I’ve always described my style as feminine and classic, that’s why I have quite a collection of dresses in my wardrobe. When it comes to professional attire, cut and fit are the attributes that matter most to me.
My ideal business dress offers fit and flare: it doesn’t show too much cleavage or thigh, but it still accentuates my hourglass figure. It pairs well with a classic blazer or fitted cardigan and it presents the perfect canvas for what I call happy hour accessorising: swapping my elegant shoes for something more eye-catching, adding a pair of gem earrings and a cocktail ring or two. Stylish and versatile, that’s the definition of a perfect dress for work and play.
So, I would pick the Poppy print tea dress in a heartbeat. It meets all my requirements listed above: it has the perfect feminine cut and a subtle print. It would look equally fabulous styled with a tailored blazer, as it would with a pair of show stopping heels. And after work, adding a dramatic cocktail ring and a sequined clutch would make it cocktail hour-appropriate. It looks like something the Duchess Kate could wear, and that makes it a winner in my book!
Working at the European Commission, I loved getting all dressed up for work each morning. A beautiful dress paired with a sharp blazer and a pair of patent leather court shoes was my daily uniform. And since after work drinks were a regular part of my schedule, I always made sure to have a fabulous sparkly clutch, a contrast skinny belt and a show-stopping statement necklace in my handbag. All I had to do before leaving work was to lose my blazer and adorn myself with those few playful accessories.
A LBD, a black pencil and sharp black blazers are still staples in my closet, but I’m much more drawn to other colours that are both fabulous and professional.
The Coco Chanel lover in me loves a great grey tweed. I’m not afraid to go a little bit bolder from time to time: with a red or raspberry pink blazer over a grey dress, or with a jewel tone such as a purple or emerald dress. I think these are great alternatives when you don’t want wear black all the time, but still want to be taken seriously (so, no frills and froufrous).