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Fashion for all ages at M&S 

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? 

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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 🙂 

Necklines Nailed. 

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! 

Navy Makeover. 

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! 

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Inspired by the #fbloggers. 

I hate to admit it, but I’m addicted to my phone! But aren’t we all these days? I’m constantly tapping away on my phone, checking emails,  checking Instagram, checking Facebook. It drives my boyfriend (who owns a very old school  ‘un-smart’ phone) to sometimes become rather annoyed when we’re meant to be relaxing in front of the tv! 

My main addiction is definitely Instagram. I absolutely love checking out what the fashion bloggers are wearing, and because their job is to post regularly and daily, I never get bored!

 
Whether we’re aware of it or not, celebrities and fashion bloggers massively influence what we choose to buy. I like to think that I’m fairly decisisive in knowing what I want to buy for myself, but I can easily be swayed into buying something  just because I’ve seen a celebrity or blogger wearing it.

  

Top fashion bloggers’ jobs are to show off their amazing lifestyle and wardrobe with flashy photographs in to-die-for locations. It’s hard for any girl to resist buying something that could give us their lifestyle, or at least to resemble it!

In this blog post, I take a look at two of my favourite fashion bloggers and what trends I’m going to nab from them for the summer season.

Anna Hart. South Molton Street Style. 

  Anna Hart is creator and founder of South Molton Street Style, a fashion blog I discovered when I was newborn to the world of blogging and Twitter. I love Anna’s blog because she writes about luxurious and delectable fashion, but in a funny, down to earth and honest fashion.  
A fan of classic style including Breton stripes and boyfriend jeans, she also loves to take risks with her style, experimenting with fun clothing styles and bright colours. The perfect mix of girl next door and fashion blogger style. 

  

You should follow this blog if you like lovely British fashion set against posh London backdrops. I’ll be taking inspiration from Anna’s footwear this summer and will be on the hunt for some espadrilles and some bright colour pop heels! 

   


Victoria, In The Frow. 

  

I discovered this site after seeing other bloggers on Instagram rave about it. Warning, if you are gagging for a holiday, this blog may depress you! The Maldives, Santorini and Cannes are just some of the beautiful locations that Victoria has recently blogged from- lucky girl! 

  

I like this blog because of it’s aspirational factor- what girl wouldn’t be jealous of this lil lady’s lifestyle of jet-setting off to luxurious locations, wearing the best designers goods and showing off the most highly sought after beauty products. Reading this blog is the perfect little bit of escapism. 

 

   

 

Even though Victoria is stunningly beautiful and she obviously lives a privileged lifestyle, her blog is still approachable and likeable and you feel you can relate to many of her comments. 

What am I inspired to wear through reading this blog? Pretty pastel colours, floral lace and matte dusky pink lips! 

Who are your favourite fashion bloggers? And what inspo will you be taking from them for the summer? 

Xx 


 
  

 

Emma Roberts- the princess of clashing patterns and boho vibes. 💜💛💜

  
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! 

  
  

  

Hunting for the best new festival-wear. 

It’s impossible to escape at the moment, leading me to lament that I am in work and not in the deserts of Colorodo partying away to indie music and wearing a long flowing beaded kaftan with ‘cool’ headwear and bare feet. Coachella, the world’s most beautiful and glamorous festival, is on the horizon. Which means that festival season will start to get underway very soon! Which in turn means that summer is surely on it’s way!? 

  
Festival wear is one of the more adventurous forms of dressing and can often verge on fancy dress or costume to reflect the happy go lucky and expressive moods of the festival-goers. 

Everybody knows that (in Britain certainly) a pair of wellies is a must on the festival check list and the king of British wellies are of course Hunter. 

 This British brand that has a history spanning nearly 160 years has a huge fan base, anyone who’s anyone has been papped wearing a pair at a festival, whether they’ve gone for the traditional khaki green or branched out for a patterned or collab pair. I’m sure that the year that Hunter collaborated with Jimmy Choo, you couldn’t move for black snakeskin wellies at Glastonbury! 

  
 
 Not only synonymous with festivals, Hunters are also pretty high up in the fashion world, with the rubber boots making appearances in fashion shoots in edits such as VOGUE and TATLER. 

Current Creative Director of Hunter is Alastair Willis, husband of Stella McCartney no less, and his collection last year added a more fashionable twist to the brand’s identity, with pastel colours and ombré patterns. He also ensured that Hunter was not just recognised for it’s wellies, but for other outdoor fashion pieces such as macs and accessories including bags and umbrellas. 

   

I love that these macs are both practical and fashionable, and would look great teamed with a pair of Hunter wellies (what else) at a festival. 

  Funnily enough, Alastair was inspired by festivals when he created this collection- I love how he’s merged traditional outdoor greens and khaki patterns with new and exciting pastels. He also designed some pieces which would work in everyday life, such as these pretty badass rubber heels and black bomber jacket that Abbey Clancy was photographed in. 

   
  This year, there’s sure to be a new and exciting colour or patterned wellie that everyone will want to get their hands on. And if I want a matching mac too, I’ll have to get saving..my Coachella fund may have to go to towards other means!