Thursday, October 24, 2013

Miss Selfridge at Styling Up

We have a new brand in our website!! Now, our fashion stylists will also recommend clothes, accessories and shoes from Miss Selfridge for your body shape and size.

For those who are not familiar with this brand, Miss Selfridge is a well known high street brand that has over 180 stores in the UK. Their designs are fun, fresh and they focus on young, feminine and glamorous fashion.

The brand's history goes back to 1966 as it began in the young fashion wing of Selfridges department store. By the next year, the brand expanded to the Lewis department stores and two years later, it started opening independent stores... until today where it has stores all across the UK.

To see what our stylists recommend for you from this brand, visit our style shop and log in with your account details.

Which other brands would you like to see in our website?

Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Wear Printed Trousers to Work

Trousers are probably the most used item in our wardrobes, because they can be stylish, comfortable and suitable for an everyday use. They can be styled in so many different ways, depending on your style and the occasion you’re going to, however it can be hard to pull of printed trousers.

So we gathered a few outfits recommended by our fashion stylists that can help you wear print trousers to work.

Style Tip: Prints can be great to disguise a few bumps, but the wrong print in the wrong colours can draw unnecessary attention to an area you don’t want to draw attention to, so make sure you choose your patterns and prints wisely, depending on your body shape.

Styled by Sabrina Woolley, the first outfit is based on a pair of Tile Print Trousers from New Look, a Black Leather T-Shirt from Miss Selfridge, a Black Bowler Bag from Miss Selfridge, a pair of Strap Heel Platforms from Boohoo and a Golden Chain Bracelet from Miss Selfridge. These trousers will look great on Inverted Triangle, Oval and Diamond body shapes.

The second look, styled by Ria Johnson, is based on a pair of Pink Floral Print Trousers from French Connection, a Black Sleeveless Shell Top from New Look, a Black and Gold Clutch from New Look, a pair of Metallic Heel Courts from Boohoo and a Strap Watch from New Look. These trousers will look great on hourglass shapes.


The next look was also styled by Sabrina Woolley and it will look great on straight, hourglass and pear shapes. The outfit is based on a pair of Geometric Print Trousers from French Connection, a Black Oversized Blouse from Missguided, a Winged Tote Bag from New Look, Aztec Earrings from New Look and a pair of Foxy Sandal Shoes from Simply Be.

Have questions you'd like to ask our stylists? Contact us through our contact formfacebook page or directly e-mail our stylists (their e-mails are in their personal stylist pages).

Friday, October 11, 2013

What to Wear to an Evening Event

The weekend is almost here... hurray!!!! To celebrate this, we gathered two outfit ideas that could give you some ideas on what to wear an evening event. Depending on your style, body shape and age, these outfits can be a real traffic stopper.

The first look is based on a Little Black Dress (LBD) and is a more classic and chic approach. Styled by Alex Moore, this outfit is based on a Sleeves Textured Dress from French Connection, a Tweed Piped Cape from Dorothy Perkins, a Leather Tote Bag from French Connection, and a pair of Leather Shoe Boots from French Connection. You could wear this gorgeous outfit to a date, dinner with friends or even a more formal dinner (eg: company dinner).

Tip: If you're not comfortable in wearing a mini dress, change it for a midi length dress and it will look perfect as well.


The second outfit is a more fun and girly look. Styled by Sabrina Woolley, this is a great look to wear to a more "fun" party. It's based on a Red Skater Skirt from Miss Selfridge, a Black Long Sleeve Crop Top from New Look, a Red Stepped Clutch from Dorothy Perkins, a Gold Cut Out Necklace from Miss Selfridge and a pair of Black Suede Sandals from Ravel.

Tip: If you're not a fan of crop tops, change it for a simple black sleeve top and it will look great as well.


The third look (and last) is based on a gorgeous A-line dress from Dorothy Perkins. the A-line makes this dress perfect for Pear, Diamond and Inverted Triangle shapes. For the Pear and Diamond shapes it disguises the wider hip, and for the inverted triangle shape it gives it a wider volume to the hips, balancing your frame and creating an hourglass shape.

This outfit, styled by Gitte Eigner, is great to wear to an evening event and it has a modern vibe to it. The Black Cutwork Dress is from Dorothy Perkins, the Cut out purse is from New Look, the Sling Shoes from Simply Be and the Triangle Earrings are from New Look.

