Are you beach ready!?

Summer time is here and so is swimsuit season! From waist-whittling one piece to fringe bikinis to add some oomph there are so many out there that it seems the only beach cover-up you’ll need this season is sunscreen! But what is the best style for you! Here are out top tips for what bikini suits your body shape.

If you are athletic or lanky…

  • 15100201_CloudDancer_455714_001_MainTrade athletic style swimsuit to something with ruffles to create curves and a fake hour glass figure
  • A front tie is a great detail
  • Anything red says sexy
  • Forget the bandeau shape and go for something that’s bust enhancing
  • Ruffles and bows will do the trick
  • Gathering screams feminine
  • Animal print gives you some va va voom

Bigger on bottom or apple shaped…

  • Forget the bikini boy shorts that cut the thighs off in the wrong place and go for high cut bottoms
  • A tankini is great as it lengthens you
  • String styles so plenty of thigh is on show
  • A deep vee will enhance and bring all the attention to your upper body
  • Banded bikini creates support – thick edging and straps

Short Torso…

  • 10127351_Liberty_451816_002_MainFor a longer more elegant look on top toss the boring tank and try chic details
  • Punchy hues bring attention to your neckline
  • A ‘X’ pattern slenders and lengthens
  • High cut bikini will show off your long legs

Long torso…

  • Prints and cut outs are your friend
  • Horizontal stripes break up a long line

If you have a little pouch…

  • 0505-sexiest-swimsuit-for-your-shape-11_liA ruffled waistband and can be adjusted to sit higher
  • Chevron stripes slims you
  • A ‘X’ pattern slenders and lengthens
  • Retro cut works – high waited bottoms and bandeau top

Accessorising your look can break or make your beach look so make sure you don’t just have the perfect bikini! Complete your outfit with the summer essentials; sun hat, beach bag, flip-flops, cover ups and sunnies!

Ensure your feet are looking the part with a pair of funky flip flops! iPanema’s provide a range of fabulous flip-flops that are still provide comfort for those beach walks! A favourite of ours are these purple with glitter details on the strap, as seen on the gorgeous Radio 1’s Sarah Jane Crawford!

15099607_Cognac_001_MainA beach bag is a must have over the summer months as you need somewhere to carry all of your seaside essentials including your books, kindle, mags, sun cream, water, sunnies and a towel! As good as the lightweight floppy tote bags are this year is all about the more fabulous and durable bags! This anchor detail bag from Only is great and even has a matching zip bag! Tassels are all the rage this year and gives a great bohemian look, this tan tassel bag will ensure you look stylish!

getimageCover ups are now everywhere and are a must have when planning your summer looks! Cover ups can vary from a pop on top, maxi dress, kimono and simple dresses! We love a kimono as they still show your gorgeous bikini while still giving you that extra cover and if it has tassels even better! Only also do a range of bright pop on dresses for just £9 which are perfect to throw on by the beach or pool. Another favourite is this number from Saint Tropez great to put on when going to grab some lunch.

Sun hats are great protection from the sun and can improve you summer look! Here are the 5 top hats for summer 2015!

Floppy – A gorgeous statement making hat with its large brim giving you style and extra sun protection!

Feminine Fedora – A tightly woven straw topper that looks great with everything from jeans to maxi dresses!

Borrowed from the boys – A distressed slouchy hat that the more it’s worn the better it will look! A perfect hat for your holidays as you can just toss it into your suitcase!

Western Vibe – If denim shorts and t-shirts are your style then this is the hat for you! Laid back yet totally sexy.

Pop of Neon – Neon is once again a colour of the season so why not sneak it into your wardrobe on a statement hat!

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Also don’t forget to protect your eyes with style and bag yourself a statement pair of sunglasses! Favourites for this year are the traditional aviators, statement black wayfarers and funky cat eyes!

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All we need now is for the sun to stay!

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Summer Wedding and Party Looks!

Are you going to be a wedding guest or party goer this Summer and have already started to think about the clothing nightmare it brings time and time again. Is it too much to ask to find a stylish dress that suits your figure, you feel comfortable to wear all day and gets you a few compliments that doesn’t break the bank?

We can take the stress away whether you are looking for a one-off show stopper or an old faithful that can be worn in multiple ways throughout the Spring Summer party season, no matter the venue of the event there is something suitable for any occasion.

039819-0462_62415-5ld8r-v34v6For Beach side Vows

Fortunate enough to be going off somewhere warm or to our gorgeous beach side areas, embrace the sandy venue in a coloured maxi dress (we have a massive range in a variety of colours from an amazing £12). Team with beach friendly accessories such as flat sandals as no one needs to be sinking into the sand – if you don’t feel dressy enough take a big enough bag to slip them in and change when appropriate. Also why not go all out on the beach look and pull off a straw hat and sunnies!

