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Tomorrow is the British Heart Foundation’s Rock Rock Up In Red day. It’s your excuse to wear something red (for those who love this colour) or for you to ‘dabble’ in wearing a bit of red (for those who don’t like this colour)…all in the name of a good cause. And of course red just happens to be quite  a big colour trend for spring/summer 2013. Here at Dressipi we will all be sporting a flash of vermillion in support of  this cause. To help you get to red-taloned grips with how to do a red look I wrote a piece for the British Heart Foundation’s site which you can read by clicking here . You will also be able to read more about all the events planned to support this cause. Natalie

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January is a rather dreary month. With Christmas and New Year now a distant memory, it is important to look forward to the little things like cinema trips, long walks, and (most importantly in my eyes) good food. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to a charity ball up in Lincolnshire, which not only brightened my mood, but also gave me a great excuse to buy a whole new outfit, which, although not entirely necessary, only aided in my January blues-busting mission. The fact that I was restricted by a rather tight budget didn’t dampen my spirits, if anything it made me think a little bit outside the box!

Here at Dressipi we love trying new things and going a bit out of our comfort zone – most recently for me it was being given a gorgeous pair of Ash wedge trainers. A look I normally would never have gone for, but one that has injected a bit of fun into my wardrobe. When browsing for a full length dress on ASOS for the aforementioned ball, I firstly came across this quite ‘out there’ stripey number.

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In the end however I decided to go for this black jersey dress. Although slightly concerned with its revealing nature (nothing a bit of lingerie tape can’t sort out!), I felt I could have much more fun with accessories given the colour. And it had an ever so slightly friendlier price tag which always helps!

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Having asked the brilliant Dressipi stylists advice on accessories, it was decided that I jump on the metallics bandwagon and go for gold. I have had these New Look shoes for a pretty long time but they are still as on trend as ever and can be worn for a variety of occasions. Although they are old stock there are loads of fantastic gold shoes around at the moment. After umming and ahhing over whether to go for a necklace or earrings I thought earrings were a safe bet and bought these Topshop statement ones. One of the perks (and dangers) of working just a stone throw away from the Oxford Circus Topshop. If you’d rather a more subtle look, then these drop earrings tick the box.

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All that was left to find was a clutch to go with my gold and black ensemble. After having a good rummage around in my wardrobe I pulled out my trusty vintage envelope clutch with gold detail on the corners. Another item which is just so versatile, and the mock snake-skin makes it that little bit more interesting.

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Below is my completed look. I’m sorry the photo quality isn’t great but a phone was all I had:

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So all in all I was very pleased with the outfit I managed to put together on my rather tight budget, and I had a fantastic time. Was a slit, low back, plunge neck and side cut outs too much? Maybe so, but fashion is all about having fun, and if you can’t do that at 23 then when on earth can you?!

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QUESTION: I’m going to the US this february for a Model United Nation, that is to say a play-role UN simulation where I am asked to play a delegate. We’re asked to dress formal, so they recommend suites, skirts, elegant trousers etc. As I have to go shopping now and have found anything interesting by now, could you please give me some specific suggestions according to my body shape, favourite colours, brands and similar? I would like to spend no more than 50 € each. Thank you in advance!

ANSWER: Great to hear from you, what an exciting opportunity! Thank you for sending an image of yourself, always good to put a face to the fashion dilemma. If you have a look at your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint, you will see what styles suit you and why. For you it’s all about balancing out proportions and accentuating your gorgeous figure.

With this in mind, here are some suggestions for your outfit that we feel will suit the occasion perfectly:

1. Asos skirt, £18: – Pencil skirts are a great way of breaking up an outfit as colour can be injected through the top half of your outfit. This grey skirt by ASOS is a fantastic option as you can match it with a navy or black blazer, as well as pastel blouses or brightly coloured fine knit tops:

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2. New Look dress, £19.99: – A sophisticated shift dress is a wardrobe-must, particularly in your investment colour, red. This shape is ideal for your as it will show off your slim waist – just pop on a pair of black court shoes and you’re ready for your role-play!

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3. H&M blazer, £14.99: – This versatile black blazer will work wonderfully with the pencil skirt and shift dress mentioned above and can also be worn on a pair of smart jeans for evenings during your trip to the US. A day-to-night tailored jacket will also enhance your feminine curves as the waist is fitted and sits just on the trouser line:

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4. H&M trousers, £24.99: – You have chosen H&M as a top brand and neutral is a favourite shade, so we have selected these slim-fit trousers as they are perfect for you. Team with the H&M black blazer and a white blouse for daytime, and just add a statement necklace and clutch bag for the evening:

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Thanks for your enquiry and good luck for your trip. Let us know how you get on with your outfits, it’s always lovely to receive feedback. Karen x

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Grey cashmere jumper Iris & Ink, tube drop earrings Topshop, black suede high heel courts Topshop, floral print bomber jacket H&M, skinny jeans Maison Scotch, black clutch See by Chloe.

