Monthly Archives: September 2015

Work that waist!

Accessorising- its what can take an outfit from an 8 to a 10 and is often the best way to show off your personality through what you wear. Whether you like to pile on the accessories and let them do the talking, or just like to wear one or two little signature pieces, there is a lot of scope where they are concerned and we can’t seem to get enough of them!

One accessory that is set to be big this winter is the waist-belt. As the eighties have returned to us this season (not the scrunchies thankfully), there will be a lot of focus on form and structure. A big era for power-dressing and androgynous suits, the waist-belt was a way for women to look smart and powerful but also keep their femininity going. They can give you a perfect hourglass figure even if you never thought you could achieve that shape because the beauty of a waist-belt is that it creates a waist even if you don’t think you have one!

Check out those shoulders and that fab belt!

Check out those shoulders and that fab belt!

Here are a couple of ways to make the waist belt work for you this season.

Daytime Belting.

Many people would see a waist-belt as a rather unpractical day-time option but they are infact rather easy to wear and will make an otherwise simple outfit an especially fashionable one!

For work-wear, adding a coloured or patterned waist- belt to a colour block dress will give your outfit a whole new perspective and of course will draw eyes to your waist whilst also cinching it in. Similarly, adding a nice quality leather waist-belt to a tailored trousers and shirt combo will create the illusion of a smaller waist but will also lengthen your legs. Keep your top half simple so to keep attention around your waist.

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Miranda Kerr highlights a little waist and long legs with her belt doing the talking over a neutral dress.

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Christy Turlington in Vogue magazine 1987

Waist-belts can also work with outerwear- Burberry showed us on the catwalk that a belt over a winter jacket can work wonders. A pretty bow belt is the perfect feminine finishing touch to a structured trench and will make you stand out in the sea of coats thats Winter will soon bring to the streets! Similarly, chunky knitwear cinched in by a waist belt can take a normal day-time outfit up to level of a stylish day-time outfit and is a very easy but effective way to look great.

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Night-Time Belting.

For more elegant dressy outfits fit for socialising and partying, why not make your belt a bit more adventurous too? Metallic waist-belts are huge this season and not only do the job of creating a waist for you, they can also look beautifully classy and expensive! Try to match the colour of your belt (if metallic) or its buckle to your jewellery so to make sure your accessories match well together. Metallic belts also look amazing with simple black or white block outfits.

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Dress-wise, waist-belts are a match made in heaven for A-line dresses which are made to come in at the waist and flow out over the hips. Alternatively, add some shape to a slouchy dress with one too- the possibilities are endless!

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So there we have it, waist-belts can work for almost anybody! If you are a boyish shape, they can create the illusion of a more shapely waist, if you have a tummy you’d like to conceal, then a wider belt placed in the right place can disguise it (if you are busty be careful that you position your belt in a way that it doesn’t stunt you), and for pear-shaped ladies with big hips, a waist-belt can divert the eye up to the waist and away from the hips.

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My tips for buying a waist-belt this season are to go for ones which will go with a multitude of items in your wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a timeless black or tan leather belt but more adventurous textures like suede and faux snakeskin and animal print will always look good too.

Star high street buy from ASOS! Suede is bang on trend

Star high street buy from ASOS! Bang on trend

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New Season. New Trends.

Its transition time! We’ve had a fabulous summer full of 70’s vibes, round-the-world prints and pretty pastels, but now its time to wave goodbye to summer and welcome autumn/winter. As September arrives and a new fashion era is on the horizon, we all want to know whats set to be big this season and if its going to work for us.
This article will help you to seamlessly work in some of the biggest trends into your current wardrobe, and also show you what is going to work best for YOU!

1) Victorian Blouses

Romance has returned with pretty antique-style blouses back on the fashion radar. Teamed with slim jeans, or tucked into an A-line skirt, this look is versatile and easy to mix and match with staple pieces already in your wardrobe.

