Showing posts with label fashion stylists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fashion stylists. Show all posts

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.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Outfits: How to Wear a Jumpsuit

Struggling on how to wear a jumpsuit? Our stylists styled 4 outfits that will surely help you, whether you're going to a dinner with friends, work, party or cocktail event.

Jumpsuits are very trendy right now and are a very chic option to dresses, especially in the cold weather. If you want to have a “wow” moment with something other than a dress, then a jumpsuit will be perfect for you.

We’ve been seeing this glamorous one piece wear in catwalks all over the world from major designers and also worn by celebrities. Now they’re all over the high street. Some of you, however, are struggling in how to style jumpsuits and that’s why we gathered a few ideas.

Below, you’ll find some outfits styled by the Styling Up stylists, based on jumpsuits from high street labels, and also a few tips on which ones will look best on your body shape.

Outfit 1: Going to a fun party?


Styled by Gitte Eigner, this look is great to wear to a party or cocktail. This jumpsuit is from Missguided and has a heart neckline that is great to show off the shoulder area. The bottom of the jumpsuit, with its wider legs design, makes it a perfect choice for most body shapes that don’t carry much weight in the bust area. It will look even more perfect in pear shaped bodies, straight shapes, and diamond body shapes.


Black Jumpsuit from Missguided; Chain Necklace from Limited Edition; Lime Clutch from Missguided;
Swirl Bracelet from AX Paris; Slingback Heel Shoes from Simply Be


Outfit 2: From work to evening


The second outfit was styled by Ria Johnson and is a great outfit to wear both to work (if you have of course a more formal work) and to evening. You can pull this outfit all day from work to pub and dinner. The jumpsuit is also from Missguided and it has a sexy zipper at the front that gives a touch of sexiness. The slim fit trousers make it a great option for straight body shapes. If you want, you can also add a belt to this look to emphasize more your waist.


Sleeveless Zip Jumpsuit from Missguided; Ankle Strap Heels from New Look; Chain Bracelet from New Look; Triangle Earrings from New Look; Black Metal Wristlet from New Look

Outfit 3: Have a chic cocktail event to go to?


Based on a white jumpsuit from Missguided, this look has a glamorous style based on this season’s monochrome trend. Styled by Gitte Eigner, this look is great to wear to a cocktail event and it has a chic feel to it. The jumpsuit itself has a stunning neck detail that makes it even more glamorous and overall it draws attention to the shoulder area. This jumpsuit is a great option for hourglass shapes, straight shapes and pear body shapes as well.
White Jumpsuit from Missguided; Monochrome Clutch from New Look; Studded Court Shoes from
Fearne Cotton; Embellished Bracelet from New Look

Outfit 4: Hanging out with friends?


 Styled by Sabrina Woolley, this outfit has a more relaxed feel to it. Styled for a weekend occasion for hanging out with friends or hubby,  it was combined with neon yellow. The clutch and the necklace are based on neon yellow, and the shoes complement this look with a more “wow” moment. This black jumpsuit is also from Missguided and its ruffles at the top make it a great choice for straight, hourglass and pear body shapes. The Inverted Triangle shape can also look good in this jumpsuit, depending on the size of the bust.


Frilled Jumpsuit from Missguided; Glitter Court Shoes from Miss KG; Neon Yellow Clutch from New Look;
Neon Yellow Necklace from French Connection

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Louise Blaize: “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”

Louise Blaize has a degree in Fashion from the University for the Creative Arts and currently she’s a stylist at Styling Up and a buyer for a premium high street chain.

Louise is starting her styling career and this is the first chapter. She believes that everyone has the right to look and feel good in their clothing and, to her, there’s nothing more important in an outfit than a smile: “If you’re not happy in your clothes, it shows”.

Read the full interview with this stylist and find out more about her style, her love for prints, favourite designers and blogs and some tips for several body shapes. You can also check out her personal stylist page to see some of her recommendations.


