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The Coveted 70s Bohemian Look

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Although fringing is part of the whole 70s look, it’s been dialled down a bit for the season ahead along with flouncy dresses. Instead tan and suede take centre stage introducing a more rustic feel to the trend. Paisley and floral are the prints to look out for in an earthy colour palette whilst silhouettes take a more laidback approach with slight structure in the form of A-line skirts and shift dresses along with flared trousers and jeans.

Lace, crochet and layering are key parts to the 70s boho look along with the statement wide brimmed hat. Neutral coloured flats, platform sandals or knee high boots are the choice of footwear too.

A trend ideal for Creatives yet certain pieces, which can be toned down, will appeal to Dramatics and Naturals. Either way you’ll love this new approach to the style!

Winter Coat Advice

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

When Autumn arrives, it can only mean one thing- time to buy a new winter coat! A coat is one of my favourite fashion items as it has the power to transform an outfit. A basic outfit can be made into a quirky showstopper or a smart outfit can be made into a glamorous formal outfit with the addition of a dramatic or formal coat.

A boyfriend coat: A mannish tailored cut coat style that gives an androgynous feel to any outfit.

Cocoon coat: with an emphasis on the shoulders this coat is a brave choice and will give a serious fashion vibe to an outfit.

Cape: The style gained popularity last year and is showing no signs of disappearing. Again, giving an outfit fashion brownie points, a cape is also a very snugly option. A belted version will help to create a defined shape.

A duffel coat: A coat style that allows you to be nostalgic for your childhood! Alexa Chung loves her duffel coat and this style works either for a boyish or glamorous trend if worn in a bright colour such as this pink style.

A coat is a great investment buy if you get a classic cut in a timeless colour, such as tan or a bright red. The coat will look fresh year in year out with the simple addition of accessories. For example, pair last year’s cape with a pair tan boots for a perfect 70s look that is on trend this season.

Staying Fashionable on a Budget

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

It’s a myth that if you don’t have a decent clothing budget that you can’t be stylish. Quite the opposite in fact! Less budget makes us more creative… if we know how.

The ‘bargainista’ market is buoyant… in a BIG way. Think Primani, TK Maxx… and even things like swishing, there’s no doubt about it, we’re all getting stuck into the bargain mindset. BUT this doesn’t mean that we need to be any less stylish – but it does mean that we have a bigger license to be more creative.

Raiding the bargain bins is not something that we should get too used to however, oh no. Finding those essential bargain accessories to go with staple items of clothing (i.e. dresses, trousers, skirts etc) is the way to go. Invest a little more in the main items and then pick up the bargains that will help mold the look you want to create – accessorizing is the key, think jewellery, cardigans, shawls etc.

When we talk about ‘staple pieces’, you don’t need to go taking out store cards to afford them. But we do mean that you should perhaps invest a little more in these pieces rather than buy lots of other pieces that you probably won’t wear, but were cheap. Look to the mid-high range brands to get the quality of cut and material, it makes all the difference.

For instance, if you’ve got a big night out coming up check out Motel’s great range of bodycon and going out dresses, you can find some great dresses from £50 that are guaranteed to turn heads. Paprika is another brand that has a great range of bright and bold outfits that let you celebrate your shape and feel good about the night ahead.

For something a little more demure, Fever have sophisticated and colourful dresses with lots of retro appeal with price tags that seem to come from a bygone age too. Vila clothing has an extensive range to suit every occasion, from snug and sassy knitwear to stunning dresses, skinny jeans and sharply tailored jackets and coats.

Sticking to a budget can be tough – and having to make the call between splashing out on one truly fabulous key item or spending the same amount of money on a few items from a midrange brand isn’t always easy. But just as mixing and matching elements of your wardrobe well has always been the best way to get the most out of your clothes, the same is true when it comes to your clothing investments, so shop around, mix mid-high range with bargains and you’ll be surprised just how far your money goes and how great you can look!

Spring Denim Collectoin

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

The high street is filling up with directional, wearable and affordable denim staples that will do wonders for your style evolution. As the 70s trend is back it’s no surprise that flared jeans are on the fashion agenda. Keep an eye out for patchwork, fraying and ripped detailing too which will help to personalise your look.

Shirt dresses and shift silhouettes in denim will revolutionize your day attire and will look fab worn with tan sandals, whilst skirts will work well with white for a crisp clean feel great for the warm weather. For a more daring approach to the trend though, you can’t go wrong with a jumpsuit. A distressed design will modernise it whilst keeping true to its casual nature.

Denim is a blank canvas so have fun creating different styles this spring/summer and check out these must-have buys!

Making Your Lingerie Work for You

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Make your underwear as stylish as your outerwear by working the latest trends hot from the lingerie catwalk.

1. Brights: Forget those lacy black numbers – brights are the new black this season, and when it comes to your underwear, the brighter the better. Opt for eye-catching neons in hot pink, highlighter yellow and fluorescent orange, or hop on the Argentine band wagon with seductive red. Cups and straps in contrasting (but never clashing) neon colours are also a great shout.

