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So you might be in beach-to-bar mode but what with the fabulous new season stock swimming into stores as we speak even if you are you can plot your return to the busier you with fashionable aplomb. Dress codes have become a lot fluider thanks to the great selection of work-to-dinner pieces out there. Instead of a basic tailored shift look for something that has modern detailing but is still apt. This LK Bennet dress does everything it needs to and more. That luscious blue is a good alternative to a sombre black or grey and stylish detailing adds that something new to your fabulous blue. Whether you are in a formal corporate work environment or can give your wardrobe a more creative spin this dress will work either scenario. What’s more slip into a metallic strappy sandal, add a print clutch and statement earrings and you’ve got a Saturday night dinner perfectly covered. Natalie x

1. LK Bennett dress £125, 2. Fenn Wright Manson jacket £169,  3. Warehouse bag £38, 4. Dune heels £85, 5. Karen Millen jacket £199, 6. Zara bag £29.99, 7. Topshop heels £50.

QUESTION: Looking for mix-and-match pieces from casual to glamour for my vacation.

ANSWER: Your holiday sounds wonderful and a great excuse for a little wardrobe splurge. I have selected a mini capsule wardrobe that all works together making the most of your schedule. With sightseeing, traveling, dressing up for evening events it’s a lot to include but a fantastic, inspiring brief to work towards. Here’s what I would recommend:

TRAVEL LOOK:

1. Reiss jacket now £98:– For traveling how about this beautiful tailored double breasted jacket. It has a sightly cropped length and a hint of blazer about it that always looks timeless when flying. This is sure to look great dressed up and down over the period of the trip either worn with sleeves pushed up over little summer dresses and with jeans or worn over your shoulder in the evening.: garment-2708587-3644916
2. Mango trousers now £17.49:– You may already have a pair of these but white trousers really are a great wardrobe addition to your holiday ensemble. I love this cropped version from Mango that looks perfect worn with the double breasted jacket: garment-2611861-3456394

3. Anthropologie top £58:– Style with this beautiful silky top that looks heavenly with your colouring. The V neckline flatters your shoulder line and it’s an elegant top to travel in:

garment-2816063-38440624. Jigsaw hat £49: – For a touch of chic I would wear this beautiful Panama hat that will be invaluable during sightseeing trips and really does add an elegant touch to your traveling style:
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SIGHTSEEING, LUNCHING, SWIMMING:

For sightseeing and lunching on the boat you will need lots of seperates that will be interchangeable and can be worn in various ways. By sticking to a colour palette of reds, whites and blues it means that you can swap and style pieces to create lots of beautiful looks. Here are my hot list of must-haves:

1. Monsoon trousers £29: – A timeless pair of relaxed linen trousers with a rolled hem: garment-2757248-3736795

2. Boden top £29: –  A classic stripy Breton top that looks chic worn with white trousers, cropped jeans or shorts:
garment-2730319-36829443. Jigsaw silk top £89: – A splash of red will lift looks and this top would look great worn with jeans or shorts or dressed up for evening with a tailored trouser and jewellery:

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4. Mango jeans £39.99: – These jeans are the perfect blue. Smart but casual and a good basic:

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5. J. Crew top now £39: – We love this linen striped shirt. It’s a beautiful colour on you an can be worn with jeans, white trousers or chambray shorts:

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6. Oasis shorts £35: – I just love these loose fit Chambray shorts. They are slightly smarter and would look heavenly styled with the red top, Breton top or simple tees especially worn with your chic Panama hat:

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7. Mango dress now £14.99: – This lightweight cotton shirt dress would look best belted on you with sandals and again that grey tinted Panama hat:

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8. Boden dress now £63.20: – A Boden printed cotton dress is perfect for day trips again worn with a metallic sandal or dressed up for a relaxed evening date worn with some special jewellery and with your DB Reiss jacket:

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9. J. Crew tote now £29: – Beach bags are very in Vogue this summer and this neutral, red and navy version works perfectly with all your holiday looks:

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EVENING LOOKS

You’ll need a few stunning pieces to glam up for evening and something classic in a body skimming fit looks beautiful on you.

1. Oasis dress £55: – This slinky heavyweight jersey dresses flatters your frame with a drapey v neck and skinny belt detail. The colour will look stunning on your skin once you’ve caught a hint of holiday glow:

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2. Phase Eight dress £160: – This navy full length dress is the ultimate evening dress for you. I know that there will be at least one occasion that requires “full on glamour” and this dress with it’s hint of body skim, draped tummy detail and easy – non-iron slinky fabric is the perfect cruise dress. We know you love Phase 8 so hopefully it ticks all your boxes!:

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3. H&M jumpsuit £39.99: – How about a vivid blue jumpsuit as a cool alternative to an evening dress. This one is an amazing price and very similar to a Diane Von Furstenberg one but at a fraction of the price! Add your navy DB jacket for chilly strolls on deck! garment-2720887-3667593

4. Zara bag now £19.99: – Add a sparkly clutch to your packing that amp up any nighttime looks. Perfect for styling with the cream dress and with your silky blue top, white trouser and double-breasted jacket combinations. I hope you love our list of suggestions as much as I’ve enjoyed putting the pieces together. As always feedback good or bad is very helpful. Enjoy your trip and have safe travels. Tara x4646004091_1_1_1

150224-star-style-Lea-SeydouX-RT-WIDE Ahhh the fabulous glamour of 007 and the Bond girls. From iconic bikini’s to red-carpet dresses, you simply have to love it. If by now you have seen the trailer for the new Bond movie Spectre, you would have seen French actress Lea Seydoux dazzling in a slinky evening gown that has a true old-world glamour feel to it. You can snap up the exact piece because it is by Ghost. If you want the exact same colour you can buy it to order from the Ghost website. Otherwise have a look at the John Lewis stock here on Dressipi: Ghost Salma dress £225. Oh Mr Bond! Natalie x

