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CATWALK SABA Creative Director Elisha Hopkinson shares her style tips for nailing corporate fashion. Confidence is key - if you are feeling great, it will shine through. ELISHA HOPKINSON
What are some staple pieces we should always have in our wardrobe? Every wardrobe needs a basic white tee, a white collared shirt, jeans and a great blazer or jacket. A flattering midi skirt and little black dress are a must as well. It’s also important to buy quality staples that you can mix and match, and always check fabrication to ensure it will last. Which items should you let yourself splurge on, and which ones can you save on? The key item to invest in is a tailored, classic suit. Look for quality and ensure it fits you perfectly - worn together or as separates, it will be one of the most versatile investments in your wardrobe and will see you through season after season. Dress down your suit blazer by pairing it back with a basic tee, jeans and sneakers,
or opt for a dressier look with your tailored suit pants worn with a dressy cami and heels. Go with a brand you know you can rely on, as there’s nothing worse than a jacket that isn’t cut correctly. Don’t invest too much in tops, especially if they are just simple layering pieces. There are some great basics out there that won’t break the bank. Is it acceptable to wear open toed shoes? Yes - just as long as you have a good pedicure! Are there any accessories you recommend to give personality to an outfit? Statement earrings. It’s such an easy way to add a touch of colour to your outfit, especially if you’re not as daring when it comes to wearing bold colours or prints. What key colours should we stick to? Black is a must-have staple of course, but neutral tones such as camel or soft grey are
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always great as a base too. Especially coming into the cooler months, having neutral staples adds some light and warmth to your wardrobe, rather than just all black. Navy is also a good foundation, but personally, I’m moving away from navy in favour of neutrals. If you build your wardrobe around a few core colours, then you can add in a pop of colour or key trend piece quite easily. I’m loving all the animal print coming through this season. Any bonus tips for hair and makeup? Keep it simple, natural and polished and you can’t go wrong. My favourite product at the moment is the Kevyn Aucoin Mascara – your lashes will stay put all day without smudging. Any other style advice, tips or tricks? Confidence is key – if you are feeling great, the confidence will shine through no matter what you’re wearing!
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