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New Season 9-5 Dress Code

Waking up and dressing for work every single day can be overwhelming. To manage any morning mayhem you'll need to acquire the basic pieces every working woman should have hanging in her closet; blazers, shirts, flats, heels, tailored trousers and a skirt. Just add a few key season trends such as monochrome, Prince of Wales check and berry hues, and you can go back to work this autumn in style.

 

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EASY TAILORING

Make an effortless transition with easy tailoring and effortlessly elegant 2-pieces and dresses that work from morning meetings to evening dos. From classic shades of grey and black to tweeds and Prince of Wales checks, look out for chic A-line minis, pencil skirts, midi skirts, manlike trousers, fitted jackets and ladylike dresses that will take you into autumn and beyond.

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THE DRESS

Flute sleeves, wrap styles are everywhere this season. Think of deep reds and purples, checks and stripes and you'll be bang on trend. And don't forget the LBD. A wardrobe staple, a chic little black dress will always be a 9 to 5 hero. Whether you are channelling Chanel, inspired by Hepburn or just a fan of the deepest shade there is, this is the one item that can be dressed up and down effortlessly.

 

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Grey And Ivory Check Shift Dress £30.00 Dorothy Perkins

Berry Double Ruffle Shift Dress £24.00 Dorothy Perkins

Black Spot Print Asymmetric Wrap Front Dress £24.99 New Look

 

BUY A BLAZER

Nothing screams girl boss like a crisp blazer and right now the blazer is having a massive moment. This time round, you can embrace colour and print. Look out for styles in statement red, Prince of Wales check and bold stripes that will take you from desk-to-dinner in no time at all.

 

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Grey Check Contrast Cuff Blazer £29.99 New Look

Red Blazer £17.00 Primark

 

STYLISH SHIRTS

In addition to the perfect white button-down shirt, shirting has also been reimagined for AW17, with asymmetric cuts, reworked silhouettes, and statement sleeves breathing new life into the work wear classic. For extra impact, look fro detailing in the form of peplum hems, pussy bow necklines and metal hardware. From frill front blouses in ditsy prints to shirts in bold block colours, stripe blouses with fluted sleeves, and wrap tops, if your shirt or blouse is full of detail then it's a winner.

 

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White Grandad Collar Peplum Hem Blouse £24 New Look

Yellow blouse £10 Primark Pale

Grey Crochet Trim Shirt £19.99 New Look

 

BOTTOMS UP

Trousers or skirts, whatever you choose you'll be on trend as long as go for bold styles, bold prints and bold colour. Menswear-inspired trousers always look polished, especially in checks. Wide-legged and fluid cuts are the mood du jour and totally work wear appropriate.

 

A-line skirts of all lengths are holding it down in the skirt department, where zips and texture have been employed for a hit of newness. Skirts have been given a new season refresh with the new mini, maxi and midi hem lengths, while a pencil skirt will create a sexy silhouette. Go barelegged for now, while it's still warm enough, and sport sock boots when it's chilly out. On top, everything and anything goes from bodysuits to crisp white shirts and fluted sleeve tops. For extra points try for a co-ord two-pieces and the berrier the better.

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Flannel Wide Leg Trousers £15.00 Primark

Red Faux Leather Mini Skirt £22.00 Dorothy Perkins

Grey Checked Slim Leg Ankle Grazer Trousers £20.00 Dorothy Perkins

 

FOOLPROOF FOOTWEAR

Every working wardrobe needs a classic pair of black suede or patent heels, commuter flats and essential knee-high boots. These are all working girl essentials. This season reboot your foot locker with kitten heels or block heels on courts if you don't like skyscraper stillettos, look for flat brogues, ballet pumps and loafers with tassel detailing and opt for luxurious boots in luscious berry colour leathers.

 

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Floral Stud Ballerina Pump £8.00 Primark

Burgundy Ballerina Pump £14.99 Deichmann

Navy Tassel Slip On Loafer £31.99 Deichmann

Leopard Print Velvet Metal Heel Pointed Pump £15.99 New Look

Black Patent High Heel Court Shoe £24.99 Shoe Zone

Black Suedette Kitten Heel Chelsea Boot £27.99 New Look

 

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Essential Tech for University

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With the new academic year upon us, now is the time to get all the gadgets you may need. The right computer or tablet can help make your studies and assignments so much easier. But new tech for a Uni student can be expensive, especially for a student who doesn't earn a lot, if anything at all. Starting your tech hunt early can help you find what you need, without blowing your budget.

 

KNOW YOUR NEEDS

The first step to saving money is knowing what your requirements are. If you're not a graphic designer, a gamer or programmer you may not need the most expensive graphics card or the fastest processor which can hike up the price tag. When starting out, a basic laptop with internet connectivity, and basic word processing, like Microsoft Word, is all you will need.

 

Speak to an in-store expert who can help you find the best laptop, tablet and programmes to meet your needs. Many department stores, supermarkets, electronic specialists and phone shops sell an array of products from laptops to tablets, with offers to help reduce the price. Shopping specials and offers is a great way to make your money go further.

 

For many students, an entry-level laptop should meet your needs, and allow you the flexibility to work from home or on campus. A basic entry-level laptop can be bought for under £200. However, you may be required to purchase programmes such as Microsoft Word or any others that you will need. You can get an ASUS Vivobook E203NA with Office 365 for around £199.99 from most electronic stores.

 

If you are looking for something with more memory and faster speeds, there is the Acer Aspire ES 15.6 Inch laptop from around £249.99.

 

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ASUS Vivobook E203NA 11.6 Celeron dual core processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB SSD storage with Office 365 for £199.99 from Argos

 

Acer Aspire ES 15.6 Inch AMD E1, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD storage from Argos

 

GET THE MOST FOR YOUR MONEY

A laptop can be pricey, so hunt around for on-going offers. You might get lucky and find a laptop bundled with another gadget or software that you need. Also look out for sales, where you can save and maybe get a better computer or tablet at a lower price.

 

If you don't need a laptop, you can also save money by getting a tablet. You can get an entry-level tablet starting at less than £50, with note capabilities. If you are looking for something with more features, you can spend anywhere up of £500. There really is something for everyone.

 

Many phone provider stores have a range of tablets on a pay monthly basis starting at £39 a month, with an upfront cost £49.99, for those with a monthly budget and looking for higher end tect, such as an iPad.

 

If you are looking for a pay as you go option, look out for the Alcatel Pixi 3 (8) for an upfront cost of around £119.99. If you are looking for something without a data plan, entry-level tablets can be purchased from around £48.99, such as the Acer Iconia One B1 770, 7 inch 16 GB tablet.

 

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iPad 32GB Space Grey with an upfront cost of £49.99 and a month cost of £39 (over 24 months) from EE

Alcatel Pixi 3 (8) 16GB Ash Grey with an upfront cost of £119.99 from EE

Acer Iconia One B1 770 7 Inch 16GB Tablet for £48.99 from Argos

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PROTECT YOURSELF

A reliable anti-virus and firewall is a must in today's tech savvy world. Computers held to ransom, or viruses that wipe your data, are something you want to avoid. At university, you are likely plug USB drives into your computer and copy or download content, putting your device at risk.

 

Norton and Kaspersky Lab are two of the largest antivirus providers. But full protection can be costly. Both companies offer basic products at a more affordable price, and the best thing is, you pay once and you are covered for the whole year.

 


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