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Top Trousers 

After a couple of exciting but rather tiring weeks of moving house, I’ve finally had time to sit down and blog about my favourite subject again- fashion! I can never stay away too long! 

Following on from my blog post about what top styles we should be wearing for our body shape (which I’m chuffed to say got readers from all over the globe), this week I thought I’d move on to trouser shapes. 

Trousers are our everyday favourites. Easy to pull on and versatile enough to wear in the day through to the evening, I’m sure you’ve got a fair few pairs in your wardrobe yes? 

Although we may all own a lot of pairs of trousers, a large majority of women do confess that they find trouser buying the hardest out of all the garment types. 

The problem with trousers is that whilst they may look amazing from one angle, from another they may not look as good. They can also stunt our height and widen our appearance-boooo. Alternatively, they can lengthen our legs and slimline our figure- yippee! 

So what trouser types should you be wearing for your shape? 

The Bootleg Jean- Universally Flattering. 

Let’s start with the best first. If you’re anything like me, jeans will be at the top of your trouser list. I wear them almost every day and have all the styles from A-Z in every shade of denim. Their practicality is hard to beat. 

The best style for flattering your body shape is undeniably the bootleg Jean. 


The relaxed shape of the bootleg jean will do wonders for your figure, balancing everything out and not clinging on to anything that you don’t want them to. 

This style works well for ladies with bigger thighs and a tummy, because the top of the jean skims over you and the slight a-line cut at the bottom of the jean makes everything appear thinner whilst still maintaining a lovely shape. 

They also work well for petite ladies, giving them them curves to play with. 


Cropped Trousers. 

Cropped trousers are a great style for ladies with skinny legs and a bigger upper body (Apple shapes) who are looking to show off their lovely legs. 

Cropped trousers will show off elegant ankles and if you are very tall, can shorten your appearance slightly. 


The main thing to watch with cropped trousers is that the trouser doesn’t stop and cut off across the widest part of your calf, as this will widen the appearance of your legs.

 If you are larger on your bottom and thigh choose a slightly wider style and ensure it finishes just below your calf. 

As the ladies show above, this style looks fab with elegant heels. 

Wide Fit Trousers. 

This style worn with heels, as long as possible in length, are very flattering especially for ladies who want to disguise bigger thighs. 

Try to find a style with a side fastening as this with lengthen the leg and flatten the tummy. It’ll also make you appear taller. 


Team wide leg trousers with a slim fitting top to create a lovely flattering outfit! 

High-Waisted Trousers. 

This style suits ladies with long legs and little waists. If you are the lucky owner of a washboard stomach, this style teamed with a cropped top will look amazing on you! Or for a smarter look, copy Jessica’s style and tuck in a shirt with some. 


These are just some of the styles that are available to us. When you’re looking for your next pair of trousers, remember these little tips; 

1) Avoid too much detail on trousers such as large pockets if you are bigger on your bottom half as they will add unwanted weight to this section. Alternatively, detail and pockets can add volume to a boyish shape. See Mrs Beckham’s trousers below. 


2) Pleats are common in trousers but are notorious for adding unwanted weight to the thigh area so take care! 

3) Flat-fronted trousers and side fastenings are slimming to the figure. Holly’s flat-fronted, side fastening trousers show off her amazing waist and slim her legs. 


4) The longer the trouser, the more flattering appearance of your figure. As a result of this, heels are a pair of trouser’s best friend! 

5) When shopping, don’t be put off from buying if a pair of trousers are too long or big on the waist. They can easily be altered! Also, when trying on trousers, try to look at them from as many angles as possible to ensure they are right for you. 


Hope this has helped ladies. Happy trouser-shopping 🙂 

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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Christy Turlington in Vogue magazine 1987

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

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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