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QUESTION: I love this blue suede biker jacket (see pic) which I wore last year with the dress pictured. I’d love to find another/some other things I could wear with it such as a dress or jeans/skirt and top/accessories? My budget is about £300. Would be so glad of your ideas. Thanks!

ANSWER: Your jacket is absolutely fantastic and a great colour on you and so versatile. If you take a look at your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint you will see what styles suit you and why. For you it is all about making the most of your gorgeous figure. With that in mind, here are some ideas we hope you’ll love:
1. Banana Republic trousers, £69.50: – These trousers are perfect for keeping this jacket working hard, whether it be at work or out to lunch with friends. Team with flats for comfort or courts for a more formal occasion. 

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2. Ralph Lauren top, £65: – A neutral colour top will tie your outfit together and this top from Ralph Lauren will still be great with jeans or colored trousers/jeans. 

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3. Dune shoes, £65: – Tan is a great choice to replace black as it goes with so much and these shoes are a great mediator between heels and flats. 

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4. See by Chloe tunic, £270: – If your looking for an outfit that just comes together, this beautiful tunic will be a perfect match for your jacket and is perfect for dressing up or down. Cobalt blue and fuchsia pink are no strangers so this tunic is great for your jacket.

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5.Love Moschino trousers, £197.93: – We couldn’t resist recommending these gorgeous floral trousers, they will be perfect for early spring and can be worn with the tan shoes we recommended.

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We hope this has given you some fashion inspiration. Let us know how you get on creating more outfits, it’s great receiving feedback. SarahA x

PS:…Our happy Dressipi user’s reply to Sarah Akinola’s recommendations and a pic of her in her new Dressipi purchases: ”

“Thanks for your help, you’re brilliant! I feel totally updated! So far I’ve bought the Ralph Lauren ruffly top (gorgeous!) and the useful tan Dune shoes and really fancy the See by Chloe tunic if/when I can afford it! I shall definitely recommend you to friends. How can we get more of your personalised advice? “

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London Fashion Week – a crazy, wonderful week of spectacular shows and brilliant events; some leave you begging for more whilst others leave you a little… confused lets say. This season I was lucky enough to be able to take part in even a little snippet of the madness on behalf of Dressipi which was fantastic.

On Friday the 15th of February I was able to sit front row at the London College of Fashion MA show, hosted at the spectacular Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The wealth of talent was really something, and I was genuinely blown away by some of the pieces. Being a sucker for pleats and bright colours my favourite collection had to be Yi Xie’s closely followed by Min Wu’s – Min Wu’s was feminine and elegant, whilst Yi Xie’s packed a more sexy, powerful punch.

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When it came down to the professional designers’ runway shows, there were certainly some stand out pieces. Pringle of Scotland lived up to their cosy highland chic reputation and presented some wonderful pieces that I would go out and buy in a heartbeat if I could! Another highlight was Roksanda Illinic’s collection in which she worked with texture and structure to create a really elegant and beautiful collection. All runway pictures are from www.style.com

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My final dabble in the delights of Fashion Week came with the amazing opportunity to hear Jonathan Saunders be interviewed by Grazia’s Editor-in-chief Jane Brunton at Matches’ House of Grazia, where we were greeted with mini pain au chocolats and rhubarb, mint, and apple smoothies! It was fantastic to be able to hear Jonathan speak not only about his inspirations but also the challenges of being a world renowned designer who came from humble beginnings in Glasgow – being Scottish myself I certainly agreed with his statement that Scottish people love clothes and would rather live off tinned beans in order to be able to afford a new outfit!

These were my favourite pieces by far from his collection:

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I love the clash of pink and red, and the sexiness of this sheer black dress paired with stunning red shoes.

So there you have it – London Fashion Week has finished for yet another season and it has been amazing to be part of it in some small way. Here’s to the next one!

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QUESTION: I’m in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy and I want to look more yummy mummy rather than frumpy mummy. I already have a 3 year old and my fashion sense went right out the window when I was pregnant with him so I really would like to feel nice in my clothes this time round.
Any tips suggestions for styling would be great, not many highstreet shops have maternity sections anymore.

ANSWER: Many thanks for contacting us and a huge congratulations on your second pregnancy. Strangely enough I too am pregnant at 18 weeks with my second child and my first is also three years old… what a coincidence… so I can completely empathise with you. Whilst feeling great it is getting to that stage where I have to now address the bump issue like it or not! You’re right that there isn’t a great deal of high street maternity pieces available but by looking carefully through your existing wardrobe and pulling out any looser fitting tops and previous maternity purchases you can give them a new lease of life with some great bump friendly accessories and a few key essentials. Here’s our list of great pieces selected just for you that we hope you’ll love:

1. New Look purple dress £29.99: We know from your Fashion Fingerprint that you love purple and this figure flattering empire line dress is a real maternity investment piece. The v-neckline flatters your bust and the shape will glide over your growing bump. With such a simple style you can dress this up or down making it fabulous for lots of occasions. Wear at the weekend with your favourite knitted cardi some berry coloured (maternity!) tights and a pair of ankle or knee length boots. For work style it under a tailored jacket (I will continue to wear my favourite piece of tailoring but open!) with a pair of mid heel courts and a printed scarf. For nights out add strappy sandals with as much of a heel as you can tolerate (it’s amazing how even a little one can make you feel much sexier and less pregnant!), a drippy pair of earrings, a fabulous clutch…and voila…. an incredibly hard working, multi-tasking dress. A bit like us Mums!