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


Probably ever since I was a kid. I used to style my family, friends and of course my Barbie dolls. I’d say my professional career as a stylist starts right here right now, so you are reading Chapter 1. Right now, I’m building up my portfolio as a stylist through Stylingup.com, that way I get to know my client in depth, I get to understand their body and know what works and what doesn’t.

What does fashion mean to you?


Fashion is right but oh so wrong,
Fashion is a statement but it fade.
Fashion is luxury but often budget,
Fashion can be a nightmare but turns into a dream.
Above all fashion truly is passion, you either have it or you don’t.

What are your favourite brands & designers?


I love Peter Pilotto for the outstanding prints, I can look at his prints for hours and Christopher De Vos brings life to those prints with hs amazing silouettes.

Christopher Kane burst onto the scene and shook up the fashion world in 2007 with his neon collection,but one of my favourite collections is his Resort 2011 collection where he uses space images as prints for his clothing. I like Marc Jacobs not only for his crazy personality but the silhouette’s he creates and the fabric manipulation.

I really love everything about Tom Ford from his tailoring right the way through to his looks.

How would you define your personal style?


I love colour and I love prints, sometimes they marry together in an explosion that would be classed as crazy, unique, garish. I see it as having fun and letting my personality show through my clothing.

"I love this outfit because every piece is bold in its own right but put together makes such a
striking powerful outfit, everyone will notice and the wearer will feel so good in it.
Plus it has flat shoes so you could wear this outfit all day"


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


The most important item in your entire wardrobe is underwear, that covers bras, knickers, support, the lot. If you aren’t supported underneath you might as well consider yourself half dressed. The importance of a good bra is totally understated these days.

Another must have has got to be a LBD. No matter where you’re going or what you are doing there is always an occasion for a little black dress. It can be styled up differently each time to give you a different look but it’s always the safety net on those days when you think you have nothing to wear.

And finally you’re never fully dressed without a smile. This can make or break your outfit, if you’re not happy in your clothes it shows.

Looking back… what was your biggest fashion “mistake”?


I don’t trust anyone that says they never make mistakes with fashion, everyone makes mistakes. (Like me wearing bright green Adidas trainers and I mean bright green with pretty much every single item of clothing in my wardrobe. I loved them but looking back at the pictures that will never see the light of day, I think to myself, I’m sure I owned a mirror so what happened?) People think mistakes are bad, I think that if you don’t make them you’re not adventurous and fashion is an adventure so have fun.


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


was asked once to take a girl shopping who was a tom boy but wanted to change. It was hard because just getting her to try on something with colour or shape let alone a dress was proving near impossible. That’s when I realized I had to talk to her and find out why she wanted to change. Styling someone can also be a form of therapy, it’s a chance for the client to look inside themselves and find out why they want to change or why they want to stay the same.  It was then I also realized how important clothing could be in some people’s lives.

One of the outfits Louise recommended, based on a Cheetah Print Tunic from Praslin, Print Palazzo Trousers from Simply Be, Red Contrast Heels from AX Paris, Red Tote Bag from ASH, and a Bead Choker from French Connection

What’s the biggest tip you can give to women with different shapes?


Pear Shape: I say embrace your curves; you really do have a good thing. A small waist and a booty, which is there to entice, what could be better?  But if you really aren’t a fan of your shape make sure when wearing tops or jackets that they cut off above the hip line and show off your shoulders and waist to distract the eye.

Straight Shape: You need to create shape from somewhere and that could be in the form of A line skirts (add a tutu for a real 50’s,volumising silhouette), shoulder pads or epaulettes are a good way to add some structure and draping is an excellent way to add volume, just let the fabric do all the work.

Hourglass Shape: You ladies have the best of everything so be proud of it. I know fashion stores don’t easily cater for curvy women, hopefully one day they will catch on but in the meantime. You can wear any skirt you please but nothing suits you better than a pencil, your clothes can be figure hugging but don’t go overboard I’m not saying go out dressed as Jessica Rabbit. Consider going up a size especially for tops with buttons, you do not want to keep buttoning your blouse because the buttons keep popping out.

