Meet the AW17 Trend Your Wardrobe Can’t Ignore | Fashion & Style

Forget fuchsia, there’s a new ‘it’ colour on the block this season and it’s promising to add a whole new dimension to your autumn/winter wardrobe. Unlike the romantic pastels and pretty pinks of 2017’s spring/summer palette, the cooler months of the year have called for a statement shade that’s sure to turn up the heat: beautiful, bold fiery red.

Every designer from Alexander McQueen to Givenchy and Fendi sent their models down the runway in head-to-toe red ensembles at Fashion Week, and the high street has taken note. While patent leather coats à la Christopher Kane might not be the ready-to-wear piece you’re after, there’s certainly an entry point for everybody this season.

A colour that’s sure to elevate any look, try incorporating a bold red trouser in to your workwear wardrobe, or opt for an oversized knit when you’re rocking a more casual style. If bright red is too bold for the office, update your eveningwear with a red skirt, dress or jumpsuit; it’s the perfect antidote to your usual evening go-to, the LBD.

(from l-r, top-bottom): Coast Ruffle Skirt, £79; Topshop Box Pleat Bardot Top, £32; Topshop Frill Hem Blazer Dress, £59; Mango Ring Detail Dress, £49.99; Zara Chino Trousers, £29.99; Zara Crossover Coat, £119; River Island Ring Tie Culottes, £40; Warehouse Crepe Frill Jumpsuit, £49; SilkFred Collarless Jacket, £35.

For more reserved ladies in red, statement accessories make for an easy entry point into this colourful new-season trend. Signature bags, shoes and winter accessories will update your look, while the classic colour won’t overwhelm a pared-back look. Here’s my favourites…

(from l-r, top-bottom): River Island Slingback Kitten Heel Shoes, £36; Mango Chain Leather Bag, £49.99; Topshop Hot Toddy Pointed Boots, £59; Topshop Ring Tie Obi Belt, £20; Mango Zip Leather Gloves, £19.99; Michael Kors Mercer Large Leather Tote, £315.

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Statement Trousers: 9 of the Best Spring/Summer Staples | Fashion & Style

Statement trousers make my high street hit-list every season; versatile, wearable and sophisticated, they can work their way through a sartorial checklist in seconds. This spring/summer season, we’ve seen fresh takes on traditional trouser shapes deployed into our favourite stores: frilled hem cigarette pants, oversized striped culottes and lace-up black trousers are just a few of this season’s signature styles.

An office-friendly wardrobe addition, a pair of striped black culottes offer an alternative to dated pinstripe suits, whilst trousers sporting sulty frill and lace details promise to reinvigorate your eveningwear selection. As a self-professed statement trouser addict, I’ve curated my personal collection of favourite new in trousers from the high street: 9 of the best spring/summer staples.


(from l-r, top-bottom): Zara Pearl Studded Trousers, £29.99; Boohoo Wide Leg Side Panel Trousers, £15; River Island Frill Hem Cropped Trousers, £38; River Island Cream Tropical Print Trousers, £40; Warehouse Leaf Jacquard Culottes, £45; Topshop Lace Insert Culottes, £49; Topshop Mixed Blossom Cropped Trousers, £39; Mango Striped Cotton Trousers, £35.99; Mango Striped Culottes, £19.99.


My favourite new-season trouser style is, without question, frilled hem cigarette pants; I’ve seen options in River Island, New Look, Asos, Topshop and Zara, and they’re proving to be wildly popular. I’ve opted for a business-friendly pair in black, but I’m also considering investing in River Island’s gorgeous red pair. Which of these styles is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

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Embroidered Bags: Get the Gucci ‘Sylvie’ Look for Less | Fashion & Style

Embroidery catapulted back on to the catwalk a few seasons ago and it’s not looking to leave anytime soon; spotted again at the recent autumn/winter ’17 shows, embroidery has made a serious sartorial statement of late. One of the designer brands pioneering this trend is Gucci, and they’ve adorned versions of their Sylvie and Dionysus bags with beautiful embroidered embellishments. Oversized florals are juxtaposed against the boxy construction of the leather and the militant Parisian detail, whilst the beautiful blooms sport shades of succulent orange, lemon and fuchsia.

