Secretary Chic

“Here is your coffee Mr Smith, would you like me to finish that filing?”

OK, the traditional secretary doesnt exist anymore but the prim yet sexy look still can. I’m a great fan of the TV show Mad Men and this look as a Joan vibe to it (without the amazing bosom sadly!). Its a cute, preppy look thats often replicated by Kate Spade or J Crew too, favourites of mine and is perfect for a day in the office.   

This is one of those looks that has been pulled together from existing pieces and doesnt require a shopping trip (hoorah says my bank manager!). Its really just based around a great vintage skirt I got for £3 in a charity shop – these type of skirts are easily found and look rubbish on the hanger – the type of skirt your Nana would of worn, but styled right look great.     

I love the removable white bow I got from River Island after Christmas taking a plain white shirt from Matalan and making it both feminine and smart.  A preppy slipover jumper and ankle boots keep the look from looking too vintage (which I hate)…    

So next time you walk past a charity shop filled with 1960’s polyester skirts maybe its worth a second look, what do you think?

Bow – River Island
Blouse – Matalan
Jumper – Benetton
Skirt – Vintage
Shoes – New Look

Styling statement trousers

Wearing a strong pattern can be a bit of a challenge.  I have a great pair of trousers from Matalan but although I love them I sometimes struggle to style them.  

So how do you style a pair of very strongly patterned statement tousers?  

The key is if you go patterned on the bottom keep it plain on the top.  The shape of these trousers is a cigarette pant shape – slim fitting with a flat waistband.  A very 1960’s inspired look.  Matalan statement trousers via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

I co-ordinated the trousers with a cobalt blue shirt and jumper combo plus nude pointy flats for a bit of glamour.   

Matalan statement trousers via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

 Matalan statement trousers via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

I carried on the slightly 60s vibe with full hair and blue eye make-up. Matalan statement trousers via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  

Matalan statement trousers via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

So would you go for a crazy pattern on your legs like me?  

Blouse – Primark

Jumper – BHS

Trousers – Matalan

Shoes – Dorothy Perkins

 

Lets hear it for coral!

The sun is shining and *sings* I’m feeling gooood!!! One of the best things for me as the weather warms up is the opportunity to wear more colour.  I love bright colours and always feel confident and happy wearing them.    

Todays outfit is all about the colour coral.  Coral is a great colour to wear for Spring and Summer as it is bright but not over-powering, is super cute and feminine and is flattering to most skin tones.  And here I am wearing a shirt, jumper & skirt combo embracing the hue.

coral preppy spring primark & per una look 1 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

I love a full skirt and this one with pockets from my favourite haunt Primark, is just perfect – and it’s so flattering.  You put it on and feel like you should be in an episode of Mad Men, all cinched waist and shwoosy hemline.  Plus it only cost me £5.00 in the sale! coral preppy spring primark & per una look 2 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

coral preppy spring primark & per una look 3 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

coral preppy spring primark & per una look 4 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

I love to use a white shirt as a layering piece and think it adds a great preppy edge to what could be a ‘too pretty’ outfit.  Make-up wise I wore the coral lipstick I got recently from Poundlands Make-Up Gallery (blogged here). I’m definitely loving their bright lipstick colours and its adds that extra pop of colour!coral preppy spring primark & per una look 5 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

And finally, gold pointed flats from Matalan complete the look.   Metallics are perfect with bright colour as wearing a dark shoe just looks odd.  I’m not one for high heels so a pretty, pointed flat gives me a feminine look without the discomfort (pain is not good when you’ve got a school run to do!)coral preppy spring Matalan gold shoes look 6 via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog

This is one of my favourite outfits I’ve styled so far this year and it got a lot of great feedback via Instagram (follow my feed here). So, what do you think about coral – hot or not?    You know where I stand.

Shirt – Matalan

Jumper – Per Una @ M&S

Skirt – Primark

Shoes – Matalan