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Today we are very excited at Dressipi to release two new features that have been high on our members’ request list. Lots of our members are keen to tell us why they have disliked a certain garment or accessory, to fast track the learning of the technology. Others are very keen to tell us they never want to see a certain feature or brand again and want them removed completely from their recommendations (rather than appear lower down their list).

Adding Why to Dislikes: When you dislike a garment or accessory, a Why option will appear alongside. Simply click on the Why and select the reason why you do not like the item. You can select multiple options.

Don’t Show Again: If you have a preference to never see a brand or feature again – simply tick the ‘don’t show me’ option. Don’t worry if you change your mind in the future, as very soon you will have complete access to all of the information in your Fashion Fingerprint that impacts how we choose your recommendations and you can tweak and amend it.

Tip: You can add Whys and Don’t Shows to your previously disliked garments by clicking on http://dressipi.com/dislikes.

Happy playing!

QUESTION: I’m 18 years old, and I have not got a clue about fashion and don’t have a lot of money!!! I am also a size 18. I have recently started to lose weight/inches and have got a bit more confident in myself to actually want to dress in a way that suits me! I have to say that 40’s and 50’s icons like Marilyn Monroe and Veronica Lake are some of my idols. And I would like to know if the 40’s/50’s style of clothing would suit me and my shape?

ANSWER: Congratulations on your recent weight loss. You must feel wonderful. Marilyn Monroe and Veronica Lake are shapely and feminine style icons. Their shapes celebrate womanly curves….which you have! You have well balanced body proportions and what’s more you have a defined waist. So, to answer your question, the styles from the 40’s and 50’s would look fabulous on you. With that in mind here are some pieces you might like:

1. ASOS CURVE black dress £25: Every wardrobe needs a little black dress, and this fabulous piece ticks all the right boxes with its waist-accentuating band and lovely full skirt. The wide strap halter neck top will support your bust. It’s very Marilyn Monroe. All you need is an air vent to recreate that iconic picture. This dress also comes in a bright red and summery denim blue colour. So we have this in two of your favourite colours. Style with a rock ‘n roll wedge like these beauties from H&M in red or black. If you go for the black dress then add a red wedge and vice versa.

3. FOREVER21 £19.75: Another retro style dress that works well on you is the tea dress. The low v-neck flatters your bust and the empire line cut creates shapely definition at the waist. It’s a fun and flirty piece. Just add your wedges and some oversized sunglasses and a slick of bright lipstick.

4. DOROTHY PERKINS snake print pencil skirt £25: Whilst all the pieces above have those flirty full skirts, pencils skirts are also key to achieving those iconic Hollywood leading ladies’ looks. After all, they really do put a wiggle in your walk…a trademark of your style icons.  Have a bit of fun with a hot-off-the-catwalk animal print. It’s very retro too. If you want a real vampy goddess look, style it with this chic black peplum top from ASOS. Peplums are a big trend this season and they draw attention to the waist. This top will create a great balance to the slinky fit of the pencil skirt.

So, there you have it. I hope that this has inspired you to shop with confidence. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with your fashion.

Natalie x

QUESTION: I am going to Chester Races For Ladies’ Day and I am stuck on what sort of dress to wear that would most suite me .

ANSWER: How exciting – Chester races! It will be a fun and fashionably glamorous day out for you. You’ll want to look fabulous. You have a gorgeous figure and if you look at your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint you will see that it is all about using clothes to inject a bit of curve into your lovely silhouette. With that in mind here is an idea for an outfit I hope that you will like.

1. Lipsy purple dress £45 : This dress is in one of your favourite colours – a glorious purple. Very striking! The fit-and-flare style will inject a bit of curve into your already lovely shape. It’s all about creating balanced looking proportions. The fitted top sculpts your slender torso and the full skirt and skinny belt create the illusion of a defined waist….and it also draws attention to your long legs. The cap sleeves balance out the full skirt. This is the type of dress you can wear in the summer with coloured flat sandals for a dressed down look, or with a cool wedge and cropped denim jacket for a weekend look.

2. Mango gold cuff, £14.99:  It’s time to add a bit of hardware to the outfit. Style this with one of the season’s must-have oversized gold cuffs like this textured piece from Mango.

