Perfect Pre-Fall Looks

As the leaves start to fall and the breeze becomes that little bit crisper, you start to wonder what to wear in the awkward transition between light weight summer outfits and cosy cable knits. So how do you dress in this pre-fall period? There are easy tweaks that you can make to your summer outfits that mean you can dress both seasonally and stylishly!

adddd0fe15a2fe95b215ce8471e552b2The Change of a Dress

Your favourite floral dress doesn’t have to be stored away for the winter months just yet! Why not couple with a light denim jacket and pair of ankle boots to make an effortless transition? Even add a pair of opaque black tights if the weather decides to become chilly. For a more effortless look throw on a lightweight knit over the top of a cute summer dress, so you can feel comfortable while looking great! Remodel your maxis, add a long knitted cardigan to a summer maxi dress or skirt and watch your outfit transform.

Versatile Blouses

A pretty blouse is going to be the piece for AW15 and they can easily be worn in the heat of summer by pairing with denim shorts, however it can be just as easily worn in the early autumn months. Simply swap the shorts with a pair of dark skinnies and add a statement necklace for a different look that fits in perfectly with the tricky pre-fall season. Or for a more feminine look team with a pleated skirt, tights and a pair of knee-high boots.

3_limitless-layeringLayering

Simply layering your outfits can mean you can stretch your summer wardrobe throughout autumn. For example add a black leather jacket and black tights to a white flowing playsuit to add a bit of edge to what you previously wore as a dainty beach outfit in the warm months. A must have layering item for this year is a poncho, this can be worn whatever the weather! Vero Moda vest tops are perfect for wearing on their own in the sunshine, or for layering underneath a lightweight knit. But remember to stick to only three layers, to avoid drowning in too many clothes!

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A huge upcoming trend for 2015 is big textured coats; these can be worn all year round. Thanks to our temperamental weather it can be added to our summer outfits on those breezy summer evenings for a bold statement. For the colder days add tights and knee-high boots for a show stopping look!

Striking Knits

Going forward, striking out there knits are going to be huge! This may include the pattern or some interesting detail, one of our fave’s is a cut out shoulder detail. These are perfect for now worn with little denim shorts and think tread sandals and then for the winter layer up and pair with equally chunky soled boots! Only and Vero Moda are always giving us a range of affordable gorgeous knits!

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Use accessories to turn your warm-weather basics into outfits fit for the cold. Scarves in brown, camel and mustard can instantly convert your summer pieces to more fall appropriate combinations. For example casually loop a camel coloured scarf around your neck with a light dress, and match with a camel coloured handbag to complete the look. In contrary with these neutral accessorises, wear your bright and bold summer bags to spice up an all-black autumn attire.

 

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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!

image1xxlCasual Outdoor “I Dos”

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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