 2015-07-23-1dress-2ways-RTSometimes you just have to have a grey dress day. I don’t mean corporate work day grey. I am cool and clean sports-luxe grey day. I am having one today in a COS grey stretch-jersy sporty shift dress. Grey dress days are fabulous. You can colour them in any which way up or down, just think fabulous accessorising and layering. This dress is the chic version of a sporty sweat top – minus the gym. It’s perfect for this time of the year. Keep with the sporty luxe athletic feel by styling with an on-trend trainer and sporty style jacket. This gorgeous pink piece from Topshop will be a hit for A/W as it channels the catwalk shade of the season: pink. Add a hint of ‘bling’ with a snakeskin effect tote. Vamp things up by night with a cool, modern, almost architectural mood. This red leather clutch will double up as a day bag and every wardrobe needs a metallic killer heel. Or two. Natalie x

CASUAL: 1. Damsel In a Dress dress £109, Topshop jacket £65, Topshop bag £28, Adidas trainers £82. EVENING: 5. Lulu Frost earrings £150, 6. Zara bag £39.99, 7. Saint Laurent heels £710.

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The novelty bag … not a wardrobe necessity but a perfect fashion pick-me-up. I mean if not why not? With the 80’s Revival hitting the fashion world in full glitzy and glam force next season, you will be hard pressed not to feel the urge to invest in a little bit of this monster magic. Nothing yells the 80’s and all its quirkiness more than Moschino. If you don’t want your bank account to yell so loud this cute little number from Topshop will do just the trick. What a novel idea. Natalie x

1. Moschino Cheap and Chic bag now £216.42, 2. Topshop bag £34

QUESTION: I am going on a cruise visiting the South of France, Florence, Rome, Mykonos, Athens and Istanbul. I would be so grateful if you could recommend clothes for the flight, the cruise and also sightseeing. Preferably pieces that travel well and do not crush or crease easily.

ANSWER: The cruise you have planned sounds like so much fun, what a fantastic selection of cities! We have put together a capsule wardrobe that will suit your trip perfectly:

1. Whistles trousers, now £49.17: – The ideal outfit for any flight is something that feels comfortable whilst also getting you into the holiday spirit. We love these floral Whistles trousers as they’re lightweight and versatile, just finish it off with a navy or white t-shirt and a contrasting colour cardigan. They will also double up as a chic way to sightsee, Just add flat sandals:

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2. Reiss top, now £30: – A white top is a real must-have for any holiday wardrobe. This broaderie-anglais t-shirt will really complement the Whistles trousers and can also be worn with an a-line skirt and a statement necklace for instant evening-chic or a pair of jeans or chinos:

garment-2659142-3557707 3. Boden dress, £69: – An alternative flight option is a cotton maxi dress as it will be very comfortable and not restricting in any way. Team with a pair of peep toe flats or flat sandals that can also be worn on day trips and casual lunches on the ship: garment-2730275-3682900

4. Zara sandals, £29.99: – Metallic sandals pretty much go with every outfit and add a playful touch. We’ve selected this strappy pair because your feet will be really secure whilst exploring all the towns and cities:

2658001091_1_1_15. Banana Republic trousers £19.99: – A pair of capri trousers will become a go-to outfit as they are wonderfully stylish and very practical! Complete the look with the Reiss top or a loose fitting kaftan

garment-2677410-35864736. Monsoon cardigan, £59: – A longline cardigan with a waterfall front will be a wonderful coverup when the sun goes down. Pick a neutral shade that complements the other colours in your capsule collection – navy will look lovely on the patterned trousers as well as the white pair of capri’s:

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7. LK Bennett shoes, £125: – For sightseeing, an alternative shoe option would be a pair of flat espadrilles or white pumps. These can be teamed with either pair of trousers or an a-line skirt or sundress:

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8. Linea dress, £39.50: – There are likely to be a couple of smart dinners onboard, so it would be a great idea to pack a fancy frock! We’ve picked a summery floral dress that won’t crease in your case. The v-neck and tailored fit creates a gorgeous feminine silhouette – pop a pair of espadrille wedges in your case to finish off the look:

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9. J.Crew hat now £27: – A wide brim sunhat will be handy to keep the sun off your neck when stepping off the cruise – either stone coloured or white are ideal as they will match everything in your suitcase:

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10. Oasis bag, £22: – Your selection wouldn’t be complete without a lightweight shoulder bag. Ideal for hand luggage and city trips, we’ve gone for a cool nautical stripe option, very ‘ooh la-laa French Riviera’!

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11. Coast earrings, £15: – To instantly turn any outfit from day to night, simply add a pair of drop earrings and a small shoulder bag:

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12. Warehouse dress £28:– Jersey dresses are useful travel companions. Easy to pack easy to wear. You can wear this dress with flat sandals and your wide brimmed hat when you go sight seeing. Dress it up with a heel and clutch for a captain’s dinner…and when you get back on land in London style it with a biker style jacket and flats for a city look. We hope you have a fabulous time. Karen x

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As we start to think of next season – yes, believe it or not – we turn to pattern and prints and more pattern and prints. The 70’s trend still prevails but with much more of a bohemian feel to it and over at the likes of Gucci and Prada there is an eclectic granny style class of patterns and textures. Ease yourself into this mood right now with a gentle clashing of prints styled with your must-have figure flattering jeans. White undertones keep this look summer fresh. Natalie x

Bionda Castana heels £485 Jimmy Choo bag now £398 Mango top £17.99 Citizens of Humanity jeans £208 H&M earrings £3.99 Mango jacket £39.99

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