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Author: Ellie

Working it: Eye Shape

Working it: Eye Shape

Once again, The Pool has sent me off on a research mission. I follow The Pool on Facebook and find it’s a solid 3-way split: 1/3 disagree, 1/3 agree, 1/3 “Oh hell yeah, right on, sista!”. The post that sent me searching was this: How I […]

Some of my favourite shoes are now £2. Yes. Two pounds.

Some of my favourite shoes are now £2. Yes. Two pounds.

My pink high-top sneakers? My super comfy white flats? These and more: a whole lot of my regular footwear has just gone on sale for £2.   Get them here:

Phasing in some minimalism

Phasing in some minimalism

Indoor minimalist, outdoor stylish – can I look creative without owning much stuff?
 
We're looking for a new place to live. Super excited about the possibility of moving into a dream home: a shiny new apartment on the outskirts of the city. Close enough to walk to work, out enough to get a little quiet time.
 
Perfect!
 
It motivated Hubs and I to think about minimalism. We don’t need to as the apartment is going to be slightly bigger than where we are now, but moving home is a good opportunity to clear out the unnecessary and make some charity shop very happy.
 
I do often look at my wardrobe and wonder what I really need. I don’t want to the minimalist look (all monochrome and indistinct). I want to own little and be able to do a lot with what I have.
 
Before I start chucking stuff into a goodie bag for my local op shop, I have a question. Do you have separate work items and non-work items? Or is everything multi-purpose?
 
I have separate classifications in my wardrobe, even though smart-casual is the standard for my office. I still divide my clothes separately because I like the feeling of having a “uniform”. It gives me confidence to put on “work” clothes, “work” hairstyle, “work” makeup and, you know, get to work. But how many outfits do I really need?
 
I’ve decided to go for 3 trousers, 2 skirts, 5 tops and 5 dresses. Each item worn once would be two weeks of clothing. Then 5 bottoms plus 5 tops makes 25 combinations, plus 5 dresses and I’ve got 30 outfits! A different look every day for a month!
 

Next are the outer layers. Not a deal in summer, but for most of the year I’m going to want to have another layer either on me or easily accessible. I have blazers, cardis, wraps, jackets, coats and jumpers. Okay, now this is getting difficult.
 
Looking in my wardrobe, I realised that I forgot that I had a suit. I’ll have to keep that, it’s my power outfit. I’m not going to count it in the tally since it’s not going to be in regular use. I feel like I’m cheating already. Oh well. Back to the outer layers.
 
Since I can’t decide where to start, I’ll start culling from each section:
Cardis: I have seven. I love cardis, they’re so portable and easy and they come in every colour. But I guess I don’t need seven. I’ll only keep four.
Blazers: Ignoring the one with the suit, I have 2 and one I never wear. That was easy.
Wraps: Should I count these as outer layers, or accessories? I guess they are layers. I can’t part with any of them, I’ll have to keep all three.
Jumpers: I didn’t wear either of them last winter. Out they go!
Coats: Workwear-wise, I have two. A light one and a heavy one. So I’m keeping both of those.
 
Okay, that’s a start! What do you think? How many work items do you have?

Return of the bum bag

Return of the bum bag

Of all the 90s fashion trends to be revived, why this one? Whether you call it a bum bag or a fanny pack (and neither sounds attractive), this accessory was probably in your wardrobe at one stage and you did actually wear one. It was […]

New Shoe Blues

New Shoe Blues

They are beautiful. They are brogues and I’ve been eyeing off a nice shiny pair of brogues for months. I had no idea how mean my new shoes would be!! I wore them over a week ago and the injuries to my feet have not […]

Review: New Look “Yazmin”

Review: New Look “Yazmin”

 
I had been hunting around the UK for cheap high-waisted jeans for about a year and could not find any that fit. I finally came across the “Yazmin”. When did jeans all get their own names? I have a “Bailey” in my wardrobe as well.
 
But I digress.
 
According to reviews on the New Look website, the sizing has been changed recently so if you have previously not had any luck with Yazmins you might want to give them another go. Also, it’s not clear on the website image just how short the length of these jeans are (let’s face it, on a 5’9” model wearing ankle boots, any pair of jeans will look longer). These jeans are short. Let me say that again. These. Jeans. Are. Short.
 

What to look for in high waist jeans:

There are two main things I look for in a pair of high-waist jeans. Firstly, it should have a button fly. Zipping my belly tends to  make it sag a little, whereas a button fly is a firmer fit. Secondly, it should fit without a belt. This one is the tricky part because high-waist jeans cover more of the body than regular jeans, which means there are more areas to potentially not fit properly.
 

