OFFICE HQ @ Wireless #OFFICEFestStyle

Following an incredible line-up on Friday, including Pharrell, Tinie Tempah and Foxes, festival-goers at Wireless were warmed up for the weekend’s festival antics. Saturday was another jam packed day of music from the likes of Labrinth, Rudimental and Kanye West.

With showers forecasted, out came the pac-a-macs and jellies made way for wellies as the crowds poured in. OFFICE favourites Hunter and JuJu were spotted throughout the day on many a fashionable foot.

A midday downpour did nothing to dampen the spirits as Azalea Banks took to the stage performing a number of hits included last year’s no.1 hit, 2-1-2. A hard act to follow, yet Labyrinth stole the style stakes, performing in a striped two-piece which had him looking more convict couture than pop star!

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The sun came out just in time to see Rudimental start their set, pumping up the crowd ready for the day’s big headline act to follow. As one of the edgier festivals, the fashion was a refreshing take on some of the summer’s typical trends. Tassels took a back seat whilst slogan tees were dressed down with daisy dukes and cool kicks; Nike and Converse reigning supreme in a crowd of festival fans.

Fashionably late and wearing his signature attitude, Kanye West appeared as a roar of screams filled Finsbury Park. Performing his full set in a fierce face mask, the male diva dominated the stage for two hours, entertaining the crowd with hits such as Stronger, Jesus Walks and Flashing Lights. The rapper wrapped up with a dedication to Drake who was unable to perform. But this certainly didn’t deter the fans who were still there in the thousands as the day came to an end.

The Sunday main stage was graced by Ellie Goulding, Outkast and Bruno Mars, smashing sing-a-long hits such as Ms Jackson and Just The Way You Are. Kimono’s and ripped denim was the outfit of choice for many, topped off with studded ankle boots or Dr Martens to complete that rock chick look. The rain poured but this didn’t stop the party for those dedicated festival goers who saw Wireless off in true British fashion!

 

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Style Icons – Who Inspires The OFFICE HQ Men

It has become apparent  in recent years that men’s style is slightly overtaking the females with you lovely gentleman really pulling it out the bag with on point head to toe looks. We know from chatting to the men of OFFICE HQ that they all have a bit of a man style crush so we asked a few to nominate the famous faces that inspire their everyday wardrobe.

The Artist: – Tinie Tempah is the urban cool kid who can rock a pair of classic trainers and a snap-back but also embraces his inner geek when dressing up for formal events. His style is unique and he isn’t afraid to take a few surprising risks with colour and silhouette, he loves a bit of print and is our modern Fresh Prince.

Mr Timeless: -The one and only Mr David Beckham, it is fair to say that he has had a few bizarre fashion choices over the years but I mean who hasn’t, the late 90′s and early Noughties were a bit of a fashion blur for us all. Long gone are the curtains and sarongs and like a fine wine Becks has just got even better with age. His style is effortless and whether he is dressed up or down his wardrobe never disappoints, a fan of a 3 piece suit and some dark wash jeans with boots.

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The Rebel: – The icon and movie star taken before his time is the original rebel James Dean. He only ever made 4 films and died aged 24 which is surprising considering the impact he had as both an actor and a style icon. His classic style was a white t-shirt, jeans and Converse with a black leather jacket thrown on for good measure, this look is timeless and guys will always look great in the simple look.

Mr Show Off: – Self titled Lord Disick, Scott was swallowed up in the Kardashian machine and always see as a bit of a villain yet guys cant help but love this arrogant Patrick Bateman lookalike. He is definitely the sharpest dressed in the list and since the release of The Wolf of Wall Street, the slick back 80′s style is slowly gracing the pavements of St Paul’s and Bishopsgate. With flashes of pastel here and there, this polished smart shoe wearing guy is not afraid of sporting some pink and tying a jumper round his neck. Who cares if he doesn’t own a yacht, fake it until you make it. All hail Lord Disick!

