Style Diaries: November 2020

What a frenzied November it was! This month, I shared several reviews of wardrobe favourites (including these boots and this coat), shared my comprehensive Gift Guides for the festive season and reflected on navigating a shifting office dress code, given my recent return to office work.

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Three Things I’ve Recently Purged From my Wardrobe

I don’t know about you, but I feel like every other day, over the last couple of months, I’ve found myself rummaging through my wardrobe, folding, cleaning and clearing things out. If you read my prior post about the approach that I take when clearing out my wardrobe, you’ll know that I’m quite considered when I go about it. I actually find the process quite therapeutic, and I can identify a few reasons why this new habit of mine has developed.

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Five Ways to Navigate a Shifting Dress Code

If you’re returning to the office after an extended period of working from home, you may be struggling to navigate shifting wardrobe norms. Do I still need to follow the old dress code? Everyone’s so much more casual these days – will I look odd if I show up in my usual corporate dress? How do I strike a balance? There’s enough for us all to worry about right now. And your outfit is one area where you shouldn’t have to feel overwhelmed. I share five ways to make outfit-selection easier as you adapt to office life post-lockdown.

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Wardrobe Staples Currently on Sale

We’ve hit sale season and this year seems to be bigger than ever. It can get a bit overwhelming with all the promotions happening all at once so instead of sharing with you all of the blanket discounts going on at the moment, I thought I’d share with you my wardrobe favourites that I’ve enjoyed wearing for some time, that are now on sale. If you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll have seen me style these pieces in numerous looks and be reassured by the fact that they’re tried and tested by yours truly!

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Designer Bags I’ve Sold and Why – Key Lessons Learnt

I’ve bought and sold my fair share of designer handbags over the years. In most cases, I settled for prices much lower than what I paid and there were only a handful of situations where I was lucky enough to break even, or come close to it. (I’ve yet to experience a windfall or an ‘investment’ in the true sense of the word!) Bag buying is a costly exercise, especially if you’re prone to changing your mind or you’re easily swayed by trends. Throughout the buying and selling process, I’ve gained insight into what my bag style is and what I truly value.

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The Karen Millen Pieces You Need to Take Your Workwear to the Next Level

In today’s post, I’m sharing with you my top picks from Karen Millen, who quite frankly, have a treasure trove when it comes to all things workwear – particularly if you work in a conservative office environment like I do. And given how expensive workwear can be, particularly when it comes to clean, tailored pieces, a Karen Millen sale is a bit of a no brainer. The traditional Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales that used to be confined to the one weekend have taken on a whole new meaning this year with the majority of retailers going live with their sales earlier this month. The sales (and accompanying marketing emails) can be a bit overwhelming, but if you’re navigating them carefully, it’s an opportune time to pick up some classic pieces at a significant discount.

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