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7 pairs of shoes suitable for work (that I’m totally obsessed with!)

Whether you just started your career now or have been working for the better part of your life, you know that first impressions as well as second and third ones are mostly based on how you look.  Choosing the right attire for the workplace is important, and the shoes you wear can help you to put your best foot forward, both literally and figuratively. Therefore, we give you seven pairs of shoes that you should consider since they are perfect for the workplace and can beautifully finish off your professional look, so let’s jump right in.

7 pairs of shoes suitable for work (that I'm totally obsessed with!) | UK Lifestyle BlogGrey Chloé Lauren Suede Scallop Ballet Flats £325 + £10 shipping from Lyst 

Ballet Flats

Our number one pick has to be the ballet flats, and here’s why. Firstly, ballet flats are extremely comfortable, making them the perfect shoes for the workplace, especially if your job requires a lot of walking. Secondly, ballet flats look good with almost any formal outfit, so you don’t have to bang your head every morning while deciding what shoes to put on. Finally, ballet flats can easily fit in almost any bag, as long as it’s not a mini bag, so even if you wear heels, the ballet flats can be a lifesaver in certain situations. Simply, black ballet flats like these will bring you extreme comfort as well as style, so check them out and see for yourself.

Neutral Heels

Neutral heels, nude pumps, or also known as beige pumps complement almost all professional attire. Not only do these shoes look super-professional, but they make your legs look amazing as well. Truly, nude heels elongate your legs making them seem longer than they actually are. In fact, the closer to your skin tone the shoes are, the longer they’ll make your legs seem. Also, they can be combined with any colour palette making you look sharp and sophisticated.

7 pairs of shoes suitable for work (that I'm totally obsessed with!) | UK Lifestyle Blog
Gianvito Rossi Roma 105 Leather Pumps £495 from Harvey Nichols.

Loafers

Having a pair of comfy loafers in your shoe collection is a must. Traditionally laid-back shoes, loafers are now worn everywhere, especially in the workplace by both men and women. On days when heels are the last thing you want to put on your feet, a nice pair of loafers is always good to have as backup. Loafers will make your professional outfit look more polished; just make sure that you don’t get slip-ons since they are not the most office-appropriate style.

Ankle Boots

Comfy and warm, ankle boots are definitely work-appropriate, especially during the colder months of the year. Ankle boots, particularly if on heels, look amazing when combined with a pencil skirt or a power suit, giving you the fierceness and edginess you need for the corporate world. Check out these ankle boots and see if you can find the ones most suitable for your workplace.

7 pairs of shoes suitable for work (that I'm totally obsessed with!) | UK Lifestyle BlogGucci Jordaan leather loafer Save for Later £540 from Gucci

Classic Black Pumps

We cannot think of other shoes that are as timeless as the classic black pumps, especially for the workplace. Discreet yet sophisticated, these shoes should be in the go-to work shoe collection of every woman. These classics will add an elegant touch to your professional outfit making you look sleek and classy both in and out of the office. You can wear literally any formal outfit with the classic black pumps, but make sure that the ones you choose to wear are comfortable enough for the 8-hour work day.

Open Toe Booties

A smart office look doesn’t have to be created with the above-mentioned classics. Open toe booties are the type of shoes that look professional enough for the workplace but also give you a bit of sass and edge by showing a tiny bit of skin in a sophisticated manner. These shoes don’t have to be a taboo just because they provide a bit more edge than the other ones; unless, as we already mentioned, your dress-code rules are very strict. But, if that’s not the case, go for open toe booties and you’ll see how versatile and appropriate these shoes can be not only for the workplace but other environments as well.

7 pairs of shoes suitable for work (that I'm totally obsessed with!) | UK Lifestyle BlogSteve Madden Carnabi Leather Peep-Toe Bootie

Polished Sandals

If your workplace is not overly formal or has a very strict dress-code, a pair of polished sandals is the pair you should be wearing at the office, especially if it’s hot outside and you don’t want to hide your feet. During the hottest months, it’s hard for women to commute and be at the office for 8 hours while covered from head to toe. Some formal outfits allow for a bit of skin to be shown, but what about shoes? Polished and dressy sandals should not be a problem for the workplace, and are not at most places. Heel sandals look even more formal and classy, just make sure they don’t look like they could be worn to prom as well.


As you can see, the classics like flats or heels are not the only work-appropriate footwear. There are many shoe styles that you can choose from, so be creative and upgrade your shoe collection with some great styles that can be worn from work to weekend.

2018-07-30T11:51:52+00:00 July 12, 2018|Fashion|

Luxe Look on a Budget – 5 Ideas for Customizing Your Style

When you hear the word luxe, you likely correlate it with designers like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Mui Mui. The common misinterpretation is that only wealthy socialites and celebrities — think Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf — can get this look because they have the means to do so.

You don’t have to carry around a £3,000 Gucci handbag or wear Christian Louboutin’s to experience luxe – stylish, luxurious and often expensive taste that’s still classic and elegant. There are many ways to customize your style and achieve a fashionable look while on a budget if you know and apply the following 5 tips.

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Keep Yourself Up to Date on Current Trends

Trends change and evolve often, so keep yourself updated on the newest fashion styles by reading Vogue, InStyle, Elle and so on. If you aren’t a fan of magazines, take your research to the web and take advantage of free resources available at the tip of your fingertips.

Popular fashion blogs are a great place to begin. Most of these fashionistas also have Instagram accounts you can follow to receive daily fashion updates. Online fashion magazines are another great resource, especially if there are magazines you like but don’t want to buy them. Make sure you check out Refinery 29 for fun articles and useful tips. Pinterest is also another user-friendly online resource that is constantly updated.