Diamond Shape: You need to create a waist so a belt or clothes that incorporate a belt or some kind of paneling will be your best friend. You can wear V neck tops or thin straps to show off your shoulders and cleavage (make sure the strap isn’t too thin that it shows off your bra straps). Make sure when wearing trousers or jeans that they are straight, no flares for you and besides the 70’s are over.

Oval Shape: A wrap dress is perfect for you, it shows of your bust, drapes to create a waist and also disguises your mid section whilst skimming over your hips. Patterns that elongate your body are the ticket to looking good as an oval shape.

Inverted Triangle Shape: This can be a very desirable shape, your waist is slim and you have hips as well. You can go wild with asymmetric cuts on tops and dresses. If you want to create volume in your lower half try harem pants, a long pleated maxi skirt or tulip dress. As for the top half anything that will draw the eye downwards and away from your shoulders will help so wrap tops are ideal and nothing beats a waterfall neckline.

Do you usually check out fashion blogs and magazines?


Style Bubble - For fantastic close up images of the latest trends, great front row and backstage images of fashion shows and Susie’s writing is engaging and sometimes amusing.

Fifi Lapin - I just love Fifi she’s really cute.

The Online Stylist A great way to see fashion looks easily and access to bloggers websites from around the world.

Dazed and Confused Magazine – Best Articles

Vogue – One of the top UK fashion magazines, what else is there to say?

Sch̦n! Magazine РThis magazine covers fashion, art, photography, all things I love

Friday, September 20, 2013

Outfits of the week

This week we selected two gorgeous outfits that are both suitable for a day to night transition. You can wear them to work and, after work, you can go straight to a pub and have a cosmo.

The first outfit was styled by our fashion stylist Ria Johnson. It’s based on a pair of  slim fit monochrome trousers from Dorothy Perkins, a black wrap top from Dorothy Perkins, a pair of black leather courts from Dorothy Perkins, a Red Clutch from New Look, and a chunky golden sports watch from New Look. You can also layer it with a jacket, like a biker jacket, or even a more cozy jacket. This outfit has a classic style with a more modern twist. Great to wear from day to night.



The second outfit, styled by Alex Moore, is also a great outfit to wear to work and/or evening. This outfit is based on a v-neck floral print dress from French Connection, a leather look biker jacket from Dorothy Perkins, a pair of suede ankle boots and a mini across body bag. If you have a more formal work, you can also wear a pair of opaque tights underneath the dress, to cover a bit more your legs.


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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sabrina Woolley: “Fashion is an art movement using expression”

Sabrina Woolley is a freelance fashion stylist and a stylist at Styling Up. She's been in editorial styling for two years and her style is mainly urban and creative chic.

Sabrina studied at the University for the Creative Arts and that's where her love for fashion started to grow further. For this stylist, "fashion is an art movement using expression, where one can express their feelings, emotions and thoughts through fashion". She loves combining two different styles and trends together in the same outfit, while giving a personal twist to it. Her main challenge is to always try to achieve a fun and modern look.

Check out the interview with this stylist and find out more about her style, favourite brands & designers and, of course, a peek into some of her style tips to women of all body shapes. To take a look at some of Sabrina’s recommendations, please check out her personal stylist page (you can also contact her) at stylingup.com


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


I studied at the University for the Creative Arts where I grew a love for fashion styling. I've been in editorial styling for two years where I've created my own style and trends for each shoot so I could experiment with a variety of diverse styles to push my styling much further.

What are you currently working on?


I'm currently starting to become a freelance stylist. I'm looking to get a few more editorial styling and I am currently looking to work very closely with a photographer to push my portfolio to the best that it can be.


What does fashion mean to you?


Fashion is an art movement using expression. You express your feelings, emotions and thoughts through fashion on a daily basis by choosing what you want to wear. By being a stylist, I channel my emotions and feeling into my work and create simple and happy styles or a much darker and edgier look if something is on my mind around the time of the research of the shoot. My mood defines what style of styling I choose.

