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Fashion for all ages at M&SΒ 

My favourite fashion season has finally arrived! And as much as I’m missing my summer tan and the light evenings, I am and always will be an Autumn Fashion Girl.

Pairs of boots, big chunky coats and cosy knitwear are my kryptonite when shopping, so as you can imagine, Autumn can be an expensive season! 


If there’s anything I’ve learnt over the last couple of years, it is to shop around. You don’t have to shop in expensive places to look amazing in your Autumn wardrobe. 

Of course, it’s definitely advisable to make some more expensive ‘investment’ purchases, mostly for the reason that you will get your money’s worth and these pieces will last you many years to come. These usually come in the form of coats and boots. 

But the odd bargain can work wonders for your wardrobe- it’s amazing how many compliments I’ve got from primark jumpers and dresses. 

Now that the AW16 collections have launched in the shops, I’ve been having a nosy at what they’ve all got to offer and thought I’d do a quick blog post about the new M&S women’s range which I was pleasantly surprised at! 

I’ve blogged about M&S before (https://lottiebeth.wordpress.com/tag/marks-and-spencer/) and now shop in there regularly. It definitely wouldn’t have been somewhere that I’d have thought to shop before but I’m pretty hooked now! It’s a hard thing to do but M&S have managed to appeal to women of all ages with their ranges. 

Cool Workwear. 

A lot of the AW collection focuses on classic pieces with a stylish edge added on. If you’re looking for some more stylish outfit ideas to ‘shuzzz’ up your office wear then this is the place to shop. 

I love this pretty blouse with a flared sleeve and also these wool ankle grazers which look great with shiny patent. 



You don’t have to wear crazy colours to make your outfits more interesting- it’s all about being experimental with styles and cuts. These wide cut trousers may make you wary at first, but paired with a slim fitting polo neck, it would make a really sophisticated but stylish work outfit. Buttons are also a key feature for AW16 so this military style jacket would surely go down well! 

Fun Coats. 

A staple coat is a must on everyone’s autumn winter list. It’s great to have some capsule coats, such as a plain black one or a parka, but a fun coat always goes down well in the fashion world! My advice with ‘Fun’ coats are to not go for anything ridiculously ‘trendy’, as the point of trends are that they will fade away to make way for a new one. Go for patterns that will stay popular such as leopard print or houndstooth. 


Shoes. 

Great news for high-heel lovers-the new range of M&S shoes are all made with ‘Insolia’ technology, which redistributes weight away from the balls of your feet, reducing pressure and increasing ankle stability. As a lady who sometimes has to wear heels all day, this sounds like a god send quite frankly! 


I can’t wait to try out some heels (I have my eyes on the leopard print boots), and maybe I’ll do a blog review to let you know how I get on. 

I’ve touched on just a few pieces of the collection, but hopefully I’ve inspired you to take a look in the shops or on the website. Come payday I’ll be looking to buy a cosy wrap and a leather midi skirt (last year’s suede version sold out and there was a waiting list!) 

What do you think of M&S clothing? And will you be buying any of their collection this Autumn? 

Necklines Nailed.Β 

Tops- we wear them everyday in all different styles, but are you really aware of what your neckline is doing for you and your body shape? 

It may sound rather trivial but your neckline can determine how good you look! Get it right, you’re showing off your best assets to perfection, but choose incorrectly and the wrong style can emphasise something you’d rather disguise and ultimately leave you unhappy with your outfit choice. 

So what necklines should you be wearing for your shape? 

The Round Neck.

Olivia Palermo


Let’s start off with the hardest one- the round neck top is a common choice with us all. The biggest issue with round neck tops is how they can highlight big or small busts and also our necks! 

If you’re big busted, round neck tops can make you appear square, and if you’re small-busted, they can highlight a flatter chest.

Round (crew) necks are ultimately most suited to slim ladies with long elegant necks (Olivia Palermo we salute you!)

If you still want to keep a round neckline in your wardrobe though, the best style to opt for is a scoop neck. This lower neckline flatters your bust and also shows off just below your collarbone and mid chest- the last area of a woman to age! 