Whilst I love to lust over these beautiful Gucci creations, I can’t realistically afford to spend £2,350 for the medium-sized top-handle bag. Also, if I was going to consider investing in a designer bag, I’d likely consider choosing a more classic bag; investing in a piece which is more likely to transcend the seasons will help you to ensure a resell price at a later date. With my smaller budget in mind, I’ve been scouring the high street looking for dupes for the Sylvie bag – unsurprisingly, high street brands have snapped up this trend and you’ll find embroidered bags, shoes (I’m looking at you, M&S) and clothes in every store you visit. Here’s some of the best Gucci-inspired bags on the high street.


(from l-r, top-bottom): Zara Embroidered Oval City Bag, £29.99; Accessorize Rose Bee Across Body Bag, £27; Zara Chain Detail Crossbody Bag, £79.99; V by Very Embroidered Stud Detail Winged Tote, £32; Mango Embroidered Studded Backpack, £39.99; New Look Pale Blue Floral Bag, £15.99.


As well as these beautiful embroidered floral bags, I’ve seen so many Gucci-inspired bags on the high street. Whether they’re championing the Dionysus-style buckle or the Parisian stripe straps, it definitely appears that this is the brand captivating the high street stores at the moment. I think I’ll definitely be investing in one of these bags soon – have you seen one on the high street which you think deserves to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Get SS17-ready with these 3 new-season trends | Fashion & Style

As the high street sets its sights on spring, you’ll begin to notice the influx of catwalk-inspired pieces hitting your favourite retail destinations: blouson sleeves, laced-up knits, pyjama-style silky separates and oversized shirts. Dramatic cuts and over-the-top shapes are mixed in with light layers; tulle and silk skirts and dresses are offset with see-through tees and structured shirts.

With feminine florals in light fabrics, power-play co-ords or dynamic pieces in ruffles, feathers and tulle to choose from, there’s something for everyone this seaon. But with so much choice, I’ve narrowed down the spring/summer offering to my favourite three trends. Here’s how I’m updating my wardrobe for the new season. Images courtesy of Marie Claire.


Marie Claire Bralettes SS17

BRAZEN BRALETTES

I was so excited last September when designers took the underwear as outerwear trend to a new level, and I absolutely love the dramatic layering that our favourite fashion houses channelled. Bralettes are the perfect feminine antidote to an otherwise brash outfit: layered over structured shirts with skirts or trousers makes for a fresh take on your traditional 9-5 staples. My favourite bralette is this sequin crop top from Zara, which I’d layer over a white shirt with suit pants and sliders.

Marie Claire Statement Sleeves

STATEMENT SLEEVES

I’m a huge fan of officewear, and I’ll definitely be updating my working wardrobe with shirts, sweaters, blazers and jackets which sport some seriously statement sleeves. From oversized, blouson sleeves to embellished styles with embroidery and dramatic cuts, there’s a new-season style you’ll sure to love. I’m going to opt for this poplin frill shirt from Topshop, and I’ll pair it with jeans, boots and a chunky knit.

Marie Claire Think Pink SS17

THINK PINK

If Givenchy and Chanel are doing it, you can be sure your favourite high street retailer will be too: pink is everywhere this season, and it’s not going anywhere fast. Opt for a slick showcase of the statement shade on a shirt or jacket, or clash the colour by mixing and matches various shades in one ensemble. I love these velvet court shoes from River Island.


I’m really impressed with Topshop’s new-season collection this time around, as I haven’t been particularly besotted with their range for a while now. Zara continues to champion fashion-forward style on the high street and other Inditex brands (Mango, Massimo Dutti) also lead the way. If you’re on a budget, definitely head to New Look – their buying team has put a lot into their new spring/summer offering and I think the store has seriously upped its game on recent years.

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Step into Spring in New Season Shoes | Fashion & Style

As a self-confessed shoe obsessive, I’ll admit that one of my favourite things about the transition between seasons is an excuse to buy new shoes; be it ‘barely there’ heels or a pair of pointed flats for the office, I love to regularly update my collection with new staple styles. Choosing the best additions for your wardrobe can be tricky though, especially if you’re working with a budget that’s more Zara than (Giuseppe) Zanotti — I know I am.