Masculine Editorial with a twist of Feminine styled by Sabrina Woolley.
"I added skirts to the shoot so that it wasn't too masculine"

What are your favourite brands and designers?


I really like Jill Sander. The reason for this is because I like how tailored and simple the designs are. There is a minimalistic feel and look to clothes and I use that as a lot of references to my research for minimalistic shoots as they are very striking clothes with not a lot of effort put into them.

Victor & Rolf is the opposite from Jill Sander. Victor & Rolf are much more extreme when it comes to designing clothes. They like to push the boundaries which is why there one of my favourite designers on the catwalk. They have nothing to hold them back and they create some incredible show stopping pieces for the catwalk.

Dior is my favourite elegant and feminine designer. The clothes bring so much sophistication to women that it's every girls dream to have a Dior dress. I look to Dior's collections for ideas when I style elegant looks and make sure that the model has a very feminine look when wearing dresses.

How would you define your personal style?


My personal style is a reflection of my feelings and mood. I try to keep on trend but I dress to make sure I'm comfortable when I'm out and about. I love wearing skater skirts and patterned trousers, these are my favourite summer pieces in my wardrobe currently. I wear bright colours as much as I can as I like to stand out from the crowd and also bring some colour into my life now that it's summer. With shoes, I feel that shoes can either make or break an outfit so I spend a lot of time making sure I wear the right shoes to match the outfit.

Aztec inspired editorial styled by Sabrina Woolley.
"One of the challenges was to show off some patterns that were just coming to season"

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


The little black dress is an all time classic that is a women’s must have through all seasons. There is an assortment of different black dresses on the high street and they change in each season so depending on what style you're after, bodycon, skater or maxi get buying your classic party dress.

Maxi skirts have been a hit all summer so it's a must have in your wardrobe ready for winter. You can pair it with a top or blouse depending on what style your comfortable in and you can wear them day or night.
Patterned trousers have been a favourite piece of mine this summer so I would recommend these for your must have that can be worn to work, out for dinner or even on a date. They go with any style top and you can choose what colour you want to work them with to show your statement trousers off.

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


I find that my biggest challenge as a fashion stylist is how to take a trend and give it a modern, minimal, extravagant or elegant look along with giving it my own personal styling stamp. To solve this I try to combine two trends, styles or looks and then add accessories and shoes that fit into the look. This then gives the style a much more fun and modern look with the new twist of combining two trends.

One of Sabrina's favourite outfits at Styling Up: Print Trousers from Missguided; Cream Tshirt from Boohoo; Chain Detail Sandals from Carvela; Shoulder Bag from New Look; Chain Necklace from Boohoo

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


Straight shape: As you don't have much of a waist, show your legs off either with jeans, trousers or by wearing skirts and dresses. Show those beautiful slim and long legs off.

Pear shape: Define your waist, work the waist!

Hourglass shape: Your body proportion is perfect so try to use this to your advantage when styling yourself.

Inverted Triangle shape: To help make your shoulders look slimmer, wear t-shirts or tank tops. Try and stay away from vest and string tops.

Oval shape: Don't be afraid of clothes, skater skirts and dresses work with your body type.

Diamond shape: Show your legs and arms off as much as you can and be comfortable in what you wear.



Which fashion blogs and magazines do you check out regularly? What do you love about them?


Fashion Gone Rouge is a blog that posts past editorials. I really enjoy looking through to see different styles that other stylist have used and to see what else is out from different countries.

Love and Pop magazine are my two favourite magazines. This is because the styling in both magazine's is unusual and nothing that you would see in Vogue and Elle magazine. Also the editorials push a lot of boundaries and I use this as references with my styling research.

Fashion Toast is a great blog that documents Rumi Neely fashion on a daily basis, showing a variety of cities, places, clothes and shoes to her wide audience. This is great inspiration as she combines designers clothes, shoes and accessories to create her looks.

