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Metallic v Gingham

One of the biggest issues I come across when styling people is a confusion about what their personal style actually is.  And one of my favourite ways to teach them, is to show that items we automatically strike off the list, can actually be added to our wardrobe; we just have to integrate the look in a slightly different way, a way that suits us, trial and error is key.  Ultimately personal style is what you want it to be – it’s personal, the clue is in the name;)

Obviously metallics are a favourite style of mine; I also encourage this look for others I style.  Metallics (which remember include gold, rose gold, silver, bronze and sparkly embellishments) are versatile, they add an edge to your outfit and whose day does not get a little brighter with an added sparkle?!

Gingham on the other hand…well, there isn’t one piece of this print in my wardrobe, so that maybe says it all?!  But of course it’s everywhere (that gingham skirt is an Instagram favourite!) so I want to give it a chance, but anytime I see a top, or skirt, or even shoes, I just pass them on by.

But why add it to my wardrobe just because it’s on trend?  Well, I am forever on the search for a print I am comfortable in.  And as a lover of the plain and simple, this checked look should work well.  And should I not try to mix up my style?

So I’ll begin by having a look at the options…not a great start I might add, I think I’m still swaying towards my usual;)

Metallics easily found to wear from head to toe…

And so to my top gingham pieces.  I would definitely try the blue gingham dress from Primark and the top from Mango.  But as I searched I did discover it is just a bit busy for my style, it’s something I would probably buy and maybe wear once or twice; I’d be trying this style just for the sake of it which is not how I like to shop.

So I can comfortably say, gingham is not my chosen style and it is a trend I will allow to pass me by.  For now, I’m happy to stick to metallics as I know they work for me.  And on that note, have you seen my recent Facebook styling post to see how to integrate metallics into your wardrobe?


The Shirt (that is neither blue nor white)

Anyone looking into my wardrobe will spot that my current favourite item of clothing is the shirt and this season is set to lure me in a little further as shirts are everywhere.  Well, I would be lured in if I could find a shirt that was neither blue nor white!

So of course the frill and ruffle is a big thing, the addition of bows, ribbons, badges, the bigger the sleeve the better; all trends that have been hanging around and are set to stay.  But 90% of shirts in the shops are either blue or white!  So I’ve been on the hunt to see what else is available.  And here are my top picks…

Okay, pink we know is huge for the incoming season so I found it hard to narrow down my preferences here and I may have snuck in a blouse too but they are too good to miss out;)

pink shirt

New Look / Vero Moda from asos / River Island / Mango

Which shade of green do you suit?  It’s a hard one to wear but when there are so many styles for spring, it’s worth a try!  Stripes are always easy but I especially love the sleeve length and detail of the linen shirt from Next.

green shirt

Next / H&M

Everyone needs a military shirt in their wardrobe – I love the open look to soften for spring.

green printed shirt

Superdry / Mango

If I was to buy one shirt from this selection, the Stradivarius one would win, but I also find it hard to resist a star print (we can look past the navy blue and straight to the stars?!).

print shirt

Stradivarius / Topshop

Meeting the cold shoulder and the gingham trends, this shirt from Asos ticks every box but at £9, the Matalan shirt would be hard to pass!

gingham shirt

Asos / Matalan

Stripes!  If you find it hard to wear shirts (many females find them too structured, less than flattering around the bust area), a chiffon shirt is the perfect alternative.  Again, I’m always one for breaking style (or post title!!) rules, but look at the back detail of this Topshop shirt!

stripe shirt

Boohoo / Topshop

My actual favourite colour, but not an option in my wardrobe.  The sleeve detail on this one from Warehouse sets it apart!  An easy to wear addition from New Look – the frills are placed perfect to suit most shapes.

yellow shirt

Warehouse / New Look

So it appears there are many shirts out there that are neither blue nor white, however I have no need to add any of these items to my wardrobe (no matter how much I convince myself they are necessary!).  So instead I will be taking the items I already own and updating them for the season…and this little snippet is my next plan!  Watch out for more;)



Back to Basics or Top of the Trends?

So just down the road, and open most nights until 10pm, are my closest clothes stores, all kitted out with everything I should need to update my wardrobe.  But I rarely shop in these stores, because up until the last few seasons, they have stocked very little that has caught my eye beside the basics.

Both Next and Marks and Spencer have a purpose for me.  Next is where I buy much of my little boys wardrobe (well, that was before he began to live in sports wear!), Marks and Spencer was my go to for hosiery and underwear.  Until last season.  Last season I began to look past the basics, and to the core collections.  Marks and Spencer began with the Alexa Collection, Next began with their advertising shots in the fashion magazines I had been browsing.

