Get Your Thrills in Frills

I’m not the girliest of girls, I’d always chose trousers and jeans over a skirt, grey and black over pink and definitely don’t do frills – technically. Right now one of the hottest looks that filtered down from the catwalks and into the high street is ruffles and frills, but not as we know it, I mean you wouldn’t imagine a clean, minimal look could also feature huge ruffles sleeves or frill bottom trousers, but it can and it looks so good!

If you like your fashion with healthy does of feminine flair then this is a look not to be missed.  You’ll find your frills and ruffles on just about every item of clothing this season, we’re not just talking pretty dresses, blouses and knitwear, but jackets, shoes and bags – the whole shebang!

(All images via Pinterest)

Now volume on clothing can add volume to your shape, but worn in the right places, in the right fabrics it can actually enhance rather than hinder, but beware of the placement if you don’t want to double the size of your boobs, belly or bum.

There is so much to chose from on our fabulous high street and it’s worth bearing in mind that some of the big designers have sent ruffles and frills down the SS17 catwalks, so buy now and you’ll still be flirting with your frills next spring.

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Don’t Sweat It.

How much do I love a sweatshirt, oh let me count the ways.  Once kept to the confines of your workout wardrobe, the simple sweatshirt has now reached phenomenal fashionista status thanks to the likes of Markus Lupfer, Alexander Wang and Kenzo, all of who made sports luxe styling easy for everyday wearing no matter the occasion.

Now that there’s a chill in the air a jumper is highly likely to become part of our everyday uniform, but have you thought about how such a simple piece could change up your look when teamed something other than jeans?  I’m talking pleated and sequin skirts or layered over a maxi dress. How about teamed with leather trousers and heels or under dungarees and with your favourite white trainers?

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Ok, so some of those looks are extreme, Courtney K and her over the knee boots for example, but it hopefully shows the variety of looks you can achieve out of such an easy to wear piece.

Luckily for us the high street is also a little sweet on the sweatshirt and have some awesome offerings that won’t have you sweating at the cash desk. If you’re lucky you might even bag yourself a H&MxKenzo jumper from their latest collaboration, but it’s more than likely that they’ll all be on ebay now at over inflated prices.

Take a peak below at the rest of the best.

 

 

Coat Edit.

Coat, jacket, outerwear, whatever you call it this is one of the most important purchases of the autumn winter season.  You may be looking to invest in something that’ll last you years, or just looking for a cheap and cheerful piece that’ll cover off the seasons biggest trends, either way it’s an important buy.

I find that to get the best buys you need to start coat shopping as soon as the autumn season stock hits the high street, but as the weather has started getting colder much later in the autumn months people want to shop for coats when it’s cold.  The retailers have realised this and there is as much chance of nabbing a good coat now as there was at the beginning of the season….hurrah!

So, what’s hot and what’s not?  To be honest there is a huge selection of styles this season, covering every trend and taste out there.  If you want key looks then there’s military, shearling, leopard, velvet, faux fur, embroidered details or a parka….phew!

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These styles can be costly, but choose wisely and you could end up with a purchase that’s bang on trend for now and will also last you into the coming years.  If you prefer something a bit more classic focus on the cut and colour, so navy, black, grey or camel, with a cut that is flattering to your shape and will work with every outfit option in your wardrobe.

With all that said here are a few of my favourites out there right now.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

It’s the start of another week and a new season, have you noticed all the leaves on the ground?  I can’t believe how quickly it changes and summer fades.

Last week in Friday’s post I blogged about one of the big autumn trends, velvet. The first of this weeks’ posts is another key look for autumn, and a firm favorite of mine – metallic.

A little like velvet, metallics used to be kept for those special sparkly occasions, but over the last few seasons it’s slowly become more acceptable, if you’re brave enough, to wear the shiny stuff in your every day wardrobe.  We’re in for a treat this season though, you’ll see all shades of metallics that’ll remind you of those huge tubs of sweets you buy at Christmas, (and eat before it’s any where near Dec 25th) from your standard  bronze, silver and golds to dusty pink, glorious greens and midnight blues.

(All images via Pinterst)

Hopefully the above pics will give you inspiration and show how easily a little bit of twinkle can update outfits you already wear everyday. Team a beautiful metallic pleat skirt with chunky knitwear and white trainers for daytime cool, then chuck on a pair of heels for evening glam.

My favourite way to do metallics is with denim, I do live in jeans, but try pair of metallic silver courts with ripped, skinny jeans, it’s just mwah!  Or how about a big slouchy, silver sequin jumper with light blue jeans, fab teamed with the last of that summer sun-kissed skin and so effortlessly cool.

Have a look at some of the magic metallics our high street has to offer, these are definitely buy now wear all season pieces, and as the temperature really drops just layer up and continue to shine.

Vavoom in Velvet

September has made finally made an appearance and didn’t that just creep up on us? Whilst we’ve been lucky enough to still experience some rays of summer sun, fashion is most definitely feeling the autumn season.

When I blog I normally write about trends and styles I’m particularly fond of, but as I’m extremely fond of you lot I think it’s only fair to give you a well rounded view of all things planet fashion. With that in mind today’s post is about sumptuous velvet.  I’ve never been hugely keen on velvet, but it’s a massive trend for autumn/winter that’s already widely available on the high street, and it can encompass a lot of the other trends you’ll be seeing throughout the season, so here we go.

I find velvet very 90’s and I just can’t go there again right now, but it is a trend that’s really key for the season and it’s easy to put together a grunge velvet dress, over a t-shirt and team it with DMs, but it’s also actually rather modern and sophisticated, think wide leg, high waist trousers, blazers and beautiful heels.  Have a look at some of the inspo below.

 

(All images via Pinterest)

Hopefully you can see from the above how easy it can be to work this luxurious fabric into your every day wardrobe with bomber jackets, blazers and cami style midi dresses, but it’s also a great addition for those special occasion outfits, maybe a you’re a guest at a winter wedding or even thinking about party dresses for the festive season?!

If you don’t like the idea of committing to a trend fully it’s always easy to give a little nod with great accessories whether that’s jewellery, shoes or a bag.  Take a peak below at what our fabulous high street already has to offer.  Happy browsing and bring on the weekend.

Tangerine Dream

So September arrives and along comes the wind, rain and grey skies!  Its not all bad though as the high street is full of all the new autumn/winter trends we’ve been drooling over in those September issues.  But if you’re not quite ready to let go of the summer just yet then there is one colour that will still bring a little sunshine to your wardrobe, for now and throughout the cooler season…we’re talking orange.

Of course we associate orange with sweltering summers, sun shine and possibly fake tan! But orange also evokes thoughts of autumn, when the leaves turn and start to fall and big bright orange bonfires in November.

Fashion favourites’, Jourdan Dunn and Olivia Palermo, have been working the colour for months, and the AW15 catwalks were awash with orange in all variations, which has now filtered down into the high street.

 

CATWALK AW15

 

HIGH STREET AW15

I bet you thought ‘Orange? No Way’! But I’m wondering if now that you’ve seen the spectrum of colour you have to play with whether I’ve convinced you to give it a go?  Whether you doing some last minute summer holiday shopping, or already stocking up on AW wardrobe essentials here are my tangerine dreams on the high street right now.

(Catwalk and celebrity images from Pintrest)