3.5.13

STYLISH WORKWEAR

It has come to my attention that people in the Corporate sector are seriously left out of the Fashion loop when it comes to sourcing online inspiration.

I have spent the past two hours cruising the internet scouring, digging, excavating any and all blogs/websites/clothing labels that could possibly piece together an edgy sophisticated look for people who spend Monday-Friday (sometimes even Saturdays) in the office meeting clients, litigating, mitigating and being ever-so frustrated at the wrinkled suit or coffee-stained shirt.

This is a niche I am going to attempt to fill with WEEKLY posts on what is and can be sourced from current trends for your daily workwear attire.

Everyone knows the key to success is to dress for it. We also know the 2 or sometimes 3 piece suit can get incredibly boring and the corporate attire can become our go-to comfort-zone uniform. It is when it turns into a uniform that it stops being an attire you adorn yourself with pride.

Yes, we all wish we would fork out thousands on designer suits, and perhaps once we've climbed a bit (or if you're already there... my apologies) we can indulge.

I admit, in this area of fashion, men are better covered than women, because men become sex on legs in a good damned suit. (GODDAMN-YOU-RYANGOSLING)

Anyway, having recently entered into the world of Litigation and a Corporate environment I have noticed here and there, people slowly stop caring about what they wear and then they stop caring about ironing their clothes and just look like a dishevelled work-a-holic. Now, even if you are, there's no need to look it. COME ON PEOPLE! Enjoy yourself as much as the coffee you lustfully purchase like your next hit of caffeine releasing heroin.

NOW, here are some picks for the men and ladies to enjoy for this week as a source of inspiration. When I say inspiration, I do mean it in every sense of the word. NO need to go out and purchase THE exact designer item. The whole point is to provide an idea, or a different take on what you wear to work. If you can find a designer-inspired version, go for it.


Women's workwear inspiration.

Christian Louboutin - Miss Penniman Patent Leather Pumps (7cm) - £375. A bright pair of pumps is a great way to liven up an outfit, even if you are partial to jet black suits (like myself).

Roksanda Ilincic - Crepe Wool Dress w/ Belt - £800. Available here
Now I am always a fan of a long-sleeve dress, mainly due to the fact ALL offices and Court houses have incredibly strong air conditioning. I am NOT a fan of the white belt though. 



Mary Katrantzou - Etrusci printed cotton-silk dress - £1,710. Available from Browns
I would advise, wearing this with a black blazer, or white, if you can get away with an office day and not having to go into Court. I have seen Counsel wear some amazingly colourful outfits to make submissions so there's no reason why you cannot BUT they are Counsel. The dress is daring enough given the bright geometrics so pair it with opaque stockings, nice black pumps (do not do that gross thing where you pair it with nude pumps or coloured pumps, ever). You could also try adopting a cropped collar-less blazer/jacket. 



Mary Katrantzou - Stamp printed silk lawyered skirt - £1,265. Available here.
Now, if you know how to be daring and pair this with either a white blouse and black clean lined blazer along with some pumps and sheer stockings. You will shine. BUT you can borderline on looking unprofessional unless you pair it with a blazer. Also, being in all black and making this the focus piece of your 'suit' is also an option. An option I would be adopting. 

Valetino - Stretch ribbed knit - £1,635. Available Here

I am dying for a ripped knit dress for winter and if I could, I would totally splurge on this. It is perfect to also hide a big bust because of the the cut of the dress. 

However, do be warned if you are on the curvier side, the empire waist cut may not be as flattering as others would lead you to believe. 

Firstly and foremost it divides your torso to look much shorter than it actually is and the skater bottom of the dress can lead to a frumpy look. 

If you are on the thinner side and lack shape, i.e you have what some would describe as the 'surf-board' silhouette, this can help add body to your frame. 

Also, take height into account with this look, and always be mindful, no matter what, a LONG blazer will look much nicer on this outfit than a short blazer in a professional setting. 

Vince - relaxed linen knit - £195. Available here.
Well, well, well - this my friends is what you call the daring-to-dare piece. This is something perfectly suited to those who want to mix it up but are still afraid to dip their little toes into the ocean of experimentation. 

Try this with a crisp white (or jet black) business shirt (silk preferably) in your standard pants or skirt suit. You will give the impression of a three-piece and it will add life to your outfit. 

Furthermore, you can always add a pair of black OR nude pumps depending on whether you want a uniformed look or an elongation of your lovely legs (nude). 

