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2015-04-08-2looks-RTJust add heels and go. Well almost. Turn a casual jeans look into a chic “I just thew this together” outfit with a few fashion friendly additions. A breton stripe top is a definite capsule wardrobe must-have – not just for summer. I think it’s hard to beat Boden’s offering which they repeat throughout the year. But the rest of the high street does a great job and you will find some good designer pieces if that is your beat. I am all about a leopard print heel. Another wardrobe must-have in my mind. Even if you are wearing a basic grey t-shirt with a pair of slouchy jeans whip these beauties on and you have that instant glamour by day. The slim fit boyfriend jean is the new boyfriend on the block. I know, its hard to keep up…and like the old boyfriends (jeans) these look fabulous with a pointy court heel. Add a burst of red with your sunnies and lipstick for that final added polish. Which way will you go? Natalie x
HAUTE: 1. J Brand jeans now £79.60, 2. J. Crew sunglasses £290, 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs top £145, 4. DVF heels £248.
HIGH: 1. Oasis jeans £45, 2. Mango sunglasses £17.99, 3. Boden top £25, 4. Topshop heels £69.
QUESTION: I’m on a rare girls night out in a few weeks and I want to look fashionable!! I’m a mum and 32 and feel like a frump. I’m tall and slim but have a tummy that I can’t lose so like to conceal this. I like my legs so don’t mind showing them off. Am thinking shorts and a shirt with heels?

ANSWER: Your night out with the girls sounds like great fun (and a fab excuse for a new outfit!) If you take a look at your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint, you’ll see which styles suit you best and why.

1. River Island shorts £35: New season prints are a great way to ditch the frumpiness and give your wardrobe a catwalk update. This paisley print perfectly channels the hot-to-trot 70’s trend which is big news for summer. The sleeker navy blue shade and tailored fit of these shorts give an evening and modern feel to the mood…not to mention drawing attention to your legs. The high rise waist has a flattering smoothing effect. You can also wear these for a casual look styled with a comfy tee and Converse trainers or a wedge plus denim jacket: thumbnail-2656831-3553555 2. Dorothy Perkins top now £19.60:- Style with a fluid blouse to balance out proportions. The embellished neckline gives a bit of evening glitz to the look:- 05538823_normal 3. New Look sandals £34.99:- Ditch the comfy flats and break out the designer inspired heels! These silver leather sandals will work a dream with your entire wardrobe and give you just the style boost you need. They will dress up your casual jeans looks and add a finishing touch to any summer occasion outfits. If you don’t want such a high heel as you are tall there are lots of midi heel height sandals and a white or gold would work too: thumbnail-2630081-3487303 4. Ravel bag £25: Introduce your favourite colour to your outfit via a great evening bag – and your nail varnish! This is a versatile wardrobe piece and like your heels perfect for updating and dressing up any look:- thumbnail-2613506-3458417 6.River Island earrings £10 – Finally, complete your ensemble with one piece of statement jewellery. Choose something you love as it will become your go-to jewel for every night out. We’ve suggested a striking pair of earrings as they add a touch of chic, alternatively swap for a cocktail ring or a jewelled bracelet: thumbnail-2575327-3387988 7. Zara jacket £69.99:- Invest in a must-have biker jacket to give a finishing touch to your look. This is a great wardrobe basic which will give a sleek feel to casual dresses and add a bit of edge to evening looks. You’ll get a lot of great wear out of this piece:

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There are some fabulous spring knits out there on the high street at the moment. Don’t just think jumpers but also knit tops like this piece from COS. I love the 3/4 length bell sleeve style with a rushed detail. It’s a modern and structural take on all things 70s without being too floaty and boho. The volume in the sleeve is perfectly balanced out with a pair of skinny or slim fit jeans. Alternatively you could mirror this shape with a flared jean. For evening these slightly draped and tapered trousers will loosen things up adding a slinkier mood to the look. This is a gorgeous green so use your clutch bags to add fun and contrasting patterns and colour and metallic jewellery for day-to-night glamour. Natalie x
CASUAL: 1. Hudson jeans £244.33, 2. New Look earrings £4.99, 3. Zara bag £29.99, 4. Zara sandals £49.99, 5. COS jumper £55.
EVENING: 6. Links of London earrings £195, 7. Rebecca Minkoff bag £102.88, 8. Miu Miu sandals £420, 9. DKNY trousers £215.
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Being fashion prepared is all about getting your wardrobe outfit ready. Shopping pieces that you can mix-and-match whilst giving a fresh trend update is key. For summer occasions, from garden parties to chic weddings, style your perfect tea dress up or almost down. All of these separates and sleek accessories will work perfectly with paired back trousers, swishy skirt looks or jeans-at-the-weekend dressing. For a casual mood style your dress with metallic flats or a strappy tan wedge. Look to brightly coloured sunglasses and cuffs to add a fun colour boost come holiday time. Natalie x
1. H&M sandals £59.99, 2. Dorothy Perkins earrings £9.50, 3. Carvela by Kurt Geiger bag £49,4. J. Crew wide brimmed straw hat £55, 5. Jigsaw dress £129, 6. LK Bennett cardigan £175, 7. Gerard Darel jacket £240, 8. Oasis bag £38, 9. Nine West sandals £95.

