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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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Jessica Alba Looking fashionable at New York Fashion Week (who would’ve thought?!)

The fashion cycle is turning once again, and a new season of looks has been thrust upon us- yep, its fashion week time. As Autumn creeps up on us and we begin to pack away our summer lightweights and invest in some key winter pieces, our attention is diverted to spring 2014- that’s fashion for you, always something new on the scene!

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As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, and London prepares to host its own one, I thought I’d hail a lady who always looks effortlessly amazing and who certainly  didn’t disappoint at the various f-row events and parties in New York- Miss Jessica Alba!

Jessica Alba is always firmly in my top five style icons. I love her ability to look flawless, whether she is shopping in a supermarket with baby in tow, or posing on the red carpet for a Hollywood premiere. She’s a fan of timeless classic pieces but teams these with kooky daring garments-creating a rather versatile wardrobe. Her best fashion trick is to use vivid colours in everyday outfits to give them a bit of Ka-Pow. AND she’s a big fan of yellow just like me. All in all, I would like to be her please!

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At New York Fashion Week Jessica wore some key AW trends. At the Charlotte Ronson show, she defied all rules that knee high socks are only for school girls.  With these she wore classic monochrome stripes, a pleated mini skirt and some very on trend deep berry lipstick. This was a fun look made all the better by an artfully draped leather jacket over the shoulders- draping is BIG this winter guys, perfect for your big oversized coats. Not necessarily winter-friendly though! 😛

Jessica Alba at Charlotte Ronson nyfw

Jessica Alba at Charlotte Ronson NYFW

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing her fun streak, Jessica wore a signature Phillip Lim comic book slogan sweater teamed with navy and black tapered  trousers and red stilettos. But she also displayed her versatility as a style icon, going all demure in an asymmetrically cut black dress with white accessories and sleek hair at Narciso Rodriguez. She also returned to stripes in a smart power blazer and quiff up-do at DVF.

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Jess wasn’t the only well-dressed celebrity to grace NYFW. Check out these celebrities looking pretty suave. Bonus points to Olivia Palermo for wearing sunglasses on the frow during a show- so fashion darling!

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And of course, I couldn’t blog about fashion week without picking some favourite looks for Spring 2014- what were your favourite shows? Can’t wait for LFW!

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The Art of Pulling Off Underwear As Outerwear

A few years ago, I was getting ready for a night out and decided that as I’d bought a beautiful new vintage bra, I would wear a top which would show off its lovely patterning and delicate cut from the side. Feeling quite risqué and trendy at the same time, I headed out of my room only to be immediately confronted with the comment, ‘you’re not ACTUALLY going to wear that OUT are you?!’ With all the confidence knocked out of me like a normal person being asked to simply stand next to Cara Delevingne, I retreated back to my room to change. But I really shouldn’t have caved in, as when done properly, underwear as outerwear is a thoroughly stylish look and can win you serious fashion points for confidence and bravery.

Admittedly, it’s a look not understood by many. ‘Do you know your bra is showing?’ is probably the most common question you will get asked. With this look, if you hadn’t noticed that your bra was showing, then you might need to go for a sight test. Of course, there is a lot of negativity connected to this look, mostly caused by glamour models and attention seekers who feel the need to show off as much skin as possible in the hope that it buys them some minutes/seconds of fame. Oooo catty comment alert! Take a look at some of these fails…

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But there is most definitely a way to make underwear as outerwear a sophisticated and sexy look. Just look at the amazing examples from luxurious design houses on the catwalks. And I think I’ve worked out some key steps to making sure you look more Hollywood siren than FHM glamour model.

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Black is best

Every fashionista knows that wearing black is your fast track way to achieving a sleek and sophisticated image. And this applies to underwear as well. Take Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole and Jessica Lowndes as prime examples. By choosing the right bra and teaming it with sheer black with high necklines, they achieve a classy look with a bit of a sexy edge. The key is to show skin without showing too much skin, as confusing as that sounds! Sheer black is your go-to material with this look. Alternatively, monochrome which we know has been huge this year is also a chic look to go for and a bit more bold. Take Rumer Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker who both cover up with white garments featuring  long sleeves or high necklines, but show off a daring black bra underneath.

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Keep it Subtle

As the celebrities who do it right show, wearing demure cuts (high necklines, flowing sleeves etc) layered over your underwear is the key to pulling off this look. If you are wearing a sheer or lace top to show off your underwear, choose a bottom which evens out the look like a long pencil skirt or some tailored trousers.

