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Dressing you and your bump- pregnancy fashion!  

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 🙂 

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 

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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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This Week’s Lust List At LottieBeth- Teddy Bear Coats & Cardys

If you’re a lady who loves her fashion, then chances are you have a ‘wish-list’ or a ‘lust-list’. Whatever you want to call it, it’s usually a looooong list of pretty things which you would love to get your mitts on! And the chances are a lot of these items are on the more expensive end of the fashion spectrum. It’s good to dream isn’t it!

Still on my wish-list!

Still on my wish-list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I ventured into town (very dangerous as pay-day is not until next week) and triumphed in not only resisting buying anything, but also spotting some great AW13 trends already available for us to snap up. The look that particularly caught my eye was cute, bold and incredibly fluffy! Whether in jumper, cardigan or coat form, oversized and fluffy is the combo to go for this winter. And it’s no surprise as designers including Louis Vuitton, Carven, Topshop Unique and J JS LEE debuted their beautiful creations on the catwalk  for us to promptly add to our lust-lists.

JS Lee ticks the boxes for fluffy and oversized

JS Lee ticks the boxes for fluffy and oversized

I saw some purse-friendly bargains in H&M and Primark during my outing which I will definitely be returning for come pay-day, but here are my luxury wants! This Carven wool coat is my favourite. I love the softness from the wool which clashes with the chunky oversized shape. For £830, you would really have to love it to get it!

Carven Wool Coat £830

Carven Wool Coat £830

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to score serious fashion points this winter, then choose a design in princess pink, the colour of the season. You’re going to look so cute! What’s on your lust list this AW13?

1920’s Great Gatsby Glamour- Out With The New In With The Old

1920's Fashion is back!

1920’s Fashion is back!

 

 

 

 

 

Trends-they’re what keeps the fashion cycle turning and what keeps the world of fashion so exciting and fast-paced. They also largely contribute to our empty bank balances by the end of each month! This season we were introduced to trends including sports luxe, metallics and neons, and next season we will be sure to see a whole new load of looks welcomed into the fashion family.

But there is one trend that refuses to phase out when a new season rolls in. And this trend is vintage. These days the definition of vintage is becoming increasingly blurred. Some people like to stick to the definition of vintage as being a second hand garment from a previous era, some like to use the term  for a new garment which is based on an old one, and some just like to call it vintage if it has a hole in it (ahem, Joey Essex). Whatever your definition, old garments and accessories are still very much on the fashion scene and can often make the difference between an outfit which scores 9/10, and one which scores full marks for originality!

And what better time to talk about Vintage, what with the hugely anticipated release of the The Great Gatsby, a film full of wonderfully glamorous 1920’s fashion. I’m a firm believer of reading the book before viewing the film but I may have to pass this time because I’m so desperate to see the film! Leading up to this big film release, the catwalk shows were also celebrating the 1920’s fashion trend, from the beaded and tasselled flapper frocks, masses of ostrich feathers and drop-waisted dresses which all appeared in collections including Gucci, Marchesa, Etro and Sonia Rykiel. If its on the big screen and the catwalk, you know you’re onto a sure-fire hit!

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So how do you work the 1920’s look into your everyday wardrobe without looking like you’ve raided a fancy dress box? It’s actually very easy! The 1920’s fashion embraced opulence and glamour. The key was in the texture (think luxury furs, silk and satin). Detailing was also of paramount importance- tassels, jewels and embellishment were popular, infact anything that would catch people’s eyes and look good when moving (boy, they loved to dance in the 1920’s!) Statement jewellery is the perfect way to work 1920’s into an everyday outfit. Think pearls (the traditional failsafe), delicate headpieces and big jewelled rings.  If you’re going to choose a bracelet, choose several at once. They loved to go big or go home where jewellery was concerned.