Christian Louboutin - Manovra spiked patent leather pumps - £575. Available at Browns.

These are a great way to shake things up with your work-wear, not to mention they can keep you in your comfort zone and you can use them with almost anything. 


Men's workwear inspiration.


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - Geometric Printed Cotton Jacket - £895. Available here.

Now, I don't know how well mixed suits are welcomed for men in the work place but that doesn't mean you have to hold back from finding out. Take a spare matching jacket just incase if you are a bit nervous. 




ALEXANDER MCQUEEN - Weave Printed Cotton Trousers - £495. Available here

Just saying, these pants and the above jacket... 




JIL SANDER - Tailored Wool-Mohair Trousers - £435. Available here.

I find a lot of men under estimate the power and strength behind a navy coloured suit, furthermore they under estimate the potential behind a well made suit. You need not invest in those 'super wrinkle-free/water resistant/technologically constructed' suits that come in either black or gun-metal grey. Not, that there's anything wrong with those particular colours but, I am just saying, you can tell when the suit is of good quality or simply pretending to be. 
PS: Navy suits EVERYTHING. 

ALDEN - Cordovan Leather Brogues - £705. Available Here.

This particular shade of brown is amazing because it's wine-tinted and almost becomes a black in the right light. Suits everything! 

Extra tips.
  • MEN: Scarves are one of your best accessories as well and never ignore a good tie choice. Do not wait for a special occasion. Also, try to be unconventional in a conventional manner, i.e preppy ties can look really awesome without looking like you try to hard.
  • WOMEN: Scarves are also your friends but don't over do it, by using one on you and your handbag. PICK one.
    • Patterned stockings.. there IS a limit to how many patterns become disgusting rather than intricately interesting. WOLFORD made good ones. 
I would love to hear your thoughts, if you enjoyed this kind of post or hated it, or want this to happen more often. We can try expand on this in accordance with your wants and needs! 














28.1.13

Tumblrs.

I've been tumbling more than I'd like to admit, and have come to contemplate whether I should keep StyleInfluential open at all or just move everything over to my Tumblrs.

Cigarettes & Chanel is my personal tumblr where I'm posting-reblogging a lot of things which inspire me, that are quite varied.

FMC Blog is the newsfeed blog for my magazine Fashion.Music.Culture.









9.1.13

2013. The year to play it mean!

Alas, another year has come and gone and with it, I'm desperately hoping, so too will the awful awful tendencies which flooded our market (ok ok SOME of it was awesome but most was just shit).

So, if you are lacking inspiration on how to brighten up your 2013, I suggest you take a page out of A Girl, A Style's book (ermm I mean blog) and read her latest post 10 ways to sparkle seriously though, it's really nice and cheerful and made me smile.

I've spent most my days planning for my upcoming trip to South America, juggling with the reality of officially having finished my Law Degree (and now finding a job) AND coming to terms with what I am to do for the rest of my life... Ahhh yeah it's the mid twenties crisis we all blissfully dread. Not to worry, I'm taking advice from 'Girls' (2011) so surely, I'll find some 'crack spirit guide' to show me the way, or I can just become a fabulous Au Pair and travel everywhere until I'm 30 and meet some handsome something something and elope. *sigh* - That won't work will it?

Either way, I'll keep you informed as the crisis progresses - think of it as a - reporting on the zombie invasion within my mind. Get it? Because facing reality turns you into a zombie? Eh eh? PEARL JAM PEOPLE! COME ON! 'Do the evolution!'.

ANYWAY - Here are some pretty pictures I found on Pinterest - yes, I hasssss one of those now too, because the artistic partial nudity on my tumblr may not suffice!

Also you should totally check out FMC Magazine - not just because I run it but totally because ISSUE TWO IS FINALLY OUT! Oh yeah! Click here for issue 2 of FMC

AND if that weren't enough of fun-soaking-sensually-provoking-artistically-fashionable-knowledge to tug at your heart strings and tickle your toes... here are a bunch of pretty pictures for you to look at! WOOT!

Excuse me whilst I go back to eating Cookies&Cream Ice Cream on this sweltering 30 degree Celsius night (it's 1am EST Sydney) - and try finish Downton Abbey!

23.10.12

Summer 2013.

