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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 😊

Emma Roberts- the princess of clashing patterns and boho vibes. 💜💛💜

  
She’s the niece of Julia Roberts so her beauty is anticipated even before you’ve seen her- Emma Roberts is one of Hollywood’s most talented young ladies at the moment and is fast becoming not only known for her sterling acting skills, but also for her confident and fun fashion style. Think tomboy and girly girl at the same time- impressive! 

 
  

What I love about Emma’s style is how laid back it is when she’s ‘off-duty’. Often heading out in loose fitting floaty numbers paired with scruffy converses or a thrift shop vintage fur coat, Emma has achieved both a casual Californian style and a fun and innovative one.  

Emma is a big fan of effortlessly clashing patterns, particularly leopard print  (one of my personal favourites). I love how she successfully combines things that you would never think would look good together. Who would’ve thought Bart Simpson would look so chic paired with an A-line skirt? 

  
  

She clearly loves experimenting with her clothes, and being the Hollywood actress she is, has lots of exciting opportunities and events to attend where she can exercise her style ideas. From Coachella pool parties, to sitting Frow at a fashion show and attending premieres, Emma always manages to execute her wonderful personal style perfectly.

   

 She’s also a great fan of accessorising, be it with fab fifties shades or a cute (but I’m sure verrrry expensive) designer bag. 

  
So Emma’s style recipe seems to be find some boho patterns, mix with a little bit of vintage, add a few drops of classic designer, fold in some playful motifs and finish off with a twist of fifties style. et voila! An exciting and refreshing style! Emma has definitely encouraged me to clash and mix up some of my summer outfits! 

  
  

  

Summer Dreamin’…

We’re coming to the end of a lonnng April which has seen some rather erratic weather (hailstorms, blinding sunlight and hurricane in one day), lots of work and not much play unfortunately. Needless to say, I think I’m ready for summer! 

Today, the day before payday (which is very dangerous), I’ve been browsing the web looking at lots of pretty things to help me look forward to summer. We have a holiday in Spain planned and are hoping to do a few city getaways including Amsterdam, so I’m looking to update my summer wardrobe, buy some miracle-working beauty products and also get in shape for the bikini! Daunting task! 

My Summer Wishlist includes; 

1) An easy to use makeup palette which I can carry around with me easily.

Wishlist Find: Charlotte Tilbury 5 minute instant look in a palette.

  
Charlotte Tilbury is definitely one of the top celeb makeup artists at the moment with clients including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Jennifer Aniston. I quite like her makeup products as they’re  not too over the top but can stil transform your face into a thing of beauty! I would definitely love to receive this makeup palette to use for when I’m ‘on the go’- it contains everything you need to keep your face looking pretty, from eye highlighter to bronzer. £49 

2) A light and feminine fragrance. 

Wishlist Find: Jo Malone Nashi Blossom and Lime Basil Mandarin cologne. 

  

Having had the pleasure of working for Jo Malone London, I am fairly well versed on their fragrance collection, even down to knowing the three layers of each and every fragrance of the collection (we had very thorough training)!

 During my time working there, I fell in love with several of their fragrances and treated myself to a few colognes, candles and bath oils. One of my favourites has to be Jo Malone’s signature scent Lime Basil and Mandarin, a zesty and herbaceous fragrance which instantly uplifts me when I spray it. It’s perfect for this time of year as it starts getting warmer and sunnier. I’d also love to try the new limited edition cologne Nashi Blossom, a fragrance that combines fruits and florals- two of my favourite scent types. And the pretty polka dot bottle wouldn’t look bad next to the rest of my collection on my dressing table either! From £42

3) An affordable but flattering bikini. 

Wishlist Find: H&M swimwear.

  

When it comes to bikinis, I’m not fussed on spending too much on one as I tend to get bored easily and move on to another. I absolutely love H&M as a shopping destination at the moment- I’ve found some brilliant dresses and everyday casuals there recently. Their new swimwear collection offers something for every body type, despite every bikini being modelled by a size 6 model which is anything but realistic, but fairly predictable! 