Tip: For a more chilly weather, layer this dress with a jacket of your choice. A biker jacket would look great, but depends on what kind of evening event you're attending.


Have questions you'd like to ask our stylists? Contact us through our contact formfacebook page or directly e-mail our stylists (their e-mails are in their personal stylist pages).

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Top 5 Jackets for Autumn

Now that the Summer is gone and the cold weather is coming, you slowly need to bring out your warmer clothes.

This is that time of the year when you need a jacket in the morning but in some days not in the afternoon. So finding the perfect jacket is difficult, because you need one that's warm enough to be worn outside but not too warm so you'll start to sweat and feel uncomfortable (especially if you are out for a long period of time).

The perfect jacket for this weather should also look great with all (or most of) your outfits and wardrobe, whether you're going to work or for dinners, parties and a night out in town. This is why the Autumn and Spring jacket is the hardest one to find. But when you find the perfect one you know it has been worth the hunt.

Here are my top five jackets (in no specific order) and a few tips regarding trends on what you should be looking for.

1#: Leather Sleeve Jacket


The first big trend is the on-going trend that started this Spring: jackets with a bit of leather. It looks like this trend is here to stay, so a jacket like that would be a great investment for your wardrobe. The black leather sleeve jacket is raw and cool, it's the style that you will see on jackets, sweatshirts and tops, so it's definitely a trend to go for.
Leather Sleeve Jacket from Missguided

2#: Multicolour Jackets


A 2 coloured jacket is a great way to get more colours to your outdoor look. You can use jackets and coats for it and it will give your classic jacket a young and cool look to a classic shape. In this case this is a monochrome jacket, but there are several other jackets with other colours that you can choose from.
Black and White Check 2 Button Coat, from Miss Selfridge

3#: Bomber Jacket


The bomber jacket or what some would call the baseball jacket is a very hot trend this fall. The cool and comfortable cut makes these jackets a great buy and almost "must have" . You can get them in different colours and cuts so it would fit your body shape.
Casual Navy Bomber Jacket, from French Connection

4#: Military Style Coat


The military style coat has been very popular this year and it still is. Now in a loose and cool way, this jacket has a bit of that shape and also comes in khaki colour. It's loose shape style gives it a more casual look. This jacket will fit all body shapes and ages.
2 Button Short Military Coat, from Dorothy Perkins

5#: Trench Coat


The trench coat is the on-going trend for every season, you get it for Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring, and it's the most classic jacket (in terms of shape) you can get. It comes back in trendy colours and is the one jacket in your wardrobe that will always be trendy and stylish - a truly "must have".
Khaki Double Button Trench Coat, from Dorothy Perkins

So go online and find the jacket that fits your style and look perfect for this Autumn.


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.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Alex Moore: “I’m my greatest challenge as a stylist”

Alex Moore is a freelance fashion stylist and a stylist at Styling Up. Her style has an 80s feel and she defines herself as a “shoe fiend”.


She decided it was a time for a change in her life, and being a fashion lover, she took a course in styling and started working as a freelance stylist in 2012. She just launched her very own personal website, so do take a look.

Check out the full interview with this stylist and find out more about her style, favourite designers and her very own tips for several body shapes. You can also take a look at her stylist page and contact her with your style questions.





How and when did you start being a fashion stylist? Tell us your story.


I only qualified this year in being a stylist, but have always loved fashion and always seemed to be the ‘go to’ person when friends and family wanted advice on new outfits. I decided that whilst I’m still young enough to change my career that I would look into taking on a course in personal styling and from there I am gradually building up my business.

What are you currently working on?


I focus on personal styling for women, from complete wardrobe overhauls to quick lunchtime sessions for specific outfits. The main thing I love about personal styling is working with and meeting so many different people.  It’s liberating to make someone feel good about themselves, especially if they’re apprehensive about the experience or have lost their way with fashion.

What does fashion mean to you?


Fashion intrigues me. The way it’s evolved over the years to where we are now and where it’s going to go. I was never a confident person growing up, but fashion is something I've always been interested in.  It took me a long time to find a style that I was comfortable with and now I have, I enjoy finding new ways of experimenting with current trends and incorporating them into old. 

What are your favourite brands & designers?


I love the more slightly off the wall designers, Miu Miu, D&G, Stella McCartney.  Alexander McQueen has to be my favourite.  His clothes were amazing, almost like pieces of art in their own right. The ideas of his designs always amazed me and the way he tested the boundaries of normality at fashion week.

