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Archive for June 2012

From festivals to lunch al fresco we’ve picked some key pieces that will give a laid back look that “wow” factor. For our rock chick revellers it’s all about working the right festival look with some pieces you most probably already have in your wardrobe. Go for a t-shirt with a motif or in wild prints like this one from Reiss – perfect with jeans and ankle boots post music madness. These Warehouse cut-off shorts are a must and will be perfect for beach holidays. You could go the Hunter Wellie route, but pray for sunshine and step into these Miss Selfridge skull detail sandals – perfect simply because they go with everything. Throw on one of your scarves, or snap up this just-in at Dressipi Mango high street hit.

One of the hardest looks to get right is something relaxed and stylish for the weekend. You want to keep it casual, but you also want to feel a bit put together, instead of slouching around in leggings and jumpers, or your good old favourite jeans. Nothing wrong with that either but if you’re meeting friends for lunch you’ll need a simple fail proof “throw on and go look”. We know this because so many of our users write in to us asking how to get that casual-chic balance for the weekend. Let’s take you out to lunch with some pieces that will transform your basic jeans + flats + top combo. Pick a coloured shade of denim, like these from Paige. The high street has some fabulous versions. If you’re not keen on colour try grey (we have a good pair from Banana Republic on our site at the moment). You cannot go wrong with a silky print blouse. Whistles has those timeless but on trend pieces that will span the seasons. Go for a jewelled flat or a fabulous statement leather sandal like these  Ancient Greek Sandals . A shoulder bag in a warm colour just lifts your look – and your mood. I’ve picked this one from Chloe for it’s lust-have factor. For something mid-range price wise, try this fabulous dark blue structured shopper from  DKNY. On the high street I love these box shape shoulder bags from  New Look. And there you have it, bright and breezy pieces for the summer. Natalie x

We love style spotting on the red carpet, and what with the British ‘Season’ in full swing and Hollywood flying fast and furious with film premiers, it’s been quite a red carpet feast. The young and glamorous have really been taking the plunge this week when it comes to red carpet style. The plunge as in necklines that is. The good thing about a plunge neckline is that you can make it as racy as you like – or not – for that matter. Florence Welch, the Queen of all things gothic, dramatic and statement-making took the plunge in a black cobwebby creation by Julien Macdonald. What this neckline has done is to create the sense of definition by drawing the eye to the waist. Blake Lively, the new face of Gucci’s fragrance, used a plunge neckline to accentuate her shapely silhouette and bust line. Most importantly what both girls have done is dressed not only to flatter their body shapes but their unique styles.

Here are a few more dresses that will help you take the plunge on the red carpet…Natalie x

Lipsy red evening gown: 

Issa long sleeve silk jersey dress:

Me&Em day-to-night jersey dress:

It’s amazing what pearls of wisdom you can stumble across over an early morning brew in your local coffee shop. I was enjoying my daily wake-up cappuccino just last week with my friend Deep Sahni who has opened an ultra stylish fashion-concept store, MOOI, on Abingdon Road. I was – of course – discussing Dressipi. When we source garments to feature on the site a lot of thought goes into finding the right pieces to suit each and every one of our users. We are constantly looking out for those hard to come by key pieces – like gorgeous designer dresses that don’t stop at a size 8. And ones that complement larger busts. We have a lot of users who constantly write in to us with just this problem, and simply cannot find that figure-flattering investment piece.

“Have you got Saloni?” said Deep, “they have one dress, the Apsara dress, that is just flying out of our shop. My customers, from a size 8 to a size 16, love it. It just seems to work perfectly for everyone. It’s also been cut in such a way that it drapes and flatters those who have a larger bust.” So, I did what any stylist on the prowl for a good fashion tip does and promptly got on the case with Selina to help get Saloni up and running on our site. And it is. Like any good dress that we recommend it’s all about versatility. Style this with a summery wedge, (these Chloe ones are on sale),  if you want to go for a casual weekend lunch and a woven tote in a wild shade like this new season piece from Michael Michael Kors. Come evening, add a killer heel – we’re loving these Ernesto Esposito numbers – and a statement clutch (Lulu Guinness) for a vampier mood. Now I leave it up to you to try it out. Natalie x

QUESTION: I am a working mum of 42 ( nearly 43) with 3 boys. I have ended up with a bit of a brick like figure with little or no waist and a slight pot belly. I am looking for something to wear to go out for drinks slightly dressed up but not too formal (smart casual) not mutton dressed as lamb but also not too frumpy. I don’t like my arms ( but who does) and have a relatively ok bust.
I like jeans with heels but hate muffin top that I get when one fits as my legs and bottom and lack of hips seems to cause this all the time. Budget … if a great outfit 300, but would like cheeper and could go more expensive. I don’t need shoes have tonnes of them.

ANSWER: If you have a look at your Dressipi Must Haves you will see what style clothes suit your body shape and why. For you it’s all about creating the illusion of curves.

1. Reiss black blazer: Every wardrobe needs a tailored blazer in a neutral shade – think black, or beige, or navy. For you a great tuxedo style jacket, or something that is ultra tailored, like this single button piece from Reiss will create shapely definition. It also gives a modern update to your wardrobe. What’s more, this is the type of piece you can style with jeans, with a day dress, a cocktail dress and even an evening gown. It’s all about versatility! You might also like this By Malene Birger navy blue tuxedo style blazer. It’s similar to the black one that you have “liked” in your recommendations but that particular one has sold out.

