Monday, July 29, 2013

Dorothy Perkins at Styling Up

We have another brand in our website: Dorothy Perkins. Now, our fashion stylists will also recommend women's clothing for your body shape and size from this awesome brand.

Dorothy Perkins is a major fashion brand that provides a wide range of stylish women's wear. It has nearly 6000 stores on the UK and over 50 stores internationally. This brand offers affordable and feminine clothes in a wide range of sizes, from 6 to 22. It's classic and chic style make its designs unique and absolutely awesome.
Check out our style shop to see clothes recommended from our stylists from this and other high street brands. Any other brand you'd like to see in our website? If so, please comment below.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Style your outfits with big and chunky necklaces

Big statement necklaces have been a trend for a long time and looks like they’re here to stay, so girls go out and find the right ones for you.

A statement necklace is an easy way of getting the trendy look fast and that will fit all your outfits for every event. No matter if it’s for work or cocktail party, this is a great accessory for your wardrobe. However, there are so many different necklaces that finding the right one can be hard. But once you find one that is perfect for you, you’ll see how it can style and revamp your outfit and style.

A big necklace can make your jeans pop out and, when styled with a more simple one color top, it can really look like you just step out of the runway and on to the streets, or can even make your jersey dress look as it cost a million pounds.

This Summer, the big chunky necklace is in gold or silver with neon color elements on it or multicolor necklace. This can help you if you want to follow the neon trend but don’t want it to be all neon and color.

If you’re wearing a v-neck top or low cut dress, then a necklace with rounds cuts is perfect to make a contrast and create a visual impact. A statement necklace that sits high up to the neck will show of your v-neck top cut.

On the other hand, if you’re wearing a round neck cut it’s best to use a statement necklace a bit longer and heavy at the bottom, so that you don't draw too much attention to the beginning of your neck or visually “cut” your neck right from the start. Besides, it will make your neck look longer and leaner.

When wearing a one shoulder or shoulder less top you can choose either of the mentioned above: a high up or a longer statement necklace. Choose the one according to where you want to draw the eye to.

Below, there are a couple of examples of necklaces that are great for your Summer outfits.

French Connection
Ribbon in color in bike chain design or ribbon braided into the chain is a great trend for this season and can bring color to your outfit without it being too much. When mixing chain and ribbon looks the colors become a cool, raw, mix.


New Look
What about a beaded necklace for the hot summer days? Since it’s multicolor it will look perfect on most outfits. You can make it really stand out if you wear a only black or white to it, or even monochrome. It’s a great statement for your style.
Boohoo
Or perhaps you prefer an urban style necklace. With a bit of a raw mix to it, with details like spikes. It will look cool and edgy styled with a simple top and a pair of shorts.

New Look
You can also go for a more classic style with a silver or gold more plain necklace. It will make a statement without it being too much nor too big. This is a style that you can wear to your every day office job or even with a more formal cocktail dress, for a special occasion.


This post was written by Gitte Eigner. Gitte is a stylist at Styling Up (check out her fashion stylist page) and a personal shopper in London. Her style can be defined as creative and fun with a colorful mix to it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stylist tips: How to style yellow

Now that the sun has finally shown its beautiful rays (sometimes even too much)… it’s time to start looking at your wardrobe and thinking which pieces you have to match the gorgeous rays of light. If you don’t have any and need to shop for new clothes, we highly recommend yellow.

Yellow is a very hot colour this Season. Whether in a more neon or a more pale look, it’s definitely a must-have tone for this Summer. There are lots of yellow items in the high street catalogues. Whether in skirts, dresses, tops, trousers, to accessories like bags, clutches, jewellery, and even shoes. We love them all equally….

However, since yellow is such a bright, cheerful, tone, it can also give some headaches when it comes to styling. Which colours can you match it with? Can you wear it with neutral colours without it looking dull or boring?

To answer some of these questions, our fashion stylists put together some outfit ideas to help you go through your style dilemmas. If you have any other questions about style and styling, please ask our stylists in our facebook page (they’ll reply as soon as possible).




Outfit 1- Yellow Midi Dress, AX PARIS, £22 | Envelope Clutch, COLEEN, £27 | Gem Ring, ACCESSORIZE, £7 | Wedge Sandals, STEVE MADDEN, £92
Outfit 2- Sleeve Tee, BOOHOO, £8 | Necklace, MARTINE WESTER, £135 | Floral Print Skirt, VILA, £27 | Platform Heels, BOOHOO, £25 | Straw Bag, ANIMAL, £37
Outfit 3- Skater Dress, AX PARIS, £40 | Cross Front Heels, AX PARIS, £36.99 | Black Clutch, MISCHA BARTON, £39 | Golden Bracelet, ACCESSORIZE, £5
Outfit 4- Strapless Maxi Dress, AX PARIS, £28 | Gold Cruster Necklace, AX PARIS, £15 | Strappy Wedges, CLARKS, £79 | Bowler Bag, TED BAKER, £255


Colour Wheel: Mix & Match Yellow


If you need some extra help on how to pull off an outfit based on yellow, here are some extra tips on which colours match best.

