Stripes Away

 

Stripes never go out of style, which is pretty darn fantastic because they flatter and suit a huge number of people. They just work every time. In summer, they’ll look great with short shorts and some sandals. In winter, a striped jumper can work effectively with plain skinny jeans. So it’s great to arm yourself with lots of striped options to see you through the seasons. Take a look at our latest favourites…

Stripe Swing Tunic from Dorothy Perkins: This swingin’ A-line number is a delight. We plan on wearing it with tan wedges and a big, floppy for a chic summer look.

Stone Stripe Floppy Hat from New Look: Speaking of big, floppy hats, how great is this one? We think it’ll become our go-to accessories fix.

Lisa Stripe Oversize Jumper from Boohoo: Obviously this design would be great in the chillier months, but we think it’ll work really well as a summer cover-up too – picture it with shorts and sandals on the beach.

Striped Crew Neck Tee by Boutique from Topshop: We adore this simple top and think it’ll add a real tomboy aesthetic to any of your outfits.

Mellon Bar Tank from AllSaints: This muted, understated top is gorgeous for a summer palette – team it with white for a truly magical combination.

Are you a big stripes wearer?



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Point Me In The Right Direction

 

Arrows are everywhere right now… and it’s safe to say we absolutely love them. There’s something so stylishly urban and cool about them, giving any look – whether in fashion, home or otherwise – a certain edge. Take a look at some of our favourite finds, so you can get involved…

The MOLLY CROSSED ARROWS LOGO PRINT VEST from Boohoo is a staple choice. Pair it with shorts in summer and you’ll look the part. We also love the Keep Going PJ Set from Forever 21 – often arrows are teamed with motivational word which we all need every now and then, so this is especially perfect to wear just before bed. If you want to venture into arrow jewellery, how about the 2 X TURQ STONE AND ARROW RINGS set from Accessorize?

Everything above is from ASOS, who are certainly jumping on the arrow bandwagon too. The Motel Lilah Shirt Jumpsuit In Arrow Print is currently reduced to £33, so it’s a great way to work arrows into your wardrobe. Alternatively, opt for the trendy Noisy May X Bloody Noisy Arrow Dress. Or the Orelia Gems and Arrow Metallic Temporary Tattoos – did you know that metallic tattoos are also big news?

Urban Outfitters is another fab destination for arrow-themed goodies. We can’t wait to get our hands on the Arrow Jewellery Stand in Gold - isn’t it cool? – and the Arrow Lamp in Mint, because it’s fantastic in creating a strong home look. We also can’t resist the Leather Arrow Flask Hip Flask.

Other favourites include Wildfox’s Take A Chance Kim’s Sweater and the Silver Arrow Head Drop Earrings from New Look. Not forgetting the LINEN PRINTED CUSHION from French Connection, which would look incredible on any sofa.

Are you into arrows this season?




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Trending: Jazzy Trousers

 

If you haven’t already embraced jazzy, colourful, printed trousers, then now’s the time to do so. They add an instant lift to your wardrobe, which is particularly perfect at this time of year – with spring finally in our midst, we’ve got a hankering for all things bright and beautiful.

So take a look at our top picks, which include a selection to suit all. There’s certainly no need to be afraid…

The boldest pair come from Topshop; they’re the Tulip Print Culottes. Featuring bright yellow tulips against green leaves and a stark white background, they look truly tropical. Or there are the Luxe Red Floral Ottoman Trousers from Dorothy Perkins, which are so wonderfully rich in red, purple and blue hues. Wear this straight-legged pair with a swishy swing top for instant style.

The Elana Floral Wallpaper Print Reaxed Fit Joggers from Boohoo are a bargainous £15 and have a really cool “I’ve just been to Morocco” vibe about them.

If you’d prefer something a bit simpler to ease you in, how about a pair with a black base and more subtle print on top? Ted Baker’s ONIXT Mirrored Tropics Trousers feature a gorgeous pattern, and if you want to go bigger and bolder then you can always pair them with the matching blazer or waistcoat for an on-trend co-ord look when you’re ready.

We also adore the Black Ethnic Print Piped Trim Slim Fit Trousers from New Look, which would look fab with a simple black top. The Laurel Floral Trousers from Monsoon are in wearable blue and look fantastic when teamed with a tucked-in white blouse.

Are you a fan of this year’s jazzy trousers?



