Archive for August 2012
If there’s one item of clothing I could wax lyrical about from the mountains of clothes that make up my wardrobe it would have to be a fabulous, fitted, tailored jacket. It’s worth its sartorial weight in gold when it comes to versatility as it goes with practically everything. Nine-to-five wear it with jeans and a pretty blouse, with matching cigarette pants for a more “grown up” look and over a wispy cocktail dress after dark. This week’s e-mail celebrates this most chameleon of garments with three styles that are perfect for you. Here’s a sneaky peak at how I’d love to wear mine this coming season along with a few items from my Wish List.
The jacket: My ultimate has to be in black as it acts as a great canvas for the rest of my wardrobe…. the most neutral of tones really does go with everything:
In the office I long to be a bit more together so I’d style it with a pair of masculine ankle grazing trousers (in a subtle contrasting jacquard), a contrasting feminine blouse, some (almost inappropriate) pointy toe kitten heels and an Acne tote bag (high on my Lust List next season):
My Saturdays are mostly spent in jeans, catching up with girlfriends. I’ll style the jacket over this gorgeous tweed top with the sleeves pushed up and some cute pumps:
Winter florals are huge for Autumn/Winter 2012 and a printed dress would look heavenly under the jacket that takes on a tuxedo-esque quality worn at night:
Summer’s nearly at its end and so too is festival season. There’s been some cracking festi looks with something to suit everyone from pretty floral vintage dresses to the ubiquitous denim cut-offs. We’ve selected our four favourite celeb styles from this summer’s greatest muso events and edited the key pieces needed to channel similar rocking looks….after all there’s still time with Bestival and The Shakedown Festival just around the corner.
1 BILLIE PIPER… love the vintage print jumpsuit with embellished sandals. The fitted waist shows off her petite shape in this heavenly billowy piece.
3 EMMA BUNTON … a slightly more casual look for the Spice Girl who days before looked pretty in pink at The Olympics Closing Ceremony Baby spice chose a cute printed playsuit and denim shirt for this summer’s V Festival. We love the pink Fedora and tan accessories!
4 KELLY BROOK… Queen of vintage glamour Kelly Brook stayed true to form in a pretty floral fit and flare dress to show off her fabulous curves. The cute leather able boots give this retro look the perfect festival edge.
Posted August 28, 2012on:
QUESTION: Hi, I have been a huge fan of Dressipi for ages now. I’m returning back to an office based job next week and their dress code is smart casual. I really have no idea as to what sort of clothes I should be buying or what pieces I can put together for my bean pole, size 6 – 8 frame. I just had to say that I’m loving the updates to the website, it’s so much fresher and user friendly. Keep up the good work ladies!
ANSWER: Hi Cat,
Its great to hear that you love the new look Dressipi, its been so much fun working on the updates and we are really excited about it. Thanks too for your recent e-mail. Returning to work is an interesting time and its important to look and feel your best. It’s always better with a fairly loose dress code to go for a smarter edge rather than look too casual.
1. Zara jacket £69.99 – The backbone of your working wardrobe should be a really great blazer that you can wear with trousers or over a dress. You could also wear it with jeans and some heels for a casual evening out. A fantastic place to look is Zara, they have an amazing range of jackets and blazers which are very well cut and great value for money. If you go for a fairly classic shape it will last a long time and will be extremely versatile. This jacket has detail at the shoulders and will give you a bit of shaping around the waist.
2. French Connection trousers £87 – Add some simple trousers, these could be in a subtle print or plain like these French Connection ones, this loose style was huge for summer and look set to become a wardrobe staple. They are very comfortable but can look chic worn with a simple flat pump or heels. The pleats will give your silhouette some added curve appeal.
3. H&M blouse £14.99 – The next item in your basic working wardrobe is a gorgeous blouse. Tuck into the loose fit trousers, a pair of slim leg stone chinos, skinny jeans or even a skirt. This coral colour from H&M would look very flattering heavenly with your colouring.
4. Oasis shirt dress £55 – Add a versatile shirt dress to your working wardrobe. This denim style from Oasis is perfect for the smart casual work code and looks great worn with opaques and heels or with a pair of rocking ankle boots. The cute pussybow neckline adds a hint of femininity and the contrast belt accentuates your waistline.
Remember to split up classic tailoring with denim and chino trousers to adhere to the smart casual dress code and have fun with your looks. By investing in a few key pieces you can can wear them in a lots of different ways to create an exciting working wardrobe. We hope you love our suggestions. Best of luck in your new job… we look forward to helping you out gain soon.
Metallics. A very useful colour palette if you know how. I understand that a lot of people think “hmmmm, not for me”. But like your shape it’s all a question of balance. And nobody knows better about balance than Olympic medallist Victoria Pendleton. You try stay on those bikes at those speeds – and win a lot of medals. In metallics. Off the track we saw Pendleton out and about enjoying post-Olympic celebrations in this gold curve-enhancing bodycon dress. It’s the same one she wears in the Pantène ad.
