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

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. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stylist tips: Essentials to Pack for a Holiday

Are you guilty of packing five of everything when you go on holiday..and then wearing the same pair of shorts and flip flops every day? That makes about a million of us.

To try and avoid this, I’ve put together a list of staple pieces to get you through any beach holiday in style.. and hopefully leave room in your case to bring back all the inevitable purchases of shell bracelets and sarongs!

For Day

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

1. You’ll probably be spending a lot of time in your bikini, so it’s important to take some that fit and flatter you and make you feel comfortable. The polka dot one (Topshop) is classic and feminine, and the ruffles help to flatter hips. The red ruffled one (River Island) is more of a statement and is great for boosting small busts.

2. A kimono is great for covering up your bikini during the day, choose one that sits mid thigh to make you feel covered up enough for when you go for lunch. (River Island)

3. Denim shorts are a key piece for beach holidays, you can slip them over a bikini for day and combine them with a vest for any activities you do. (Topshop)

4. Plain tops are incredibly useful, wear them with your denim shorts during the day and you can also add some glamour by mixing them with jewellery and more statement pieces in the evening. (Boohoo)

5. A good day bag should hold the essentials and ideally be able to click shut, to stop pesky fingers from slipping in unnoticed. (H&M)

6. Retro and statement sunglasses are going to be huge this summer, choose cat-eye shapes or go all out with embellished frames. (River Island)

For Evening

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

1. Bracelets in neutral colours that you can stack and mix-and-match are a great way of changing up your evening look without having to pack a lot of jewellery. (All Topshop)

2. Take a glamorous evening dress that shows off your tan and makes you feel summery. Be bold and pick one in a bright colour or pattern. (Styling Up)

3. A statement necklace is great for layering over your plainer tops or dresses to make you look more dressed up. (Topshop)

4. Let’s be honest, no one really wears high heels on holiday, so take some mid-height, neutral wedges that go with all of your evening items and are easy and comfortable to walk in. (Dorothy Perkins)

5. Take a few luxe vests and strappy tops for evening, you can combine them with just about any bottoms you’ve brought to create a variety of mix and match looks. Good details to look for are embellishments, sequins and statement prints. (Topshop)

6. A sparkly evening clutch will make any look glamorous, even if paired with denim shorts and a pretty vest. (Miss Selfridge)

7. Nothing says holiday like a maxi dress, so get one you love. They’re great for the first few evenings of holiday, when you want to look summer and dress comfortably, but your legs haven’t really picked up a tan yet. (Dorothy Perkins)

Mix and Match

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

These are the hero items that will take you effortlessly from beach-to-dinner-to-bar.

1. An amazing swimsuit will work for day, and also as a top when worn under your denim shorts or skirts. (H&M)

2. Statement, silky joggers can be worn with sandals for day, then glammed up with some wedges when the sun goes down. (Dorothy Perkins)

3. A white shirt is a great basic item for holidays. It can be worn open to cover up your bikini during the day, or with any shorts or skirts. (H&M)

4. A cover-up that’s a proper dress is great, you can wear it over a bikini while you’re out during the day and then you’re ready for the beach later. Add your wedges and it’s also great for evening. (Topshop)

5. A statement skirt should ideally go with all of your tops, so that you can wear it day or night. Go for a pattern with a lot of different colours (like floral patterns) to give it a greater range of potential matches. (Topshop)

6. A sparkly crop top is great for evening (with your statement skirt) or good for glamming up a day outfit, by pairing it with denim shorts.(Topshop)

7. A pair of not-so-plain sandals. I know you’ll probably still wear flip-flops every day, but a pretty pair of sandals are easy to wear during the day and are dressed up enough for evening. (Topshop)
Hopefully these pieces will see you through your holiday easily, and leave you only worrying about what cocktail flavour to try next! It’s very eighties..but I’d recommend a Pina Colada. Happy Holidays!


This post was written by Ria Johnson. Ria is a stylist at stylingup.com and she's styling since 2011. You can also follow Ria in her own blog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 10 high street clutches

In the last seasons we saw bags becoming lighter and smaller and we’ve seen them all across the red carpets. Right now clutches are a must-have on every women’s wardrobe. It’s a great accessory not only to wear on parties, cocktails or evening events, but also to wear on a day-to-day basis (especially for those who don’t have to travel around by bus or underground).

Clutch bags may seem small, but they are just the right size to carry around the most indispensable things without carrying any extra weight or tons of papers and things that are often forgotten on big shoulder bags.

Below, you’ll see our stylist selection of the top 10 clutches on the high street. These are great, classy and affordable options for those who like to keep up with fashion without spending a large amount of money. Styles range from classic to glamorous and creative and the prices range from £17 to £54 in brands like Accessorize, Monsoon, Steve Madden, Awear, Cat and others.



