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The midi skirt- anything but midi-ocre 🙊🙊🙊


They say (or rather Yves Saint Laurent famously said), that fashion fades but style is eternal. But I believe that there are definitely a few fashion styles that really have stood the test of time and have brightened rather than faded. 

The LBD, the Bootleg Jean, the Trench Coat…all of these styles have been knocking around for a pretty long time but show no sign of going anywhere. 

I love to see people wearing styles from past eras but with their own modern day twist. This week’s blog post centres around my current favourite fashion piece, the midi skirt- otherwise known as The Social Skirt. A skirt of mid-length, the middle man between a knee length and a full length skirt, the midi skirt tends to end just above the ankle and sits on the waist. 


Here we see the Queen herself rocking an amazing social skirt which flatters by drawing attention to her (tinnnnny) waist  and falling down gracefully, ending around her very slender ankles. And next to her we see actress Sarah Rafferty rocking the same style but several decades on, showing the true fashion presence of this skirt style. 

Now I’m a great jeans-lover, wearing them almost daily for day-time casual or pairing with a nice top and heels for evening glamour. I didn’t own many skirts and didn’t tend to particularly look out for them when I used to go shopping. That has changed! 

 In the last few years there was a real emergence of the ‘maxi-skirt’, the midi length’s longer, bigger sister if you will. This was a result from the popular boho fashion era where long, floaty and floral was the look everyone wanted to emulate to look like Sienna Miller and co. 


I was fully on the maxi bandwagon for a long time and still am, though now I’m mostly style crushing on the midi skirt which I partly discovered through working for L.K Bennett- a fashion brand now  very well known for their signature social skirts. 


Now you may be thinking this style looks fairly hard to pull off and that you have to be a certain body shape or height to wear. That does apply to some extent.

 If you’re tall, you definitely have an advantage as the midi skirt’s longer length does look good when paired with long legs. London blogger ‘London Tall Girl’ Marsha Campbell shows us how amazing tall girls can look in a midi skirt. I love her colourful and playful sense of style- she really knows how to make the most of her skirts. 


If you’re petite, you can still wear midi skirts but must take care that you don’t appear too ‘swamped’ in the garment. Pairing with fitted pieces or pieces which draw the eye down in a straight line can help balance out the fullness that comes with a maxi skirt. 

One of the best body shapes to work with this skirt to flatter and accentuate is the pear shape- the midi skirt will accentuate a little waist, skim over the hips and fall gracefully to the slimmest part of your leg. 

Similarly, hourglass figures look great in this style because of the waist accentuation and for rectangle shape girls, these skirts do well to add more volume and shape to their figure with the fullness of the skirt (pick a patterned skirt to really amp up the volume). Check out these styles from New Look, all under £30! 


I may be biased of course but L.K Bennett really do seem like the forerunners for this skirt style on the high street, creating some beautiful styles with the most amazing patterns and textures. 


These skirts also make a wonderful alternative to dresses for special occasions. You can dress them up or down and are in many ways more versatile than a dress because of this. How many times have you bought a dress for an occasion, promising yourself that you’ll wear it again to get your money’s worth, only to never wear it again as people have already seen you wear it?! 

These skirts can be changed and altered just by what top and accessories you choose to team them with. I’ve seen ladies wear trainers with them, and others incredibly glam Jimmy Choos or Louboutins. 


I have a couple of weddings coming up this year and next so will definitely be investing in some more midi skirts to dress up in. I’m already very proud and astonished at how quickly I’ve managed to accumulate a collection, and very much look forward to continuing to add to it. After all, I highly doubt that this style will fade into obscurity any time soon 😊

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Grey for a summer’s day?! 

The colour grey doesn’t traditionally conjure up exciting images does it? Rain clouds, concrete, that terrible book…it’s not really up there in the ranks of most popular shades to wear. But then again, black doesn’t conjure up the happiest of images either but is definitely in all of our wardrobes, the favourite shade to dress in to look timeless, sophisticated and slimmer! 

Do you currently own anything grey clothing-wise? Or is it something you’ve never really considered? Maybe you might need some persuading on this front!


Grey is a fantastic shade for so many reasons. Firstly, it suits all skin tones because it comes in (just as the book suggests) over fifty shades! Because of this, it’s so easy to work with and very versatile. Lucky for us the high street seems to have caught on to the grey trend and there is plenty of it there for us to lap up be it clothes, shoes or accessories. 

Grey clothes, accessories and shoes for all!