The Sartorialist is a blog that shoots peoples clothes on the streets all over the world. This is a street photography blog that shows the different styles that women and men are creating using their own styles and clothes. This shows me what women are wearing all over the world and also shows me different styles in each city and how they are portraying the trends that are currently out now.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Spring Summer 14: Wear the Trends (Body Shape Tips)

Even though it’s raining outside I feel warm inside after taking a quick look at the Spring Summer 14 Resort collections where I see prints, colour and short skirts. I can’t wait, can you?

London Fashion Week (LFW) is starting tomorrow, so I gathered information regarding trends and what to expect for the upcoming Spring Summer 14 Season. You can also find a few tips on how to pull off these fashion trends to flatter your body shape.

Whether you're pear, oval, inverted triangle, hourglass, diamond or straight shaped (calculate your shape), below you'll find a few hints on how to choose the best trends for your shape, regarding colour, patterns and stripes.


Trend #1: Club Tropicana (Tropical Prints)


Don’t just think of Florals next spring; bring the tropics to this island in the form of tropical prints.
Prints are great although they can make or break an outfit, here’s how to wear this style according to your body shape.

Prints are always a great trend, but choose them wisely according to your body shape

Straight body ladies – You can wear any print you like, you just need to think about creating shape. Great examples for you are the outfits from Reed Krakoff and Fausto Puglisi. Both fantastic designers and one of the most important elements in their outfits you have to look at is the belt, It creates instant shape.

Pear ladies – Prints can also act as camouflage, take the Kenzo outfit. This print is so striking and bold no one will even notice your hips and if you’re brave enough to wear a crop top this is also a trend for SS14.

Hourglass lovelies – You don’t want to lose your shape under a load of palm trees, with you less is more.  You can be bold with your prints and colours but try to keep them on the top half of your body. The trick is to mix and match with plain staples so you won’t look like an Hawaiian tourist.

Inverted triangles - Don’t think that you have to miss out on this trend, you can wear the boldest patterns with the brightest colours, the only rule you have to abide by is only wear them on your bottom half.

Oval lasses – Patterns are your friend so this trend should be too. Be careful though and opt for a darker print especially around your mid section so you don’t highlight this area. Try wearing an empire line or belt to create a waistline.

Diamond women – Go for smaller prints, large prints will overwhelm you. If you can try and keep darker patterns around your waist and go for bold colours around your neckline and lower body creating an hourglass illusion.


Trend #2: Smooth Suede (Fabric Trend)


Suede comes in all shapes, sizes and colours, and that’s the most important aspect of this fabric trend, colour. Any body shape can pull off this trend; just make sure you compliment your figure. If you want to be bold you don’t have to stick to a suede jacket, see Emilio Pucci’s purple suede shorts, for all you inverted triangles out there.

Suede is the Spring Summer 14 fabric trend to have


Trend #3: The ship hasn’t sailed (Nautical Stripes)


As always the nautical trend is back but unlike previous years you don’t have to be too garish, just a little blue, red and white stripe here and there and that’s really all that’s required. Now some of you ladies are afraid of stripes but don’t be.

Nautical  Blue Stripes will be back on the next Spring

Straight shapes can wear horizontal stripes, if you can try and get irregular striped clothing, this serves as an illusion which if positioned in the right place can create shape.

Pear ladies must avoid horizontal stripes around the hips because it will only widen them. Keep stripes on your top half and stick to thin stripes.

Hourglass women have to make sure you don’t hide your curves, vertical stripes are the best for you because they won’t widen your body.

Inverted triangles should wear stripes on your their bottom half. Nice pin stripe trousers will make a really nice outfit, flares are good for you so you might want to stick to the nautical colours and if you want to be bolder choose a horizontal striped skirt.

Oval shapes would be great in vertical stripes of any thickness because they draw the eye up and down and not side to side.

