How To Wear Black

Wear your black this Christmas layered with sequins, lace or tulle. View the beautiful Simone Rocha Autumn Winter Collection - ( Look 19 on the catwalk strip).

Black is not dense, but textured, the most inexpensive outfit can look glamorous if you get your textures right.  However, I’m very taken with Simon Rocha’s designer collection and would if I could, go that route!

Dorothy Perkins at Debenhams -   Black Cornelli lace top. You could layer a sequin bodice or slipper satin vest underneath your lace top. So many ways to wear this top and endless variations.  Hop around Debenhams designer brands – they have lots of tops to choose from.

Designers Pearce II Fionda’s L B D looks classy and chic. My favourite Christmas combo – sequins with tulle overlay  Pearce II Fionda at Debenhams. 

D.I. Y. Style - Update a sequin dress that has had too many Christmas outings (or top), with a fine tulle overlay. Visit  Joel & Sons for fine tulle fabric, choose the extremely fine delicate tulle.  You don’t have to be a great dressmaker, or too precise to layer or wrap your tops or dress in tulle.

Last minute invite?  Finish off your masterpiece with a spray of fabric glitter from Pullingers here. You could also just spray a boring black top to revive it for New Year be creative!

P.S. Have a Merry Stylish Christmas – sorry for the styling silence, but I will try and post on monthly basis, in 2015!

Patchwork Passion

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Valentino’s patchwork body bag, may be out of your reach price wise, but patchwork is a trend to look out for. Everything that goes around, comes around again, ( I remember patchwork the first time around!).

By the way – I’m totally hooked on the Valentino collections, they are full of inspiration and creativity, so settle yourself down with a latte this weekend and view the Valentino fashion shows.

leather court shoes,

Next’s paired-down patchwork court shoe, featured above, will add interest to a work outfit or a pair of jeans.

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Patchwork bags galore!  Featured above, from Top Accessories – an English company based in Dorset offering a wonderful array of patchwork bags. I can just imagine one of these bags with a chunky sweater for weekend styling.

leather bags,

This is on my Christmas wish list – blue and buff leather silver studded bag  to style with a pair of J Brand bleached out denims and stone N.Peal cashmere kimono!

Happy browsing this weekend – let me know if you buy anything, and you can send me a comment on my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

M and M Direct – discount heaven!

For my Your Style post this week, I have discovered a great website - M and M Direct, for discount brands. I promptly ordered the denim blue shortie Hunter wellie above, ( I find the shortie, easier to walk in, compared to the full length versions).

I found the service to be quick and efficient, with a good returns system, when I ordered mine. All you have to do, is decide what you want from the massive choice.

The colours are lovely and I would have ordered many colours – but I got a reality check and bought one pair!

Craving A Carven Coat

 

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Invest in a Carven coat, if you have the cash ( UK stockists here). You need to spend around  £500, or £3,000 to get your dream designer coat – but worth the money for years to come.

Shades of pink is trending this winter and works well with charcoal or silver grey. Check out Net-A-Porter for the pink collection of coats. Embellished Carven coat at Net-A-Porter, below

High Street Style – dusty pink waterfall coat here from Next, below

Casual Designer Style – Isabel Marant, boucle coat at Net-A-Porter, below

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If you are not in the market for a new winter coat, and can’t afford a designer price tag, update an old winter coat with animal faux fur trimmings, a print collar, or embellish the labels with some bling for a copycat Carven touch!

Lacey Lady

Valentino designer collection

Welcome to September and a change in our wardrobes for most of us.  Add a touch of lace to your existing winter wear and wardrobe classics.  Valentino’s  Fall/Winter 2014, above. You will love exploring the Valentino collection, and the winter accessories are very inspiring!

A Lace tank top can soften up work wear, weekend jeans and knitwear. Don’t pack away any summer lacey tops just yet, and take another look at your lace evening tops that may work with your daywear.

I’ve noticed that all the suggestions below, have high round necks (with the exception of the H&M cardigan), so you may need to try a camisole scoop or button-through blouse style  -whichever flatters you top half best.

Massimo Dutti cream lace top.    H&M plus size black lacey cardigan   Phase Eight powder pink lace top (great with grey work trousers!).  Phase Eight tops are very forgiving round the middle area, and there is a good choice online.

Kalico at John Lewis, in the sale - petrol blue lace top for suits, black jackets and trousers and denim days.

Affordable Designer - Carven at Avenue 23 burgundy lace top, in the sale – look at that styling colour combination, for a fresh new office look!

 

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