1- Colour Block Envelope Clutch, ACCESSORIZE, £27 | 2- Rouched Satin Blue Clutch, ACCESSORIZE, £17 | 3- Stud Detail Clutch Bag, AWEAR, £30 | 4- Tia Studded Clutch Bag, CAT, £30 | 5- Bison Chic Clutch Black, MONSOON, £19 (promo) | 6- Fonda Rafia Envelope Clutch, COLEEN, £27 | 7- Amazing Poppy Beaded Clutch Pink, ACCESSORIZE, £45 | 8- Sakura Pink Clutch, MONSOON, £35 | 9- Bkasino Mint Clutch, STEVE MADDEN, £54 (promo) | 10- Wimborne Black Clutch, MISCHA BARTON, £39

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Refresh and style your wardrobe with a splash of mint

Mint is the perfect colour to wear this Spring. Whether you’re enjoying a sunny afternoon in the park, having dinner with family or friends or working all day, this pale green pastel colour is great for every occasion and style.

Our fashion stylists styled some outfits based on this fresh and vibrant colour that includes tops, shirts, scarves, shoes, heels, wedges, clutches, bags and belts from high street brands like Monsoon, Marks and Spencer, Boden, Catwalk, 5th Avenue by Halle Berry and designer shoes and clutch from Steve Madden, to fit most budgets. Most of the outfits, though they are based on the mint colour, they were matched with some neutral colours like white, beige, black. 




Outfit 1:

Clutch, STEVE MADDEN, £72; Blouse, M&S Women, £18; Trousers, BOOHOO, £30; Court Shoes, MADDEN GIRL, £49; Belt, BOOHOO, £4


Outfit 2:

Skirt, BODEN, £17.7; Top, BODEN, £25; Cardigan, MONSOON, £39; Wedges, 5th AVENUE BY HALLE BERRY, £30; Bag, PER UNA, £35; Scarf, CODELLO, £24.5


Outfit 3:

Blouse, AUTOGRAPH, £19; Trousers, SAVOIR, £28; Heels, CATWALK, £10; Clutch, MISSGUIDED £17; Belt, MISSGUIDED, £5

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Our stylists recommend...

Here's our today's outfit, recommended by our fashion stylist Elena Finn.

We love this because it’s a great outfit for casual, evening, weekend or party. For party events if you don’t want to use flats, just replace them with some platform or pump shoes and you’re ready to go!



Double Leo Green Dress, Criminal Damage, £50 ; Bow Tie Cardi, Bodyflirt, £19.99 ; Patent Studded Ballerinas, Promod, £25 ; Mishumo Bag, Mishumo, £14.36

Would you wear it?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10 Outfit Ideas for Valentine's Day

February 14th is arriving and like all special occasions it’s perfect to wear a stunning outfit. Whether you’re going out or staying at home, having dinner or lunch, this is a great opportunity to show off a stylish outfit.

To help you in that task, our fashion stylists put together 10 outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day, that are available at our style shop. Some are hot dresses, others include pants or even jumpsuits. Just remember that the secret to look stunning is to feel stunning. An extra tip we’d like to give you is that you should ALWAYS shop for your body shape.



Here's the list of all the items, by outfit number:

1. Pepe Jeans Dress from Pepe Jeans, Tweed Spike Jacket from AX Paris, Jefris Suede Platform Shoes from Missguided, Crocodile Skin Clutch from AX Paris, Ring from Bonprix








4. Spock Fitted Long Sleeve Dress from AX Paris, Ria Multi Chain Necklace from Missguided, Twist Clasp Purse from AX Paris, Radin Platform Shoe Boots from Missguided

5. Diamante Detail Dress from Miss Sixty, Lela Spike Bracelet from Missguided, Patent Bar Clutch Bag from Marks and Spencer, All Over Stud Heels from AX Paris

6. Bow Dress from Boden, Leshka Large Jewelled Ring from Missguided, Rebecca Minkof Wallet on a Chain from Rebecca Minkof, Platform Court from Graceland

7. Pearl Chiffon Blouse from Lipsy, Wet Look Leggings from Miss Sixty, Odeolla Studded Suede Peeptoe Heels from Missguided, Animal Print Purse from AX Paris, Belt Look Bracelet from Bonprix Collection, Stainless Steel Droplet Earrings from Bonprix


9.  Jewel Back Dress from South, Leopard Coat from Bonprix, Black Clutch from Graceland, Ring from Bonprix, Diamante Sling Back Heels from AX Paris



Already know what you'll be wearing for Valentine's Day? Leave a comment... we'd love to know.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

“Every woman should have one black dress, a fabulous pair of shoes and bag”

Carlos Martins is a devoted stylist at Styling Up. His style is mainly casual chic and he dreams of styling Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Myers.



