This is an easy one to begin on. What I love about this trend is that the wearer manages to look tailored, yet boho – the silhouette is so flattering but altogether cool! We probably all have something in our current wardrobe that would fit with this trend – a maxi-dress, floral print, a jumpsuit – or if that fails, maybe oversized sunglasses or a pair of platform shoes? And if all else fails, a quick head scarf that could also pass as a necktie!
But if you discover you have cleared it all out since this trend last passed through, here are my current picks.
Best worn with mid to high waist and floor length.
Admittedly I started looking for a more traditional 70’s style platform to wear with the flare, however, I was drawn to the silver of the peep toe so you get to see these instead;) I also love flares with stilettos – the toe point just looks so classy (but the trouser must reach the ground!)…and then by day the trainers. But what is most important is the balance – I’m sorry to say it again, but try it on to see what works best!
I may be repeating myself – you must try a print on. I adore many prints but I can only wear certain ones; generally for me, it’s a smaller print.
Check out my Pinterest page for a little more 70’s inspiration…I’m am completely sold, I’m off to buy a pair of flares!
Prints might be a big trend this season, but I’m fighting with them! After a quick hunt in my wardrobe, I can see I am happy to wear block colour, but any print is pretty much a combination of two colours and either polka dots or stripes, ah, the variety!!
So after my many weeks of browsing magazines on the sofa, the prints were coming at me. This is what I saw and loved.
Firstly, the subtle addition…
Add a mix of embellishment to your prints…
And Valentino manages to do it best, just a four figure price tag…
And this is how I have added print to my wardrobe…
A little snapshot from a New Look haul – I haven’t yet decided what to keep, if anything? Keep an eye on my Instagram to find out:)
And the tips – so this is tricky, because usually if it’s a trend you want to try out, but you are not sure you will love, I say, buy cheap! However, I also advise, when choosing prints, pay a little more so you don’t see everyone else on the high street wearing the same thing. So what to do – buy the perfect print for your wardrobe – at least if everyone else has the same print, you can guarantee you are wearing it the best way!
You may be able to tell from the name, I am a little addicted to brogues. I mainly love that they are so versatile – I wear them to work, to go shopping, or to go out for dinner. I wear them with knee length dresses, midi length skirts, or ankle length jeans. I own them in a multitude of shades and textures and have bought them for a range of prices. To me, they are the perfect shoe.
A quick styling tip. Because these are a heavier shoe, it is harder to get the most flattering look. Try your brogue on with different lengths and widths of clothes (top and bottom) – you will find the style that works best for your body shape. Also, you know I love a light coloured shoe – again, most flattering for leg length and shape. Oh, and one final thing, always look at the back of your outfit in the mirror too!!
So of course, I have a wishlist. Because out of all the brogues I own, I don’t have the cut-outs, or the two tone or the buckle ones. Here are a few to choose from…
Two bargains, and two a little more pricey;) I own the Debenhams pink brogues and they are really comfy – a brilliant choice for the price.
The asos ones are a good price to try out the trend, although I don’t feel the cut-outs are as versatile, I’m not sure I’d still be wearing these next season?
My favourites – sometimes it’s good to stick with what you know best!!
Any other suggestions of your favourite brogue?
Of course the first official post on my new website needs to be about the brogue, the silver brogue.
I love my flats, and as I mentioned in my Style Tips post, I mostly wear a light coloured shoe. So for me, the silver brogue is the perfect fit. What I love about brogues is that you can wear them with literally anything. Now I will add in that length of skirt/dress/trouser will impact how flattering they are, but try them out and decide what shape and length suits you best.
My favourite way to wear is with the turned up trouser…
And depending on the top worn I will sometimes wear them with a straight leg.
The boyfriend jean…
But I also love that they can be worn with something a little more feminine…
Or just continue the theme of the sparkle…
Just in case you been inspired, and need a new pair of shoes in your wardrobe, here’s a little link for some ideas;)
Different post style today, we’re working with a list. A list of my top five styling tips.
Before I begin (getting waylaid off the list already!) a few essential pointers I have mentioned before, actually I’ll make these a list too…
1. Try something you haven’t worn before, you might just surprise yourself!
2. Trends don’t always work – I know I’ve talked about what’s ‘in’ for the season, but just because it suits the model on the catwalk does not mean it suits us all.
3. Shop in charity shops – this is a cheap way to try out new styles, but also, when you haven’t paid much for an item you won’t mind altering it to see what works (I’m not talking sewing bee skills here but it’s the perfect way to experiment).
4. Buy a colourful handbag – it will change any outfit!
5. Most importantly, be confident in what you wear – some of my least favourite outfits have had the most likes on social media.
Now to your styling…
1. Colours – know what suits you and what doesn’t. Don’t wear colours that don’t work close to your face, but remember you don’t have to avoid them altogether (I don’t suit yellow but I have numerous yellow handbags!).
2. Figure out a few key pieces that work for your shape and stick with them. Okay, so I realise I have contradicted myself – I say ‘try something new’ all the time but don’t fill your wardrobe with random items just to try! Focus on what shape of top suits, the style of skirts, dresses or trousers, the length of your clothes (and if you are not sure, e-mail me your pictures!).
3. Don’t focus on size. Of course I am not advising you to buy something too big or small, but the size label does not mean everything!
4. Accessorise – you can change an outfit with one small addition.
5. Look at other people’s style and focus on people the same shape as you.
Of course, it’s all about style that works for you…