@meanderingmacaron is a Kensington-based Instagrammer, known for her beautiful, inspiring shots of London; from picturesque Notting Hill doorways to afternoon teas at The Sanderson Hotel. Outside of Instagram, she has a city-based career that requires a wardrobe that takes her from the boardroom to the bars of some of the finest hotels in the city.
Meandering Macaron shows us how to tackle Monday to Friday dressing with some her favourite Fold-picks, all shot within the beautiful setting of the St Pancras Hotel and Station.
Look 1: What to wear for an Interview or Promotion
“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”
I’m a firm believer in dressing the part for your job everyday. Clothes send a message about how seriously you take your career and can help you to feel confident. But remember, comfort is key, especially if you work long hours and want to get the balance right. It can take a while to find your personal style. It definitely took me a few years before I felt that I understood what really worked for me – how to look professional yet feminine.
One of my favourite outfits from The Fold are the Belleville separates. Cut perfectly, they give you a feminine silhouette with a nipped-in waist.
When it comes to dressing for an interview, it’s essential that you feel comfortable as there is nothing worse than dealing with interview stress combined with feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. I would always lean towards something slightly more formal, you can’t go wrong with a suit and a classic pair of heels. You should look polished but avoid too much make-up or bright colours.
“The Belleville separates are classic and give you a feminine silhouette with a nipped-in waist.”
“It can take a while to find your personal style. It definitely took me a few years before I felt that I understood what really worked for me – how to look professional yet feminine.”
Look 2: Investing in Wardrobe Classics
“Invest in fewer versatile pieces that you can style in different ways. The Fold London pieces have been my classic go-to outfits for the office for many years. My favourites are their classic shift dresses, even after the years of dry-cleaning they have the same impact as when I originally purchased them.”
I love very classic styles that will stand the test of time, especially tweed. Most women tend to stick to black, but I think white makes an equally stylish statement. The Northcote dress has a very chic cut without being too fitted and is crafted from a beautiful white and silver tweed.
I purchased too many clothes when I first started working and quickly realised I was wearing the same pieces over and over. I like to keep my accessories bold and clean, such as a long pearl necklace or a statement gold collar. Shoes are where you can add a bit more personality and try something new with colour or details. I have to restrain myself as I love elaborate styles with bows and studs and they aren’t always work appropriate.
MM wears the Northcote Dress in Winter White Tweed.
“Don’t stick to black, white makes an equally stylish statement.”
LOOK 3: The Power Dress
“For a big day at work, keep your silhouette clean with an impactful colour.”
I love the bold colour and style of the Mayfield dress, especially the long sleeves and fold detail across the front which gives a sophisticated spin to a classic shift.
For a big day at work, I like to keep my silhouette clean with an impactful colour. If you’re going to opt for a bright colour, why not do it with panache. The Mayfield does the perfect job.
MM wears the Mayfield Dress Carmine Red.
“I don’t usually opt for bright colours, but if I do I like to do it with panache.”
LOOK 4: Travel Wardrobe
“Pack go-to staples that are formal yet comfortable.”
You can wear this look infinite times and it’ll always work. I find it challenging to find shirts that fit properly and this Bowery silk blouse is perfect, not only because the material is beautifully sleek, but the neckline sits very nicely and doesn’t open up.
I spend a lot of my working life travelling and typically like to pack the same items, you don’t want to have to think about putting outfits together. My go-to staples are a black skirt such as the Le Marais pleated pencil skirt that won’t easily crease along with a few shirts and blouses like the Bowery, they look formal but still comfortable. Again, I like to keep the accessories simple with a classic black stiletto, diamond stud earrings and a rose gold watch.
“I spend a lot of my working life travelling and typically like to pack the same items, you don’t want to have to think about putting outfits together.”
LOOK 5: Desk to Dinner
“Navy always looks regal and will effortlessly take you from desk to dinner.”
The Arlington is a winning combination of style and a classic colour. The premium jersey is so comfortable and flattering on many body types. I believe it’s a must-have for every working woman. It’s also great to pack on a business trip as it won’t crease.
Navy looks great with gold but as the dress speaks for itself I think you would only need to accessorise it a watch or small stud earrings. Add beige stilettos for the evening.
MM wears the Arlington Dress Navy Jersey.
Where to go for afternoon tea?
I absolutely love the Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel where all of the patisserie is inspired by the latest seasonal couture pieces. The gallery at Sketch is another favourite, where they serve you individually wrapped truffle cheese toasties.
Favourite London overnight stay?
Claridges. It is an iconic hotel and quintessentially British. The rooms are breathtaking classic Art Deco, every last detail of the service is exceptional and their breakfast menu is a firm favourite.
Best cakes in the city?
Maître Choux by Joakim Prat in South Kensington. The raspberry and pistachio eclairs are my favourites.
Favourite street in London and why?
Very tough question… Possibly Wilton Crescent, Belgravia as it’s my idea of ‘Classic London’ with a strong sense of history.
Where to brunch with girlfriends?
Where to buy the best bouquet in London?
Neill Strain Floral Couture. He unequivocally sources the best flowers available in London and his bouquets are sensational
Words and styling: Meandering Macaron
Photography: Margarita Karenko
Accessories: MM’s Own
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