Just to make it more difficult, SS16 is bringing more variety to the high street than ever, with updated classics in spring-time shades and new styles that scream ‘straight off the catwalk’ — all in pretty palette of luxurious neutrals, classic monochromatic tones and even electric brights. From chunky mid-heel sling-backs to retro suede moccasins and super-strappy, detailed sandals, spring’s selection of footwear boasts choice, and offers up something for even the fussiest footwear fanatic.

If you’re more than a little overwhelmed by the summery selection of shoes, here’s my curated collection of the best new shoes you can buy right now (and there’s a selection in every shade).



If spring/summer’s new styles tell us anything, it’s that straps, laces and intricate tie-up details are here to stay. Adorning the likes of sandals, heels and flats, there’s a strappy shoe for everybody. I personally love the sexy, feminine edge that the subtle details add to your overall look, and I think high street shoes are really starting to compete with their catwalk competition.

I’ve curated this collection of footwear for you in every colour, to prove that there’s a pretty pair of new shoes for you in whichever shade you need. I’m always a fan of black but I’m planning on adding a few additions to my wardrobe, in the form of some red ghillie heels and a pastel-toned flats — a few pairs of neutral-toned gladiator sandals wouldn’t go a miss, either.

What do you think of the shoes I’ve chosen and which shades are your favourite for the transitional spring-to-summer season? Have you found a prettier pair? Let me know in the comments below.

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Valentine’s Day 2016 Outfit Inspiration | Fashion & Style

As it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share some outfit inspiration based on some of the prettiest pieces to hit the high street this month. With the power to split people into two camps, Valentine’s Day is notorious for being both eagerly awaited and, conversely, dreaded. Whether you’re spending the occasion with a loved one, or you’re off on a night out with the girls, there’s something here for everyone. (And if you just fancy Netflix and chill, that’s OK. Head straight to M&S for the greatest selection of heart-shaped chocolates I’ve ever seen.)



As it’s Valentine’s Day, my edit combines classic black staples with seductive burgundy and wine tones and a hint of feminine neutrals. I’ve noticed that lots of Valentine’s-inspired pieces are adorned with frills, laser-cut detail and straps, not to mention that the ‘wrap’ style is very on trend right now. All of the aforementioned are perfect for adding and flirtatious, feminine edge to your outfit, helping you to feel your best if you’re on a date or out with the girls.

I had to include the gorgeous Ghillie heels from Topshop – from the elongating pointed toe to the slim, strappy detail and gorgeous pink-toned red colour, they’re just the perfect heel for Valentine’s. I’m in love with Ghillie-style shoes, and I think the flats are equally as gorgeous.

I hope you like what I’ve chosen. It’s a small edit but I know everybody liked last year’s post so I thought I’d go for something similar. What are you up to on Valentine’s Day? If you’re going out, what do you think you’ll wear? I’m going out for dinner and I think I’ll wear a slim-fit black crew (it’s chilly, after all), tucked in to luxe joggers with strappy sandals. I look forward to reading your outfit inspo too. Let me know in the comments below!

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High Street Hottest: January’s Most Wanted Fashion Arrivals

As I’m browsing through my wardrobe this January, I’m met with one pair too many of black skinny jeans and an overload of thick knits. Whilst the jeans-meet-jumper combination forms the basis of almost all of my outfits, I’m definitely in need of a little ‘new year sartorial spruce up’. Rather than browse through my wardrobe any longer, I’ve taken to my favourite brands’ online destinations and picked out a few new pieces that my wardrobe – and yours – might like. Here’s my selection of the best ‘new in’ pieces the high street has to offer.

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River Island:


Oasis:


New Look:

adore the wrap blouse from Topshop, the DB jacket from Oasis and the River Island playsuit. I’m in the market for a new ‘going out’ outfit, and I think the wrap blouse with high-waisted skinny jeans and some Ghillie heels will become my new evening go-to look. I also love the two trenches from New Look. I’ve been thinking about investing in a new jacket for spring, as my two winter coats feature either a fur-collar or suede lining, and neither will work in the transitional weather.

That’s definitely all of my favourite pieces from all of this month’s ‘new in’ sections, though – what did you think of everything I chose? I can’t wait to see what other new spring arrivals will land this month. I’ve been avoiding Zara for a little while as I’ll end up splurging, but I can guarantee they’ll feature next month. Let me know what you’re lusting over at the moment!

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