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Continuing along the themes of stripes, somewhere in your wardrobe you might well have  a stripe shirt. Something you bought to look chic and sharp for work perhaps? Downscale those corporates stripes for a few easy-to-style casual looks. Black tailored separates give way to hot coloured 3/4 length trousers or a casual jersey pencil skirt. Wear your shirt loose and layered under a little denim jacket.  Style with one of the season’s must-have extra long drop earrings and a pair of trainers or ankle-tie flats. Natalie x

1. Mango jacket £29.99, 2. Paul Smith Black trousers £220, 3. Adidas shoes £81, 4. DVF sunglasses £99, 5. Warehouse top £32, 6. M&S earrings £9.50, 7. Reiss skirt £125, 8. Topshop shoes £29, 9. Radley bag £219.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The trusted breton stripe tee is a true capsule wardrobe classic and the fact that it appears in my blog entries at the beginning of each season rain or shine shows just how versatile it is as an easy-to-wear and transitional piece. Sticking to stripes and keeping things cosy, you’ll notice a lot of these striped jumpers at the moment – some in sumptuous cashmere knits (see M&S). Considering Paris’ Haute Coutrure shows are in live action as you read this blog, it’s a little bit of a nod to that essential French chic. Give a masculine spin to your fitted jumper with these crisp cut navy trousers and leather lace-ups. Red is always going to give a rainy day a turbo-boost – perhaps not in suede – but this coat is a great lightweight cover-up and sits perfectly with all that navy. Find a chunky gold accessory like a bracelet or necklace to complete your look. Natalie x

  1. Zara coat £59.99, 2. Lanvin necklace £380, 3. Jigsaw trousers £126, 4. Jigsaw jumper £89, 5. Michael Kors shoes £155.

 

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I must admit, this blog post came about the moment I saw these leather Banana Republic sandals go live on Dressipi. I think they are fabulous and come the warmer weather will be the perfect heel for work as well as spicing up those casual weekend looks like I’ve done here. They remind me of a pair of Manolo Blahniks I was lucky enough to be able to buy at a sample sale many years ago. They are my favourite shoes…and so comfortable they’ve become my airport shoe. These long drop earrings from Topshop are the new earring style of the season. Have a look at your home page tomorrow for a round-up of the best ones on the high street. M&S has some great styles with pearls but they have sold out in a flash. An open front cardigan is a great capsule wardrobe piece as is this slinky wrap-detail top from Velvet. Natalie x

1. Zara cardigan £15.99, 2. Topshop earrings £8.50, 3. Velvet top now £65, 4. Mint Velvet jeans £69, 5. Banana Republic sandals £65

 

 

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Wow, it’s a rarity, a decent dress with sleeves. As wonderful as it is to layer up with cosy knits and slinky jersey pieces sometimes you just want to keep things really simple. And when it’s cold and you need a look that effortlessly works 9-to-5 and beyond, a dress with sleeves is just the thing. The flattering tailored fit and seamed details add just enough definition without being overly clingy. We have Gucci to thank for the quirky block heeled courts and Mary-Janes shoe trend that forms part(there are so many) of s/s 16’s footwear hits. This cosy check coat is all you need when it comes to thinking of layering….and it has a belt to give shape to that squarer cut. Pop on these fabulous Topshop sunnies, grab your shoulder bag…and you’re good to go. Natalie x

  1. Topshop sunglasses £16, Banana Republic bag £59.50, 3. Gucci heels £420, Sportmax dress £330, Mango coat £79.99.

 

 

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I have this grey cashmere jumper from M&S and I live in it. Literally. I bought it a few years back and it has stood the test of time year in an year out. I wear it as a casual staple with my skinny jeans and biker boots…and it’s the ideal work separate to loosen up pencil skirts and cigarette-cut trousers. This Carven tweed jacket is from last season. But it works perfectly now and will continue to work for seasons to come. Who needs fashion season’s when you find the perfect piece? Add a contrast print with your scarf. I don’t know why brands don’t do more animal print scarves just like this DVF must-have. When you think you are having one of those ‘blah’ outfit days this accessory makes all the difference. That and a killer pair of black patent courts. Natalie x

1. Carven jacket now £399, 2. M&S cashmere jumper £75, 3. Baukjen skirt £99, 4. DVF scarf £110, 5. Jimmy Choo heels £395.