3. Dorothy Perkins colour block heels £40: Show of your long legs with these stylish two-tone colour block sandals. Great with a pair of skinny jeans, soft jersey t-shirt and sharp tailored blazer for a Friday night.

4. Mango red quilt bag, £27.99 : Use your bag to introduce another bright colour to your outfit. This vibrant red is a hot contrast to the deep purple of your dress and it will really make the colour stand out. The gold chain complements the cuff. What’s more – you’ll need somewhere ultra-chic and fashionable to store your winnings!

5. Star by Julien Macdonald hair clip £12 : You could wear a statement hat – it’s entirely up to you. Alternatively for that final fashionable touch, why not add this simple but cool oversized flower hair piece from the Star by Julien Macdonald range at Debenhams. The subtle neutral shade adds a lovely balance to the overall colour way of your outfit. But, you could just as easily go for a burst of red or purple. I would, however, advise you not to match shoes-handbag-headpiece in the exact same shade. If you are going to go for one colour, break it up a bit with varied tones of the same shade.

I hope that this has inspired you! Have a fantastic time at the races and enjoy your day out.

Natalie x

QUESTION: I need help finding an outfit for my friend’s christening. It is in London and fairly posh but not over the top!!! I would like a dress perhaps, but think it is still tights weather! Can wear heels but not too high as getting train and tube there! I am a student on a fairly tight budget, maybe £100 for whole outfit but do not want it to look cheap! Please help!!!! I would like something I will wear again !!

ANSWER: Sounds like a great event you have lined up. Don’t worry we’ll keep you looking chic and stylish. Yes it most likely will be cold so it will be tights weather. If you have a look at your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint you will see what style clothes suit your body shape and why. For you it’s all about injecting a bit of shapley curve into your silhouette. With that in mind here is an outfit we hope that you will like:

1. Zara dress £39.99: You cannot go wrong with a chic little black dress. It keeps things understated and stylish. This piece from Zara has a very feminine feel to it with an accentuated waist detail that will create a bit of shape. After the christening you can bling this up for a night out with sky scraper heels and a bright clutch bag. For summer, you can add a fun coloured wedge and oversized sunnies for a weekend look.

2. Jackets £24.99 It will be cold no doubt and you also want to add a bit of colour to your look. H&M really does have some fantastic tailored jackets in so many colours. I’ve picked this blue, but really any colour will work. If you don’t want a colour then go for an on trend white jacket or a neutral shade. This second piece from H&M is lovely. You can wear it open or closed, but I think with the little belt detail worn closed over the dress would look fabulous. These pieces are great to dress up a pair of jeans for a Saturday night out, or style with a pencil skirt and heels.
4. SHOES: I am going to give you a lot of shoe options and for various reasons. Most importantly is that you shouldn’t buy a style you won’t wear again just because it has a low heel (like most of us you look so at home in high heels!). I don’t want you to waste your money. I know you have a fair bit of travelling to do. I would actually highly recommend that you take a bigger handbag (as opposed to a clutch/shoulder bag for example) and travel in flat pumps, so you are comfortable, and then switch into a heel just before you get to the church. I do it all the time. That way you can also add a scarf and jumper in your bag as it may get really cold on your way back home. Bear in mind it’s a christening – there will be lots of people there with babies and big baby bags etc. I have given you a selection of heel heights here, because if you do go the flats-heels route you can take your pick and go for something that is more you and that you will wear again.

*These black Zara peep toe’s (£29.99) have a trendy concealed platform. They will keep your look very chic. They are not ideal for travelling in though but I thought I would show them to you. They are great for party outfits and nights out.

*It would also look lovely if you wore a coloured court shoe like these patent leather ones from J by Jasper Conran at Debenahms (£28). We have used these shoes for a user make-over competition and they are lovely and not as high as they look so you can travel in them. These would look fabulous with a pair of jeans and a great blouse.

* The other route is to go for a kitten heel like either of these lovely options from ASOS (£35):

All of these combinations will keep your look ultra-chic and your outfit will look far from cheap. What’s more is that it just makes your budget. The ASOS shoes will take you slightly over budget. I would go for the J by Jasper Conran shoes and the beige jacket option – they even match the belt, and will look perfect with black tigts and your dress. Choices! Choices! I hope that this has helped with your fashion dilemma. Have a lovely time at the Christening.

