Work and Play

Beach and sea view. Sand close up. For work and play 2 minute style tip

How do you manage what you wear for work and play

Do you do one really well

And the other not so much

Maybe with play you don’t have to turn up looking perfect

Maybe that’s the point of play

You can turn up

And get dirty messy and sticky

How do you manage the switch

At work everything clean and tidy

And then the weekend

whoosh

chaos

noise

Do you cling on to being tidy and presentable

Or go with the flow

Neither is better than the other

Just be aware of what your preference is

And go with it

You could have outfits for being messy

I started to look like a tramp when I was walking the dogs

No disrespect to tramps

old hat old coat old gloves two leads two dogs boots or wellies

It wasn’t how I wanted to turn up

So I created an outfit for dog walking

Being in the garden is different

Let the messy clashy dirty clothes be seen

To be involved in activities

and so absorbed that nothing else matters is wonderful

It’s not either or

It’s both and

Sometimes you are messy

And sometimes you look totally put together and polished

Just decide what you want

and be mindful

If there is an area where you want to change

Then change

Just be intentional

Intentional messy

Intentional sleek and chic

Wear what you need

to do whatever you are doing

100%

All in

Over to you

Enjoy

Sarah Banks is a designer, blogger and internet entrepreneur. Having started her entrepreneurial life with a couture wedding and day dress company she then got hooked on all things on-line, bringing her businesses online and fusing both worlds. Her experience and knowledge in creating one-off garments for her clients was the foundation for Working Frocks and she is uniquely placed to give styling advice, being not only a blogger, but a couture designer too.

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Refresh your palette

This weekend

play

Take time for yourself

Create your space with your clothes

Choose different colours

Refresh your palette

Out with black grey navy

In with

Well you choose

In with sorbet colours

rainbow colours

elegant colours white camel cream

In with daring colours red pink purple orange yellow

Clash colours

Clash patterns

Have fun

Wear the tulle skirt

with a jumper

and wellies if you want

Or be sleek

Wear the dress

with smooth hair

sleek

lipgloss

Be glossy

Be brave

Have fun

Just be you

Sometimes that’s so hard

Getting back to you

You have 48 hours

to get back to you and then come out the other side

and get ready for the week

Dive in

Use your clothes like a lightning rod

They’ll take you straight there

to the weekend

to fun

to relaxation

to elegance

to power

Whatever you want can start with your clothes

So what do you want

and what clothes will you choose

Over to you

Enjoy

Sarah Banks is a designer, blogger and internet entrepreneur. Having started her entrepreneurial life with a couture wedding and day dress company she then got hooked on all things on-line, bringing her businesses online and fusing both worlds. Her experience and knowledge in creating one-off garments for her clients was the foundation for Working Frocks and she is uniquely placed to give styling advice, being not only a blogger, but a couture designer too.

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Curate your professional style – Join the Chic Authority Collective if you are a woman dedicated to your career or making a comeback, and discover a world of luxury, quality and individualised style advice for a commanding presence.

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Casual Elegance

I LOVE casual elegance

Casual elegance is a piece of normal maybe mundane clothing

like jeans

Paired with something sophisticated glamourous luxurious

Like a silk shirt

and then worn with very simple shoes

Casual elegance makes everyone feel at ease

the wearer aswell as the people around her

It’s a way of being dressy without being dressy

It’s not a formula but there is a way of achieving casual elegance

if you want to try it for yourself but don’t know where to start

you’ll need to be you

authentically you

If that sounds a bit daunting

start with the clothes

Mix casual and formal pieces

Focus on fit and proportion

Choose good fabrics

Don’t pile on unneccesary anything

Whether that’s make up, accessories, or clothes

Keep the colour palette similar but not boring

In fact the secret to casual elegance

Is to be not boring

Boring is dull

You should be intriguing with casual elegance

Someone should want to talk to you and get to know you

Casual elegance is being more you not less

It’s being the essence of you

It’s not formulaic

Your hair doesn’t have to be this way

You don’t have to look like that

You don’t have to wear those clothes

It’s non formulaic it’s about being you

Authentically you

In clothes that make you relax and feel gorgeous and sexy

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If you want to look good, you need to feel good

If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms you are not alone:

Unhealthy lifestyle habits
Body image issues
Wardrobe Overwhelm
Stress, Burnout and tiredness
Lack of time for selfcare
Lack of confidence in your personal style
Inconsisten beauty and selfcare practices
limited knowledge to make good fashion and style decisions
Difficulty in maintaining a healthy mindset
Lack of community and supports

This is why we created the Stylish Wellness Institute. To help you reconnect. With yourself. Join the list to be notified when the Stylish Wellness Institute open its doors. It could be just what you need.

Confidence: How dressing affects your attitude and confidence

In the realm of boosting confidence and self-esteem, the transformative power of self-care and clothing choices reign supreme. It’s not merely about donning fashionable attire to satisfy a fleeting whim; it’s about the profound impact that our wardrobe has on our mindset and demeanor and ultimately how we live our life. Science backs it up: … Read more

Your indispensable French capsule collection style guide: the perfect 7 items

French Capsule Wardrobe Collection Style Guide

How to create your own French capsule collection with just 7 items

Our French capsule collection stye guide reflects French women’s style: uncomplicated and naturally glamourous. The guide helps you decide what to choose in your core 7-item capsule wardrobe. Capsule collection clothes should be interchangeable and create multiple outfits and be worn on a daily basis.

