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Monday, 26 January 2015

Trend Alert: Stripes


So what's my favourite trend at the moment? The stripe. I am absolutely obsessed with the stripe trend, particularly the vertical stripe - they're simple, slimming and perfect for making your legs look longer (which I desperately need).  

With the focus now on Spring, the stripe is set to define the approaching season. From the traditional nautical stripe to bright and bold rainbow stripes, this pattern is truly taking over the catwalks. 


(Taken from Marni.com)


Taken from Emilio Pucci)


(Taken from 3.1 Phillip Lim)


As always, the high street has not disappointed with an array of streamlined stripes to choose from. One of my favourite items are these vertically striped trousers from Topshop - I instantly fell in love. I feel these subtly striped trousers are a perfect way to ease into the trend if the bold rainbow colours are a bit too scary at first. I also managed to pick up this beautiful silky bomber jacket from Monki which went perfectly with the navy and white stripes. 

In terms of colour trends, the classic black and white/monochrome combo is being overshadowed by its younger, trendier sister - blue and white. So why not hit two birds (or two trends) with one stone? 


Bomber Jacket//Monki
Crop Top & Bag//Boohoo
Trousers//Topshop
Shoes & Necklace//New Look
Watch//Fossil



p.s. Take a look at my Pinterest page for more inspiration on this trend.









Friday, 23 January 2015

Trend Alert: The Shirt Dress

And breathe....... It's been a very busy, stress-filled few months and I've finally managed to get back to the blogging. It's a new year which means new trends, and if like me, you are bored of the sales and just want the best of the new season goodies - keep on reading! 

With my placement coming up in London I've been looking for some practical, but still fashionable, clothes that I can pack in my suitcase (or suitcases...) and the shirt dress definitely fits the bill. 

With appearances in the likes of Altuzarra and Charlotte Ronson's Spring 2015 collections (see below), it's set to be a style staple for Spring.


(Taken from charlotteronson.com)

(Taken from altuzarra.com)



So what does the high street have to offer? 


One of my favourite picks is from Missguided, with the paisley-type pattern being a perfect transition into Spring/Summer and can be easily worn with tights or leather look trousers/leggings then bare legs when it gets a bit warmer. You can also see some more of my high street highlights below!


Shirt Dress//Missguided
Leather jacket//River Island
Boots//Primark
Bowler Hat//Forever 21


Left to right: River Island, Boohoo, New Look, Monki and Daisy Street.


p.s. Take a look at my pinterest for more inspiration on this trend!












Wednesday, 12 November 2014

New Discoveries

As a fashion student I am constantly buying new clothes (its an addiction...) and I find that after searching through all the stores I can think of, I don't always find what I'm looking for. Many times I have found myself searching for a dress but just can't seem to find that perfect item no matter how many clothing apps and stores I hunt through - sometimes you just need to cast the net a little wider!


I thought I would do something different and give you an insight into some of my new discoveries in terms of clothing companies/websites which may be useful for finding outfits in the lead up to Christmas. I always love finding new companies as they offer something fresh and unique that perhaps not as many people will already have!




1. Want Her Wardrobe (click for website)

Brand new, launching in August 2014, this online fashion brand offers fresh, trend-led clothing but still at an affordable price (win-win!). I first followed this brand on Instagram and loved the items they were uploading on a daily basis. This is a great way to discover new fashion brands and keep up-to-date with their latest products! In particular, I found that the selection of dresses and clothing were quite unique and I hadn't really seen anything too similar around the high-street and other retail stores which is great for finding something that really stands out! 

Below you can see an item I have recently purchased and some of my favourite picks from their website... 


Want Her Wardrobe
'Talitha Dress'



Left to Right: Evie Two Piece, Kendall Jumpsuit & Chanel Dress
All from Want Her Wardrobe



2. Verity Anne Clothing (click for website)

VerityAnne is a fashion boutique based in Hertfordshire offering on-trend clothing made with materials hand-picked from across the UK. I also discovered this brand over Instagram and loved how original and different their pieces were. As everything is hand-made to your size and materials are hand-picked, they are often very unique and interesting compared to typical high-street stores. In summer I purchased a hand-made two piece that I instantly fell in love with, impressed by the quality of the clothing but also the affordable price tag!

Below is my purchase and some of my favourite items at the moment...


VerityAnne Two Piece





Left to Right: Bethany Plunge Dress & Brittany Skirt




I hope this has provided you with some new inspiration!









Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Military Khaki



Hat//H&M
Top//Oh My Love
Cardigan//Boohoo
Jeans//Topshop
Boots//New Look
Chain//River Island


Latest Obsession = Khaki!

