Getting Autumn/Winter ready with Glamify Fashion

Autumn is just around the corner and that means one thing – new season fashion! For this week’s post I’m working with Glamify Fashion and checking out their new AW21 collection. They are a UK based online retailer who focus on trend led pieces and in a stylish feminine style.

The fashion savvy among us will already know that when it comes to Autumn/Winter shopping, you need to start looking to buy your coats in August. Even if it’s hot weather and the last thing you want to think about is wearing a coat, it’s the best time to buy one as you will have a much wider selection available. Leaving it to the last minute when the weather gets colder will only leave you disappointed as all the best pieces will have been snapped up already. This is one of my all time top tips with shopping for A/W fashion.

Glamify Fashion currently have a sale on at the moment so this is the perfect time for me to show you my favourite selection of their jackets, shackets and coats to get you ready for the new season!

Eliza cream gilet

Let’s start with what I am wearing in today’s post. This is the Eliza gilet in cream which I will link HERE for you. Straight away I was really impressed with this gilet. The faux fur is lovely and soft the PU leather is excellent quality too. I sized up to a size L as will be wearing this with thicker knitwear when it gets colder. For now, as we transition into the new season, I will wear this with long sleeve t-shirts or lightweight roll necks. This is a layering piece that will make you feel glam and will look great paired with sneakers for a dressed down look or equally as good with boots for a more dressed up style. This gilet is also available in grey, black and camel colour options.

The hero pieces of the range

Glamify Fashion have a great selection of jackets and coats in a variety of colours so there is a lot to choose from. I’ve selected my favourite items from the range that I can see selling out early on and what I predict will be the pieces to snap up quickly. Let’s get into the pieces…

Shackets

A shacket is the most perfect and easy way to layer up a look, whilst still looking chic and put together. I really loved these two shackets in particular. The gorgeous neutral cream tone item which will go with literally every outfit, and the houndstooth one which creates a whole look in itself. So simple and so stylish. Both of these pieces are timeless and can be worn year after year.

Faux Fur

When choosing a faux fur coat, the quality is such an important factor as sometimes the ‘fur’ material can let down the entire look. Going by the faux fur on the gilet I have been wearing, Glamify Fashion already have this covered and have a really nice quality faux fur with their pieces. These three coats were my favourites from the range and they are a mix of both padded and belted styles.

Puffers and padded

If full on faux fur isn’t your thing, then take a look at these puffer coats and padded styles as an alternative. I’m going to be adding this freyah quilted coat (image 1) into my collection. This jacket looks so expensive and I love the balloon sleeves and cinched in waist detail. Duvet coats are going to be huge this season too and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to feel like they are still wrapped up in bed when they are going out in the freezing UK weather!

Classic styles

If trend led pieces are not your thing, it’s always a great idea to look for classic styles that you know will stand the test of time. I’ve picked out a classic trench, a biker jacket and an aviator style here which are easy to style and wear throughout the whole season.

 

Check out the Glamify website HERE – as well as their jackets, they have a huge range of clothing including loungewear, denim, dresses, knitwear, footwear and so much more. They even have a children’s clothing range for any of you that have a mini fashionista in the family too!

Disclosure – This gilet piece was kindly gifted to me by the brand

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to read my tips about how to de-clutter your wardrobe ready for the new season

New release: Dior Micro handbags

Image courtesy of Dior

Keeping up with the mini handbag trend, Christian Dior have recently put their own stamp on it by releasing their new Micro handbag range. Selecting some of their most iconic handbag styles, they now have teeny tiny versions available designed to fit every day essentials from airpods, to a few bank cards and a lipstick. Dior have seen the potential for taking this trend and making it their own.

The trend

It has to be Jacquemus’ that really set this mini bag trend off. I wrote a previous blog post about this back in 2019 HERE  and since then, we have only seen mini bags to continue to grow in popularity. Following this, we have been hit by a global pandemic which has really had an influence over the way we dress. Where we would once take out a larger handbag full of items (including the kitchen sink in some cases), more of us have downsized the type of bag that we take out with us, and the love for mini bags has risen dramatically. They are no longer seen as a frivolous gimmick accessory, but they are quickly taking centre stage in our wardrobe.

The Dior micro bag collection

The collection features four miniature versions of Dior’s House bags, including Lady Dior, 30 Montaigne, the Dior Caro and Saddle. Here are the details about each style –

Micro Lady Dior  – this is available in lambskin, in black, a gorgeous cloud blue, mint green and a pretty rose pink. It features the usual internal flap over detail, cannage topstitching as well as the hanging ‘D.I.O.R.’ charms. There 1 interior compartment

Image courtesy of Dior

Micro 30 Montaigne –  this is available in calf skin and the same colourways as the Lady Dior option. It’s in the signature boxy silhouette and the flap is embellished with an antique gold-finish metal ‘CD’ clasp which was inspired by the seal of a Christian Dior perfume bottle. The miniature style has an adjustable leather shoulder strap and can be worn over the shoulder or crossbody. There is also 1 interior compartment, 1 card slot and a back pocket. This is personally my favourite out of the micro bag collection.

