Thursday, October 3, 2013

Alex Moore: “I’m my greatest challenge as a stylist”

Alex Moore is a freelance fashion stylist and a stylist at Styling Up. Her style has an 80s feel and she defines herself as a “shoe fiend”.


She decided it was a time for a change in her life, and being a fashion lover, she took a course in styling and started working as a freelance stylist in 2012. She just launched her very own personal website, so do take a look.

Check out the full interview with this stylist and find out more about her style, favourite designers and her very own tips for several body shapes. You can also take a look at her stylist page and contact her with your style questions.





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


I only qualified this year in being a stylist, but have always loved fashion and always seemed to be the ‘go to’ person when friends and family wanted advice on new outfits. I decided that whilst I’m still young enough to change my career that I would look into taking on a course in personal styling and from there I am gradually building up my business.

What are you currently working on?


I focus on personal styling for women, from complete wardrobe overhauls to quick lunchtime sessions for specific outfits. The main thing I love about personal styling is working with and meeting so many different people.  It’s liberating to make someone feel good about themselves, especially if they’re apprehensive about the experience or have lost their way with fashion.

What does fashion mean to you?


Fashion intrigues me. The way it’s evolved over the years to where we are now and where it’s going to go. I was never a confident person growing up, but fashion is something I've always been interested in.  It took me a long time to find a style that I was comfortable with and now I have, I enjoy finding new ways of experimenting with current trends and incorporating them into old. 

What are your favourite brands & designers?


I love the more slightly off the wall designers, Miu Miu, D&G, Stella McCartney.  Alexander McQueen has to be my favourite.  His clothes were amazing, almost like pieces of art in their own right. The ideas of his designs always amazed me and the way he tested the boundaries of normality at fashion week.

How would you define your personal style?


I generally plan my outfits around my shoes. I have a relaxed but smart style and have been told many times my outfits have a bit of an 80s feel to them.  I can spend ages standing in front of my wardrobe deciding what to wear, but like to look like I’ve just put something on and off I go.


One of the outfits recommended by Alex. Panda Print Jumper, from French Connection; Black Shorts, from French Connection; Fuchsia Strap Sandals, from Dorothy Perkins; Disco Leopard Clutch, from French Connection.

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


I would say you can’t go wrong with a good pair of jeans.  Jeans are a good staple wardrobe item that can be dressed up or down for various occasions – if you feel comfortable in those, you can always push your comfort zone and experiment with different tops.  Be prepared to pay a bit more for a good pair, but trust me, you won’t regret it.

Being a bit of a shoe fiend, I would feel like a traitor to the shoe world by not suggesting making a purchase of a beautiful pair of designer shoes.  Granted, you could be paying a lot more money than usual, however, if you went for a classic black court Louboutin for example, like the jeans, you can team them with anything and wear them anywhere.  With your new pair of jeans for example and they will make you feel amazing.

Personally I can’t go anywhere without my leather jacket.  I’ve worn it through the winter with chunky jumpers through to cooler nights in the summer with little dresses or shorts, I wear it to work, to the shops, everywhere.  I would definitely feel lost without it.

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


I find that I’m my greatest challenge as a stylist – I can get nervous before a session because I so want my clients to have a great day and get the most out of it that my mind goes blank with all the research I've put into ensuring this happens.  

I worry that the shops we go in aren't going to have their size or I haven’t understood their scope properly, but as soon as we hit those shops I relax into it and am able to ensure it is the perfect day for my clients and that they come away with exactly what they wanted and have learnt something about themselves too.

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


Firstly, the best tip I can give women whatever their body shape, is please, please take the time to try clothes on and put them on properly, even if as you’re putting it on you decide you don’t like it.  Once it’s on and you've dressed it properly, it will look completely different.

Pear Shape: Your top half is amazing, don’t be afraid to show it off and show a bit of cleavage.  If you wear jackets, opt for ones that sit above your hips.

Straight Shape: Being a straight myself, we’re lucky enough to be able to carry pretty much anything off.  Don’t let this fool you though, still try everything on.

Hourglass Shape: The ‘perfect’ figure – emphasize that tiny waist with shift dresses or pencil skirts with tucked in blouses.  Think 1950s.