Natalie x

QUESTION: Daughter getting married and need help! Despite ‘formal’ wedding in a country church, the happy couple want a ‘laid back’ day , the reception is in a barn. Groom’s mother wearing duck-egg blue, four bridesmaids all dressed in pastels, different styles to suit them, which leaves me! I don’t want to seem overly smart – no hat! – but want to look my best. I am ‘young’ for my age  but am struggling with a dress. Only dress I’ve seen so far is an Issa, three quarter sleeve, in pale colour but ….any ideas? For once in my life I’d like to look and feel really good and make my daughter proud.

ANSWER: Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding – you must be over the moon and so proud! The wedding sounds like it is already very well organised indeed. Don’t worry, we will help find you something fabulous to complement your gorgeous silhouette and fit in with the wedding party … with not a dowdy garment in site.

1. ISSA DRESS £332: I absolutely love the sound of the Issa dress you have seen (I wonder if it’s similar to this). It’s the type of style that will look fabulous on your silhouette and is both stylish and elegant. The gathering at the front accentuates your waist definition and the fluid skirt gives a feminine touch. Issa dresses double up perfectly for beach holidays too – that’s how versatile they are. If this is too low cut for your liking simply add an embellished brooch.

2. VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA DRESS £310: Vivienne Westwood cuts a gorgeous, shapely dress. She manages to inject curves into women’s figures with her soft fluid fabrics that make clever twists and turns. This style will flatter your silhouette and create a gorgeous looking shape. This dress comes in a navy blue with a deeper red pattern, or a plain red. But for the purposes of this wedding the champagne colour works best (although the deep red, on eof your favourite colours, is stunning)!

3. HOW TO ACCESSORISE: Use your accessories to add colour, texture and a few catwalk touches, for an understated but ultra-stylish look. Style the pale champagne colour of these dresses, with a bright clutch bag and an animl print heel. Or , the other way around. Go for an animal print, or textured clutch, and a bright heel. You don’t have to match the colours of your shoes and bags. Shake it up a bit to keep your look young and fresh!

A heel in an ice-pastel colour will work with the rest of the wedding party’s tones. Orange is one of your favourite colours and these kitten heel courts from Hobbs in a coral pick up on the pastels’ catwalk trend. A kitten heel works perfectly with your tall frame. Complement the outfit with a sparkly clutch like this Anya Hindmarch piece  (or one in an animal print).

Alternatively, if you prefer a coloured clutch, like this sorbet orange DVF one, then a stylish snake skin effect shoe would be the perfect partner.

The great thing about all of these pieces is that you can wear them over and over again, after the big day. Your clutch will finish off a simple pair of straight leg jeans, white blouse and black tailored blazer for a casual dinner. It will add a bit of dazzle to a long dress for a black tie event. Your shoes would work with your denim look, as well as a Safari style shirt dress and statement cuff, for a  lunch with friends. All the best for the big day! Congratulations once again.

Natalie x

QUESTION: Hiya I recently bought these dresses (a yellow floral print piece and a black and red rose print one) for day time wear, but I’m stumped for practical shoes (no heels I’m pushing a pram!) and a coat for them in this in between Spring weather. Coat under £150 and shoes under £ 70 .

ANSWER: Hello and thank you for contacting us! It’s lovely to hear from you. The two dresses you have bought are fabulous and that 50’s style works a dream with your figure. Whilst you are looking for practical shoes – it certainly doesn’t mean that they cannot be fashionable. Here are some ideas for your shoes and coats for your outfits:

1. Banana Republic trench coat £150: In terms of a transitional coat, a trench coat is the perfect style for this time of year. This piece from Banana Republic is a true investment piece. It is single breasted so it will flatter your bust and soften the look of your broad shoulders. The belt accentuates your lovely defined waist. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a trench coat as the high street has great pieces, like this classic piece also on sale at Mango £59.99. It’s a lighter shade and will be perfect for when we finally get a bit of spring/summer fashion up and running. Although I would not recommend a double breasted style to someone with a large bust, if you wear this particular piece open at the neck, creating a flattering v-neck (as shown on the model) it works perfectly. Trench coats realy are timeless classics and a key transitional piece. Eiter of these coats will look great over a pair of jeans and gorgeous blouse.