Image courtesy of Dior

Micro Dior Caro – this is available in calf skin in a black and the cloud blue with the Cannage stitching.. The bag features a flap adorned with a ‘CD’ clasp. The miniature shape’s removable and adjustable chain shoulder strap allows it to be worn both during the day or for an evening look. There is 1 interior compartment and a back pocket

Image courtesy of Dior

Micro Saddle bag – his is available in goat skin in a black or rose colourway. It’s iconic design features a Saddle flap with a ‘D’ stirrup, and a ‘CD’ signature on each side of the strap. The micro saddle bag can be personalized with different embroidered shoulder straps to add a different look. It has 1 interior compartment too.

Image courtesy of Dior

Prices start from £1800 and are available online at Dior

Which is your favourite Micro Dior style?

Are influencers being taken advantage of?

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The way brands advertise has changed massively in the last 10 years. Influencers and content creators now play a huge part in how brands promote their new products. However some brands are starting to take advantage of influencer marketing and using creators in a way which is becoming an issue in the industry.

Earning Potential

Influencers have the potential to earn a really good income through promoting brands. There are lots of ways to make money, for example – through sponsored posts, affiliate links, or becoming brand ambassadors. For the more well known influencers with a large following, they have the opportunity to be taken on all expenses paid brand press trips in return for promoting the latest products. You will also see them creating ‘edits’ with fashion brands as well as creating their own designed collections. These sort of campaigns not only give the influencer a large pay check and commissions through sales, but also generates a massive revenue for the brands.

Read all about it..

For a brand to place an advert in a magazine it can cost thousands of pounds – even tens of thousands depending on the magazine. This is a big chunk of money for any business. Brands now realise the potential that content creators, bloggers, and people with a large social media following have. Using influencers to promote their products for them not only helps them to spread the word really quickly, it also helps to encourage others to go out and buy these items. We live in a world now where reviews can make or break a business and influencers have already gained the trust of those who follow and engage with their content so they are perfect for showcasing products to everyone.

A brand has no way of easily being able to quantify how may people saw their advert in a magazine and how many sales were generated because of it. But an influencer is able to provide a brand with statistics showing exactly how many people liked their post, how many commented, liked, saved or reposted it. If the influencer shared a discount code or a link these can also give the brand an indication of how much interest the viewers have in their product. This sort of data is hugely beneficial for a brand.

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The issue with “gifting”

There are a lot of people that want to be an influencer or a blogger as a career choice and the market has become saturated. Because of this, brands are able to have their pick of the bunch. They have a huge amount of choice and a lot of people hoping to break through and be noticed are more willing to accept free or gifted products from a brand rather than asking them for any form of payment.

Creating content is time consuming – Writing blog posts, shooting the products, filming, editing the photos or videos all takes a lot of time, work and effort. You wouldn’t go to any regular job and expect to put in hours of work without being paid so this should be no different. A free item doesn’t pay the bills at the end of the day but a lot of brands will now only offer this to influencers and where so many are willingly accepting this, it is making it more and more difficult to receive actual payment from brands.  For example, to send out a few free items of clothing is such a tiny cost for many companies and so they prefer to do this rather than actually paying the influencers.

So for any aspiring influencers/bloggers reading this blog post, always ask a brand what budget they have available if they contact you asking to collaborate on a project. A brand that tells you they don’t have a budget is not always being truthful. All marketing departments have a budget whether they are a small business right up to the large corporations. It’s time for bloggers to be given more credit for their worth. Of course it’s completely the decision of the content creator if they are happy to work on a project on a gifted basis only and agree to not accept payment for their work. I myself still do this if I love the brand and am passionate about their products. However, unless bloggers/creators in the industry stand together more on making a positive change about being paid more regularly by brands as opposed to purely working on a gifted basis, we are far off from this being resolved.

In this industry there isn’t a set standard on how much you should charge for your content and there is a massive grey area with this, adding to brands being able to take advantage for this.

Leave a comment below if this issue has affected you. I would love to hear what your experiences have been with blogging and receiving payment for your content.

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Outfit featured in today’s blog post

Love heart Jumper :  I saw it first

Denim Petite Lockett Handbag  : Jimmy Choo 

Sunglasses : ASOS

 

Trend Report: Bucket Hats

Bucket hats have been back on the scene for a while and they don’t appear to be going anywhere any time soon. All of the major fashion houses are involved with the trend but the brand that really brought these back into the limelight for me was Prada with their nylon version which is available in an amazing colour selection. Bucket hats can be a bit of a marmite fashion accessory though – you’ll either love them or hate them and they haven’t always had the best reputation. Unlike other types of headwear like beanies, fedoras, or berets, buckets have struggled to reach the same level of mainstream appeal. But as the high end designers continue to push this style, the more they are becoming acceptable and even coveted items.

