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

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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The perfect casual outfit for this Sunday

Don’t know what to wear this Sunday? Our stylists may help you on that. Here’s a casual outfit based on an emerald everyday A-Line Skirt from Boden.

A-line skirts are a great option for balancing your bust with your hips. They can do wonders for Pear, Diamond, Inverted Triangle and Straight body shapes. For Pear and Diamond body types, the A-line skirt balances the widest part of your hip without adding more volume. For Inverted Triangle and Straight body shapes, it can add just a bit of volume to create a waist.

It’s a great must-have for every closet! And it's emerald... the color of the year :)



Everyday A-line skirt from Boden, £45 ; Notting Hill Knit from Boden, £69 ; Dizzy Weave Satchel from Guess, £185 ; Glitter Ballerina from Graceland, £12.99 ; Gemstone encrusted leather bracelet from Bonprix, £16.99

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 27, 2012

2012: Fashion in Review

Now that this year is coming to an end, we would like to make a special year on review blog post with 2012 biggest fashion trends. This is our very own perspective of the trends and, therefore, it's a subjective list.


Skinny Jeans


Skinny Jeans were a true mark of this year. We saw them is several flashy and neon colors, and also in more neutral colors. Basically skinny jeans came out from the 80s to make a stand for this year and they look stunning in several body types. Skinny jeans look particularly awesome in Straight and Hourglass body shapes and are a must have for this season. Don't have a pair? Check out these recommendations from our stylists:

Vintage Look Leather Bags


Leather was pretty much in fashion this year. Bags were looking kind of vintage and very "square" shaped. Whether black or brown, or even is some more colorful versions, a leather bag was the biggest fashion trend for bags this year. 


Peplum mania


Peplum was also pretty hot this year. Brands have peplum for every body shape. If you're pear shapped, you could wear a more simple version of peplum without giving you volume in your bottom half, like this Origami Pleat Peplum Dress, from AX Paris. If your body shape in inverted triangle, you could wear this Taina studded peplum top, or this Leopard Peplum Skirt from AX Paris to balance with your larger upper body. If you're an hourglass, you can pretty much wear anything, as long as you balance properly your upper body with you lower body without adding unnecessary volume to your shape.

Animal Prints


Oh yeah! Leopard print was a true trend this year. Whether in shoes, bags or other accessories and clothes, leopard print was everywhere and we love it! But we also know that prints should be worn cautiously... we don't want you to look like the jungle queen. Our advice to you: wear prints on your skinniest half. If you're pear shapped wear it on the top half, if you're an inverted triangle wear it on your bottom half. Prints draw attention and you don't want to draw attention to your widest half. Here are some leopard print items available at our style shop:


Riding Boots


Riding boots are this seasons trend on footwear, specially the leather ones. They look amazing with casual dresses, skinny jeans, bootcut jeans and pretty much almost everything. They are also very comfy and therefore al women should have a pair. Check out these Kissa Riding Boots, from Ravel available at our style shop.

So, these are the top trends we elected for this year in review. But tell us, what do you think was the best trend of 2012?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dress an Hourglass body type

As an Hourglass body shape, your bust and hips are a symbol of harmony. They are very well balanced and your waist is very well defined. Your shoulders align beautifully with your hips and you probably have a rounded bottom and shapely legs.

If you're an Hourglass body type, congratulations, you have a Marilyn Monroe body shape, a symbol of harmony and perfection. If you're not sure about what is your body type, please view a description of all body types.


Styling tips for Hourglass


First of all, do show off those killer curves and do not hide yourself behind baggy clothes. You curves are awesome and your body type is the sexiest as there can be! To enhance those killer curves, we advise that you dress proportionally both the top and bottom half of your body, while accentuating your waist.

If you're looking for a more curvaceous look, you can also "play" with proportion, and add a bit of volume to your upper and lower half. Please note that we mean proportionatelly, because your body already has the right proportions naturally, and you should always look for balance.

Tops

Wear tops that will accentuate your waist:
  • Form-fitting and wrap-style tops;
  • Belted tops;
  • Tailored Jackets and shirts.

Bottoms

As an hourglass, you're lucky enough that you can wear most type of bottoms. Just as long as you pair it with a proper top:
  • High-waisted pants and pencil skirts;
  • Skinny jeans, boot cut and straight leg trousers;
  • Flap pocket pants;
  • Skirts that show off your shapely legs.
As for some tips and tricks for your body type, we can advise that a good bra, with good support and great fit is key to define your curves. Here are also a few Do's and Don'ts styling tips that can help you style your beautiful Hourglass Body type:

Hourglass body shape Do's:

  • Elongate your torso with coats and jackets with a two button fastening just below the bust line;
  • Take advantage of your awesome waist with form fitting clothes;
  • Round and peep toe shoes can really echo your curves;
  • You look awesome with a sexy pencil skirt;
  • Choose wide open and V necklines because it will define your bust line.

Hourglass body type Don'ts:

  • Don't wear tops and blouses that add volume where it is not needed, except when you balance that with a lower body volume, wearing it with a flowy trouser or skirt;
  • Don't add unnecessary bulk with large chunky belts. Again, you don't need it!