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2. H&M floral dress £19.99: Another gorgeous dress with a beautiful floral print that was seen all over the catwalks this season is this easy jersey piece from H&M. It too can be dressed up or down for events or weekend lunches. Prints look great during pregnancy as they seem to disguise bumps slightly. This one has an element of fit and drape and that great v-neck which looks so good on everyone. Throw over a denim jacket for easy days and those heels and clutch for evening.

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3. New Look dark skinny jeans £11.99: A good pair of maternity jeans is a must for most maternity wardrobes. We love this budget busting dark rinse pair from New Look which come in a perfect 30 inch leg length for your petite frame and the darker colour will be great on your silhouette narrowing your lower proportions. I’m currently on a mission to find the best maternity jeans as I find most too stretchy. They look great to start with but go beyond the point of comfort after a while and start to feel too saggy! These ones have more structure in the leg and a generous jersey waistband. Again, these can be dressed up for an evening out with the girls by adding a sparkly top and jacket or worn everyday with ankle boots and some fluid tops.

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4. Topshop, t-shirt, £14.00: A few simple t-shirts are a great layering staple. Topshop do some that have cool detailing like a rolled sleeve or a raw edge which stop them looking like frumpy mummy tees and are great with skinny jeans. Wear with cardigans and boots or dress up in the evening with those heels and a statement jewellery which I’ll talk about later!

5. Asos patterned blouse £36: Asos have some great maternity pieces. This striking graphic blouse is a strong trend for this summer’s fascination with brights and graphic prints. It’ll look amazing with your skinny jeans and some cute ballet pumps. I love that this is not one of those cutesy, frumpy prints that you so often find in maternity wear. I would wear this pregnant or not!

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Now for the fun part. You have your pregnancy basics and I really do think that a couple of dresses, a gorgeous top, some amazing fit jeans and t-shirts should get you through with some existing wardrobe pieces and really fab accessories. The best part about this is that as you can see we’ve picked pretty budget conscious maternity garments as this is such a short time and you won’t wear them again after (unless you give pregnancy another whirl… and with such a gorgeous new wardrobe it might be tempting!). The best advice is to invest in great accessories that you will wear way beyond maternity and that will change the mood and occasion of your pieces.

6. . Banana republic purple print scarf £39.50: A scarf is my most favourite pregnancy item. Choose large, soft, drapey ones that glide over your bump. They take emphasis off this area and give a polished edge. Wear this with your purple dress and with t-shirts and jeans. Hint to friends and loved ones that these make great gifts at this time and with a selection to pick from you can pretty much stick to the same basic garments but changing a print of coloured scarf will seem like a new outfit. They’re also invaluable afterwards if you plan on breastfeeding or just snuggling up baby when he or she arrives.

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7. Topshop metallic pumps, £18.00: Invest in accessories that add a bit of luxe to a look. A metallic ballet pump goes with everything from jeans to a little dress By adding glamourous details it’s an easy way to look more finished and together especially on those days when you’re feeling wiped out and huge!

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8. Topshop chandelier earrings £14.00: Our last tip is to invest in a piece of statement jewellery. These are bigger vintage style pieces like drippy chandelier earrings or crystal embellished necklaces and bracelets. Again, a heavenly detail will add chic to any outfit and the modern way to wear these pieces is during the day with t-shirt and jeans. Amazing jewellery is everywhere on the high street so have a browse for colours and shapes that you love.

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Best of luck with your pregnancy. We hope that you find your specially edited pieces inspiring. Keep an eye out for our Maternity section that we are soon to launch on Dressipi for some more fabulous tips and the very best picks of maternity wear. Tara x

 


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The new season has begun and although it’s tempting to be lured in by the splashy prints and sumptuous shades willing us towards a fresh summer wardrobe, it’s important to maintain  a selection of closet classics. These investment pieces act as the skeleton for the greatest wardrobes and act as the “canvas” for your new season picks. This week’s e-mail showcases the most beautiful white shirts edited just for you. From hot high street picks to indulgent splurge-worthy styles here’s how to wear yours:

EVERYDAY DENIM

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White blouse, £99, Karen Millen. Blue flare jeans, £370.72, Stella McCartney. Bead necklace,  £18.50 and leopard print heels, £70, both Topshop. Boho bag, £14.99, New Look.