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There is no harm in using a bit of leopard print to ease ourselves into the new fashion year ahead. I love these River Island heels. Just a tiny cut-out-detail at the back gives a completely fresh spin to the otherwise classic court. Layer up with interchangeable neutral shades and cosy textures. At Zara you will find this longer line jacket which doubles up as a casual coat styled over a cashmere mix Uniqlo jumper. I think navy jumpers are a must-have, even though they are really hard to come by. The simpler the style the better. Snap up a pair of gold earrings, whether a statement hoop or one of the new season’s really long drop styles. Natalie x

 1. Zara, Long Blazer £49.99, 2. Uniqlo, Cotton Cashmere Cable Crew Neck Jumper £24.90, 3. Mango, Kim Skinny Push Up Jeans £29.99, 4. Banana Republic, Hoop Earrings £25.00, 5. River Island, Leopard Print Heels £58.00

QUESTION: I would like advice on what to wear casually. I have just asked my husband to describe my style, and he said it’s “classic, with a twist”. Think classic styles but with mixed prints, textures and layers.

ANSWER: The new year is a perfect time to assess the wardrobe situation and buy a few new key pieces for the seasons ahead.  With this in mind, we’ve picked a few options we think you’ll love:

1. French Connection top, now £15: – You mentioned you are drawn towards classic stripe, so we couldn’t help but throw a bit of breton into the mix! Always on-trend and always hitting the shops come spring every ear, the trusty french style stripe T is every woman’s must have item. A scoop neckline or v-neck if the most flattering style for you. Wear in the summer in capri cropped trousers and flat sandals, and in the colder months, layer with a cashmere cardi and an a-line skirt. Team with ballet flats, ankle boots, converse sneakers.. you name it, it works!

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2. J.Brand jeans, £133: – A really great fitting pair of jeans are such an investment purchase. They can make your legs and bottom look so much slimmer, you really will find yourself wearing them every day. Although these have a bit of a price tag, it’s always better to buy one amazing garment that you adore wearing rather than two that are ill fitting. This slim and straight pair are a flattering style with a high waist that will smooth out your tummy area.  Pair with the stripe t-shirt or a colourful blouse loosely tucked in:

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3. Banana Republic skirt, £49.99: – The full skirt is so flattering and your go-to shape. The high waist draws attention to your slimmest area, whilst the pleated kick flare at the hip gently glides over any womanly bumps! Tuck in t-shirts or fine knit sweaters for a gorgeously cosy January outfit:

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4. J.Crew shirt, £39: – If J.Crew is good enough for Michelle Obama, it sure is good enough for us! The White House’s favourite brand often teases us with some of the most fabulous wardrobe staples and this check plaid shirt is no exception. Wear on denim or tucked into the a-line skirt, this is such a easy throw-on comfortable blouse. Another stylish option is to wear in on a pair of navy tapered trousers, just adding a pair of ballet flats to complete the look:

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5. Mango trousers, now £19.99: – Navy trousers look fantastic all year round, whether it’s with wooly jumpers and cardigans through the winter, or casual t-shirts with the ankles rolled up in the summer. A lovely alternative to jeans , you can also smarted them up with heeled ankle boots or a pair of kitten heels and a sparkly top:

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6. Jigsaw dress, £74: – A shirt dress is a fantastic shape for you. The belted waist draws the eye in, which gives you the most beautiful silhouette. We love this print by Banana Republic as it subtle, classic and will see you through in the spring and summer: Wear with black tights and loafers or ballet shoes when the wear is cold, and swap for bare legs and sandals once the sun comes out!

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7. Zara scarf, £19.99: – We know that you’re a fan of leopard print, so add a splash of pattern to your look around your neck with this gorgeous Zara scarf. It’s a fab way of introducing a playful touch to your outfit, whilst staying stylish and chic. We hope this has given some fashion inspiration for 2016, here’s to a wonderfully stylish year! Karen x

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