Heartbreak Kid:- The man that since Drive even men crush on as much as women, the ultimate heart breaker Ryan Gosling. His mysterious ‘I don’t care’ attitude just makes him cooler and his appearance in Drive made men suddenly crave a satin baseball jacket with an embroidered Scorpion on the back, who knew! This guy often dresses down day to day in loose t-shirts, battered jeans and woven loafers but he knows how to pull it out the bag for an occasion and makes sure he is polished head to toe.

The Chameleon: – He is talented, he is beyond cool and he is one of ours, Idris Elba or Luther as we have come to know and love. He is mostly spotted at awards ceremony’s in a crisp Tom Ford suit but Idris also oozes urban appeal when dressed down, plus he is a DJ and his name is Big Driis, legend!

Trendsetter: – We have watched Alex Turner’s style transform from grungy teenager to Dapper Dan in the last few years. His new found retro rockabilly edge with his slimmed downed 60′s suits and stacked brogues are a brave choice for most but this shy musician is steps ahead already as this alternative style will dominate AW14.

 

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Guest blogger Naomi @ Glastonbury

I have just got back from Glastonbury and I was asked by the lovely people at Office to do an Instagram takeover! There is no better festival style than at Glastonbury, despite the mud and rain, girls went all out with full on festival chic and it was most certainly inspirational! I have just caught up with the celebrity street style from the weekend and they totally rocked it too!

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From the festival my advice and must haves are; a good pair of wellys; and boots for when its dry (my Domino tan fringe boots from Office were perfect for the sun!); an array of bright and patterned kimonos; a good selection of hair accessories and sunnies and definitely a rain mac. Festivals are the only time you can clash up patterns, colour and texture to the max and look totally right!

The best acts I saw were Robert Plant, Kasabian and Dolly Parton to name a few! Glastonbury has been one of the best experiences of my life and was totally overwhelming and visually beautiful. I highly recommend everyone to go at least once in their life- I will certainly be going back next year and even enjoyed the mud.. After all what’s Glastonbury without mud and rain!?

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My favourite time of the year is festival season as I can go totally OTT with pattern, colour and accessories.. don’t forget glitter! I went for fun looks experimenting with textures and layers which I hope you like! My favourite outfits were my 1st day sunflower look and butterfly day look where I wore my crochet skirt and Indian vintage top. Never take yourself to seriously with festival looks and be confident and fun with your outfits to really fit in. I took my studded wellys, my domino fringe boots from Office and a pair of sandals (just in case it wasn’t muddy haha!). Everyone had Hunter wellys on – there the ultimate festival welly aren’t they!

Hope you enjoy my images and enjoyed the takeover, do check out more on my blog www.twoshoesonepair.com @twoshoesonepair

 

Naomi xxx

 

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Best dressed at Glastonbury – who survived the mud! #OFFICEFestStyle

It rocked, it rained and everyone had a riot! Glastonbury Festival is over for another year – the festival goers are scrubbing their hair in a much-needed hot shower, and the big clean-up operation is under-way at Worthy Farm. But which celebs survived the mud and who looked effortlessly stylish amid the puddles and thunderstorms?

Here’s our roundup of who looked hot in the rain:

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Dolly Parton thrilled the crowd when she headlined the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night. With her trademark backcombed blonde mane untouched by the drizzle, Dolly sparkled in rhinestone-clad white trouser suit complete with a matching blinged-up guitar. Dolly’s opening rendition of Burnin’ Love was enough to get the sun out as the crowd sang her hits back at her. If you fancy the cowgirl look for your own 9 to 5, check out our Cristie ankle boot.

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Wellies were the Glasto must-have and TV presenter Alexa Chung pulled off the look with Hunter wellies combined with a vest and denim hotpants.

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Singer Eliza Doolittle opted for a bright patterned summer dress teamed with matching red Converse sneakers Our range of Converse come in almost every colour and go with everything. Team them with a pretty dress like Eliza or dress down with skinny jeans or shorts.

