Jo’s Abu Dhabi suitcase is packed

9th July

My Wardrobe Mistress had a tough job on her hands earlier this week, as I took my friend Jo for a Personal Shopping session. Jo is moving to Abu Dhabi for work in a couple of weeks, and needed an appropriate working wardrobe that will cope in the Middle East heat without flashing too much flesh.

We were looking for knee length, lightweight business-like frocks that had high necks and short sleeves but didn’t sacrifice on style. It was a tall order, as Jo loves a good frock, and it was hard working with so many restraints. However, on inspection I actually sourced a good number of dresses for Jo to try on despite the shops being in the throes of sale and the covered up but cool requirements.

First port of call was Cos, I knew they were minimalist and chic, so the business-like aspect would be covered but with an edge. Here Jo bought two great dresses, one in navy silk and one in cream cotton, so the trip started well. Next stop was Jaeger, where you can find all of the above, but with a little bit more fun; prints, colours and shapes are a more exiting here. Jo snapped up three dresses, a simple LBD, a blue and stone pebble print tulip dress and a lovely black and stone wave print dress, as well as a great white shirt for wearing under some of her sleeveless dresses. We also found a couple more suitable styles in LK Bennett and Hobbs before heading to M&S to pick up a few basics. A couple of belts, a shirt, jacket and great Safari-style dress later and we were done. 

Jo now has a basic foundation for her Abu Dhabi wardrobe, and a few tops to slip under more risqué dresses so she can take those too. All in all it was a successful trip and only took about two and a half hours. Not bad and really goes to prove that you can shop for an entire wardrobe in one day after work!

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