Theresa May A-Z: W is for Workwear

27.5.17


Thanks to Theresa May, your working wardrobe never needs to be boring! Redefining what is acceptable to be worn in the workplace, the Prime Minister shows that you shouldn’t be afraid to throw your personality into your outfit.

Much has been made of Theresa May’s work wear look. Some say her skirts are too short, others say she needs tone down her love of block colours. But there is general consensus that the Prime Minister shows that you can have a career and like clothes. Gone are the days where our MPs dressed in a formal manner. I’ll always remember seeing the pictures of Margaret Thatcher in the Commons chamber wearing a hat and gloves- we’ll never see this level of formal dressing ever again!

Instead, May has fun with her look. Reinventing the classic suit, May opts for bright colours, structured cuts and cute details like oversized buttons and frayed cuffs. She’ll wear a structured shift dress, and pick a matching coat with bright neon banding. Similarly, she’ll clash colours with prints, never missing an opportunity to wear a spot of leopard. And for accessories, she’ll choose a necklace or bracelet as big as possible, owning the mantra, ‘go big or go home.’

May shows she is not afraid to make a statement, and is inspiring women to do the same. Sales of kitten heels have risen for the first time in decades, and supersized jewels in every high street store. The May effect is clearly powerful, and empowering women across all professions to wear pieces that they love.

I’ve never been one to conform to a dress code, but May’s boldness has inspired my own professional look. My leopard flats have become my chosen shoe for new business pitches, and I’ll always try and include a bit of sparkle in my everyday look.

For May is redefining what it means to be a professional woman – and a stylish one at that.

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Theresa May A-Z: V is for Vogue

26.5.17


A desert island dream came true for Theresa May, when she was photographed for American Vogue’s April 2017 issue. Annie Leibovitz snapped the Prime Minister at Chequers, the official country residence of the Prime Minister. Wearing an all British wardrobe, May chose a navy shift and matching coat from LK Bennett for two photographs in one of the residence’s drawing rooms. For a country walk with husband Philip, May opted for a cashmere jumper and coat from under the radar brand Egg, and a pair of familiar and much-loved black patent croc over the knee boots from Russell & Bromley.

The first British Prime Minister to be photographed for Vogue, the shoot has been widely acclaimed and applauded, and the release of the photographs was highly anticipated. It was certainly worth the wait, and for a fashion fan like myself, it's one of my favourite features that the magazine has ran.


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Theresa May A-Z: U is for Uber Cool

25.5.17


Our Prime Minister is an uber cool fashionista, with a defined sense of style that we haven’t seen before.

But what makes her cool? I particularly like how she constructs outfits, and for me, the way she doesn’t conform to trends, but instead sets them is what makes her an uber interesting politician to watch. May can, for example, take a heavily patterned piece that many might turn away from, and transform it into something which makes everyday fashion a joy to watch. We saw her do this with a bright orange spotted wool coat, teaming it with black patent over the knee boots from Russell & Bromley and boldly wearing it to a State Visit welcome reception at Horse Guards Parade. Epic.

Similarly, a black and white abstract patterned zip jacket from Amanda Wakeley is another statement piece that May elegantly wears. Sport luxe in its design, May lets the pattern speak for itself, putting it with smart black trousers- and most recently, the silver toed Charlize loafers from Russell & Bromley. It takes a brave, and cooly confident individual to wear pieces like this- and Theresa May is the perfect person to do so.

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May knows what she wants, what works for her- and she wears it. She’s unafraid to clash patterns, fabrics and textures- and all in the same showing. Case in point- that neon orange coat, leopard print ankle boots and a metallic black and blue bag from Anya Hindmarch. It’s so out there that it works. Uber chic.

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Theresa May A-Z: T is for Travel Chic

24.5.17


Clocking up the air miles, Theresa May is one stylish traveller.

As someone who travels internationally myself, I’m always looking for tips on how I can improve my look when boarding, and how to arrive refreshed and presentable at my destination. May is one chic traveller, with her wardrobe one of elegance and importantly, comfort.

Opting for simple outfits, May frequents a staple look of trousers, a shirt or neutral top, paired with a blazer or knitted jacket. Accessorizing with a patterned scarf and minimal jewellery, May adds some personality to her flight with a pair of flats- usually opting for a trusty leopard number or a pair with some added sparkle. If travelling long haul, she’ll change her outfit for arrival, but will stick with her trusted repertoire. It’s familiar, fresh and importantly, fuss-free.

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Travelling is often long, boring and just part of the routine to get to somewhere much more exciting. I like to surround myself with familiar things, and will pick the pieces that I love the most to give me comfort. May does the same, and we see her repeat pieces from designers like Pazuki and Amanda Wakeley to bring a piece of home with her on the road.

