Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘Fashion’

Secret Garden Party #OFFICEFestStyle

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This weekend, Mill Hill field in Abbots Ripton saw the masses arrive in their thousands for the spectacular Secret Garden Party and some of our OFFICE HQ friends went to check it out.

This unique, independent festival is famed for its relaxed, hippie vibes and visually stunning surroundings with a huge lake, secret waterfalls and decorated stages dotted around the site. With every food you can imagine and people dressed as pixies, animals, butterflies and mythical creatures it is like being transported into Narnia.

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The musical highlights this year were hip hop legends Public Enemy, Subfocus, Foxes and Clean Bandit who managed to get the crowds going wild. An unexpected favourite was Max Raabe and the Palast Orchestra who transported the revellers to the 1920′s with their Great Gatsby style sounds.

This magical wonderland of culture had fireworks, huge bonfires, paint fights and even a secret sunflower field that was accessed by walking through a portaloo, a place most of us dread!

Probably the best festival experience you will encounter as it is like none other and focuses on a lot more than music with so many activities to try and secret escapes to discover, its like being in a dream world.

We will definitely be washing off the glitter for days!

 

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Images Sourced: Kirsty Savory (Twitter @kirrrrsty)

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Men’s Leather Sandals – How to Wear

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Commonly seen as a fashion faux-pas the leather sandal has always appeared a bit feminine and uncool but this summer it has had a bit of a style revival.

The leather sandal was the usual footwear choice of our awkward dads in summer and more often than not paired with socks, the dreaded combo. They would crack them out on family holidays to everyone’s horror and since then the closest thing to a sandal a guy would put on his feet is a pair of Havaianas.

Recently men aren’t as afraid of a sandal, realising that it is the best way to stay cool in the summer and can be quite easy to style up or down.

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The woven Nero slip on is a great smart choice sandal to match with some cotton twill chino shorts and shirt for those summer evening events.

For the guy who doesn’t want to be too adventurous, the Crixus sandal is a classic flip flop but with premium leather uppers and sole and is easy to wear with anything.

The trend-setters favourite is the slider or footbed like the Birkenstock Arizona 2 Strap or OFFICE Thong sandal. Dress down with jeans, a vest and a loose fitted plaid shirt or smarten up with some chinos and t-shirt.

 

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Lovebox 2014 #OFFICEFestStyle

Monday, July 21st, 2014

This weekend some of our OFFICE HQ guys and girls were lucky enough to go along to Lovebox for 2 days of amazing music and got some great snaps of all the fun!

With temperatures soaring to 32 degrees centigrade on Friday and Saturday it felt more like LA than London and everyone’s clothing and footwear definitely reflected this. T-shirts, shorts, crop tops and bikinis were everywhere and sandals, trainers and jelly shoes were the main footwear of choice, with a few in wellies (they clearly didn’t check the weather!)

This humble East London festival has almost doubled in size from last year with 2 huge stages, a Big Top and lots of sponsored stages from the likes of Red Bull, Aperol Spritz and Distrkt. Dotted around the site were giant flowers, trees covered in pom poms, fairground rides and a huge makeshift Manor House where most of the big DJs spent their time on the balcony.

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The highlights of Friday were ASAP Rocky, DJ EZ and Chase and Status who closed the first day with an incredible set that had the crowds going crazy. It may of helped that a huge electrical storm hit as they came on, so in-between lasers and lightening strikes the visuals and atmosphere were incredible.

Saturday had a lot of house DJs and was a bit more chilled with the favourites being Canadian songstress Banks and legendary rapper Nas cracking out some 90′s hip hop classics. MIA closed the festival with a spectacular light show as the entire crowd had handfuls of glow-sticks, but unfortunately her set was cut short due to a power cut which didn’t go down too well with the hyped up crowd.

All in all in was a fantastic festival and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep at OFFICE HQ so we will definitely be back again next year!!

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Stan Smith Style

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

First released way back in 1965 in honour of American tennis pro Stan Smith, this classic adidas trainer has been making history on and off the court ever since. Staying true to its original shape it has a sleek and simple design with a full grain white leather upper and a pop of colour on the heel, traditionally fairway green.

After its revival last year, this humble retro sneaker has taken over, dominating sports luxe styling as its minimal design is easily dressed up or down. A recent firm favourite amongst girls, it is easy to wear with pretty much anything and long gone are the dirty Converse we don’t mind looking destroyed in favour of crisp white trainers.

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Pair with black tapered trousers, a white collarless blouse and rose gold jewellery for a smart office look or some acid wash ankle grazing jeans for a slightly more casual style. They look great with a summer skater dress for summer BBQ’s and they graced many a  blogger’s feet alongside their Celine and Acne accessories at London Fashion Week.

The classic Stan Smith is a timeless trainer that is definitely back for good and an absolute must have in your wardrobe as it transcends seasons and time!

 

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Modern Metallics

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

With the sun beaming down, nothing catches the light like a flash of metallic and in OFFICE HQ we love a statement shoe. Keep it cool and chic with liquid silver tones or warm it up with bronze and gold, a metallic shoe is a fail safe when you cant colour match to an outfit and can match up with your jewellery easily!

In summer we love to add an accessory and whether its a holographic clutch bag, silver sequin top or some rose gold hoops, metallics subtly dazzle and glam up even the simplest of looks.

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Ideal for summer evenings on holiday, a pair of pewter Hades sandals will look great with tanned pins, a patterned kimono and smart white shorts. Or be a boyish bronzed goddess in the Verse loafer, with its fringe detail it is ideal pair for work with light tapered twill trousers and slim fit blouse.

 

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Men’s New In: How to Wear

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

In the summer months there are plenty of events that seem to fill up our weeks and often we need to go straight after work, making it hard to decide what to wear. We have selected 4 new in, smart-casual styles to transport you from day to night in effortless style. Styled up or down they are easy to wear and more importantly you will be let in the club in them!

1. Stay retro with a simple suede round toe lace up like the Hawk, they look great with a suit for a summer wedding and for everyday with some pin rolled chinos and loose t-shirt or a short sleeve printed shirt.

2. A summer favourite is the boat shoe, our leather Igor is ideal for sandal phobes on the beach and can be smartened up with a shirt and light coloured slim fit trousers for holiday evenings.

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3. Desert style chukka boots are probably the ultimate casual shoe that transcends the seasons. Our Metz Apron Chukka smartens it up slightly with a top stitched apron without losing the rugged aesthetic. Pair with indigo turn up jeans and a white t-shirt for the day or smart twill trousers and black t-shirt when hitting the bar.

4. A gentleman’s wardrobe is not complete without a loafer and our premium Lorenzo from Poste is a classic. Wear with socks and a suit for the office and wear without socks and jeans at the weekend.

 

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OFFICE HQ @ Wireless #OFFICEFestStyle

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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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Ladies New In: How To Wear

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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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