Workwear for professional women can be challenging. Women who work are busy in their careers and might also be juggling the demands of parenting and/or caring for elderly relatives. Somewhere in the mix they will be trying to have a social life and keep up with hobbies. There often isn’t time in the day to spend hours going from shop to shop to find outfits for the workplace. That means online shopping is the route for workwear for professional women but it can be difficult to know which stores you can trust for quality and good customer service.

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Workwear for professional Women

Founded by sisters Monika and Emilija Peciulyte, FG atelier was created to make life easier for professional, modern women who want to look sharp and feminine at work with minimal time and effort. The sisters really do understand that individual women like to express themselves through what they wear. I highly recommend you check out their clothing as it is so easy on the eye with a real sense of style.

Dresses for work

You don’t need to lose femininity when you are at work. I love the dresses range from FG Atelier. It is great to see the diverse styles so that there really is something for every woman. My particular favourite at the moment is the loose silhouette dress with its funky bow detailing and swirling uneven hemline. The contrasting trimming is super stylish and the long sleeves are better for me. However, if you prefer shorter sleeves, there are options available to you including the wonderfully described Ultimate Ladylike Dress. Whether you like animal print or want to wow as the lady in red, FG Atelier have your covered.

Workwear made simple

Busy women need as much as possible in their lives to be simple. I love how the dresses from FG Atelier are easy to take care of as they are machine washable and made from wrinkle-resistant material. That means you can travel on business knowing your outfit will not be ruined by the time it comes out of your suitcase. If you are in meetings all day, you will still look great as you leave the office. The dresses are easy to style perhaps with one of the statement scarves that delight me with their messages of female empowerment.

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Practicalities

FG Atelier also offer a wide range of mix and match items so you can build a capsule wardrobe perfect for a weekend away and making the most of each item purchased.

FG Atelier offer FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING by DHL Express Worldwide service. When your order is shipped, they send you a confirmatory email with a tracking number, so you can track the order until it reaches you. Delivery takes 2-3 business days for Europe and 2-5 days for the United States, Canada and Australia.

During 14 days following the delivery of your order, you may request the exchange or refund of items returned in perfect condition and accompanied by the original invoice.

There is a really detailed size guide on the FG Atelier website. Not only that they will customize clothes to ensure the perfect fit for you completely free of additional charges.

Some men love shopping while others would rather someone else did it for them. This is the case for all kinds of reasons. Often, they just do not feel that they have much fashion sense, so don’t have any confidence in their ability to make the right choices. I remember helping a fellow student with his shopping many years ago. If you have men in your life that feel like this, you are sure to enjoy my men’s shirt buying guide.

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Go online to get the best selection

My first tip is to do your shopping online.

Finding clothes to fit tall, heavily muscled or overweight men is not easy. Very few High Street shops cater for them properly. But, as you can see here this online retailer does. They sell a wide selection of men’s shirts and cater for larger men.

They sell clothes that will fit a man with a 70-inch chest, something very few other retailers do. You will find browsing online far easier than walking around the shops and will certainly get a better choice by shopping that way.

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Getting the sizing right

One of the biggest challenges you face when it comes to shirt buying is getting the sizing right. If at all possible measure the man you are buying for. Doing so will make the buying process so much easier. If you cannot get his measurements, try to root out an old shirt that fits him well and get the details you need from that.

To do this, button up the shirt and lay it out flat on a hard surface. Smooth it out, place the tape on top of the seam to ensure it is located correctly. Always measure straight across the material, the tape must never be sloped, not even slightly.

Take the chest measurement just below the armpits. To get the waist measurement, locate the narrowest point between the bottom of the shirt and the armpits. That is usually around button 5 or 6 down.

If you are buying from a physical shop take the seat measurement too. Run the tape across the bottom of the shirt along the straight edge at the front. Measure the length by turning the shirt over and running the tape from just below the collar to the bottom edge of the garment.

Lastly, if you are buying a dress shirt, take the collar measurement. Also, if the person you are purchasing the shirt for is unusually large in a certain part of their body make a note of that measurement too. For example, if you are buying for a bodybuilder pay particular attention to shoulder width and how big the sleeve is at the bicep point.

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Make the right style choice

Try to resist the temptation to buy the type of shirt you would like to see on the person you are buying for. Instead, think about his tastes and buy accordingly.

Provided you do all of the above you should end up purchasing a shirt that fits well and looks great. It is wise to keep the receipt and know your consumer rights, just in case it does need to be changed.

