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Let’s get clicking! I had the opportunity to view  eBay’s The Fashion Gallery Winter Collection last week – in real time that is – at Brown’s Hotel. If you’re a new eBay shopper and not familiar with The Fashion Gallery it’s a platform that gives you the opportunity to buy from a selection of over 100 high street brands (at full price) alongside discounted pieces. So you get to do all your fashion browsing and shopping in one. The joys of fashion and technology these days is that they all merge seamlessly into one. And for the third season running technology giant eBay called on the help of multi-tasking Renaissance women aka fashion bloggers to style and model in this Lookbook.

The Blogger as stylist, model, photographer, mini-retailer, designer, master-chef, or pop-up-editor has become quite a fabulous phenomenon.  Tapping into this blogosphere outfits are styled by Navaz Batliwalla aka Disney Roller Girl and modelled by bloggers Aelrid Turner from Olive Collar, and Marin Daley-Hawkins from Marin Monroe. With garments from the likes of Karen Millen, Very, House of Fraser, Boohoo and Boden available at “The Fashion Gallery” the good thing is you can have your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint™ at hand whilst doing an ebay shop to make sure you get it all spot-on. Clickety-click. Natalie x

As winter fastly approaches and my morning walk to the bus stop becomes notably more chilly, I recently faced up to the fact that my much loved brown leather jacket just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Sad, but true. No matter how many layers I tried to squeeze under it, I inevitably found myself shivering much more than was necessary. This seemed ridiculous, as there are so many amazing coats to choose from this season. I just had to find the right one!

I have always been somewhat in love with the romantic image of walking through a wintery Paris with a chic, long, camel coloured coat – complete with fur collar. I unfortunately can’t make the geographic location in which I would wear my coat a reality; however after doing a bit of research I came across this amazing coat from Sandro (pictured above) which seemed to tick all the boxes – except for the price tag. However, when I tried it on, the straight cut swamped my small frame.

This got me thinking that I needed something a bit more tailored to flatter my shape. I finally decided on getting this wonderful French Connection coat (above) which had a much friendlier price tag. I love how it comes in slightly at the waist when buttoned up, and the pocket detail makes it that little bit more interesting. The length makes it perfect to wear with skinny jeans and boots, or even a dress teamed with opaque tights and heels for an evening look.

 

A friend of mine who was on a similar camel coloured coat quest is a completely different shape to me – she is shorter with a much bigger bust. She loved this belted Miss Sixty coat (above).

Alas, there is no gorgeous fur collar on my new coat, but as a solution to this I have my eye on this versatile faux-fur collar from Dune as a nod to my Parisian dream. The colour goes perfectly with my new coat, as well as a variety of jumpers that are slowly making their way out of my wardrobe and into the winter season. Pip x

QUESTION: I have the ‘Nerissa Spot V-Neck Flared Skirt Dress’ in Indigo from Reiss which I wore to a wedding over the summer. I’m now looking for ways to dress it down a little so it’s not quite as dressy for a date. For the wedding, I wore it with bottle green tights and dark blue shoes. My budget would be no more than £100.

ANSWER: Its a lovely dress and a great colour to wear well into Autumn. The shape is perfect for you and I am sure it makes the most of your fantastic waist.

1. Zara jacket £69.99: This dress could be styled with a nod towards the fifties, making the most of the full skirt, team it with a cropped denim jacket and some high ankle boots, push up the sleeves and wear the collar up for extra attitude! This denim jacket from Zara has gold stud detail for that little extra sparkle.

2. Miss Selfridge jacket £49.00: Mixing up a leather jacket with a pretty dress has now become a classic way to dress down a look. This jacket is cropped to show off the lovely waistband detail on your dress.


3. H&M jacket £29.99: This jacket is great as its quite streamlined and will allow the skirt to look as full as possible, this would look good with some pointed court shoes.


4. Dune courts £65: Stud details will add a casual edge to your feminine dress. These great court shoes, inspired by Miu Miu are the perfect match:

5. Topshop platforms £80: Alternatively for something sleek and understated, these heels from Topshop are a great shape – they will go with everything from skinny jeans to dresses.

6. Miss Selfridge boots £50:  An ankle boot + your dress + one of the above jackets is a great laidback-chic combo. These ankle boots from Miss Selfridge are a fantastic price, the heel height and pointed toe look elegant and sexy – wear with opaque tights for cold weather chic. Nicki x

Never Say Never. It’s a fabulous deep-fuschia velvet lipstick from NARS. It’s also part of the name of a Bond movie (just add “Again” and you’re all the way there). It’s also the attitude that those with an aversion to prints, in particular a pretty floral, might find they will be adopting. That’s because this season winter florals are a bit of a moodier, broodier bunch. Something you would find in a Tim Burton film rather than in Little House On The Prairie. Which means come Halloween why go the pumpkin route when you can work a winter floral? Mash up those blooms with the harshness of anything black for an edgier, stronger look. Which is precisely what we’ve done in this week’s emails.

It doesn’t get any darker and broodier than this Alexander McQueen body-sculpting number. It’s a dramatic piece for an evening of high glamour. Should you wish to take your look out for a wicked weekend lunch, swap your little black clutch for a big black Chloë bag, Laurence Dacade’s hip ankle boots and Zara’s draped black cardi. You’ll be working the best witch-chic in town.

