Get the Look: Pippa O'Connor
Model turned lifestyle blogger, turned stylist, turned TV presenter, turned mum, Pippa O'Connor does a great line in dressy-casual.
She usually shuns mad styling in the hair and face department, so her look is a nice kind of insouciance. Here, she is perfectly balancing bare legs with a demure top half. The long waistcoat is saved from the 1970s-librarian vibe by a touch of edge with the metallic mini. Pippa's got the legs for ankle-boots, but remember that metallics are actually pretty kind to most pasty Irish pins.
Dear Stylemma, My boyfriend has arranged a surprise dinner for Valentine's Day next week, which is really out of character for him. He won't tell me anything about the plan, so I have no idea what to wear. I hate being overdressed, but I don't want to look out of place either.
Poor men. It's hard for them to get anything right. They want to do a big romantic gesture, but they don't understand: half the fun of a night out is picking the outfit. To strike the dressy/casual balance we suggest you take a leaf out of Pippa O'Connor's outfit - see Get the Look, left - and team boots with a dressy look. Boots immediately tone the whole thing down and will be more comfortable. Brown Thomas have a lovely pair of Carvela boots for €190. We suggest trying All Saints for feminine dresses from €148, which will soften the look.
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