Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘boots’

How to Wear – Over the Knee Boots (OKB)

Friday, October 24th, 2014

It is the style of the season and we have been praying for the winter weather so we can show them off.

The leg lengthening, over the knee boot is you statement must-have for AW14 and not only looks super stylish, but keeps you pretty cosy on cold days.

It would seem that only tall girls can get away with this look but petite girls should not be afraid as there is a style of OKB to suit all.


The blessed, longer limbed girls can easily rock a pair of flat, thigh skimming Nova 2 boots with some tight skinnies and thick knit jumper.

Petite ladies, the pointed Neve or Nouveau 2  boot with a slim heel is perfect matched with high hemlines, thick tights and an oversized blouse. You can also take on some boyish styling with the chunky Notorious boot, that you can slouch down with some classic blue skinny jeans.

Girls with wider calves, fear not, the Antiquity Stretch boot has a premium leather upper with an elastic back panel for a slim, comfortable fit. Wear with a pleated skirt and soft, fluffy jumper for a feminine and flattering look.




Timberland – As Seen On Celebs

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Timberland is fast becoming the brand of the moment and even celebs are getting in on the action this winter.

The Premium 6 inch worker boot has always been a Timberland trademark style and this season we cant seem to get enough of it with all the new colourways and OFFICE exclusives.

This 90’s staple first became a fashion statement when the likes of All Saints and Aaliyah rocked them with baggy parachute pants and tight crop tops but now the cool kids of 2014 are making them their new fave footwear.

Mega stars like Rihanna, Jay-Z and the Kardashians are frequently seen in the cool yet practical Timberland boot and even getting the kids in on the action with little Blue Ivy and North West wearing mini versions.


Wear a black mono pair like supermodel of the moment Cara Delevingne and pair with ripped skinny jeans, a warm jumper and leather biker jacket, for an easy to wear, off-duty look.

Glam it up like Khloe Kardashian with the OFFICE exclusive nutmeg gold pair and wear with some smart jeans and shirt for a dressed down dinner date.

Rihanna is the perfect Timberland girl as the style perfectly matches her urban wardrobe, dress like her with a pair of premium Authentic Shearling boots to keep cosy this winter.

Guys can get a bit of hip-hop inspiration from Jigga and Yeezy who like to wear their classic Premium 6 inch boot with baggy jeans and an oversized sweatshirt. As the boots are quite chunky, guys should stay away from pairing them with their old faithful skinny jeans and try a classic pair of 501’s.





New Season Boots – How to Wear

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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.


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.









Friday, March 14th, 2014


Those in the know say that style comes from realising what is classic to you and your look, reinterpreting it each season to keep it fresh. UGG Australia are putting modern classics at the centre of things this season with the help from a collective of impressive individuals with innate sense of style and individuality, also known as the Creative Council. Here we introduce you to the different members of the Council and what makes them stand out amongst the crowd.

You may have already spotted her in the pages of Vogue, ELLE or Grazia showing her love for the Classics, the face of the S/S14 campaign is girl of the moment, Suki Waterhouse. With her arrestingly beautiful looks and cool factor, we can’t get enough of her! Alongside Suki is the most colourful girl on the catwalks – Chloe Norgaard, known in the industry for her rebel looks and carefree nature. These two darlings of the fashion world also happened to be top of the league in social media during London Fashion Week!


Introducing you to the UGG for Men range, emerging menswear designer winners Agi & Sam elected the footwear brand as the ideal partner for their most recent London Collections: Men show.


Equally creative, with added heaps of energy, is blogger & DJ, Bip Ling. For her whirlwind lifestyle she dons the Darling boot, a block heel style in soft suede for the girls out there who are equally unstoppable but like to keep their look slick.


Helping us to navigate the eternal question – how to dress for a British summer, stylist and fashion insider Natalie Hartley rounds up her choice pieces in the UGG SS14 collection to show us her classic looks.  So make like Natalie and the rest of Creative Council; put together a look for yourself this season that celebrates what classic means to you – whether it’s a crisp white shirt with a Classic Mini, or a rolled up jean with the block heel Darling boot. You might just be looking at the definition of a modern classic!




