Style for the Bank Holiday – Rain or Shine

With the bank holiday almost here, its time to start planning what to wear for the long weekend as quite a few of us will be packing an overnight holdall and jumping in the car to make the most out of the 3 days off.

Whether it is a city break abroad, a few days at the seaside or some countryside walking, we have selected some of our favourite ladies styles to have you covered, come rain or shine.

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When the weather gets a bit unpredictable, which lets face it happens quite a lot in the British Isles, we also need some emergency footwear in our suitcase.

If off to Wales for some country walks amongst the mountains, a pair of New Balance W373 will have you climbing trees and picking raspberries all day.

For the festival goers who are prepping for Reading, Leeds or SW4, a bright pair of Joules wellies are a must for some muddy trekking to the main stage.

City shopping and touristy days out call for a pair of timeless leather Converse All Stars or a chunky ankle boot like the Madison as both look pretty smart, are easy to wear with anything and will help keep your feet dry if there is an unexpected drizzle.

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For sunny days sat on Brighton pier with a 99 ice cream, a classic pair of Vans Authentic are great as they come in so many summery colours and help you walk across the pebbly beach without hurting your feet and stay comfy and cool whilst walking through the lanes shopping till you drop.

For those of us who are lucky enough to jet set abroad to the likes of Rome, Paris or Amsterdam, some sandals and some trainers are a must to pop in your hand luggage. Lightweight and comfortable, the new Air Max Thea will have you exploring the city all day and some simple sandals like the Holla  or Hallie are great for lunches at the Louvre or dinner overlooking the Colosseum.

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As Seen in Grazia

This week Grazia magazine have expertly selected some of their favourite styles from our AW14 collection and featured them in their latest issue.

Make sure to pick up this weeks Grazia as inside is an offer to get 25% off selected styles in store only!

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City Slicker

Since the release of Wolf of Wall Street last year, the suited and booted city men have adopted the Jordan Belfort look and have taken a bit of ’80s style inspiration.

The streets of Bishopsgate and Bank have an added touch of Wall St glamour with city slickers pounding the pavements to and from work in some sharp tailoring. Long gone are the ill fitted suits, creased shirts and printed ties, with the working gentleman now taking a much more premium approach to his wardrobe.

Slim fit 3 piece suits, pocket squares and matching ties are the everyday norm, kept sleek and sophisticated with the slim Sean Chelsea Boot or slipper loafers like the Artistry and Aristocrat.

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Pale, feminine colours that were popular in the ’80s, such as powder pink, baby blue and yellow are back in the form of contrast ties, pocket squares, socks and shirts.

When the days are a bit warmer or it gets a little heated in meeting, a pair of braces against a white shirt is the perfect boardroom attire. Keep it New York inspired with the Appraisal American Brogue and a double breasted navy suit.

 

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Animal Instinct

As we are coming out of summer and embracing autumnal colour palettes, its time to take a walk on the wild side and add a touch of animal print to your wardrobe.

Whether you like to go all out with some leopard print or keep it subtle with a flash of python or croc, animal print adds a rebellious streak to a simple outfit.

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Traditional animal prints are perfectly matched with black and white as they stand out against mono tones and for those who like to keep things a bit more understated, a simple croc or python textured heel will give any outfit a premium feel.

Pointed stiletto heels like the Jewel or Galvanize can add a touch of glamour in the office with a crisp white shirt and black pencil skirt, or can easily dress up some ripped boyfriend jeans and oversized t-shirt.

A style to watch for AW14 is the platform heel, with silhouettes taking inspiration from the ’70s disco era. These chunky, block heels like the Strive and Siren pack a punch and with classic python and croc embossed leather uppers they have a vintage vibe that perfectly pairs with a structured skirt or girly dress.

Slip ons are here to stay for AW14 and the metallic snake embossed Kilter and zebra pony effect Kwik Step are easy to wear with jeans, dresses and smart tapered trousers.

 

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Mens AW14 Style – How to Wear

Lads, its time to start thinking new season as the colder weather is approaching faster than we think and it is a great excuse to have a bit of a wardrobe overhaul and dig out the layers and muted colours.

