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Freelance events manager Liz Brownbill talks businesswear, the challenge of dressing for both corporate and creative workspaces and why she’s excited to have a colourful M&S makeover

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See more of Liz’s workwear makeover and find out how our M&S stylists helped two other women looking for a wardrobe update.



Liz Brownbill, a Liverpudlian events manager living in Brixton, is hoping that M&S’ style advisers will inject her work wardrobe with a dose of summer colour. “I work in an industry that tends to veer from one extreme to the other,” says Liz. “On the corporate side it’s very formal – suited and booted – and there’s an expectation, certainly within events, that my role is to blend into the background. But when I’m with the more creative teams, I want to fit in without being mutton dressed as lamb. So balancing these can be quite difficult.”

Like many busy working women, Liz admits to being over-reliant on a couple of fail-safe looks: “I’ve realised having gone through this process that I actually have a uniform which consists of a variety of plain V-neck T-shirts and jeans, jeans, jeans – and a few more jeans!” And when it comes to colour there isn’t much choice: “I’m beige, white and grey – I love grey but I need to accept the fact that stronger colours actually suit me.”

Our M&S stylists wanted to find pieces to complement Liz’s personal style while encouraging her to experiment with colour; the rationale being that colour would bridge the gap between the creative and corporate workspaces. By adding just a couple of vibrant key pieces, they showed Liz how to make colour office-appropriate, from a lightweight navy shirt dress with a belted waist to a sleeveless tailored jacket in bold mustard yellow.

Liz’s verdict? “The big surprise was the dress over trousers, which is something I would never think of. I’m not a huge dress person but the one I wore is one of those pieces that would genuinely work with everything and look different every time you wore it. And the leather jacket… Oh, can we have a moment for the navy leather jacket!”


Team bold hues with timeless leather accessories to achieve the perfect balance with your outfit.
Navy is an easy way to branch out from black and grey. Layer a belted tunic over tapered trousers for a modern feel.
The classic biker jacket gets an elegant makeover in matt navy leather. Wear with brilliant white for a high-contrast finish.
Liz looks stunning in mustard yellow. A beaded pendant necklace punctuates the block colour and elevates this look for evening events.
A vibrant printed scarf instantly adds personality to office attire. Team with tailored separates for effortless chic.
This sleeveless jacket is a cool take on office-appropriate layering. A crisp white shirt and cuffed jeans make it perfect for rushing between meetings.
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Interviewer: Dulcie Emerson / Photographer: Ian Harrison
Stylist: Alison McDougal and Jamie Wilson

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