Posts Tagged ‘trends’

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?


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 – 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!


The Trends to Carry You Through – Summer to Autumn and Beyond

After a busy month in work, I’m getting back to the world of fashion as I enjoy my two months of rest, not to rub it in or anything;)  I may not have been writing the last month, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my little space here and where it will end up, so watch out for some changes – the time frame is completely weather dependent (i.e. if it rains, changes will come much faster otherwise I’ll be out enjoying some Northern Irish sunshine with my little boy!).

So for now, lets look at a few trends I think are wearable from this season to the next so you should definitely keep your eye out for in the sales!

When do metallics, lace, monochrome and print ever go out of fashion?  Some treats from Victoria Square, Dunnes Stores and Peel.

I’ll leave you with this oh so summery look – let’s dream of days without rain in the hope that they appear!


S/S16 at 

I have never been a huge fan of online shopping.  I love to be able to go instore and pick out my selections based on look and touch and mix and match.  However, as any full time worker/mummy/adult with any form of responsibility knows, time does not always allow for browsing the shops, so we need to take on a new version of browsing.  And online browsing is of course made so much more convenient with the option of Collect+, smart phone apps and paying by Paypal.  Ultimately I could spend hours shopping in a store but am a lazy online shopper, I need to be convinced!

When I was in Dublin recently, I headed to Boohoo‘s launch of their Spring/Summer collections.  And of course, being online only, I knew I had to love some the pieces to be bothered ordering them online.  So what did I think?

Boohoo.comBoohoo.comHitting all the current trends at the perfect price point for on-trend pieces (I am inclined to spend less on these as there is generally a limited amount of time you will spend wearing these items).  They also have your basics, your occasion outfits and an ‘inspire me’ page for those days when your are just stuck!  The fabrics of some of the pieces I originally ordered were a little lighter than I would like but at the price I was paying, I couldn’t complain!

A few of my favourites from their S/S collection…

Boohoo.comBoohoo.comBoohoo.comBoohoo.comBoohoo.comBoohoo.comBoohoo.comI went with Ian from Rogues and Brogues who was there to see the menswear.Boohoo.comI managed to treat myself these items while ‘browsing’ the site, going with the brights and monochrome.  One stand out piece, one everyday piece to dress up or down.

My pupils call these my banana shoes – they can’t understand why my laces and my shoes are yellow! They are a bit ‘out there’ I admit, but I’ll happily spend £18 on something a bit quirky!  The adidas alternative are £75!

I also have a holiday shopping basket awaiting my click…I’m off to dream about being in the sun now!


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