Showing posts with label women's clothing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label women's clothing. Show all posts

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Christmas is here - but what to wear???

So it's that time of the year again, when the Christmas lights are all over the city and the "Merry Christmas" songs are playing on the radio... People are running around to shop all the gifts and there is a feeling of joy everywhere.

But this is also the time for the annual Christmas parties and the stress that most of us women have around what to wear for this special occasion.

You probably don´t want to wear something that makes you stand out too much in a negative way but you still want to stand out from the clothes you normally wear. But you do wanna wear something that will make the cute guy from accounting that you have been flirting with, to notice you in a good way.

So girls, if you stand on between what I mentioned above, here are my two party outfits for Christmas this year. Whether you're a dress girl or a pants girl. here are some tips that can help you out.

A dress is a classic choice but it does not have to be the classic little black dress. So, why not try a new colour or shape. A bright colour dress can make you feel free and change your mood. so don´t be afraid of it.
Dress from Missguided; Clutch from AX Paris; Heels from Carvela; Bracelet from Anna Lou of London

My choice goes for a bit of glam in this party dress from Missguided. It's cool design will elongate your body and will make you longer. In this case, I chose to not over accessorize it because the dress itself is a "look at me" design, so a simple bracelet and a golden clutch bag will do the job.

A Jumpsuit is a perfect choice if you are more of a pants girl. It is a feminine and sexy piece of clothing without being too much over the top. It's also comfortable and it will make you look and feel tall. It can also give you shape and hide a few lumps and bumps that you don't want to emphasize.
Jumpsuit from French Connection; Snake Print Clutch from AX Paris; Necklace from Miss Selfridge;
Bracelet Stack from Limited Edition from New Look

My choice for the jumpsuit is this sexy Jumpsuit from French Connection. It is smart and sexy and its low back makes you stand out even when you are backwards. It's a great statement piece and you can wear it for every kind of party. Dress it up with a pair of heels and a glam statement necklace for the perfect look.

Lastly, for the perfect Christmas party outfit make sure you wear the right make up. Smokey eyes, red lips and nails will be a great choice with both of these outfits (examples below are from Missguided).


I hope these tips help you out.
Merry Christmas!


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

Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Wear Printed Trousers to Work

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Friday, October 11, 2013

What to Wear to an Evening Event

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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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 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

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).

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.

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.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Perfect dress for your body type [INFOGRAPHIC]

You asked us and we heard you. After we published a post about the perfect dress for your body shape, some of you asked us for an infographic version of it.

So... here it is!! We compiled all the stylists tips for all body shapes (pear, straight, hourglass, inverted triangle, oval and diamond) in one only infographic image for you to share away as you'd like. You can find the image here.
The perfect dress for your body shape
Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.

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?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Shop for the perfect dress for your body shape

Bodycon, Skater, Peplum, Maxi, Midi and Mini. Dresses come in so many shapes and sizes that shopping for a dress that fits perfectly can be really time consuming and a real pain.

Frequently the search for the perfect dress ends in just wasting time, pure frustration or even worse a poor fit dress that will only walk around in the daylight once. Meaning that besides the whole frustration of getting that dress, you also wasted your money on something that doesn’t flatter you. Know the feeling?
Image credits: Wonderlane - Flickr
Whether you’re looking in several retail stores or searching online, this task can be really hard to get done successfully. However, once you figure out your body shape, finding the perfect dress can be fun and can really take the stress out of your shoulders.

 All women are different. We all have different tastes, styles, sizes, preferences and of course body shapes. If you still don’t know your shape, you can use this online body shape calculator and, through your measurements, you can have an idea on what to look for.

Please keep in mind that there are no good or bad shapes (we never get tired of mentioning this). Body shapes are just categories that aim to help women find the best clothes for them. Every shape is equally beautiful, you just have to figure out what works or doesn’t work for your figure. Embrace your shape and dress it wisely!

Pear body shape


Pear shapes are described as having their hips wider than their bust / shoulders with a really defined waist, which means that this figure naturally carries more weight in the hip zone.

Though this is the most common body type, we often see women struggling in finding dresses for this shape. But, let’s carefully look at this shape again: smaller bust and shoulders and wider hips. In other words, this means that you have to find a dress that shows off your smaller half (in this case the shoulders or bust area) while disguising your lower half, or one that adds volume to your bust/shoulders area while disguising your hips, but always enhancing your defined waist. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a groceries bag.