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Dress-wise, flapper dresses are the most obvious choice. I absolutely LOVE drop-waist dresses. They make a refreshing change from wearing tight bodycon dresses and the like out. I think there is something very cute and innocent about them! Tasselled dresses are also a flattering option to go for, just make sure you can shake it like Shakira to make maximum impact from your tassells!

So whilst I love a new trend or two (or three), sometimes its more effective to look back instead of forward for your next look. 🙂

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From Catwalk, To Celeb, To High Street- 5 Spring Fashion Buys!

Catwalk envy, it’s not pretty. The phrase ‘look but don’t touch’ would be extremely relevant for the garments that frequent the runways. We watch the shows in their fabulous settings, discover the best new designs, get totally inspired and then fall short of reaching our goals when we realise we might not be able to stretch to that £400 dress…well not this month anyway (wishful thinking!) And then to rub it in even more, we then have to redirect our jealousy to all of our favourite celebrities who are first in line to wear these exciting new fashions. Don’t even get me started on the grim reality that these super rich celebrities usually get these luxurious items ‘on the (fashion) house’!

But amidst all this negativity, we do have a saving grace! Three cheers for the high street! Making luxury fashion possible for a mass market. They really do a spectacular job of recreating our favourite catwalk looks at much more affordable pricing. And thus, fashion trickles down from catwalk to celebrity to high street and then quickly into our wardrobes! How many times have you been in a shop and seen a near identical double of a designer piece hanging right in front of you shouting ‘buy me for 1/100th of the designer price’!  And in this sense we are very lucky to have the high street.

So I got to looking for some key spring fashion trends inspired by the designers, and using the catwalk to celeb to high street filter, discovered some great finds!

1)      The Print Blazer

Blazers can safely be placed into the capsule wardrobe category. You can dress them up or down, they come in every colour and material that you could possibly need. But this spring, you should be going big with your blazer or going home! A print blazer is such an easy way to make a statement and can be worn with all manner of clothing. On the catwalk we saw Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney and House of Holland all showcase their versions of a printed blazer. Stella’s in particular struck a chord with the fashion pack for their sophisticated yet zany prints. And the celebrity world lapped them up. Check out style icon Miranda Kerr in her floral Stella blazer, teamed with skinnies and neutral basics. Now for the most important part- buy your own amazing print blazer at Zara this spring! I absolutely love this blue and white ceramic print one which I would wear with skinnies like Miranda, or over a shift dress.

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2)      The Maxi Skirt

Last year Maxi skirts were a revelation for girls all around the world. A perfect way to look fashionable without having to try too hard. Worn defiantly with gladiator sandals  even though the british ‘summer’ was more suited to wellies, it was a rather boho look. This year, they’ve taken on a more delicate, pretty aesthetic. Sheer, often pleated and in pastel and light spring colours, on the catwalk this Rocha Maxi Skirt set the standard for maxi skirts for SS13. Then Jennifer Lawrence brought the look to life with her flowing white pleated maxi cinched in around her tiny waist and completed with wedges and a vest for a comfortable yet trendy daytime look. Buy your own maxi skirt at Mango this spring. They do it in a wonderful range of colours but I thought this lemon yellow one was particularly striking.

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3)      The Drop-Waist Dress

This trend is partly inspired by the catwalk trend and partly by the upcoming HUGE film that is The Great Gatsby! This style of dress has a distinct 1920’s glamour feel . Victoria Beckham brought this style of dress into Vogue a few seasons ago and it’s still very popular in the fashion world. Check out posh in her own design (so bloody lucky), and then compare it to this ever so cute design from H&M, an absolute steal at £29.99. The frills, the colour… I love it all!

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4)      The Perspex Heel

At all the fashion weeks this year, there was one common dominant force. Perspex. It  was ready for world domination! From bags to stunning pieces of jewellery, the wow factor really came in the form of shoes. Chanel’s Perspex heels were a wonder to behold in their other-worldly catwalk setting, and Christian Louboutin did not want to be left behind, making sure his Perspex designs were on the all the best perfectly pedicured feet of the fashion world. Then the celebrities followed suit. Emma Stone worked her Perspex Louboutins into her monochrome look at a premiere, whilst posh totty Millie Mackintosh  featured her sky-scraper Perspex heels in her very own fashion blog. For your high street buy, invest in these Lelia pyramid stud heels in mint green from Reiss. Perfectly Perspex!

