Don’t take fashion inspiration from The Apprentice, and other autumn office style tips

In a column for Wales Online, I shared these style tips for autumn fashion ’15 in the office:

And here’s the full article

  • If you’re stuck, keep the base simple and layer on the fun stuff (that white shirt or blouse and black trousers pairing never fails, add an expensive-looking necklace in rainbow jewels or some interesting shoes.)
  • Buy your pencil skirt one size up and add a good belt. In fact, a good belt can bring most outfits back to life and into the workplace.
  • Layer well. Basic scoop-neck tops under fine knits, a skinny belt around a scarf worn long, cuffs turned up, makes old outfits look new.
  • Check out M&S’ wonderful no-peep shirts and never fear accidentally playing peek-a-boob with your boss again.
  • Keep one beautiful cover-up on the back of your chair for when the air-con conspires against you (nobody does their finest work in a bobbly cardi.)
  • Dig out your snakeprint shirt/heels as it’s going to be everywhere.
  • Colour? Wear more, it will make you happier. Or wear all black, just don’t mix the two, it dilutes both.
  • Sort out your underwear drawer and buy some nude bras.
  • Forget stilettos – you’re less likely to fall over running for the bus in chunky heels.
  • On that subject, you don’t have to wear heels. The shops are full of pretty pumps and edgy brogues. (Check out flats blogger for ideas and solace.)
  • And never, ever take workwear inspiration from a finalist on The Apprentice. (NB. I’m talking those Mouret galaxy-esque dresses worn like clingfilm and the five inch heels. Soooo uncomfortable-looking.)