Items to look for in the sales

Friday, December 27th, 2013

If you don’t find everything you wanted underneath your Christmas tree, the chances are you’ll be hitting the sales come Boxing Day to snap up some seasonal bargains.

But remember, don’t get blinded by the 50% off signs and fill your basket with any old items just because they’re on sale. If you don’t need it, it’s not a bargain! Instead keep your eyes peeled for some classic pieces you’ll wear again and again.

Summer sales

Here’s our guide to some great sale finds.

A classic coat

 Many stores start selling off their winter coats after Christmas, but with spring a long way off and 100 days of snow forecast in the New Year, you’ll still get a lot of wear out of a cosy coat. If you opt for a classic trench or pea coat in black, camel or navy, you’ll find it will take you into next winter too.



Good luggage never goes out of style and you’ll certainly get your money’s worth from it, so if you’ve got some weekends away planned for 2014, make sure you invest in a new holdall or wheelie suitcase.



It will be a few months before you can ditch your boots for summery sandals so why not invest in a new pair in the sales? Ankle or over the knee boots are bang on trend and will more than likely still be in style in autumn/winter 2014/15. Treat yourself to a real leather pair that will stand the test of time.



The hunt for the perfect pair of jeans is ongoing for many women, so if you see some you like in the sales, why not snap up several pairs? Make sure they’re a pair that suits your shape rather than this season’s most fashionable option.


Flat shoes

Flat shoes are set to huge next season, so it would be wise to snap up as many pairs as you can in the sales. Brogues, ballet shoes, loafers and slippers, we’ll be stocking up on them all.



Soak up some winter sun

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


Here at OFFICE HQ, we love that the chilly weather gives us an excuse to pull on our boots and cosy cardigans, however, the news that this winter may be the longest in history has left us wondering if we’ll ever be able to wear our sandals again.

To help us combat the cold we have been casting our thoughts to our dream holiday destinations for some make believe winter sun. 

Here’s our holiday hotlist if you fancy following in our flip-flop-clad footsteps.

Cape Town

Australia doesn’t have a monopoly on Christmas barbecues. Soaring temperatures in South Africa during December and January mean Cape Town is the perfect spot for a relaxing beach break. Plus, there’s only a two hour time difference with the UK over the winter months, meaning no jet lag.

Office - Cape Town


If the doom and gloom of winter has you fantasising about being a castaway on a desert island, make your dreams come true with a week or two in Thailand.

You can hop between dozens of islands, relaxing on snow white beaches and sipping exotic cocktails in temperatures as high as 28C. Or for something a bit more lively, spend some time in buzzing Bangkok with its vibrant markets and bustling nightlife.

Office Thailand

Canary Islands

If you fancy somewhere a bit closer to home, the Canary Islands are just a three and a half hour flight from the UK and offer temperatures in the low-mid 20s all year round.

Avoid the well-known tourists traps, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote, and head out to the lesser known, unspoilt islands such as La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera for a true slice of paradise.


If you turn green with envy every time you see a celeb shimmying down the red carpet in a strapless creation with no goosepimples in sight, join them for year-round sun in the GoldenState.

You can soak up the sun on San Diego’s perfect beaches, hit the PacificCoast road down to Malibu in a convertible or star spot in Los Angeles.

Office - San Diego




The Perfect Shoes for Halloween…

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner and excitement levels are rising here at OFFICE HQ. It’s definitely one of our favourite holidays, when else are you encouraged to dress as outrageously as possible? Plus it’s always a good excuse to gorge on sweets!

Chloe Moretz

Unsurprisingly, we’re planning our costumes around our shoes; which unlike that plastic witches’ hat or those devil horns, you’ll want to continue wearing long after October 31st …

Office Ariel Back Zip Boots

These leather knee-high boots are exactly what a glamorous witch would wear. Team with stripy tights, a black mini dress and, of course, a pointy hat.

Office On Top Red Patent Heels

We can trace our love affair with shoes back to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Pair these red heels with a blue gingham dress. Tiny dog optional.

Office Illustrate Gold Sandals

Team these gladiator-style sandals with a floaty white dress and gold headband for a perfect Grecian goddess look.

Office Freddy Black Leather Brogues

Channel your inner Daisy Buchannan by wearing these heeled brogues with a Great Gatsby-esque flapper dress.

