Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bloggers review Styling Up

Our website has only one purpose: to help women with their fashion dilemmas and to help them find the best clothes for their shape and size without the stress of going to several shops and trying clothes on. So… with that in mind, we love feedback and we love hearing from your own experience in our website (it’s your feedback that helps us improve our service to you).

Recently, some bloggers reviewed our website and we couldn’t be happier with their feedback. So, we’d like to DEEPLY THANK THEM for taking the time to take a look at what we so passionately do at stylingup.com


This is a lovely blog written by Georgie Loring, an 18 year old fashion and beauty enthusiast from the UK. In her blog she writes about fashion and beauty. She also has some lovely outfits of her own and some other posts about the things she loves the most. Make sure you take a look at her blog. You can also read her review about us in this link.






In this awesome UK blog you’ll find several fashion and beauty related reviews. From nail lacquers to skin serum… this blog has many helpful reviews that will surely help you decide on your next buy. Though the name of the blog is Smeethsays Fashion, there are also some awesome posts about books, home, tech and fitness. Thanks to Hannah for reviewing our website (read the review here).




In this lifestyle magazine you’ll find several women related articles. The main themes are beauty, fashion, health and living and it has some pretty useful articles and tips, written by several writers. Jessica Adams reviewed our website and she also included a step by step guide with screenshots. Awesome! Thanks to Jessica for such an awesome website review. Read it here: Styling Up – A new way of shopping online.




Again, thanks to all the lovely ladies for reviewing our website. We’re really honored! Make  sure you stop by at their blogs and take a look.

Meanwhile, we’re always looking for feedback. If you have some recommendations, suggestions, questions, or just want to say hello, make sure you drop us a line through our contact form.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sabrina Woolley: “Fashion is an art movement using expression”

Sabrina Woolley is a freelance fashion stylist and a stylist at Styling Up. She's been in editorial styling for two years and her style is mainly urban and creative chic.

Sabrina studied at the University for the Creative Arts and that's where her love for fashion started to grow further. For this stylist, "fashion is an art movement using expression, where one can express their feelings, emotions and thoughts through fashion". She loves combining two different styles and trends together in the same outfit, while giving a personal twist to it. Her main challenge is to always try to achieve a fun and modern look.

Check out the interview with this stylist and find out more about her style, favourite brands & designers and, of course, a peek into some of her style tips to women of all body shapes. To take a look at some of Sabrina’s recommendations, please check out her personal stylist page (you can also contact her) at stylingup.com


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


I studied at the University for the Creative Arts where I grew a love for fashion styling. I've been in editorial styling for two years where I've created my own style and trends for each shoot so I could experiment with a variety of diverse styles to push my styling much further.

What are you currently working on?


I'm currently starting to become a freelance stylist. I'm looking to get a few more editorial styling and I am currently looking to work very closely with a photographer to push my portfolio to the best that it can be.


What does fashion mean to you?


Fashion is an art movement using expression. You express your feelings, emotions and thoughts through fashion on a daily basis by choosing what you want to wear. By being a stylist, I channel my emotions and feeling into my work and create simple and happy styles or a much darker and edgier look if something is on my mind around the time of the research of the shoot. My mood defines what style of styling I choose.

Masculine Editorial with a twist of Feminine styled by Sabrina Woolley.
"I added skirts to the shoot so that it wasn't too masculine"

What are your favourite brands and designers?


I really like Jill Sander. The reason for this is because I like how tailored and simple the designs are. There is a minimalistic feel and look to clothes and I use that as a lot of references to my research for minimalistic shoots as they are very striking clothes with not a lot of effort put into them.

Victor & Rolf is the opposite from Jill Sander. Victor & Rolf are much more extreme when it comes to designing clothes. They like to push the boundaries which is why there one of my favourite designers on the catwalk. They have nothing to hold them back and they create some incredible show stopping pieces for the catwalk.

Dior is my favourite elegant and feminine designer. The clothes bring so much sophistication to women that it's every girls dream to have a Dior dress. I look to Dior's collections for ideas when I style elegant looks and make sure that the model has a very feminine look when wearing dresses.

How would you define your personal style?


My personal style is a reflection of my feelings and mood. I try to keep on trend but I dress to make sure I'm comfortable when I'm out and about. I love wearing skater skirts and patterned trousers, these are my favourite summer pieces in my wardrobe currently. I wear bright colours as much as I can as I like to stand out from the crowd and also bring some colour into my life now that it's summer. With shoes, I feel that shoes can either make or break an outfit so I spend a lot of time making sure I wear the right shoes to match the outfit.

Aztec inspired editorial styled by Sabrina Woolley.
"One of the challenges was to show off some patterns that were just coming to season"

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


The little black dress is an all time classic that is a women’s must have through all seasons. There is an assortment of different black dresses on the high street and they change in each season so depending on what style you're after, bodycon, skater or maxi get buying your classic party dress.

Maxi skirts have been a hit all summer so it's a must have in your wardrobe ready for winter. You can pair it with a top or blouse depending on what style your comfortable in and you can wear them day or night.
Patterned trousers have been a favourite piece of mine this summer so I would recommend these for your must have that can be worn to work, out for dinner or even on a date. They go with any style top and you can choose what colour you want to work them with to show your statement trousers off.

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


I find that my biggest challenge as a fashion stylist is how to take a trend and give it a modern, minimal, extravagant or elegant look along with giving it my own personal styling stamp. To solve this I try to combine two trends, styles or looks and then add accessories and shoes that fit into the look. This then gives the style a much more fun and modern look with the new twist of combining two trends.

One of Sabrina's favourite outfits at Styling Up: Print Trousers from Missguided; Cream Tshirt from Boohoo; Chain Detail Sandals from Carvela; Shoulder Bag from New Look; Chain Necklace from Boohoo

Women have several body shapes. What’s the biggest tip you can give to women with different body types?


Straight shape: As you don't have much of a waist, show your legs off either with jeans, trousers or by wearing skirts and dresses. Show those beautiful slim and long legs off.

Pear shape: Define your waist, work the waist!

Hourglass shape: Your body proportion is perfect so try to use this to your advantage when styling yourself.

Inverted Triangle shape: To help make your shoulders look slimmer, wear t-shirts or tank tops. Try and stay away from vest and string tops.

Oval shape: Don't be afraid of clothes, skater skirts and dresses work with your body type.

Diamond shape: Show your legs and arms off as much as you can and be comfortable in what you wear.



Which fashion blogs and magazines do you check out regularly? What do you love about them?


Fashion Gone Rouge is a blog that posts past editorials. I really enjoy looking through to see different styles that other stylist have used and to see what else is out from different countries.

Love and Pop magazine are my two favourite magazines. This is because the styling in both magazine's is unusual and nothing that you would see in Vogue and Elle magazine. Also the editorials push a lot of boundaries and I use this as references with my styling research.

Fashion Toast is a great blog that documents Rumi Neely fashion on a daily basis, showing a variety of cities, places, clothes and shoes to her wide audience. This is great inspiration as she combines designers clothes, shoes and accessories to create her looks.

The Sartorialist is a blog that shoots peoples clothes on the streets all over the world. This is a street photography blog that shows the different styles that women and men are creating using their own styles and clothes. This shows me what women are wearing all over the world and also shows me different styles in each city and how they are portraying the trends that are currently out now.

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.
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