Archive for April 2013
“If possible, can you try wear high street and colours or patterns”…that was my brief for LOOK magazine’s STYLE FILE feature out this week. Ohhhh. My wardrobe is either a lot of little black high street dresses or a lot of wild coloured not-so-high-street numbers. Interesting. The wonderful thing about working just off Oxford Street is that we really do have the pick of the high street bunch here. Best of all most of the shops open really early, so en route to work can take on a whole new style meaning. Which is exactly what it did for me.
I had read on twitter about River Island’s collaboration with Georgia Hardinge for their Design Forum. I loved the muted grey and white printed dress which reminded me of mix between Helmut Lang shapes and McQueen prints and textures. So I popped into River Island pre-work to try on a dress or two. Gorgeous – but not at £60. I love my Topshop really stretchy midi bodycon dresses which are perfect for both work and dinner. So when I saw this particular wild patterned coloured dress at River Island (£35) I knew it was perfect for the shoot…if you want a more toned down shade of this you might like this one.
I reminds me a bit of when I was young and tried to channel those lust-have Gianni Versace prints. I styled this dress with these beyond comfortable black suede leather courts shoes from Zara £59.99...which are a great take on the pointy stiletto championed by Manolo Blahnik, and also come in a gorgeous electric blue. Natalie x
QUESTION: I have an upcoming comedy night in a local club to go to and need advice on what colour shoes to wear. My outfit consists of dark indigo skinny jeans with a blue grey sleeveless light lacy top which falls just below hip length. Any advice would be fantastic!
ANSWER: The outfit you’ve chosen sounds lovely and very flattering for your figure. We have selected four different styles of shoe that will compliment your outfit perfectly.
1.- Aldo shoes, £75 – Metallics featured heavily on the Spring Summer 2013 catwalks, with the likes of Jimmy Choo, Chloe and Burberry working gold and silver shoes into their collections. This metallic silver pair will look fabulous with your lace top. Stick to silver jewellery and a clutch bag to match.
2.- Cos boots, £135 – If metallic courts are a little too smart for your comedy night, try a heeled ankle boot like this versatile pair from Cos. Team with a shift dress for work, or floral tea dress for when the weather starts getting warmer.
3.- Zara heels, £29.99 – At under £30, these strappy stiletto’s from Zara are a wardrobe must! They’ll add instant elegant glamour to your outfit – and a fantastic excuse to get a pedicure!
4.- French Sole pumps, £65 – Ballet pumps are a perfect alternative to heels and look great all year round. Although more expensive than a high-street pair, these are your go-to investment flat shoe.
P.S: Our Dressipi customer followed our style advice and bought the heels from Aldo. She send us this feedback: “Just wanted to let you know that I have bought the Aldo shoes. They are perfect! Thanks for the advice.”
When I was little I always remember thinking – what is the big deal with shoes? Why were women so obsessed with them? And why did they have so many? I could never quite understand the pure delight expressed by my mother when she bought yet another new pair of shoes – and the same went for handbags. A 10 year old tomboy me used to see shoes as merely a practical item for running around in, and I can’t say I ever really enjoyed that yearly trip to the shoe shop to buy a new pair of school shoes. Oh how things have changed. 13 years on from my 10 year old self I have somehow managed to become this stereotypical shoe worshipping woman who unashamedly claims that they, “can never have enough shoes” (or handbags…but that’s a different story). Shoes can instantly make you feel amazing, or effortlessly transform what was previously a casual outfit into one appropriate for dancing the night away.
I never fail to have an excuse to buy shoes (my most recent one being that a shoe box is the perfect size to send parcels out to my boyfriend in Afghanistan so it would only seem right to keep a plentiful supply of shoe boxes at the ready right?), but I feel my most recent purchase was most certainly justified by the sunshine’s recent appearances. I have been craving a pair of heeled sandals for quite a while now, and really love the cool Scandinavian brand Swedish Hasbeens and their fantastic shoe collection (you can buy these in the UK from Office). Unfortunately for me though, my budget doesn’t quite stretch to their price tags. Any savvy shoe lover knows however that there are some great affordable alternatives out there – they sometimes just take a little time to discover! Luckily enough for me, working near Oxford Circus means I can peruse the latest high street offerings on my way home.
Browsing the flagship Topshop store can be a rather daunting thought, but I decided to bypass the chaotic mid-season sales rails and hit the lower ground floor to have a look at their oh so tempting shoe collection. Whilst initially I toyed with the idea of buying these pair of sky-high wedges (available to buy on Dressipi and a new addition to my ever growing “wish list”) I suddenly spotted this gorgeous pair of white Swedish Hasbeens-esque sandals (which also come in brown).
Not being one to hang around, I tried them on, instantly fell in love, and next thing I knew I was at the check-out running late for dinner with a friend because of my spur of the moment purchase. Only after did I think through all the potential outfits it could go with – of which there are so many. These would look perfect with your favourite pair of skinny blue jeans such as these ones from Ted Baker, a relaxed neutral t-shirt like this COS one and a Michael Kors brown tote for a weekend look. They would also look just as fabulous with a pretty summery skirt such as this Vanessa Bruno Athe one for when the sun does decide to come out.
For a jazzier look I’ll be wearing my new sandals with this season’s must have floral patterned trousers (a selection of which are below) a white blazer such as this one from South, and a must have clutch.
So there you have it – proof that shoes really are a necessity in every woman’s life. I hope this has given you an excuse (not that you need one) to go out and splurge on your next pair!
