It has been heavily researched and proved that the way you dress affects your mood; this is one of the ways that you can positively influence your working day.
For example, the “power tie” is a real thing, according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Researchers two research groups; both completed a series of five experiments that challenged their cognitive processing abilities. The difference however, one group wore casual clothes; the other wore formal business attire. It was found that the group who wore formal business clothing felt more powerful and in control of the situation and also their under-dressed peers.
Fashion is arguably one of the most discussed topics; so what if there was a way to easily co-operate this within your working day whilst at the same time actually had a positive influence on your productivity. Look no further from here; in this article we will be breaking down the latest trends from the runway and how best to incorporate them into your working wardrobe.
The underlying theme of London Fashion Week was feminism and equality. All brands used their platforms as a place to address this by creating clothes that women can feel confident and powerful in.
The first trend we will look at is 1980’s. We are seeing the continuation of strong shoulders, return of mid-length skirts and the spotlight is once again back on accessories. See below an image straight from Chanel’s show and you can add a professional twist to this stunning look.
Far left: https://www.whowhatwear.co.uk/spring-summer-2019-fashion-trends/slide10
Middle: Asos, £45, (Boyfriend Blazer), available in sizes UK 4 -18.
Right: Reiss, £85, (Cleo Chain Belt), available in sizes XS – L.
Keeping it clean and simple with tailored suits, shoulder pads, crisp white shirts and adding bold accessories to make the statement; such as chain belts and earrings. Never underestimate the power of accessories, as Giorgio Armani once said, “Accessories are important and becoming more and more important every day”. Monochrome was heavily featured by Victoria Beckham’s line this year also; making the pairing of black and white work pieces with chain accessories a perfectly balanced match.
The next trend we will discuss is Patterns, more specifically; it is out with the snake print and in with the leopard print. People tend to shy away from animal print, much like bold colours as if styled incorrectly can be too loud and unprofessional. Take a look below at a couple of leopard print items that can easily be added to your work wardrobe. Both styles on the left were in Ricardo Tisci’s Burberry London Fashion week debut.
Far left and left: https://www.harpersbazaar.com.sg/fashion/london-fashion-week-10-best-looks-from-burberry-spring-summer-2019/?slide=3
Right: Asos, £28 (Liquorish leopard print pleated midi skirt with contrast hem), available in sizes UK 6-16.
Far right: Karen Millen, £80 (Ruffled leopard blouse), available in sizes UK 6-16.
By adding staple print pieces and mixing with black or beige will add a flair to what can sometimes become a monotonous wardrobe. Tagwalk, the online platform that’s analyses countless runway shows and is often dubbed the “Google of fashion,” showed a positive uptick for the trend. “Animal print is still a spring/summer 19 trend. It has gone up 50% since S/S 18, with leading brands such as Burberry, Gucci and Calvin Klein leading the way,” says Founder Alexandra Van Houtte. Animal print is here to stay, so why not have fun with it?
This leads on perfectly to our final trend that is arguably the easiest to incorporate (for men and women) – All About Beige. Beige can sometimes be seen as a dull colour and is not always flattering on everyone. By combining this trend with the others discussed, for example a beige coloured blazer with shoulder pads if you have a petite frame or a tailored beige midi dress if you’re curvier. The best thing about this trend is you can easily make it work for you; whatever your style.
Far left, and left: https://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/spring-summer-2019-trends
Right: Karen Millen, £185 (Myra), available sizes UK 4-16.
Far right: Boglioli at Mr Porter, £265 (Stone Slim-Fit Stretch-Cotton Drill Suit Trousers [PART OF SUIT}), available sizes IT 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58.
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