 Holly Willoughby

Where to wear your costumes?

If you don’t fancy trick or treating, show off your costume at one of these spooktastic events.

Where? Halloween Special Haunted Circus, Love & Liquor, London.

When? October 31st

If Stephen King’s It is your worst nightmare, this circus-themed Halloween party complete with ‘evil clowns lurking in the shadows’ will petrify you. Fancy dress is a must.

Where? Halloween Ghost Walks, Tabard Piazza, London.

When? October 28th-31st

 Scare yourself silly at some of London’s creepiest sights, including haunted pubs and the Cross Bones Graveyard.

Where? Scott House Social Cinema: Halloween Edition, The Old Crown, Digbeth, Birmingham.

When? October 30th

If a spine-chilling showing of cult horror classic Rosemary’s Baby doesn’t get you in the mood for Halloween, nothing will.

Where?AntwerpMansion Halloween Jam, Manchester.

When? October 30th

This renovated Victorian mansion is a bit spooky at the best of times so they are going all out for Halloween with horror-themed décor and music. Let’s do the Monster Mash!

Jonathan Ross Annual Halloween Party - London

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Top 10 Men’s boots

Monday, October 14th, 2013


The nights are darker, the mercury has plummeted and X Factor and Strictly have taken over Saturday night TV; it can only mean one thing – autumn is here.

We can’t do anything about the dark nights, or banish reality TV from the schedule. But we can make sure you stay warm, while looking stylish, over the next few months.

Here’s our pick of the men’s boots guaranteed to keep your toes dry and toasty.


1. Timberland Earthkeepers – £79.99

If you’re not quite ready to ditch your trainers yet, these Timberland Earthkeepers offer the best of both worlds. The rubber cupsole and rope laces keep them looking casual and cool, but you’ll be glad of the padded ankle collar and sock lining if you get caught in the rain.


2. Ask the Missus Carter Zip Boot – £79.99

First up from our very own brand Ask The Missus is the Carter Zip Boot. The rugged style is definitely in this season, with a host of designers sending models down the runway in boots which are both fashionable and functional. Don’t just wear them with jeans at the weekend – toughen up your suit.s



3. Ask the Missus Gassbag Chelsea Boot –  £74.99

Chelsea boots are a fashion institution and go with anything so make sure you have a pair in your wardrobe. Our favourites come in tan leather and would look great with a navy suit.


4. Ask The Missus Vine Lace Boot – £99.99

These lace-up boots with a brogue-style toe walk a fine line between casual and smart, making them a must-have addition to any wardrobe. Going for a walk in the park? Yes they’ll do. A trip to the pub? Perfect. A day in the office? Why not.


5. Ask the Missus Keaton Brogue Boots – £84.99

These burnished black brogue boots are the ultimate in casual cool. Inspired by the runway these boots are sure to become this seasons go to style. Team with a pair of on-trend gunmetal grey trousers as seen at Neil Barratt* for a great weekend look.


6. Ask the Missus Metz Chukka Boot – £74.99

Grey is this season’s hottest colour, with multiple designers sending models down the catwalk in head to toe silvery shades at the autumn/winter 13 shows. Choose charcoal trousers and a lighter top to pair with these grey suede boots.

mens-top-10_11 7. Poste Nevada Desert Boot – £94.99

Blue was a close second in terms of use of colour at the autumn/winter shows. If blue trousers as seen at Rake and Costume National Homme are a step too far, why not try these cobalt blue desert boots instead?

mens-top-10_128. Office Silence Chukka Tan – £79.99

Got a winter wedding to attend? These smart tan chukka boots are the perfect accompaniment to your suit. Or they’ll look great with an Oxford shirt and tweed jacket for a more casual look.


9. Ask the Missus Morgen Desert Boot £59.99

Desert boots aren’t just for winter. Team with chunky knits and jeans during the colder the months and then pull them out again to pair with shorts in the summer. The beauty of desert boots is they look even better once they are a bit worn – BONUS!



10. Poste Dante Boot –  £120

Last but by no means least, the Dante Strap Boots in black leather are a true classic. Simple yet stylish they’ll go with any of the top autumn/winter trends whether it’s burgundy, tweed jackets, plaid tailoring or statement overcoats.






