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

Sunday, September 15, 2013

SS14 London Fashion Week (LFW) Highlights: Day 2

ZoĆ« Jordan starts the second day of Fashion week sending graffiti covered garments down the runway. Adhering to the season’s colour palette of pastel pink and grey, she also decides to throw in a bright red at the end of her show to leave a lasting impression.

Girls just wanna have fun and Sister by Sibling knows how to give a girl just that through her clothing and this collection doesn’t disappoint. They provide everything in this collection from the slogan sweaters, peak a boo dresses and flower sandals.


My favourite element of Antipodium’s collection had to be the peak a boo metallic skirts and dresses Geoffrey J. Finch made for this collection, I could have seen a whole collection with that fabric.


At the Orla Kiely theatrical show the models walked through a safari camp stopping at different stations along the way and carrying props. Orla is famed for her prints; her famous leaf print makes an appearance along with a graphic giraffe.


Some of Holly Fulton’s wonderful prints look to be inspired by Ishihara colour test (colour blindness test) but as always Holly Fulton sends a variety of prints down the catwalk so we were just spoilt for choice.


John Rocha also went for the peak a boo look for his collection. He creates layers using the sheer fabric, he throws in some  embellishment and ruffles and what we are left with is a collection which keeps making me think ‘kinky my fair lady’.


The collection everyone was waiting for was Julien McDonald’s and there would be no unhappy faces in the audience. Julian produced what everyone would expect from him which was bling and glamour. His sexy dresses wrap around the models like a second skin and float so beautifully to the floor they look like glitzy angels.


With David Koma we want structure and impeccable tailoring and what the people want the people get. His sharp asymmetric black and white dresses were to die for, every woman no matter what your shape would look fantastic in any of these.


It’s a good thing that J W Anderson is now designing womenswear because he’s good at it. You can see that he loves to play with fabric and textures, this collection looks like it was his sand box and he just got the green light to go wild.


This collection by Ashish is so cool and not just because it uses one of the most coolest brands out there, the styling is on point especially the iconic shopping bags that are synonymous with the British High street.


Another show people couldn’t wait for was House of Holland, Henry Holland’s collection. He had all the colours of the season included, check, stripe and floral prints, even the Virgin Mary got a chance to shine.


Now let’s not forget the fashionistas who make LFW what it is. Take Vanessa Feltz, bless her she does try and that dress is a pretty good choice for her so give her a round of applause, oh wait look down at her feet and a sigh leaves my lips and my head is shaking, she was so close but what on earth are the shoes she is wearing?????? Front row at Julian McDonald consisted of wag Abbey Crouch, Anna Kendrick, Paloma Faith and Eliza Doolittle who coincidently also took this opportunity to have a bit of fun with the wardrobe wearing a cut out body suit, which isn’t anything new for her and some very questionable trousers. These are people you are supposed to look towards for inspiration but ladies don’t look for your sakes it’s best to look away.



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.


MORE LFW SS14 SPECIAL POSTS:
SS14 London Fashion Week Highlights - Day One
Spring Summer 14: Wear the Trends (Body Shape Tips)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SS14 London Fashion Week (LFW) Highlights: Day 1

Day 1 of London Fashion Week starts off with Bora Aksu sending down the catwalk an array of beautiful outfits comprising of intricate fabric manipulations and textures.


Fyodor Golan a Latvia and Israeli born duo ease the audience in gently with softer tones of white, nude and sky blue only to dazzle them with a colour that could be described as golden neon yellow.



Felder Felder, the twin sisters who studied at Central Saint Martin’s. Their ideal client is a woman who is at ease with herself and the world. Felder Felder women are young at heart but a little wild. This show proves they haven’t lost touch with the customer.


Ostwald Helgason threw colour and prints at everyone at Fashion Week, proving to those in doubt its ok to mix and match your prints and still look really cool. I bet no one missed the cheeky balloon animals on the T-shirt.



J JS Lee a Korean born talent who’s pattern cutting is superior, minimalist and modern. Sending down the catwalk a mixture of miniskirts and cigarette trousers.


The duo that is Pearce Fionda sent down the catwalk a series of evening wear outfits which are a testament to their talent. Any woman will feel like a million pounds as she enters the room in any one of these outfits. Beautifully cut and masterfully sculpting the female figure with such precision.