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Dolly Parton performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Picture date: Sunday June 29, 2014. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Britishpresenter Alexa Chung is seen backstage at Glastonbury music festival, England, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Thousands of music fans have arrived for the festival to see headliners Dolly Parton, Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

British singer Eliza Doolittle and an unidentified guest backstage at Glastonbury music festival, England, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Thousands of music fans have arrived for the festival to see headliners Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

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Ladies New In: How To Wear

With Summer in full swing our shoe collections are getting bigger making it harder to pick what to wear every day. The unpredictable English weather causes us to change frequently between sandals, ankle boots and trainers let alone the endless summer events that has us breaking out some pretty summer heels.

We in OFFICE HQ have carefully selected some of our favourite styles that have just arrived and given you a bit of inspiration of how to wear them this summer.

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The perfect summer ankle boot is the Chloe with its soft sandy brown suede upper and biker style strap and buckle detail, they look great with an oversized  summer dress or cute denim skirt.

The pointed Jewel heel is great for dressing up a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, white vest top and blazer or matched with a tailored short suit for a summer wedding.

The ideal casual shoe for keeping on your feet all day is the Kilter Slip on. This sports luxe style looks good with some smart black tapered trousers, denim shorts or a simple shift dress, super easy to wear and crazy comfortable.

The Hush cross over sandal will look effortless with jeans, dresses or a bikini. The simple leather sandal will take you from day to night with ease.

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Guest Blogger: Mens Summer Style – The Very Simon G

You know what they say lads, you can tell a lot about a man by his shoe collection. Don’t be caught short this summer with your 10-year-old tatty espadrilles, not when Office has SO much to offer us!

I know, it can be confusing as to what pair to wear with what outfit, and I do realise that some of us just like two or three pairs that are comfortable, versatile and ‘alright’ with all outfits. But why stop at two when you can have many, especially when they won’t break the bank?

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Here are a few tips on how to dress up your summer holiday outfits with some great footwear choices:

  1. Travel to the airport in jeans, T-shirt and these classic Converse All Stars. You could even work them with no socks and tailored shorts for a night out!
  2. There are ways to wear sandals and look cool. These Marbella sliders would look great either walking around on your city break, or down to the beach with a bright pair of shorts. Don’t EVER wear them with socks though!
  3. Tired of sunbathing? Then put on these Toms Classic Slip on’s in an Office Exclusive colourway and go for a quick shopping spree in the city.
  4. For a night out with the lads, a pair of boat shoes will do the trick. Comfy, smart/casual and wearable with literally any outfit, these Ask The Missus Igor pair are a great buy. They would be perfect for high-summer work days at home too.
  5. My favourites hands down have to be these Poste Huarache woven loafers. I love how ‘safari jungle’ they are, yet still remaining actually quite smart. And for those who don’t like their feet (like me!), these are an amazing alternative to sandals. I have them in every colour, and wear them with jeans and a shirt, shorts and a T-shirt or any of these combinations, all times of the day!

 

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By Simon Glazin

Fashion writer

www.theverysimong.com

Winner of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Male Blogger of the Year 2011

 

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Glastonbury: What we are wearing

The festival to end all festivals, Glastonbury has officially opened the gates to the welly wearing crowds.

Unfortunately we are headed for muddy days at Glasto as this weekend is due to be a wet one, however we wont let that dampen our spirits or our style.

Come rain or shine, the styles we will be wearing have got us covered for the 5 days of musical mayhem and will keep us dancing until sunrise.

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JuJu jellies have become a summer favourite and are ideal for those bursts of blazing heat and even the heavy downpours as it doesn’t matter if they get wet, plus they are super cute on their own or paired with some frilly socks for colder evenings.

A pair of Converse or Vans are  great trainers to chuck in our giant rucksack as they are lightweight and we kind of like them even more when they get scruffy!

As country queen Dolly Parton hits the stage on the final day we will be channelling our inner Dolly with a pair of Domino Fringe ankle boots, some Daisy Dukes and a big back combed barnet.