Hopefully, you have found this article interesting and it will prove useful for you in the future. If you have enjoyed reading it you can take a look at a few of my other fashion related posts, by clicking this link.

 

With Christmas just around the corner, there are bound to be plenty of opportunities for evening drinks with friends after work. Perhaps you’re long overdue a catch up, or maybe you’re celebrating the end of the working year with colleagues – whatever the reason, you want to look your best. Choosing the perfect outfit to take you from the office to the bar can be tough – but it’s definitely possible!

These helpful tips will help you to find the right combination of office-ready and off-duty. Inspired by the latest trends from AW18, this desk to drinks guide is all you need to look your best this season.

 

No-fuss dressing:

It’s important to choose an outfit that doesn’t require too much preparation after you’ve finished work. Like every year, we’re embracing the glitz and glam of the winter season so include a touch of sparkle in whatever you choose. This chunky knit and skirt combo is perfect for a seasonal party, keeping you warm enough for when you’re walking from bar to bar but dressy enough for when you hit the dancefloor. The style of this jumper is ideal for the office, and the high-neck brings an edge to your workwear look. Simply pair with black jeans throughout the day and swap for a mini-skirt for the evening. Pair with your favourite pair of heeled pointed courts and clutch bag, complete with gold embellishments, and you’re ready for whatever the night holds.

If you’d rather change into something else before heading out, there are ways that you can work around this. Style down a jumper dress during the day with tights and flat pumps and dress it up on the evening with a cross-body bag and printed shoes. Black is the perfect colour for work-to-play as it gives off sophisticated vibes in a business meeting and creates a classy evening look when you head out to the bar. Accessorise with chunky drop-earrings and statement rings to complete the look. Fortunately for us, knitted jumper dresses come in a range of styles today, suitable for all shapes and sizes. Choose one with a leg-split for something that’s less formal where can show off your pins post-5pm.

From desk to dinner:

Of course, not every after work get together involves going to the bar, an after-work meal is also a great way to catch up with your friends. Style-up in this season’s colour palette — autumnal brown. Choose a culotte waistline to show off your curves but keep it formal with a jumper and blazer. When it’s time to clock-out, swap your smart coat for a leopard print jacket and you’re ready for the evening! Bringing together different garments from the same colour palette is an on-trend technique that’s ideal for work-to-play outfits — it creates a look that’s well put together and not too loud for work.

If bright colours are more your thing, you don’t have to stick to a muted colour palette; deep burgundy and emerald tones are always a hit and they don’t look too over-the-top for the office. A good way to make an outfit more formal is to add a tailored blazer and mid-heel court shoes, you can even tweak your look by wearing your hair in a neat bun to exude a work-ready vibe. Once you’re out-of-office has been switched on, remove your blazer and throw on a pair of block-heel mules or studded suede heeled sandals to give the illusion of beautifully elongated legs.

Additional tips and tricks:

If you’re heading out for a drink in the run-up to Christmas, you might want to think about staying warm. Maxi hemline dresses and buttoned-up, collared neck tops are ideal office-ready fashion, as they’re both formal and comfortable for important meetings and busy days. But what do you do in the evening? When it’s time for drinks, use a belt to cinch in your waist and create a gorgeous, party-ready silhouette. Then, throw on your tallest pair of heels to get you in the mood for a fun night out. Dress up your look with statement jewellery — think chunky necklaces, bangles, and big hoop earrings — then quickly slick on an extra layer of mascara and eyeliner and you’re good to go for a big night out in minutes.

 

 

 

My Random Musings

When people see wedding dresses modelled in magazines or online, the body shapes shown are typically perfectly proportioned skinny and hour-glass. However, you should not let that put a downer on your wedding dress shopping expeditions. Weddings, and wedding preparations, should be a time for only complete happiness so there is no room for any body-confidence knocking. There are plenty of wedding dress styles to suit any body-shape, as this post will hopefully show you. It’s important though to remember that although there may be certain dress shapes that suit certain shapes, if you feel good in a dress, that’s all that matters.

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Straight

This body shape tends to be classed as ‘sporty’, where the body features are less defined, hence it is labelled ‘straight’. It would be a great idea for women with this body shape to look at wedding dress styles that accentuate the waistline and draw attention to the centre of the body. Examples of wedding dress styles which enhance the waist are ball gown, halter neck, and V or U necklines. These all naturally draw peoples eyes away from the shoulders and in towards the waist, for example, a full skirt gives the impression that the hips are wider than they may actually be to add some curves.

