You can really put your favourite LBD to the test now that we are teetering (in strappy high heels) on the brink of office parties, Christmas parties, cocktail parties romantic festive dinner dates. Here are some fabulous high street pieces to give a different spin to this waist-cinching number. Natalie x
No point in beating around the bush but as we’re now fully into the winter part of autumn/winter the only thing to do when it comes to outfits is to cosy up in style. Checklist: comfy knits, shearling and faux-fur and sunglasses just because. In case you haven’t noticed…it seems impossible to read or watch anything without being bombarded with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales updates. Sigh! That said, the key components of this outfit make up a list that is perfect to shop in the sales in general: cashmere, jeans, sunglasses, bags, shoes, coats and cover-ups. All versatile, timeless pieces. Natalie x
Posted November 23, 2015on:
QUESTION: I need a capsule wardrobe in jewel colours to see me through the next few months. What do you advise? Many thanks.
ANSWER: Jewel tones are the perfect remedy to a grey drizzly day – in fact one of the best things about this season is when all the forest green, rich burgundy and bright aubergine colours pop into the shops! They will work well balanced out with neutral basics. We’ve pulled together a selection of items we think you’ll love:
1. Hobbs trousers, £99: – Navy trousers are a great place to start as they are less harsh than black which makes them a versatile all-year-round item. With jewel tones, it’s best to have one item as the focal point, rather than each item being a different and eye catching shade. A straight leg is your go-to shape, pair with suede loafers for a daytime look and smarten up with a pair of kitten heels for the evening:
2. Simply Be blouse, £29: – For an easy throw on and go outfit with an instantly elegant feel, team this blouse with the Hobbs trousers and you’re good to go. The front pleats add a feminine touch whilst the berry shade will really complement your olive skin tone:
3. Violeta dress £59.99: – Long sleeves are ideal as you don’t need to try and match and cardigan or blazer to keep you arms warm. A crepe dress such as this can look as fab with a pair of knee high brown boots for sunday lunch in a cosy pub as it can with black patent courts and a clutch bag for smart dinners or events. The belted waist draws attention to your slimmest part, whilst the kick skirt glides delicately over any bumps!
4. Oasis coat, £78.40: – Coats should always be bought in colours that go with what you own, rather than clash or try to steal all the limelight. We adore this gorgeous aubergine wrap coat with a belted waist which will give you a beautiful silhouette. You previously mentioned you’re allergic to wool so we’ve found an option that you’ll be fine to wear!
5. Joules scarf, £19.95: – We’ve picked a scarf that has some contrasting but complementary colours to all the items suggested above. The abstract floral print keeps it looks stylish and rather sophisticated:
6. Zara bag, £39.99: – Zara always has a fantastic selection of very expensive looking bags at very non-expensive prices. This royal blue tote can also be worn on the shoulder, perfect for work and nipping out to do errands. It’ll look fab with everything in your wardrobe as it easily pairs with black, navy, grey and brown:
7. Banana Republic cardigan, £55: – When wearing your favourite jeans, pop on a white or cream blouse and this forest green cardi for a lovely jewel addition. The cashmere blend will ensure a super comfortable fit, spot on for family days over the festive period:
8. Anton Heunis earrings, £55: – Finally add a sprinkling of sparkle to your outfit with a pair of jewelled earrings. These are simply divine and will be a real talking point at any social gathering! Karen x
I have a thing for grey dresses that can do the whole casual-work-evening nine yards. Dresses really do make for a great easy-chic casual look. It’s the type of thing you want to rustle up when you have a weekend lunch that’s a bit more than just a pair of jeans. It’s all about blending. One of the season’s throw-on-and-go fringed capes gives drama to your outfit and why not throw a little bit of winter plaid into the mix? Natalie x
Posted November 17, 2015on:
The glitzy 80s is influencing a lot of what we see in stores today and coupled with that we have the run-up to festive season partying. It’s not going to be hard to find a sequin or two at this time of the year. Don’t keep these shimmery pieces just for the evenings. Take a sleek pencil skirt (to the knee or mini) and use it as your perfect festive run-around number. It sounds so wrong but it all works so right! Balance out the glitz and the fitted proportions with a cosy knit oversized jumper. Forego a pretty ballerina for an edgier trainer and finish with a structured mini tote. Do the same thing for cocktail hour. Style with a loose square cut velvet tee and pared back simple leather envelope clutch. The cheeky lace-up detail on the back of these black suede courts adds a little something different to a wardrobe classic. Natalie x
Posted November 16, 2015on:
STYLE ADVICE: I’m looking for a dress to wear for a New Year’s Eve dinner. The dress code is black tie and posh frocks. I have a couple of things in my wardrobe but they are years old and would need accessorising but I don’t mind buying something new.
I don’t get out to dressy occasions much so am reluctant to pay hundreds of pounds for a dress to hang in the wardrobe. I would spend up to £150 if you could work within that. Thank you for your help.
ANSWER: We’d love to recommend some items to accessorise your dress and maybe something new to try.
1. Monsoon jacket £59:– Add this fur bolero to your dress for the winter months and an added glam factor. You’ll be wearing this with many more gorgeous dresses to many more events:
2. Monsoon bag £29:– Gold accessories are the hollywood glam staples as well as being versatile. The shine on this clutch is really eye catching and immediately takes an outfit up a notch:
3. Dorothy Perkins, Shoes £29:– These gorgeous low heel sandals are a great nod to the 1940’s, the ultimate glam era. They are super wearable and will be making an appearance at many occasions to come:
4. Marks and Spencer dress £49.50:– If you decide to go for something new try this great evening piece from M&S. The lace and on trend velvet fabric makes this the perfect party piece. And its the perfect style for balancing your proportions. At this price you won’t feel bad about another dress in your wardrobe you’ll wear again and again. SarahA x
If like me you are well-versed in the art of Instagram (a polite way of saying obsessed) you may have noticed that the shoe of the year has to be the suede fringed sandal by Aquazurra. Whether it’s the cobalt blue or bright red most of the time these shoes were sold out before they even hit the worldwide web shop floor. Not only have they captured the hearts of women but they really do add a fabulously wonderful touch of polish and flair to outfits. No matter how simple. Add one of the season’s must-have cable knit jumpers to the mix and a sleek pair of slim fit tuxedo trousers and you’re a stylish selfie away from Instagram stardom. Which way will you go? Natalie x