So yes, I've been away for AWHILE. I feel like I should turn this into my public apology blog because reading back most my posts read as 'I'm really sorry here look at some nice pictures!' I've neglected FMC Magazine as well, not intentionally of course, there have been a few things going on which are beyond my control but I promise everything will be up and running ASAP. I may even need to arrange a Spring/Summer edition of FMC so that instead of making it quarterly, it will transfer into bi-annually. Eitherway. Here's my Summer 2013 inspiration. I'm sorry I didn't get to mesh it into an awesome mood board. Also remember this summer is all about pastels for some unknown reason... and one-pieces (which I totally love). But seriously? Pastels? Are we entering into a summer candy land with chunky ugly shoes? If so, I'm out. I renounce right here.
Sources: aguadecoco, zimmerman, dion lee, Damyller Brasil, Arezzo

12.7.12

Social Deviants.

So this post albeit different to my normal 'fashion inspiration' posts, which I undoubtedly admit illustrate how much of a lazy blogger I'm becoming (I swear it's not me! It's my Tumblr addiction and convincing myself pictures say more than words ever-could)- I've decided to do a mini-post on Fashionable Etiquette. *GASP*

Why? Do you ask? Simply because I believe clothes are like our, shall we say covers. They are the book covers of our personality and albeit a book can look beautiful, with amazing font, a fantastic picture or illustration, and an incredibly catchy title (much like the self-proclaimed social titles we bestow upon ourselves) they do not necessarily tell you much about an individual. Their behaviour and etiquette, does.

Now for the traditionalist and aristocratic 'bourgeois' the handbook of elegance and etiquette has been handed down by someone of title with archaic beliefs of how a 'lady' should act. The book 'A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions' by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, is a perfect example. I purchased this when I was 16 or so, so a good nine years ago and read it in a matter of hours.

It was filled with "don'ts". Don't wear black before midday (oops); Match your underwear (double oops); Never make a man feel inferior to you - this doesn't mean play the bimbo but be diplomatic with intellectual conversations (ok this I have mastered). Never wear 'TOO much' jewellery (uh oh - bye bye chunky rings). Diamond studs are a staple (What about faux diamonds? I have some plastic ones i whip out every so often when I'm lazy, does that count?). Don't chew gum; Don't eat everything off your plate; Don't be drunk in public; Don't let a man know you're too interested in them; Don't be impolite ever; Don't yell; Don't have chipped nail polish; Don't wear flats with a dress or skirt; etc etc.

After reading it, I felt like the most minimal of behaviours had to be controlled.

I should explain, I never once purchased this book because I felt I was lacking in decorum. My mother drilled it into me since I was able to walk and talk. There's a day I remember we went out to dine and she sat me down infront a multiple-course meal setting and educated me on each utensil. She always taught me to keep my knees together, elbows off the table, never cross your legs whilst out dining and eat as if you are a delicate bee who carefully hovers over your food.

I was kind of conflicted after reading Madame Dariaux's book and thought to myself, well 'Why is my etiquette meant to be dictated by restraints?'. Can't I just be polite, be delicate, and exercise proper mannerisms and be done with it all. The Madame would probably scorn me for wearing all black, in different textures, almost every day. But alas, I'm not having Tea with any Queens anytime soon so I placed the book at the top of my wardrobe, it was more useful as a dust bunny collector than as a 'Guide' in my opinion.

Then of course, in our contemporary society, being in the 'naughties' as the mass media calls it, with Generation X and Y and iTech I wonder, when do these mannerisms change? When are they unacceptable?

For example, a friend of mine pointed out that she went out on a date and the man split everything 50/50 and his reasoning was 'if you want to be equals, this is a good place to start'. I thought that was rude. You are in no way treading on my rights as a woman or my freedom by offering a kind gesture of paying for a drink, or dinner; On the contrary you're flattering me because it is SO rare to come across someone who is willing to exercise this courtesy. Well, now it is considered a courtesy because before it was compulsory. When did these mannerisms change?

The counterpart to this argument is the neo-feminist who would state that it's an illustration that a man thinks a woman cannot look after herself, how dare you buy me dinner, I'm more than capable of purchasing my own food, I'm not an inept just because I have a vagina, and I'm not your property to maintain. etc etc - I understand this view, but I don't necessarily agree with the logic that finances it. BUT, I haven't got a problem with it either.

Which brings me to the main purpose of this piece - Gentlemen and technology. The least romantic topic that could possibly exist because lets face it, we tie in romance with chivalry and chivalry is meant to evolve and flourish through the conditioning of 'proper mannerisms' and 'etiquette'. The ever so proud John Bridges (http://johnbridges.com) wrote a book on it too. It's counterpart being 'The Game' by Neil Strauss which would be and can be considered the ultimate manipulation manual of bed-hopping for the unstable man. (I do not regret the later sentence and stand by it).

