My mission for the third Very makeover was to transform a day work look to a night time outfit with minimum fuss and maximum impact. You know that familiar scenario of wanting to go out straight from work and having to change in the office loos. It can be a bit awkward and uncomfortable not to mention how cumbersome it is dragging a whole new outfit into work. With a bit of careful planning the night before you can create an outfit that will take you effortlessly from work to evening and without too much strain on your back. Let me tell you, it’s all in the accessories.
Lovely Kaz arrived wearing a bright red coat which got me a little bit excited as I was wanting to do a colour block outfit and this splash of brightness told me she wasn’t ‘allergic’ to colour. Colour blocking is all about mixing three or more blocks of colour and is a trend that hit the high street last year and is still a big look for Spring Summer 2012. This trend doesn’t have to be done solely in primary colours. If you find bright colours a bit scary then play safe and make one or two of them a neutral shade eg. red, navy and beige or black, white and green.
A new way to do the work look is to mix colourful separates. Start with a blouse or even better a silky t-shirt in a bright pop of colour. I chose a contemporary shaped South Simple Blouse in purple for Kaz and styled it with a bright red South Side Ruched Skirt that has a lovely gathered detail at the tummy. Every woman should have a pencil skirt in her wardrobe. It is one of the most flattering items of clothing as it clings to curves and helps create that hourglass shape giving your outfit instant va-va-voom! As this was a more conventional work look I made the third colour of the colour blocking story black. Kaz is apple shaped and I wanted to help her find her waist. This was done with a wide black Buckle Front Wide Waist Belt which sculpted her shape perfectly and balanced out the clashing purple and red. I added some black opaque tights and a pair of understated black South Crane Platform Court Shoes. Same colour tights and shoes always elongate the legs and are very flattering. The daytime look was finished off with a gorgeous Leather Croc Detail Shoulder Bag. If you’re about to invest in a new bag do go for a structured shape – it’s very fashion forward and will have plenty of longevity in your wardrobe.
To add some night time glamour to Kaz’s outfit I started by removing all of the black and changing the third colour to gold. Metallic and/or sparkly accessories will quickly do this to any daytime look. A pair of gold South Crane Platform Court Shoes worn with bare legs are super flattering and a gold Disco Sparkle Slim Hard Frame Clutch complemented the shoes perfectly. I felt that a piece of jewellery was needed but a necklace didn’t work as it detracted from this clean, understated look and made it too fussy. Kaz tried on a purple agate ring and it worked beautifully. To keep the same curvaceous shape the black belt was swapped for a vibrant patent red belt in the same colour as the skirt which also elongated her body. Ta Da! Daytime work look to night time date look in about a minute. Which means Kaz spends less time getting ready in the loos and more time out there having fun with her husband and her friends.
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