Knitwear is the perfect ‘in-between seasons’ cover-up and as most of us will have at least one cardigan in our wardrobe, it means you don’t have to buy something new to see you through the  chilly spells of late summer.  The fitted cardigan, the waterfall cardigan and chunky knits are all on trend for Autumn so you if you bought these styles last year or the year before, you will be glad to know you can wear them again. If you do want to invest in some new knitwear then take advantage of the Autumn collections already appearing on the high street, that way you’ll have a head start on your Autumn wardrobe. Make sure you choose your knitwear carefully though; consider the scale and style as well as the pattern and, of course, the colour.

Summer DressingWhilst Britian may not be having the scorching summer we would like, temperatures are warm enough to create a few wardrobe dilemmas in the work place.  Dress codes vary between companies but regardless of what your job is and at what level you work, your appearance sends out messages to your colleagues, your peers and your bosses.  Here are some key tips to make sure you dress for success when the weather is warm:

– Make sure your garments are made mostly of natural fibres to avoid any embarrassing perspiration marks.
– Don’t skimp on the quality of blouses and shirts; a cheap, thin material will look transparent and your work colleagues don’t need to see what is underneath.
– For suits or jackets,  a light wool or jersey works well because it is cooler and keeps its shape all day.
– Less garment means more flesh on show so think about that strappy top; is it going to lose you credibility in your office?  Cotton blouses or smart tops with a cap or a three quarter length sleeve are a safer option.
– Cleavage and midriff should never be on show and just above the knee is about as high as you should go  for a skirt length.
– As a general rule, tights are more appropriate than bare legs, but it depends where you work. Take note of what your female executives wear.
– Bring more colour into your working wardrobe in summer for a feel-good boost. Do consider what looks good on you and how much you can get away with at work.
-White is always more popular in summer and the white work shirt is a great staple. Do make sure it is white and not yellow or grey!
– If you are opting for open-toed or slingback shoes then make sure that your feet are suitably groomed, you don’t want chipped nail varnish or rough heels on show. Flip flops are a no-no.

Summer PackingThe build up to a holiday is all part of the excitement of getting away. It’s not just the anticipation of the trip, it’s also about focusing on YOU. Even if you have a family, you allow yourself a bit of pre-holiday pampering as you prepare your skin for the sun, maybe lose a couple of pounds and buy a few little goodies to take with you.  You might treat yourself to a haircut before you go or buy a couple of new tops.  Even choosing a sun tan lotion or buying a new shade of lipstick gives you a buzz.

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We have been working on some fabulous projects over the summer and one of them was being involved in the new ‘Comfort Brights’ and ‘Comfort Whites’ campaign.  We’ve really enjoyed teaming up with a great brand that appreciates colour as much as we do!  Our consultants have had a ball (as well as sore feet!) working on the weekend road shows around the country and the campaign has had some super feedback.

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