Monthly Archives: November 2015

Christmas Dressing All Wrapped Up

It’s November payday, which means no more money until Christmas- slight panic! Definitely time to get shopping for some Christmas outfits before the money pot runs out I think!

The annual Christmas parties are fast-approaching, as is your opportunity to impress family and friends as well as work colleagues (who may only ever see you in work getup) with your excellent style.

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With an overwhelming choice of garments on the high street at the moment, its easy to get bogged-down with endless options- should you go metallic, maxi, lace, floral?! And even when you’ve chosen which look to go for, you then have to pick a style which will flatter your shape and show you off at your best.

Well fear not, because I’ve found a dress thats available all over the high street at the moment, and which is universally flattering to all shapes. This year, its all about the wrap dress, and it’ll work Christmas miracles on you! 🙂

We’ve got Diane Von Furstenburg to thank for this wonderful style of dress for it was she that pioneered it is the 70’s and turned it into a timeless classic and a symbol of sophistication and sexiness. So how is the wrap dress so universally flattering and why will it work for you? I’m going to look at a few different body shapes to show you….

The Curvy Lady. 

The beauty of the fit of a wrap dress is that it clings to the curves that woman want people to see. For curvy women, their assets are their waists and bust. The plunging V neckline of a wrap dress draws attention to their cleavage (but importantly in a classy way as it is still covered up) whilst the ‘v’ shape slims, and the ‘wrapping’ style of the dress cinches in around their waists. The result- a perfect hourglass figure. As the images show below, you can choose the level of glamour you want to achieve with different wrap dresses. All show off their waists and busts well, but Kim and Beyonce choose to amp up their sex appeal with some slits and a bit of leg!

The Petite Lady.

Just as the wrap enhances a curvy lady’s assets, it can create beautiful curves on a little shape whilst still showing off lovely petite features.  Kate Middleton must have a wardrobe dedicated to wrap dresses alone, and is often seen rocking one at official or casual events. Opting for  long-sleeved, patterned, mid knee styles this look is sophisticated but stylish- perfect for a representative of modern royalty!

As Poppy and Nicole show, wrap dresses work wonders at creating more shape for those with boyish figures. Just the same as with curvy ladies, a wrap dress automatically cinches in at the waist and plunges down in a V shape creating a cleavage. Using graphic prints and voluminous materials are textbook ways of adding curves and shape to an ‘up and down’ physique. Delicate petite features such as elegant ankles, slender arms and shoulders still shine through.

The Apple shaped Lady.

For ladies who are conscious about their tummy, wrap dresses are a great way to dress up glamorously whilst still feeling comfortable and confident. Wear your wrap the same way as everyone else, but look out for styles which cinch in at the sides rather than at the front where you may feel self-conscious. Combine with a dark-coloured slimming belt and pop on a blazer over. Apple-shaped ladies often have lovely long legs so why not be a bit daring and opt for a slit, this way all the attention will be drawn to one of your best assets!

Hopefully I have convinced you that the wrap dress is a great option to go for if you’re struggling to find something lovely to wear over the festive season, it’s a look that ticks all the boxes for me- flattering, stylish and fun! I’ll finish off with some of my favourite wrap-dress looks.

If you would like styling help over the festive season, visit my website http://www.charlottebethstyle.com for more information. Happy shopping!

 

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Shirts To Make You Smile.

A capsule wardrobe- its what we all aspire to own. A carefully compiled collection of all the basics which will cover all of our needs and which will also stand the test of time. The trouble is, what with all the temptation on the high street and trends enticing us in, its quite hard to achieve this! How often have you come home from a shopping trip with something that you probably don’t need, or something which you realistically know you will only wear once? But as emotional shoppers, we women usually find a good enough reason to justify our purchase, much to the bemusement of our functional male shopper counterparts!

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Personally speaking, I have fallen into the ‘impulse shop‘ trap many a time, but since training as a stylist, I have learnt to reign in my shopping habits and only part with my money if I know I can team new buys with items already in my wardrobe. In my mind there is a mini ticklish which I have to complete before reaching the till;

  1. Will I wear this more than once?
  2. Can I wear this item in more than one way?
  3. Will this item stand the test of time?

Inspired by my new shopping ways, this week I thought I would do a blogpost on an item which I think is one of the most important parts of a timeless capsule wardrobe…..

The Classic Shirt.

Yes, its the classic shirt! One of the most versatile pieces of clothing you will come across, but also a flattering and chic piece. The shape and fit of a shirt is designed to flatter a women’s shape- the collar frames the face, the shape of a tailored shirt pulls in at the waist and flows out, and a 3/4  sleeve length  can show off the most elegant and thinnest part of your arm.

If you’re looking for an easy piece of clothing to start off your capsule wardrobe, this is it. I’m going to look at three of the easiest and most popular shirt styles to wear.

The White Shirt.

A crisp white shirt teamed with denim jeans could not make for a more classic and timeless combo. This is an effortlessly stylish look and easy to achieve for a smart-casual look. Minimal accessorising is needed and the shirt shape will flatter your assets. Choose whether to go for an oversized ‘boyfriend’ version teamed with slimline jeans, or alternatively a tailored fitted shirt for a smarter look.

The beauty of a white shirt is basically that its a clean palette for you to do whatever you want with! As mentioned previously, you could pair with jeans for a day-time outfit, dress up with a pencil skirt for work, or glam up with a patterned skirt for a sophisticated night out. When shopping for a good white shirt, I would recommend shopping for a good quality one rather than going for a cheap and cheerful version. It is likely to look better, be more comfortable and will also stand the test of time. Remember to wash well, as there’s nothing worse than a white shirt that has turned into a grey miserable one!

Personally, I would choose to wear a white shirt with some skinny jeans, adding a pop of colour with some bright or patterned heels. I would also like to try pairing one with a pretty mid length A-line skirt. See these pics for some inspo…

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The Plaid Shirt.

This is the perfect easy-to-wear option to have in your wardrobe. I have had a plaid shirt in my wardrobe since my late teens and find that they are perfect to throw on for a stylish yet comfy piece. If you wanted to dress up your plaid shirt you could team with a skirt, be it a flowing maxi or a fun mini A-line. To complete this playful look, I would knot the shirt up at the hips . Alternatively, why not go oversized and wear over a dress or as a dress. Like the white shirt, there are so many ways to wear this timeless look and you’ll never find it hard to locate them in all different shapes and colours on the high street.

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The Denim Shirt.

Saving the best until last, the denim shirt is my all time favourite! For me, its one of the most easily stylish looks you can get and demonstrates the ‘timeless, versatile and easy to wear‘ functions of ‘the shirt‘ perfectly. If you’re feeling brave, denim on denim can look amazing-just make sure the shades of denim you use are slightly different to ensure your outfit has a bit of depth. Same rules apply as with the white shirt- for ultimate chic denim shirt inspiration, see Olivia Palermo who always teams her shirts with timeless neutral classics.

For me, the classic shirt will always have a place in my wardrobe, I just love how easy to wear they are and how I can match them up with so many other items already in my wardrobe.

If you would like any help getting your wardrobe in shape, or would like to create your own capsule wardrobe, feel free to get in touch with me, or visit my website http://www.charlottebethstyle.com to have a look at the services I offer to help you feel happier and more confident with your style!

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