To tone down a heavy metal Pendleton’s gone for those fabulous nude peep-toe Louboutins. This colour shows off her legs to perfection. A chic black Dune clutch completes the look (I have given you a link to a similar piece on our site). Had this been an all head-to-toe metallic look it would have been a bit too much. If on the other hand you are wearing a colour (other than metallic), we often recommend a metallic sandal or clutch to complete a perfect for you wedding outfit for example. Even if you’re afraid of a bit of shine, try it out. There is no better way to inject a bit life into a look than with a heavy metal vintage style clutch or sparkly shoe. Failing that, just do a Victoria Pendleton and go for gold. And remember to keep your balance. Natalie x
I once won an obscenely gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. They are a patent boiled sweet red. Ridiculously high. Ridiculously gorgeous. Ridiculously perfect with most of my wardrobe. I was at the first ever VOGUE Fashion’s Night Out a few years back, in the Louboutin store on Mount street and won a lollipop competition. Instead of raffle tickets we got to purchase the chance of picking a lollipop buried in a tray. Whoever chose the lollipop with a tiny red strip on the stick won. That was me. Oh the joy when two hours later I finally decided which pair of shoes I wanted. And then it was off down Bond Street and Oxford street popping in and out of stores bumping into various fashion designers, enjoying lots of fun and frivolous fashion treats along the way as central London was turned into one big fabulous fashion fair. So this year I highly recommend if you have no plans for the 6th September make a mental, Blackberry or iPhone note to drop into something, anything at this next Fashion’s Night Out event. Have a look at their official website http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashions-night-out to see updates on what stores and brands and designers are doing what.
This year Fashion’s Night Out t-shirt has been designed by British designer Jonathan Saunders. They are £18 and proceeds from the sale go to the charity Refuge, which works with vulnerable children and women against domestic violence. The t-shirts will be available in blue or pink. See you there! Natalie x
Posted August 21, 2012on:
I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as “the wedding season”. It’s not just a season – it’s ongoing. All year long, rain, snow, sunshine, you name it, and for the wedding guest this could potentially be an expensive sartorial dilemma. That is, I should stress, for those wedding guests who don’t use Dressipi. We always make sure that when we recommend a fabulous figure-flattering dress for a wedding or the races, it’s a piece you can wear over again with a clever bit of easy re-styling. Here at Dressipi HQ a number of us from the style team have weddings lined up over the next few weeks so watch this space for updates from Selina and myself on what we wore and how we’ve worn it before. But here’s one of the team, our lovely Sarah, attending a wedding in a gorgeous French Connection gown. She pinged this picture over to me yesterday. I know it’s a little blurred but it’s too fabulous not to show:
Here’s the style lowdown on the look from Sarah: “I picked up this grey maxi in French Connection when I realised I had five weddings to go to this year! The deep v-neck and cinched-in-waist make the most of my shape by accentuating my upper torso definition. The ruffled shoulders are an added bonus as they give flattering volume to balance out my hips proportions. I went with pink shoes from Monsoon because pink and grey go so well together and I love a pop of colour now and again. A simple gold and stud earring finished off my outfit. For the next wedding I have to attend I am going to play on the Grecian feel of the dress and style it with these Topshop gold sandals that I have had my eye on and a Grecian style Mango cuff.”
To channel Sarah’s look snap up these Call It Spring pink suede sandals and style with this RI/Roksanda Ilincic dress for Debenhams and a bright pink clutch. For your second look go for gold all the way as above. Natalie x
QUESTION: Hi, my prom is coming up this year, and I want to look amazing (for once) – but I have a tendency to like clothes that don’t suit me. I was wondering if you had any tips as to what style(s) & colour(s) would suit me? My figure is like a stick really, no bum, no boobs, long legs.. I’m really pale(cool skin, not warm), blonde hair, blue eyes – help, please! 🙂
ANSWER: Many thanks for contacting us. It sounds like you need a knockout dress for such a special occasion. You have a fabulous figure and an enviable height which means that most styles look great on you but more feminine fitted garments with an element of sculpting help to accentuate a more curvy silhouette. You can see from your Fashion Fingerprint that blues look great on you. All shades from icy blue to deep navy look heavenly on your colouring and if you look in the colour section of your page you’ll find a few other key shades that flatter. So without further a do, here are some suggestions to inspire:
1. Forever 21 dress £19.75: – this aqua blue tone has a fabulous v-neck perfect for your shoulder line and a nipped in waist detail. This shows off your fabulous shape in a gorgeous drapey chiffon:
2. New Look dress £22.79: – a dramatic navy lace fit and flare shape dress that has a stunning neck and half sleeve detail:
3. Boohoo dress £12: – we love this printed asymmetric shoulder dress. It still has that curve enhancing fit and flare shape and the print features some gorgeous aqua tones as well as a pretty magentas that would look good on you:
4. Matalan shoes £14: – Pointed stilettos are the hot shoe shape of the season. These navy ones from Matalan would look stunning with all three dresses and you could wear them with a pair of ankle length jeans and a t-shirt after the prom:
5. Forever 21 clutch £10.86:– a sparkly clutch bag is an investment piece for any wardrobe and this one from Forever 21 comes at an amazing price. The metallic tone is a great contrast with all the dresses and adds a hint of sparkle to your evening look. Have a fabulous time at the prom and let us know how you get on. Tara x