Posts Tagged ‘What suits my shape’
Chunky knits are just what the weather ordered this weekend. Something cosy but perfectly chic. We love this hint of a breton stripe knit from M&S. Style with slim or straight leg jeans to complement the volume. There’s a 60’s style feel to these black flats from Topshop and they’ll also work a dream come next winter too with a little denim mini skirt, opaque tights and a faux-fur cropped jacket. Speaking of chunky knits you might also like this pink striped piece from Miss Selfridge £28, or this grey cable knit by Fat Face £25. Natalie x
Whether it’s with a scarf or a jacket or these fabulous heels, November is the perfect month for introducing wintry plaids to your wardrobe. They’ll give an added accent to a paired back look. Style with black opaque tights and a denim skirt, and slip a must-have black jumper under this faux-shearling jacket for a chic run-around look. Natalie x
Isn’t it wonderful that coats this season can double up as duvets. Technically speaking it will feel as if you have never let the comfort of your own home. The chunkier, the cosier, the better. That goes for your knitwear too. Balance it all out with a slinky pair of skinny jeans and a burst of metallics. Throw in a pumpkin orange accessory in the spirit of Halloween. Natalie x
STAR STYLE GUEST: Fashion writer and author Camilla Morton talks us through her latest DvF Fashion Fairytale Memoir
Posted November 14, 2012on:
Today on Dressipi we have our first ever Star Style Guest, Camilla Morton, fashion writer and author of the acclaimed How To Walk In High Heels and the Fashion Fairytale Memoirs. Camilla’s taken time out of her fashionably fabulous schedule to talk to us about her latest book in the Fairytale series: Diane Von Furstenberg and The Tale of The Empress’s New Clothes.
1. Your first two Fashion Fairy Tale Memoirs were with Christian Lacroix and then Manolo Blahnik. What made you do the third one on Diane Von Furstenberg?
Diane von Furstenberg is such an inspiring role model that she was already the heroine of the story with or without the fairytale! As soon as I read her story I paired her with the Empress – not the Emperor – that was the tale of a young fashion novice and her quest not so much for New Clothes but about feeling comfortable in who she was. DVF’s graphic colour, bold style and empowering wardrobe were just what my Empress needed.
2. What was it like working with her, and transporting her amazing sense of colour, print and style into one of your gems of a book?
Diane is amazing to work with – imagine how you feel when you first try on one of her dresses, or your favourite LBD? It’s like that. She is all you would hope for and more – she makes you want to push yourself to achieve something really wonderful, and so believed in this project and had such a strong vision she really bought this story to life. I love all the graphic colours and iconic prints – each of the books in the series is unique to the designer and this book, like DVF clothes, makes you feel good to be a woman, proud to show off your curves, empowered by your femininity and being true to who you are.
3. You mentioned the title of the book ‘The Empress’s New Clothes’ and about not knowing what to wear, which sounds oh so Dressipi … we make magic happen!
The Empress of this story would have definitely been on Dressipi – she loves fashion but she is not sure of what suits her and what her style is so she lets herself get bullied by what she thinks is ‘fashion’… The Empress is like many women – she wants to be noticed but is getting noticed for the wrong reasons, and it’s not that she is a vain peacock, it’s actually the reverse – this is a story that acts as a cautionary tale to anyone that has ever wept ‘I have nothing to wear’…
4. We are all about building confidence…How empowering is fashion?
Very empowering. Fashion should be there to enhance your figure and your personality. Fashion is to have fun with, to make you stand tall, to help you with that business meeting as much as stand out on a first date as much as at the school gate. These fairytales are to remind you of fearless childhood ambitions – it’s that anything goes attitude that is so empowering, gives you the courage to say ‘this is who I am and this is how I dress’ – knowledge is power – fairytales help you dream, Dressipi helps you make the wardrobe a reality…
5. What are your three fashion fairytale must-haves and why?
A pair of heels that make you feel like Cinderella…
A dress that makes you feel like all eyes are on you…
Underwear that holds you in all the right places so that you stand tall as if a crown was on your head…
6. We have lots of glitter shoes on Dressipi. Where is your fairytale pair?
Go to Harrods. For Christmas on the fourth floor there is a Disney Magic room – inside here is a Cinderella Slipper Salon and here they are selling a LIMITED EDITION (only 10,000 pairs) of Cinderella’s glittering slipper, it is sparkling silver glitter, a mid-heel that is perfect for dancing all night, is served to you on a red velvet cushion, and is made for Princesses between the ages of 2 to well past happily ever after… I slipped in there and left with a pair – and they are only £36!
7. Where is your magic wand taking you next?
Next up I am working on a sequel to How to Walk in High Heels… I have avoided this for a while as I wanted to wait until I got the perfect publisher and formula but I am working on something very exciting at the moment… and then hope to be creating a good many more Fashion Fairytales.
Diane Von Furstenberg and The Tale of The Empress’s New Clothes is available to buy now – just in time for Christmas!
(All pictures in this blog are from the DVF Fashion Fairytale Memoir and illustrated by the DVF Studio)
It’s easy to forget about those wardrobe basics and hard-working essentials when it comes to the tantalising fashion offerings out there. Often we get caught up in the whole “what should I be wearing this season” excitement. Which is why we’ve handpicked three perfect for you tops this week.
We’ve made sure to cover the all important essential – something in a neutral tone – like a great t-shirt that will slip effortlessly under a tailored tuxedo blazer, or a baroque inspired embellished jacket. This is the type of piece that will quietly partner a sexy peplum pencil skirt or work trousers styled with a belted cardigan and necklace. Every wardrobe needs one of these “don’t even have to think about it” pieces. Gap has introduced a brilliant range of silky jersey tees called the Gap Pure collection. They remind me of a high street version that is a cross between the masters of the luxe tees Vince and James Perse. These tees (with v-neck and round necks to cover all shapes) have long or short sleeves and fall just below the bottom making them perfect with leggings, skinny jeans and ideal for layering.
We’ve also selected something in one of your favourite or investment colours. A top with a stylish detail like this pleat effect piece from ASOS £22 as well as in a colour will dress up a casual look (think pair of jeans and ballerinas) but styled with those separates we mentioned above (peplum detail skirt, work pieces, embellished blazers) outfits start to become just that little bit more interesting:
And then we come to prints. If you want to introduce a catwalk trend to your outfit do it with a print. Accessories such as scarves and ballerinas are an ideal way to do this if you are prints-shy. If you want to brand out a bit more go for a top. This season it’s all about clashing geometric prints by wearing them top-to-toe. Alternatively a stylish printed top is a perfect evening piece for any wardrobe. Style this Sandro silk top £135 with your favourite pair of jeans or some of those must-have Zara coated black cigarette pants plus killer heels and you have a fabulous go-to evening look. This is also the type of print that is not going to date making this something more of an investment piece than a trend-dabbler. Natalie x