Tim Burton may have got us all a shiver with his ghoulish Corpse Bride, but winter weddings are always vibrant and lively affairs. And as we say at Dressipi “every season is wedding season”. Blood red roses ooze glamour on this Phase Eight dress with it’s waist-accentuating ruched detail. It’s all so Bram Stoker’s Dracula with our black lacquer effect Lulu Guinness clutch complete with vampish rose red lips clasp and those ultra-sexy patent Jimmy Choo courts. Judy Bentinck’s arresting headpiece will keep you shrouded behind a veil of mystery.

It’s all those velvety deep floral tones that gives this print the edge on summery sprigs but even the softest of this winter variation like a fit-and-flare Boutique By Jaeger dress, gets the Twilight effect. Style with H&M’s biker jacket, a cool zip detail clutch by Topshop and a violent flash of purple thanks to New Look’s statement ring and it’ll be a ‘New Moon’ new you … Nataliex

Ah twitter! Where would I be without it. How else would I know fresh off the red-carpet grapevines what all those dazzling Bond ladies were wearing at the Skyfall premier in London … on their nails. Yes. Red-carpet dressing has gone far beyond the whose dress is that limits and well into the what colour nail varnish is she wearing. Nail varnish is just like a great pair of shoes, or a clutch or a statement accessory. It doesn’t matter how simple your outfit is you can always turbo-boost it (or your mood) with a wild nail colour. So it was a good thing that I had just seen the latest s/s 2013 offerings from OPI Nails the morning of the premier. It’s all about matte-texture, Mariah Carey collaborations and bright shades in a collection inspired by the Euro. But OPI is also responsible for the glam talons on the Bond girls in the Skyfall Movie. So it was only right that their nail technicians tended to the hands of the great and the good as they prepared for their red-carpet debut. All these references below came hot off the @OPInails twitter feed during and post the Skyfall premier:

Let’s start with the real Bond girl. Rachel Weiss. Well, after all she is married to Mr Bond. And gets to mop his brow when things on the red-carpet are getting all a bit too heated. Rachel is sporting one of the long-time OPI classics, Malaga Wine. This is a fabulous deep berry red with a burgundy wine tinge. It’s been around for ages and it’s the type of colour that will work any outfit from a chic office look to a dazzling star-studded number.

Ahhh Dame Judi Dench. Here she is in a cool crisp white with a hint of metallic all topped off with a pink nail blush called OPI Passion. Consider this your go-to neutral. It’s a bit like those wardrobe basics that will go with everything.

And then we get down to the real Bond girl business in the shapely form of Berenice Marlohe who wowed the crowds in her red Vivienne Westwood gown. Perhaps because it was all about the gown, or the fact that her character Severin had nails dripping in  wild OPI Skyfall colours, that she kept things low-key by opting for an almost neutral shade. But the fact that it was a good noticeable matte colour gave it a cool modern edge and made those Lana Del Ray-style talons really stand out. I’m not sure from the tweet if it was Alpine Snow or Makes Men Blush – but I’m going to opt for the latter because it’s all just so 007. Natalie x

PS: you’ll find the entire collections at www.lenawhite.co.uk or it’s also an excuse to pop into John Lewis’s  gorgeous revamped beauty hall.

 

We have gone past the point of no return. Opaques. Boots. Umbrellas. Scarves. It’s all happening now until about sometime next year and I am not going to bother hazarding a guess as to when exactly. It’s the perfect weather for busting out a boot. A stylish boot that is. Save your cosy Uggs and Mous and any other brand that sounds like a farmyard animal saying “good morning” for January and February, those months when you wish you were walking around with a duvet wrapped permanently around you. Instead, opt for one of the fabulous style options out there at the moment. Ankle boots are absolutely having their moment in the sun (so to speak). It’s the easiest boot to style for when you want to battle the rain but still look fabulous. I have to hand it to our Dressipi style sleuth Donna who is very adept at globally sourcing the exact colour, style, boot, brand that she so desires. (Which goes a long way into explaining what drove her to set up Dressipi). Being a Sam Edelman 24-hour ballerina flats type of woman it was only right that her winter ankle boot was to be a Sam Edelman number. In her favourite on-trend colour of the moment “berry”.  You might also like the same style in black leather.  Remember to use a protector spray (against the rain!) on your suede shoes and boots.

 

QUESTION: Hi, thanks for your previous advice and your recommendations. I have a work Christmas do that requires us to wear cocktail dresses. It is an upmarket venue and I want to look the part. We also may be watching a cabaret show and going out dancing afterwards, so I need something that will cover all 3 events. Please can you help me out with what cocktail dress to wear to this event and how to style it.

ANSWERS: Your Christmas work do sounds fantastic, lucky you! We’ve picked out some stunning pieces for you which will be just perfect for all 3 events!

1. New Look, clutch, £7.99: No party outfit is complete without a handy clutch bag and this one from New Look is a modern classic. At just £7.99, we think it’s a great price too!

2. A/Wear dress, £55.00: We at Dressipi just love this dress. It’s both simple and elegant, making it just perfect for an upmarket venue. The belted waist and volume in the pleated skirt will also suit your enviable shape beautifully.

3. Simply Be Fur stole, £38.00: To keep warm at your Christmas work event , wrap up in this glamorous fur stole from Simply Be. I have my eye on it for a winter wedding look.

4. Wallis sandals, £39.50: These Jimmy Choo-esque sandals from Wallis are simply gorgeous and just a cut of the price. The pale gold tones will suit the rest of your outfit perfectly and are also the perfect way to dress up a pair of jeans.  We hope you have an absolutely fantastic time at your Christmas night out. Selina x