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Instead of the predictable dress why not go for a printed jumpsuit offering a more bohemian approach to wedding/party attire, ensuring comfort and style! Jumpsuits still being a massive ongoing trend that suit so many people’s figures it’s just about getting the right style for you. Don’t forget to pick up a simple pashmina (available in a range of colours) to drape over your shoulders in case of a chill when hanging around outside.

d315_blue_floral_-_front_modelRomantic, Candlelit Receptions

Everything is coming up roses for the happy couple; show your support of the union in a dress that’s equally romantic in a gorgeous flowery print which is all the rage this season. Teamed with accessories in pale hues making the perfect love match. This gorgeous Closet dress with white top half and pale blue flower print bottom half creating an elegant skirt/top combo.

Closet Meltalic DressFor Sparkly Parties

Pair a fancy party wear a dress with some metallic element. It’s a trend that is coming up everyone and instantly makes your look dressier and gives you that little sparkle! Team with some simple heels and drop earrings, creating a knock ‘em dead look! A favourite of ours for this look is this Closet dress with unique metallic jacquard print.

IMG_6298Perfect Accessorising

Since the weather is hardly ever predictable be sure to grab yourself a smart jacket for some warmth. We love the long tailored jackets this year and are the perfect cover up. These Only pale pink and mint jackets are fab for this summer.

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Pairing any outfit with a clutch bag will simply improve the look. We have a range of standard envelope clutches in a variety of colours. As well as some gorgeous patent ones, that will pack a punch this Summer.

11025740_839965712716863_7265361503014946438_nWe also love a bigger clutch bag especially as we can often be the person that takes more than they need – lippy, camera, phone and spare shoes (for those who can’t handle heels all day). We have a rectangle clutch that has an extendable strap that will do just this.

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The best looks from Met Gala 2015!

The Met Gala took place a couple days ago with loads of celebrities dressing to impress on the red carpet. Sheer dresses were the flavour of the event! This is a trend that we are hoping to see throughout the Summer, perfect for when the sun is shining! Another trend we could see from the A-Listers is nude, many dresses in nude walked the red carpet so ensure you have some key nude pieces in your wardrobe! Red also seemed to pop up quite a few times. Whether you go all out and get yourself a red dress or just go and get a pair of great red shoes or bag, its definitely a colour you need in your life! Throughout all these outfits and trends something that continued to reappear is the split, so make sure you get your tan on so those legs are ready to be baring them this Summer!

beyonce-met-gala-2015All hail Queen B! There is no doubt that Beyonce always looks fabulous whatever she wears but we are utterly in love with her look Met Ball 2015! Most definitely our fave ‘sheer’ look for the night if not our ultimate fave look! None of us could pull off such a risky dress! We are just in awe of her!

The strategically placed gems sparkle under the light and show off her enviable figure! With her pulled back in a simple pony tail, the perfect combination!

Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley-h724A fave ‘nude’ look of the night is from the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who wore a fitted one shoulder structured dress with a few sparkles to really enhance the dress, a great contrast with the nude colour! With a slit up the side to add even more sexiness to her look! Teamed with a scraped back bun and of course burgundy lips a great pairing when wearing nude!

472172484_masterReese Witherspoon turned up in all red and she is a stand out ‘red’ look for us. She has gone with a extremely simple strapless, long fitted dress with a slit and teamed with simple red shoes which we are totes fan girling over! Also paired with a simple silver necklace and matching clutch to finish off the simple yet flawless look!

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Iconic Festival Looks

With Coachella having just taken place and Radio 1’s Big Weekend just around the corner festival anticipation has officially kicked off for a Summer of great music and of course fashion! Festival outfits are the best looks to create and the styles can be unpredictable, inspired and are ultimately on point! We are looking back at the iconic looks across the years so we can see those staple items that are must haves this year!

SKINNY JEANS
Skinny Jeans are a menswear staple, so simple. Whatever the occasion, and in this case a festival, the fit is a spot on reflection of your typical indie crowd. This year its all about rip detailing!

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Dungarees are a great alternative to a dress and has made a comeback thanks to the likes of Alexa Chung. The model/presenter is a festival regular, and knows how to do things quirkily.

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Lumberjack shirts are the ticket especially for those cautious of the mud and possible rain ruining their finest wear! Worn over a simple tee, skinny jeans or denim shorts! Perfect come rain or shine!

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The boho look is massive for festivals! Wearing crochet dresses, floral prints, tasselled jackets, head bands and hats! A bohemian power couple show how to dress to look their best together. Sienna is known for her crochet dresses and floral prints, while Tom shows how effective a simple tee with a trilby can be.

