Island Style.

Just as we’re all gearing up and wrapping up, in more ways than one, ready for Christmas, fashion land is enticing the industry with all things summery.  It’s a daydream and a nightmare, all mixed up in one weird, whirlwind couple of weeks.  Just as we’ve got to grips with our winter wardrobe you find yourself drooling over swimwear, flirty dresses, sandals and skimpy shorts – almost wishing away the most wonderful time of the year!

Last week I was lucky enough, thanks to the mother-in-law, to escape all things doting wife and muuummmm, and catch a glimpse at the gorgeous going-ons at River Island’s SS17 press event, of which I’m sharing with you a sneaky peak into what you may be able to buy on the high street next summer.

Of course River is always very trend driven but it’s also really wearable.  They nail festival fashion and as soon as I walk in to the showroom that’s what I see. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just cool casuals you’ll find in River next summer, if you’re on the hunt for something smarter, with a little sophistication you’ll also be able to nab yourself some stylish pieces for work and play, desk to dinner – all that stuff.

My advice though, if there is one item to add to your wardrobe next spring/summer it’s a denim jacket.  We all need a little something to throw over our shoulders once the sun goes down, but I’m not talking just any old denim jacket, we’re talking business up front and the biggest of parties on the back!  Take a look…..

 

Finally, accessories and there is an abundance for summer.  As you’d expect from River, the footwear is on point with everything from embellished espadrilles to over the knee lace up boots – every occasion covered.  What really impressed me was the selection of sunnies.  Of course we all love a pair of designer shades, but if you’re looking for something budget busting with oodles style, that’ll have people looking twice then set your sights (ahem, sorry) on River Island next season.

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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.

Cool as a Co-ord

You may or may not have noticed but fully coordinated outfits, or co-ords as they’re affectionately known, are having a bit of a moment and have been for some time now.

Take everything you’ve ever thought was wrong about fashion, so matching your prints and patterns, but in separate items, and throw that out the window.  If you want to look effortlessly cool throughout the summer this is the look to go with, and surprisingly it works for every and any situation, we’re talking beach chic, special occasion outfits, everyday girl about town and even workwear – take a peak below.

(All images via Pinterest)

Looking at the inspo images you can see how easy it is to go from pretty and girly to sports luxe or office appropriate.  It’s also really simple, no nonsense dressing because the look and style is already put together for you in two simple items.  Don’t be shy though and add your own spin to an outfit if you’re comfortable doing so.  Maybe you could trying colour clashing a t-shirt or cami with a blazer and short or trouser co-ord, this will also brake up the print if you’re feeling it’s a little too heavy.

However you want to try this look the high street stores and online retailers are packed to the rafters with different options. So, before you hit the shops think about what items you already have in your wardrobe, as you may have pieces that will work well when teamed with the co-ord items separately – the outfit options could be endless!

Jump to It!

It’s been a while since I did something on jumpsuits, about 10 months, which is about how long I feel my pregnancy has lasted so far (only 3 more weeks to go), and I’m desperate to be able to rock one of my beautiful jumpsuits again.

Summer is the perfect time to give this look a try if it’s not something you’re already confident with, this is because there are a lot of causal styles available which are perfect to team with your whiter than white trainers, and of course our favourite sandals.

A jumpsuit is now acceptable attire for pretty much any and every occasion, we have a wedding in July and all things well I will more than likely look to a jumpsuit over a pretty dress as the perfect outfit option, but you can easily wear a jumpsuit for work or play, beach or bar, wedding or girls night out.  It’s even a super stylish way to dress down when you’re getting some R&R, see below.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, there is of course one major issue in wearing a jumpsuit – the toilet situation!  I wonder just how many of us have been caught extremely short when we couldn’t get our zip undone, or the queue for the ladies was a little longer than expected! The only way to combat this situation is to give yourself plenty of time to get to the toilet, take a friend if your jumpsuit has fastenings in hard to reach places, and (this is probably the most important) check your toilet has a working lock as nobody wants to be caught with their pants down do they – pardon the pun.

