LRD – Little Red Dress

Inspired by me bagging a bargain LRD this week, which I’ve linked here Matalan or on my Instagram page, I thought I would bring you a whole host of red hot dresses. It was only a few posts ago I focused on the seasons’ must-have colours and red was a biggie for summer.  Catch up here if you missed it, Seeing Red.

If you don’t ‘do’ colour then red is probably one shade that are especially wary of.  Just yesterday a new client said to me she NEVER wears red, it just doesn’t suit her! But, I honestly believe there is a hue of red to ignite everyone’s love for the colour…so I will be tempting her when we catch up at the weekend.

This is not the first season we’ve been graced with some LRD action, the fash pack have been rocking out the lady in red look for some time now.  Take a peak at how easily they go from city streets to holiday heat, weekend casual or best dressed guest in many different version of the LRD.

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What’s not to love about the colour of love, especially in dress form, topped off with some summer sun.  If you find colour blocking too much you can mix it up with prints and patterns.  You’ll find Pretty Woman style polka dots, ditsy florals, bold tribals and girly gingham, making this a sure fire way to incorporate your favourite trends with the seasons’ hottest colour.  Not only that but there is an insane variety on styles, cuts and fabrics to suit all shapes, sizes and spondoolies.

As always, I’ve scoured the shops for my a selection of red hot dresses that dreams are made of – whatever and wherever you are.

Bohemian Babe

Just another manic Monday, actually it’s not and I’m quite liking it.  Apart from the fact I ended up puking all day Easter Sunday, which probably saved me thousands of calories from all the chocolate I planned on scoffing, the bank holiday weekend has been lovely, as have the two weeks of half term actually and I’m a little bit dreading the school run tomorrow.

Any who, you can see from the title we’re going all ‘boho babe’ today, influenced of course by the fact we’ve just been bombarded with Coachella spam (no I’m not hating – who am I kidding) and that I’m off on hols very shortly to my fav place in the world – the White Isle.

My style is fairly clean on a day to day basis, but come summer time I LOVE to release my mind and body into all things boho.  I love the carefree look and feel you get with bohemian styling and now more than ever it’s easy to take this from the beach to the bar, or if you’re not poolside, from day to night and every occasion in-between.  See how the street stylers and insta-fashionistas do it below.

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Most of us probably have a kaftan lurking in our holiday wardrobe and that’s probably where it’s gets the most use, but you can see above how the style set are making the most of their kaftans and incorporating them into their everyday wardrobe.  Not only that, but they are teaming over the easiest outfit on earth, jeans and a plain tee….et volia, boho chic at it’s finest, taking you from beach to the beat of the streets.

As with any trend there is no need to go top to toe.  This season there are hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of peasant, boho style blouses, from high street to high end.  One in particular that has caught everyone’s eye is this awesome offering from Next  Available in red and blue it screams boho and is reminiscent of the Vita Kin blouse but without the £1000 (yes you are reading that correctly) price tag.

So whether this is a trend you do year after year or something you’ve been longing to try, this season is one of the best for beautiful boho vibes.  Here’s the my best of the rest from our fabulous high street and cyber space…..Peace out peeps.

You’d Look Good in a Paperbag

How man times have you heard or said that saying?  Well this season it’s most definitely the case as the only way you need to be wearing the waist on your trouser, skirt or shorts is in a paper-bag style.

This is a fab way to wear the high waisted look without needing to hold your breath the whole time, it’s much more relaxed and even better, it’s extremely flattering.

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There is a multitude of ways to wear, from the inspo images you’ll see smart, casual and everything in-between.  You could wear this in a maxi skirt as wedding guest, in a pencil skirt for work or in a pair of easy breezy shorts on holiday.  I have to say my favourite way to do the paper-bag waist ties in with the utility styling that we are seeing a lot of this summer, it’ cool, casual and comfy, but whack on a pair of heels to take you from day to night and allow you to eat, drink and be merry!

This is a look that the high end designers do so well, but armed with inspiration you can pick up some super sassy styles on our wonderful high street.  Here’s a selection of my favs.

Return of the Mac

If there is one item that makes a return every spring it’s the mac or trench.  Whatever you call this piece of outerwear the fashion pack love it and it’s not hard to see why.

I know at the mo we’re a little up and down on the weather front, but the warmer weather is coming and as soon as we get to that in-between bit, where your winter coat is too warm but it’s not yet safe enough to leave the house without a jacket, the mac is a must.

