HOW TO LOOK GOOD IN THE OFFICE IN A HEATWAVE

It is the British disposition to complain about the weather and, whilst we never take summer sun for granted, just the thought of working out what to wear when the mercury rises to heat wave proportions is enough to get many of us all hot and bothered. Summer dresses and shorts may keep us cool but they’re far too casual for most offices. Here are four workplace-worthy alternatives for next time the temperatures soar.

THE WHITE SHIRT

In the fashion sense, the white shirt has never been cooler. Various designers have taken the corporate classic white shirt and given it a new season shake up with an off-the-shoulder cut here and a full sleeve there, but the white shirt remains one of the smartest – and airiest – items of clothing in your summer wardrobe. Wear yours with cropped cigarette trousers or chinos and backless mules for a look that could just as easily appear outside the London Fashion Week tent as it could beside the photocopier.

THE LONG LINEN DRESS

Until the day comes when we can get away with wearing a kaftan for the office, the loose linen dress is the next best thing. A structured top half balances out the floaty skirt of this Sarah Pacini style, which along with the soft grey shade keeps it office appropriate. Loose and linen is the key combination when it comes to looking good but keeping cool.

THE MIDI DRESS

Once considered one of the frumpier lengths, the midi has really come into its own in recent years and is now one considered one of the most wearable options in our wardrobes. We love a dress for work in summer and the midi-length is the most on-trend – and most office appropriate – length of the season. The gathered shoulders and deep V neckline on this Max Mara midi dress keep things interesting. Purple will add a much-needed pop of colour to your working week, whilst the black will last you a lifetime.

THE SLEEVELESS SUIT

“A suit? In this weather!” we hear you say, but bear with us because not all suits are created equal. This Armani Collezioni suit combines looser, slightly cropped trousers with a sleeveless jacket, both of which were practically made for braving the office in a heatwave. Add a simple vest in black, white or stripes, plus heels to elongate the legs and counteract that cropped length, and you are good to go.

Corporate, cool and comfortable; who knew the three could work so well together? Visit Robinsons today and ready your wardrobe for summer with new season styles from Sarah Pacini, Armani Collezioni, Max Mara and more.

 

STRIPED TROUSERS ARE THIS SUMMER’S MUST HAVE

We’ve caught wind of a micro-trend that is filtering into the fore this summer and we can confidently say that it may well be the most wearable of them all this season.

Stripes were all over the catwalks for SS17 but the manifestation we’re particularly taken by is trousers, especially this striped ring detail pair from Michael Kors. Chambray is the summer equivalent of denim, so switch up your skinny jeans or heavy girlfriend cuts for this lightweight pair. Trousers are trending for summer and the flattering tapered legs and rolled ankle on this Michael Kors pair will see your skinnies relegated to the back of the wardrobe for the foreseeable future.

Team the relaxed fit trousers with a simple white T-shirt or vest top and tan sandals, swapping your block heels for white trainers at the weekend for the perfect off-duty look. Don’t forget to tuck in your top half to show off the silver ring detail, embossed with the Michael Kors signature branding.

Vertical stripes are one of fashion’s greatest figure flatterers, drawing the eye downwards and elongating the legs. There is little wonder that they’re a near constant in the wardrobe of Victoria Beckham, not to mention the fact that they were a firm favourite with the fashion editors and street style stars during fashion week too.

 

Introduce striped trousers to your summer wardrobe now the weather is heating up with Michael Kors. Visit Robinsons today to shop more new season pieces from the designer. 

KNOW YOUR FASHION: FOUR THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ETON SHIRTS

Eton has grown from a small family concern, started in the Swedish village of Ganghester in 1928, to become one of the most respected brands in the shirting industry. Revolutionary and stocked by boutiques across the world, including right here at Robinsons, this unique specialist shirt maker promises modern style with traditional craftsmanship. Here are four things you probably didn’t know about Eton shirts.

ETON OFFERS NO FEWER THAN TEN DIFFERENT COLLAR STYLES

To the untrained eye, a collar is a collar is a collar. But knowing the difference between the almost twenty different collar styles and choosing the right one for your outfit gives you the edge that you need to ensure that your look is more James Bond than Joe Bloggs.

There are an incredible TEN collar styles on offer with Eton, from the traditional Moderate Cut Away Collar – a must for the office – to the face-slimming Pointed Pin Collar, the preppy Button Down and the Classic, the style chosen by Mr Bond himself in Skyfall.   

THERE’S MORE TO AN ETON SHIRT THAN YOU THINK

Each Eton shirt is made up of 45 different parts and sewn with 12,000. The details of each shirt differ depending on which collection it is from. There are four Eton collections: the classic Eton Collection, Eton Green, a collection of shirts made from raw, untreated fabrics, the relaxed Unbuttoned collection and the suave styles in the Evening collection. We stock them all here at Robinsons, the region’s leading stockist of Eton shirts.  

ETON HAS A WHOLE RANGE OF SHIRTS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR SUMMER

‘Sun’s out, guns out’ is a saying that never actually worked out for anyone. Save your vests for the garden this summer and go for something smarter instead. Shirts in seersucker, linen and muslin were made for warmer weather. Cool and airy, shirts in all three fabrics deserve a place in your suitcase. Wear yours with chinos, trunks or, for summer’s special occasions, a lightweight suit.

THERE ARE SIX FABRICS IN THE ETON COLLECTION ALONE

If you thought that all classic shirts were one and the same, think again. The Eton Collection comprises no fewer than six different fabrics, all creating very different effects and all ideal for the office. Eton’s Satin Fabric is luxurious, making it perfect for special occasions, whilst Textured Twill lends a modern look that gives striped designs an edge. When it comes to your everyday office attire, the combination of cotton and linen stay crisp and keep you call all working day. Linen shirts travel famously well too, making this the fabric of choice for business abroad.

Robinsons of Bawtry is one of Eton’s preferred UK stockists, offering an extensive range of over 100 shirt styles and accessories in store today. We are official stockists of three ready-to-wear fits including Slim Fit, Contemporary Fit and Classic Fit, and have also collaborated with Eton to provide a made-to-measure service too. Visit us in store today to find out more about Eton Made-To-Measure and browse our Eton shirt styles.  

WE’RE ALL GOING GREEN FOR 2017

It is time for us to get to know ‘Greenery’, the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017. Actually, on second thoughts, we’re going to skip the garish yellow-green shade in favour of a far more wearable alternative.

When they weren’t busy deciding on the colour of the year, the clever Pantone team also analysed the collections shown at New York Fashion Week to decode which colours we would all be wearing come AW17. Whilst ‘Greenery’ pipped it to the post for the top spot, the rather virtuous sounding ‘Kale’ ranked ninth and it’s the colour we are calling out as our shade of the season.

Summer has only just started but autumn/winter’s hottest hue has already made its way to our rails. Kale, olive, khaki; call it what you will. The only thing that really matters is that you factor a shade of green into your outfits next season.

Michael Kors has opted for olive green for his new season styles and we can’t get enough of it. From the Finley Flounce Maxi and the Finley Flounce Ruffle Shirt with their petal print, to the utilitarian Cady Cargo Vest and the Michael Kors Four-Pocket Biker – a wardrobe classic upgraded for autumn/winter with a fresh new hue – the designer has the colour of the season covered.

Visit us in store today at DN10 6JH to bring some greenery to your wardrobe this season.