Sunday 17 December 2017

Get the look: Blathnaid Treacy

Blathnaid Treacy. Photo: VIP
Blathnaid Treacy. Photo: VIP
€43, Topshop
€533, Mother of Pearl, Harvey Nichols
€7,99, New Look
€175, Michael Michael Kors, Brown Thomas
€76, Topshop
€510, Alexander McQueen, Brown Thomas
€95, Steve Madden, Dune
€475, Monica Vinader, Brown Thomas
Necklace, €560, Oscar de la Renta, net-a-porter.com
Necklace, €20, Topshop

While we love the 'I'm channelling Coco Chanel in a Breton top' take on stripes, it can be something of a cliche. So we welcome this look from RTE presenter Blathnaid Treacy.

Full-length, horizontal stripes are a brave move, as they can be unflattering, but the success of this look is ultimately down to carefully chosen accessories. A high heel works best; when you are wearing head-to-toe horizontal stripes, the more you can elongate the body, the better. A casual bomber jacket in plain black, which sits slightly higher on the hips, is better than a blazer, which would be too dressy here.

Stylemma

Dear Stylemma

I need to get some dark, suit-style trousers for the office. I'm finding it hard to find something that is tailored but not dowdy, and with fabric that doesn't look cheap and shiny.

Answer: Avoid black, because unless it is incredibly expensive, it can look cheap, particularly after going through the wash. Marks & Spencer's Best of British line, now available in certain Irish stores, is full of good basics for work. It's a little pricier than the main line, but is so worth it in terms of fabric quality and cut. It features the Jane trousers, a beautiful pair of slightly high-waisted, wide-legged trousers in navy wool, €175; and the Alice trousers, which are cut like a pair of men's trousers, €135. Warehouse has a pair of peg-leg (slightly tapered at the ankle) navy trousers, €55, and a pair of cute 'smoking' pants in navy, which have a tiny-white-polka-dot print, €65.

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