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5)      The Winged Bag

One of the best feelings in the world is scouting out an utter fashion bargain. Even better when it looks near identical to a luxury designer piece! One of THE bags of the moment is the Celine winged handbag. The Kardashians’ each have about eight which should give an indication of their luxury factor. My favourite Kardashian, Kourtney (the most sophisticated of the bunch by far), wears her black one with a daring print jumpsuit and looks pretty darn fashionable. And if you’d like to recreate the Celine handbag look then it’s going to cost you…. (drumroll)….£20! Snap up this Topshop lookalike which is currently in the sale! Waaa.

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So there you have it! A little bit of inspiration for you. Going from the catwalk to the sidewalk (excuse the Americanism) really is possible these days!

 

Coachella 2013- Festival Looks To Adapt To Your Own Lifestyle!

Scene 1- sun, music, laughter- basically the time of your life.

Scene 2- work, rain and a soggy sandwich for lunchtime.

Unfortunately for most people, scene 2 is what they’re doing this working week. But it’s a very different story in California, where all the beautiful people are partying hard to the likes of the Stones Roses, Blur and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Waaaa, how depressing! Coachella 2013 is well under way.

Coachella 2013

Coachella 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year one of my first ever blog posts on lottiebeth.com  was about Coachella 2012 and the wonderful boho street style that the festival is famous for. Being in Califorina, It’s the perfect climate for ultimate festival wear. Hot pants to rival all other hotpants, fringed crop tops and flower headbands are practically uniform. As is a banging tan. So to stop myself becoming bitter and twisted with jealousy, I got to looking at some of the celebrity style this year and picked out a few key looks which I think us normal people could work into our everyday lives! Here’s what I found…

1)      Knee High Suede Boots

For look one, we need only look to Diane Kruger for inspiration. She looks amazing in this knee length pair of black boots. No doubt designer and VERY expensive. Knee length boots are not only incredibly sexy and complimentary to your legs, but very practical for walking long distances- whether this is from stage to stage at a festival or walking shop to shop on a serious retail therapy mission. Diane looks festival chic in monochrome patterned shorts and a baggy band t-shirt, but this style of boot also looks brilliant with skinny jeans. When it finally gets warmer here, a floaty summer dress would look ever so pretty teamed with some too. Check out this pair from the new ICONS collection at H&M.

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2)      Cats Eyes Sunglasses

Cats Eyes sunglasses skyrocketed from the fifties well into 2013 where celebrities including Katy Perry were seen wearing these delectable accessories at Coachella. They are the perfect way to complete an eclectic look and give off a distinct vintage vibe with their fifties roots. Katy wore hers with a seriously cropped floral top but in the good old UK you could opt for a coloured pair to add a bit of excitement to an everyday outfit. H&M and Topshop are my go-to destinations for cheap but fashionable sunglasses.

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3)      Matching Tops and Bottoms

This may sound like something you’d do in primary school, but wearing matching tops and bottoms is pretty big right now! Just look at Coachella veteran Kate Bosworth who looks effortlessly cool in matching frilly floral  designs with scallop edgings. Such a summer look. You can find matching garments in all your favourite high street shops; you just need to have the confidence to buy both at once and then wear them together! Just think, it’s just like wearing a playsuit. And we all love a playsuit!  Throw over a leather jacket or blazer and you can easily go from a daytime activity to a night-time one with this outfit. Perfect.