May, of course, isn’t travelling on a scheduled flight like us masses, but we can learn from her distinctive and clear look for travel. Hey, it might even get us an upgrade!

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Theresa May A-Z: S is for Small Business

23.5.17


Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy, and the Prime Minister is a fierce champion of entrepreneurs in all industries.

May is a staunch supporter of small fashion brands, and has regularly worn items by forward-thinking designers during her time as Prime Minister.

Two notable examples are Pazuki and Louison d’or. May has worn their respectively gorgeous scarves on many foreign trips. Taking its inspiration from nature, Pazuki’s range of designs are delicately intricate, and the PM owns several scarves from this London based brand. (You can read my full post with Pazuki’s founder here.)

The Mesh scarf by Pazuki

Louison d’or really appeals to Theresa May’s quirky side. Who else could wear a faux fur collar with two flashes of orange and purple to the World Economic Forum?

And it is not just on professional trips where the PM champions our small businesses. On a recent holiday and election-deciding trip to North Wales, May visited a craft centre in the village of Dollegau. Purchasing a set of Welsh slate coasters and two handmade silver rings by Anna at Celtic Treasure, May reinvested in the small community she was visiting- boosting visitor numbers and sales in the process.

Swirl Ring by Celtic Treasure
It’s perhaps more important than ever to shop local, and with so many fantastic small businesses making their mark on our high streets, it is fantastic to see the Prime Minister practicing what she preaches.

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Theresa May A-Z: R is for Russell & Bromley

22.5.17


Think Theresa May and you think of Russell & Bromley. Synonymous with the PM’s public image, the legendary retailer has been a much-loved shoe source of Theresa May for many years. It’s hard to determine just how many pairs of Russell & Bromley shoes May owns, but there are at least 50 pairs that I have recognized!

Studded loafers, patent croc over-the-knee boots, embellished block heels, bows on toes, multi-pattern kitten heels and sparkly flats - Theresa May owns them all.

Here’s a breakdown of some of Theresa May’s latest Russell & Bromley purchases…



The Link Up slingbacks: perhaps the Prime Minister’s Easter treat to herself, these quirky cool red and pink block heel slingbacks have a striking monochrome trim and snaffle bar detailing. May wore them to the Easter Day service at her local church, freshening up one of her coolest grey tweed skirt suits.



The Delicious flats: a new addition to her stash of beloved leopard print shoes, May wore these grosgrain bow adorned flats on her March trip to the Gulf.

And my predictions for the next new shoe debut? I’m hoping for Tiara or Classique!

I’ve always said that a good pair of shoes makes a good woman, and with Russell & Bromley as her sole provider, Theresa May won’t put a foot wrong.

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Peston, Manifesto Launch and Edinburgh: Theresa May's Week

21.5.17


The campaigning continued this week as Theresa May travelled around the country as part of the fight for Downing Street.

On Monday, Theresa May visited Tech Pixies in Oxford, social enterprise foundation aiming to return mothers to work.





She then returned to London to take part in a live Facebook Q&A with ITV's Robert Peston and answer questions from viewers. It was pretty exciting to hear the Prime Minister answer my question about fashion!


For these two appearances, May wore black trousers, the Liberty tartan jacket from Vivienne Westwood and the leopard Cocktail loafers from Russell & Bromley.


On Tuesday, May headed to Stoke on Trent, visiting workers at a Screw Fix premises. May also visited a Birmingham school and took part in a live town hall phone in.



May wore the Samira blue wool jacket from DvF, teamed with a white shirt, black trousers and the Frame leopard flats from Russell & Bromley. She accessorised with an oversized plastic chain necklace and a plastic bangle.


On Wednesday, Theresa May held a press conference in London with Chancellor Philip Hammond. May wore a black skirt suit, silk shirt, oversized chain bracelet and necklace from Amanda Wakeley and the Issa x LK Bennett kitten heels.




Thursday was the big day- the launch of the Conservative Party manifesto. Held in Halifax, May wore our favourite navy round silk collar suit to the launch, accessorising with a string of pearls and the Twister gold block heels from Russell & Bromley. You can read the manifesto here.



May then visited the MBDA factory in Bolton.




On Friday, the Prime Minister as in Edinburgh for the launch of the Scottish Conservative manifesto. Her customary Blackwatch tartan jacket from Vivienne Westwood made a reappearance, along with a white shirt, black trousers and our new favourite plastic chain necklace. May's studded loafers from Russell & Bromley made a welcome return!



Later in the day, May visited Andrew Black Haulage.




And on Saturday, May was campaigning in her own constituency of Maidenhead before heading to Ealing and Acton to campaign with candidate Joy Morrissey. May wore a red dress, oatmeal jacket and leopard flats from Russell & Bromley for her visit to Ealing and Acton.


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