“Help, I’ve Got Nothing Wear!”

If you start each day before work staring into your wardrobe and shouting this familiar phrase, don’t panic. Let us solve your office wardrobe issues with the help of five real hard-working women...
Thursday , 27 October 2011
Tanya Carter: Dress, Dhs1,950, Diane Von Furstenberg at Bloomingdale’s. Trench, Dhs1,625, Ted Baker. Tote Bag, Dhs2,100, Coach. Heels, Dhs325, Rockport
Tanya Carter: Dress, Dhs1,950, Diane Von Furstenberg at Bloomingdale’s. Trench, Dhs1,625, Ted Baker. Tote Bag, Dhs2,100, Coach. Heels, Dhs325, Rockport
Heather Henyon: Dress, Dhs4,600, Stella McCartney. Jacket, Dhs695, Reiss. Bag, Dhs1,155, Coach. Shoes, Dhs750, Reiss
Heather Henyon: Dress, Dhs4,600, Stella McCartney. Jacket, Dhs695, Reiss. Bag, Dhs1,155, Coach. Shoes, Dhs750, Reiss
Dipti Thakar: Skirt, Dhs1,950 and Top, Dhs1,950 (sold together), Diane Von Furstenberg at Bloomingdale’s. Bracelet, Dhs425, CC Sky at Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, Dhs795, Reiss. Bag, POA, Chloé
Dipti Thakar: Skirt, Dhs1,950 and Top, Dhs1,950 (sold together), Diane Von Furstenberg at Bloomingdale’s. Bracelet, Dhs425, CC Sky at Bloomingdale’s. Shoes, Dhs795, Reiss. Bag, POA, Chloé
Jenny Eagle: Top Dhs1,855, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Boutique1. Pants, Dhs1,500, Diane Von Furstenberg at Harvey Nichols. Jacket, Dhs3,100, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Harvey Nichols. Bangle, Dhs1,340, Oscar de la Renta at Boutique1. Heels, Dhs4,590, Azzedine Alaïa at Boutique1. Bag, stylist’s own
Jenny Eagle: Top Dhs1,855, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Boutique1. Pants, Dhs1,500, Diane Von Furstenberg at Harvey Nichols. Jacket, Dhs3,100, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Harvey Nichols. Bangle, Dhs1,340, Oscar de la Renta at Boutique1. Heels, Dhs4,590, Azzedine Alaïa at Boutique1. Bag, stylist’s own
Rachel Morton: Dress, Dhs2,300, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Bloomingdale’s. Jacket, Dhs2,300, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Bloomingdale’s. Necklace, Dhs475, Sara Designs at Bloomindale’s. Heels, Dhs750, Reiss
Rachel Morton: Dress, Dhs2,300, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Bloomingdale’s. Jacket, Dhs2,300, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Bloomingdale’s. Necklace, Dhs475, Sara Designs at Bloomindale’s. Heels, Dhs750, Reiss

"I want to complement my curves while staying sophisticated," says Tanya Carter, 41, director at GAA Marta Consulting

“I need to look smart at work and tend to stick to suits as I’m unsure how best to dress my curvy figure. I travel often and need easy, wrinkle-free garments that stay stylish for longer, plus – as I often have to head straight from the office to work dinners – I need my outfits to be flexible. I’d really like help to sack the suits and, instead, complement my curves while maintaining a sophisticated standard.”

9-6 TIPS

● A V-neck fl atters a large bust in all the right places

● Garments with a stretchfactor never wrinkle when travelling

● Pop on a trench to dressup your look at night

● Maintain structure with a strong pair of heels

“I’m pregnant and need a professional day look," says Heather Henyon, 40, founder and managing partner of Balthazar Capital

 “I do a lot of humanitarian work, which means I can be in the office one minute and flying around the Middle East the next. I want to keep to a professional standard while remaining comfortable and, now that I’m pregnant, I’m worried that I won’t be able to do this. There’s a shortage of stylish maternity options for professional women! I like to dress formally and conservatively – not too Western – and I try to relate to the region I’m travelling to. How can I maintain this while my stomach continues to expand?”

9-6 TIPS

● A blazer puts “professional” into any outfit

● Neutrals are no-nonsense in the office

● A roomy, chic dress is a pregnancy must

● Pop flats in your tote bag for quick foot relief

“How can I look serious but not stuff y at evening events?” says Dipti Thakar, 35, counsel at Latham and Watkins

“As a lawyer I like to dress up in the office and to be taken seriously. I’m a conservative dresser at work and often find myself wearing trouser suits and accessorising them with bold, chunky jewellery. I have a penchant for big brands but their work clothes don’t often translate for the after-hours work events that I have to attend. I need an outfit that will mean business in the office, but not look too stuffy when networking in the evenings. ”

9-6 TIPS

● Dress up work wear with statement jewellery by night

● Black is a wardrobe staple – you can’t go wrong

● Maintain structure with a strong pair of heels

● A smoky eye is your night time make-up complement

“My new job means that I need to look smarter,” says Jenny Eagle, 32, editor of Commercial Interior Design magazine

“I like wearing bright colours in the office and tend to stick to mix-and-match separates, paired with low heels because of my height. Now that I have a new job I still want to look on-trend but I’d like to smarten up a bit. What can I wear that is still going to be office-friendly, bright and fun, but will get me taken seriously?”

9-6 TIPS

● You can’t go wrong with a classic black pant

● Skyscraper heels add professional confidence

● Arm yourself with a heavy-duty bag

● The classic pea jacket is professional and on-trend

“The Dubai heat stops me from looking cool,” says Rachel Morton, 33, founder of Social Circles Dubai

“I’m always wearing black, blue and brown suits, which are perhaps the worst colours to wear in the UAE climate! I often have to visit clients, pitch ideas and present myself professionally, so I need an outfit that is comfortable and will keep me cool, but not look too scruffy. I’d like something that involves heels, too, as they always give me confidence.”

9-6 TIPS

● A dress is a breezy solution for hot days

● Take a blazer to combat the chill of air-conditioning

● Work winter colours into your hot weather wardrobe

● A scarf is the ticket to solve weather dilemmas