He studied fashion in 2000 but his professional path took him to interior design. He has been an interior designer for over 6 years, but he kept dreaming of becoming a fashion stylist and he worked in theaters and contests as a wardrobe stylist ... he loves combining colors, fabrics, textures, and  he’s an art and design lover.
Carlos loves everything that is edgy and chic. He started working at Styling Up right from the beginning and in our website he has already styled hundreds of awesome outfits. You can find style recommendations from Carlos in our style shop. Get to know this stylist a little better in the interview below.


How and when did you start in the fashion styling career? Tell us your story.

As a fashion designer I worked at some projects in the area like wardrobe for characters in theater and contests. I also work as an Interior Designer at BoConcept. I made some interior projects and others like commercial stands at Lisbon Fashion Week.  Right now,AAAARight now, Rightcss  I´m collaborating with Styling Up at big scale, customizing outfits for all kind of clients and I’m also working at a worldwide fashion brand, very known for its casual and luxurious pieces, as a consultant.

What does fashion mean to you?

Well... for me Fashion is like a statement of art. It’s a large step for someone to become unique and singular!

What are your favorite brands & designers? Why?

My favorite designers are Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Dolce&Gabbana , Alexander Wang and so many others, because they all have an unique vision about concept and style. Besides of fashion, I also love other visual arts like design, sculpture, and so on.

Pepe Jeans Dress

How would you define your personal style?

My personal style is a mix of concepts and brands… so, mainly, I define my personal style as trendy. I’m always looking forward for trends and trying to discover new ways to approach my kind of look and style. Like every other person, some days I feel like I need to conquer the world with a new vision or statement, and on some other days I just get on a more casual and discreet mood. This is why I say that my style is my own statement… I follow my own rules, concept and style.

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

Funny, this is the old question that anyone wants to know an answer for...  It really depends because every woman is different, but I think that every woman should have one black dress, it doesn’t matter if it’s simple because you can style it up with accessories; a fabulous pair of shoes and bag… This always works and regarding the last two (shoes and bag) it really makes sense that you pay for quality (eg: a pair of Louboutin).

Which season do you prefer to style for: Autumn/Winter or Spring/Summer?

I love styling for the end of summer’s season, when everyone is relaxed, and thinking about the sun, the beach, parties and romance… everything is going on smoothly and perfectly and we can take some fashion risks with colors and patterns and mix all that.

All in One Jersey Jumpsuit, Diesel

Of the clothes you recommend in Styling Up's website, which is your favorite for this Autumn/Winter season?

Actually, I love several outfits for different reasons: This dress from Pepe Jeans, though it’s casual, I think it makes a beauty statement; This Jumpsuit from Diesel is very trendy and sophisticated and I think that this color is great for this season and I think it’s awesome to wear to a party or cocktail; This pleated dress from Missguided is great for someone who wants to be unique and make a statement wearing a more bright color… I also find the color very refreshing.

 If you could be a fashion stylist to one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Probably Evan Rachel Wood and Jonathan Myers. Both are young and have a peculiar attitude. They also represent so many things I enjoy, like for example indie movies, music, art and they both also rock at big parties. I would love to create their next style.

What do you think about fashion blogs and magazines? Which ones do you check out regularly?

I love both fashion blogs and magazines, because we can learn so much about fashion, designers and what will be trending next season. Since everyone has different ways of looking at fashion, it’s great to read about different perspectives and discuss it.
The blogs I check up frequently are the following: The Sartorialist, The Style Examiner; Alfaiate Lisboeta, and so many others. As for magazines, I recommend: Dazed and Confused, Kaltblut Magazine, Dsection Mag and V Magazine.

Friday, November 9, 2012

“For me fashion has something to do with breathing”


Raquel Lança is a passionate fashion stylist that has been working with Styling Up right from the beginning. She's also a daily blogger at her own blog, Clínica de Estilo.

Though she first graduated in Tourism and worked as a travel agent for several years, her true passion was always related to fashion and style, and she always knew that it was her dream to become a fashion stylist.

She fought to pursue her dream and she did it, and now Raquel works full time as a fashion stylist. For her, fashion “has something to do with breathing”, and she says that like it or not, style is always your first impression ticket. Check out her interview and get to know her a little better. You can also find style recommendations from Raquel in Styling Up’s style shop.

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

I remember that, since at a very young age that I love fashion. Back then it was very hard to do something besides being a fashion designer. Since I didn’t actually had any drawing skills to become a fashion designer, my hobby was to style everyone, not only members of the family, but also friends. Every time there an important event was coming, I was called to help.
I used to work as a travel agent, and I did it for 12 years, but since I was very unhappy at that job, I decided to take a graduation in 2010 as a fashion advisor to fulfill my big passion! And a new life started…

What are you currently working on?

