Monday, July 29, 2013

Dorothy Perkins at Styling Up

We have another brand in our website: Dorothy Perkins. Now, our fashion stylists will also recommend women's clothing for your body shape and size from this awesome brand.

Dorothy Perkins is a major fashion brand that provides a wide range of stylish women's wear. It has nearly 6000 stores on the UK and over 50 stores internationally. This brand offers affordable and feminine clothes in a wide range of sizes, from 6 to 22. It's classic and chic style make its designs unique and absolutely awesome.
Check out our style shop to see clothes recommended from our stylists from this and other high street brands. Any other brand you'd like to see in our website? If so, please comment below.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Style your outfits with big and chunky necklaces

Big statement necklaces have been a trend for a long time and looks like they’re here to stay, so girls go out and find the right ones for you.

A statement necklace is an easy way of getting the trendy look fast and that will fit all your outfits for every event. No matter if it’s for work or cocktail party, this is a great accessory for your wardrobe. However, there are so many different necklaces that finding the right one can be hard. But once you find one that is perfect for you, you’ll see how it can style and revamp your outfit and style.

A big necklace can make your jeans pop out and, when styled with a more simple one color top, it can really look like you just step out of the runway and on to the streets, or can even make your jersey dress look as it cost a million pounds.

This Summer, the big chunky necklace is in gold or silver with neon color elements on it or multicolor necklace. This can help you if you want to follow the neon trend but don’t want it to be all neon and color.

If you’re wearing a v-neck top or low cut dress, then a necklace with rounds cuts is perfect to make a contrast and create a visual impact. A statement necklace that sits high up to the neck will show of your v-neck top cut.

On the other hand, if you’re wearing a round neck cut it’s best to use a statement necklace a bit longer and heavy at the bottom, so that you don't draw too much attention to the beginning of your neck or visually “cut” your neck right from the start. Besides, it will make your neck look longer and leaner.

When wearing a one shoulder or shoulder less top you can choose either of the mentioned above: a high up or a longer statement necklace. Choose the one according to where you want to draw the eye to.

Below, there are a couple of examples of necklaces that are great for your Summer outfits.

French Connection
Ribbon in color in bike chain design or ribbon braided into the chain is a great trend for this season and can bring color to your outfit without it being too much. When mixing chain and ribbon looks the colors become a cool, raw, mix.


New Look
What about a beaded necklace for the hot summer days? Since it’s multicolor it will look perfect on most outfits. You can make it really stand out if you wear a only black or white to it, or even monochrome. It’s a great statement for your style.
Boohoo
Or perhaps you prefer an urban style necklace. With a bit of a raw mix to it, with details like spikes. It will look cool and edgy styled with a simple top and a pair of shorts.

New Look
You can also go for a more classic style with a silver or gold more plain necklace. It will make a statement without it being too much nor too big. This is a style that you can wear to your every day office job or even with a more formal cocktail dress, for a special occasion.


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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stylist tips: How to style yellow

Now that the sun has finally shown its beautiful rays (sometimes even too much)… it’s time to start looking at your wardrobe and thinking which pieces you have to match the gorgeous rays of light. If you don’t have any and need to shop for new clothes, we highly recommend yellow.

Yellow is a very hot colour this Season. Whether in a more neon or a more pale look, it’s definitely a must-have tone for this Summer. There are lots of yellow items in the high street catalogues. Whether in skirts, dresses, tops, trousers, to accessories like bags, clutches, jewellery, and even shoes. We love them all equally….

However, since yellow is such a bright, cheerful, tone, it can also give some headaches when it comes to styling. Which colours can you match it with? Can you wear it with neutral colours without it looking dull or boring?

To answer some of these questions, our fashion stylists put together some outfit ideas to help you go through your style dilemmas. If you have any other questions about style and styling, please ask our stylists in our facebook page (they’ll reply as soon as possible).




Outfit 1- Yellow Midi Dress, AX PARIS, £22 | Envelope Clutch, COLEEN, £27 | Gem Ring, ACCESSORIZE, £7 | Wedge Sandals, STEVE MADDEN, £92
Outfit 2- Sleeve Tee, BOOHOO, £8 | Necklace, MARTINE WESTER, £135 | Floral Print Skirt, VILA, £27 | Platform Heels, BOOHOO, £25 | Straw Bag, ANIMAL, £37
Outfit 3- Skater Dress, AX PARIS, £40 | Cross Front Heels, AX PARIS, £36.99 | Black Clutch, MISCHA BARTON, £39 | Golden Bracelet, ACCESSORIZE, £5
Outfit 4- Strapless Maxi Dress, AX PARIS, £28 | Gold Cruster Necklace, AX PARIS, £15 | Strappy Wedges, CLARKS, £79 | Bowler Bag, TED BAKER, £255


Colour Wheel: Mix & Match Yellow


If you need some extra help on how to pull off an outfit based on yellow, here are some extra tips on which colours match best.

