what's your signature piece?

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Last month, I was guest speaker at the WHO Networking group.

I discussed personal branding and the importance of tailoring your personal style to suit your business. Whatever your business is, it’s fundamental that your style suits the environment you work in. Whatever work you do, It’s also incredibly important to have a signature piece that clients and customers remember.

When rebranding last year, I wanted to portray a business element to my brand - an image with a blazer felt right to convey my professional style. This is my signature piece.

I wear a lot of print and vintage so a sharp tailored blazer pulls my look together.

My red blazer is a garment that when I put it on, I mean business. To me it reflects my business personality - vibrant, energetic, un-noticeable and punchy.

So my question to you is ‘If your business was a blazer, what blazer would it be?’

Here are some inspired ideas..(All Massimo Dutti new season)

A twist on the country tweed. Authentic, classic, traditional English. Perfect with jeans and I love it mixed with the tweed skirt.

Grey minimal and sporty. For the individual who likes simplicity, clean lines and no fuss.

The 70’s corduroy is back. This feels preppy, nostalgic, soft to touch. Worn simple with jeans or throw over a printed floral midi dress.

The classic pinstripe is now not just for the city. This looks very Parisian worn with straight cropped denim. Oversize is best - thrown over classic separates.

Plaid check is everywhere. Chuck on with tracksuits and t-shirts nod to the 90s or do the sporty thing and team matching trousers, trainers and t-shirt.

White boots

Need a instant wardrobe update?

White boots will sharpen up your autumn look.

 Preen midi dress

Preen midi dress

After months of wearing sandals, these crisp coloured boots will modernise your look.

Mine are a block heel so easy to wear at work or daytime.

 wrap dress by Kettlewell Colours

wrap dress by Kettlewell Colours

How to wear..

 vintage skirt & blazer

vintage skirt & blazer

My were a steal in the Top Shop sale in the heatwave in June.

They will effortlessly take you from to autumn to winter.

The perfect transitional look worn with bare legs with midi dresses and white jeans for a minimal look.

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Pile on with print

Matches Fashion

leap into leopard print

If theres one print you need to update your style this September its leopard print. If your fearful of looking like Pat Butcher, or it being a bit edgy,  here are some grown up sleek ways to style this print. One things for sure, this trend is ageless and timeless.

For the evening, invest in a more loose fitting leopard dress. I love the loose style this dress by M&S Limited Collection. Great to wear now with ankle boots but it will work with tights, boots and a belt in the winter months.

 Zara Leather heeled ankle boot £149

Zara Leather heeled ankle boot £149

Leopard print boots will add some interest into your weekend style. Wear with blue and black denim or tart up last years leather skirt.

A soft flowing wrap skirt will be really easy to wear this season - worn with a simple vest now, polo neck later and white crisp shirt tucked in for the office. 

If you can't wear leopard on your body - try a bag. This faux fur one by Top Shop has loads of personality.

Kettlewell Colours have some fabulous leopard print tops (in other colour ways too!) this scoop one looks fab with navy and red - they also have a 'v' wrap style which is very flattering.

A silk leopard scarf worn with all black looks oh so chic. For weekends wear the scarf as a belt tied through your denim or even a headscarf with your dungarees.

Oh and from the archive, here's some inspiration of how I've worn mine.. (probably not so smart but definitely a little funky)

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Sport style with trainers

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My newest edition - a silk shift dress worn over a white t-shirt.

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 Hobbs Helena Belt £65

Hobbs Helena Belt £65

Hobbs accessories are always really high quality at an affordable price. Work the leopard print trend in the office.

I adore this Mango t-shirt. Love the deep V and the plain black at the back. Fabulous for the evening or teamed with a suit.

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Leopard looks fresh worn with white denim or a white tuxedo.

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Clash your leopard with bold bright colours and stripes.

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