Shapes to avoid are unfitted and straight dresses which don’t cling to any parts of the body. Also, harsh necklines like strapless or bardot styles could draw attention to the shoulders rather than the waist and exaggerate the straight nature of the body, rather than adding definition. The Alterations Boutique can help you to create and alter a dress to perfectly compliment your body shape or accentuate a part of your body that you love, they offer a range of bridal alterations from simple tweaks for embellishment to complete restyling.

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Pear

This body shape refers to bodies where the waist is wider with a smaller and more dainty top half. In this case, it would be a good idea to draw attention to your bust and/or shoulder areas. This could be done by going for wedding dress styles where the focal point is the neckline or sleeve details, for example, in winter this body shape would have even more excuse to wear a dress with long lace or pearl sleeves. A tip for which wedding dress style to avoid would be to try and stay away from loose dresses as they could cling to the wrong places and make your waist appear wider than it probably is. You could go for a completely fitted dress to accentuate the curves of the body. Examples of wedding dress styles to try are fishtail or mermaid.

Inverted triangle

This body shape could be considered as the opposite of the pear-shape, where the shoulders are wider than the hips and waist. People with this shape tend to be referred to as ‘top-heavy’ so it would be an idea to try wedding dress styles which accentuate the bottom-half and provide some balance. Examples of this could be ball-gown, a-line and v-neck dresses, which would all draw attention down from the shoulders.

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Hour-glass

This is the body shape you probably see most in TV adverts, magazines and online. This shape tends to be where the top and bottom halves are balanced and defined… like an hourglass. This shape could be considered more versatile and would look great in most wedding dress styles – fitted, loose, trumpet, sheath etc. A feature you could incorporate is a corset back to draw your waist in further and exaggerate the hour-glass shape.

In general, something important to keep in mind when going wedding dress hunting, is that there is no ideal body shape. Although society’s standards may tell us that our bodies are ‘better’ if they look a certain way and our shoulder to hip ratio is perfectly matched… Don’t let your body confidence be swayed! If there is a part of your body that you love, show it off, whether it be your curvy hips or wide shoulders… Choose or alter wedding dress styles to showcase your favourite parts of your body.

The Alterations Boutique have a huge range of success stories with their bridal dress alterations, they were even acknowledged by famous designer David Emanuel for re-creating Kate Middleton’s famous wedding dress. If you would like to find out more about how you can alter your dress to suit your shape and accentuate your favourite features, visit The Alterations Boutique at https://www.alterationsboutique.co.uk/ or give them a ring on 0207 724 4147.

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My Random Musings

Plus size fashion sometimes seems like a contradiction in terms. Yes you can get clothing if you are a larger or curvaceous woman but it seems all too often the colours and styles are so drab. I may not be size 6 but yes I do have an interest in looking good and expressing myself. I was delighted to take a look at Pink Clove.

Pink Clove

Pink Clove is a godsend to be honest as it offers stylish clothing at affordable prices. There’s really wide range too so I think any woman would find a few items they love. I found it incredibly challenging to choose as I found loads that I liked. The sizes available range from the UK average of 16 to 28.

Plus-size fashion

In the end, I went out of my comfort zone and ordered some distressed jeans. I have never had any before and with a milestone birthday just a few weeks ago, I thought well it is now or never. I am actually going to wear them for the first time on that milestone birthday to show there is life in the old girl yet!

Plus-size Fashion

By now I was well out of the comfort zone so invested in a little leopard print with a body.  Animal print is always attractive I find and the body was comfortable to wear and seemed to make me look taller with fine shoulders if I do say so myself. In other words, it worked a little animal magic! The item seems to be out of stock but this jumpsuit will give you an idea.

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Prices

The prices are super affordable so you really can treat yourself when the mood takes you without breaking the bank.  There are bargains on dresses, tops, jump/playsuits, trousers/jeans. skirts and knitwear. If you are looking for a great jacket or coat, this site has ones from  as little as £20. Pink Clove is a great one-stop shop for refreshing your wardrobe as they also do shoes and boots.

Delivery

Delivery is speedy and really affordable for both UK and overseas. Also you can use a click and collect service from Asda.

Can you tell I am impressed? Where do you like to shop for plus-size fashion?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would highly recommend Pink Clove to my plus-size readers and will definitely go back next time I need to buy some well-fitting, good quality clothing In fact I cannot wait to do so!Plus-size fashion

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