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Put The Lime In The Coconut

 

Lime green is the eye-popping colour of the moment. Splashes of the shade have been displayed throughout winter, but there’s no doubt that the hue will have its real shining moment in the summer months to come. We’ve taken a look at Boohoo‘s offering, which has us itching for a smashing summer holiday…

So many of their pieces are in the sale right now too, with huge savings worth screaming about. You’ve got the TARA SHORT SLEEVED MAXI SHIRT (now just £8) which looks fab with jeans or even bare legs, thrown over a black bikini. There’s also the LOLA FRILL SLEEVE SWING TOP; a gorgeously summery number, which we can’t wait to pair with mini shorts.

One of the easiest styles to work is a smock dress, so why not throw on the RUBY OVERSIZED SMOCK DRESS with a pair of sandals for effortless chic? The same goes for the DAISY WOVEN CURVED HEM TUNIC – it’s a super easy garment, which requires very little else to make you look good.

If you’re feeling brave, there’s always the VICTORIA OFF THE SHOULDER FRILL TOP (a bargainous £3) which is a frilled bandeau top just waiting for some poolside action. Or add just a smidgen of lime green with their SCARLETT BARELY THERE HEEL.

How will you be wearing lime green this spring/summer?



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Socks + Shoes = Perfection

 

The faux pas of socks and sandals or socks and shoes is a total thing of the past. For years now, we’ve been combining them to create quirky, nostalgic and altogether practical ensembles. But how can it be done right? Unfortunately, it’s a tricky enough trend that sometimes it can still go wrong or not look quite right.

We’re looking to the designers who created exits featuring socks and shoes for autumn/winter 2014-15, so we can get it right and on-trend. At Band of Outsiders, black brogues were paired with medium denier black socks, which were kept at their full height for a clean look. This offers an almost geeky aesthetic, which we adore. But if you paired this with, say, high-waisted denim shorts, it would look all kinds of wrong. Instead, they were teamed with a ruffled skirt that fell just short of the sock length.

For something different, how about the casual approach at Emporio Armani? Black patent shoes were matched with thick, grey socks effortlessly pulled on, while the rest of the outfit was loose and lovely – think baggy tops, oversized shorts and trench coats.

At John Rocha, there was a juxtaposition between floral, feminine midi dresses and an almost pirate-esque pairing of socks and shoes. The shoe buckles looked strong, and the outfit would have been totally incomplete without the black socks. It also worked well with oversized fur coats.

Have you been inspired to try out a socks and shoes combo this season?



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We Love: Gilets

 

You know when you feel that your outfit is lacking a certain something? You’re wearing a beloved dress and your favourite boots, but for some reason your ensemble just isn’t doing anything spectacular. Enter the gilet.

This luxurious no-sleeved garment has the ability to completely uplift an outfit. And it’s practical too. It keeps you warm but to an extent that suits you – wear one over thin layers if you don’t want to get too cold or hot whilst shopping, or throw one on top of thick, cosy knitwear for a perfect wintry get-up.

We currently adore the above options. The first is the AILEEN EMBELLISHED TAPESTRY WAISTCOAT from boohoo.com. This thin, beautifully designed gilet is perfect year-round, but would work right now over a soft jumper. Next is the BOXY FAUX FUR GILET from Topshop, which comes in a glorious jade shade. Isn’t it divine?

From House of Fraser, you’ve got the MINT VELVET CHARCOAL MONGOLIAN GILET; a super cosy design which will work wonderfully throughout the winter months. Alternatively, there’s the SCHOTT PERFECTO LEATHER BIKER GILET IN BLACK – another style which will become a wardrobe staple for all seasons.

Is your wardrobe chock-full of gilets?



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All Faux The Best

 

Winter fashion just wouldn’t be complete without a bit of faux fur. Even when just a smidgen is applied to an outfit, it automatically turns into a look that is super stylish. We’ve been on the hunt for some of our favourite high street finds, which include a must-have gilet and scrumptious coat. Take a look-see…

Grey faux fur cuffs: If you’d like to add a small amount of faux fur to your outfits when it suits you, you’ll love these add-on cuffs from Missguided. Don’t they look wonderful with a leather jacket?

Luxe faux fur boxy gilet: Adding lime green or bright yellow to your looks is trend du jour, so combine that with faux fur and you get this delightful gilet. Wear it over dresses, jumpers and more this winter.

Fur backpack: Place all of your belongings inside this trendy rucksack and take it with you, wherever you plan on going.

Alice & You hooded fur coat: You can guarantee that when you throw on this coat and go, you’ll look undeniably fashionable. We love the monochrome striping and overall shaggy fur effect.

