London work fashion (guest post)

Thanks to Clare from penny for a girl for writing this post!
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Inspired by Kristen’s post on wide-leg trousers I thought I’d knock up a little post detailing how I like to wear these lovelies over here in London town. This particular *ahem* understated pair are from Topshop and have got more wear than I ever thought possible when I bought them. Here I’ve teamed them with a 70′s shirt I got in vintage staple-shop Rokit in Covent Garden and a lace waistcoat from Marks & Spencers.
I love these trousers because they are floral, shiny and LOUD but I don’t think that means they can’t be chic or professional. I think we all spent lots of time in our youth working jobs that required polyester-heavy, flammable clothing completely devoid of personality or style. As proper grown-ups, to not inject a little fun into our work-wear I think would be a real shame. Clashing metallics and navy and black – why not? The necklace I’ve teamed this with is from New Look (which isn’t really worth a visit if you’re in town – head to Primark instead, it’s much cheaper and on-the-pulse.) Now I’ve never been a big fan of heels at work – I think you should be ready to spring into action so here I’m wearing flat leather boots from TK Maxx – a brilliant shop that sells a pick’n'mix of discounted labels. The bag is from Accessorize and one of the only ones I own that’s big enough to lug around all my rubbish.
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For me the important part of dressing for work is remembering that there are a lot of things that you’re not in control of – whether you need to get there via the underground (which in London resembles a tropical rainforest in rush hour), or whether your desk is next to a draught (or the communal biscuit tin – elasticated trousers required!) So my final words – layers are your friends, spandex is not!

Shopping Topshop at Nordstrom for work

Topshop is a fun British clothing brand with only a few stores in the US, so it’s exciting that Nordstrom is now carrying clothes from the brand that are very work appropriate.  The clothes remind me of a modern trendy Mad Men.  Have you shopped the Topshop at Nordstrom line yet?  Here are my favs from what I see online.

Rust colored blazer / Floral printed pants / Green tweed dress / Peter pan collar sleeveless shirt / Lace print peplum top / White with black trim blouse

PS – shop for your guy at Topman at Nordstrom.