Fashion Month in review

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


The curtain has come down on another Fashion Month.

As all the magazine editors, models, designers and celebrities head home after a magical month of jetting from London, to New York, to Milan and finally to Paris, we take a look at some of the highlights from the spring/summer 2014 collections.


Best Show

The best fashion shows don’t just have stunning clothes, impeccable styling and gorgeous models; they have theatrics.

Many fashion houses really went all out in terms of presentation this season. Thom Browne had zombies strutting their stuff in New York, Mulberry models were upstaged by British Bulldogs in London and the models at Betsey Johnson literally danced their way down the runway.

However, there was only one show which we could award this prize to; Marc Jacob’s last ever collection at the helm of Louis Vuitton, which closed Paris Fashion Week.

The set featured some of the most striking props from past Louis Vuitton shows; a lift shaft, a carousel, escalators, a full-scale fountain and most poignantly a giant clock which ticked backwards in time throughout the show.

As British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman, said: “Knowing how to exit is just as important as knowing how to make an entrance.”


Hottest Trend

Next season we’ll all be wearing flat shoes, flashing our tummies in crop tops with co-ordinated high-waisted skirts and channelling the 90s.

But the trend we are most looking forward to embracing is beach-style florals as seen at Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Cynthia Rowley. Perfect for pretending you’re somewhere in the South Pacific when you’re really in the office…


Catwalk queen
Fashion Month 2

Of all the stunning models who made their way down the runway over the past month, Rosie Huntington-Whitely stood out from the crowd as she strutted down the catwalk in Paris for Balmain.

Without. Any. Makeup.

And she got to wear a beautiful embellished top and bang-on-trend white bomber jacket from one of the most achingly cool brands in the world while doing it.

Jealous? Not us…



It’s not just the catwalks we watch at fashion week. Some of the best styling is seen on the front row.

The thigh-high boots, skater skirt and Aztec print jumper American model and DJ Leigh Lezark wore for the Chanel show at Paris will be the inspiration for our winter wardrobe.


Are flats the new footwear of choice?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Vivienne Westwood Catwalk - London Fashion Week 2013In a Fashion Month which saw activists crashing the Nina Ricci show and Naomi Campbell making a rare catwalk appearance, it was the number of flat shoes on the runway that caused the biggest shockwaves.

In London, New York, Milan and Paris, we found our eyes drifting down to the models’ ankles as they strutted past in patent booties at Roksanda Ilincic, pointy-toed Mary Janes at Vivienne Westwood and silver loafers at Rodarte.

And in the front rows, it seemed those with their finger on the fashion pulse were also favouring footwear which offered comfort and style. Suki Waterhouse, Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung were all spotted in flatties, opting for pointy-toed pumps, and velvet slippers

However, we shouldn’t have been surprised. The signs have been coming for a while. Earlier this year, stylist and self-confessed ‘fashion geek’ Sally Lyndley posted on Facebook saying that flats are the only shoes that feel modern at the moment and even high-heel devotee Victoria Beckham has been seen out and about looking a few inches shorter on several occasions.


Heels vs flats

But while a (big) part of us is gleefully looking forward to giving our feet a break from sky-scraper heels (and stocking up on ballet shoes, brogues and loafers), are we really ready to ditch heels completely? After all, most of us don’t have endless legs like Alexa, Suki and co.

Flats are undeniably more comfortable than heels, and with such a variety available on the high street, they can take you from day to night just as easily as a pair of classic black heels. As Alexa Chung said recently when questioned about her preference for flatties: “Limping home to find the plasters when I could be out dancing all night sounds like a s***** way to end the evening.”

However, there’s just something about heels which means we won’t be slinging our platforms and stilettos just yet. High heels elongate the legs, making them look slimmer and for many women give them the extra confidence boost they need before walking into an important meeting or heading out for the evening.

And there’s even research to back that up, with a study showing that British women wear higher heels than their counterparts in Germany, Spain and France, and are also more confident and assertive.

In the words of Manolo Blahnik: “You put high heels on and you change.”

PS – If you can’t wait until next spring/summer to embrace flats, jump on the trend early by snapping up some flat ankle boots this autumn.

New York Fashion Week 2013 - Rodarte Catwalk


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