Monthly Archives: July 2013

My Favourite Celebrity Fashion Looks From This Week

In the morning before I go to work, I have a strict regime; get up, get dressed, make breakfast, read the showbiz section of the daily mail…

I get a lot of gratification out of going on the Daily Mail app, not only because I like to spot the awful spelling and grammatical errors on the pieces, and also read the amusing comments that people leave, but mainly to keep up to date with what the celebrities are wearing that week! And I think a lot of you ladies have a similar view towards this website- main procrastinator at work maybe??

This week I have picked three of my favourite looks from the celeb ladies. Yes, I know it’s only Wednesday, but these celebs are on a mission! Although the celebrities wearing them are rich beyond their wildest dreams, I think the looks can easily be copied using high street buys.

Kate Middleton

Of course I couldn’t start with anybody else! Yesterday evening, the nation/world waited on tenterhooks to catch a glimpse of our new royal prince. When Kate and Will emerged with a beautiful little baby in swaddle, you could be forgiven for also equally wowing at Kate and how amazing she looked in her blue polka dot Jenny Packham dress!

Kate has worn Jenny Packham many a time- I thought she looked the definition of princess in her long teal gown which she wore to an Olympic ceremony last year. Kate’s elegant style can be very literal at times- I remember when she wore a maple leaf shaped fascinator by Sylvia Fletcher for her Canada visit and she and Will both wore soft baby blue for the presentation of their newborn.

There is absolutely no doubt that the dress she wore yesterday will have flown off the shelves within minutes. Some people are nutters! Remember though, Kate is also a fan of high street dresses, so keep your eyes peeled for future outfits.

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Rachel Bilson

There was a time when I was around the 17 years age mark that I had a small obsession with Rachel Bilson. Watching the OC I used to wish I could have her wardrobe and her (fictional) life. Although her real life is nothing to scoff at! She went slightly off the radar in the UK at least after OC fame, but when I saw this picture of her at the To Do list premiere this week, she skyrocketed back up into my best-dressed list!

The dress in question is a stunning Oscar De La Renta Resort 2014 number. I absolutely love the cobalt colour with the delicate flowers that trickle down the dress. And the cut and shape of the dress is what makes it so unique. The tight skirt with the garment fanning out on her hipline is very pretty. Teamed with simple hair and black accessories including Casadei shoes, I think she looks stunning. Top marks Rachel!

Rachel Bilson in Oscar De La Renta

Rachel Bilson in Oscar De La Renta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo’s style makes me smile. She’s so versatile which is what I strive to be. One day, she will look the picture of elegance in a billowing dress. The next day it’s time to be smart in an impossibly expensive androgynous tailored jacket and sky-scraper heels. And she’s adventurous, never afraid to take a risk either by wearing bold patterns, unusual cuts or mixing and clashing things.

This is precisely what she’s done for her New York outing this week. Where some would achieve the ‘crazy bag lady’ look by mixing and matching, she achieves the ‘Vogue model during a photo shoot’ look. I can see sixties, sport luxe, animal print and graphic prints all in one look, and it looks so so fashionable! The cute sixties mini-dress which she’s teamed with a huge statement necklace, leopard print pumps, an open knitwear netted cardy and of course, a designer handbag in rich red are all key looks from this fashion season.

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So I have my looks for this week, now comes the task of finding some high street buys so that I can copy them! I think it may be wishful thinking to stumble across a De La Renta dress in the clearance sale after all….

 

The Art of Pulling Off Underwear As Outerwear

A few years ago, I was getting ready for a night out and decided that as I’d bought a beautiful new vintage bra, I would wear a top which would show off its lovely patterning and delicate cut from the side. Feeling quite risqué and trendy at the same time, I headed out of my room only to be immediately confronted with the comment, ‘you’re not ACTUALLY going to wear that OUT are you?!’ With all the confidence knocked out of me like a normal person being asked to simply stand next to Cara Delevingne, I retreated back to my room to change. But I really shouldn’t have caved in, as when done properly, underwear as outerwear is a thoroughly stylish look and can win you serious fashion points for confidence and bravery.