Having said that, and acknowledging the array of YouTube videos where men have filmed their attempts of the different techniques on different women and then prod them into the bedroom as if they were cattle on an electronic conveyor belt, we have the stupid self-help books for women. My personal favourite 'The Catch' - I don't mean that in a sarcastic way either. It's the MOST realistic book for women out there and doesn't talk about hating men, or changing them, but talks about a woman focusing on herself, learning about herself, and knowing when to put up with bullshit and when not to, despite the generic profiling of certain 'types' of men (which again I disagree with).







Samantha Brett does a really good job at helping a woman empower herself by focusing on living a life where she learns that men are not necessary elements to overall happiness. One of the favourite bitchy remarks she slips in there reads to the effect of, 'big whoop, he didn't call, haven't you got better things to do?'. That was a personal favourite of mine. As I recall myself having said this to a few friends who have obsessed over the 'he hasn't called me' or 'he hasn't message me' dilemma they seem to amplify and dramatise out of insecurity. But hey, I can't say I have never done it, I have, like once. We all do. It's part of the growing process I imagine and what not. I'm a bit nicer when explaining this to friends though, my approach is to the effect, 'If he wants to see you or talk to you, he'll call you, if not, who cares? Don't chase him, you can't make a person want to see you or talk to you, it's like asking a brick wall to move.'


If the remainder of the title hadn't been 'How to find the man of your dreams' I would've immediately hoarded it off to any and all female friends.

On that note, I've gotten a little off topic but that's perfectly ok because it helps me tie in the texting concept with the internet. Ahh, the INTERNET, one of the most amazing inventions along with the mobile phone, where you now carry your entire social circle and existence - in, your, pocket.

Who needs independence and space when you have a device with you, with 24/7 accessibility, stalkability (sic), sociability, and for some love-ability.

Gone are the days of the landline phone call and posted letter, and in are the days of IM-ing, BBing, Facebooking, Twittering, Tumblring, Instagraming, Pinteresting, Blogging (mobile style), Emailing, and even internet dating.

So, where and when did we develop the etiquette for this kind of technology?

Should there be guidelines? Perhaps to the effect of the following:

- Don't message someone all day, every day, unless you're truly long-term friends - as in, they've seen you in your underwear at some point or with your face shoved in some sort of fast food container followed by the digestive aftermath.

- Don't internet bitch about people - it makes you look pathetic. If you need an outlet, phone a friend. OR even better, do it in such an obscure fashion it is in the form of a 'SomeeCard' or 'MEME' where you get heaps of likes and feel socially validated through strangers behind a computer- WRONG.

- Don't blog/write articles about your exes, friends, relatives, co-workers, or in fact ANYONE. This is a HUGE thing that's going around at the moment, people 'getting even' or try to attain some sort of justification in regards to their personal problems by making someone else look bad, by embellishing or even outrightly lying about them. It's like you've gone out and run into mutual friends and strangers, and shortly after commenced a bitching spree throwing verbal shit everywhere to taint another individual's image. It makes the writer look unethical, indecent, and un-honourable and chances are the people who read it will pick up on that.






Again, there's no kind of regulation as to how someone should conduct themselves online, yet, it seems men and women fall victim to their own impulsive stupidity. Women publicly scorning a man for whatever it is they did and oh, my favourite, seeing men post up images of women when they are in mid-hook up with them in the middle of a nightclub where the woman is in a completely compromising position. (Cheers to your mates for snapping that one up) - Good for you, sir, good for you. I'm sure the public humiliation of that girl is more than enough to determine how much of a 'man' you are. You go Glen Coco.






On this topical note of sexual escapades, Helen Fisher had an amazing thing to contribute to the discussion and that is concerning adulterous men.. because up to this point, I'll admit it, I've painted guys in a pretty dim light (sorry dudes, unintentional and I'll redeem myself here).


When asked, why are men more adulterous than women? I always ask the person, why do they think men are more adulterous? Who do they think these men are sleeping with? - Helen Fisher



In fact tying into social decorum and etiquette is this idea that women were at one stage considered vulnerable and hence we needed to act like 'delicate flowers' and men would be I guess, bees that would buzz around and use us for reproduction, they'd help us maintain ourselves and all we needed to do was look pretty.

