My favourite thing to do in the morning on my way to work (but also during my lunch break and on the way back from work) is to admire stylish London women in the streets, on buses and on the underground. It makes my morning commute much more fun and often distracts me from thinking about my work emails and to-do lists. Plus, seeing beautifully put together outfits gives me inspiration and ideas for my personal style. It feeds my creativity. I feel so lucky to live in one of the most stylish cities in the world and have the opportunity to see first-hand ordinary people with a great sense of style that many street fashion photographers capture in their books and on websites, inspiring fashion trends. This is my alternative to fashion magazines, because as much as I like them, I do not always have the time to buy and read them.
Here is my attempt at street fashion photography. I hope these chic Londoners will inspire you as much as they inspire me.
As it gets cooler in London after several weeks of unusually warm summer weather with temperatures dropping below twenty degrees mark in the morning and only reaching lower twenties during the day, my summer dresses will be getting a bit of a rest (not for too long I hope!). The good news for me is this is a perfect weather for my recent investment: a new Anglomania dress, bought when I “accidentally” popped into a Vivienne Westwood boutique during a trip to Manchester. Investing in yourself feels really good, especially when it is an unplanned “investment”, which makes it a treat rather than yet another item on a busy to-do list.
This stylish jersey dress was a great investment because it is versatile and has an “effortless chic” effect. And its asymmetric cut helps to add a more feminine shape to my straight-up-and-down figure. The dress makes an elegant office look option and requires minimal accessories, making getting ready for work an easy and enjoyable process in the morning. For me dressing elegantly and stylishly for work is really important because looking good helps to put me in a good mood and to engage with colleagues and clients with more confidence, it empowers me. The dress can be paired with a blazer for a more formal look if needed. It also works well as an evening outfit, if combined with jewellery and accessories, making it a very sensible investment for a woman in a corporate job.