Admittedly, it’s a look not understood by many. ‘Do you know your bra is showing?’ is probably the most common question you will get asked. With this look, if you hadn’t noticed that your bra was showing, then you might need to go for a sight test. Of course, there is a lot of negativity connected to this look, mostly caused by glamour models and attention seekers who feel the need to show off as much skin as possible in the hope that it buys them some minutes/seconds of fame. Oooo catty comment alert! Take a look at some of these fails…

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But there is most definitely a way to make underwear as outerwear a sophisticated and sexy look. Just look at the amazing examples from luxurious design houses on the catwalks. And I think I’ve worked out some key steps to making sure you look more Hollywood siren than FHM glamour model.

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Black is best

Every fashionista knows that wearing black is your fast track way to achieving a sleek and sophisticated image. And this applies to underwear as well. Take Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole and Jessica Lowndes as prime examples. By choosing the right bra and teaming it with sheer black with high necklines, they achieve a classy look with a bit of a sexy edge. The key is to show skin without showing too much skin, as confusing as that sounds! Sheer black is your go-to material with this look. Alternatively, monochrome which we know has been huge this year is also a chic look to go for and a bit more bold. Take Rumer Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker who both cover up with white garments featuring  long sleeves or high necklines, but show off a daring black bra underneath.

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Keep it Subtle

As the celebrities who do it right show, wearing demure cuts (high necklines, flowing sleeves etc) layered over your underwear is the key to pulling off this look. If you are wearing a sheer or lace top to show off your underwear, choose a bottom which evens out the look like a long pencil skirt or some tailored trousers.

Miranda covers up wit blouse but shows her bra!

Miranda covers up wit blouse but shows her bra!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t want to go all out and show off your entire bra, why not show it from the side with a sleeveless gaping top or a loose fitting maxi. This is where a flash of colour is totally welcome. Why not wear a neon bandeau bra with a neutral garment for a bit of ka-pow! So let’s reverse some roles this summer. Underwear, it’s your turn to step into the spotlight!

Jennifer Lawrence does the look subtely showing her pretty bra from the back

Jennifer Lawrence does the look subtely showing her pretty bra from the back

Madonna in 1984- Vintage underwear as outerwear!

Madonna in 1984- Vintage underwear as outerwear!

 

Trainers Fit For The Fashion World

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Trainers are many things- sporty, comfortable, active…. but would you ever rush to describe them as ‘fashionable’? With the exception of a few pairs, I would hasten to answer with ‘Hmmm’.  The fashion world is known for subverting the uses of many garments of clothing, but now they’ve taken the trainer shoe for their own, putting a spin on it to make them acceptable to wear with a fashionable outfit when you may not be doing any sport. Outrageous!

Milan Street Style- Isabel Marant

Milan Street Style- Isabel Marant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More specifically, we are talking about the wedge trainer for fashion-forward ladies. Worn by the likes of Beyonce, Kate Bosworth and Lana Del Rey, you can probably already tell that it’s a versatile look that can work with almost any kind of style. Wedge trainers look particularly amazing with an urban look (see Beyonce looking effortlessly cool as usual), or a rather boho look ( Kate Bosworth wears her trainers with a floaty skirt).

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They were also all over the catwalk, contrasting wonderfully with pretty dresses and completing the sport luxe looks that were everywhere. Miss Cara Delevingne perfectly shows us the transistion of fashion trainer from catwalk to real life- I love how she dresses up her trainers with a sleek black suit.

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The wedge trainers that everybody wanted on their perfectly pedicured feet were the Isabel Marant versions, but for those that can’t afford that hefty designer price tag, there are high street copies everywhere! I found some great classic black wedge trainers with a tan sole in Topshop, which I may just have to purchase on the weekend! I would wear with my grey maxi dress with slits up the side to show off the trainers, or with simple skinnies and a baggy t-shirt. Infact, I may as well just go buy them right now! Laters!

* Wedge Trainer disclaimer- do NOT wear for actual sport, fashion purposes only! 😛 *

The much sought after Isabel Marant Wedges

The much sought after Isabel Marant Wedges