Diamond Shape: Balance out your shoulders and hips by adding definition to your waist.  Lengthen those legs by wearing high waisted straight leg trousers and show off those arms.

Oval Shape: The trick here is to add curve to your shape – try a peplum top with a slim fitting skirt.  Chances are your legs are amazing, so show them off.

Inverted Triangle Shape: Emphasize your hips by wearing tulip skirts or harem pants – anything that adds bulk to your hips to balance out your shoulders.


Of the outfits you recommend in Stylingup.com, which one is your favourite?


This (below) is definitely my favourite outfit that I have styled to date. I love the feminine style of the dress and its simplicity.  You can never go wrong with a LBD (Little Black Dress), it will take you through season after season, trend after trend.  I teamed it with nude shoes to let the dress do the talking in the outfit and stand out, but incorporated the pink bag as a pop of colour.  I thought the necklace would sit nicely in the neckline of the dress, without being over powering.

"This is definitely my favourite outfit that I have styled to date"
Ribbon Trim Prom Dress, from Glamour; Nude Strappy Heels, from AX Paris;
Pink Beaded Clutch, from Accessorize; Heart Necklace, from Accessorize. 

Do you usually check out fashion blogs and magazines?


I use twitter – I like the snappy one liner pieces of information it gives you about fashion news.  Some of the people I follow are bloggers and so if I have the time to read them I can, otherwise, I get a snapshot of what’s trending (literally) each season and keep up to date with Fashion Weeks.
I’m a Vogue girl and buy it religiously every month.  It’s not just a magazine, it’s a collectors item.  I could never throw mine out.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?


Please check me out on twitter and facebook. If you’re interested in booking a session with me, then you can find all the information you need on my website. You can also contact me through my email.

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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Louise Blaize: “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”

Louise Blaize has a degree in Fashion from the University for the Creative Arts and currently she’s a stylist at Styling Up and a buyer for a premium high street chain.

Louise is starting her styling career and this is the first chapter. She believes that everyone has the right to look and feel good in their clothing and, to her, there’s nothing more important in an outfit than a smile: “If you’re not happy in your clothes, it shows”.

Read the full interview with this stylist and find out more about her style, her love for prints, favourite designers and blogs and some tips for several body shapes. You can also check out her personal stylist page to see some of her recommendations.


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


Probably ever since I was a kid. I used to style my family, friends and of course my Barbie dolls. I’d say my professional career as a stylist starts right here right now, so you are reading Chapter 1. Right now, I’m building up my portfolio as a stylist through Stylingup.com, that way I get to know my client in depth, I get to understand their body and know what works and what doesn’t.

What does fashion mean to you?


Fashion is right but oh so wrong,
Fashion is a statement but it fade.
Fashion is luxury but often budget,
Fashion can be a nightmare but turns into a dream.
Above all fashion truly is passion, you either have it or you don’t.

What are your favourite brands & designers?


I love Peter Pilotto for the outstanding prints, I can look at his prints for hours and Christopher De Vos brings life to those prints with hs amazing silouettes.

Christopher Kane burst onto the scene and shook up the fashion world in 2007 with his neon collection,but one of my favourite collections is his Resort 2011 collection where he uses space images as prints for his clothing. I like Marc Jacobs not only for his crazy personality but the silhouette’s he creates and the fabric manipulation.

I really love everything about Tom Ford from his tailoring right the way through to his looks.

How would you define your personal style?


I love colour and I love prints, sometimes they marry together in an explosion that would be classed as crazy, unique, garish. I see it as having fun and letting my personality show through my clothing.

"I love this outfit because every piece is bold in its own right but put together makes such a
striking powerful outfit, everyone will notice and the wearer will feel so good in it.
Plus it has flat shoes so you could wear this outfit all day"


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


The most important item in your entire wardrobe is underwear, that covers bras, knickers, support, the lot. If you aren’t supported underneath you might as well consider yourself half dressed. The importance of a good bra is totally understated these days.

Another must have has got to be a LBD. No matter where you’re going or what you are doing there is always an occasion for a little black dress. It can be styled up differently each time to give you a different look but it’s always the safety net on those days when you think you have nothing to wear.

And finally you’re never fully dressed without a smile. This can make or break your outfit, if you’re not happy in your clothes it shows.