Miranda covers up wit blouse but shows her bra!

Miranda covers up wit blouse but shows her bra!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t want to go all out and show off your entire bra, why not show it from the side with a sleeveless gaping top or a loose fitting maxi. This is where a flash of colour is totally welcome. Why not wear a neon bandeau bra with a neutral garment for a bit of ka-pow! So let’s reverse some roles this summer. Underwear, it’s your turn to step into the spotlight!

Jennifer Lawrence does the look subtely showing her pretty bra from the back

Jennifer Lawrence does the look subtely showing her pretty bra from the back

Madonna in 1984- Vintage underwear as outerwear!

Madonna in 1984- Vintage underwear as outerwear!

 

Summer Fashion Trend Alert! The Skort- Have The Best Of Both Worlds

The Newly Revamped Skort!

The Newly Revamped Skort!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, or rather fashion lane shall we say. It’s the late 90’s. We all think we look the bomb. Pedal pushers, Adidas shell suits,  bandanas, SCRUNCHIES (?!) and Spice Girl-esque platform shoes are just some of the looks that we loved to don. They made us look so good when we were bopping along to S Club 7. Fast-forward to 2013 and a now 24 year old me, I can  thankfully say that I have the sense to never, never repeat any of these looks ever again! But there is one 90’s trend that has won me over again very surprisingly, and it’s the skort.

The skort is a weird thing, yet so wonderful! Gone are the days where it was seen as a sports garment for women to wear along with a visor for a game of tennis. The skort has been transformed into something seriously fashionable (my 90’s Tammy Girl ones would definitely not fit the bill these days).  Firstly they’re very practical. There’s always a hint of self-consciousness when wearing a short skirt out and about. With a skort you have the appearance of a pretty mini skirt, with the safety of shorts underneath. No knickers on show today!

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Skorts are also rather versatile. I had a look on Pinterest for some skort-spiration and found some lovely ladies working the skort into various trends including monochrome, neon and sports luxe. Skorts can be worn smart, casual, at a festival, in the city…anywhere really! So a worthy investment which you should get a lot of wear out of. Plus, you really do get two looks in one- one minute you’re in a skirt, then you need only turn around and you’re in shorts too! Magic.

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This season, ZARA had THE skort that every fashionista was after. Coming in a fab asymmetric cut, Its been feautured on countless blogs and worn by celebs including ZARA lover Olivia Palermo, which just goes to prove that it’s a winning garment.

So why not opt for a skort this summer? 2 things for the price of 1 🙂 Yay!

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Make Your Move Checkerboard Chick!

Louis Vuitton fashion sketch

Louis Vuitton fashion sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checkerboard and fashion. To me this sounds like something a character from Alice In Wonderland may wear, but this spring Louis Vuitton proved that its very much a real trend! Using spring yellows, olive greens and monochrome, the Louis Vuitton ss13 show in Paris was a spectacular show where models descended from escalators onto the checkerboard catwalk, as if they were off for a spot of shopping rather than walking at a huge runway event!

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This show resulted in the crème de la crème of the fashion world tripping over each other to get their hands on the various checkerboard designs. Jessica Alba, Kristen Stewart, Kendall Jenner and Miranda Kerr to name but a few. From shift dresses, to cropped tops and miniskirts, this trend is incredibly versatile and has a distinct seventies feel. There was also a lovely contrast at Louis Vuitton between the bold checkerboard patterns and the feminine bows and beehives which the models donned. Checkerboards can look girly and empowering at the same time. Great news!

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The current monochrome craze that we are experiencing goes hand in hand with the traditional checkerboard look. Black and white checks are the boldest choice to go for. I think it looks amazing with a hot pink. Head to my fave shop Zara for some inspiration. They are loving monochrome with hot pink at the moment!

Blogger Street Style

Blogger Street Style

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we saw on the catwalk, wearing head to toe checkerboard is a very brave look! If you want to adapt it to your everyday lifestyle, why not wear a monochrome checkerboard t-shirt with some coloured jeans? For a dressed up look, a checkerboard pencil skirt with a metallic or leather top would be bang on trend. Or you could dress up a neutral outfit with several checkerboard accessories. Pencil point shoes are another big trend this spring.  Keep a look out for some checkerboard ones and kill two birds with one stone!

