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Wearable technology – fashion couture?

When you think of fashion you typically envisage that dreamlike Dior dress or coveted Mulberry handbag, but fashion does not centralise around standard fabric anymore. No, with the development of technology it has grown and established itself in an entirely different market: that of wearable technology.

Making its mark on the London Fashion Week catwalk during Richard Nicoll’s show, wearable technology was thrust in to the spotlight and soon found sanctuary within the discussions of fashionistas and they fashion bible magazines alike.

Typically the technology and fashion industry could not be more dissimilar: with the fashionable elite and their high price tag garments, in stark comparison to the technology industry that typically are thought to be a far more casual and almost ‘wacky’ bunch.

But no longer are the two industries so far separated, nor dissimilar to each other. The combination of both technology and fashion means that there is now the possibility for one item to truly transition between seasons and years. For example, one brand has sought to launch a set of high heels that feature LED lighting and through a mobile app the colour of these lights can be adjusted to suit. No longer do you need to buy a pair of heels for every outfit, now just one pair can do the same job as 5 or 6!

For those of you who watched the previous season of The Apprentice you may also have seen the wearable task, where one of the items produced was a jacket that used solar panels to power light panels and chargers for your mobile phone. Whilst their prototype wasn’t the greastest piece of fashion yet, it did somewhat suggest and show just what is possible with wearable technology and where it could possibly take fashion in the future.

Whilst the motto fashion over function has long resonated true, it may now be that the two can seamlessly combine and offer the best of both worlds!

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Dressing for a Job Interview

A job interview is a daunting enough process without the added stress of feeling uncomfortable in what you are wearing. Of course you want to look professional and presentable, but that too tight skirt or dress could work towards increasing your anxiety and could ruin your chances!

Many jobs in the digital world these days don’t require you to wear smart office wear, which is great for those that work  in those industries! However for those looking to work in a more formal office environment, ensure you make choosing your interview outfit almost as important as researching the company history – maybe.

Typically my office wear wardrobe consists predominantly of dresses. I find that these are incredibly easy to wear, comfortable and they can easily be accessorized depending on your mood.

When you are looking for jobs online (I would recommend City Calling, by the way!) you can usually get a feel for the type of company that you are applying for, but further researching their website and even contacting a recruiter from the job website could give you further background information to ensure that you are dressed appropriately for their office environment.

So, just what would I recommend you wearing? Well my go-to destination for work wear is typically Matalan or ASOS. Their vast range of smart/casual dresses and office wear makes them the ideal places to shop for your look.

Plus both stores frequently have discount codes on offer – making your purchases even more of a bargain.

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These are some of my top picks from the current range at Matalan; I really don’t think you can go wrong with purchasing a base pencil skirt and blazer. This way you can mix and match both items with a range of tops or dresses and keep your look fresh, whilst still appearing professional.

I actually own the polka dot angel sleeve shirt I featured – I absolutely love it, particularly because it looks great for work with a skirt or trousers but it’s nice enough to wear at the weekend with jeans too.

What are your top tips for dressing for a job interview?

Nike Blazers

Nike Blazer at JD Sports

I have never much been one for sensible shoes, proven by the fact that my choice of footwear for freezing cold Stockholm before Christmas was a pair of pumps.

However with it getting colder and me feeling like I might just need to add to my casual footwear collection, I was tempted by some Nike Blazer trainers from JD Sports. Their wide range of Nike trainers had me stumped for choice, however I have frequently added Blazers to my wishlist and thought that now was the perfect time to add them to my collection!

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I went for a cool grey colour; the perfect addition to a variety of outfits. Great for throwing on when you need to pop to the shops on a lazy Sunday, but equally as good for casual Friday at work with a pair of trainers and a jacket. These versatile little things are really adorable and whilst I first thought that they might feel a little clumpy to somebody who is used to pumps, they are actually very comfortable and fit perfectly to the size of my feet.

I take a UK5/EU38 and in my opinion these shoes are true to size, I don’t feel like I need to have sized up or down even by half a size.

Not only do these solve the issue of cold feet in the winter, but come summer they would be the perfect footwear choice for a festival – just add a pair of denim shorts and a cami top! Clothing and footwear that I wear throughout a variety of seasons is a personal favourite thing of mine because it then means I have transitional staples that I can mix and match other items from my wardrobe with.

Even better these little things are reduced to just £40 instead of £70 at JD Sports.

So, what do you think – are you tempted by adding some Nike Blazers to your wardrobe?

 

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Fearne Cotton at Very AW13

It’s around that time of year where I give in to the fact that Summer is fading and make moves to update my wardrobe for the Autumn and Winter seasons.

I have been browsing my favourite websites and putting together a wishlist of key pieces that will take me through to Spring, trying to include pieces that I know I can easily use in a variety of outfits.

I came across some images from the Very website and fell in love with several pieces of Fearne Cotton’s Very AW13 collection!

Not only does the woman herself look smoking but the pieces are just what I need to add new styles, shapes and textures to my previously Summer orientated wardrobe.

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I am a huge fan of blue for AW as you can probably tell from my choice of key pieces above. Colbalt blue is such a great colour for the season, it’s dark enough to suit the colder weather and darker nights but bold enough to stand out amongst the crowd.

Pleather shorts are also something I will definitely be adding to my winter wardrobe, although I am debating wether to choose a cranberry or black pair! They are so easy to dress up or down, adding tights and a jumper will keep them casual enough for the daytime and colder winter months.

What do you think of Fearne’s AW13 collection?

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Top 5 Summer Picks from George

One of my most favourite online stores to visit recently is George, yes George at ASDA. Since I stumbled across a link to the store on Google have visited again & again – each time buying a little bit more than I probably should have!

Not only is their range fashion forward, well made and often unusual it is also really reasonably priced. With women’s tops like this Stripe Scoop Neck T-shirt for just £4 and these gorgeous Flat Strappy Sandals (which I love, the pastel colours are so cute!) for only £8 you could get an entire wardrobes worth of fashion for next to nothing.

I am getting super excited for the Summer this year because I am so over this cold and wet winter weather, so I thought I would put together my top 5 summer picks from George for you! Though I must admit that it was hard to narrow it down to just 5… my online shopping basket may now be full to the brim!

1. Open Knit Cardigan – £14

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This open knit cardigan is the perfect spring/summer accessory, it will keep you warm enough come evening but isn’t too heavy that it will make you hot and sweaty! The colour will accentuate your tan and goes with everything too. A real wardrobe must.

2. Printed Maxi Skirt – £10

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Although I am only short I still love a maxi dress or skirt. They are the epitome of summer glamour and elegance, plus they cover up your legs if you have been burnt by the sun or  haven’t shaved/tanned!

3. Puff Print Playsuit – £10

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A cotton playsuit is my go-to beach and casual sunny day wear. What could be easier than throwing on a playsuit, some sandals and being ready to hit the beach! The black shade of this will ensure that even if you throw it on over a wet bikini you won’t be left with any awkward wet patches either.

4. Mid Wash Cropped Denim Jacket – £18

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An essential in my wardrobe that I refresh every year is a denim jacket. They are so cute and perfect for night and day. They look stylish thrown on over a maxi dress, cami dress or even with a pair of trousers and a blouse for work. I am not sure what I did without one!

5. Metallic Cut-out Sandals – £12

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These metallic sandals will go with just about everything this summer and I love the cut-out detail which makes them look a lot more expensive than their £12 price tag! I now have a few pairs of George sandals in my wardrobe and they are without a doubt the most comfortable sandals I have ever worn. I even bought the same pair twice in case they sold out!

What’s your top summer pick from George?