Autumn fashion fix: guest blog

Emily Jayne, personal stylist and all-round lover of sparkly pretty geeky cool stuff is today’s guest blogger.


Fashionistas gathered at the Old Post Box, a rather impressive industrial space at the back of the Mailbox for one of the highlights of the Birmingham style calendar – the Harvey Nichols Birmingham Catwalk Show. This twice-yearly event sees guests welcomed with a glass of Champagne, treated to a designer fashion extravaganza, and then an exclusive shopping event in store. This was a great chance to see the new season’s trends in action – from Print Clashing, to The Fuzz (an array of fuzzy knits and faux furs).

One of the things that I find most interesting when working as a stylist is the struggle of choosing a ‘current’ work wardrobe, and given how extreme some trends are it’s no wonder that it can seem a little overwhelming or impossible to introduce them and yet still appear professional. So, how can you take some of this Autumn/Winter’s trends into the office? Here are 3 top tips…

A Bright Coat – ditch the boring black and opt for a beautifully cut coat in bright red or hot pink, this is probably the easiest way to give your work wardrobe some extra oomph (and just think of how it will make you smile every morning before you head out into the grey winter day) for those of you who want to be particularly fashion forward, the sleeveless coat featured heavily.


Textured Knits – think fluffy cardigans and cropped, retro style chunky jumpers. These can look great layered over an office dress or with a suit skirt or trousers.

Proenzer Schouler jumper 965_ Proenzer Schouler skirt 870_ Mulberry bag 750 (3)

Leather – obviously this one is dress code dependent, but for those of us who don’t have to wear a suit to work, a buttery soft leather skirt (you’ll find both full and pencil styles about this season) is a smart but fashion-forward addition to the work wardrobe.

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