2. Tribal prints and polka dots: If you haven’t yet invested in that teeny-weeny polka dot bikini for summer, then it’s time to hit the shops. Prints, particularly polka dots and tribal motifs are huge this season – both in swimwear and in lingerie. An animal print bra coupled with black pants is the height of tribal chick – just add a chunky necklace to complete the look.

3. Sheer: In recent years there’s been a fashion for heavily underwired, intricately decorated and often strategically padded underwear, but this summer the fashion world has gone mad for all things sheer. You have to be daring to wear this look – particularly if you’re planning to match it with white or equally sheer outerwear – but if you’re brave enough to pull it off then sheer lingerie can look fantastic. The best sheer panties look fit for a supermodel without costing the earth – check out New Look for some great examples.

4. Lace: Trends may change in the world of lingerie, but lace never truly goes out of fashion. This summer, you’ll find it trimming pants, adding a flourish to bras and making up pretty, girly camisoles. Look for lace coupled with tulle detailing to really make the most of this fairytale look.

5. Colour contrast: If you’re not quite brave enough to wear neons, then the other major colour trend of the season is contrasting shades. Wear a contrasting bra and pants set, or look for lingerie which combines two or three bold colours. You’ll find some great inspiration at the Lingerie In Vogue blog, which charts the latest lingerie trends.

Finding the Right Close for Petite Women

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Every body shape can be flattered simply by wearing the right cut and style of clothes. Whether you have a pear, petite, wedge, rectangle, apple or an hourglass figure, certain clothing shapes will flatter you more than others. They objective of good styling is to help you first understand your body shape, lifestyle, personality and style, then hide things you don’t like about your body while emphasizing your best bits.

Being petite doesn’t just mean that you are short, it is often also referred to as being slight. The High Street is normally pretty good at giving you lots of choice so get amongst it!

Here are a few quick petite body shape styling tips.

Tip 1 – Don’t let your clothing drown you! You have a great shape with dainty little feminine bits that need to be on show. Well fitting clothing is your friend. A well tailored jacket is an absolute must for you!

Tip 2 – If you want to achieve the appearance of being taller, you can elongate your neck and breastbone to make yourself look taller by wearing V-neck tops with a long 77 Diamonds necklace or a loose skinny scarf.

Tip 3 – Dresses in single colours from shoulder to knee look amazing on you. Two contrasting colours divide your figure making you look more stumpy.

Tip 4 – You can elongate your torso by wearing stripes and patterns.

Tip 5 – Avoid childish colours (vibrant pinks and others in this range) as they only emphasises your slightness.

Tip 6 – Consider the length of garments – opt for longer lines to make you look taller. Create columns of colour with your clothes to help elongate your frame.

Tip 7 – High waistline trousers or skirts add inches to your lower half and look fantastic on you.

Tip 8 – High heels or wedges are great for adding inches and emphasising that you are all woman!

There are lots of petite style icons out there (in fact most of the biggest are classed as petite), so there is lots of inspiration at hand. Follow Kylie, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, Hilary Duff, Megan Fox, Kim Kardashian and Shakira for a start!

Finding the Perfect Dress

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Selecting the ‘perfect dress’ doesn’t have to be as challenging as it sounds. The first thing is to fully appreciate the type of venue/event you’re attending of course – that’s obvious right. But more than that, think of the sore of statement you want to make at the event. Do you want to stand out from the crowd, do you want to subtly blend in, what parts of your personality/body do you want to emphasize etc.

My recommendation is that for Club/Bar look why not attempt a body hugging mini dresses, with a few eye catching details. Wear a bold, block colour simple cut body-con, with contrasting block colour accessories.

If you are attending an outdoor cocktail party opt for feminine cut flowing dresses. A floral print dress is perfect for the outdoors, an elegant chiffon maxi summer dress or a short satin floral print dress. Embellished details on the dress or accessory will add that extra bit of evening glamour.

Or perhaps it’s a more sophisticated look you are after, for a evening dinner party. A classic look, or vintage inspired dress with chiffon or lace details will certainly capture attention.

Styling Parts of Body You Hate

Friday, July 26th, 2013

We all have certain parts of our bodies that we’re not happy with, that’s why we’ve written this article… to give you some handy hints for helping you to style those areas so as you can start feeling more comfortable with yourself.

Big arms / Bingo wings

If you don’t have toned arms like the A-listers, don’t fret as there are plenty of tops to wear to hide those wobbly bits. Go for ½ and ¾ sleeves as they make the arm appear slimmer or a batwing or fluted sleeve. Off the shoulder and sweetheart necklines remove the emphasis of the size of your arms. Styles to avoid are sleeves that end anywhere between the elbow and shoulders which will make your arms look unattractive such as vests, strapless tops and sleeveless dresses.

