Saturday, 17 February 2018

What to wear to work: why black & white is not for everyone












Hello!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

If we have been friends for some time you might have read that I started a new very exciting job recently (back to business journalism in Canary Wharf). While officially we don’t have a dress code, the rules are still less relaxed than in fashion industry, where I was working for the last four years. Jeans are fine, but I probably wouldn’t risk turning up in a tracksuit… Even if paired with heels. A jumper or a dress with an open back (and I have SO MANY of them) is not the best option either. So, I’ve been experimenting with workwear and adding new pieces to my wardrobe. Here is one of my fave looks – wide palazzo pants, silk green blouse and a minimalistic necklace.

While I’m totally up for pretty much any experiments (in terms of style at least), there is one particular combo I always tend to avoid: white shirt and black trousers/skirt. Why? It’s supposed to be classics, right? Well because it doesn’t suit the vast majority of girls with pale skin, fair eyes and light brown/blond hair. Because of a low-contrast type of appearance, the black & white combo simply outshines one and makes one’s face invisible. People are much more likely to remember that you wore a b&w combo than your face. That’s the reason I actually look like a waitress no matter how expensive the clothes are. The main rule here is the following: the white colour of the shirt (top, dress) should not be whiter than one’s eyeballs and teeth. I know it sounds sort of patronising and boring, bit it actually works! Or try to increase the contrast in your face by using a red lipstick and getting a bit of a tan. At least, according to London College of Fashion - I have a personal stylist diploma :) 

Anyways, what I was trying to say is, workwear can actually be fun and creative – go ahead and play! Please let me know if you would like to see more workwear inspiration.

Thanks for reading! If I managed to give a good advice to at least one of my readers then the mission is successful!

Kira

Привет!

Спасибо, что заглянули! Надеюсь, у вас все хорошо!

Если мы с вами друзья уже какое-то время, то вы, возможно, уже видели, что у меня большие перемены – я ушла из модной индустрии (по крайней мере, на полную ставку) и получила новую работу в сфере деловой журналистки в моем любимом районе Кэнэри Уорф (где я и живу уже больше 4 лет). У нас нет официального дресс-кода, но какие-то правила все-таки есть: джинсы ок, а вот спортивный костюм нет (хотя... я не пробовала). И мои любимые платья и джемперы с открытой спиной тоже не подходят (а у меня их МНОГО). Именно поэтому я пополнила гардероб более строгой одеждой и сейчас подбираю новые образы. Один из моих любимых – широкие брюки в духе 80-х и изумрудная блузка.

В то время как я открыта для любых экспериментов (ну, в плане стиля), есть одно сочетание, которое я никогда не надену: белая рубашка + черные брюки или юбка. Почему? Ведь это беспроигрышная классика? Дело в том, что такая комбинация не украшает практически ни одну девушку с бледной кожей, светлыми глазами и русыми волосами. Из-за внешности с низким контрастом черное-белое сочетание забирает весь фокус на себя и лицо просто теряется. В итоге, люди скорее запомнят, что вы были в чем-то черно-белом, а не вас самих. Именно поэтому я и похожа на официанку в таком образе - вне зависимости от стоимость одежды. При выборе белой блузки или платья стоит всегда руководствоваться правилом: белый оттенок не должен быть белее белков глаз и зубов. Контраст помогает увеличить красная помада и загар. Это я, конечно, не сама придумала: рассказали в London College of Fashion на курсах по подготовке персональных стилистов (есть у меня такой дипломчик).

Но это я к чему: к тому, что офисная одежда не должна быть похожа на униформу и с ней можно играть, почти, как хочется. Напишите мне, если вам (не) понравилось и хотите ли вы еще похожих постов.

И если у меня сегодня получилось дать дельный совет хотя бы одной девушке, значит моя миссия выполнена на 100%:)

Кира



25 comments:

  1. Очень красивое сочетание, мне безумно понравился образ!
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  2. Very nice and elegant outfit! Green is really very trendy right now ;)

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  3. Could not agree more - just that pop of green colour can really make all the difference. Great outfit.

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  4. Love the pop of green and this awesome work outfit :) xx

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    Love it! And also the look is on point.
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  6. Wow, perfect look with the green and the wide leg pants!
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  7. YES Kira you're too fabulous for black and white workwear anyway! You look gorgeous in bold colours and as always, killing this look babe! Hope you're having a fab weekend so far...

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  8. You look gorgeous in this outfit Kira!
    Love the striped jacket!

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  9. This outfit is gorgeous! I love the pop of color in the green shirt, and those wide pants are amazing!

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  10. Классный цвет у блузки, редко встречается достойный зеленый.

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  11. You look great! Love your green shirt! <3

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  12. You look sooo fab in those wide legged trousers, babe! Insanely stylish as always. X

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