As far as I’m concerned white should feature in every wardrobe for every season. Of course summer time, longer days and tanned skin lend themselves perfectly white dresses and so today I’m bringing you my ultimate edit of the most gorgeous and stylish white dresses from around the high street as well as some sartorial inspiration from the best street stylers on how to wear the perfect white dress this summer.
As much as beige gets a lots of bad rap and is considered by many lifeless and unexciting, I love wearing it in all its varying shades and this season (luckily for me and maybe you too if you share my love for neutrals) there is no shortage of gorgeous beige/neutral pieces all over the high street since beige made into the most wanted trends for Spring 19 after all the SS19 fashion shows.
What’s one of the best ways to refresh your style and your life ready for the arrival of spring? It would have to be revamping your closet, having an epic decluttering sessions and freshening up the space you store your clothes in. There is a lot to be said for the power of organisation to streamline your life, buying lesser and better quality, taking care of the things we love, and paring everything back to the essentials. Your perfect wardrobe is a matter of individual preferences, and matching your clothes to your aesthetic and lifestyle. Here’s how to get there in five easy steps…
Velvet is a classic winter fabric but if I’m honest I have always associated it to evening wear and old ladies. Wrong! So wrong! How could I be so wrong? I was for many, many years but no more. I’m fully embracing velvet and I want to incorporate with my everyday looks not just save it for the occasional night out.
Recently I have become obsessed with the style and want to pair them with quite literally everything. I have one particular pair of boots to blame for it and they are the glorious Ganni pink and black marlyn 45 . From the minute I laid eyes on them I knew I was in love!
The thing about cowboy boots is that wearing them can feel a little bit like wearing a costume but I think the key is to make them work with your wardrobe and using them as an easy way to update some of your most basic outfits and add a super cool trendy twist to very feminine outfits.
Keep scrolling for some style inspiration from the streets and to shop my cowboy boot edit.
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With so many great deals available it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all but, fear not, I’m here to help and share with you my favourite Black Friday fashion deals as well as a little insight on how I shop Black Friday to avoid overspending and impulse purchases that will never see the light of day.
Here’s my advice and sales guide…
Make a list of what you want to buy
This will ensure you will look out for things you need and/or really want instead of just getting things that you don’t use very often or are not your style just because you thought the marked down price was great.
Shop Around for Best Deals
Check various retailers for a particular item you have in mind so you can truly find the best deal. Every retailer offers different discount rates so it’s definitely worth shopping around.
Stick to Your List
This is the golden rule. Don’t get lost in the excitement of bagging some bargains and end up spending money on things that you will never wear or that you won’t wear that much. They might be cheap but if you don’t use them they are ultimately a waist of money.
This is a great time to snap up some good buys and take advantage of all the deals on offer. Click the retailer and or items to shop. Let the shopping marathon begin…
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It’s no secret I love to layer my necklaces. Jewellery is, in my opinion, one of the quickest ways to transform an otherwise super basic and bordering on boring outfit into a chic little ensemble. My layering journey (if I can call it that) started years ago when long pearl necklaces were all the rage and layering them gave them a slight edge instead of the lady like look that has always been associated with them.
Nowadays I much prefer layering dainty, more simple and smaller necklaces, normally in gold and with some kind of meaning. I have a necklace with my initial, one with my children’s names, one that says ‘mama’ …. you get the idea right? I can safely say wearing layered necklaces has become part of my everyday looks and it’s something that now comes to me quite naturally.
Obviously, when Muru asked me to style a few of their gorgeous pieces, I was beyond excited. Muru believes that jewellery should be not only an expression of your style but also of one’s hopes and aspirations so you can expect Muru’s designs to be both beautiful and full of meaning.
If you are not sure how to start layering your necklaces read on for a few of my tips but remember that the first rule of layering your necklaces is that there is no rule. Just have fun!
Layer by length
This is quite an obvious one i think. Start with your shortest necklace and gradually add more slightly longer than the last. This is possibly my favourite way of layering necklaces and I never wear more than 3 or 4 layers. It’s a fine line between looking on point and like a Christmas tree.
Once upon a time I had a huge mental block about mixing metals but now I love it. I think the key is to experiment with it and have fun with the different colours and textures.
Make it personal
I love wearing jewellery that speaks to me. Be it because it has my children’s names engraved or because it reminds me of a special place/time in my life or because it’s full of symbolism and meaning. This is the key, in my opinion, to make combinations that are unique to you and represent who you are.