Typically, victorian blouse styles will be full of detail- ruffles, pleats and high necks will draw attention to your top half. This style is therefore perfect for petite, boyish shapes as it will create the illusion of volume and shape. Alternatively, this style also suits pear-shaped ladies with wide hips, as the detail on top will draw the eye up- colour block your bottom half to complete the look.

Often made in luxurious silks and chiffon materials which can add bulk to a frame, avoid this style if you are big on your top half as it will just make you look bigger.

A victorian blouse can be dressed up or down, worn to work or for socialising, so this trend is perfect for the ‘work and play’ type of lady who needs to transition from day to night easily!

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2) Vintage/Boho Dresses

The 70’s era refuses to be put back into the fashion archives just yet, with boho travelling from summer to autumn with ease. This season, the emphasis is on floaty dresses, often long in length with long sleeves- a bit more accommodating for the weather we will be expecting! Teamed with a statement leather handbag and some boots, this is a strong contender for best look of AW.

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Pattern is the signature feature of a boho dress, and the plethora of prints available will spoil you all for choice! Which also makes this trend very easy to wear and adaptive, whilst also helping you to express your individuality.

Following on with the 70s theme, many of these dresses have bell sleeves, making this the perfect choice for ladies who want to divert eyes away from their upper arms. A bell sleeve will draw the eye down to 3/4 length, and the thinnest and most elegant part of your arm.
Similarly the midi length of this style of dress will draw the eye down to the thinnest part of your leg and will highlight delicate ankles and pretty shoes!
Cinch in at the waist with a belt to add a flattering shape to these floaty dresses and to create a dressier outfit.

A boho dress again, can be dressed up or down, and because of the pattern and dramatic long-length style, will need minimal accessorising. This trend is perfect for a lady of any age who wants to add a bold and adventurous look to her wardrobe.

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3) Oversized Knitwear

When is knitwear ever out of vogue in autumn/winter?! This year its all about the chunky and the over-sized. This is a trend where comfort is key and is great to use for a casual but fashionable day-time look. Teamed with bootleg jeans and some statement accessories, you can easily work this trend into your current wardrobe.

The key to over-sized knits is to not let the knit alter your size too much.Too big and it will drown a petite shape, on the other hand, oversized knitwear can make a big-busted lady look bigger than she is. If you are bigger on top, look out for lighter fabrics in dark colours which could slope off a shoulder. For petite shapes, opt for heavier knits and define the look with a belt which will still highlight your little waist.

This trend is perfect for a lady who seeks an easy-to-wear look which also makes a statement. Comfy and practical, choose the level of statement you want by choosing knitwear with added styling, from traditional chunky cable knit to furry pom poms and cut-out shoulders! If you want a knit with a pop of colour, go for mustard yellows, burnt oranges and wine reds this season.

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4) Camel

Perhaps the most versatile trend to arrive, camel comes in the form of shoes, coats, handbags and more! Whether you want to go bold and colour block your entire outfit with camel, or simply want to add a few accents to an outfit you already wear, this trend is accessible and fun to play around with.

Camel is easy to combine with a multitude of colours as well as denim which can be found in most ladies’ wardrobes. This year it is being teamed with fresh white for a simple yet sophisticated style-perfect as a smart outfit option. The timeless camel coat defines smart glamour and is also back for you to snap up.

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Because of its lighter shade, camel can add weight to a shape, so is a good shade to use in conjunction with layering and adding volume. To avoid adding weight to your shape, using accents of camel with blacks and greys helps to maintain a slimming effect. Add a camel trench over an all-black outfit for the ultimate chic look. Alternatively invest in some camel-colour heels or a leather handbag which can be teamed with almost anything!

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There is so much scope with this colour meaning that this trend can work for all shapes of lady but will be your go-to trend for smartening up your style.

Hurrah, it seems that we have a lot to look forward to with these upcoming trends! Whether you want to smarten up your look, find a more fun every-day style, or simply find something to fill a gap in your wardrobe, these trends are here to help. Happy styling.