Every year there is always a little twist or update on the classic styling.  Burberry are of course the mac masters but even their famous outerwear gets a little makeover from time to time, this season saw the Burberry mac walking on the wild side with animal print sleeves…Grrrrr!

Take a little look at how else this seasons mac should be worn.

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It’s safe to say that you could easily invest in an expensive mac and see a good cost per wear return on your purchase as it will easily become a staple in your spring wardrobe year after year, but there are loads of fabulous high street versions out there that look super expensive and also feature some of the seasons big trend updates, look out for big sleeves, embroidery, metallic and even denim variations.

All hail the return of the mac.

Pretty in Pink

Here we are with a second injection of colour this week, I hope you enjoyed Monday’s post on yellow, I had lots of nice feedback from some of you via Instagram so here’s hoping you love today’s as much and  it’s the colour of love, the one that makes the boys wink…Pink!

Pretty in pink they say, but what if you don’t really do pretty and still want to do pink?  Luckily this season there are multiple ways to wear, from vibrant to pastel, every shade of the pink stuff goes and you don’t have to keep it tonal, this season the hottest way to wear is by clashing with other bold colours, such as red.

Take a peak at some of the SS17 catwalks, celebs and street stylers rocking out the sweet stuff.

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Pink is the perfect colour to put a feminine spin on your outfit, but I love it teamed with khaki to toughen things up a little and it’s surprising what a gorgeous combination this makes.  As I mentioned on Monday, there is a lot of top to toe colour going on this season, but if it’s just too much (I think in pink it would be for me) then make sure you’re ripping up the rule book and clashing your colours hard.  Red and pink would not normally be a first choice colour combo, but it’s so fresh and bold I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you give it a go.

So, to ensure you’re looking pretty in pink here’s my mouth watering high street favs in light, hot, deep, pastel, baby and Barbie pink, pink, pink.

Colour Me Bad

Happy sunny Monday you gorgeous lot, well, more like happy Monday, not so much of that sunny stuff anymore, typical on the first day of Spring, but fear not, I am about to bring some sunshine to your day!

Last week I was working with a friend who was searching for a dress to wear at her daughters’ christening.  As we sifted through the high street offerings I noticed a difference in our selections, mine were full of colour and her’s were black!  When I showed her a beautiful dress in red she said ‘ooh I never wear red’, ‘WHAT?’ was my reply!  I do understand why people shy away from colour and you guys know I’m particularly partial to black, white and grey, but there is a whole other world out there and it’s in big, bold colours.

This week I’ll be bringing you colour round ups, so if you’re unsure of living life away from the dark-side I can maybe point you in the direction of the seasons’ hottest colour choices that will be flooding the high street this summer.

First up yellow and you’ll see below that the SS17 catwalks were awash with every shade possible from mellow to mega, take a peak.

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This season we’re seeing a lot of head to toe colour block looks.  I understand that if you don’t normally ‘do colour’ this might be a little (or a lot) scary, so take a small element of your outfit and inject some oomph into that key item, whether that’s your jacket, shoes or handbag.

So if you’ve read this far and I’ve still not convinced you to swap your non-colours for colour give me one last shot and take a look below at this lovely lot, all available on our fabulous high street.

Shoes speak louder than Words

I’m a little bit partial to a lot of faux fur, feathers and other fluffy stuff and if the weather

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didn’t dictate what footwear we had to wear I would live in sliders – every day!  For me, they are most comfortable (and not bad looking) bit of rubber you could slide on your tootsies, but when I first laid eyes on my favourite footwear covered in my favourite materials I wasn’t convinced.

Last year we started to see the first furry slidders appear, I have a friend Tanyel from Essex Beauty Patrol who makes them and has been for ages, check her out, but I also found them on the shelves in River Island and of course Rhianna produced a collection with Puma, which you’ll struggle to find anywhere but Ebay now.

Want to see how the style set are wearing their furry footwear?  Have a look below.

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Like me, could you be converted or is it a fashion step too far? I mean there is a lot to love, but a lot to question marks too and you know this is one look the boys will absolutely hate!

Wherever the catwalks and celebs go our humble high street soon follows, so as you’d expect there is now a huge selection currently available at all your favourite high street stores, of which I’ve scoured and brought you the best.  BTW the pink Topshop ones below scream Givenchy if you like you high street with a healthy does of high end style.