The trick is to find a skater dress or a-line dress that disguises the hips without adding too much volume where you naturally already have it. Empire waist dresses will also look great on you. Here are some ideas on what kind of dresses you should be looking for:
Left to Right: French Connection; Fever; Monsoon

Inverted Triangle body shape


This body type is completely the opposite of the Pear shape, as it carries more weight on the upper half. This shape has a wider bust / shoulder area and the hips are generally smaller, meaning that the perfect dress for this shape will have to have more volume on the bottom half, disguising the upper half to visually create the right balance.

If you’re an inverted triangle shape you should be looking for dresses like skater dresses, full or a-line dresses or with details like flat pockets or embellishments on the hip zone. The upper halves of the dresses need to draw the attention away from the bust, defining your waist. To draw the attention away from that area choose narrow v-necklines, for example and darker colours. Please keep in mind that by darker and solid colours.  Wrap style dresses with narrow v-necks are perfect for this body type. Here are some examples:
Left to Right: Boohoo; Dorothy Perkins; Savoir

Straight body shape


Straight shapes are really balanced shapes that have bust and hips practically the same size. Their waist however, though it’s there, it isn’t as defined as the hourglass shape and that’s why they are called straight. Of course, though the name of the shape is straight doesn’t mean that you don’t have a waist… it just means that is not as defined as the hourglass figure shape.

The best way to find the perfect  dress for the straight shape is to look for dresses that emphasize your waist, whether with a belt or dresses with some structure and a defined waist. You can also look for dresses that add a bit volume to the bust/shoulders area and also in the hip zone, but always enhancing the waist. Another tip: You can also wear some shapeless (kind of “boxy”) dresses and pull them off by adding the perfect belt and accessories to it. Some dress ideas below:
Left to Right: French Connection; Koko; Exclusives

Hourglass body shape


Hourglass shapes are the lucky curvaceous ones. They are called hourglass because their shape resembles an hourglass, meaning that the shoulders/bust are as wide as the hips with a tiny waist. This was the shape of the iconic Marilyn Monroe and this is often the shape that most women wish they had. But, we never get tired of saying this, if you’re not an hourglass, don’t worry, there are lots of gorgeous women that don’t have this shape and they also have gorgeous bodies.

Back to the tips… well, there aren’t many tips that we can give to this already curvaceous shape, except that embrace your shape and show it off. Bodycon dresses, wrap style dresses and dresses with pencil skirts are the perfect choice for showing of your curves. Other type of dresses will also look great on you, but keep in mind this tip: when you add volume to your top half, balance it below in your lower half, as this body shape already has the perfect proportions and doesn’t need any visual tricks to add or remove volume.

Remember this: don’t hide your womanly curves behind “baggy” or “boxy” dresses… show them off! Here are some dresses that will look great on you:
Left to Right: So Fabulous; Missguided; French Connection


Oval body shape


Also called “apple” body type, the oval shape has a full tummy and a not so defined waist. The bust is wider than the hip zone and the legs are really slender.

To look stunning on a dress, the oval shaped woman should look for dresses that create a waist and disguise the midsection, while also giving some volume to the hips. Since your legs are slender, you will look great with mini dresses, but you can wear whatever length you feel comfortable with… an advice: for your best, shop for mini or midi dresses.

 Aside from the length of the dress and back to structure: wrap style dresses with a-line skirts or empire waist dresses will look perfect on this body type and will help in disguising the midsection (tummy). Here are some examples of what you should be looking for:
Left to Right: Monsoon; French Connection; French Connection


Diamond body shape


This shape can be really hard to dress up and we understand that women with this shape can have lots of difficulty in finding the perfect dress from them.

The diamond shape has their hips wider than the bust zone and a full midsection (stomach area). Regarding the ratio between bust and hips, this body shape is similar to the pear shape, however the pear shape has a much defined waist and the diamond shape has a full midsection and doesn’t have a defined waist.

The challenge for this shape is to disguise the hip zone as well as creating a waist. The dresses that look best on this body shape are mainly empire waist dresses, with wide necklines (v or u) and details around the shoulders and bust area. You can also look for off the shoulder or one shoulder dresses, also with empire waists or high belted waists. Here are a few ideas on what will look perfect on the diamond body type:
Left to Right: Boohoo; Monsoon; Boohoo

Please note that, though these tips can be very important, these are just guidelines. Sometimes, when a body shape runs near more than one shape (eg: if you’re a pear tending to be hourglass, for example) it’s often that some tips from other shapes can also look good on your body type too. However, once you know the basics, it can really be much easier to find clothes for you.

And finally, remember this: it’s not about the size you wear it’s about the shape of your body.

But do tell us your experience on this. What is your shape and what kind of dresses do you love to wear?

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, 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
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