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Of course the most important thing about putting together a look with jeans is, of course, the jeans themself. So it’s extremely important that you get yourself the perfect pair. How do you do that? Simple, just make sure the jeans you pick suit your body shape, the fabric is not too stiff and the quality is good so they will last you a long time. With such a big range of denim jeans out there I’m sure you will find your perfect pair in no time and once you get your hands on that perfect pair of jeans, you can have a go at trying some of these outfit ideas to inject some vavavoom to the most basic of basics – denim jeans.
Jeans under dress
I’m a huge fan of layering a dress over my jeans. It instantly makes the outfit look way cooler than tights ever would. For this look to work, try sticking to skinny or straight-leg style jeans, rather than a flare to minimise looking bulky and disproportional.
Dress over jeans is one of those trends that go in and out of fashion (I think the last time I had a go I must have been in my 20s) and at the moment it’s very much in. So I’m having a go at it again but this time styling it like a grown up rather than a grunge lover 20 something year old 😆 . On other other news, the first week of the kids holiday is almost done and I think it went pretty well (apart from when the ghosts attacked and emptied the fairy liquid bottle all over the kitchen 🙈) . #mumlife #ootd #mango #tv_lifestyle #tv_living . . http://liketk.it/2vaQF @liketoknow.it #liketkit
All that was trendy in the Eighties, Nineties and early Aughts is in the midst of a revival right now and I couldn’t be happier mostly because I’m not sure I was able to pull off some of these trends when I was a teenager and I’m looking forward to give them another go as a grown up woman. Styling is key to looking on trend and to give old clothes a fresh feel so I’m excited to give chain belts another go.
If like me you were a teen in the 90’s (late 90’s early 00’s was when the trend was all the rage really) you probably owned at least a chain belt. I know I did and I loved it. I remember wearing it with my jeans and trousers in an attempt to imitate Kate Moss’s style whom was a big style influence for me then (still is if I’m honest).
Here’s a little blast from the past to revive your memory…
Chances are you haven’t worn or even thought about wearing a chain belt for quite a while (me probably 2002!) but lately they keep creeping up here and there and ever since I saw that Zara stocked a couple this season that I just can’t get them out of my head! (Zara chain belt I have in my basket as I type this post.)
Now, of course one should see chain belts as an embellishment rather than a practical belts as, if I remember right, they did little to keep my pants up… Alas, they look good and sure will update and elevate your outfits. Chain belts are very versatile and work with a variety of outfits but I particularly like seeing them used with more plain/basic combinations.
Below I have collated some inspo from around Pinterest and instagram and as always you can shop my picks of chain belts at the very end of this post. Keep scrolling…
You may have noticed that every shop seems to be going crazy for animal print this season, as it is set to be the look for Autumn/Winter 2018. There are so many ways to wear animal print, whether you want to go bold and luxurious with a leopard print or zebra print dress, or perhaps for a more toned down look using just a few accessories, a faux croc or snake skin handbag or even a neck scarf will be on trend without making you feeling like Kat Slater.
Another print that you will see everywhere for Autumn/Winter 2018 is geometrical checks. This season though there is more to this trend than check coats and jackets – huge last year and going strong this season too. From Prince of Wales weaves to tartan and tweed, checks are huge news on the high-street and designer rails.
Why not try a checked midi dress layered with a trench coats or checked wide-leg trousers with a simple button down shirt or t-shirt. Also why not experiment a little with the colour pallet? There are plenty of styles to choose from. This is a simple trend you can wear in endless ways.
Although we are used to seeing florals in a big way during spring and summer, this year they are being given an autumnal twist with a dark background and moody colours. This is a look that’s really easy to wear; just pair a floral dress with ankle boots or your favourite pair of trainers and tights for a classic, cosy autumn look that’s bang on trend.
It’s finally cool to wear a coat again! Balenciaga were one of the brands that rocked the runway with a lot of layers, utilising several different types of jackets or coats to really battle the elements! You might end up looking like you’ve been playing a weird party game if you walk in the supermarket in six different coats, but don’t be afraid to layer a full length coat over a jacket. It’s finally cool to be warm!
Everyone knows that earrings can really make and transform an outfit and where Spring/Summer was all about the large pom-pom and tassel earrings, they are taking a more festive twist for Autumn/Winter with shoulder-grazing lust-worthy earrings being a must. The Bigger the better!
So next time you feel like you don’t have anything to wear, and you’re looking for some inspiration, head to the runways and see how you can make the looks work for you! Don’t be put off by the outlandish makeup looks, scraps of material and bolder-than-bold choices. If you look for the themes consistent on the runways you can create a look that is in line with this season’s trends that is wearable and makes sense in your everyday life.
What do you think of these trends? Would you wear them? Let me know in the comments below!
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