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Your SS17 style: SORTED

It's all about big sleeves, florals and ruffles. Here's 10 top tips on how to work them into our wardrobe (even if you're a jeans and pumps kinda girl!)

With London Fashion Week giving a serious nod to all things hyper-feminine I’ve asked Sarah Gillmore one of my fave local stylists for her top tips on realistic and practical ways we can work the SS17 obsession with big sleeves, florals and ruffles into our wardrobe. Luckily, Sarah says, there’s lots of ways we can incorporate femininity fash without the need for flouncy dresses and skirts (I’m more of a jeans and pumps kinda girl). See Sarah at the Women Work event at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, on Fri 10 March where she will be talking about moving away from androgenous dressing to ‘fit in’ in a male-dominated business environment and dressing confidently to enable more self-expression. Here’s her 10 top tips:

1. The trouser suit can be a feminine staple in the workplace made in a fluid fabric which drapes and flatters the female form and teamed with a silk shirt, or go for a more structured fabric which is tailored to emphasise the waist.

2. Bring colour into your wardrobe, moving away from black, grey and navy, can lift the business wardrobe from a stiff and corporate look to a softer more feminine feel. Colour can be brought in with scarves and jewellery as well as in items of clothing.

You don’t have to go for full-on floral – earrings and scarfs add colour and femininity

3. Accessories such as necklaces and earrings add glamour to an outfit whether it be a trouser suit or jeans and t-shirt.  A simple ‘boyfriend-style’, over-sized white shirt can be lifted to something glamorous and elegant just be adding long, statement earrings.

4. Combining soft and more structured fabrics can act as an effective feminine counter-balance: team a leather jacket with a lacy camisole top and the contrast softens and feminises; jeans with a mohair cropped jumper or a silk shirt.

Big sleeves are in – as are floaty fabrics – team them with jeans for an edgy look

5. Statement Sleeves lend a feminine elegance to an outfit with their fluidity and draped appearance which has echoes of a more romantic era.

6. Embellishments on bags or items of clothing, whether they be glittering jewels, diamante broaches or embroidered detail give the feminine-touch to denim jackets, clutches or belts.

Feminine fash can be subtle – lace details, floral embroidery or brooches

7. Ruffles and lace are trends which suit a Romantic Style Personality and are seen on shirts, skirts and dresses.

8. Bold Brights include fuchsia pink this season which couldn’t be a more feminine colour and really makes a bold statement.

Mix floral patterns with leather or denim – or just go for floral shoes!

9. Florals couldn’t be more feminine but can be effectively counter-balanced by teaming them with something with a masculine-edge such as a denim jacket over a floral tea-dress or a pretty floral blouse with a leather pencil skirt or trousers.

10. Even just wearing more body-conscious clothes which emphasises the female form is a way to dress in a feminine way: shift dresses, high-waisted palazzo trousers, jackets with nipped in waists and pencil skirts. I like to encourage women to embrace their shape and their female nature and to be empowered by that.

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