Daks went for a check print, which features throughout. The orange and tan colour brings life to all the outfits, I love everything in this collection, what do you think?


Christopher Raeburn need I say more. The mens and womenswear designer who always comes up with the goods. I can’t decide if my favourite piece is the metallic silver dress (beautiful and very forgiving) or the cool quilted blue metallic jacket with the jersey sleeves. Both are on my wish list I think.


Jean Pierre born in Canada and studied at Central Saint Martin’s, this man knows a thing or two about prints. With a somewhat oriental vibe mixed with modern art, his collection is edgy, daring and dark.


Well Jasper Conran definitely wanted to mesmerise the audience, firstly with the set which was covered with monochromatic patterns on the walls and floor. Then to top that the clothing seemed to have emerged from the background and come to life right in front of the audience. By far the most graphic collection so far of London Fashion Week.



The last show of the day was PPQ and they didn’t disappoint. Bringing the tropics to rainy London, bright sunshine yellow bodices, crop tops, colour blocking and fitted skirts with ruffled hems. I didn’t expect anything less but fun and frivolity from this duo.


That’s it for the first day but I couldn’t let you go without seeing what the fashionista’s were wearing to London’s most fashionable event. #On the Streets


What the fashionista's were wearing to London's most fashionable event

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.


MORE LFW SS14 SPECIAL POSTS:
SS14 London Fashion Week Highlights - Day Two
Spring Summer 14: Wear the Trends (Body Shape Tips)

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 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?

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!

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, February 19, 2013

Hot trends for the next Autumn Winter Season (LFW AW 2013)

One of London’s most important fashion events has come to an end. For five days, over 200 designers showcased their brand new Autumn/Winter Collections at London Fashion Week showing their vision to the world.

Like every other fashion lover, we watched this event closely (read this preview of the event) and we gathered some highlights of this show. Below, we’ll mention the most common trends from different designers and some of what we think that will be trending on the next Autumn/Winter 2013.

Please note that this post is a personal perspective of the event, written by Irina Quintela. Irina is the founder of Styling Up, a style shop that provides an online fashion styling service for women based on body shape and size.

Prints and Graphic Lines


Autumn/Winter 2013 will be all about prints and graphic lines. Floral prints are becoming a thing of the past, and prints are now more African inspired. Some of the prints that walked the runway were actually pretty wild (in a good way). We love them!

Graphic lines will also be trending and, according to what we saw on the catwalk, geometry is all around several collections. Whether straight or curved lines… this is a trend we really want to wear. For fans of geometry, this is the trend to follow!

Here are a few examples of what we saw on the catwalk:
Geometric lines were all over LFW and they are stunning
Some of the prints we saw on the catwalk

Monochrome inspiration


We saw lots of collections inspired by the monochrome mix. We love the combination between black and white. It provides a great contrast and this can be a really easy combination to pull off.
Below, a few examples of monochrome from the designer’s collections:
Oh yes, monochrome was in almost every collection

Trending colors: Red, Gold / Yellow, Blue, Green


Red, Gold or Yellow, Blue and Green will surely pop out of the catwalk straight to the streets. We saw some awesome combinations and splash of colors. Autumn Winter 2013 will surely be a more colorful season with these vibrant colors. These also look great in accessories, when just wearing a monochrome look.

Examples from the catwalk:
Bright colors will be trending on the next AW 2013

Super long length skirts and dresses


Skirts and dresses have gained a new stylish length. We already knew mini, midi and long skirts… but now, here are the fashionable new super long skirts and dresses. Super long because they’re way longer than the traditional long skirts and they can practically “kiss” the floor. We’re totally embracing this and can’t wait to see this on the streets.

We also noticed that skirts are moving away from mini and embracing the midi and slightly below the knee length. This might be really great news for the ones who were tired of the super miniskirts.
Dresses and Skirts had mid or super long length

Overall, this was a great show and we’re really eager to see these trends on the high street. We also noticed that the trends are heading to a much more “clean” design with clean lines, bright colors and strong & geometric patterns. We can’t wait to see this spreading…

What about you? Have you followed London Fashion Week’s AW 2012? What trends will you surely wear and which ones will you run away from?
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