In modern times women are closing the gap, and I think there are always going to be social deviants or traditionalist as people now refer to them, banging on their pots and pans indicating certain ways that should be adopted for proper behaviour but at the same time we're entering a time where social interactions do in-fact need new rules. No, wait let me rephrase, we need new guidelines.


New guidelines need to be considered for what is proper conduct especially given the fact many people hide behind their phones and computers and at times believe that decorum need not transcend there because there's limited accountability and a lot of anonymity.

Since I've laid the foundation thus far on this topic, how can you be 'Fashionably Etiquette'? With things like the social revolution, the sexual revolution in full swing, and the economic and financial changes where the double income household is now the normative situation for both hetereo and homosexual relationships.. how can we continue to tell people how to conduct themselves in the current social climate.

Clearly reflecting on archaic behaviours, no black before midday is well, as dead as the Madame Dariaux. Not to mention those rules of how many dates before you sleep with someone is so highly subjective it's become non-existent for many.

So how about this... Consider, one simple guidance to your social interactions with strangers, lovers, ex-lovers, friends, family, co-workers, learned colleagues, what if we tried exercising the basic kindergarten code of conduct of:


Treat others how you would like to be treated



Hear me out, because it can and will apply to everything. Take the following examples into considerations:





1. The Best Friend - Your 'best' friend, is called this by you for a reason, they know all (if not most) of your secrets, inhibitions, weaknesses, desires, ambitions, quirks and they still love you. It's the friend you can call no matter how busy you've been and you pick up right where you left off, yes? I know I want my friend to respect me, be honest with me in the most tactful way possible, accept me for who I am, so for my friend to treat me this way, shouldn't I exercise the same behaviour? Even if they insist on liking a TV Show I despise. You also need to know when to shut up, I mean this in terms of if they are entering a relationship and you are a bit weary, just gently advise them to be weary, you don't need to enter into a full blown verbal monologue of why this person is bad for them etc etc etc. You aren't dating the individual, they are, and chances are they like them. Would you listen if they bombarded you? Chances are no.






2. The Hot Individual at the Nightclub/bar/event - I don't know about you guys, but I for one, tremble when this person approaches me, because I exercise a Miss Bitch attitude - not intentionally, it's a face I pulled once and the wind changed, I've been waiting for the wind to change ever since. Be nice? What's wrong with being nice, even if they are a complete tool, just be polite and walk away? No need to shout out verbal abuses, if anything you'll end up looking like a tool. Remember your thank yous (sic) and excuse me, and it was nice to meet you and be on your way.





3. The Ex-Boyfriend/Girlfriend - Ok, have you got a pen handy? Good, write this down. DON'T EVER BITCH ABOUT AN EX. This is something you CAN do with your closest friends, right. That's it. But DO not make it your mission to ruin or taint another individual ever. It's un-becoming. It's dirty and makes you look really bitter. This doesn't mean the other person won't bitch, but hey, you can't control that, but you can control yourself and at least you'll be living by your 'Treat others' motto.





4. The Partner - Your current partner, this should incorporate the approach taken with the best friend and then some. You're being intimate with this individual obviously and spending time with them, (hopefully not TOO much time) - Compromise with them but mainly accept them. I'm sure you have annoying traits too, and I'm positive they disagree with the way YOU drive, who cares? Honestly.



In closing, of this somewhat gargantuan essay/article/rant remember conduct can unravel the most stylish of outfits. Having said that, a man in a suit reveals a great deal about himself, as does a woman who looks effortlessly chic, but if you can't exercise or haven't grasped the niceties that come with looking fabulous perhaps you should re-evaluate your 'book cover' because the content may read trashy and boring, and a lawyer could argue 'false advertising'.

25.6.12

Inspiration for week beginning 25/June 2012

So, I'm having to somewhat create a grasp of a constantly evolving concept for the second issue of FMC and have it hopefully coordinate and compliment the vision of the stylist so we get this collaborative 'wow' factor. Here is what I'm feeling, loving, channeling this week. Sourcing from a whole bunch of places... these images aren't mine.

12.6.12

Indie week.

So, I've decided to try categorise my inspiration in terms of weeks. SO this week is indie week, I have an indie playlist on my spotify and here are a bunch of awesome images I scoured of tumblr, if you follow my tumblr you'll be doubling up and you should know I tumble more than I blog these days - it's easier. Enjoy! xx P
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