Thursday 8 December 2016

Get the look: Pippa O'Connor Ormond

Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30

Pippa O'Connor Ormond.
Pippa O'Connor Ormond.
Earrings, €129, Pandora.
Bracelet, €75; charms, from €35, all Pandora
Earrings, €3.99 New Look
Charm bracelet, €40, Newbridge Silverware.
€380, Kenzo, Brown Thomas
Ring, €6.99, New Look
€85, River Island
€1,095, Saint Laurent, Brown Thomas
€29, Warehouse
€39,95, Zara
€129, Keanes Jewellers, keanes.ie
€695, Lanvin, Harvey Nichols
€2,595, Weir & Sons, weirand sons.ie.

This is the perfect execution of how to do dressy in thigh-high boots. A polo-neck is the ideal thing to ensure the look is kept classy, and slightly 1960s - as opposed to trashy, and slightly 1980s.

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Pippa's outfit is also a good alternative to the Christmas party dress; at Style Notebook, we are somewhat over the notion of buying party dresses that we only wear to very formal occasions. Separates that you can dress up and down are where it's at; they offer more outfit variety and, therefore, better value.

Stylemma

Question: I have tried in vain to find a fitted blouse or shirt to suit my shape.  I have a 38DD chest and cannot find a blouse that is fitted enough - they inevitably drape like a smock and make me look bigger. I am  54 years old, a size 16 and have a mid-range budget.

Answer: Here are some things to note before we get into specifics. Ideally, go for something with a V-neck - avoid any of the pussy-bow blouses around at the moment - and wear something simple and fitted on your bottom half: a pencil skirt or slim-cut trousers. Think blouses verging on shirts - so go for styles that have a bit of structure. Our first port of call would be Debehams. Its Studio 8 range does sizes 16-24, and has a lovely navy blouse with a not-too-deep V-neck and lace panels on the sleeves; it's feminine but discreet. Also worth looking at is Next. It has a navy-and-black blouse with a delicate floral print and a lace panel at the neckline, €50; it's available up to size 20.

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