How would you define your personal style?


I generally plan my outfits around my shoes. I have a relaxed but smart style and have been told many times my outfits have a bit of an 80s feel to them.  I can spend ages standing in front of my wardrobe deciding what to wear, but like to look like I’ve just put something on and off I go.


One of the outfits recommended by Alex. Panda Print Jumper, from French Connection; Black Shorts, from French Connection; Fuchsia Strap Sandals, from Dorothy Perkins; Disco Leopard Clutch, from French Connection.

If you could pick 3 fashion must-haves that every woman should own, what would they be?


I would say you can’t go wrong with a good pair of jeans.  Jeans are a good staple wardrobe item that can be dressed up or down for various occasions – if you feel comfortable in those, you can always push your comfort zone and experiment with different tops.  Be prepared to pay a bit more for a good pair, but trust me, you won’t regret it.

Being a bit of a shoe fiend, I would feel like a traitor to the shoe world by not suggesting making a purchase of a beautiful pair of designer shoes.  Granted, you could be paying a lot more money than usual, however, if you went for a classic black court Louboutin for example, like the jeans, you can team them with anything and wear them anywhere.  With your new pair of jeans for example and they will make you feel amazing.

Personally I can’t go anywhere without my leather jacket.  I’ve worn it through the winter with chunky jumpers through to cooler nights in the summer with little dresses or shorts, I wear it to work, to the shops, everywhere.  I would definitely feel lost without it.

What was your greatest challenge as a fashion stylist, and how did you solve it?


I find that I’m my greatest challenge as a stylist – I can get nervous before a session because I so want my clients to have a great day and get the most out of it that my mind goes blank with all the research I've put into ensuring this happens.  

I worry that the shops we go in aren't going to have their size or I haven’t understood their scope properly, but as soon as we hit those shops I relax into it and am able to ensure it is the perfect day for my clients and that they come away with exactly what they wanted and have learnt something about themselves too.

Women have several body shapes. What’s the biggest tip you can give to women with different shapes?


Firstly, the best tip I can give women whatever their body shape, is please, please take the time to try clothes on and put them on properly, even if as you’re putting it on you decide you don’t like it.  Once it’s on and you've dressed it properly, it will look completely different.

Pear Shape: Your top half is amazing, don’t be afraid to show it off and show a bit of cleavage.  If you wear jackets, opt for ones that sit above your hips.

Straight Shape: Being a straight myself, we’re lucky enough to be able to carry pretty much anything off.  Don’t let this fool you though, still try everything on.

Hourglass Shape: The ‘perfect’ figure – emphasize that tiny waist with shift dresses or pencil skirts with tucked in blouses.  Think 1950s.

Diamond Shape: Balance out your shoulders and hips by adding definition to your waist.  Lengthen those legs by wearing high waisted straight leg trousers and show off those arms.

Oval Shape: The trick here is to add curve to your shape – try a peplum top with a slim fitting skirt.  Chances are your legs are amazing, so show them off.

Inverted Triangle Shape: Emphasize your hips by wearing tulip skirts or harem pants – anything that adds bulk to your hips to balance out your shoulders.


Of the outfits you recommend in Stylingup.com, which one is your favourite?


This (below) is definitely my favourite outfit that I have styled to date. I love the feminine style of the dress and its simplicity.  You can never go wrong with a LBD (Little Black Dress), it will take you through season after season, trend after trend.  I teamed it with nude shoes to let the dress do the talking in the outfit and stand out, but incorporated the pink bag as a pop of colour.  I thought the necklace would sit nicely in the neckline of the dress, without being over powering.

"This is definitely my favourite outfit that I have styled to date"
Ribbon Trim Prom Dress, from Glamour; Nude Strappy Heels, from AX Paris;
Pink Beaded Clutch, from Accessorize; Heart Necklace, from Accessorize. 

Do you usually check out fashion blogs and magazines?


I use twitter – I like the snappy one liner pieces of information it gives you about fashion news.  Some of the people I follow are bloggers and so if I have the time to read them I can, otherwise, I get a snapshot of what’s trending (literally) each season and keep up to date with Fashion Weeks.
I’m a Vogue girl and buy it religiously every month.  It’s not just a magazine, it’s a collectors item.  I could never throw mine out.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?


Please check me out on twitter and facebook. If you’re interested in booking a session with me, then you can find all the information you need on my website. You can also contact me through my email.
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