 

On Saturday evening I borrowed from the boys and stepped into the world of menswear. The AW ‘2013 collections were taking place in Paris and I had been lucky to be asked by the incredible photographer Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio to join a live panel discussion on the Dior Homme show. It was chaired by fashion guru Colin McDowell. When I first came to London decades ago I went to Harrods for the launch of Colin’s book on John Galliano and it was the first time I met them and it was my first glimpse of the luscious world of fashion. Also on the panel was hair guru James Brown (think Kate Moss), a fascinating marketing and brand genius Gary Aspden and fashion illustrator Helen Bullock. If you have a look at www.showstudio.com you will see her hot-off-the-press live illustrations of the show as they happen. Now…what to wear especially when the back drop was all black?

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I did try out an incredible waist-cinching 80’s Thierry Mugler jacket from my friend’s vintage site Atelier-Mayer. As incredible as it looked on it was just ‘not me’. So I didn’t feel comfortable in it. Therein lies the key to style! Comfort. Instead I wore a new dress discovery called the S-Dress. It’s made of a scuba diving like fabric and fits like a glove. It’s also black. So I peppered it up with a turquoise blue metallic Issa cardigan (very this season) and my all time favourite bright pink suede pointed Manolo Blahnik courts. (Get the look at Dressipi with these patent Louboutins or these from Nine West). Which perfectly matched James Brown’s gorgeous pink cashmere jumper. We had a lively and quite hysterical discussion on the show and it was utterly fascinating listening to the other panelists takes on menswear. www.showstudio.com Nataliex

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QUESTION:  I am stuck in a rut particularly regarding work wear and would like some help please. All I seem to wear is leggings, tunic tops, black
trousers & long cardigans- I am trying to lose weight and am self conscious about my tummy and bottom half. Any help would be appreciated. BudgeT is high street.

ANSWER: Look at the dress- It is the answer to many style dilemmas, easy to wear, can be worn in different ways and is more flattering than trousers or a skirt and will make you feel work ready and smart. Go for dresses that emphasise your slimmer top half and disguise the areas that you wish to
hide. If you keep the dress fairly plain or choose a small print you can then embellish with a fab statement necklace or a bright cardigan. The cardigan should be a style that finishes at the waist rather than a long cardigan.

1. Scoop neck dress by Dorothy Perkins £19: This dress is a great buy, the scoop neck draws the eye to your top half and the soft gathers at the waist skim over the tummy area, as the skirt is a fuller style so it also disguises your bottom. If you are worried about your arms it has lovely 3/4 sleeves.
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2. Navy embroidered dress by Dorothy Perkins £30: This dress is the perfect style for you, its in navy, one of your investment colours, the embroidery on the bodice ensures that the attention stays on your top half. The belt will give the illusion of a defined waistline whilst the full skirt hides your lower half and tummy. Wear with a bright cardigan.

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3. Red cotton cardigan by Boden £39: This is a lovely spring cardigan, the true red colour is a great investment for you and will liven up any outfit. Again it will draw the eye upwards.

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4. Victorian collar necklace by Topshop £18.50: Wear this with either of the dresses for a polished look.

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5. J by Jasper Conran, courts, £32: Add opaque black tights and some mid heel court shoes and you have a very stylish flattering work outfit. These patent shoes from Jasper Conran at Debenhams are a great shape and not too high. I hope this has helped you find a chic workwear outfit. Nicki x

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JUMPERS

We are seeing a gorgeous flurry of snowing swirling about the windows of Dressipi HQ this morning making it ideal weather for today’s style email. We decided to help keep you cosy and chic with our hand picked selection of jumpers. Whether or not you go for a fabulous core wardrobe basic like a standard v-neck jumper in a versatile grey, or prefer a brighter take on bundling up with a cute print, here are a number of ways of ‘doing a jumper look’. It’s worth having a look at your Must Haves which appear in your Style Guide under Inspiration to see what styles and fits are perfect for you when it comes to your key jumper shapes. On the ‘basic’ front I think that grey is such a great and flattering colour (and by grey you can go from light grey to charcoal) and it really does go with everything from metallics, to neutrals, to bold brights. It’s the perfect piece for layering under an open cardigan or a fitted jacket. Colour this season is quite “juicy”. Pastels tend to have an iridescent tinge to them thanks to fashion’s take on metallics. In this outfit the metallic trousers complement the ice-cream of the jumper and I love the contrasting mix of textures. Have a bit of fun with bold prints. This French Connection jumper has a great statement floral print which would sit just as happily with a pair of jeans and flats as it does in this sassy retro-inspired look. Cosy up in a bit of knit-chic and enjoy the snow. Natalie 

LOOK 1: jumper Chinti & Parker, jeans Maison Scotch, flats Sergio Rossi, jacket Iro, bag Tory Burch.

LOOK 2: jumper Topshop, trousers Tory Burch, wedges ASOS, necklace Boohoo, bag DVF.

LOOK 3: jumper French Connection, skirt Topshop, shoes Charlotte Olympia, sunglasses ASOS, bag Lulu Guinness.