Diamond ladies don’t think that stripes should be a no go, even vertical ones if used correctly could make you look like a million pounds. If you wear stripes of varying widths and use the colours of this trend to your advantage by keeping navy and black stripes around your mid section, no white here ladies that will have the opposite effect to what you want. Vary the size of the stripes the further you get from your waist and you can introduce white and red too. If that just sounds too scary try stripes that go in multiple directions again with varying colours.


Trend #4: Lighter side of denim (Light Denim)


Denim comes in all colours but in SS14 the only shade you need worry about is light. And don’t just think that denim is only for the weekends, see Altuzarra taking the tone of denim and using it for this smart skirt and blazer combo.
Anyone can wear this trend, even if you don’t want to be head to toe in light denim mix darker tones and different textures to really spice up your outfit.


Light Denim is a major trend for Spring Summer 14


Trend #5: The Only Way is Up (Mini Skirts)


Your skirts hemline that is, be prepared to show off your legs in SS14. After a blistery winter it’s only natural we want to get our pins out so they can breathe a little.

This trend is for everyone, the trick is not to go too high or you might head into dangerous/unflattering territory. For those with a bit or a lot of hips make sure you wear fabric that has a bit of give in it or vents so your skirt doesn’t start looking like a stretched elastic band.

The trend isn’t about frilly or flared skirts, think simplicity not milk maid.


Show off your legs with Mini Skirts

Now do tell us... which trends are you dying to wear?


This post was written by Louise Blaize. Louise is a fashion stylist at stylingup.com. Her style is mainly colourful and edgy and she loves art, travelling, food and cocktails.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top 10 Glam Heels

Every woman needs a pair of glamorous heels! Whether going to a night out with friends, a formal dinner with colleagues, a party or a cocktail, heels have the awesome strength to make or break an outfit. And we all know that perfect shoes (combined with a great bag / clutch and great accessories) can really revamp an outfit and elevate it to another level.

High Street Brands usually have lots of heels on their collections… however, not all of them are suited for more formal night events, parties and cocktails. So, with the help from our fashion stylists, we gathered a few pairs (in different styles and colours) that caught our eyes attention and that we think that will look perfect for a special glam night or day.

So, here's the list of our top 10 glam heels. This list is based on what we saw on the high street. The prices range from 25 to 168£, including items on sale, and are from the following brands: Carvela, Monsoon, Ravel, AX Paris, Lovel Label, French Connection, Miss Kg, Dorothy Perkins and Fearne Cotton.



1- Black Studded Sandals, CARVELA, £168 | 2- Champagne Strappy Sandal, DOROTHY PERKINS, £52 (SALE) | 3- All Over Stud Heels, AX Paris, £47.99 | 4- Chunky Glitter Court Shoes, Black, MISS KG | 5- Goodwin Slingback Shoes, Nude, LOVE LABEL, £44 | 6- Tahiti Shoe Blue, MONSOON, £25 (SALE) | 7- Lavina Studded Platform Court Shoes, RAVEL, £45 | 8- Studded Gold Court Shoes, CARVELA, £71 (SALE) | 9- Nicky T-Bar Heels, FRENCH CONNECTION, £95 |  10- Kebbel Studded Black Court Shoes, FEARNE COTTON, £55

Thursday, September 5, 2013

LFW AW Trends: From the catwalk to the streets

Summer is slowly departing after a short visit, the stores are gearing up for Autumn and the countdown to London Fashion Week (LFW) has started, ready to show us what delights await us in Spring/Summer 2014.

Let’s recap on what we saw back in February for the Autumn Winter 13 (AW13) trends strutting down the catwalk. Below, you'll find not only the trends for the upcoming AW season but also some tips on how to pull off these trends shopping from high street retailers and wear them on a daily basis.


Trend #1: Monochrome


Monochrome has had a mini makeover this AW13, it’s all about bold black & white prints in tailored work wear to elaborate evening ensembles.