If you’re not great with accessorising, always too much or too little, you can find jumpsuits that come with belts ready to go, taking away the worry of whether what you’ve put together goes.  Some even come with jewellery like the navy M&Co one listed below, but you can basically style them up as much or keep it as simple as your feel comfortable with.

With so many shapes, styles, prints and patterns to navigate I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites that’ll cover holidays, parties, special occasions and even office appropriate attire.  I hope you enjoy and I’d love to hear or see how you guys rock your jumpsuits.

 

The Kate Effect

Those of you who know me well know of my obsession with Kate Moss.  For me she is the ultimate style icon and this was clearly apparent on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival this week.  It’s the first time she’s been back on the red carpet in Cannes since 2011 and Mossy was rocking the most incredible vintage Halston Heritage, one shoulder red dress.

What I love about Kate’s style is that her look is incredibly easy to achieve, even on a high street budget.  Of course she has unlimited access to virtually any and every fashion brand in the world but her look is most definitely her own -effortlessly cool, laid back and probably one of the most sort after and loving imitated styles.

(Images via Popsugar, Vanity Fair and Eonline!)

So feeling inspired by Kate’s wonderful one shoulder number I’ve been scouring the high street and online stores to bring you some options if you want to try the one shoulder look too.  It’s a great alternative if you struggle to do the full off-shoulder tops and dresses, which is of course the ‘look du jour’.  Maybe you have bigger boobs or just don’t feel comfortable in a strapless bra, well this is a great alternative whether you want high octane glamour or cool casual day wear.

If you want to buy something very similar to what Kate wore in Cannes check out this eye-catching number from BCBG

It’s an incredible ‘get the look’ option, but more than that, it’s a beautiful dress in its own right and is available in red, black or blue.  It’s super simple, which I LOVE, and it means there is lots of opportunity to add your own spin on the dress with fab accessories and footwear.

And here’s my best of the rest whatever the occasion you’re dressing for.

 

Beachwear Essentials

Which way is the beach?  I don’t know but I hope I get there soon.  It’s that time of year when we all start to think about the warmer weather that a beach holiday offers us whether it’s a full on 2 week break with the family, or a fun filled weekend away with the girls.  And the most important thing to plan after you’ve booked your ‘hols’ is of course your beachwear wardrobe.

Long gone are the days of a plain vest and pair of shorts being chucked on to get you from breakfast to the sun lounger, now your outfit is more likely to consist of sandals, beach bag, kaftan, swimwear, jewellery, sunglasses and a hat…phew that’s a long list, especially if you’re off for 14 whole days of summer sun.

Of course it’s not all about posing around the pool, but if you look good, you’ll feel good and everyone has little anxieties around holiday season as to how they may look lying on a lounger in comparison to everyone else.  You also don’t have to be flashing a lot of flesh to feel sexy, and it certainly doesn’t matter when it comes to topping up that tan – have you seen how many straps the swimsuits and bikinis have nowadays?!

Take a look at some of the inspirational images below and you’ll see how easy it is to chose you best feature to flash.

(All images via Pinterest)

Don’t let your holiday wardrobe stress you out, we all want something new to wear but I bet if you look back through what you bought last summer you’ve got some real gems already waiting to be worn again.  Then all you need to do is update with a few choice accessories, maybe a new cover-up or pair of sandals and before you know it you’ll be itching to get your body on that beach.

So with that in mind here’s a round up of some of my favourite summer suitcase purchases from swimwear to cover-ups, temporary tattoos, jewellery and beach clutches, plus much more.   I like to shop at big high street and online stores like Topshop, H&M and ASOS, but it’s also good to find independent stockists like Dancing Leopard and Beach Cafe where you can find new brands, along with all sorts of bits and pieces other people may not yet have spotted.