So what is on offer for this season?  Let’s take a look at a few of my favourite pieces.

First up, Next.

And beginning with the sleeve detail – a trend you see everywhere at the minute.  I love white shirts; they are versatile, usually hit a reasonable price range and can easily fit in to your dressy or casual wardrobe.

I need a dress with a dropped waist – I  don’t own any yet, I haven’t found the right one to suit me, but I fully intend try the versions below;)  Especially loving the yellow, a key colour for this season.  The print dress in the centre has the simple frill detail which hits the trend filling every store, but not so much that you look like you are trying to keep up with the trends – the perfect balance!

And again, the frill shows up again.  This key trend will carry you through until at least A/W17.

And then to Marks and Spencer.

How the finer details can change your whole look.  Sorry for the repetitive viewing of the shirt – definitely my wardrobe staple at the moment!

For any non-shirt lovers (including January’s most Instagrammed jumper – also in grey!), the flute sleeve.

I love a good dependable basic and I love this knitwear design.  So it had to come along too;)

What’s not to love about this sunny beauty – the colour, the shape (M&S also have a similar swing dress for half the price too!).

And just in case you are a fan of the print, this is just the prettiest little blouse!  Top tip for buying a print and not allowing it to date – don’t buy obvious prints, definite prints, that once you buy you see everywhere.  Subtle prints can easily blend into the crowd, and can therefore be worn time and time again:)

Any new pieces you have fallen for in either of these stores?


On Trend – Frills and Ruffles

You often see an era from the past coming through on the catwalk and this one I love.  We have all watched the period dramas, the ones with the glamorous ladies, the extravagant dresses, the elegance, the romance.  And now we can have a touch of it for ourselves.  Like the metallics, this is a trend that has subtly crept into our wardrobes and is fast becoming the focus of our outfit.  It’s the addition of the frill or ruffle.

And also, just like metallics, you can dip your toe in or go as full on as you please.  Mostly seen on the blouse or dress, this is a look that you may first think ‘There is no way that will suit me’ – admittedly I love a good tutu so this trend is one I will happily try out, however it could also go very wrong!  Where you wear the ruffle will be influenced by a few things – your shoulder width, your bust size and your height.  As usual, it is all about balance.  Let’s take a look at some of the options.

Just launched, from the Archive by Alexa Collection in Marks and Spencer, hitting both A/W 16 trends of frills and velvet.

On collar, cuff or waistline…

Zara / Topshop (unfortunately now unavailable – this is the closest match I could find!)/ ASOS / Warehouse (similar here)

Or a subtle addition.

I could actually just write a whole post on white shirts with frills and ruffles;)

On the High Street catwalk recently at Fashion Week…and again taking on two trends with the added sleeve detail.

For the extra layer…and these are all the ways the look does not work for me!

New Look / Cos  *the neck tie here is detachable / Topshop

And as the mini is also back this season, here’s how to add the ruffle detail to your skirt.

How do you plan to wear this trend to make it work for you?


On Trend – Metallics

As we come into the A/W16 season, glimpses of each new trend appear on the streets, in the shops and in our wardrobes!

The metallic trend is not new to me.  In fact, it has been a favourite trend of mine for many years and as each season passes and metallics are shown on Fashion Week catwalks again and again, I have been enjoying the opportunity to wear this trend as a daily piece rather than just for the yearly Christmas Night Out!

Metallics have been creeping onto the catwalks the past few seasons, a little at a time.  Starting with the subtle added touches, growing into key pieces that can define your wardrobe.  And if you buy smart, metallics have also been seen on the catwalks of S/S17 so they can be worn for the seasons to come.  Looking at the high street, we are already seeing the variety of metallic shades – no longer just a touch of silver, gold or some sequins, but we now see bronze, metallic tones of pinks and blues, the silver with the added sparkle thread, even head to toe colour.  However be warned, don’t get too carried away – I listened to a mum in Zara at the weekend question her daughter’s taste by asking ‘Are you planning to visit the moon in that?”!! It’s always about balance;)

This trend will  easily suit those just dipping their toe, to those who will happily embrace the whole look.  Of course, the trend began on my feet, so that is where I will begin.

Metallic brogues

Metallic tops

Metallic skirts

Topshop / Next / River Island / Oliver Bonas *Topshop and River Island skirts proving popular – keep an eye out online!

Metallic bombers

Statement pieces

Metallic Accessories

So whether you go full on metallic, or a little star blast here and there, this trend is an easy look to pull off for the season…without feeling like you are taking a trip to the moon!


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