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1. Topshop bodycon dress £45, Topshop biker jacket £52, H&M earrings £5.99, Coast metal clutch £65, Zara suede sandals £69.99

2. M&S floral print clutch £29.99, Ted Baker dress £139, H&M neon ballerinas £7.99, Mango sunglasses £22.99, Links of London earrings £67.50

3. Zara jaquard top £39.99,   Topshop denim jacket £40 , H&M shorts £7.99, KG by Kurt Geiger wedges £110, Miss Selfridge earrings £12.50, Mango sunglasses £22.99

The great thing about working on Dressipi’s Twitter page is catching wind of some great events taking place all around the UK. On one day in particular I noticed rather a lot of buzz around a special exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London called Festival des Métiers. After doing a bit of research and mentioning it to our stylists, I discovered that it was an exhibition whereby the public could engage with and watch Hèrmes’ immensely talented craftspeople at work. Having always dreamt of owning an Hèrmes scarf of my own, I decided to pop down to the Saatchi Gallery and take a look.

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What struck me most about the exhibition was the sheer variety of craftsmen – from watches, to handbags, to china, to diamond jewellery, there was a craftsperson attached to each, all working with incredible precision and intricate detail. Watching the silk scarves being printed was a particular highlight, as well as learning about the layering of the stencils to create the design. With the quality and craftsmenship being of such a great standard, no wonder their scarves sit in the higher price bracket!

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Although I would love to be able to stroll into Selfridges and buy one of these beautiful printed scarves, the reality of it is that its just not going to happen (well, not today anyway!). There are however some great alternatives out there if you’d like to channel the Hèrmes look. This one from Jaeger is a great find, as well as this jungle printed one from H&M. Wear these with a relaxed tee and jeans for a daytime look, or alternatively wear them with your favourite white shirt.

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Jaeger, £79.20

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H&M, £9.99

Wonderful Hèrmes-esque prints don’t just stop at accessories. Why not try this lovelyLK Bennett printed shift dress, which will skim wonderfully over hips, or this slightly less expensive ASOS dress which would look fantastic teamed with some biker boots for a tougher look.

UntitledLK Bennett, £225                                    ASOS, £45 

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There were a lot of grumblings and rumblings when Hedi Slimane’s rock meets grunge Saint Laurent autumn/winter 2013 collection hit the catwalk. But once the smokey cloud had settled it transpired that fashion buyers and the press were purring over those hardware embellished biker boots, irreverent ripped denim and lumberjack style check shirts. Kate Moss slinked into one of his spangly barely-there black mesh catsuits hot off the a/w catwalk to attend a Paris fashion week bash and twitter was all a twitter about those studded black biker boots. Because whatever the grumblings and rumblings by those fashion front rowers may have been what really sells is the bottom line. And next season the bottom line is ripped and embellished and dark and broody – nowhere more so than on the high street.

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As we trawled our way through the succession of press days over the last few weeks the one stand-out designer influence – over and over again – was Slimane’s Saint Laurent collection. There he was in the genteel world of Jigsaw in a twist of biker leather and spin of plaid yarn. Denim rips and heavy metal accessorising brazenly took pole position at New Look and at M&S the Courtney Love inspired world of what was once YSL whispered out in the layering of animal print faux-fur and check coats. I am in love with the denim embellished mini skirt (pictured above), black Peter Pan collar blouse – and yes those boots. I might have to start doing a bit of heavy metal fashion DIY on my old GAP denim mini skirt. Scroll down to see how to start channeling this mood now. Natalie x   

{all Saint Laurent catwalk pics from http://www.style.com}

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1. Topshop red and black check shirt £29.99:

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2. New Look denim skirt £14.99 (with a bit of DIY embellishment you’ll get the look!)

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3. Zara studded biker boots £39.99:

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We seem to have gone back to basics in Dressipi HQ with our latest purchases. I used part of my Boden press day voucher to snap up one of these simple but essential t-shirts in a bubblegum pink (as above). It gives a good ‘summer’ spin to a look. Sarah on the other hand added this M&S Autograph pure linen t-shirt in a versatile neutral tone to her wardrobe. Never underestimate the all-important fashion basics. Keeping it simple doesn’t mean dull and boring which is why in today’s blog I have given a few style spins to the humble tee. Natalie x

1. Boden pink crew neck t-shirt £19 , Tory Burch cotton shorts £142.80, Jimmy Choo wedges, Acne  panama hat £230, Whistles sunglasses £50

2. M&S Autograph pure linen tee £25 , Paige jeans £195, Topshop jacket £95, Zara court shoes £29.95, DKNY leather clutch £114

3. Dorothy Perkins black trim tee £20,  New Look necklace £7.99, Dorothy Perkins print skirt £16, Topshop neon sandals £45, A/Wear bag £27.50

The great thing about fashion is that there is always something new to get excited about – whether it be new clothes, accessories, or retailers. Some would say its hard to keep up, with retailers producing more and more amazing products for us to sink our teeth into and lust after. Last week I popped along to Covent Garden to check out Monsoon and Accessorize’s A/W13 Press Day, which left me suitably impressed and feeling incredibly excited about the season to come.