Look for Sales

Stay on the lookout for seasonal sales. Most retailers have them around the same time annually, which can save you tons of money if you research the best times to buy clothing, like annual sales, end-of-season sales and post-holiday sales. 

If you have favourite retail stores, follow them on social media, and check their websites every now and then for pop up sales. Many of these stores also offer an email sign-up that will notify you when a sale happens, and also send you birthday gifts, rewards and coupons. 

Visit Vintage or Second Hand Shops

Secondhand shopping may sound unappealing to some of you because not everything is brand new.  Don’t let this deter you — give consignment a try before you form an opinion.

A kind of hierarchy exists when it comes to secondhand stores. There are places like Goodwill, places like Plato’s Closet, then there are unique vintage stores and other luxury consignment shops that can be quite pricey, depending on their current selection.

Not to say you won’t find things you like at Goodwill or Plato’s Closet, but you’re likely to find more quality pieces at vintage and luxury consignment shops — many of which have probably never even been worn. It’s a good idea to follow the stores in your area on Instagram for updates on new shipments and items that arrive. Many of them even post photos, along with size and price. You’d be surprised at the amount of turnover some of these stores have based on loyal clientele, so utilize this resource often.

If you’ve always wanted a Louis Vuitton but could never justify the purchase of one, stay on the lookout for a used one. This goes for anything. Don’t worry about whether or not pieces are real because most consignment shops have a process where they check products to ensure their quality and authenticity.

Purchase Timeless Pieces

When customizing your style make sure you purchase timeless pieces. Trends can be fun, but there’s a way to integrate this tip into every purchase you make so you don’t end up wasting money on short-lived trends.

Timeless pieces simply mean foundation pieces — pieces that won’t go out of style and versatile pieces that can be worn different ways. Basic timeless pieces include dark-washed jeans, black pumps, a blazer and pencil skirt, a little black dress —you get the idea. Do some research on the web to better acquaint yourself with timeless pieces, and stock your closet so you have the right foundation for a solid wardrobe. 

Splurge Every Once in a While

A splurge purchase shouldn’t happen every week or even every month, but you should splurge every once in a while, especially on pieces that are timeless. Include pieces that will upgrade the overall quality of your wardrobe — like leather, suede or cashmere — but do your research to ensure the best quality materials, selection and price. Don’t be afraid to mix splurge pieces with your other every day pieces. A couple of quality expensive items can really enhance any look when combined.

Allocate a portion of your budget towards entertainment and miscellaneous expenses that include clothes, and use that budget to guide you. Just because you have money available for a new pair of shoes or sweater doesn’t mean you should go blow it. Ask yourself important questions to decide if you need the item, and if they answer is still yes, then make the purchase.

For splurge items, you may need to combine two or three months of your allocated clothing budget in order to make the purchase, but if it’s something you cannot stop thinking about, treat yourself or work for it.

You don’t have to be Serena Van Der Woodson or a Kardashian to experience and enjoy luxurious style. As you’ve heard before — anything in moderation. Treat luxe pieces the same way by focusing less on quantity and more on quality. Don’t let trends influence all of your purchases, especially splurge purchases, which should be on timeless pieces that will last you for many years to come.

2018-01-09T16:03:48+00:00 January 9, 2018|Fashion|

Fancy Dress Parties; How To Stand Out

Going to fancy dress parties is probably one of the only times as an adult you really get to let your hair down and go a bit wild! They are fun occasions to get dressed up in a silly way and act as such. However, everyone is going to be doing this, so it can be hard to stand out! But that’s why you’re reading this right? To find out the best ways to stand out? Well, keep on reading then!

Fancy Dress Parties; How To Stand Out | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Outfit

Outfits at fancy dress parties are possibly the most fun bits about them. They are what people first see when they look at you and are therefore important! It’s the focal point of the evening and so it has to be done right. It can be very difficult to get your fancy dress right, but there is a secret to them. The most successful fancy dress outfits are ones that people recognise instantly, things like superheroes or famous movie characters. The other important part about this is that you have to make sure it fits your body and who you look like in person, if you get those nailed then you’re on the right tracks!

The Hair

Hair is another big thing, not quite the focal point that the outfit is but it’s still essential to the overall look! Your hair completes the outfit, you can’t have short black hair and try to look exactly like Wonderwoman! Hair can be a tricky one to get right because, if you’re trying to mimic a character you have to match their hair. Luckily you can buy high quality lace front wigs to help you get the look! By using a wig you can almost perfectly mimic any kind of hairstyle that is longer than yours, but you’re going to have a tough time making your hair look shorter so do keep this in mind!

The Face

Finishing off your look is the face. How do you make yourself stand out? Sticking with the theme of mimicking characters, you still have to do exactly that! Use makeup to try and define your cheekbones and jawline if you’re going for a super masculine character, even if you’re of the opposite gender to the character you’d be surprised on how effect fancy dress makeup can be! Or if you’re going for a character that does have a heavily made up face try to copy it as best as you can. Characters that have complex faces are naturally harder to do because it’s hard to match the dynamics of it, but as long as you get the main point of it, you’re set to go!

Doing all of these things, or perhaps even just one, will sure to make you feel happy and confident as a star of your party! You’ll get many compliments and looks and feel like your hard work hasn’t gone to waste. Of course, doing all of this, especially the makeup, requires a blank canvas and by this, we mean having clear skin to put your makeup on! If you’re looking to achieve clear skin which a lot of us are, go here.

2018-01-08T03:32:59+00:00 August 4, 2017|Fashion|
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