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Walking into Colette during Paris fashion week just a few days ago, I was struck by how many of the achingly cool and chic hoppers were sporting trainers. Still. This footwear trend is not going anywhere in a hurry and even Victoria Beckham has forsaken her beloved heels whenever possible for a pair of white Kenneth Cole trainers. What’s more if next autumn/winter’s tees are anything to go by it’s all about oversized statement outerwear. Which is just perfect for wearing right now. This neutral palette and a touch of khaki has a luxe sporty feel to it. I love that this jumper has interesting texture. Vamp it up with a mini leather satchel in a glitzy gold. Natalie x

1.Zara coat £49.99, 2. Topshop jumper £45, 3. Karen Millen trousers £125, 4. Adidas trainers £73, 5. J. Crew bag £98.




QUESTION: What to wear to work that’s not too smart and not too casual.


ANSWER: Pitching your workwear style can often be a tricky task as you want don’t want to look overdressed or underdressed, yet being presentable and polished is key. It’s always worth investing in pieces that can be styled in a smart or casual way depending on what your day entails.

1. ASOS trousers, £25: – A good fitting pair of black or navy trousers are a wardrobe must for every woman. Smarten up with a pair of black or block coloured courts, or swap for tan loafers or ballet flats for days you’re running around:


2. Mango blouse, £19.99: – Stripes are always on trend and we love this relaxed white and blue option by Mango, perfect for the changing seasons. Wear tucked into tapered trousers or pencil skirts for work, or wear loosely with the sleeves rolled up on the weekends. A simple necklace or stud earrings will stylishly complete the look:

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3. J.Crew top, £39: – On colder days, pair your trousers with a fine knit sweater in a contrasting colour. This khaki jumper will also look gorgeous with skinny jeans for cosy Sunday walks:


4. French Connection dress, £45: – It’s always great to have a few go-to dresses in your collection and plaid looks fantastic all year round. This navy and tan fitted waist dress is a really flattering option as your frame is accentuated and it falls appropriately just above the knee:


5. Warehouse dress, £60: – For days when dressing to impress is in order, look no further than this cinched waist red shift. As red is one of your investment colours, we think we’d pop this gorgeous dress into the mix – It’ll look killer with a pair of pointed toe tapered grey blazer:




5. Zara bag, £49.99: – Complete the look with a tan tote bag that will add an instant chic touch to your outfit:




Rustle up something casual for a cosy weekend lunch with friends. Spice-up those comfy boyfriend jeans (Paige Denim) or mom jeans (Topshop) with a statement animal print heel and on-trend tassels. A versatile grey v-neck jumper is a capsule wardrobe must-have. If lunch turns into dinner your suede clutch will give your outfit that touch of evening chic. Which way will you go? Natalie x

HAUTE: 1. DKNY jumper £225, 2. Paige Denim jeans £238, 3. McQ Alexander McQueen bag £355, 4. J. Crew heels £368
HIGH: 1. Uniqlo jumper £24.90, 2. Topshop jeans £40, 3. Dorothy Perkins bag £29, 4. River Island heels £65.

QUESTION: Hi. I’m going to Madrid in October. Hand luggage only! Museums in the day and dining out at night. I’m size 16.

ANSWER: Your Spanish adventure sounds wonderful, especially in October when Autumn is in full swing. The key to packing light is to choose a selection of clothes, shoes and accessories that all go with one another! That way you can mix-and-match your outfits each day depending on your schedule and the weather. With this in mind, we’ve found a selection of items we think you’ll love:

1. Mango dress, £22.99 : – for sightseeing days, a shirt dress will do just the trick! Team with a pair casual sneakers for maximum comfort. The belted waist accentuates your gorgeous frame, creating a flattering silhouette, whilst the v-neck elongates your upper half. If the weather is going to be touch and go, take a cardi that will easily pop In a fabric tote bag which weighs close to nothing and folds neatly into your carry-on luggage:

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2. Monsoon jacket, NOW £17.70: – Choose a versatile cardigan that can also act as a jacket for evenings or chilly days. We love this monsoon cover-up as the print adds a stylish twist your outfit, yet the neutral colours will complement everything else you’re wearing:


3. Violeta jeans, £34.99: – Darker shades of denim are not only more flattering but are also more versatile for wearing day into evening. For sightseeing, pop on closed toe shoes that allow you to wear socks, and then for a change in the evening, roll up the ankle of the trousers to create a ‘capri’ style and slip on a pair of delicate loafers or ballet flats:


4. Banana Republic t-shirt, £9.99: – A couple of t-shirts in plain colours are a capsule wardrobe must for any trip. Neutral tones such as white, grey and navy are a real staple an can also be worn in the evening with blazer jacket or fine knit cardigan:


5. Jigsaw sneakers, £35: – A comfortable pair of shoes should be your number one purchase! We think this pair by Jigsaw are wonderful as the colour is easy to match and they make for a perfect plane shoe. Easy to pop off and back on during airport security and they’ll feel like slippers throughout the flight!