If you need additional help to find clothes for your body type, please visit our website: http://stylingup.com, where you can find clothes recommended by our fashion stylists. If you have any question, you can also comment on this post and we'll gladly help.

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?


Note: We are looking for guest authors to write in our blog about fashion, styling, tips, makeup, etc. If you're interested, please e-mail us at: info [at] stylingup [dot] com and we'll get back to you.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dress a Pear or Triangle body shape

As a Pear or Triangle body type, your hips are larger than your bust and your waist is defined beautifully. You have proportionately slim arms and shoulders and an elegant neck. You tend to gain weight in your bottom and legs. Your waist is usually your best asset, so you should show if off. If you’re not sure of what’s your body type, please view a description of all body types.

Your main priority should be finding balance between your lower and upper body. Because your hips are wider than your bust, you should look for items that give the illusion of volume in your upper half. Your waist should always be the centre of the attention while you’re styling yourself.

Tops

Look for tops that will add the illusion of volume on your upper half, accentuating your defined waist:

  • Wide V or W neck tops;
  • Tops with nipped or fitted waists;
  •  Structured shoulders, flutter or princess sleeves;
  • Embellishments around bust and shoulders;
  • Colorful and bold patterns tops.



























Bottoms

Your should look for bottoms that minimize your lower half:

  • Straight leg pants;
  • A-line skirts;
  •  Darker colors and clean lines.
  • Avoid pants with pockets or embellished details, especially around the waist area.






















If you need help, please comment! We’ll gladly help!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to dress a Straight or Rectangle body type

If your hips and bust are balanced and your waist is not very defined, you’re a straight or rectangle body type. See our previous post, for a more detailed description of all body types.

As a straight body type, the most important tip we can give you is to create proportion on both your upper and lower body, enhancing your waist. You can wear tube type dresses and create a waist by adding a wide belt. To create a more curvaceous look, add volume, or the illusion of volume, proportionally to your upper and lower half, by mixing and matching other pieces.

Tops

You should look for tops that add curves to your figure and accentuate your waist. Here are some tips on what to look for:

  • Tops with belts;
  •  Tops with wide V or U necks;
  • Structured shoulders or flutter sleeved tops;
  • Tops flowing around the bust.






























Bottoms

To create an hourglass effect, search for bottoms that add curves to your lower half:

  • Full, tiered or bubble skirts;
  • Pants with full or moderately flared legs;
  • Look for pieces with details, like embellished or flap pockets;
  • All pants with pronounced hip and rear pockets;
  • Mid to low-rise waists with wide waistbands


Need help? Post a comment and we’ll gladly help.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shop for your body shape


Well, if you’re browsing through Styling Up’s online store, you actually don’t really need to know what’s your body shape, because it only shows you (after registration) what fits and flatters your body shape.

However, if you’re shopping in retail stores, you really should know what’s your body shape. And we mean your real body shape, and not the one you expect it to be. First of all, you should know that no women is fully satisfied with their body, there’s always something we’d like to change… but all you have to do is embrace it and work with what you have. Remember: fashion is architecture, and you just have to find the right clothes for your body type, no matter what size you wear.

Once you know your body type, at least it will save you the time of trying 10 pieces and none fitting properly at retail stores. So, here are the 6 body shapes we’re working with at Styling Up. Hope you can find this information useful. With time, we’ll post more detailed info and tips on finding perfect clothes for every body shape.



Straight or rectangle body type

Your hips and bust are perfectly balanced, but your waist is not very defined. You tend to gain weight first in your torso and then your arms and upper thighs. One of your best assets are your lower legs, that are beautifully shaped.






Pear or spoon body type

You have a nicely defined waist, and your hips are larger than your bust. You first gain weight in your bottom and legs flowed by your tummy and upper body. You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders. Your waist is your best asset, so show it off!









Hourglass body type

As an hourglass, your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a beautifully defined waist. Your rounded shoulders align well with your hips. Your waist elegantly curves out to your hips. You’re likely to have a rounded bottom. Your upper body is proportional to your shapely legs. Your body type is pretty balanced!








Inverted Triangle body type

You have a larger upper body, with broad shoulders, ample bust and wide back. Your hips are slim, your waist is subtle and your bottom may tend towards the flat side. You have a tendency to gain weight in your belly and upper body. You have stunning shapely legs.








Oval body type

As an Oval body type, you have large bust, a full midsection and narrow hips. You tend to gain weight in your stomach, back and upper body. Your waist is undefined and full. Your buttocks are a little flat and your legs are slender. Show off those awesome legs!








Diamond body type

Your hips are broader than your bust and shoulders and you have a full midsection. You have a tendency to gain weight in your stomach, hips, buttocks and back. Your waist is not defined and full. You upper legs are full, but your lower legs are shapely and slender. You also have shapely and slender arms.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

style #1

We created our first style at Polyvore. Check it out:

style #1


Helmut Lang belted top
£235 - flannelsfashion.com

Joe's cuffed shorts
$98 - nordstrom.com

Oasis fringe shoes
$62 - oasis-stores.com

Proenza Schouler leather handbag
$1,695 - proenzaschouler.com

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