As you can see my current favourite colour is khaki which I am starting to see more and more in stores/online and decided I was definitely missing out! A trend making a comeback for Autumn is the military trend bringing with it the khaki shades, structured looks and plenty of pockets. The likes of Balmain featured khaki heavily in their Fall catwalk show - reinforcing the strength of the colour into the season.

Personally, I opted for this khaki cardigan from boohoo. For me, being a skint student, I want to make the most out of my purchases and I feel that this cardigan allows me to pick up on the trend without having to break the bank. The added leather shoulder detail picks up on the military trend while the knitted texture picks up on the chunky knit trend which often comes in during the colder weather. I am also loving slightly long-line cardigans at the moment linking to the duster coat trend which has emerged. It's a perfect way to subtly work the colour trend if you're not 100% sure and maybe just want to give it a go!







Thursday, 2 October 2014

Floral Appliqué












Dress//Asos
Shoes//Kurt Geiger (from BANK)
Clutch//Local Boutique
During my break from uni I had a few events that I had to find outfits for, including a family wedding (yaay!). I know how hard/stressful it can be to try and find the perfect dress but I knew I loved this particular dress as soon as I saw it! 

The intricate, appliqué floral detailing, is definitely what caught my eye as it creates a feminine feel with along with a delicate floaty skirt. I also love the pastel blue colour - one of my favourite colours! The dropped back with that slight see-through mesh allows you to show a touch of skin but in a very subtle way!

I decided to add silver accessories as I thought this complimented the pastel tones of the dress. I got these Kurt Geiger heels in the BANK sale, successfully bagging myself a good bargain! The bag was actually a present from a local fashion boutique near to where I live which allowed me to finish off the look. 


Finding a dress with that extra detailing can help you to stand out, but still keep that elegance and class appropriate for an event such as a wedding! For more on appliqué detailing check out my next post (coming soon) where I will be writing about a similar dress I wore to a recent event. 












Tuesday, 30 September 2014

That's a Wrap!


I know it's not quite Winter weather, it's actually been quite warm the last few days, but my latest purchase is perfect preparation for those frosty mornings! As the reign of the Summer kimono comes to an end it is replaced with blanket wraps, capes and wide sleeved cardigans with warm-coloured patterns and cosy faux fur. I first fell in love with this trend after watching Cara Delevingne strut down the catwalk during the Burberry Prorsum A/W show (seen below) and decided to share my favourites from the high street...


Cara Delevingne Burberry Prorsum A/W 14

Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2014/
ready-to-wear/burberry-prorsum/full-length-photos/gallery/1126050




My High Street Picks



Furry Cape//M&S
Shirt//New Look
Skirt//H&M
Hat//Asos
Necklace//Accessorize
Boots//Boohoo

I recently saw this furry cape while working at M&S and instantly fell in love. It's the perfect little cover up for winter complete with faux fur cuffs and priced at £45. This also comes in a lovely grey colour along with a selection of patterned capes to choose from!

                                  



Image 1 of INTARSIA PONCHO CARDIGAN from Zara
Source: http://www.zara.com/uk/en/new-this-week/woman/
intarsia-poncho-cardigan-c287002p2244005.html


The 'Intarsia Poncho Cardigan' is another of my favourites from Zara, coming in at £45.99, it's perfect for a more casual look to throw over a daytime outfit. Wearing a more tailored trouser can balance out the baggy fit of the poncho!






Source: http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/knitwear/
black-check-blanket-wrap_326450709



My final choice is this check patterened blanket wrap from New Look. The tartan pattern is bang on trend and it's priced at £24.99 - a reasonable price! 












Friday, 26 September 2014

A Honey Mustard Hue



Bright buttercup yellow was a key colour trend for Spring 2014, but as we move into Autumn/Winter a honey mustard hue is taking over! This skirt from Missguided demonstrates the new colour perfectly mixed with a tartan print which is making a comeback yet again! I also love the A-Line/mini skirt shape, giving a 60s feel, as the era makes a return for Autumn/Winter 2014. Take a look at my Pinterest page for some 60s inspiration... (http://uk.pinterest.com/julsb94/60s-fashion-trend-2014/)



Polo Neck//M&S
Skirt//Missguided
Brogues//New Look
Hat//Asos
I've paired this outfit with a hat to continue the Autumn/Winter look and added some simple brogues giving an overall feminine feel. I love this hat because I think it just adds a final touch to the outfit! I used to think of polo necks are being old-fashioned and quite unflattering but they've definitely gone through a style renovation with a slim line polo neck looking quite stylish and sleek. 





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