QUESTION: I am going to Ibiza end of June for 4 nights and am looking for evening wear, would you be able to recommend any fab outfits? My budget would be no more than £100 per outfit (clothes only – accessories can be additional) or less if you can (but don’t want to take away from the “fabness”!)
ANSWER: The evenings are when Ibiza really comes to life and there are so many fab outfits as everyone really goes all out. Bright colours, prints, and metallics would be great for your evening wardrobe whilst away, and are sure to make you feel glam and ready for the night ahead.
1.- Topshop Dress, £29: It’s a great idea to have at least one go-to, amazing dress for your break, and bold prints are very ‘Ibiza party scene’. This midi length bodycon will look great on your gorgeous hourglass figure, and is good if you don’t want to flash as much flesh- the print is just gorgeous!
For something shorter and more daring, this one from H&M is pretty out there and fab too!
2.- H&M Denim Shorts, £24.99: Shorts are a summer staple and are a great evening wear option whilst away on your holidays as there are so many different looks to choose from. A key option is the denim short which are super fashionable, and there are embellished styles available for an extra fab feel.
Another great option for summer is a pair of print shorts. Wear these ones from ASOS with a simple silky cami and chunky accessories like this gold H&M necklace, and you will look on-trend and fabulous.
3.- Reiss Playsuit, £145: For easy-chic a playsuit is the new dress, and there are some gorgeous ones around. For a more elegant evening option, this playsuit from Reiss is over budget but to die for and very sophisticated. This less expensive option from Topshop comes in such a gorgeous colour too.
4.- River Island Gold Sandals, £18: As Ibiza is known for having such a wild party scene, most people opt for flats as they’ll be dancing until sunrise. Metallics are super on trend right now, so a flat sandal like this one will work perfectly with every one of your outfits.
We hope we have given you some fashion inspiration- have an amazing time in Ibiza!
With anyone who is anyone sporting spring/summer’s statement jewellery, it is a trend that is hard to miss- and one that I definitely wouldn’t want to. Celebrities from Olivia Palermo to Heidi Klum have all been seen wearing show-stopping pieces, and I am determined to get in on all the sparkly action. As always this season’s love affair began on the spring/summer 2013 catwalks, with big players such as Gucci, Chanel and Christian Dior wowing the fashion world with jewels, pearls, and vibrant colours.
Necklaces are hugely popular right now, and it’s the bigger, bolder, and shinier the better. I love this look, and am a big fan of the concept of accessorising a simple or classic outfit and turning it into something super special. There are so many amazing showpieces out there that it is hard to choose just one, so I intend to build up a whole catalogue of sparkly neckwear. For now though, I went for this gorgeous piece from ASOS which I had already spied whilst working on our site, and instantly fell in love with.
This design in particular is quite minimalist as far as statement jewellery goes, so it’s a good choice for anyone who is still unsure. I did stop for a second and wonder if it was verging on cheap-looking, however after some deliberating I settled on the idea that it all depends on how I wear it…and I intended on wearing it well, of course. Statement pieces can be a little scary at first as you may not be too sure how to wear them, but believe me; it’s not as tricky as you think. Although a piece like this would look great for an evening outfit to add some glam to a subtle shift or a silky blouse, you must remember that it can also be a great addition to a casual outfit too.
Here I have teamed the necklace with a pair of faux leather trousers and a white jumper (both from H&M), and a cute pair of ankle boots, and it has instantly added that extra bit of interest to an otherwise simple and casual outfit. It stands out against my monochrome ensemble, so it was the first thing people noticed- I got lots of compliments!
The most important thing to remember when sporting a statement piece is to keep the rest of your outfit subtle and understated, so as to let your accessories do all the talking. Although ASOS have a great selection, there are some other wonderful pieces to choose from, such as this pretty Sunset Stone Collar from Topshop or this Double Flower Neckalce from Reiss . But if you’d rather a less sparkly look but still love the statement trend, try this Wood Pendant Necklace from Cos.
For everyone out there who is toying with the idea of being bold with their jewels; go for it! If nothing else, the endless compliments are bound to be an incentive.
We’re over the moon to unveil from our drab winter coats and whip off our opaques now that the sun has decided to shine but even more so as it gives us the chance to finally indulge in this summer’s shimmery, bright and flimsy trends. Heck… just wearing an open toe seems exotic! Having mentioned how thrilling all that is, Natalie and I couldn’t resist the invitation to get a sneak peak at My Wardrobe’s next Autumn / Winter ’13 Preview. You’d have thought we’d be all knitted, tweeded and coated-out after the winter we’ve just had but it just goes to show that the thirst for new never quenches on planet fashion!
My Wardrobe’s evening event was a treasure trove of hot new designers, tactile textures and sumptuous tones revealing a bright future for the latter darker months. Each rail was colour themed and featured key pieces with a nod to the trends of the forthcoming season. Sculptural leather pieces tap into the mood for luxe skins in all shades and a mixture of cuts from drapey flame red trousers to more bodycon shifts. A riot of vintage prints in vivd reds, purples and oranges clashed for the new “vunk” mood of all things slightly punk. Coats and jackets came in oversized fits and cocoon shapes. Embellishment dripped from ornate jacquards and delicate blouses featuring embroidery. We came over all unnecessary at the websites new shoe collection. Sharp pointed toes with dagger like heels were balanced on plinths whilst teddy boy sleek brothel creepers and shiny rebellesque embellished brogues stood regimentally under rails…. fantastically there’s a whole host of heel heights to suit all next season.
We can’t wait to feature all these rich pickings at Dressipi next season in all their glorious shapes, tones and fabrics but until then… let’s get back to this summer and hopefully it’s ever improving climate!