Kate Bosworth in matching top and short combo at Coachella 2013

Kate Bosworth in matching top and short combo at Coachella 2013

Topshop Matching Top and Shorts Combo

Topshop Matching Top and Shorts Combo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)      A Fedora

The fedora is a staple for experienced festival goers. Protection from the sun, a well-needed cover up for greasy festival hair and of course a timeless fashion look. Yes, wearing a fedora in the UK can look a bit try-hard, but on a sunny day in the country or city, teamed with a fashionable outfit it can be the difference between a 9/10 and full marks where an outfit is concerned! Call on your Coachella roots when wearing one and opt for a boho dress and knee high boots.

Victoria's Secret Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (In Hats)

Victoria’s Secret Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (In Hats)

Miranda Kerr wears Coachella Staples- Hat, Shades, Baggy Tee, Shorts and Ankle Boots

Miranda Kerr wears Coachella Staples- Hat, Shades, Baggy Tee, Shorts and Ankle Boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whilst I feel sooo  jealous of those pesky Coachella festival goers that I feel I may cry, I’m going to man up and 1) incorporate these looks into my own lifestyle and 2) start furiously saving for Coachella 2014.

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Styling Sequins (NB Not a TOWIE Girl in Sight)

I have bad memories of wearing sequins. When I was younger, I used to attend a ballet school and each year would have to wear a heavily sequined costume for the annual show. Let’s just say sequins on bare skin do not mix harmoniously. Needless to say, I steered clear of them for a while.

But recently, I’ve had a real craving to embrace them once again. After all, they are so pretty! And really are eye-catchers. This could be down to the fact that sequins made an appearance at several SS13 shows. Now, I’m not talking about embracing them like the cast of TOWIE has embraced them with their tiny mini dresses and whatnot! Whilst this ultra glam look works for many a girl, it’s simply not my style.

Jenny  Packham ss13

Jenny Packham ss13

Topshop Unique ss13

Topshop Unique ss13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I got to browsing the internet for some inspiration and found countless examples of sequins looking very classy indeed. One of my style icons Olivia Palermo (who luckily for her  but not so luckily for us could pull off wearing a bin-liner), looks stunning, classy and incredibly fashionable in an outfit which comprises of  the capsule pieces of jeans and a white shirt along with this sleek silver sequined jacket. Similarly, she proves sequins are no one hit wonder, displaying more of an evening look in sleek and sophisticated black sequins, cinched in at the waist with a chunky belt and completed with a huge leather bag.

Ah my perfect outfit Olivia Palermo!

Ah my perfect outfit Olivia Palermo!

Olivia Palermo in black sequined jacket

Olivia Palermo in black sequined jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you’re looking for confirmation that wearing a sequined piece alongside classic pieces really does give you maximum fashion points, then you need only look to Kate Moss, Jessica Alba and Kristen Stewart for confirmation. If sequins came in human form, Kate Moss would snap them all up as best friends. Sequins really do come under the category ‘Statement’ so you need to put them alongside fashionable classics so to allow them their right to (literally and metaphorically) shine.

Jessica Alba in Isabel Marant

Jessica Alba in Isabel Marant

Kate Moss wears the winners' colour

Kate Moss wears the winners’ colour

Kristen Stewart in those Isabel Marant trousers

Kristen Stewart in those Isabel Marant trousers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also took to Pinterest to track down some inspiring street style where sequins are concerned and fell in love with this green sequin maxi. It looks amazing with this simple white tee and a little colour clashing with a blue clutch and pink heels. Very brave, and this risk definitely works!

Street Style. Glorious green sequins

Street Style. Glorious green sequins

Street Style. Sequin hareem-style trousers

Street Style. Sequin hareem-style trousers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently made an eBay purchase of a yellow maxi (see my previous blog post ‘yearning for yellow’), and hope to track down a sequined cardigan to team it with. Then I’ll just have to wait for the weather to turn at least bearable so I can wear it… come on weather, do it for us fashionistas!

Kate Moss dons sequins for Paris Vogue

Kate Moss dons sequins for Paris Vogue