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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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Pretty In Pink Winter 2015

So we’re into October! This is definitely my favourite time of year- my birthday is approaching (yippee) and so is Christmas (slightly scary), but most of all I love this autumn season because of the fashion!

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This year its a little different as we’ve been lucky enough to have experienced a mini Indian summer this week, causing us all to rush to get out our sunnies and strappy tops again. But usually it would be around this time that I would be unpacking and brushing off the knitwear, and replacing my ballet pumps with sturdier winter boots-much to the delight of my feet!

This October also welcomes the ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign in support of Breast Cancer awareness. This campaign encourages us to raise awareness and also lots of money for all-important research into fighting Breast Cancer through arranging events where we can all get together and sell baked goods, play some games, and all wear pink to show our support.

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Autumn Leaves and Pretty Pink

As we are just about to embark on this ‘Pink Month‘, I thought I would have a look at the best pink fashion pieces in the shops at the moment. The colour pink isn’t often associated with the winter months, but its a surprisingly easy colour to wear around this time of year and can be easily incorporated into your current wardrobe. It also appeared in several Fall shows including Sibling, Prada, Mary Katrantzou and D&G. As a delicate and light colour, it will definitely lighten your mood on those cold dark winter mornings when you have to leave the house for work at silly o clock!

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A winter coat is a staple for your wardrobe and often winter go-to colours include blacks and greys. If you are looking to inject a bit of winter pink into your wardrobe that is easy to wear with everything, why not try this jacket from H&M? This will work perfectly with winter neutrals already in your wardrobe such as blacks, whites and greys and also looks great with stripes. It’s smart style also means you could wear it over work-wear, or alternatively with jeans and some winter ankle boots on your weekends off.

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If you’re a ‘black is my happy colour’ type of lady then why not try accessorising with pink this season? A subtle burst of colour can transform and work wonders for a simple outfit. This magenta pink suede bag from Zara is in my opinion the perfect size, the perfect shade and the perfect statement. I think this would look amazing with a colour block dress or two-piece outfit. And it has room to fit all your winter essentials in, including an umbrella-which we will be more than likely to need soon, lets face facts 😦

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Finally, with this season comes lots of parties and with partying comes pretty dresses! I love this dainty Ted Baker ballerina-style dress with big bow feature which cinches in at the waist creating a very flattering feminine shape.

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So next time you are out shopping, why not have a look around for some pink garments which will add some warmth and romance to your winter wardrobe.

Additionally, a number of fashion and beauty brands are showing their support for ‘Wear It Pink’ month through donating proceeds from particular products to the cause. For example, Jo Malone is donating money from sales of their Red Roses floral cologne and ASDA’s ‘Tickled Pink’ campaign includes various products which donate money to the cause.

So THINK PINK this month and let me know what pink goods you discover!

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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

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.

Great Scot! AW13 Trend- Tartan

When it comes to my own fashion style, there are a few ‘no-go’ areas which I like to stick by. Whole neon outfits, zebra print, stripper shoes, Clark’s shoes…. and then the big one, tartan. I have managed to avoid wearing tartan for my entire life, that’s 24 years people, quite impressive! My main hesitation with tartan is that it is quite a crazy pattern to wear as ‘fashion’. When I think of it, I think of kilts (obviously) or a punk rock look.

But I think my ‘avoid tartan at all costs’ rule is soon to become void . Not that I’m impressionable or anything but tartan is soon to become everywhere this AW with it appearing all over the catwalk at the AW13 fashion weeks. Longtime lovers of tartan McQueen and Vivienne Westwood have some new acquaintances! Gucci, Moschino, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Celine…breath…. all showcased their modern takes on tartan this year. And they’ve managed to convert pretty much the entire fashion world where this pattern is concerned.

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These fashion power houses have reinvented tartan for modern-day life- it’s not only traditional green and red designs on the scene. They’ve used pretty pastel colours and neutrals, giving the pattern a much more sleek and sophisticated feel. It also makes it easier for us to incorporate into our wardrobes- tartan is a look not known for fitting in easily with other patterns, colours and styles. It likes to stand alone!  Saying that, for those that love to make a bold statement and have that admirable brave style combined with no fashion fears, the traditional tartan is still very much available to those who want it.

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And there is good news for high-street lovers. There are some amazing tartan designs which have filtered down from the catwalk to our favourite shops. Next, F&F (Tesco) and Primark all have strong AW13 designs, from pretty dresses, to checked trousers and statement winter coats.

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My favourite high-street shop Zara has some beautiful tartan creations which have helped me change my opinion on tartan. I also found an absolute bargain in the Zara sale- a pair of tartan checked cropped trousers for £9.99! I’ll wear them with black heels and a crisp white shirt for smart occasions or under a chunky winter coat when winter falls upon us. What tartan piece will you invest in this AW?

My New Favourite Best Friend/ Brand- Pull & Bear

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Does a shopping trip ever feel like Groundhog Day for you? Drive into town, park car, walk, turn left, head into Mango, then H&M, then Topshop, then Zara. Maybe stop for a Krispee Kreme doughnut for fuel…not maybe, always. Whilst I will NEVER bore of these high street beauties, sometimes it’s good to mix it up a little with a new brand. After all, what’s better than discovering new clothes?!

So this week I have decided to blog about a new brand that I have been loving recently- Pull & Bear. Not familiar? Spanish brand Pull & Bear is part of the Inditex family- one of the worlds’ leading fashion distributors. Pull & Bear has a sister in Zara- good genes then! P&B is currently experiencing rapid international expansion- its big in Europe and will soon be bigger here in the UK  with new stores scheduled to open (closest to me is Cabots Circus in Bristol-yaaaaay). So why should you invest your precious fashion time in this brand?

 

It’s very bad for your wallet, but very good for your fashion happiness when you end up immediately adding clothes to your basket upon your very first visit to a website. This is precisely what happened seconds after I typed ‘Shop Pull & Bear’ into Google. Opps. But straight away, I could see that I liked Pull & Bear’s brand identity a lot.

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Like Zara, Pull & Bear has an edge on other high street brands due to its rapid response to market demands- new merchandise twice a week! This is brilliant for fashionistas who are always looking for new trends to invest in. And with two collections for men and women to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice.

There are clothes for the younger generation, and clothes for older consumers who are looking for classic styles as well as innovative ones. I love the laid-back feel of the brand, refreshing compared to some of the bold try-hard brands currently out there….I’m not naming any names! Oh….  and did I also mention the clothes are amazingly cheap?! Don’t panic, they won’t dissolve in the middle of the street on your second wear, P&B pride themselves on fashion, price and quality.

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So why not take a look at Pull & Bear’s website today and see if anything takes your fancy? My favourite pieces are shown below. I hate to be a bad influence on your funds but it’s just got to be done.  It’s time to welcome a new brand into the high street family! Hurrah!

 

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