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The fashion world has finally left the exiting s/s 2016 catwalks of Paris. From the four major style cities we’ve seen wild colour combinations and exquisite prints, intricate textiles and fanciful detailing and some quite interesting footwear. It’s safe to say the Birkenstock or anything that sort of resembles it has been amped, ramped, revamped and turbo-charged for next season. We also had glitzy wellies at Saint Laurent’s Glasto Girls fest. But that’s next season. For a respite from that fabulous sensory overload of things to come, here’s a bit of a palette cleanser: monochrome. Well, just a little hint of monochrome. Throw in one of your favourite primary colours into the mix to style this trend with a contemporary spin. Did I tell you that primary colours are all the rage next season.  Hard to keep away from s/s16. Natalie 

1.Somerset by Alice Temperley dress £99, 2. Toms sunglasses £95.84, 3. Dorothy Perkins earrings now £6.38, 4. LK bennett heels £210, 5. Zara bag £22.99


The trench is back. Not that it ever went away, but it’s time for trench wearing thanks to the weather amongst other things. If you feel like a new take on this capsule wardrobe basic opt for a more fluid looser cut with that all important waist cinching belt. Neutrals might not be rain friendly but they do look fabulous styled together and with knitwear so strong this season you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous chunkier rib knit jumper in a simple ivory tone. Spruce things up with a stud or two and a touch on new season trimmings – faux-fur. Natalie x

1. River Island hat £30, 2. Uniqlo Ines jumper £24.9, 3. Sam Edelman boots £170, 4. Zara bag £29.99, 5. Whistles jeans £95, 6. Mango coat now £69.99

QUESTION: I am looking for some casual and also smarter but stylish ideas (for a creative work office) for this Topshop dress I bought.


ANSWER: A little black dress – whether it is a tailored/fitted shift or a softer body skimming jersey dress is the ideal blank canvas to dress up or down. You can wear this so many ways. Here are some ideas with pieces you can switch around from casual to smart-casual looks:

1. Mint Velvet biker gilet £119: –  The stretchy jersey fabric and flattering twist front knot detail gives this dress a great sporty feel which is an ideal way to think about wearing this for more casual looks such as pairing it with a denim or bomber jacket. This biker style gilet is on trend for this season and gives a contemporary feel to outfits:


2. Adidas trainers £70: – Invest in a pair of fashion trainers. The latest Celine s/s16 show styled cool trainers with smarter flowing trousers elevating them to a more formal status. You’ll never look at a pair of Nike or Adidas in the same way. Go for one of the classic styles in a neutral tone or opt for a vibrant fun animal print or bold bright:


3. Topshop bag £40: –  Have a bit of fun with your accessories. An oversized clutch bag will double as the perfect day bag if you are not prone to carrying your whole life in your bag. Faux-fur is a fun way to dress things up and this faux pony hair bag in a wild shade is a great way to jazz up an LBD by day for a great casual weekend look:


4. Faith shoes £49: – For your creative work environment, dress things up with a stylish lace-up sandal or court (take your pic). Don’t forget that your on-trend trainers will be the perfect ‘travel shoe’: –


5. Mango blazer £69.99: – A white blazer will add polish to any look and whether you are going out for a dinner date or want to look ultra-chic at work or simply spruce up a casual look, this jacket ticks all the boxes:


6. Karen Millen bag £145: – This is a smart day bag and a good alternative to a roomier tote. It also gives your smart-casual looks a bit more edge. For evening simply swap this bag for your clutch:


7. H&M earrings £6.99: – A little bit of bling never hurt anyone and these earrings will look great by day or night, smart or casual:



It’s hard to resist a little bit of sparkle and a lot of timeless leopard print and if you’re looking for a fabulous day look with a retro inspired feel this is it. Each of these pieces is an ideal capsule wardrobe must-have. I’ll break it down for you. A go with everything black top perfect for layering – tick basic. A tuxedo style coat perfect for adding that final polish – tick investment. A pair of sparkle flats perfect for a style pick-me-up- tick fashion update. A statement necklace perfect to dress up looks – tick must-have. A clutch bag – an essential… a clutch bag in dark green – tick fashion update. And…a leopard print skirt, perfect for introducing a print to your wardrobe – tick fashion update and wardrobe basic. What’s more, these pieces also all have the perfect 24/7 appeal so can be styled into day and night looks. Take your pick. Natalie x

1. Zara coat £79.99, 2. Warehouse necklace now £10, 3. Topshop top £25, 4. Mango bag £34.99, 5. Boden shoes now £66.75, 6. Oasis skirt £38.


