Looking at the profiles of elegant female CEOs that we might read about in the newspapers or the glossies, and of course our own CEO, Kim Winser, we see groomed, confident women. Perhaps they are in their 30s, 40s or 50s - women with a successful past and future. Of course I study what they have chosen to wear for the “portrait” that accompanies the interview. More often than not it is an elegant dress.
This season Winser London has a large collection of dresses that will work for everyone, and not just for the office. The wrapped jersey dress or sleeveless shift dress. There is a chic, dropped shoulder dress with short sleeves and I love the shirt dress with ¾ sleeves. Not only in black but some in red and blue too. Fabrics are different weights of fluid jersey, satin back crepe and Ponte de Roma.
There is also an important new soft jacket. The fabric is a tweedy knit with black grosgrain trim. This trophy Parisian Tweed Jacket is a real must have and will be avalable from the end of September. It is extremely comfortable, great for travel, but at the same time super smart for the office. The proportion makes it an easy match with a trouser, or a pencil skirt, like the Miracle pencil skirt in stretch Ponte de Roma fabric. Winser London have also continued my favourite Milano jacket from the Spring and, oh my goodness, do look at the Milano coat length too.
Skirts are important building block for a working wardrobe and, as well as the Miracle skirt, this season there is a fabulous sexy leather skirt with jersey panels. Yes, please put my name on the waiting list. There’s also a soft knee length jersey skirt.
Then there are the glamorous separates, silk and cotton blouses, cashmere sweaters and elegant t-tops, as underpinnings
Career clothes still need to be immaculately chosen, chic and classic, but the uniform element has gone. We can confidently bring in some sexy pizzazz adding satin, cashmere and colour to the sober clothes that might have been de rigueur 20 years ago.
These are the clothes the successful executive chooses for her work life, but certainly will be as elegant and useful for her personal life too.