I mainly work with real people and help them when they’re going to a big event. I also help people in creating wardrobes for themselves, or just help cleaning their wardrobes, by choosing the clothes that best fit their style, body type, quality, etc.
I also dedicate myself, every day, to my fashion and style blog, called Clínica de Estilo. And that also requires much dedication and time.

What does fashion mean to you?

Well I guess it has something to do with breathing... I cannot live without it!

What are your favorite brands & designers?

My favorite brands are Balenciaga, Pucci, Valentino, Helmut Lang, Zanotti, Manolo Blahnick, Aquazurra, Zac Posen and Balmain. They are all very different in style, but I guess that’s also a personal characteristic of mine, because I can’t identify myself with just one style.
Like most women, shoes are my true love so I’m always seeking new brands and new designer shoes.

 How would you define your personal style?

I am a very eclectic person and I don’t have a specific style. Each day, I choose what I’m wearing, based on my humor, where I’m going and what I’m doing. I really like to dress  according to the situation, and when I feel I’m not matching my very own wardrobe expectations, I’ll keep thinking that I should be wearing a different outfit… just like a lunatic!!! :)

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

I think that all women’s wardrobe should have are a fabulous trench coat, a pair of dark blue jeans and a simple white shirt.

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

The greater challenge as a fashion stylist is always when someone really likes a piece of clothing, that we already know that’s not good for their figure. This does happen often. What I usually do is: I ask them to try that piece of clothing on, and then I ask them to try another one that I think is most flattering for their body type, to see if we can reach an agreement. If that trick doesn`t work, I’ll try to negotiate later with another piece.

What’s that great fashion tip that you can share with us?

Be yourself, don`t imitate others! Style is a very personal matter, because it tells people who you are. There’s usually just one opportunity to make a good first impression, and everyone should always look at their best.

Which season do you prefer to style for: Autumn/Winter or Spring/Summer?

I prefer Autumn/Winter mainly because there are lots of accessories to choose from, like gloves, rain-coats, hats, scarves, etc.
But I also love the Spring/Summer Season because of the sandals… and I love sandals!

Wet Look Leggings- Miss Sixty

Of the outfits you recommend in Styling Up's website, which is your favorite for this Autumn/Winter season?

For me these Wet Look Leggings from Miss Sixty (on the left) are a statement for this Season. With these, you can create outfits for work, leisure or evening… they just have to be styled perfectly. They’ll look great with faux fur, a white shirt or a big jumper. I believe they’re a great investment for this Autumn/Winter Season!

What do you think about fashion blogs and magazines? Which ones do you check out regularly? 

I think fashion blogs are great because we can get all the information/news we need at a click distance. The only aspect that I find negative is that most of them only focus on trends and nothing more… and the common reader, when reads that, thinks that those trends are good for them and that may not be true, because we all have different body types and styles. Not all trends suit our body type and style!  I usually check out a lot of fashion blogs daily, but they’re based on different countries like Brazil, Spain, Italy and, of course, Portugal. I also buy “Harpers Bazaar” and “Vogue” every month.

What would you say to all those youngsters who want to start a styling career. Any advice?

Be prepared to work very hard every day! And be humble to learn from others.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to style a simple black dress

We all know that the black dress is a must have in every women's wardrobe. But, can you style your simple black dress in to something amazing?

If not styled correctly, a simple black dress is just a plain, boring piece of clothing. But, with the right accessories, it can be not only amazing for evening, but also to many other occasions. Here are a few tips on how to style that black dress that you most likely already have in your wardrobe.

1) Who said black and brown can't be mixed?

You can have your plain black dress styled with a brown bag, belt or even shoes. And it can look amazing!



2) Just because your dress is black you don't have to look like you're going to a funeral

Black is a neutral color that goes with any bright color you like. Or even patterns. While you're wearing your black dress, style it with color, and balance it with a splash of color. You can go from vivid pink, to red, or even light blue... as long as it's a bright color you'll look amazing. This color can be in your shoes, clutch or bag or even in your bracelets, earrings, etc.

Just beware not to use many different colors, because if not done correctly it may be a styling disaster. A recipe that usually never fails is to wear 3 different colors at a time, where one should be neutral (eg: black, white, brown, grey), and the other two have to match. If you don't know which colors match and which don't match, take a look at this post, and read about the color wheel.



3) Don't be afraid to layer it

Dresses can be layered. In fact, the outfit can look awesome with some layers. A good trenchcoat, coat, or even biker jacket (depending on the dress, off course) can be a true plus to the whole outfit. And the jacket doesn't have to be black. It can have color or even a pattern. Get wild with it.


What about you? How do you style your simple black dress?


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