It’s all about keeping things in perspective. Fashion and life that is. This season there is an influx of saucy over-the-knee boots and the ideal way to balance out all that sauciness is with a play on proportions. Think volume contrasted with slinky. These fabulous suede boots from Topshop have a solid enough heel to style both night and day looks. The length of these boots will slip effortlessly under below-the-knee flowing culottes that give a bit of volume to soften the boots. Alternatively accentuate the slinky footwear by styling over skinny jeans to really elongate those legs. A floaty silk blouse and straight cut parka give the requisite softening volume and a cool and hip casual feel. As I said, it’s all about keeping things in perspective. Natalie x
LUNCH: 1. Topshop boots £125, 2. Tory Burch bag £401.89, 3. Miss Selfridge hat £25, 4. Topshop culottes £42, 5. J. Crew necklace £55, 6. Topshop jumper £34
SHOPPING: 7. Zara bag £79.99, 8. Elizabeth and James coat £545, 9. H&M silk blouse £34.99, 10. J. Crew hat £39.50, 11. J Brand jeans £230.
Just add zero. That seems to be the difference between designer versus high street prices these days. But price wars aside, the biker boot has grown up. Well upwards. Thanks to a heel. I first saw this a few seasons back at Jimmy Choo and Burberry. I like that Jimmy Choo repeats their timeless styles, whether it’s a court shoe or a biker boot, because that is the point of timeless, investment fashion. Gianvito Rossi really is the hot-to-trot shoe designer of the moment. By comparison these leather Zara boots are pretty much on tap. This heeled style is not only perfect with skinny or slim fit jeans but also with a great dress, whether midi or mini, and opaque tights. If you don’t work in a corporate environment it means that when it is raining and you have a meeting where you want to look sharp, you won’t have to do the flats-to-heels switch. They give outfits a bit of leverage – literally. Which way will you go? Natalie x
1. Gianvito Rossi £845
2. Zara £89.99
It was all systems go in Paris during the catwalk shows last week. Karlie Kloss gave a masterclass in how to work her supermodel style in this fabulous leopard print Balmain dress. Because the dress is doing all the talking her she has kept her accessories very simple and paired back with a tiny hint of bling in the shape of her diamante stud earrings. Channel her look in this Michael Michael Kors dress which will work the winter party season perfectly when styled with a faux-fur jacket to heat things up. For next summer simply add strappy wedges …and go. To create that criss-cross waist-defining effect style with a black belt. Natalie x
QUESTION: I am looking for a long dress for a lunch party.
ANSWER: Maxi dresses are always fun to wear and your lunch party sounds like the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to one! For you it’s about wearing styles that have a fitted waist as this creates a beautiful feminine silhouette. With this in mind we’ve picked a selection of styles we think you’ll love:
1. Michael Kors dress, £190: - There aren’t always many occasions to wear a long dress, so we’d suggest going for a really versatile pattern/shape which can be worn for multiple events. This Michael Kors maxi has a kaftan feel about it, making it ideal to dress up for a party with strappy sandals and a clutch bag, or wear on holiday with flats and an oversized sun hat:
2. Mango dress, £89.99: - The long sleeves of this printed dress make it the ideal outfit for when the weather starts to turn. A low v-neck shows just the right amount of décolletage whilst the accentuated waist will really make the most of your beautiful frame:
3. Linea dress, £40: – We fell in love with the bright shade of this dress, it will really compliment your colouring, plus the embellished neckline adds a touch of glamour making this a really sophisticated and elegant option. Style with a faux-fur shrug to keep warm and chic:
4. Biba dress, £149: - Jewelled tones were all over the A/W catwalk for the coming season so this dress definitely fits the bill! You haven’t mentioned the dress code of the party you’re attending, so keep it simple with a pair of courts and a cropped jacket (like a leather biker style) or jazz things up with peep toe sandals and a statement necklace:
5. Phase Eight pashmina, £35: - A nautral shade wrap is a wardrobe must – wear it draped over your shoulders with the sleeveless dresses, and then team it with a white blouse and your favourite pair of jeans for the ultimate Parisian-chic outfit. Karen x
We love – as you know – a wardrobe that is full of pieces that are versatile, hard-working and get on really well with each other. From something like a hot-hued top or printed scarf that gives outfits an instant trend update to pieces that help re-work good old favourites, it’s all about making your fashion go that extra mile further. Which is why we were only too happy to show a Dressipi user who contacted us via our free Style Advice service how she could wear this Nicole Farhi jacket she inherited from her mother. The aim was to know how to style it so it did not make her look frumpy. No problem. The earthy tone and tweed texture makes this the perfect autumn/winter number. Balance out the volume with slim fit separates like skinny or straight cut jeans or a slinky pencil skirt. Add some of those gorgeous wintry berry tones and a snappy stiletto heel ankle boot to vamp up the feel of the jacket for a chic creative work or hip dinner look.See, it’s easy once you know how. Don’t forget to send us more ‘I- don’t-know-how-to-wear-these’ pieces to restyle into outfits for you. Natalie x
You can never go wrong with an LBD. Really you can’t. This piece by Michael Michael Kors is ultra-flattering and if you’ve had a little too much for lunch or dinner the tie-detail just above the waist combined with the soft a-line skirt means no-one, except you, will notice. Whew. This is a great investment piece and reminds me of a similar dress I have by Issa. It’s ideal for work and perfect for a dinner date. If, in addition to all this, you want a lazy weekend look, style with flat knee-high boots or an ankle boot and a faux-fur gilet and cosy scarf. Do you have anything in your wardrobe you want us to style up or down? Let us know on our free style advice service. Natalie x