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White shirt, £99, Fenn Wright Manson. Black pinafore dress, £16, George @ Asda. Red suede pumps, £252, Miu Miu. Leather bucket bag, £69, Dune.

NIGHT SHADES

ImageBlack tuxedo jacket, £60, A Wear. White sleeveless blouse, £125, Jaeger. Neon jacquard trousers, £55, Topshop. Cocktail ring, £3.99, H&M. Gold clutch, £69, Ted Baker. Black pointed heels, £325, Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Navigating your way around the amazing world of fashion week can be a hazardous style task … never mind front-row fashion, that’s soooo last season! Thanks to photographer Nick Knight’s live panel discussion’s at SHOWstudio, front-row fashion has taken on altogether different meaning. Firstly there is the issue of colour co-ordinating with the set. For the Menswear shows this meant a very dark all black set with heavy leather arm chairs in black and black walls, so there was a danger that dark clothing would result in us panellists looking like talking heads. That didn’t stop anyone from wearing black. Including me! For Womenswear it’s all cool whites. Secondly there is the issue of keeping ones modesty in tact – the camera angles are low, there are no tables in front of us …so ultra-short skirts are hazardous.

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I decided early on to stick to my favourite little black dresses and turn my legs, heels and accessories into a feature. Why not huh! Flesh coloured fish net tights and pink suede Manolos and a wild turquoise lurex cardi from Issa over an LBD dealt with the darkness of Menswear; and black fish net tights and pink Manolos accompanied my Alexander McQueen dresses for womenswear. Easy. In addition I was lucky enough to be given some gorgeous pieces to wear from MADE jewellery. MADE is a Fairtrade company with pieces made in Kenya to support the community. You can find these fabulous statement numbers at Topshop and on the MADE site. I love large wrist cuffs so this Shikali Cuff £25 is very me. I decided to also try something that is not usually me and cannot wait to try out this gold disk necklace. I am not much of a necklace girl but I love the jingle-jangle sound it makes and it looks fabulous against a black roll-neck jumper or draped at the open neck of a classic white shirt. I also chose this metallic clutch from Kzeniya whose latest designs are available on Dressipi. I love clutch bags and even though this is perfect for evening I will absolutely be using it by day. Natalie x

At 11:30pm last night whilst most sane people were tucked up warmly in bed a handful of us fashion enthusiasts namely author Camilla Morton, uber-blogger Sasha Wilkins aka Liberty London Girl and Alex Fury Editor of LOVE magazine joined SHOWstudio.com’s for a live fashion panel discussion of the Oscar de la Renta A/w 2013 show. It was a much-anticipated show …so much so that the live streaming of the show crashed the global systems. But hey, that’s fashion and it’s all part of the excitement. There was particular interest in this catwalk collection because de la Renta had extended a creative olive branch (by virtue of a 3-week stint at the OdlR fashion house) to former Dior designer John Galliano and le tout monde was out in full force front-row and online to see how much if any of an influence Galliano had in this collection. See what we all thought about that matter here www.showstudio.com.

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The show was a pure jet set magic but with a touch of ice-cool modernism. That’s a flavour that’s been wafting through the New York collections these last few days. Uptown ladies and downtown cool have merged into one and that American sports luxe look they do so well was taken to a literal level with cashmere beanies by milliner Stephen Jones for Donna Karan,  chunky rib knit hats at Victoria, Victoria Beckham’s collection and fury boxing gloves at Alexander Wang (complete with the Rocky theme tune). Never before has been such a grey day. Different shades from slate to charcoal to shimmery silvery grey were reworked into sumptuous fabrics by designers. Skirts lengths are hovering at midi-length – remember to team with a heel for perfect proportions. (For more pics see www.style.com). Natalie x

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QUESTION: First dinner date at casual Italian restaurant. (I’m in my late 40’s). £100.00 budget.

ANSWER: Everyone wants to make a good first impression and a great outfit is the place to start! If you take a look at your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint you will see what styles suit you and why. For you it is all about focusing on creating some gorgeous curves. With that in mind, here are some ideas we hope you’ll love:
1. M&S wrap dress, £39.50: – This dress ticks all the boxes, fun colour, great shape with waist defining ruching, and its one of your investment colours. This stylish and comfortable dress is just what you want for a relaxed evening.

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2. Dorothy Perkins courts, £29: – Add a pair of courts in versatile black to keep your outfit chic. The platform makes the heels much easier to walk in and elongates your legs.

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3. H&M cardigan: – £7.99: Carry some extra insulation for these nippy evenings with a slim fit cardigan. And at a great price too!

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4. H&M necklace : – £9.99: When it comes to accessories statement necklaces are paving the way, and this necklace says confident and fun. Add a clash of colour that really works with the above dress. We hope this has given you some fashion inspiration. Let us know how you get on as it is great receiving feedback. Have fun on your date! SarahA x

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