This season is all about the rugged gentleman, fusing tailoring with casual wear and adding oversized outerwear. Some of the recent grooming trends are sticking around with guys opting for short, back and sides and a bit more facial hair than usual, which will come in handy for the winter.

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Rugged styles like the Amuse Lace and the Alpaca Apron have that old American workwear style and look great matched with deep indigo turn up jeans, heavy knits and if you are feeling adventurous, a touch of double denim.

A popular formal style this season is the monk shoe and this also transcends into casual with the Access Double Monk which has a touch of wingtip detailing. Navy suede will feature heavily this autumn and will match with grey tweeds, brown hues and denim.

For formal occasions or if you fancy changing it up a bit in the office, the Artistry tassle loafer is best paired with a 3 piece suit for the Jordan Belfort’s of the world or worn with some nice tailored trousers and shirt for an evening in a nice city bar.

 

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Big Eyes Little Soles @ House of Vans

Last Thursday evening, not only were we lucky enough to attend the House of Vans launch party but we had a special guest in tow, Dionne Hélène from the great blog Big Eyes Little Soles.

Check out Dionne’s review of the event and some of the amazing pictures she took on the night…

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“I don’t really know how to begin describing the experience I had on Thursday night. We were treated to some incredible music (Savages, Jagger & Juan Love, Roots Manuva, Toddla T, Dinosaur Jr, Public Enemy, Illum Sphere!!!) a great showcase of work from some brilliant artists ( Ben Drury, Louise Gray, – to mention a few) and most exciting of all an array of skating legends to spin us out (Steve Van Doren, Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi, – no big deal right!) as well as all of the youthful faces of the London skate scene testing out the freshly set concrete.

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Vans have pulled off something truly unique, in what can only be described as a sick venue with mind-blowingly good stuff inside it. It transcends the typical venue for anything really. Based inside the Leake street tunnel under Waterloo station, Vans have transformed 30,000 feet of raw underground space into a cavernous multi-disciplinary skate orientated Aladdin’s cave. They have crafted the most aesthetically beautiful cement bowls and half-pipes, and runs, kitted it with a stage and two bars, a gallery space, a cinema and studio space as well as well-thought out areas for people to chill in. The most exciting thing about it all is that it is a real recreational space, that in my opinion has arrived at a time of need in London. It aims to be an educational space as well as a creative, cultural, and sportive environment. And if last night is anything to go by, I would say you are in for a really good time.

The #houseofvansldn will be open Wed-Sun for visitors (for more info click HERE) Stay locked for info about upcoming gigs and shows.

Seriously go. It’s fantastic!

Peace.”

 

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New Season Boots – How to Wear

Ankle boots are one of the most transitional items in our wardrobe as we can wear them all year round, come rain or shine.

With so many new styles coming in ready for Autumn/Winter ’14, the OFFICE HQ girls cannot get enough and kindly modelled their favourite styles this month.

The cut-out boot trend is here to stay and the Understood boot has a rock edge with a black nubuck leather upper and studded toecap. Pair with a cute playsuit or smock dress, good for gigs.

The Chloe Strap boot is a classic everyday boot and its taupe suede upper looks great with jeans, denim shorts or a floral skirt in late summer.

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Make a statement and go chunky with the Cuckoo Chelsea boot in black suede, match with tight leggings and oversized tee or grunge up a girly dress. This style is pretty versatile as you can rock it everyday or take it on a night out.

If you took a little inspiration from Dolly Parton at this years Glastonbury then the Western style Coen Stud ankle boot is definitely the way to go. With an slightly pointed almond shaped toe and low cut upper, it acts as a leg lengthener with a dress or skinny jeans.

 

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House of Vans: Launch Party

Last night we had the hottest ticket in town to the exclusive launch party to the House of Vans London in Waterloo. This amazing space is a creative hub for artists, musicians and skaters and some of the biggest names came out in support for this exciting new venue.

The OFFICE HQ gang got to hang with Steve Van Doren, the son of Vans co-founder Paul who was more than happy to show us around and chat about the iconic brand. The legendary Z-Boys Tony Alva and Christian Hosoi were there showing off their skills and enjoying the incredible music acts that performed throughout the night. These included Dinosaur Jr, Tempa T, Roots Manuva and the hip hop giants Public Enemy.