What the Yazmin jeans offer:

The Yazmin jeans are a skinny fit in a 7/8 length which is very much on trend at the moment. The fly is a combination of zip and button, but the button is on the belly region so it performs the same amount of firming you’d expect from a full button fly. I’ve gone for the black and it’s a soft black, not richly dark but not faded either. The colour options, along with the length, put them in the casual category. You can dress them up into a smart-casual look, but because if the length it’s really the footwear that will make or break your chosen look.

How they fit on a pear:

Miraculously, I can actually wear these without a belt. Strangely though, I still wore one for the first few weeks. I suspect this is just out of habit. They feeling of a belt gives me reassurance. I fought against this and have worn them for the last week without a belt and they stay up. Plus, they are more comfortable.
The zip fly is very short and I have had a few occasions of the zip coming down. Not sure what movement is causing this, but if I figure it out I will update you here. It’s probably just a fault in my pair.
 
In terms of comfort, they are very good. 2% elastane means that there is enough stretch for the areas that need it, but they are still firm enough to feel like jeans and not jeggings.
 

Overall rating:

Fit: 4/5
Colour: 4/5
Comfort: 5/5
Durability: 3.5/5 (mainly because of the falling fly issue)
Price: 4/5
Swimwear nightmare – the one-piece, one-style-suits-all nonsense

Swimwear nightmare – the one-piece, one-style-suits-all nonsense

Don’t run away now, but I’m going to talk about something that might scare you. It might make the acid in your stomach begin to bubble or hot fury rise up your neck. Swimwear. It’s okay. I’m not going make you try any on. I’m […]

Just the thing this Spring – get the look the easy way

Just the thing this Spring – get the look the easy way

This season may just be your laziest one yet You know spring is here when you are colder now than you were last week when it was still winter. Go figure. But the other key indicator is in the shop windows because flowers are everywhere. […]

When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

Job interview day. You want to look smart. It’s a conservative establishment so you want to look as though you will toe the line. But you don’t want to get lost in the crowd either. Or you might not actually own anything conservative! What do you do? Keep these 5 tips in mind and you will have the look that will get you in the door and keep your sparkle and zazziness oh show!

5 tips to making the corporate look your own

1.       When is a suit not a suit? When it’s just good coordination

Technically, a suit is an outfit of two of more pieces of outerwear made from the same material and designed to be worn together. So, contrary to what you may have been told, your Primark or Matalan suit is still a “real” suit*. You can fake this look with some sensible coordination. As long as there is a colour connecting your blazer/jacket with your bottom half, you will look coordinated and well put together. The easiest option for this is to wear black skirt/trousers, black top, black shoes and then all you need to decide on is the blazer. *I love Primark corporate wear. Very affordable and sturdier than their regular daywear.

2.       Tame your self-expression to one item (plus shoes)

In order to pull off a reserved, conservative look you may need to wear colour combinations that are more subdued to what you would prefer. The corporate standard colours are black, navy and grey. Hardly inspiring. But you can splash out on some personality if you use colour as an accent. A psychedelic blouse under a dark suit. A giant brooch on your plain lapel. All in black with a chunky necklace and bright shoes. Play around and see what looks you come up with.
5 tips to make the corporate look your own
Funky lanyards can give you the bright colours you crave

3.       Make sure you are comfortable

If you’re not comfortable in what you are wearing, it will come through during the interview. Once you’re in that room you don’t want anything at all distracting you from giving killer answers and charming everyone in the room. It gets hard to do that if you don’t feel like yourself, or if your zipper is stabbing you in the hip. Which brings us to the next point…

4.       Only wear what genuinely fits you

There is no point turning up to an interview in a fabulous suit if it doesn’t show you in all your true fabulousness. If you’re shopping for a new suit and you know that your top and bottom halves are different sizes, don’t waste your time on items on which you can’t mix-&-match the sizes. Look for coordinated piece you can match yourself and if the store doesn’t sell any just shop elsewhere. Better that than having a wonderful skirt with an oversized jacket If the lining of a dress of skirt is what’s letting you down, just cut it. It’s not the end of the world, nobody will see it and it’s better than your interview hearing a giant ripping sound as the lining at the back of your legs finally gives way!

5.       Pack spare accessories

If you've got some space free in your bag, think about packing a change of earrings and necklace. That way if you feel a little conscious about your choice, you can swap. If all it takes to boost your confidence is a back-up in your bag it's worth it, don't you think?   Have you got any extra tips? Please share in the comments below.