The V Neck. 
One of my absolute favourites, and should be yours too as it flatters most body shapes! 


The degree of ‘V’ that you choose to opt for basically depends on your face shape. If you have a longer face and neck, go for a shallow V, otherwise your features may be drawn out. Alternatively, if you have a rounder shaped face and shorter neck, go for a longer V. This will slim your face and lengthen your neck. 

Blake Lively


Good news for big busted women too- a V neck style will slim down your upper body and also flaunt your assets! 
The Polo Neck. 

The polo neck can be slimming and incredibly chic, but the main thing to remember when wearing a polo neck is to wear a well-fitted bra underneath as the fitted shape of most polo neck tops can be unforgiving! 

An oversized polo knit jumper in winter looks amazing, just make sure your bottom half is fitted to balance out the chunky knit on top. 

Victoria Beckham


The Wrap Top. 


My current favourite, much like the V neck top, a wrap top flatters pretty much all body shapes, drawing the eyes down in a slimming fashion and gathering in at the waist to create a lovely curved shape. Looks amazing in dress form too. 


The Tailored Shirt. 


The smartest neckline in town, the shirt style makes for an excellent framing device for your face with its collar. The fitted style of a shirt also creates a waist (or the illusion of one), and disguises a tummy. It can also create the illusion of a bust.

 For big busted ladies, make sure the buttons don’t pull across your chest, or wear a camisole under a shirt and wear your shirt slightly open as an alternative. 


Hopefully you’ve identified a couple of styles for yourself, it’s amazing the difference a lil ol’ neckline can achieve after all! 

The midi skirt- anything but midi-ocre πŸ™ŠπŸ™ŠπŸ™Š


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 Β£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 😊

Grey for a summer’s day?!Β 

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. 


grey and pale pink= perfection

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! πŸ™‚    

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

Emma Roberts- the princess of clashing patterns and boho vibes. πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’œ

  
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! 

  
  

  

The Perfect Style Icon for Me…Β 

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! 

  

  

 
 

 

Cut It Out!Β 

Gosh this erratic weather at the moment is really testing our fashion ways! One day we wake to glorious sunshine and the starting signals of spring,then the next day decides to bless us with rain and gales and we’re catapulted back into winter. 

In past years this would traditionally be the time to start transitioning to our spring wardrobes- the shops are certainly sticking to this regime. Window fronts have literally blossomed into spring, with light colours and floral patterns starting to adorn many a mannequin. 

  I’m still finding refuge in my big cosy coats, lined ankle boots and knitwear,though I long for the days where you can go outside without needing a jacket and tights on! 

I’ve recently discovered a great way to still keep warm but bring something new to my spring wardrobe-cut out clothing! 

 Not as weird as it sounds I promise. This trend has been seen on many a celebrity recently and also in both designer and high street collections. Take a traditional knitted garment and simply cut out the shoulders or parts of the sleeve. The result- a trendy twist on an otherwise fairly normal piece of clothing. 

  
  
This trend is actually very flattering for all body shapes too, highlighting little sections of the upper body body, breaking up bigger frames or showing off petite frames by highlighting delicate features such as shoulders. Sometimes just the littlest flash of flesh can be more attractive  than showing off a lot of it too! 

  
Celebrities including Selena Gomez and high street brands such as H&M, New Look and REISS demonstrate how versatile this trend can be using all sorts of clothing styles and colours. 

Selena’s simple black jumper is instantly transformed into a slick and sexy number with just a few choice slashes! Black is a great colour to go for with this trend as it can always be dressed up or down. All you would need to do to the below outfits is to add some heels to take from day to night. 

   As you can see, this trend can easily be worked into all of our everyday wardrobes, and can be used as a fun twist on the everyday knitted jumper.   
Take a look at this outfit idea for the office (or just for a smart trendy look), all from New Look:

 

And if you like the idea of cut out tops, you can transfer it to a more well-known trend, the ripped or ‘cut out’ jean. Again, a great way to keep your everyday look but add a fun twist. 

And there is no better time to buy, as sales are still going strong in the shops. You can get a cut out garment for a cut price- perfect!