Secretary meets 60s!
The 'sexy secretary' look, as so many glossy magazines have chosen to christen it, has been waiting in the wings for a while now. It's not the easiest look to work with if you don't spend most of your time in an office with a formal dress code. Too young, and you run the risk of looking like you're in fancy dress, too old, and you run the risk of looking like you saw Working Girl a few too many times in the late 80s and just couldn't let go.
So what's the key to making this prim and proper trend work in 'real life'? Mix it with the 60s fad for an Audrey-goes-to-the-office ensemble!
Cowl neck pencil dress £38 Topshop
- Get in there quick, because this Roland Mouret-esque dress will sell out fast. It's perfect for glam nights out, and calls for very few accessories. Add a pair of black stilettos and a slick of red lipstick, and you're done. It screams Breakfast at Tiffany's!
Raw-edge frill jacket £40 & spotted pencil skirt £35 both Warehouse
- The low neckline and skirted bottom on the blouse/jacket helps to soften a look which runs the risk of being too buttoned-up and prim. The spots on the pencil skirt are an unexpected print, and nod to the monochrome looks of the 1960s.
Trousers £15 Dorothy Perkins, Cardigan $128 Anthropologie, Flats £55 Kurt Geiger
- If you're lucky enough to have a body to rival Ms Hepburn's, show it off with these skinny leg cigarette pants and a pretty, Parisien like cardigan. Ballet flats finish the look. Go for a nice leather pair. They'll last much longer than the cheap alternatives.