The fail safe anytime, anywhere, going out outfit…

 

Today I received an SOS email from a reader whose husband had sprung a weekend away on her. Lovely as the surprise was, she wasn’t quite sure what to wear to the champagne bar her husband was taking her to.

For me there’s always one fail safe outfit which I have tried and tested many times over so, if you don’t have a huge amount of time to shop, to suss out the latest styles, fashions and trends, this won’t let you down….I promise.

So, take one pair of fitted black trousers such as the Jigsaw woven jersey riding legging (£85)…

if they are a bit tight and scary, instead go for the GAP slim cropped pants (£34.95)…

Nip to Oasis and pick up this leather trim long line ponte jacket or something similar – there are plenty to choose from..

 

Work in a plain top – either silky, or a vest top or a fine knit. Just nip to M&S if necessary and pick up a fancy vest! This slinky mesh trim vest for £5 should do the trick. Tweak it as necessary depending on your shape and size. Something less clingy or with more bust support may work better for some but you get the idea.

 

 

Then work in the fun bits. Trawl through your wardrobe and see what you can find – the sparkly shoes, the statement necklace or finer necklaces layered together, the cocktail ring, the chunky bracelet, the painted nails, the lippy and a clutch. And believe me, you’re ready to go. Whether it’s to a cocktail bar, a gastro pub for a meal out, a night with the girls at one of their houses you won’t feel out of place. Stylish and simple with a bit of colour or sparkle as a talking point is all that you need. As they say on the Apprentice “it’s not rocket surgery” (I know, the mind boggles) but it works.

 

If you need to add a few bits in, here are my tips…

 

Hit New Look for a clutch. Whether it’s yellow, sparkly, embellished or plain, they have a great choice. This box clutch for £15.99 will work with lots of things. Just turn it on its side if needs be!

 

 

Dune has some great shoes for the party season. I love the Alina (£69) which comes in 11 styles to include sparkly ones, bright colours, suede, metallic snake skin and leopard. They are a mid height court, so not massively high but of course places like NEXT and Oasis have some great styles for this time of year too.

 

 

Alina leopard print…

 

Alina bright pink…

Alina sparkle…

 

And then for a necklace.  I love this one from Oasis (£10). It’s not too much but it’s got nice sharp lines about it.

 

 

For something a little more statement like, nip over to Alice’s Wonders for some serious bling! This star necklace is £14. But equally you may prefer ear-rings and a cocktail ring to a necklace, or a chunky bracelet instead. Just go with what feels comfortable.

 

 

Don’t worry about mixing silver and gold or black and navy and don’t worry about getting exactly the right “shades” of black together. It’s about wearing things with confidence and giving the impression that every part of your outfit is well thought out and intentional even if it’s all been put together at the last minute. Seriously, if ever anyone came up to me and told me that they thought that my navy and black didn’t quite go or that I’d mixed silver and gold, I quite possibly think that I would tell them to go and get a life (in a nice way of course.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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