If you love the idea of the capsule wardrobe like we do then we have other posts that we think you will love. Try Capsule Wardrobe Collection, or Creating a Capsule Wardrobe (that one is a short read) or the Microcapsule Wardrobe which is an introduction to the capsule wardrobe within a capsule wardrobe concept.

Once upon a time, when life was simpler, women didn’t own many clothes.  Before the era of mass manufacturing clothes were much more expensive than they are today (relative to salary and cost of living).

Now we live in a time where clothes are not only cheaper, but span all price ranges. Fast fashion has become part of the shopping landscape.  We’re able to have more clothes and a wider variety of clothes in our wardrobes. Consequently, for some of us, our wardrobes are bursting at the seams [pun intended!].  Whilst we may enjoy a great variety of clothes to wear each day, there are also unintend consequences: We have clothes that we don’t fit into, don’t like, have never worn, can’t find, and can’t see because our clothes are packed in like sardines and could potentially stand up on their own.

It is no surprise then that there has been a surge of interest in capsule wardrobes, especially online. A capsule collection, if you don’t know, is a collection of clothes that interchange with each other. You are able to wear a wide variety of different outfits with just these few staples, say seven items.

You can have a work capsule wardrobe which is a collection of work wear that you interchange each day. Or you could have a weekend capsule wardrobe: clothes to wear in your downtime that are specific to what you want to wear at the weekends.

Capsule wardrobes appeal to this idea of simplifying our lives, of accepting, quite consciously, a life of less in exchange for a life of better.

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Black Pencil skirt – Why you need one

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This year’s black pencil skirt

The French capsule wardrobe has been in the planning stage for a while now.  There were some items which have been left out because they are not currently a priority for Workings to make, for example a trench coat, or a black leather jacket.  We wanted to limit the number of items, but  the pencil skirt is an obvious choice to include and definitely makes the top seven items which we want to include.  It is so simple, sexy and chic while at the same time extremely sophisticate and grown up.

Our black, on the knee, pencil skirt is cut in a spotted jersey fabric.

It’s machine washable, and easy to wear.

It has a hand finished hem and patch pocket detail.

The black pencil skirt should be a perennial item in your wardrobe.  If not black, then a classic weave like houndstooth, or a plain camel colour or a pencil skirt in a neutral colour such as bronze silk, would be great.  The pencil skirt’s superpower is its ability to blend seamlessly into many different outfit combinations.  Like the great friend who you can invite anywhere and sit next to anyone, the black pencil skirt is a true, reliable piece of clothing friend.

How our black pencil skirt will suit you

Our pencil skirt is made in versatile black jersey with a stretch making it super-easy to wear and super-smart to wear.  Our pencil skirt is cut to the knee, making it easy to wear and to walk in.  It’s form-fitting, but you’re going to be able to run in it.  It has small details that give it a unique look a hand-finished hem and patch pockets.  In short, it’s a simple garment, beautifully made.

The black pencil skirt is designed to fit perfectly into your work wardrobe whether you are working from home or chairing boardroom meetings.  The flexibility and versatility of our black pencil skirt will keep you company and not let you down.

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Is our black pencil skirt for you?

The Working Frocks black pencil skirt is generously cut and guaranteed to fit most standard sizes.  It suits nearly all female body shapes, even pear shapes, who traditionally need a fluted a-line silhouette.  The reason it suits so many body shapes is its proportions.  From the total length of the skirt, to the width of the hem, to the waist size, all measurements are designed to make the black pencil skirt be as flattering as possible on your own body shape.

The black pencil skirt can be worn with a black jacket and black lace top and will take you out for a smart lunch.  Wear it with a casual tee shirt, boots and a gilet for a casual afternoon look.  Pair it with our simple white top for an effortlessly chic, soignée look that can take you from a brasserie lunch with girlfriends, to an afternoon business meeting and onto drinks and dinner à deux.

The black pencil skirt crosses all boundaries – from 18 to 80, women are going to look great in this skirt.  Part-time working mothers, or women who’s careers are in full flow and they are giving every moment of their day are both going to find this a welcome addition to their wardrobe.

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Designed and made with a concealed zip at the back, no waist band (but an inner facing), patch pockets and a hand finished hem.

As part of the French capsule collection you might also be interested in:

Simple white top

 

 

How to create your own Capsule Wardrobe Collection

capsule wardrobe

What is a capsule wardrobe collection?

A capsule wardrobe collection is a specific number of clothes which are able to be worn interchangeably and which reflect your personality and lifestyle in such a way that the item combinations are appropriate to wear every day.

Hello everyone!  We are preparing a short series of blog posts for you, to show you how you can incorporate a capsule wardrobe collection into your life with minimum hassle and maximum benefit.  Here at Working Frocks we believe that a capsule wardrobe should help you look your best.

We have written other posts on the subject of the capsule wardrobe collection so be sure to check those out too:

Creating a capsule wardrobe – a short read, but it will get you thinking about how to create your own.

Create your own French style capsule collection – release your inner Parisienne and dress with style

The Microcapsule wardrobe – a wardrobe within a wardrobe, how it will benefit you

Our capsule wardrobe collection ethos

So many articles and images for capsule collections are all about leggings and tee shirts.  While there is definitely a place in our lives for that type of clothing we think that a capsule wardrobe has a much more interesting role to play in your life. After all, if you are going to wear a limited selection of clothing each day would leggings and a tee shirt really be your choice?

At Working Frocks we thing that a capsule collection should be one where you wear the distillation, the essence of who you are within a small collection of items.

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