HOT PANTS & WELLIES
Ever since the iconic stature of Kate Moss rocked up to Glastonbury one year in hot pants and wellies the festival style changed and girls everywhere followed in her footsteps.

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Nick Grimshaw shows how to pull off this look with ease! Keep the outfit simple and then throw on the sport inspired outerwear to make a statement!

FLORAL GRUNGE
One of the reasons we love festivals is the excuse to clash trends, patterns and colours on purpose and for it to be acceptable! A stand out look is floral dresses, biker boots, denim jackets and not to forget a flower head garland to finish off the look! This was a stand out look for festivals last year!

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TROPICAL

Coachella is the perfect example of festivals now taking place in heatwave cities, it’s no surprise that the festival style has been influenced when the sun comes out! Wearing lots of bright colours and tropical prints are a defo crowd pleaser! The same goes for men as Jared Leto showed in his tropical shirt at last years Coachella!

BIKER JACKETS

Biker jackets are always doing the rounds, perfect for men and woman! Giving your festival look a little more edge!

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Pantone’s Top Colours for Summer 2015

When entering a new season it is good to have a palette of colours to work with. It helps see what are the trends moving forward. This means you can be ahead of the game by getting the most on trend colours that suit you! Ensuring you don’t waste any money on new purchases that aren’t going to work out!

Aquamarine

This is a lead colour for this season. Pairing with khakis and contrasting with shades of pink and white to create a gorgeous cool look!

 “Cool and calming, ethereal Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel.”

Scuba Blue

Blue is a very popular colour and there are so many shades but scuba blue presents a softness that will give a feminine look!

“Even though a cool shade, the vibrancy of Scuba Blue adds a splash of excitement to the palette.”  

Lucite Green

This is an usual colour and could be seen as very hard to know what to wear! I can see this in blouses and dresses, teamed simple with sandals and denims!

“Fresh and clarifying, cool and refreshing, Lucite Green has a minty glow.” 

Toasted Almond

I love this colour it is perfect for a great base for dresses, baggy trousers and tees. The pastel hues will be gorgeous contrast! We are thinking safari inspirations!?

“Timeless and versatile, Toasted Almond is an organic shade that speaks to authenticity and all that is natural.”

Strawberry Ice

A warmer shade of pink that will brighten up your outfit for the Summer, without leaving you feeling too girly!

“Both tasty and tasteful, Strawberry Ice is a confection colour that evokes a feeling of being “in the pink,” emitting a flattering and healthy glow.” 

Tangerine

This colour sings fun, playful and sassy! We are seeing dresses and if your brave a jumpsuit in this colour!

“Spontaneous and gregarious, PANTONE 15-1247 Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye.” 

Marsala

This is Pantone’s colour of the year! It is very sophisticated and classy feeling to me. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incorporates the warmth and richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

Glacier Gray

I was not expecting this one grey could be easily seen as a dull wintery colour, but I definitely get a cool vibe from this shade. We are looking forward to seeing how it looks this season!

“More dominant for men than women in Spring/Summer 2015, PANTONE 14-4102 Glacier Gray is an unobtrusive grey that contrasts and enhances; bouncing off other shades without taking away from them as it slips into the background to allow other colours to take centre stage.”

So these are the colours that we can anticipate for the Summer season! What are we thinking? We are all about the Glacier Grey, Strawberry Ice, Aquamarine and of course Toasted Almond!

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Hello Sailor! and Club Tropicana!

Hello Sailor!

Nautical is a trend that seems to always come back around, but who’s complaining it is easy to wear and anyone can pull it off! Not to mention if you live by the sea like us!

Women

10124711_SnowWhite_447137_001_MainWhen you say nautical you automatically think of navy and white stripes, this may used to be the case but this trend is expanding and mixed up the stereotype look. This Vero Moda long line knit gets away from the tradition with its pink and white stripe and it’s only an amazing £18! It’s an easy dress that you can throw on without even thinking about it team with a pair of skinnies or in the height of the summer, bare legs!

A style that will be popular again this year is the maxi dresses and skirts. We have the ultimate maxi skirt perfect for the nautical trend in navy and white stripes or in plain navy! These can be paired with thin knits or vests, creating a great layered look.

Men

12085636_CloudDancer_446554_001_MainIt is just as easy for men with this trend, a simple striped tee will do the trick! Put a different spin on it by trying this season’s ‘inside out’ look. Sounds strange but this trend sees the fabric reversed so that the bright, printed side is on the inside and the muted tones face outwards. Don’t worry that you will look like you got dressed in a hurry as the labels and stitching will prove you still know how to dress!

IMG_5158If it is all too scary you could also go for a subtle look with our amazing Only and Sons tees at just £7 with a anchor motif! This tee could be teamed with denim jeans or shorts and for added style an open blue or denim shirt.