Helene Berman cable knit beanie: Wouldn’t this beanie hat look wonderful on Bonfire Night? It’s a great way of keeping cosy.

Angel faux fur biker boots: Finally, wearing faux fur with kick-ass boots is definitely the way to go, and we love this pair from Miss Selfridge.

How will you be incorporating faux fur into your wardrobe this season?



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Nicely Nordic

 

One of this season’s biggest trends is Nordic fashion and we love the offering at boohoo.com. The key to getting it right is wearing basic colours – think black, navy, cream and red – and opting for simple shapes. We’ve chosen some of our favourite pieces for you to feast your eyes upon. Take a look-see…

STEPH CHECKED TEE SHIRT DRESS: This simple dress hangs beautifully from the body and requires very little styling. Pair it with black ankle boots and a fedora for Nordic coolness.

GRACE LAGUNA OPEN CARDIGAN: Scandinavian styling is all about chunky knitwear, and we love this cosy number. Available in charcoal or stone, it’ll become a sought-after staple in your wardrobe.

ALLY ALL OVER AZTEC PRINT CARDIGAN: This knit may be Aztec-inspired, but it has a very similar look to the Nordic aesthetic. Wear it with black skinny jeans to inject a little colour into your ensembles.

ORIANA MID BLUE RIPPED BOYFRIEND JEANS: To create the essential casual, laid-back angle of Nordic fashion, you’ll be needing a pair of totally loose and lovely jeans. We adore this pair, which come with trendy rips and tears.

ANA TILE PRINT SELF BELT SHORTS: These shorts are positively lovely, and they’d look even better when paired with the matching shirt as shown above. With loose, flowing hair in tow, you’d look absolutely knock-out.

AIMEE SHAGGY FUR COAT: Your look wouldn’t be complete without a bit of faux fur this autumn/winter. And this shaggy design is all kinds of trendy.

Which Nordic-inspired garment from boohoo.com can you not live without?



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Pretty In Pastels

 

Look sweet as can be this summer with a pastel-coloured wardrobe. We positively adore the items offering the light, barely-there palette at French Connection – from midi dresses to mini shifts and playsuits, there’s something to suit everyone this season.

The MARQUEE PARADE STRAPPY DRESS is an absolute delight. Nipped in at the waist with a bold graphic print pleated skirt, it’s ideal for wedding season or any summery special occasion. Wear as styled here: with heels in an opposing pastel shade and little else.

Other pastel favourites at French Connection include the DESERT TROPICANA FLARED DRESS which features a flared skirt and sorbet shades, and is ideal for numerous instances. The SOLAR SPELLS PLEATED DRESS mixes a demure finish with a smidgen of cheekiness – our favourite combination. The knife pleats are stunning, while the triangle cut-out is the perfect finishing touch to this number.

Their HOLIDAY POPPY PLAIN PLAYSUIT is the ideal garment for your summer getaway – wear with sandals and a big floppy hat to show this icy lemon number off to its full potential. We also love the SWEET MIX SEQUIN HALTER DRESS; a highly embellished number which radiates party vibes.

Which pretty pastel number would you most like to call your own?


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Say WHAT?

If one trend springs to mind for spring/summer 2014, it’s sportswear. From street-inspired get-ups to full-on mesh outfits, trainer-led ensembles and hi-tech fabrics, anyone would think you were off to a truly cool gym. If that’s too much for you or you’re stuck on how to work it into your existing wardrobe, you’ll love its sister trend: typography. The two come hand-in-hand – think slogan T-shirts, sports branding and graffiti-style fonts.

While you don’t have to go head-to-toe à la Louis Vuitton (we highly recommend that you don’t) it’s a wonderful trend to sport in moderation. You can even give it a feminine spin – at Christopher Kane, pretty words were emblazoned in bold fonts across pastel-coloured garments, and a similar style was favoured by Paul & Joe and Sister by Sibling.

Ashish has never been afraid to speak its mind – words are common for the bit-of-everything brand, but we love the Coca Cola branding for SS14. Jeremy Scott went for other-wordly fashion and phrases including ‘I’m a mess’ and ‘Earth sucks’.

We adore the subtlety of the trend seen at Alexander Wang and Kenzo too – this is where you should take your leave. Wear a slogan T-shirt with a pencil skirt, a pair of printed shorts or something equally as feminine. Add in a clutch bag or your favourite pair of heels, too, to ensure you’re not a walking billboard.

What do you think of this season’s typography trend? Will you be giving it a go?




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