The first thing you need to know when you’re trying to mix colours is that there’s something called the “color wheel” (see image below) that will help you figure out which colours match best with each other. This basically works like this:

Image from Wikipedia
  • The closer the colour is in the wheel, the easier is to match. These are called analogous colours.  In this case, yellow is right next to lemon-yellow and orange yellow, and you’ll find that these two tones are pretty easy to match with pure yellow. If you match in between (or near) those colours, you’ll be fine and it will look great.
  • Colours can be matched based on a complimentary theory. The opposite tone in the wheel is called complimentary. In this case it’s violet. So, violet is the complimentary colour of yellow.
  • Split complimentary. One colour plus the two colours on the other side. For yellow it’s the blue violet/blue and purple.

There are other forms of mix and matching tones. These “rules” apply not just to fashion, but to everything else. Please keep in mind that, like any other rules, they can be broken and they're just guidelines. These were just some simple tips on how to match yellow. If you want to know more about it, read this.

Have other tips on how to style yellow? Comment below, we’d love to know about them!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Style Weekend Tips for Straight, Inverted Triangle and Oval shapes

Here are some of my Summer weekend tips for Straight, Inverted Triangle and Oval body types. I go over the type of dresses, shorts / skirts and tops that I think you should be wearing this Summer to make you look and feel your best at the weekends.


Straight Body Shape


Midi Striped Dress from Boohoo. Styled by Sabrina Woolley for stylingup.com.

Dresses: Maxi dresses fit your body well and show your straight figure off. Midi dresses show your legs off beautifully and are the type of style that suit you. Skater style dresses can work for you but with not much of a waist this can sometimes cause problems so midi or skin fitting dresses are a much better look for your figure.

Shorts and Skirts: Bodycon skirts would look really nice on this figure, paired with a loose baggy top to go with this style of skirt. Skater style skirts and maxi skirts also work well with this figure. Denim shorts or high waisted shorts would also work great.

Tops: Loose and baggy tops over trousers, jeans, skirts or shorts is a great look for a Straight figure but straight fitting style blouses and t-shirts makes the straight shape of the body more defined.


Inverted Triangle Body Shape


Afterglow Denim shorts from French Connection. Styled by Sabrina Woolley for stylingup.com.

Dresses: T-shirt style dresses are the perfect dress for you. This style of dress helps keep your shoulders and broad back a slim look. Maxi style dresses do not help your body figure as your shoulders are too broad for this style of dress so look at more long sleeve and short sleeve dresses to help slim your broad shoulders to give a slim effect on your figure.

Shorts and Skirts: Tight skirts can work for this body shape. As your legs and bum are not as wide as your top half this can help pull off this style. A maxi or midi skirt would also work with this style as this will also show off your best asset, your legs. A variety of different shorts can be worn with this style but for Summer the patterned and denim shorts would go best with this figure.

Tops: As an Inverted Triangle has broad shoulders and back, tops can be difficult to make sure that they are suitable for this style. As I previously said in the dresses section, long or short sleeve t-shirts or tops are best for this style. Tank tops, vest tops or string vest tops will not work with this figure, but if you do decided on a tank top or vest top maybe added a cardigan or blazer to help slim down your shoulders but also be able to feel summery.


Oval Body Shape


V-Neck dress from French Connection. Styled by Sabrina Woolley for stylingup.com.

Dresses: Skater style dresses help to hide the lumps and bumps with the flow of the skirt and a loose top for the bust. This will help to disguise your figure in a flattering style so that you are much more comfortable when heading out and about for the weekend. This dress also shows off your legs which is your best asset.

Shorts and Skirts: Skater style skirts are a great style for this figure. This helps to flatter your body and also show off your legs which are your best asset. For shorts, Oval shape can wear denim shorts, patterned shorts and also flappy shorts as this will help to compliment your shape with the right top.

Tops: For Oval shapes, loose and baggy tops are a better look as this will help cover any lumps and bumps that you are not happy with but also make you feel comfortable with the way you look. Oval can also wear loose fitting blouses that can be worn over jeans or shorts.  Tank tops, sleeveless blouses and t-shirts could all work for Oval and can be worn with loose fitting jumpers or with tailored blazers for the evening in summer.


This post was written by Sabrina Woolley. Sabrina is a fashion stylist at Styling Up. She’s been working in editorial styling for 2 years and her style is mainly urban and creative chic. 
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