I’ll always be a lover of stripes so I will probably invest in one of the below, modelled by Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra  Ambrosio. Motivation right there to get my bikini body ready! From £3.99

 
4)  Practical but funky sportswear. 
Victoria’s Secret Sportswear Collection. 

  

In order to achieve above bikini body for my holiday, I’m going to have to get myself back in shape! And of course, even when it comes to excercise, a girls gotta look stylish these days! There is a huge market for fashionable and feminine sport wears these day, and all the celebrities are all over their sportswear on the internet. 

  
Here in Bristol, we have been lucky enough to have a huge Victoria’s Secret open, and whilst I’m not a fan of all of their stuff, I do enjoy their sportswear. I’ve also heard rave reviews about the sports bras from various friends. 

It’s important to feel comfortable when excercising and this can sometimes be compromised when you also try to wear something ‘funky and fashionable’, but the Victoria’s Secret bras and leggings are the perfect combo of funky and functional. 

   
 So that’s my summer wish list (or a least a portion of it). What’s on your list? Summer, hurry on up! 

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

Layering Love

Are you a summer dresser or a winter dresser? Floaty chiffon maxi dresses or a tweed shift dress? Bohemian sandals or chunky suede knee-high boots? Do you love the fact that you can leave the house in summer without a jacket or can you not bear to be without your cosy shearling coat?

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For me, winter definitely precedes over summer in the style stakes. The bobble hats, the blanket scarves, the array of coats, and definitely the layering of lots of cosy materials!

Whilst layering is not only a practical choice when the weather starts to get seriously chilly, its also a great way to to look effortlessly stylish. However there is always a potential with layering to add on weight to yourself with all the heavy knitwear.

Here are some tips to ensure that you layer yourself up perfectly this winter!

Layer contrasting materials.

The key to avoiding adding weight to yourself through layering is to use contrasting materials and textures. If you layer a cable knit jumper with a cable knit cardigan, there is no gradual layering, you are just going from thick to thick!

Always go from thin to thick- this way the most light-weight, breathable materials are next to your skin, and the thicker materials are on your outer body, protecting you from the winter elements. You’ll also keep a better shape and silhouette this way. Just make sure when layering your contrasting materials that each element does still work by itself, as you may need to take layers on and off throughout your day.

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Everyday Layering. 

A great idea for everyday layering is to combine a shirt with a jumper, completed by your winter coat and some cosy accessories. This is an effortlessly stylish look and a practical one. It’s also suitable for work or play- crisp whites with neutral knits make for smart-wear, whilst denim with striped or coloured knits make for great casual-wear. If you’re not that confident experimenting with colour or pattern, layering is a great way to introduce something more fun to your wardrobe. You can start with adding the colour or pattern to your under layer and once you feel more adventurous, you can move it to an outer layer. Saying that, this look can also look sleek and sophisticated when used with neutrals and monochrome!

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Adapt your dresses. 

If you love a good dress and pine for the summer days where you could wear your sleeveless one with no worry about the weather, fear not! Why not try layering your favourite dress to take it from summer to winter? The easiest way to do this is to use a blouse or a pretty shirt. Add some chunky cable knit tights with winter heels and finish off this feminine look with a little waist belt and a statement necklace. This is a great way to keep wearing parts of your wardrobe which you thought you couldn’t because of the season change.

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Don’t hide away! 

As we’ve seen, layering can look effortlessly stylish and flattering, but its also easy to hide your best bits and to add on unnecessary weight when layering. The key to avoiding this is to make sure you are still showing off a silhouette.

Blanket capes are everywhere this season (just as they were last year), and their fluid, draping style makes for perfect layering. To ensure you keep a feminine shape, cinch in your blanket cape with a waist belt and slimline your bottom half to balance out the cape. Skinny or slim jeans would work best here but the universally flattering bootleg style will also work to streamline your body.

These rules will apply to most other forms of layering too- where you are wearing chunky styles on top, wear slimmer styles on bottom and try to create a waist for yourself where possible.

So how will I be layering this winter? I’ll be wearing long sleeve striped tops under jumpers, belts over chunky knits, soft fluffy socks over knitted tights and peter pan blouses under shift dresses. I can’t wait!

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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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