Style

Fit & Flare

I am all about a great form-fitted dress, but something has to be said about the comfort fit and flare dresses offer. I have had one from Banana Republic in a beautiful navy color for over a year. I have reached for that dress more often than I thought I would. It is one of the easiest pieces to style–no fuss about wearing selective underpants or tucking in tummy after lunch as is with form-fitted dresses.

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So, when I first spotted this beautiful fit and flare dress in a thick knit (and under €100!) at a Monsoon store in London last December, I was at least sold on its wearability. My reluctance was regarding the brand and fabric quality because I had not known about Monsoon until the second I spontaneously walked into the store to pass time while my friend picked up a gift for some baby shower she had to attend.

When I entered the fitting room, I wanted to love this dress so badly. And that is exactly what happened. The material of the dress is unbelievably soft, yet thick enough to keep you warm in London/Amsterdam winters. I especially loved the blue jacquard detailing–it adds character to the dress without making it over the top for office environments. If you happen to work in a business formal setting, you could pair the dress with a black blazer. If not, you could get away with a flattering pair of tights and heels of your choice like I did!

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That is all for today! Hope everyone reading is having a great weekend so far. 🙂


D E T A I L S

Monsoon Joanna Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress

Dune London Courtnee Cross Strap Kitten Heels (also available here)

Michael Kors Black Clutch (no longer sold, but I tracked down a Poshmark listing here)

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Slight Peplum & Blush Heels

Grey has to be my favorite neutral, so when my husband gifted me this top for Christmas, I instantly fell in love. I have been wearing it non-stop with skirts and pants alike.

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I love that it has the most subtle peplum detail. While usually, I am not a fan of peplums or really any “extra” trends, I love how the slight peplum adds oomph and character to an otherwise basic neutral blouse. For reference, I fit an extra small for this blouse.

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I have been wearing the top with my new favourite heels that I got myself for Christmas. Initially, I fell in love with the blush tone. Once worn, I was also smitten by the buttery soft calf leather and the amazing level of comfort. I can walk around in these shoes all day long without complaining. Just a heads up, the heels run slightly large. I had to re-order in a 37.5 after ordering my usual 38 shoe size.

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D E T A I L S

Boss Top (also available in black here)

Boss Heels

Tommy Hilfiger Trousers 

Michael Kors Tote Bag

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Winter Coat 2017: Kikkie By Ted Baker

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I first caught a glimpse of Kikki in the Maroon color before the coat arrived in stores. It looked so luxe and versatile–the kind that would take one from office to runway in no time. When I saw the price tag in stores, I was discouraged–€430 seemed steep. But once I tried it on, I fell in love with the quality and fit and couldn’t resist adding this piece to my work wardrobe.

During a 20% off Ted Baker flash sale in September, I bought Kikki in the black color. I have been wearing it non-stop since. With the Christmas/End of Season sales coming up, I thought this would be a good time to write a short review of Kikki by Ted Baker, in case any of you are planning on snagging it at a discounted price.

Kikki is warm and cozy enough for the Western European winter–not once I have found myself shivering in Amsterdam or London. That is attributed to Kikki’s wool and cashmere content (80%). It also looks stylish whether the collar is buttoned (right) or not (left). I love the gold hardware detailing and the way it cinches at the waist. 

The fit is true to size. I am usually a UK8/EU36/US4, but I sized up despite the UK8 fitting me perfectly. That was just so I could wear blazers and such underneath the coat without feeling suffocated. If your lifestyle does not demand that, you would be fine choosing your true size.

One honorable quality of Kikki is how quickly it dries–more than once my coat was wet in the unpredictable rains of Amsterdam and London–and in all instances I was surprised by how quickly the wetness and water stains disappeared. So, if you live somewhere rainy, this is a definite advantage of this coat.

There are two drawbacks to the coat for me. First is the lint it collects. I have to remove lint almost every two days if I wear the coat regularly. In all my work trips, I carried a lint roller in my bag just to pamper Kikki. I am fine doing that, but if you’re not a fan of this exercise or have fur babies at home, you might not be happy buying the darker colors of Kiki like black or maroon. Second is the dry-cleaning bill because it cannot be cleaned at home.

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Overall, would I repurchase Kikki? In a heartbeat. For me, the quality and fit overshadow the two drawbacks. And that’s the reason why I would also recommend any working women out there looking for a professional-looking winter coat to definitely give Kikki by Ted Baker a consideration. 🙂


D E T A I L S

Ted Baker

De Bijenkorf (other colors can also be found on the site)

Zalando

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Grey Pleated Skirt Edit

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When I started this blog, I did not think I would ever make a Style post, let alone dedicate a whole category to Style. But I have been surprised by the interest in my work outfits, which I occasionally post in Instagram stories.

I have no authority on style; far from having a fashion degree, I do not even subscribe to fashion magazines or follow anything going on in the fashion world.

That said, I do love styling for work because when I look good, I feel significantly more confident and empowered – and that is critical when you work in an industry dominated by men in suits.

So, thanks to everyone’s messages about making Style part of my blog and Instagram, I will be sharing at least one Style post a month (more if there is interest). 🙂

Without further ado, let me show you my outfit of the day.

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This was totally candid, I promise. But seriously, how stunning is the peeking pearl jewelry? I love adding such intricate details to my style.

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Fall officially started last weekend, however, trees in Amsterdam are yet to turn an exquisite burnt orange. Today, it is 20 degrees and sunny – perfect for pulling out my new grey pleated skirt. I have paired it with a plain white top, which is a thick knit and a pair of black edgy slingback heels. I completed the outfit with a deep berry & black coat. My bag is a muted grey and I use it pretty much on a daily basis for work.

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Those heels are surprisingly comfortable for their height, FYI. I survived wearing them to my team’s Away Day last week.

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Well, that is about it for today’s outfit. I hope you liked the pairings I have made for my Monday outfit! Please do share your feedback in terms of what you would like to see. Would a post about my key fall pieces be of interest? Let me know!

And lastly, a h u g e shout out to my husband for photographing the outfit and bearing with my lack of modelling skills. Nonetheless, I think he brought out the best in me, like always. 🙂

Here is a selfie at the end of what we thought was a pretty good first shoot!

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D E T A I L S

Boss Pleated Skirt

Reiss Heels

Furla Handbag

Lipstick Mac

Coat 

Top

*Both the top and coat are oldies in my wardrobe that are no longer sold, so I have included links to similar items.
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