Looking back… what was your biggest fashion “mistake”?


I don’t trust anyone that says they never make mistakes with fashion, everyone makes mistakes. (Like me wearing bright green Adidas trainers and I mean bright green with pretty much every single item of clothing in my wardrobe. I loved them but looking back at the pictures that will never see the light of day, I think to myself, I’m sure I owned a mirror so what happened?) People think mistakes are bad, I think that if you don’t make them you’re not adventurous and fashion is an adventure so have fun.


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


was asked once to take a girl shopping who was a tom boy but wanted to change. It was hard because just getting her to try on something with colour or shape let alone a dress was proving near impossible. That’s when I realized I had to talk to her and find out why she wanted to change. Styling someone can also be a form of therapy, it’s a chance for the client to look inside themselves and find out why they want to change or why they want to stay the same.  It was then I also realized how important clothing could be in some people’s lives.

One of the outfits Louise recommended, based on a Cheetah Print Tunic from Praslin, Print Palazzo Trousers from Simply Be, Red Contrast Heels from AX Paris, Red Tote Bag from ASH, and a Bead Choker from French Connection

What’s the biggest tip you can give to women with different shapes?


Pear Shape: I say embrace your curves; you really do have a good thing. A small waist and a booty, which is there to entice, what could be better?  But if you really aren’t a fan of your shape make sure when wearing tops or jackets that they cut off above the hip line and show off your shoulders and waist to distract the eye.

Straight Shape: You need to create shape from somewhere and that could be in the form of A line skirts (add a tutu for a real 50’s,volumising silhouette), shoulder pads or epaulettes are a good way to add some structure and draping is an excellent way to add volume, just let the fabric do all the work.

Hourglass Shape: You ladies have the best of everything so be proud of it. I know fashion stores don’t easily cater for curvy women, hopefully one day they will catch on but in the meantime. You can wear any skirt you please but nothing suits you better than a pencil, your clothes can be figure hugging but don’t go overboard I’m not saying go out dressed as Jessica Rabbit. Consider going up a size especially for tops with buttons, you do not want to keep buttoning your blouse because the buttons keep popping out.

Diamond Shape: You need to create a waist so a belt or clothes that incorporate a belt or some kind of paneling will be your best friend. You can wear V neck tops or thin straps to show off your shoulders and cleavage (make sure the strap isn’t too thin that it shows off your bra straps). Make sure when wearing trousers or jeans that they are straight, no flares for you and besides the 70’s are over.

Oval Shape: A wrap dress is perfect for you, it shows of your bust, drapes to create a waist and also disguises your mid section whilst skimming over your hips. Patterns that elongate your body are the ticket to looking good as an oval shape.

Inverted Triangle Shape: This can be a very desirable shape, your waist is slim and you have hips as well. You can go wild with asymmetric cuts on tops and dresses. If you want to create volume in your lower half try harem pants, a long pleated maxi skirt or tulip dress. As for the top half anything that will draw the eye downwards and away from your shoulders will help so wrap tops are ideal and nothing beats a waterfall neckline.

Do you usually check out fashion blogs and magazines?


Style Bubble - For fantastic close up images of the latest trends, great front row and backstage images of fashion shows and Susie’s writing is engaging and sometimes amusing.

Fifi Lapin - I just love Fifi she’s really cute.

The Online Stylist A great way to see fashion looks easily and access to bloggers websites from around the world.

Dazed and Confused Magazine – Best Articles

Vogue – One of the top UK fashion magazines, what else is there to say?

Sch̦n! Magazine РThis magazine covers fashion, art, photography, all things I love

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Simply Be at Stylingup.com

We heard your feedback regarding clothes for curvy women and, now, we have another great high street brand in our website: Simply Be. This label has some awesome and exclusive designs for plus size women and now our fashion stylists will also recommend clothes from this brand.

Simply Be is a great brand for plus size women. It has fashionable clothing at affordable prices and their sizes range from 14 to 32. Their collections include gorgeous dresses for every occasion, jeans with several cuts, tops, skirts, trousers and many more women's clothes.

To see what our stylists recommend for you from this brand, visit our style shop and log in with your account details (please make sure you update your measurements every once in a while to make sure we provide you the best recommendations).

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 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.

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