There are ankle boots and then there are ankle boots! Right now from Balmain to Zara your ankle boots are coming complete with fringe benefits. Coupled with a slinkier stiletto heel and suddenly a practical style turns into a fun and frivolous fashion must. This is a step on from spring/summer’s 1970’s trend which has continued through to this season. Opt for a more rock and roll approach – rather than boho with these picks. It’s a great way to vamp up a floral print dress and will also look fabulous with one of the must-have denim dresses or plaid shirt dresses out there. Which way will you go? Haute or high? Natalie x

HAUTE: 1. Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings £80, 2. Balmain boots £348, 3. Ray Ban sunglasses £147, 4. Carven dress £690
HIGH: 1. Topshop earrings £12.50, 2. Zara boots £69.99, 3. George@Asda sunglasses £2, 4. Oasis dress £45


It’s time to think pink. Who would have thought it? One of the hottest shades of the moment is pink. Sugary icy girly sorbet shades perfectly suited to the romantic and gothic Victoriana trend and granny chic prints-and-texture mix-up going on. Bold, vivid loud shades shouting it out for the return to 80’s glitz and clashing crazy patterns. Any which pink way you like it really. You might not have thought you would be wearing candy pink trousers for winter, but hey that’s fashion for you. This style from Topshop talks to whichever pink lady you might be. If you’re more into the intellectual Skandi take on fashion – think sculptural lines, paired back mood and boy-meets-girl effect – style with shoe of the moment the brogue and a roomier square cut or loose fit jumper. It’s all about cleverly layering your volume here. I have tried on this Zara jumper and it’s fabulously cosy, sits just above the hips, and has a sculpturally roomy shape to it. Wintry greys and a modern slick of black are the perfect partners to your pinks. Using the same colour palette, if you’re more prone to a bit of shapelier razzmatazz in your wardrobe (like me), or if you’re simply looking to go from day to night, style with a fitted jumper to show off that waist-cinching detail and add a killer pair of heels. Naturally. Don’t forget the bling. Natalie x

FLATS: 1. Topshop trousers £40, 2. Hush earrings £34.95, 3. Zara jumper £25.99, 4. Milly bag £272.36, 5. Zara shoes £49.99

HEELS: 6. Sergio Rossi sandals £445, 7. Clarks bag now £71.20, 8. Maxmara jumper £280, 9. Oscar de la Renta earrings £370.49

QUESTION: I need some light weight clothes for a city break in a hot country. Am size 18. Need short sleeves and deep but bright colours and patterns. Need trousers, black or vary that will hold me in and make me look slimmer!budget value! Ie not too expensive! Many thanks!

ANSWER: Your city break sounds delightful, especially as the British weather has been less than desirable lately! Loose fitting tops in lightweight fabrics are a fab choice for your trip as they’ll be comfortable in the warm weather and can also pack easily without creasing. With this in mind, we’ve chosen a selection on items we think you’ll love:

1. Windsmoor top, £69: – This chiffon blue and purple floral top really sums up you’re description, perfect for daytime sightseeing with the addition of a shoulder bag and flat strappy sandals. Transform this blouse into evening chic with a pair of kitten heels and a pair of drop earrings:


2. Violeta top, £24.99: – Raspberry is such a lovely colour to wear as it looks fabulous all year round and suits every skin tone. The v-neck is your go-to neckline to create a flattering shape and the ruffle detail adds a beautiful feminine touch:


3. Mango top, now £29.99: – Another gorgeous pattern blouse, this time in a light silky fabric. This can be worn on black or navy trousers and is also very versatile for day and night:


4. Violeta trousers, £44.99: – All the tops we’ve suggested will really complement a pair of black tapered trousers – wear the blouses loose rather than tucked in and pop on a long but delicate necklace to add some glamour. We love this pair by Violeta as they are cotton and sit on the ankle, which makes them a wonderful summery option. The slim let will also be a lovely contrast to the loose feel of the blouses:


5. Ghost trousers, £69: – if you’d rather go for a lightweight loose option, these wide leg trousers by Ghost as a great alternative:


6. Monsoon necklace, £29.99: –  It’s always worth packing a couple of pieces of jewellery in case you go for an evening meal or just feel like jazzing up your look! long necklaces always look fabulous over tops and blouses as they elongate your neckline and draw the eye inwards. There are so many wonderful styles on the high street, we particularly like this elegant tassel version:

garment-2854733-3934453 7. Day Birger et Mikkelsen, £60: – Lastly a light shoulder bag is a necessity for any city break. It doubles up as a carry-on bag and is ideal for all your daytime sightseeing items. This very cool tote by DAY instantly caught our eye as it’s tres chic and will finish off any outfit perfectly! Karen x



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