What struck me immediately as I walked into the Accessorize showroom was the myriad of fantastic trends – with everything from monochrome, cosy winter warmers, and leather bags in bold colours, there truly was something for everybody. Being Scottish myself, I was particularly pleased to see that there was a focus on Highland chic, with beautiful rich tartans, and faux fur hats that wouldn’t look out of place on an afternoon winter stroll.

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However what got me even more excited than the reference to Scotland (if that’s even possible) was the array of fabulous statement jewellery. I felt an extreme case of Magpie syndrome come across me as I ooooh’d and aaaahhh’d over all the wonderful pieces whilst clutching a rhubarb, elderflower and raspberry smoothie.

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What struck me most was the attitude of that the the bigger and bolder and blingier, the better! This is fine by me, as I can imagine nothing more stylish than wearing this beautiful necklace (I will be purchasing this AS SOON as it comes out!) with a crisp white Zara shirt, skinny jeans and Rag and Bone ankle boots.

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There were also some beautiful clutch bags for evenings out, as well as more casual leather handbags for everyday use.

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After I managed to drag myself away from Accessorize, I ventured into Monsoon’s showroom which was equally as lovely. Not only were there beautiful jumpers on display, but also some stunning dresses for the winter party season, many of which were very Great Gatsby-esque with sequins and lace to die for.

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If you’d like something similar there are some great pieces out there at the moment such as this flapper dress from Jigsaw. If you’d rather nod to the trend rather than going the whole hog, this New Look clutchwould look great teamed with an LBD.

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Jigsaw, £352 

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New Look, £19.99

So all in all it was a great afternoon which left me feeling very excited for next season. The goodie bags were pretty great too!

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than an elasticated waist dress. It gives you all the cinching you need without the restriction, and this dress from Topshop has really done the trick for me.
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I love how it skims over my conceal area (tummy) and skims straight down from the hips. I wore this dress to a christening and had planned to wear my new white stilettos but the lack of sunshine made them seem out of place, so I decided to go edgy with Aldo gladiator heels and McQueen satchel. I then topped it off with a super lightweight cotton Mac.
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If you too would like to get your fluorescent fix, go for this lovely dress from Whistles.
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Team with white heels for a day at the races such as these ones from Aldo, or with black sandals for a fancy dinner date such as these ones from Zara.
shoesPurple is the opposite of yellow on the colour spectrum so going by the principle of opposites attract, this H&M clutch definitely won’t look out of place teamed with the yellow dress.
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If you’d like to experiment with colour a bit more, try other opposite colour combos like red and green, and blue and orange for clashes that work.
Sarah x

 

 

QUESTION: My current wardrobe consists of smart work suits, along with a more casual wardrobe of jeans, t-shirts and cardigans in solid colours. This somewhat resembles the wardrobe I had in my uni days, although I am now a 40 year old professional with a toddler! How can I transition my wardrobe into something a bit more classy, varied, feminine and stylish? Many thanks.

ANSWER: There are some really wonderful pieces on the high street at the moment, it’s just knowing what goes with what, and which styles make the most of your figure. If you take a look at your Dressipi fashion fingerprint, you’ll see which shapes suit you best and why. For you it’s about balancing the proportions between your shoulders and hips, whilst accentuating your enviable slim physique. With this in mind, we’ve found a selection of items we think you’ll love

1.- Reiss jeans, £79 – Dark jeans are not only the most flattering shade, but the best for dressing up or down, depending on the occasion. Team with converse trainers and a breton stripe top for running around after your toddler, or stiletto sandals and a printed blouse for evenings out with the girls

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2.- Topshop blouse, £38 – Every shop has a huge selection of blouses as the sun is finally popping through the clouds, meaning we can replace chunky knits with chiffon and silk. When looking for tops to go with your jeans, choose styles that are slim enough to tuck into a pencil skirt for work, yet loose fitting at the hip so you can wear them on over your skinny jeans. This blouse from Topshop has a lovely lace detail which adds a summery feminine touch

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3.- Zara blazer, £49.99 – A navy blazer is a wardrobe-must for every woman. Unlike your usual boardroom blazer, this one by Zara will look lovely with the sleeves rolled up for a casual chic look – or paired with a shift dress for an alternative to your trouser/suit jacket combo. The structured shoulders will also add definition to your upper body, helping to balance your lines, whilst accenting your waist with its tailored fit

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Fitted bouclé jackets are another fab style to wear with skinny jeans and also look fantastic on a shift dress. We especially love this style from Mango as the shade is versatile and can be worn right through until Autumn

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4.- Aldo heels, £70 – Nude shoes go with everything. From trouser suits, skinny jeans… from shift dresses to ball gowns,you’ll find yourself wearing them every other day! An instant confident booster, they add several inches to your legs, making everything you wear look gorgeous! Just remember to pop a pair of ballet flats in your tote bag, otherwise you’re feet will hurt before the 11 o’clock tea break!

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We hope this has given you some fashion inspiration!

Karen x