Louis Vuitton checkerboard pencil points

Louis Vuitton checkerboard pencil points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Gwen Stefani proves how important makeup can be when wearing such a bold trend. Her statement red lips really bring out the stark black and white design of her checkerboard trench. Completed with some classic black shades, she really does look like a true Hollywood star.

Have fun playing checkerboard chic!

Gwen Stefani in monochrome checkerboard trench

Gwen Stefani in monochrome checkerboard trencHave fun playing with checkerboard chic this spring!

Ode To The Humble White Tee

It goes with leather, print, knitwear, the lot! Yes, it’s the classic white tee, the failsafe go-to garment for letting other statement pieces shine or for a simple yet timeless look. If there was an award for the most loyal garment in fashion, the white tee would definitely be nominated!

Elle makes the white tee its cover star!

Elle makes the white tee its cover star!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get a bit tired of hearing some bloggers say that in order to make an impact you need to go for the most daring look. This being tonnes of colour and print and anything alternative to the mainstream. Whilst this works for many, if everybody did this then our fashion world would be a ‘samey’ to say the least.  Sometimes the most fashionable girl on the street can be wearing the most simple outfit combination.

Pinterest Street Style

Pinterest Street Style

Cara Delevingne in slogan tee

Cara Delevingne in slogan tee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The white tee has been knocking around for a loooong long time and many designers have used it as an underlay to define their own brands. Take Henry Holland, Chanel, Celine and Moschino Cheap & Chic for example. Chanel and Celine’s logo t-shirts are a firm favourite with fashionistas. Their simple white cuts with bold black logos are teamed with all manner of clothing, displaying their great versatility. I can’t see them losing any popularity anytime soon.

Pinterest Street Style, Celine Tee

Pinterest Street Style, Celine Tee

Chanel Tee

Chanel Tee

Rihanna in Celine Paris Tee

Rihanna in Celine Paris Tee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there’s Henry Holland whose slogan t-shirts are what found him fame. A personal favourite of mine is ‘I’ll show you who’s boss Kate Moss’. How ballsy!  They’re very reminiscent of the classic ‘Frankie Says Relax’ eighties t-shirt.

Pixie Geldof wears Henry Holland

Pixie Geldof wears Henry Holland

Moschino Cheap & Chic 'Make Up Your Life' tee.

Moschino Cheap & Chic ‘Make Up Your Life’ tee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And whilst the slogan t-shirts are still going strong, sometimes a plain t-shirt is just what the doctor ordered for an outfit. Just look how amazing Miranda Kerr looks in her white tee and leather short monochrome look. Queen Mollie King of the Saturdays looks effortlessly styled to perfection with her white tee, graphic print skirt and trench, and Lauren Conrad (what is she doing nowadays?) earns herself the title  ‘Look  Of The Day’ award for her daytime look in LA. For these girls, wearing a white tee looks stylish and also allows them to let their statement pieces for the day shine through.

Miranda Kerr wears white tee, leather and KILLER legs

Miranda Kerr wears white tee, leather and KILLER legs

Mollie King is white tee, print and trench

Mollie King in white tee, print and trench

Jessica Alba looks simply stylish

Jessica Alba looks simply stylish

Lauren Conrand in white tee and navy skirt combo

Lauren Conrad in white tee and navy skirt combo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some fabulous spring 13 looks, team a white tee with a block-coloured blazer ala Kate Moss. Or style one with sequins (see my previous blog post). Monochrome is also allll over the fashion scene at the moment. Use a slogan tee with a black and white striped pencil skirt to recreate a catwalk-esque look.

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Only great minds can afford a simple style.

Kate Moss in bold blazer and white tee

Kate Moss in bold blazer and white tee

Emerald sequins stand out against a white tee

Emerald sequins stand out against a white tee

Moschino Monochrome Look

Moschino monochrome look

Pinterest Look- white and boldly coloured jeans

Pinterest Look- white and boldly coloured jeans

Pattern Clashing!

Pattern Clashing!

Mary Katrantzou corset top
marissacollections.com

Marni
$695 – farfetch.com

Theory peplum top
$190 – net-a-porter.com

Warehouse sleeveless top
$43 – johnlewis.com

Midi skirt
$23 – newlook.com

Topshop
ebay.co.uk

Gucci white shoes
$595 – profilefashion.com

Dolce & Gabbana ballerina shoes
$265 – pret-a-beaute.com

Judith leiber
saksfifthavenue.com

Leopard bag
$41 – theiconic.com.au