Add Some Quirk to Your Summer Work-robe

Where do you spend most of your time? That's right.. work! We spend approximately eight hours a day, or 40 hours a week, at work! So why not be stylish?

When it comes to truly expressing your personal style, I know lots of ladies who save it only for the weekends! And then they save it (and save it) for that perfect weekend outing or event until the gorgeous dress or blouse they bought has been hanging lonely in the closet for over 6 months....

Sound familiar?

Why not be a little daring and add that 'quirk' to your summer work-robe?

The best place to try new styles - within reason, of course, is the office. If you buy a new pair of shoes for a wedding on the weekend, it makes sense to wear them in during the week at work.

I am loving Co-ords for work this season - and probably for the rest of the year to be honest. They are a modern take on the corporate suit, and are available in shorts, shirts, skorts, shirts, button-downs and blazers in a almost endless range of colours and patterns.

Go on, buy something fun and quirky that you have always wanted to try before! We bet your colleagues will only have lovely things to say about your new found style!

Last week we spilled our 5 Style Resolutions for you to try! Click here to catch up on the article.

Fitness Fashion

Looking good while working out will not only help you stick to your New Year's health & fitness resolutions, you will also feel great before, during and after!

The health & fitness trend is set to turn up a notch in 2015, so why not get yourself familiar with all the new brands, products and types of fitness to find out what works and looks best on you.

Here's a few simple tips to staying stylish when working out:

1. Wear a sports bra that fits.

There is nothing worse that being uncomfortable while working out! Make sure you get a sports bra with the correct fit. You can have the shop assistant help you with sizing to make sure there aren't any ill-fitting areas or cutting-in, and to make sure it provides enough support. A por fit can lead to injury, sore-ness and aching in the long run.

2. Invest in proper gym wear.

Gym wear can be a little more expensive than just throwing on something 'that will do the trick', but it's made with specific fabrics to stop sweat marks appearing, to let your skin breathe and minimise dehydration, or stretchy for all those interesting yoga poses. They also last a lot longer than clothes not designed with fitness in mind. Brands such as Lorna Jane and Lulu Lemon stock some really trendy, colourful singlets, tights and shorts. Great for summer and to spruce up your fitness style!

3. Clear skin, hair pulled back.

There is NOTHING worse than working out with leftover makeup from your workday. First of all, it's not a good look having dark circles under your eyes from running mascara, or foundation marks smeared down your cheeks, (and a super dirty gym towel - YUK!). Secondly, your pores are working overtime to flush out those toxins, so having dirt and grime will only help you produce another pimple.

Also, put your hair into a high bun or ponytail. If you're trying to impress a boy at the gym you might think your hair looks better down, but once it gets all tangled and sweaty... zero chance, babe!

4. Shoes

Your shoes must be chosen based on your preferred style of fitness. If you do lots of running and walking, it is worth seeing a specialist at somewhere like The Athletes Foot to do a proper assessment on your feet. They can determine if one foot might need more support than the other. Say goodbye to sore, achy feet. A brightly coloured or patterned shoe is perfect for your fit-robe.

5. Accessories

These are limited to a snazzy water bottle, gym towel, head and arm sweat-bands, a Fitbit step tracker, a hat and head-phones ONLY. Take all your jewellery off or leave at home - there is nothing worse than the constant clinking sound for others around you.

With the extra 'feel good' endorphins and a load more energy, you'll be wondering how you didn't do any of these things in 2014...

Image via: Fashion on Toast

Summer Festival Look: Boho

The Bohemian (Boho) look is one of the most popular among the crowd at Summer music festivals worldwide!

Style and comfort are the two main things to think about when planning your outfit for a music festival. You need to wear something you can dance in, sit on the grass in and something that is going to keep you cool.

Here's how the nail the BOHO look:


Perfect for both eye protection from the sun, and literally the 'cherry on top' to a perfect festival outfit accessory. Round 'John Lennon' types are all the rage, as are bright colours, prints and cat's-eye shades!


The strappier the better when going for the boho look. Brown is usually the staple colour for this look, but a pastel thrown in the mix is also a good choice.

Shoulder Bag

Essential for any festival look. Do not ever - I repeat - EVER even think about taking a handbag. It will only annoy you and everyone else around you. Mosh Pits gets squishy, and even if you think you want to avoid the mosh, you still gotta stand in the bathroom, drinks and food lines. So, for the boho look, brown is again the staple colour, but for a bit of statement tassels are great.

Floral Dress/Kimono

The outfit is what makes this look. You need something that is flowy, and something floral is always great - it gives the effortless feel that ultimately makes a look, or a person, Bohemian.

Other BOHO things to add to your outfit are:

- Headband

- Anything with a 'Peace' sign on it

- Lace clothing

- Tasselled clothing

- Feathers


Tribal Influence

Last weekend The Fashion Vault came across a very detailed Reuben Bokaba, strutting in the City.

"He was a little frazzled when we asked if it was okay to photograph him. He was a total natural though!

"We loved his look because everything had so much tribal detail and was strategically put together. After more chatting, he confessed, happily, that he was the designer of his shirt. 'It's handmade by me!'.

"To complete his look he added, cuffs and a ring from Lovisa.

"Merry Christmas!"

From The Fashion Vault, AKA Janette, Sofia and Deejay.

Pretty in Pastels

Need a look that will turn heads while keeping yours cool? Nothing brings out your feminine side like stepping out in pastels.

This summer, don’t be shy of softening your wardrobe and looking towards this functional palette for the warmer weather.

Perfect for a casual barbecue or night out to dinner, bring together two or three light colours with a similar tone, or stick to one hue in a number of shades (with a simple pop of colour) to execute this trend. For evenings, add a hit of metallic through your accessories for contrast and glamour.

Light and breezy fabrics are essential, allowing for a functional fit that will keep you cool and comfortable no matter how hot things get this summer.

Image: Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 at London Fashion Week.

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