The first thing you need to know when you’re trying to mix colours is that there’s something called the “color wheel” (see image below) that will help you figure out which colours match best with each other. This basically works like this:

Image from Wikipedia
  • The closer the colour is in the wheel, the easier is to match. These are called analogous colours.  In this case, yellow is right next to lemon-yellow and orange yellow, and you’ll find that these two tones are pretty easy to match with pure yellow. If you match in between (or near) those colours, you’ll be fine and it will look great.
  • Colours can be matched based on a complimentary theory. The opposite tone in the wheel is called complimentary. In this case it’s violet. So, violet is the complimentary colour of yellow.
  • Split complimentary. One colour plus the two colours on the other side. For yellow it’s the blue violet/blue and purple.

There are other forms of mix and matching tones. These “rules” apply not just to fashion, but to everything else. Please keep in mind that, like any other rules, they can be broken and they're just guidelines. These were just some simple tips on how to match yellow. If you want to know more about it, read this.

Have other tips on how to style yellow? Comment below, we’d love to know about them!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Style Weekend Tips for Straight, Inverted Triangle and Oval shapes

Here are some of my Summer weekend tips for Straight, Inverted Triangle and Oval body types. I go over the type of dresses, shorts / skirts and tops that I think you should be wearing this Summer to make you look and feel your best at the weekends.


Straight Body Shape


Midi Striped Dress from Boohoo. Styled by Sabrina Woolley for stylingup.com.

Dresses: Maxi dresses fit your body well and show your straight figure off. Midi dresses show your legs off beautifully and are the type of style that suit you. Skater style dresses can work for you but with not much of a waist this can sometimes cause problems so midi or skin fitting dresses are a much better look for your figure.

Shorts and Skirts: Bodycon skirts would look really nice on this figure, paired with a loose baggy top to go with this style of skirt. Skater style skirts and maxi skirts also work well with this figure. Denim shorts or high waisted shorts would also work great.

Tops: Loose and baggy tops over trousers, jeans, skirts or shorts is a great look for a Straight figure but straight fitting style blouses and t-shirts makes the straight shape of the body more defined.


Inverted Triangle Body Shape


Afterglow Denim shorts from French Connection. Styled by Sabrina Woolley for stylingup.com.

Dresses: T-shirt style dresses are the perfect dress for you. This style of dress helps keep your shoulders and broad back a slim look. Maxi style dresses do not help your body figure as your shoulders are too broad for this style of dress so look at more long sleeve and short sleeve dresses to help slim your broad shoulders to give a slim effect on your figure.

Shorts and Skirts: Tight skirts can work for this body shape. As your legs and bum are not as wide as your top half this can help pull off this style. A maxi or midi skirt would also work with this style as this will also show off your best asset, your legs. A variety of different shorts can be worn with this style but for Summer the patterned and denim shorts would go best with this figure.

Tops: As an Inverted Triangle has broad shoulders and back, tops can be difficult to make sure that they are suitable for this style. As I previously said in the dresses section, long or short sleeve t-shirts or tops are best for this style. Tank tops, vest tops or string vest tops will not work with this figure, but if you do decided on a tank top or vest top maybe added a cardigan or blazer to help slim down your shoulders but also be able to feel summery.


Oval Body Shape


V-Neck dress from French Connection. Styled by Sabrina Woolley for stylingup.com.

Dresses: Skater style dresses help to hide the lumps and bumps with the flow of the skirt and a loose top for the bust. This will help to disguise your figure in a flattering style so that you are much more comfortable when heading out and about for the weekend. This dress also shows off your legs which is your best asset.

Shorts and Skirts: Skater style skirts are a great style for this figure. This helps to flatter your body and also show off your legs which are your best asset. For shorts, Oval shape can wear denim shorts, patterned shorts and also flappy shorts as this will help to compliment your shape with the right top.

Tops: For Oval shapes, loose and baggy tops are a better look as this will help cover any lumps and bumps that you are not happy with but also make you feel comfortable with the way you look. Oval can also wear loose fitting blouses that can be worn over jeans or shorts.  Tank tops, sleeveless blouses and t-shirts could all work for Oval and can be worn with loose fitting jumpers or with tailored blazers for the evening in summer.


This post was written by Sabrina Woolley. Sabrina is a fashion stylist at Styling Up. She’s been working in editorial styling for 2 years and her style is mainly urban and creative chic. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

French Connection at Styling Up

We're very pleased to announce that we have a new brand at Stylingup.com. French Connection is a well known fashion brand that offers a wide range of women's clothes, with very fashionable designs at great quality for price. This brand was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks and it's a great pleasure to have this awesome brand in our website.

Now, our stylists will also recommend clothes from French Connection for your body shape and size. Excited? We are!!


Which other brands would you like to see at stylingup.com with recommendations from our fashion stylists?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stylist tips: Essentials to Pack for a Holiday

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

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

For Day

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Evening

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mix and Match

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 10 high street clutches

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

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

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



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