The festival essential, considering the weather that is going to hit us, is the Hunter welly. The mix of colours and styles are endless but we do love the classic black gloss as it goes with everything! Dresses, shorts, jeans and even a tutu, they always look good and will top off our authentic festival look, complete with some feathers in our hair and a bit of glittery face paint!

Let the fun begin!

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Game, Set, Match

The event that officially kicks off British summer is here and we are in good spirits after Andy Murray’s triumphant win last year. Wimbledon gets us all in the sporty mood and now all hopes of a World Cup victory has been dashed its time to put all our faith in a tennis champion. (No pressure Andy!)

The all white, monochromatic look has taken over this season and Wimbledon gives us a great reason at OFFICE HQ to rock this sports luxe style. This trend has us all loving some clean cut classics like the Adidas Stan Smiths, simple Kilter slip on’s and sporty block heels like the Garland.

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You don’t have to dress down to wear this athletic style as the combination of silky fabrics, perforated leathers and crisp edges brings out the luxury in this elegant androgynous look. Add some metallic gold or silver flats with some draped grey trousers and white boyfriend t-shirt or add a subtle pop of colour with a pastel heel paired with a white shift dress.

Grab the Pimms, scream at the TV and if you are lucky enough bathe in the sunshine at Centre Court dressed head to do in athletic opulence.

 

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Promspiration

As school, college and uni days come to an end its all about the prom, summer ball or school dance, basically the most formal event you will have pre marriage.

Its all tears and tantrums over finding the perfect dress to wear let alone the nights you stay up praying that you’ll have a date. Just like Cinderella it is crucial you find the perfect shoe to match your princess gown, whether it be some glittery Les Ballet flats, Barbie style pink On Tops stilettos or a pair of classic strappy Jeopardy heels.

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Its true that American’s do it better, with our teenage years filled with the prom ideals from Grease, Pretty in Pink and Never Been Kissed. But saying that the British girls and guys have been turning it out in recent years, hiring the obligatory limo, receiving a corsage and making sure every detail is perfect.

Survival tips for prom:

If you are met with the nightmare of another girl in the same dress, style it out! Ask for a picture together and make it funny, do not cry and get angry in the privacy of a bathroom!

Avoid red drinks

Never take your heels off…..ever!!

Don’t tell your Art teacher that you fancy them (OFFICE HQ true story)

Hopefully you will have the time of your life at your prom, taking your dream date, dancing the night away and swirling your dress around like a Disney princess. However if it doesnt quite go to plan, these stories gathered from OFFICE HQ may cheer you up.

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LCM: Mens Collections & iD presents Moschino Party

London Collections: Mens (LCM)  has now become a permanent fixture in our fashion calendar twice a year just like its womenswear counterpart LFW and the SS15 shows and presentations didn’t disappoint.

The menswear designers have made their mark and earned their own fashion week to showcase the best of what London has to offer, not to mention some international visitors from the likes of DKNY and Moschino.

From Burberry and Alexander McQueen we saw the classic tailoring they are famous for, slimmed down with ankle grazing trousers, light shades and styled with tennis shoes and runners.

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Things got a bit wild when Moschino hit the catwalk, with bright fizzy drink logos and bleached denim dominating the looks. Since loud and proud designer Jeremy Scott took over as creative director, Moschino has returned as the luxuriously tacky label we loved in the early ’90s and this week was Moschino men’s first ever showing in London.

We at OFFICE HQ were lucky enough to go along to the iD presents Moschino party as Calvin Klein model and style icon Aaron Frew’s date for the night.

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Celebs, bloggers and models were out in full force to support the Jeremy Scott’s first mens collection with Moschino and the party definitely raised the roof. We managed to rub shoulders with the likes of Lindsay Lohan, ASAP Rocky and Jeremy Scott himself, there was great music, a great atmosphere and we had an all round amazing time. Moschino sure know how to throw a party and we cant wait for next season!

Street Style imagery sourced: Guest blogger – Simon Glazin

www.theverysimong.com

Winner of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Male Blogger of the Year 2011
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