Sunday, 20 March 2011

Mango and Stylist Show us how to Work It!

Many apologies for the lack of posts over the last couple of months – let’s just say 2011 has been full of ups and downs including my dad being very ill, a break-up and consequently, me having to move house. However, I think it’s important to look on the positives – my dad is getting much stronger and that alone I am so thankful for because at the end of the day, family really are everything.

Anyway, back to the purpose of the post – fashion! Earlier this week I was invited to the Mango flagship store on Oxford Street for the Mango and Stylist magazine event. The evening marked the launch of the collaboration between the High Street retailer and magazine that aims to provide career women with workwear inspiration and how to be stylish in any work environment.

Stylist Laura Puddy talked us through an array of different Mango work inspired looks that were geared towards a different purpose such as going to an interview, working within a corporate environment, working in a relaxed/creative one and how to dress to score that promotion. Of course, you won’t be awarded a job or a promotion solely based on how you dress, but the right outfit definitely makes a first and lasting impression – as emphasised by Glenda Marchant, the publisher of Stylist magazine.

The outfits included a pretty floral jumpsuit, a fresh take on the classic trouser suit and midi skirts that prove you can still look conservative without being dull and constantly dressed in black. Accessories were also a prominent feature and used to really make the looks ‘pop’. Though I preferred some outfits more than others, they would all make a welcome addition to my closet!

The rails were also showcasing the current collections and I was particularly drawn to the items that completely capture the colour-blocking trend – lots of reds and yellows, some incredibly cute nautical inspired blazers and of course, the oh-so-this-season 70’s wide leg trousers and floral patterned shirts.

The collaboration will include a series of 11 advertorials and also incorporates a competition where you could win the chance to hold your own office party, with £50 to spend at Mango for you and 40% off for your friends/work colleagues. There are 20 parties to be won and you can enter via the Mango Facebook page.

I think Stylist magazine and Mango are a perfect collaboration for this campaign, and the idea innovatively solves a problem that many of us women (and even the most style savvy!) find to be the most challenging part of our day – dressing for work. I definitely think Mango has covered all bases so I would definitely check out the range if you’re in need of a workwear detox or overhaul!