Monday, August 12, 2013

The new business suit

By Elaine Scully Styling

Another Reader Request: Could you recommend a classy basic business outfit for an official company photo shoot?

Suggestion: I think a business suit is a little too boring/business like. I love the idea of a flattering dress and blazer combination. Women even in official business like positions don't need to stick to a 'suit' like men would. We can have a little more fun and dress to flatter our shape and to show a little personality and also dress to suit our age.

Safari ditsy shirt dress €62 Oasis
Available in sizes 8 to 16

Black Ponti Jacket €40 A|wear
Availalble in sizes 6 to 16

Two part point court shoes €37 Next
Available in sizes 36 to 43

ASOS satchel bag €28.63

Happy Shopping :)
Elaine xx

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Work wear dilemma

By Elaine Scully Styling

Reader Request: 'I am struggling finding a nice jacket I can wear with many different looks and also trousers that fit my still chunky thighs but smaller waist!'

>Wide leg trousers are great for concealing chunky thighs however if you are petite in height they can swamp your figure. Instead try a boot cut trouser.

>To show off a small waist make sure you choose a blazer that fastens at your waistline.

>Ensure your blazer is a perfect fit, a tailored jacket needs to be just that - tailored to your size. Buy it too big and you loose the structured shape and worse still you will look bigger than you are.

>When wearing a trouser and jacket combo to work you should add some femininity to your look by choosing tops in soft fabrics, girly prints or detailing. Why not show some skin by wearing tops that show off your decolletage.

>When building your work wardrobe it is best to select your tailored pieces in neutral colours so they will all mix and match. Make sure to add some colour to lift dull neutrals by accessorising with statement neckpieces. Once you have a few neutral pieces you can then start buying coloured or print pieces.

>A tailored blazer can even turn a more casual dress into an outfit suitable for work. So don't be afraid to play around with your clothes and mix your casuals with your work wear.

1 Navy Jacket €48 Next
Available in sizes 10 to 18

2 Navy Ponti Blazer €40 A|wear
Available in sizes 6 to 16

3 Camel Jacket €69 Next
Available in sizes 6 to 18

4 Savoir PVL Wide Leg Trousers €25 Littlewoods Ireland
Available in sizes 10 to 24 and comes in black or brown

5 Navy Trousers €53 Next
Available in 6R to 22R

6 Savoir Petite Confident Curves Bootcut Trousers €37 Littlewoods Ireland
Available in sizes 8 to 20 and comes in khaki or black

7 Brave Soul White Cowl Front Top €11.99 New Look
Available in sizes 8 to 18

8 Gold woven rainbow ribbon chain necklace €11.99 New Look

Happy Shopping!!!
Elaine xx

Friday, August 9, 2013

Saturday Afternoons

By Elaine Scully Styling

Some inspiration for your Saturday Afternoon outfit. This look can take you anywhere - you just need to decide where - shopping, lunch, coffee and cake, playground with the kids, beer garden.....

1 ASOS Midi Dress in Lace with Wrap Back €49.45
Available in sizes 4 to 18. Also comes in black and green.

2 Love Ring €13, Gold Giraffe Ring €13, Gold Elephant Ring €13 Button and Bow Factory

3 Carvela Lemon Ballerina Shoes €63 Littlewoods Ireland
Available in sizes 3 to 8

4 Light blue sleeveless Denim Jacket €17.99 New Look
Available in sizes 6 to 18

5 Red Leather and Suede Mix Slouch Bag €45 River Island

Happy Shopping
Elaine xx

Friday, August 2, 2013

Dressing your bump for a wedding

By Elaine Scully Styling

A reader asked for my help she was looking for a dress to wear to a wedding in a few weeks time. The lovely lady will be 8 months pregnant and was having trouble finding a dress that she would be both comfortable and stylish in. I did some on-line window shopping for her and found the following styles which I feel would be perfect!

Tips: Look for a dress that is simple - you don't want too much fuss or detailing. You can add extra glamour to a simple elegant dress with the help of statement accessories. For a bump flattering fit choose Empire line styles (dresses with definition directly beneath your bust). Wide set straps and low cut v-necks are very flattering and slimming on your over all shape. Maxi styles give an instant glamorous look and help to lengthen and slim your figure.

1 Cali Boatneck maternity dress was €98 now €59 Nelo Maternity

2 Classic pleated dress was €98 now €59 Nelo Maternity

3 The Manhattan was €129 now €82 Elora Maternity

4 Heavenly bump purple ava v neck maxi dress €46.99 New Look

I was thrilled to hear that my reader feel in love with one of the dresses and ordered it immediately. She is delighted with her new purchase and it fits her perfectly. I absolutely love hearing stories like this........and even though I have to work at my day job all weekend I will have a big smile on my face :)

Happy Shopping
Elaine xx
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