Grey is a great multi-seasonal neutral shade which can be worn in block (just by itself) for a sophisticated sleek look, or used to bolster and complement other colours. As mentioned, grey is the perfect shade to suit all types of skin tone and will always highlight and show off a tan too. Top marks! 
In summer, teaming with pure white will look amazing and effortlessly stylish. I’m a big fan of midi and maxi skirts at the moment so will definitely be on the lookout for a skirt to replicate these looks below,  finished off with a pair of wedges.


Grey is suitable for both casual and smart occasions too. Whether you want to wear it on the office, for a day out shopping or to a wedding or other special event, the high street has a lot to offer, from short suits, to Grecian style dresses and jersey t-shirt dresses. 

Casual summer days


Special Occasion Dressing

Stylish Workwear


If all-grey outfits are just not you, then you can always use grey to complement and highlight brighter colours which you already have in your wardrobe to show them off at their best. 

This beautiful coral Reiss shirt dress looks amazing with these grey accessories – either as a daytime  look with the flats or a pretty evening look with the heels. 

Or check out this feminine jumpsuit (also from Reiss) which looks fab with deep red and gold accessories. The perfect outfit for a wedding. 


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As you can see from my outfit examples, grey works well with all colours and there’s really not one I can think of which wouldn’t go! 

So although perhaps traditionally viewed as a slightly bland shade to wear, I think you’ll agree that grey can be transformed into a flattering, feminine and ultra stylish look. Have a peek at these high street offerings below, all available at this very moment, just in time for summer! 🙂    

Will you be investing in any grey-wear this summer? And what colours will you be pairing it with? 

Inspired by the #fbloggers. 

I hate to admit it, but I’m addicted to my phone! But aren’t we all these days? I’m constantly tapping away on my phone, checking emails,  checking Instagram, checking Facebook. It drives my boyfriend (who owns a very old school  ‘un-smart’ phone) to sometimes become rather annoyed when we’re meant to be relaxing in front of the tv! 

My main addiction is definitely Instagram. I absolutely love checking out what the fashion bloggers are wearing, and because their job is to post regularly and daily, I never get bored!

 
Whether we’re aware of it or not, celebrities and fashion bloggers massively influence what we choose to buy. I like to think that I’m fairly decisisive in knowing what I want to buy for myself, but I can easily be swayed into buying something  just because I’ve seen a celebrity or blogger wearing it.

  

Top fashion bloggers’ jobs are to show off their amazing lifestyle and wardrobe with flashy photographs in to-die-for locations. It’s hard for any girl to resist buying something that could give us their lifestyle, or at least to resemble it!

In this blog post, I take a look at two of my favourite fashion bloggers and what trends I’m going to nab from them for the summer season.

Anna Hart. South Molton Street Style. 

  Anna Hart is creator and founder of South Molton Street Style, a fashion blog I discovered when I was newborn to the world of blogging and Twitter. I love Anna’s blog because she writes about luxurious and delectable fashion, but in a funny, down to earth and honest fashion.  
A fan of classic style including Breton stripes and boyfriend jeans, she also loves to take risks with her style, experimenting with fun clothing styles and bright colours. The perfect mix of girl next door and fashion blogger style. 

  

You should follow this blog if you like lovely British fashion set against posh London backdrops. I’ll be taking inspiration from Anna’s footwear this summer and will be on the hunt for some espadrilles and some bright colour pop heels! 

   


Victoria, In The Frow. 

  

I discovered this site after seeing other bloggers on Instagram rave about it. Warning, if you are gagging for a holiday, this blog may depress you! The Maldives, Santorini and Cannes are just some of the beautiful locations that Victoria has recently blogged from- lucky girl! 

  

I like this blog because of it’s aspirational factor- what girl wouldn’t be jealous of this lil lady’s lifestyle of jet-setting off to luxurious locations, wearing the best designers goods and showing off the most highly sought after beauty products. Reading this blog is the perfect little bit of escapism. 

 

   

 

Even though Victoria is stunningly beautiful and she obviously lives a privileged lifestyle, her blog is still approachable and likeable and you feel you can relate to many of her comments. 

What am I inspired to wear through reading this blog? Pretty pastel colours, floral lace and matte dusky pink lips! 

Who are your favourite fashion bloggers? And what inspo will you be taking from them for the summer? 

Xx 


 
  

 

The Perfect Style Icon for Me… 

I’ve been blogging as a hobby for a few years now and just like fashion trends, my style icons can change from season to season. 