QUESTION: I have bought this pale pink longline jacket from Jigsaw, £198, could you suggest some ideas on how to wear it smart casual and also for evening drinks/dinner occasions. I wear a uniform for work as a beauty therapist and normally wear ‘softer’ outerwear favouring jeans or slim trousers or dresses outside of work.

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ANSWER: The jacket you’ve bought is a gorgeous springtime edition to any woman’s wardrobe, ideal for giving your outfit a stylish twist. If you take a look at your Dressipi Fashion Fingerprint, you’ll see which styles suit you best and why. For you it’s about balancing the proportion between your shoulder and hips, whilst creating gorgeous soft feminine curves.

1. Violeta dress, now £39.99: – The length of your new purchase sits around mid thigh, so bare this in mind when picking dresses. Look out for styles that sit just above your knee as it’s a really flattering length and sits nicely with the longline blazer. We love this marl jersey dress as it’s got a cozy feel about it, but can easily be dressed up with a pair of heeled ankle boots and a statement necklace:

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2. Jigsaw jeans, now £79: – Straight slim jeans are the best shape for you as they hug in all the right places, giving a fantastic silhouette. A slightly darker denim shade is perfect for casual or smarter occasions. A mid-rise or high waist will flatter the and smooth the stomach:

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3. Mint Velvet blouse, £59: – A lightly patterned blouse compliments your jacket and new jeans perfectly. The comfortable loose fit glides delicately over your tummy area and can be worn in an entirely different outfit tucked into an a-line skirt:

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4. Whistles dress, £106.74: – As Whistles is one of your favourite brands, we thought we’d add this elegant shift dress to the mix, spot on for evening drinks or weekend parties. The black and white bold print will be a real statement piece against your new jacket, a wonderful mix of sophistication and style with a playful touch:

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5. LK Bennet shoes, £210: – A blush coloured court is your go-to shoe and compliments the jeans/blouse combo as well as the Whistles dress. Neutral shades look fabulous all year round – just stick to a heel height you can walk in!

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6. H&M earrings, £7.99 – Complete your evening outfit with a pair of chic earrings -we adore this jewelled pair as they add instant glamour to the simplest of dresses. Karen x

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Apart from the fact that the figure-flattering wrap dress is a fabulously versatile wardrobe staple and so easy to wear, it’s enjoying more of the fashion limelight this season thanks to the lust-have 70’s trend. If you cannot snap-up one of the iconic DVF pieces (we have her to thank for this piece after all) there are some great pieces on the high street. Style with a sunny raffia wedge by day and turn up the heat with a bit of disco-diva gold by night. Which way will you go? Natalie x

1. DVF dress £295

2. Wallis dress now £34.20

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You can cosy up in your cashmere or you can give it the full fashion twist with slinky leather effect pencil skirts or hip-hop stud high-tops and slinky skinny jeans. What’s even better is that the high street has cottoned onto this luscious yarn and does some fabulous and affordable pieces. Keep it basic and simple so that you can get the maximum use out of your cashmeres for years to come. These knits are a lot less high maintenance than you think … I put mine in the washing machine on a gentle, delicate wash. Natalie x

LOOK 1: 1. Jimmy Choo bag £595, 2. H&M cashmere jumper £49.99, 3. Oasis skirt £85, 4. Biba beret now £12.50, 5. Giuseppe Zanotti courts £470.

LOOK 2: 1. Levi’s jeans £100, 2. M&S cashmere cardigan £199, 3. Warehouse top £40, 4. MICHAEL Michael Kors boots £220, 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs bag £170.59.