Club Tropicana!

Tropical Prints are expected to become one of this summer’s best selling trends! An explosion of bright colours and tropical prints such as palm trees, flamingos and exotic flora. Rainforest colour combinations will feature heavily which help inspire originality! The abundance of luscious greens gives depth to the look while the bright corals and fuchsias make the colour scheme more ecstatic. The bright turquoise enhances the basic greens for a more organic feel.

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IMG_5148Be ahead of the game and start this trend early with our favourite knit from Superdry with all over palm tree print! Team now with a pair of jeans or in the summer on the chilly evening down the beach with a pair of cute shorts!

CLS809-1dGoing out for the evening or got a special occasion in the diary this patterned skirt from Closet is perfect to sport this trend! The gorgeous colours of fiery coral and deep turquoise complement each other perfectly making you stand out from the crowd. Paired simply with a black cami or top so the focus is all on that funky skirt!

Or if you don’t feel brave enough for a total topical look you can still embrace the trend by wearing a Tropical bandeau top from Only at only £8! Wear when you have a slightly see through top or a drop arm top so you flash the fun print, a great alternative when you feel a bra isn’t enough but a vest top is too much!

If you feel really brave and want to embrace both these trends then we have the perfect top for you from Superdry! With its pink and white stripe it is hitting the nautical trend while with its palm tree logo and florescent colourings it’s totally Tropicana!

Men

Even the men can hit this trend this year as it’s got into their styles too! The only difference seems to be their colour palette with more subtle shades with only a few flashes of fluorescents.

One of our favourite tees for this look is from Jack and Jones in white with light red and navy flower print! This can easily create a gorgeous on trend summer look just team with a pair of light denim shorts!

IMG_5142Don’t just sport the trend on your outerwear think what’s underneath with these funky Superdry boxers with all over exotic flower print, with the bright orange waistband!

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Spread the Love!

With February almost over and Valentines day completely over and done with it has made us inspired to inject a little romance into our style! Valentines month doesn’t just have to be about your partners it can be about you love for fashion too and shouldn’t just be at one time of the year. When it comes to the ladylike style items, lace and pink come to mind so with this month we are focusing our wardrobe on pops of pastel pinks, lovely lace detail and trendy tailored jackets!

To help you with your style inspiration, here are our favourite romantic fun style pieces…

1. Pops of Pink

10128466_PeachWhip_002_MainPastel Pink isn’t a colour for everyone but the great thing about this colour is that it is an any season colour, whether is comes in the form of some strappy sandals or mini skirt or a thick knit or pretty blouse! You can’t go wrong with a pale pink hue. A fave of ours is this Vero Moda simple blouse with gorgeous lace sleeves.

2. Tailored Jackets

Something everyone needs in the transitional seasons is a jacket that isn’t too wintery but still gives you the warmth as we all know it doesn’t quite get as hot as we would like. A tailored jacket is going to be huge this year, so make sure you bag yourself one ready to knock peoples socks off!

2. Slits

15097316_Black_003_ProductLargeFollowing the catwalks of Spring/Summer 2015 midi, maxi skirts are going to be one of the biggest trends. Many with slit details. To really create a gorgeous look team with a slouchy thin knit or jacket to contrast the sexy va-va-voom! We have a range of maxi’s in store this year at incredible prices, why not bag yourself a couple in different colours!

3. Flirty Floral

A floral floaty skirt is the definition of romantic fashion, especially when it’s one that twirls perfectly! It’s the perfect print for those Sunny days to make you feel extra summery!

4. Your Sidekick

10577038_738616649518437_1746005779837776678_nA must have in any girls wardrobe is go to over the body bag. Its that bag that you rummage for every time you’re having a wild night out, a romantic dinner date or an evening with your besties! These clutch bags from Only and Sons are the perfect go to bags in a range of gorgeous colours, ensuring no matter what your outfit you have the bag to match! Hold as a clutch or use the adjustable strap to put across!

5. Get your shine on

Sequins are a funny one some people think they are just for Christmas but we are in support of wearing them all year round as all of us girls deserve some sparkle in our lives! Simply team right, we love a embellished kimono, great to carry over from the Christmas. Team with a simple structured top for the ultimate romantic, sexy party look!

6. Ripping up the year ahead

15078757_DENIM_001_ProductLargeThe end of 2014 had the ripped knee phenomenon which had most people wearing jeans with rips mainly around the knees! It’s a great look and will continue this year with more all over rips! Ensure to grab yourself a pair of essential ripped jeans now to ensure your tearing up the fashion year ahead. We are in love with these Only blue denim ones!

Did you like any of these trends? What trends will you include in your wardrobe for the coming year?

Fusion would love to hear all about it. Let us know below!

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