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Monday 13 March 2017

Outfits that give us confidence

Clothes for confidence: black MaxMara jacket, cropped trousers and red accessories
We all have a couple of outfits that are our "go to" outfits when we need to feel confident. When I'm going to an event such as a conference or interview where I need to impress, I can always depend on my black jacket (above) worn with trousers which are "of the moment" - as in cropped trousers today - and either metallic boots in winter or sandals or edgy flats in summer.

The jacket is a MaxMara but was an amazing bargain. I was rummaging in the House of Fraser department store in Swindon a few years ago when, on the sale rail, I found this divine jacket. And it was reduced to £10!

I'm wearing it with a white blouse from Peter Hahn (sold out, but this one is similar) and cropped trousers from Next. The sandals are by Vionic - they were sent to me to review. I haven't had chance to wear them all day yet (it wasn't warm enough to venture out in sandals last week) but my initial impressions are good: I was immediately aware there was some divine cushioning under my feet, podiatrist-designed technology to provide orthotic support, relief and stability which helps realign the feet back to their natural position.

I added a couple of red accents with my felt rose by Jo's Designs (Etsy) and red bag. Not to mention the lippy and nail polish.
Clothes for confidence: black MaxMara jacket, cropped trousers and red accessories
My other confidence outfit is this:
Confidence outfits: grey Vivienne Westwood skirt and black embellished jumper from Boden
I tend to wear this if I'm going to meeting women a lot younger than me. My logic, which is probably flawed, is that as it's a Vivienne Westwood skirt it defies fashion trends. Her skirts and dresses are known to be figure flattering and the draping is very distinctive.

I didn't pay the full price for this skirt either, which has a bit of a story behind it.  There's a site called Hardly Ever Worn It where you can buy second hand designer clothes and accessories. Occasionally they have clothes provided by a celebrity. In the case of my skirt it was Carol Vorderman, who will be well known to UK readers. So I have Carol's skirt! It's a size 10 and at the moment a little bit snug, if I'm honest, as I still haven't shed the seven pounds gained between Sept and Dec last year.

I always feel confident in Peter Pan collar tops and have several. This one is from Oasis (past season). 

The jumper is one I've had for a couple of years, from Boden, which has a blingy collar.  It's always been a favourite.
Confidence clothes: Image showing woman wearing a grey Vivienne Westwood draped skirt and black embellished jumper from Boden
So there are my two confidence outfits.  What do you wear for the big work occasions?


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  1. Hi gail
    Thank you for popping over to my blog and for your lovely comments.
    You too seem to know how and where to pick up a good buy. I love the story behind your grey skirt. It's a real statement piece.
    I'm lucky that I work from home so no power meetings for me but I do dress up every day as I love putting outfits together
    Lynn x

  2. Very chic confidence outfits, Gail! I love the VW skirt with all its details. thanks for linking up, you look fab. xo


  3. Carol Vorderman's skirt eh? I once had a slip worn by Cilla Black but my derriere couldn't get in it so I sold it on. I like both of these looks. Bargain jacket!! X

  4. I can see why the jacket and skirt are your go to items they are both beautiful. The jacket was such a great buy!

    Gemma x

  5. I, too, can see why you feel confident in your black jacket and chic, cropped pants. You look amazing! Love the bright red bag and rose, too! Adds just a touch of drama.

    The skirt is a fun change of pace and adorable with your Peter Pan collar shirt. Two wonderful looks! Thanks for sharing!


  6. I think both of these outfits look great Gail!
    At this stage of my game, I can't tell you how much I love the ankle boots with dresses and skirts! For some reason that look just resonates with me!

    1. Thanks Jodie, I've had those boots for years and love the way they come back into fashion!

  7. No way! your jacket was £10 bargain. x Looks a well styled outfit and yes would look great with boots too. Loving the jumper with the peter pan collar. Jacqui

    1. I was amazed when I found it because I hardly ever find a good bargain!

  8. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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  10. Both outfits are great! I also love wearing my black jacket - it truly is a confidence builder! I love that you paired yours with cropped pants and sandals and pops of red. It looks very current. The skirt is great, too! I just love the drape.

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    1. Thanks Andrea....I had a red belt I was going to add but alas it was not very flattering!

  11. Love the skirt! What great finds! I'm popping over to that hardly ever worn site now!
    Thank you for linking up Gail x

  12. I'd feel confident in Carols skirt too. It looks fab.

  13. Your jacket was such a bargain! I love the pops of red, gorgeous bag. You look great in Carol's skirt! I'm going to check that site out. Thanks for linking up :-)

    Emma xxx


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