Any body shape can pull off this trend; just remember one word ‘sophistication’. The below outfit is perfect for a pear shape. The white blazer draws the eye to the smallest part of your body, the geometric patterned top adds detail and has an asymmetric hem line skimming the hips, the panel trousers elongate the legs and the bag and shoes complete the monochrome look with a tiny bit of colour thrown in for those that can’t go without.

The greatest thing about this trend is it will always be in fashion, mix and match to create your signature style.

Trousers from Simply Be; Jacket from French Connection; Satchel from Fiorelli London; Mesh Top from Boohoo; Wedges from Dorothy Perkins


Trend #2: Masculinity


Another trend this season is masculinity, but before you ditch your silhouette completely there are a few rules. Try to keep a little femininity whether it’s a bow on your blouse, a splash of colour from a belt and don’t forget the tailoring. You can stretch the masculine look with an oversized coat later in the season.


See the outfit below, the star of this outfit are the denim trousers, the crease down the front helps to elongate your legs and still looks smart enough to wear to work. Double breasted blazers are smarter than single so this outfit is a total mix of casual and smart. The pop of colour comes from this really cool red studded handbag, even though there’s a masculine trend you should still look like a women. And lastly for those women who can’t tolerate high heels you don’t have to feel left out this season, with the masculine trend comes flat shoes. This patent slipper pump is perfect and comfortable.

Bow Blouse from French Connection; Slim Leg Trousers from M&S; Jacket from French Connection; Handbag from Missguided; Pumps from Simply Be


Trend #3: Sparkle Impact


Last but not least with all that monochrome and masculinity during the day a girl’s got to feel like a girl in the evening so it’s time to frost yourself with crystals and diamonds (if you're that lucky), if not sequins and glitter will do the job just fine.


Below this outfit is sure to impress and it’s all about the dress. With its asymmetric hem line showing off your stunning pins and all over sequins dazzling everyone that looks your way, its maximum impact with very little effort.

Bodycon Sequin Dress from Love Label; Envelope Clutch from New Look; Gold Heels from Love Label; Tassel Earrings from AX Paris


This post was written by Louise Blaize. Louise is a fashion stylist at stylingup.com. Her style is mainly colourful and edgy and she loves art, travelling, food and cocktails.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Best shorts for all body shapes

As summer is slowly going, it's time to buy your last pair of shorts to enjoy the last few days of sun. Here are six different types of shorts for all six body shapes: Straight, Pear, Hourglass, Inverted Triangle, Oval and Diamond. See which type of shorts you like and start shopping!!

Note: If you don’t know your body type, use this online shape calculator (insert your bust, waist and hip measurements in inches or cm)


Straight body shape


Hotpants from Missguided
The best feature on a straight body shape are your legs. To enhance this feature, wearing hot pant shorts will help give your legs length so you look taller. There are a variety of different types of hot pants that the straight body type can pull off. You have denim hot pants, disco hot pants or high waist hot pants. Denim hot pants are the most popular so I'm going to tell you a few styles with denim hot pants. With denim you can style it with anything you like, crop tops, blouses, t-shirts, baggy t-shirts and even jumpers if there's a chill in the evening. For the straight body shape, a crop top would look great with a pair of denim hot pants, paired with either boots if you want to look more of a urban or masculine feel or wear a pair of gladiator sandals if your hitting the beach or shops for the day.




Pear body shape

Denim Shorts from Missguided

There are so many denim shorts that are being sold in high street stores so why not go for something unusual that will go with anything. Acid wash denim shorts are a great statement that can be worn by the pear body shape with any coloured top or blouse. Add a pair of trainers and you have a casual sports look. If you don't fancy acid wash how about some print shorts, floral, block colour or even just a pair of bright coloured shorts to make your statement. No-one could miss you in the crowd with bright yellow, green, pink, blue, purple or orange shorts matched with a plain crop top and some gladiator sandals. Two great summer styles for denim shorts.


