2. Necklace, €50, by Pied a
Terre from House of Fraser
3. ‘Jonquil’ shoes, €115,
LK Bennett, Dundrum Town
Centre and Arnotts
4. Trench coat, €599, by D&G
from Diffusion, Clontarf D3
Tel: 01-833 1592
5. Brown aloha snakeskin
chain cuff, €17, from
Accessorize
6. Navy and taupe shift dress,
€495, by Paule K from
Diffusion, Clontarf, Dublin
7. Ecru blazer, €299.30;
T-shirt, €70.93; Peg Leg black
trousers, €191.17; shoes,
€215.23, all by
www.elegance.co.uk
1. Jasper Conran laptop bag, €65 from Debenhams 2. Necklace, €50, by Pied a Terre from House of Fraser 3. ‘Jonquil’ shoes, €115, LK Bennett, Dundrum Town Centre and Arnotts 4. Trench coat, €599, by D&G from Diffusion, Clontarf D3 Tel: 01-833 1592 5. Brown aloha snakeskin chain cuff, €17, from Accessorize 6. Navy and taupe shift dress, €495, by Paule K from Diffusion, Clontarf, Dublin 7. Ecru blazer, €299.30; T-shirt, €70.93; Peg Leg black trousers, €191.17; shoes, €215.23, all by www.elegance.co.uk

Q I'm looking for some smart yet chic pieces to lighten up and update my work look for summer. I need to look smart for my job but I'd like to look fashionable too. Any suggestions?

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A Jewellery is a fast and affordable way to update your work look. The trick is not to overdo it, a strong single cuff or a trendy necklace is enough to make a statement without looking unprofessional -- you don't need both. Avoid jingle-jangle bangles which can be distracting during meetings. Ethnic-style jewellery is too casual while crystal and bling scream after-hours.

Nude heels are one of the biggest stories in footwear this season, plus the flesh-tone camouflages into the foot adding leg-lengthening inches. Reptile print shoes add lightness to your summer look.

The mid-heel, higher than a kitten heel but lower than a stiletto, has been a trend for summer and is a great way of looking trendy yet professional while remaining comfortable.

A tailored dress is a chic alternative to the trouser suit. A work-friendly dress allows you to retain your femininity while still showing them who is boss!

My new find for work wear is www.elegance.co.uk, a German range full of gorgeous chic work wear, which delivers to Ireland -- perfect for the busy fashion-loving executive!

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