2. Vivienne Westwood Anglomania top: To disguise your tummy area and also to give your silhouette the sense of definition and curve go for tops that have some illusion detailing. This Westwood piece is a fab “going out” number. Styled with your blazer and a pair of jeans it’s not too over the top but ultra-stylish.

3. Acne high waisted jeans: It’s important to really get a decent fitting pair of jeans. You can go for a designer brand or something mid range on the high street. As far as designers go have a look at cult label Acne – great if you want to update the over all feel of your wardrobe. These high waisted jeans will deal with your “pot belly issue” by holding everything in – in a stylish way of course. They flare out very slightly from the knee. Add a pair of killer heels and you have a sexy but stylish outfit.

4. Levi’s Semi Curve jeans: Alternatively, Levi’s does a great range called, Curve ID with different ‘Curve’ styles to suit different body shapes. For you it’s all about the Semi Curve – a style that sculpts shape into your silhouette.

Natalie x

Here at Dressipi we believe that fashion is a learning and inspiring conversation between you our fabulous users, and us. And when you ask we deliver. It’s all thanks to your patience and the fact that so many of you kindly took the time to give us invaluable customer feedback that we have been able to address the issue of what clothes to wear to complement a larger bust. We understand that there are so many women out there who feel the same way that some of our users do, like the lady who sent us the email below:

“I was mystified why my profile recommended that I add volume up top when I have a 38in bust.  Tops with flounces and bows just make my boobs look enormous, which is not what I want.  I understand that there is a need to balance my large hips, but there must be another way.”

As you all know we’re not simply about fruit here at Dressipi. We think body shapes are a lot more intricate than apples and pears for that matter. We are really excited by the fact that after months of careful rule writing by us stylists and beyond ingenious code writing by our tech team you are now able to add bust shapes to your Fashion Fingerprint ©. What this means is that your recommendations will now be ultra fine-tuned to show you how to use fashion to stylishly complement your larger bust. So log onto your Dressipi account, and for those of you who haven’t already done so, chose your “bust size” option in your Fashion Fingerprint ©, and enjoy some choice recommendations. In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you started… Tara and Natalie x

1. Focus on ‘fit’ rather than hiding under those big billowing shapes which will make you look bigger up top. Dress, Dorothy Perkins:

2. Invest in the key illusion necklines that we recommend to you in your Must Haves and Perfect For You recommendations. Joseph v-neck jumper:

3. Make sure that the detail around your bust is kept to a minimum so as not to accentuate the size of your bust. On this Coast dress, the ruched fabric detail across the bust creates shapely definition.

From strawberries and cream, champagne and grass courts to cocktails and canapés and all night on the dance floor. Let’s show you how to work those crisp and cool Wimbledon Whites. It was a massive catwalk trend this season (white that is, not Wimbledon) and this was the perfect occasion for us to introduce it to your wardrobes.We’ve balanced out your centre court look with an array of gorgeous knits in ice cream colours (like this Burberry Brit cardi) and a pair of essential ballerinas. Think out the box when it comes to your flats, pastel colours and metallics (these are Marc By Marc Jacobs) are the perfect partner to a white dress like this figure-flattering Reiss number. I’ve thrown in a pair of aviators from Ted Baker for good measure. But what happens when the rain sets in and it’s game set and match and time to move on to a dazzling night ahead?

Here’s what you do. Well actually I’ve borrowed Sarah’s ‘Perfect For You’ email which is the one you see above. I have a fair idea of what’s in her capsule wardrobe, and taken her look from day to night with pieces she already owns. To give a bit of edge to the overall ‘pretty-pretty’ feel of the dress add a leather biker jacket like this piece from Zara. It’s similar to the one Sarah is wearing in the office today with her skinny jeans and deep blue billowing sleeve blouse. As you know we are all about multi-tasking pieces here at Dressipi so you can see the appeal of this jacket. I’ve glammed it up with Sarah’s sexy Jimmy Choos and this box clutch from Monsoon. A black clutch would give a cool touch too. Natalie x

You have to admit that Ascot has come a ‘long way’ since the sartorial elegance of Audrey Hepburn in ‘My Fair Lady’. Hats shaped liked oversized postage stamps, high (literally) teas perched upon saucer shaped headpieces, and even a full English breakfast. Well that’s one way of continuing the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. But without the frothy and the flamboyant, the mad and the pure crazy Ascot simply wouldn’t be Ascot. Ditto the Queen. And the masses of ultra stylish fillies.

In fact it’s hats off to the Queen who stepped out in style in this on trend pastel pink ensemble and an ultra fashionable peplum detail cuff on her coat sleeves. Could this be a nod to one of spring/summer’s most in demand dresses by Roksanda Ilincic (below)? Who knows! In my excitement I might be reading too much into it, but it’s fabulous. It’s a simple and chic detail that gives an easy update to the flattering tailored coat and dress combination the Queen has favoured so far this week at Ascot.

I like the stylish spin Florence Brudenell-Bruce has given to this soft A-line dress from Missoni. Ladies tend to go for a single toned dress when it comes to Ascot fashion so it’s great to see how she’s worked a print. A nipped-in-at-the-waist neutral jacket works a dream and it’s expertly picked up in the two-tone heels. It’s really is  ‘many many seasons ago’ (sort of Dynasty days) to go matchy-matchy with your accessories, and a navy blue headpiece from one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite milliners Jane Taylor is an inspired touch. I really do like the fact that the slight peplum detail in the jacket mirrors the soft A-line of the skirt and this gives a great sense of shape and balance. Natalie x