6. East bag, £20: – A light shoulder bag is another essential, preferably one you can fold into your carry-on luggage if you’re only allowed one bag. This colour is an all-year-round option and will compliment the shirt dress as well as the jeans/cardi combo outfit:


7. Ballet flats, £16: – In the evenings, you’ll want a smarter option of footwear, which is where ballet flats sneak in perfectly! Ballet shoes can be worn in every season, from floral summer dresses, to winter a-line dresses with a pair of black tights. When you find a comfortable style, purchase two!


8. Violeta top, NOW £17.49: – For a lovely evening outfit, opt for a no-crease no-fuss crepe blouse. You’ve mentioned yellow is one of your favourite colours to wear so we couldn’t help but recommend this gorgeous bright top which will team perfectly with the navy jeans and ballet flats mentioned above:


9. Coast earrings, £15: – Complete your evening outfit with a beautiful pair of drop earrings which will add instant glamour to any ensemble:


10. Warehouse scarf, £8: – Lastly it’s always worth packing a scarf, something light and soft – air conditioning on the plane is always unpleasant so you’ll be glad to have something to wrap around you. Karen x 



So you might be in beach-to-bar mode but what with the fabulous new season stock swimming into stores as we speak even if you are you can plot your return to the busier you with fashionable aplomb. Dress codes have become a lot fluider thanks to the great selection of work-to-dinner pieces out there. Instead of a basic tailored shift look for something that has modern detailing but is still apt. This LK Bennet dress does everything it needs to and more. That luscious blue is a good alternative to a sombre black or grey and stylish detailing adds that something new to your fabulous blue. Whether you are in a formal corporate work environment or can give your wardrobe a more creative spin this dress will work either scenario. What’s more slip into a metallic strappy sandal, add a print clutch and statement earrings and you’ve got a Saturday night dinner perfectly covered. Natalie x

1. LK Bennett dress £125, 2. Fenn Wright Manson jacket £169,  3. Warehouse bag £38, 4. Dune heels £85, 5. Karen Millen jacket £199, 6. Zara bag £29.99, 7. Topshop heels £50.


As we start to think of next season – yes, believe it or not – we turn to pattern and prints and more pattern and prints. The 70’s trend still prevails but with much more of a bohemian feel to it and over at the likes of Gucci and Prada there is an eclectic granny style class of patterns and textures. Ease yourself into this mood right now with a gentle clashing of prints styled with your must-have figure flattering jeans. White undertones keep this look summer fresh. Natalie x

Bionda Castana heels £485 Jimmy Choo bag now £398 Mango top £17.99 Citizens of Humanity jeans £208 H&M earrings £3.99 Mango jacket £39.99

QUESTION: I’m going to a summer lunch in a marquee this sunday – would like something comfortable and possibly long and pretty!

ANSWER: Your event sounds really great especially for the British summer! If you take a look at your fashion fingerprint you’ll see what items suit you and why. For you its all about balancing your proportions whilst making the most of your defined waist. With that in mind here are some items we hope you’ll love.

1. Banana Republic, Dress £59.99:- Make the most of the sale sand the weather with this gorgeous linen flared skirt dress. This light airy piece means you can enjoy the event in style and comfort. And by simply adding a pastel cardigan you have a look for any eventuality. The flared skirt is great for balancing your proportions whilst the waist tie makes the most of your defined waist:


2. LK Bennet dress now £175:- Another sale gem from retailer LK Bennet who are experts on feminine and chic occasion wear. This dress with its gorgeous prints is perfect for a lunch event, and accessorising won’t be a problem with the great range of colours to pick up on. Again the fit and flare style balances proportions. This dress will work great with flats or a slingback kitten heel, and don’t forget a cardigan to drape over your shoulders.


3. Michael Kors dress £150:- This dress is the epitome of comfort and style with it’s jersey fabric creates a floaty feminine feel. The jewel tone is great for getting into the warm weather spirit. The nipped-in waist is perfect for creating that feminine silhouette. Style with Wedges for moving around on the grass:


4. Hugo Boss, Cardigan £149:- Prepare for anything with neutral cardigan to go with any of the looks you may choose. Wear draped over your shoulders for Parisian chic styled with sunnies and a glass of Pimms!


5. Reiss dress £245:- For a versatile long dress this waist-defining jersey maxi will easily take you from lunch event to evening glamour.


6. Marks and Spencer, sunglasses £15:– And to complete the look add pair of sunnies especially whilst the great weather still remains, like these in a 70’s style. Work the Jackie O look with theses oversized shades

garment-2531475-33071547. LK Bennett heels £170:- If the lunch event is on the lawn your best bet is to invest in a gorgeous pair of wedges. A metallic shade will be an invaluable 24/7 wardrobe must-have. You can take these with you on holiday or pair with a sleek lbd:

thumbnail-2659706-35583598. Dorothy Perkins bag £12:- There are some gorgeous clutch bags out there with hidden shoulder straps and large enough for all your essentials. Bling things up with this piece:


9. H&M bag £14.99:- Alternatively pile on the colour with this vibrant mini shoulder bag. This will also dress up a pair of jeans and heels:


10. Dorothy Perkins necklace £12.50:- Add a stylish statement necklace to your look for an extra dose of daytime glamour. We hope you have a fabulous time: SarahA x