Small boobs

The golden rule when it comes to having small boobs is to wear outfits with detail such as frills, pleats, ruffles and gathering which can draw attention to your chest. Padded push up bras is an essential and can enhance the chest area while jewellery such as chokers can draw attention from a flat chest. For work, go for a stripy shirt teamed with a nipped-in waist over a pencil skirt for that dress for success effect.

Big bum

Having a big bum can be a problem but it doesn’t take a perfect figure to look good. Wearing dark colours on the bottom can make your assets appear smaller. Avoid wearing trousers with high waistlines and opt for bootleg or flare bottoms that only draw attention away from the problem area. When it comes to skirts, go for an A-line silhouette as the fullness at the bottom flows nicely over a large behind.

Broad shoulders

In order to create balance between your wide upper body and lower body, you need to choose clothing that makes your shoulders look proportional to the rest of your body. Downplay broad shoulders by wearing v-neck tops, the more they plunge the better. Avoid wearing round neck tops, high scooped tops, puffy sleeves and shoulder pads. Go for trousers that are straight or bootcut rather than tapered trousers and skinny jeans they made your shoulders appear wider.

Flabby stomach

Having a flabby stomach shouldn’t stop you from looking good. Wear tops that scoops down and gently covers the belly at the front. Stay away from bulky buttons and zippers as this will draw the eye to the area. Look out for trouser designs with a flat front and side and back zips which will complement your figure. Leggings and stirrups are perfect but make sure that they’re not too tight. Avoid any clothing combination that defines your waist, including any belted or drawstring looks.

5 Fashion Trends Not Going Anywhere

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

The first I’d like to highlight is the kitsch styles of bold cheap sunglasses – this look is set to stay with numerous celebs adopting this trend. Scarlett Johansson, Josh Hartnett and Kanye West all love “Geek Chic” – the hottest new trend in celebrity eyewear and just because celebs pay top dollar doesn’t mean you have to. Stylish eyewear can be worn with preppy attire or with a super-glam feminine cocktail dress, which can add real depth and personality to your every day look. Experiment with vibrant or pastel colours, subtle tribal prints and the thickness of rims to look fresh as a daisy and bang on trend this spring.

Rompers (or jumpsuits) date back into the early 1900’s and have served as fashion necessity for women and children. Typically, worn effortlessly as beachwear, glamorously as a clubbing outfit, and more recently as a simply tailored or more casual jump suit worn to and from the office. This popular one-piece received a major resurgence starting in about 2006, thanks largely to popular showcases put on by influential designers like Marc Jacobs, Max Azria, and Mara Hoffman. The likes of American Apparel has taken up the mantel of the romper return by carrying no less than six varieties of the garment, including chambray, velour, and pique cotton. Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Elle Fanning, Aimee Teegarden, Tyra Banks, Diane Kruger, and Kim Kardashian have all sported rompers in the last few years, adding greatly to its chic appeal. How far this reprised trend can go is dubious, but right now the romper is back in style.

For girls that fear walking in heels, high platform heels are definitely the preferred choice and can be worn all day in the office or from dusk to evening without any trouble. Even though they can make guys feel short and inferior, high platform heels are going to be one of the biggest trends of 2012. Opt for bold colours or quirky animal prints to make a fabulous statement – this style of shoe will dress up a simple shift dress or those super sexy skinnies outfit combos. Other plus sides are that these high platform heels afford a more seductive posture, they make legs appear longer and feet more attractive, and can positively act as a symbol of contentious feminist ideology by also serving as a declaration of attitude in social situations. Feast your eyes on these heeled beauties!

Business Casual Doesn’t Need to be Hard

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

When it comes to dressing for work, a more relaxed dress code can make it more difficult to combine outfits appropriately, as there are fewer guidelines. You still need to bear in mind that you are dressing for work and you need to reflect the right impression. For example, no jeans are normally a good rule to follow and this also includes casual fabrics such as brushed cottons and some linens. No short skirts, low cut tops and offensive slogans are usually a given as well.

From a stylists point of view it’s still better to dress too smart than too casual and of course it all depends what type of impression you want to make. Grazia referenced this in the past by featuring an article on how to dress for what kind of impression you want to make in the workplace. As expected, dressing more smartly creates a better impression as it shows you take your job seriously. Then again, dressing to fit in with your colleagues can be equally important.

I think following a simple pattern makes dressing for work much easier. Stick to more tailored styles trousers or skirts – the fabrics make a big difference and choose styles that suit your body shape.

There are lots of straight, skinny or tapered leg trousers out there that will instantly update your work look. A patterned or print top will also ensure you can incorporate some of the new season trends and a simple cardigan or flattering blazer. Some key examples of stylish basics to build your work wardrobe around are shown below.

In terms of paying attention to trends, a more casual dress code usually make this slightly easier. For example, prints are easier to wear; cardigans and stylish jackets can be worn rather than suit jackets and smart jersey tops rather than shirts. It gives you a lot more freedom when selecting fashionable pieces to wear, and of course means you can have fun with colour too! Some key examples are shown below, featuring SS12 trends such as patterns, pastels and block colour.