2. New Look, snake skin flats, £15.99: If you want a great style to go with both of the dresses, then a hot-off-the-catwalk animal print ballerina is perfect. It just adds a bit of a quirky touch to your outfit and complements that retro feel that you have goin on here. Opt for these snakeskin prints beauties with a tiny wedge. Or, you could add a bit of leopard print.

3. Black bow detail ballerinas, Zara £17.99: For something ore classic you cannot beat a chic black ballerina. This style has a lovely flat bow front detail – very girlie and in keeping with the dress. Worn with black opaques it will make the bright yellow of your one dress go pop and blend in like a dream with the other.

4. Next, red patent ballerinas, £28: Why not go for a little bit of a zingy colour clash with these patent red pumps. If you buy the black trench then style these with black opaques with both dresses. If you buy the classic stone colour trench, then style these with a dark navy opaque when wearing the yellow dress and with regular black opaques when wearing the black floral print dress.
I hope that this has helped you out with your fashion dilemma. Remember – just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable.
Natalie x

A big stylish welcome to all our new followers from MUMSNET. Thanks for the invaluable feedback and entertaining threads.  We love all of your thoughts, concerns, and brand suggestions and have taken them onboard. We have some fabulous new features that we are working on. Our soon to be launched “Reveal and Conceal” section will let you tell us what parts of your body you’ld gently like to disguise away (tummies, big boobs, bingo wings, you name it) and those you’ld love to flaunt. The good news is that shoes and accessories are soon going to hit our site in full fashionable force. Someone showed us one of your fashion dilemmas so we thought we’ld help out:

QUESTION: I have a budget of £250 (which is never going to happen again once I give up work!). I hate paying full price for anything so may wait till the sales, but I’d really like some advice on how I can look good but still be comfy on the school run. If it helps, I’m early 30s, beanpole-shaped and my favourite labels are Great Plains, GAP and Monsoon (sometimes) plus the odd vintage dress off ebay. What are your SAHM (or day off, or weekend) wardrobe heroes?

ANSWER: You are not alone! But you probably knew that anyway. We get a lot of stay at home mums wanting to break out from the baggy jeans, slouchy tee combo and reclaim their inner fashionista – with a heavy dose of chasing-after-young-kids comfort thrown in. What you need is a mini capsule wardrobe with those hero pieces that multi-task (just like you) and all work with each other. When you sign up to Dressipi you will see in your Fashion Fingerprint and Capsule Wardrobe sections, what style clothes suit your body shape and why. You’re a willowy sounding bean pole. Use your clothes to inject a bit of shapely curve into your silhouette. With that in mind here are some ideas we hope will work:

1. VERSATILE DRESS: We’ve got to break you out of your unflattering-sounding jeans comfort zone. I always recommend that you get a versatile dress. Something that will ‘do’ everything from the school run to dinner with a quick change of shoes. Think comfy jersey fabrics and soft fluid cottons for example. This piece from Zara (£35.99) has a floaty boho feel to it. The waist detail creates a bit of shapely definition. For the school run style this with an ankle boot or animal print ballerinas. You can add a printed or coloured skinny belt to it and statement clutch for a night out.

2. JEANS: I think it’s time to retire those baggy numbers for a stylish straight leg jean instead. It’s worth investing a bit in a pair of jeans. Nudie is a great designer brand on our site that you might like. Otherwise, the high street has some perfect pieces like these Uniqlo straight leg jeans (£29.90).

3. TOPS: Snap up a few stylish tops to go with your jeans. This sleeveless piece from Next (£22) will give a chic touch to a casual look with your jeans, a blazer and flats. It’ll also look perfect with a skirt. Stock up on a few longline jersey tops like this cool must-have from H&M £9.99. Think of t-shirts that have great necklines like this draped scoop neck piece also from H&M £7.99.

4. BLAZER: It’s still crisp and cold out there. A tailored blazer that will take you through to summer is a true wardrobe basic. This single breasted style from Next £50 comes in a figure-flattering longline cut. You can style your jeans outfits with this or throw it over you versatile dress adding a burst of colour to your look. Zara’s grey jersey fabric blazer (£29.99) will also work a dream for that casual chic look.

5. ACCESSORIES: Scarves are always a stylish must-have and will dress up any of your outfits beautifully. Try this animal print style from Monsoon or this oversized GAP scarf for a cosier touch. I hope that this has pointed you in the right direction for your casual but chic wardrobe. Happy shopping. Natalie x