Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work That Look; Inject Some Glamour into Your Office Wardrobe This Season. Nilima Marshall Reveals Boardroom Tips to Help You Dress for Success

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work That Look; Inject Some Glamour into Your Office Wardrobe This Season. Nilima Marshall Reveals Boardroom Tips to Help You Dress for Success

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Byline: Nilima Marshall

WITH the new season heralding a change in climes, it's time to get down to serious fashion business.

Stylist Kelvin Barron explains how you can adapt your existing closet with a few little tweaks, to embrace this season's key trends.

TAILOR MADE TAILORED clothing doesn't have to be all about drab suits and plain shirts. Barron suggests bringing some life and personality into office-wear: "When buying a suit, opt for vibrant colours to stand out from the crowd. Plain shirts can be given life with print pencil skirts and monochrome trousers."

BRIGHTEN UP METALLICS have transcended from spring/summer to the new season, and Barron is gunning for glints of metal in the office. "A metallic blouse has connotations of being powerful and strong, which is great for an office environment," he says.

PERFECT PATTERN IF POWER suits don't work for you, it's time to think beyond the office, and Barron advises looking to your animal instincts for inspiration.

"Animal print is great for an office environment - it screams feisty and hard-working," he says.

"But I would advise muted accessories to keep things serious."

Ted Baker Madigan drape " Heritage style prints, stripes and tartans are also key pieces to be stored in the autumn/winter wardrobe. "Tartan blouses can liven up a pair of fitted black trousers, and for the super confident, try clashing prints," says Barron

COVER UP "THE ultimate necessity this season is a fabulous winter coat, so blow the budget on this and bring variation to the look with colourful scarves, brooches and luxe leather gloves," says Barron.

One of the trends that stood out at the London Fashion Week was a belt-cinched waist; Barron suggests embracing the glamorous, grown-up trend in style. "A skinny belt over your winter coat is the ultimate in office chic - particularly bow belts," he says. …

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