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As you walk in, you are greeted by a huge hall full of artwork and creative installations and at the back is the unique Vans lab which will play host to 4 artists at a time to create their work and eventually display in the art hall.

There is a a cosy cinema which will showcase a range docu-films and private screenings, a room with cabinets full of old Vans memorabilia, an 850 capacity music hall and of course the huge subterranean skate park.

Skaters can book a 2 hour skate/BMX session at http://houseofvanslondon.com/ for free and enjoy everything the venue has offer, including the in-house restaurant.

Last night was a true testament to the Vans ethos as the atmosphere was exciting, friendly and chilled and the venue proved itself as a great hub for anyone and everyone.

 

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Football Style Icons

In honour of the Premier League kicking off in less than 2 weeks we thought we would pay homage to a select few football style icons as chosen by the guys and girls in OFFICE HQ.

These sporting heroes manage to turn it up both on and off the pitch with their unique style and personality and we have selected some of our favourite footwear to match with these talented chaps.

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1. Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos used to sport some long flowing locks and a headband but now this Spaniard has chopped off his famous barnet, grown a beard and always manages to look ruggedly cool. A fan of a Nike Air Max, these new Air Max 90′s are fresh, clean cut trainers that look good simply paired with jeans and a t-shirt.

2. Girls and guys alike never get bored of David Beckham’s timeless style and despite a few fashion blips in the ’90s this man can do no wrong. He looks good in pretty much anything he puts on but his off duty look seems to consist of loose dark jeans, shirt or tee. This classic Beckham style pairs perfectly with the Alpaca Apron shoe as it is easy to dress up or down.

3. Retired German footballer Michael Ballack never fails to look great in a full suit and these premium Poste Artistry loafers are a sleek alternative to a classic lace up. With a high shine finish it is a great shoe for formal events or matched with some nicely cut jeans when you need to look a little suave and sophisticated for dinner.

4. Argentinian bad boy Dani Osvaldo looks like he belongs on a BMX not a football pitch but his rebellious attitude only makes him cooler. He looks a little bit like a pirate and his rocker style stands out with arms covered in tattoos, lots of skull themed jewellery and his long hair tied up in a man bun. Osvaldo’s effortless style is easily matched with some desert chukka boots like the Cookie.

5. Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes is not only a great footballer but he is also a pretty good model and like Beckham, looks great most of the time. His classic modern gentleman style calls for a pair of retro Converse All Star ’70s.

 

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His & Hers Style

Lately it would appear that the girls are borrowing from the boys a lot more and its not just grabbing his t-shirt or jumper every now and then, its taking style inspiration from his classic looks.

Traditionally men’s formal favourites consist of brogues, loafers and Chelsea boots and now the girls are getting in on the action and looking great doing it!

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A classic retro brogue like the men’s Frankie or women’s Temperley looks great with a pair of dark indigo skinny jeans and a collarless granddad shirt, a simple outfit that suits both sexes.

The Mod favourite Chelsea boot is a firm favourite with the likes of Harry Styles and Alexa Chung and is pretty easy to wear in both summer and winter. Girls can rock  the Coolcat Chelsea with a pair of cut off shorts and loose vest or smarten up in a ’60s style shift dress. Men often wear a Chelsea boot like the Sean with a suit in the colder months as its simple and smart but paired with some slim fit black jeans and a simple white t-shirt they can channel their inner Mick Jagger.

The new men’s formal fave is the monk buckle like the hi shine Giovanni that is a sleek alternative to a lace up to match with suits for the office and the odd wedding. Girls can utilise this style a bit more as it looks good with most outfits. The Verity is quite a chunky option and fuses a bit of ’60s and ’90s in its silhouette.

A gentlemans casual classic is the driver like the Sydney, a timeless style that never looks out of place on the streets of Monaco and St Tropez. Men can use this style to smarten up some jeans and a shirt without pushing the boat out and girls can wear with dresses, ripped boyfriend jeans or summer shorts.

 

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