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I really wanted to try and find the exact high street replica of this dress because for someone who is not so crazy about print (me) unless it’s leopard print this piece is fabulous. It’s got that “I am sure I’ve seen it somewhere on the high street before” feel. But obviously I haven’t. Never mind, because you can channel the boho folkloric mood with this Zara number. You could almost be a dead-ringer for Heidi frolicking about somewhere in the Swiss Alps, but thankfully a fabulous gold tipped heel and a slick of Chanel lipstick should set you and your outfit apart. Just.

1. Zara dress £29.99, 2. Oasis heels £45, 3. Chanel lipstick £25

 

2looksOne of our most-searched for terms on the site was “leather” and it’s no surprise, given that it is one of the new season textures … especially when it comes to skirts. From slinky pencil numbers to flirty full pieces, mini to midi, high street to designer it’s all systems go when it comes to leather skirts. It’s also one of those perfect day-to-night pieces. Faux-fur and drape details are a great way to soften things up and have a bit of fun with slogans whether it’s you earrings or jumpers. Steer clear of leather on leather unless you are in top-to-toe Balmain or Alaïa or own a Harley Davidson and are a fully fledged Hell’s Angel. Natalie x

LOOK 1: 1. Zara top £39.99, 2. Reiss skirt £225, 3. Michael Michael Kors sandals £195, 4. Noir Jewelry earrings £30, 5. Dorothy Perkins bag £12.
LOOK 2: 1. Topshop coat £79, 2. M&S skirt £149, 3. New Look jumper £14.99, 4. Ted Baker bag £109, 5.Vanessa Bruno Athé now £220.81.

QUESTION: I have been invited to New Market for the races on Friday as a guest of my husband’s clients. Summer racing I would dress like a smart wedding, but haven’t a clue how to manage autumn races. Could go shopping this afternoon and would spend up to £200 if it was something I could wear for work / occasions afterwards.

ANSWER: Thanks for your request and your pic! With that in mind here is a look we hope you will love.

1. Michael Michael Kors dress £165:  This red (one of your favourite colours) dress also comes in black or in a blue and white print. Just so you know. It really is a great flattering 24/7 piece and has been styled on all those fabulously versatile Issa dresses. The soft draping skirt will skim over your tummy area and the self tie will smooth over the waist line. You can style this for work with a waterfall cardigan and take it to an occasion with gold strappy sandals and a little gold or black clutch. It will also work a dream for a casual look with flat boots and a faux-fur gilet (H&M has some great inexpensive ones).

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2. Mango jacket £39.99: The weather is threatening to warm up this weekend so one of the season’s must-have bouclé jackets would look great with this – and perfect with jeans a t-shirt and ankle boost afterwards:

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3. H&M felt hat £14.99: You could go the full-on occasion headpiece route or snap up one of the season’s must-have wide-brimmed hats for something a little bit different:

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4. Mango bag £24.99:  We love a great clutch. It’s the perfect way to complete this outfit but also a must-have wardrobe accessory for the upcoming party season. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on an evening bag as the high street has some fabulous numbers. This piece could double up for a smart-casula day look. I hope this has given you some style inspiration. Have a great day at the races. Natalie x

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1. Anthropologie earrings £32,  2. Paige Denim jeans £195, 3. H&M t-shirt £7.99, 4. Kaliko coat now £199, 5. DKNY bag £250, 6. Michael Michael Kors boots £240.

 

 

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With Frieze London in full swing we’re turning our minds to all things arty today. Carven has taken inspiration from Dada this season with its avant-garde print dresses and separates. Slip into this movement with H&M’s pleat detail dress. Style with over-the-knee boots and a wide-brimmed hat for a Saturday statement-stroll around the galleries this.  Natalie x

1. Carven dress £490

2. H&M dress £34.99

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Supermodel Miranda Kerr oozes off-duty style never putting a fashion foot wrong. This is a great way to dress up a floral print jumpsuit to give a sharp ‘take me seriously’ look. It would be easy to style this with strappy summer wedges or sandals to give it a casual feel, but an on-trend court and cool biker jacket turns this into a sleek lust-have look. It’s a great way to transition this piece from summer into autumn. Natalie x

1. Miss Selfridge jumpsuit £45, Mango jacket £34.99, 3. Dorothy Perkins bag now £21.25, 4. Dune heels £79.

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Remember that gorgeous blue Issa dress the Duchess of Cambridge wore on the announcement of the royal engagement? Apart from the fabulous colour, the winning appeal of that dress is that it draped and flattered in all the right places looking utterly feminine. It is also the type of dress that literally will take you anywhere and everywhere. No matter what the occasion. I know because I have one, well actually two or three or four. This winter, look for a dress that you can buy now, wear now and also many years later. This LK Bennett piece is great. The soft pleats at the front will drape gently over the tummy area (if that is a problem area for you), but it also has a flattering waist-scultpting detail. The print is not too over powering so it is not one of those pieces that you will get bored of wearing because of pattern overload. Have fun with this number. Go for a colour-block approach with soft neutrals for work – that gorgeous Dior dove grey is very much one of the colours of this season, and amp up the style with wild hot hues and luscious textures for evening. That lust-have faux-fur M&S coat will give you an instant dose of quick-fix glamour when you next pop out to get the weekend papers, coffee and a croissant. Natalie x

WORK: 1. LK Bennett dress £165, 2. Planet coat now £229, 3. Jigsaw heels £139, 4. Michael Michael Kors bag £294.41, 5. J. Crew earrings £50.

EVENING: 6. Monsoon earrings £10, 7. M&S faux-fur coat £149, 8. Dorothy Perkins £25,9. Chloe sandals £525.

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