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The midi skirt- anything but midi-ocre ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™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 ยฃ30! 


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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

Dressing you and your bump- pregnancy fashion! ย 

I’m fast approaching 28 years on this earth (yikes) and in the last couple of years I’ve seen friends get engaged and get married, move across the country, buy houses and become pregnant! It’s a very exciting time ๐Ÿ™‚ 

One of my best friends has recently announced her amazing pregnancy news and after a few discussions about her fast-growing bump and having to change her wardrobe to accommodate it, I thought I would write a little blog post about dressing for your pregnancy to both show off your bump but also importantly feel comfortable and of course still look stylish! 

Whether you’re pregnant or not, celebrities can have a huge influence on what you choose to wear. Blake Lively who recently announced her second pregnancy has been in the celebrity spotlight a lot at the moment as she is promoting a new film, giving her lots of opportunities to dress herself and bump up. I love Blake’s style- she’s not afraid to experiment with colour and unusual cuts, and pregnancy does not stop her from continuing with this. 


When she is pregnant, Blake utilises the empire line perfectly, and this is my first tip for pregnant ladies. The empire line is arguably the best style of dress to go for when you’re pregnant. This style has a waistline which starts just under the bust and flows down over the rest of your body, flattering a bump and enhancing your bust (in a good way!). It’s also an incredibly comfy style which is very important for obvious reasons. As you can see, empire lines can feature in many different dress styles, from Grecian-style maxi dresses to stretch midi dresses. 


For a casual day-time summer look, check out this empire line black midi dress from Topshop Maternity. This dress falls down from just under the bust and will give your bump room to grow meaning you can keep wearing it throughout your pregnancy. I’ve paired with some comfortable monochrome espadrilles from Zara and have completed with a pop of bright colour with this LK Bennett bag. 


Kourtney Kardashian embraces her bump with a stretch striped dress, finished off with a colour pop yellow tote. Get the dress at New Look for another daytime outfit. 


Or for a dressier summer look (perhaps for your baby shower), why not go for a maxi dress. I like this New Look One, similar to this lovely lady’s dress at her baby shower which I discovered on Instagram. 


Floral patterns are a great way to dress up your bump for summer and are always available in lots of different patterns and styles. A good way of keeping cool and comfortable but also keeping your style! 

Pretty dresses sorted, now for more practical work and casual fashion. If you work in an office and still need to wear dresses or suits, check out New Look and Next’s maternity wear section (a lot of it currently on sale). Dresses made in comfortable stretch materials in classic colours and patterns. I love the black and white colour block dress which is smart but still shows off your bump! 


And for much-needed relax and down-time, maternity jeans are the one. Elasticated waist for bump, flattering way to still show off your legs for mum! Lots  of high street retailers make them which is great as most of us wear jeans most of the time and being pregnant shouldn’t stop this. I have been told H&M and New Look make some excellent ones. Team with an oversized shirt and some very comfortable flats and voila, stylish mum-to-be look achieved! 


Whilst being pregnant shouldn’t stop you wearing heels, these flats from Toms, Converse and LK Bennett will support your feet keep your feeling comfortable throughout the day. All would look great with any of the below maternity dresses from Topshop for a stylish day-time look. 


Pregnancy is a whirlwind of experiences, and during this time you want to celebrate and show off your bump. Hopefully my tips and suggestions have helped you with your pregnancy wardrobe. If you would like any other tips or guidance with dressing your bump feel free to email me at charlotte@charlottebethstyle.com 

Xx 

Grey for a summer’s day?!ย 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚    

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

Navy Makeover.ย 

We’ve all got it in our wardrobes (no not that regretful expensive fashion purchase that still has the price tag on), and it’s the closest sister to the ever faithful black garment. Navy is a wardrobe staple, but unlike black, can often be hard to obviously team with other colours.

As a navy devotee, I tend to play safe and put with other neutrals such as whites and greys, and tan is a must for summer. But what are my other options to ‘shuzz’ up my navy collection? 

ORANGE 

Ok, so not everyone has this in their wardrobe, myself included, but have a look at these pics… 


I think orange perfectly complements navy which results in a strong outfit which is still simple but just says more. I particularly love the orange shoes, just goes to show if you’re a bit wary about orange clothing, you can just go with a key accessory. Accessory-wise, a scarf or bag would also work just as well when teamed with a neutral navy garment. 


Personally speaking, I think I’ll be investing in a little orange knitted cardigan which I can put over a summer dress or team with cropped trousers and a light top. 

GREEN 
During my childhood, lime green was a thing made of nightmares, I remember chavvy shell suits and trainers in this colour, enough to put anyone off for life. But now?  I love it! Especially with navy. This is a bolder look than orange but I think even more effective. Definitely a brave departure from teaming navy with neutrals but I think a good one.  


Whilst I love the dramatic poofy skirt outfit, I think I’ll be going for a more low key look, perhaps going for a jumper to team with some navy culottes or a maxi skirt. Lime green jewellery is also a good idea to start off with if you’re still a little intimidated by the colour! 


You can also opt for a different shade of green, such as emerald. This is a more sophisticated colour and would look good as part of an occasion wear outfit. 

Pink

And finally, the most feminine of the three, pink! This is the colour that we’re all most likely to already have in our wardrobes. I adore pink with navy and think it looks elegant and girly together. Navy stripes with pink is one of my go to looks, you cannot go wrong!  


Hopefully I’ve given you some food for thought when it comes to livening up your navy pieces. What better time to add some life and colour with the arrival of summer? Here are some outfit ideas which I’ve put together to help give you some high street inspo! 

LK BENNETT

ZARA

REISS