I can remember becoming obsessed with Sienna Miller’s boho style many years ago, inspired by Victoria Beckham’s sophisticated and pretty tailoring when she launched her fashion label, and endlessly impressed by Kate Moss’ ability to make anything look cool over the years.  

  
This week I thought I’d revisit one of my steady style icons, Ashley Madekwe. She’s a fairly well-known British actress now living in LA (you may recognise her from Scandal and Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) but perhaps not up in the ranks with Kate and Victoria. I first discovered her amazing style through her blog ‘Ring My Bell’. 

  
The thing I love most about Ashley’s style is that it’s often simplistic but still has an adventurous edge to it. She’s a big fan of wearing neutrals and then adding some fun to her outfit through some playful accessories or a blast of colour or pattern. 

 
Ashley uses her blog to document her every-day style and again, this is why I love her- her style is easily achievable and actually does define ‘every-day’. 

 Saying that, Ashley is an actress living in LA, so gets to attend lots of glamorous events. This is where I lust after outfits which I probably wouldn’t be able to wear for everyday occasions! 

    Whether she’s going for timeless monochrome  

 
Pretty in pastels…

  
Or going neutral while some snappy clothing shapes do the talking, Ashley has conquered the art of everyday street style and glamorous LA actress style simultaneously. 

  

Ashley, I love your timeless, simplistic yet trendy style and will continue to try to replicate it for many years to come! I wish I had your wardrobe! 

  

  

 
 

 

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!

xxx

Brogues in Vogue.

We all have that one area of our wardrobe which we neglect. It could be that we find that particular garment a nightmare to buy (usually jeans as it feels like rocket science is needed to find ‘the perfect fit’), or it could be that its something that is just easily overlooked (boring socks). But personally, my area of wardrobe that often looks a little neglected is my footwear section.

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Don’t get me wrong, I do own a fair few pairs of shoes! But these shoes are usually all very similar and despite the large volume of shoes I own, because they’re all the same I actually end up with the dreaded ‘I have nothing to wear!!!‘ syndrome on a lot of occasions.

So this Autumn I have decided to focus on my tootsies and keeping them warm and protected. My go-to shoe style at this time of year (before it gets really cold) is more often than not the ballet pump. Pretty and easy to get on and off but with very little support or protection. It is essentially like walking on bare feet with a small slip of fabric between you and the ground!

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I have always admired the brogue style of shoe for women but until recently have  thought that it doesn’t particularly fit in with my personal style. I love the slightly androgynous look that they can give off whilst still maintaining a level of femininity by showing off sleek and elegant ankles. Worn with cropped or ankle grazers, they can be shown off at their best.

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After a lengthy session on Pinterest followed by an online shopping mission, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of brogues that caught my eye and the different looks you can create with them. So here are three ways to wear brogues this season.

With a dress.

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Bringing feminine together with the androgynous. I think it would be a little optimistic to assume we would be going tight-less during the winter but all the same, a pair of brogues with a pretty dress makes for a really stylish look and a great way to show off legs! This is a great look for an apple-shaped lady who is perhaps larger on top but who has skinnier legs as the brogues will draw the eye down. Wear with chunky tights and layer your dress with a warm and cosy knitted cardigan or jumper cinched in with a belt. For extra style points to embrace this season’s trends, team your brogues with a boho dress for a warm winter look.

As a splash of colour.

Aside from the black or tan colours that we mostly associate traditional brogues with, there are a plethora of patterned and coloured brogues on the market nowadays. These can add a ‘bit of ommph‘ to a simple or classic outfit.

Wear with cropped trousers, a crisp white shirt and tailored blazer for a stylish and smart look. Alternatively, wear with a colour block outfit to really let your brogues do the talking. This is a great way to team your new brogues with staples that you probably already own such as your jeans and neutrally coloured garments. All black teamed with a coloured, metallic or patterned pair of brogues will look effortlessly stylish in my opinion, and I’ll definitely be trying this look out!

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Modernise Your Brogue

If the traditional brogue isn’t your thing, why not try an adapted version of it? During my online search I found a number of ‘girlier‘ styles of brogue which may work for someone with a particularly feminine personal style, from cut-out detailing to heeled brogues. These would work well with dresses and also as a smart footwear option for workwear. Also quite good as a stepping stone between ballet pumps and traditional brogues!

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After writing this blog post I am even more convinced that I’ll be investing in this style this season. My feet will rejoice and my ballet pumps will despair! To finish off, here are a couple of my favourite brogue looks.

Are you a brogue convert?

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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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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