“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it”
- Edith Head
The art of power dressing emerged as a trend in the late 1970’s and continued to grow into the 1980’s. The power suit was originally adorned by women who were trying to gain authority within the work place - an environment which, at this time, was dominated by men. The idea was that by dressing like a man, in a suit that hid their feminine figure, women would gain respect and success in the workplace.
As more women became established in the working environment the aesthetics of the power suit began to change. Women no longer felt that they had to blend in. Female suits were created in different fabric and colours with different silhouettes - complimenting the women’s figure and helping them to stand out. Today, a power suit can be worn for any occasion - it is worn to make a statement.
To me, a power suit exudes confidence, sophistication and style. So, for my recent graduation ceremony I opted for one. I created an oversized silhouette with wide leg trousers and a men’s blazer. To dress the look up I styled the suit with a diamanté bag, some simple jewellery and a pair of heels as seen below.
Blazer - Matalan
Trousers - Nasty Gal
Bag - Skinnydip
Shoes - Boohoo
Jewellery - TopShop
The power suit never goes out of fashion, although silhouettes, prints and fabrics are continuously changing. The meaning behind power dressing has also changed. Women aren’t limited to wearing the power suit to work. The aesthetic has spilled into many different aspects of a women’s life and women can wear a suit anytime to feel confident and stylish. Below I have styled different suits which can be worn for different occasions.
The Skirt Suit
Suit - TopShop
Corset, Bag & Earrings - Pretty Little Thing
Shoes - Ego Shoes
The Slouch Suit
Suit - Zara
Top - TopShop
Necklace & Bag - Pretty Little Thing
Earrings - H&M
Socks - Nike
Trainers - Balenciaga
The Tux Suit
The Shorts Suit
Suit & Bag - Pretty Little Thing
Top - Nike
Jewellery, Belt & Boots - TopShop
So, there you have the power suit styled 4 different ways. A wardrobe staple that you can dress up or down depending on the occasion. Or, you could wear as separates - the options are endless. For more tips on styling check out my blog 3 Ways to Wear Matalan in collaboration with Matalan.
Happy Sunday x
So, I'm back with part 2 of A Guide to Island Hopping in Thailand. As mentioned in my pervious post, we island hopped around the southern coast of Thailand for 16 days. We visited 4 places in total and my previous post covers Bangkok and Phuket.
K O H P H A N G AN
Koh Phangan - one of Thailand's smaller islands is home to the Full Moon Party. The island is so small, in fact, we had to get there by boat as there is no airport. We stayed on this island for 3 nights. This was probably one of the more relaxing parts of our trip.
Where to Stay
Whilst in Koh Phangan we opted to stay in a little beach front villa instead of a hotel. We discovered these cute stone bungalows called C Villas - probably one of the most picturesque and peaceful places I have ever stayed. We chose the beach front villa which was complete with a terrace and a small private pool and a waterfall shower. The complex was located just outside Haad Rin, a 15 minute walk to the famous Haad Rin Beach where the Full Moon Party takes place.
What to Do
The obvious suggestion would be the Full Moon Party. However, we weren't on the island at the time of the party. The island was really quiet and there wasn't much tourists which was actually quite nice. Although, we still went to Haad Rin Beach and had drinks and you can still watch some fire shows put on by locals. The beaches on Koh Phangan are beautiful and the sea is warm. As we were only there for 3 nights we didn't do much we spent most of our time on the beach/in our pool. At the beach there was lots of water based activities such as kayaking and jet skiing.
Where to Eat
For being so small Koh Phangan still had some really cool food places. We had an amazing breakfast at Bubba's Coffee - the breakfast tacos are delish! I would also recommend Soho - where we had the best Mexican food. We had a really nice candle lit meal on the beach at Coast, the resort right next to our villa. If you venture to Haad Rin Beach most of the bars there also serve food, although, mostly local cuisine. Before we got back on the boat to Koh Samui we stopped at a New York Deli style cafe called A's Famous and I had an amazing pastrami sub.
K O H S A M U I
I think Koh Samui was my favourite island of our holiday. It was the perfect balance between the craziness of Phuket and the peacefulness of Koh Phangan. We stayed here for 4 nights.
Where to Stay
We stayed at J4 Samui. Our room was small but modern. We had a walk in shower and they even left towels in the shape of swans on the bed (so I can't complain)! The location of the hotel was perfect - one of the main reasons we chose it. It was located in Chaweng, a 2 minute walk from Chaweng Beach. Chaweng is a lively area with lots of bars and you are spoilt for choice with regards to food.
What to Do
There is lots to do on Koh Samui. I would defiantly recommend driving to the other side of the island, to Thong Krut Pier, and renting a long tail boat for the day. We got a long tail boat to Koh Tan Island - an inhabitable island covered in greenery - and we snorkelled in the clear blue water. Afterwards, we took the boat to Koh Madsum. Koh Madsum is a tiny island and it is also better known as Pig Island. This small island is inhabited by pigs! You can come ashore, enjoy a Chang and relax with the piggy's. You can also find lots of Buddhist monuments such as the Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem.
Where to Eat
There was tonnes of nice food places in Chaweng. The Hard Rock Cafe had a familiar menu although it was a little pricey. We switched between the Coffee Club (I highly recommend the Nutella frappe) and Bondi Aussie Bar for breakfast. We had another amazing steak at The Shack in the Fisherman’s Village. Lastly, if you want amazing pizza at an amazing price then Spago Italian Restaurant is definitely worth a visit!
So, that was my final instalment of A Guide to Island Hopping in Thailand. You can find part 1 here! If you have visited any cool places in Thailand let me know in the comments!
Happy Sunday x