Hourglass body shape


Leather Shorts from Missguided
Even though summer is hot, a pair of leather shorts with a nice white crop top or blouse would create a great urban look for the hourglass body shape. It's an amazing look but it is all the range. Even when summer is over, leather shorts could be worn in the winter when you're heading out and about in the evening. Match your leather shorts with white to give you a monochrome style this summer. If you fancy something more rock chic, add boots, a baggy t-shirt and a hat to give you a diverse look.










Inverted Triangle body shape

High waist shorts from Missguided

High waisted shorts have been in fashion for years and this summer is no exception. For the inverted triangle body shape this will help to define your waist more and take your eyes off your broad shoulders. By matching the shorts with sleeveless tops and tank tops this will help to reduce your broad shoulders and focus more on your waist. There’s a variety of different types of high waisted denim shorts in different colours and patterns so team your shorts with your favour tops and shoes to create a great summer look.







Oval body shape


Floral Shorts from Missguided
For the oval body shape, flappy or loose shorts can help hide the lumps and bumps you don't like and bring out your confidence. These shorts are very comfortable as they are lose on your body so they won't hug your body too much except the waist band. The waistband can help to enhance your waist, add a belt and you can make your waist the main feature of your look. With the shorts add a fitted yet comfortable blouse that can be tucked into the shorts to complete the look. This look is ready for summer, day or night.









Diamond body shape


Denim short Dungarees from Missguided
As a diamond body shape your best features are your arms. We all remember wearing dungarees back in the 90's but now they have made a massive comeback and are more fashionable than ever. Dungarees can have a childish look to them but with the right style and look you can make it look casual chic. Short dungarees are a much better look than the long style dungarees. With the short style, pair it with a tank top or a sleeveless blouse to show off your best feature which is your arms. Add colour to the outfit by wearing a bright coloured tank top with the dungarees along with some flip flops or sandals so you can hit the beach or go out for the day. If you feel that you want to cover up more, pair the dungarees with a t-shirt that makes you feel more comfortable along with a statement necklace and some flats so that you don't look too childish in the dungarees but much more casual chic.



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.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to wear a bodysuit

Well ladies… The bodysuits are back! You probably remember them from your mother’s wardrobe from the late 80’s or early 90’s, but in fact the good old bodysuit is back in style!

If you’re not familiar with them, you probably are wondering: Is it a one-piece bathing suit? A girdle? A leotard? Nope… a bodysuit can remind a bit of any of those, but is actually a fashionable and stylish wearable piece that can be very versatile. Just like any other fitted top.

Bodysuits left the Spring 2012 catwalks straight to most high street retail stores and they are not as difficult to style as it may seem. They can look stunning in skirts, trousers, shorts and they’re the perfect piece to “tuck in”.

We noticed that some of you are struggling on how to style them, so below, our fashion stylists will give you some ideas on how to wear a bodysuit. The below examples are related to skirts but please keep in mind that you can also pull them off with trousers and shorts:
Outfit 1 (stylist: Ria Johnson)- White Bodysuit, BOOHOO, £4 (SALE) | Skater Skirt, BOOHOO, £12 (SALE) | Sandals, CARVELA, £149 | Pink Clutch, MONSOON, £35 | Leather Cuff, ACCESSORIZE, £12 | Earrings, BOOHOO, £5
Outfit 2 (stylist: Gitte Eigner)- Bodysuit, MISSGUIDED, £14.99 | Pencil Skirt, M&S, £29.5 | Strap Wedges, AX PARIS, £36.99 | Tassel Bag, UGG AUSTRALIA, £345 | Hat, AX PARIS, £10
Outfit 3 (stylist: Louise Blaize)- Wrap Bodysuit, BOOHOO, £12 | Maxi Skirt, MISSGUIDED, £6.49 | Yellow Handbag, MISSGUIDED, £17.99 | Perspex Heel Boots, BOOHOO, £35 | Neon Yellow Necklace, BOOHOO, £2 (SALE)


But do let us know your thoughts on this. Will you embrace the bodysuit trend?
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