A step back in time..

The bucket hat originated in the 1900s and were typically made from wool or tweed, worn by Irish fishermen and farmers as protection from the rain. It’s has had several comebacks since then and whether they bring back memories of Kevin and Perry, the 60s mods, the 90s rave culture or from the hip hop scene, the bucket hat is once again the accessory piece to be seen in.

Revival..

Prada tried to bring the trend back in 2005 but it never quite took off. Moving forward into Spring/Summer 2018, Chanel featured bucket hats on the runway and they also appeared again in Dior’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection. Since then, Prada has had a huge success with bucket hats and the trend has branched out with various other designers including them in their accessory collections.

The catwalk presence along with the huge popularity on Instagram has also helped to kick start everyone’s interest again. Celebs such as Rhianna and Billie Eilish and many more have been wearing these countless times also adding to the appeal of the bucket hat being back in fashion and the style to be seen in.

A trend or a new classic?

So what is it about the bucket hat that has everyone excited again? It could be because they are not age restrictive – anyone from teenagers to the more mature fashionista can look stylish wearing one. They also go with literally everything and are so easy to wear. A basic relaxed shirt and jeans combo paired with a bucket hat can easily top off the look, or added with loungewear for a casual street style vibe. They are now available in so many colours, prints and textures, that adding a bucket hat to an outfit can really polish the whole look.

The last 2 years of lockdowns has seen fashion moving into a more relaxed style which will also play a part in the popularity of these hats.

I’ve been wearing my black Prada bucket hat with colourful prints and oversized sweaters, with casual loungewear and a pair of air force 1 or Nike Jordan sneakers. Because it’s in a classic black colourway, it’s perfect to add to any outfit, whereas with a patterned version you might be slightly more restricted in what you pair it with. I definitely want to invest in more colours, as well as into other designer brands and have fun styling them. In particular, I’m loving the selection at Dior and Fendi with their classic logo prints. A fully colour co-ordinated look would also be amazing and something I want to try out for a full matching colour aesthetic.

Shop some of my favourite bucket hats..

What are your thoughts on the resurgence of the bucket hat?

Links to previously written trend reports are Here or Here

My top 4 websites for affordable and fashionable maternity wear

Legoe Heritage maternitywear

Finding fashionable maternity wear and dressing your growing bump during pregnancy can be a challenge, especially when you hit the third trimester. I have 2 weeks left to go of my pregnancy and have reached the stage now where it’s literally a struggle to fit into anything easily!

Throughout my pregnancy I’ve tried and tested clothes from a variety of different brands and websites. No one wants to wear something that makes you feel like you are wearing a sack and for me, still keeping fashionable but comfortable were important factors for my maternity wardrobe. So, for today’s blog post, I have narrowed it down to my top 4 places where to buy maternity clothing to help anyone currently pregnant with shopping and styling their changing body shapes. 

Asos

ASOS is a great place for being able to look through a wide selection of different brands and their maternity collection definitely doesn’t disappoint. If you have a special occasion like a wedding to attend to, then ASOS is a great place to find dressier pieces catered for baby bumps. Although there do not seem to be many fun events happening at the moment thanks to Covid… But if you have a small baby shower or home gathering and want to wear a pretty outfit then this is the best place to look. Their own brand ASOS design has some really beautiful dresses which are definitely worth checking out.

You will also find a decent selection of basics on ASOS such as maternity leggings, vests, plain t-shirts etc.

You can shop the ASOS maternity range HERE

Boohoo

For me personally, I didn’t plan on investing a lot of money into maternity clothing but I still wanted to wear fashion forward pieces. Boohoo has been a perfect place for this and they have a really fun and affordable selection of fashionable maternity wear. My pregnancy has mainly been over the hot Summer season and so I picked up outfits such as biker short/t-shirt co-ords, pretty dresses, a cute polka dot pinafore dress, smock dresses, and some loungewear bits. Now we are moving into the Autumn/Winter season, they have started to introduce more shirts, jumpers and coats into their range which is great.

You can shop the Boohoo maternity range HERE

Legoe Heritage

Legoe Heritage is an Australian premium maternity wear brand. Their range is made up of contemporary, effortless and simple styles, in quality fabrics. They very kindly reached out to me back in the Summer and sent me a selection of pieces to try out and I was really impressed. I particularly love their ‘Falling for You’ striped top which I have worn over and over again as the fabric is just so soft and comfortable. The design of this top can also be used for breastfeeding which is an extra feature of this item. Every time I have worn their pieces I have always felt smart but relaxed which is just what you want during pregnancy!

You can shop the full Legoe Heritage range HERE. and you can use my discount code HANNAHxLEGOE for 10% off.

Here are a couple of pieces from the brand that I have also loved wearing:

Legoe Heritage maternitywear

Legoe Heritage maternitywear

Missguided

Similar to Boohoo, Missguided has been another affordable fashion go-to that I have been wearing maternity pieces from. I really like their jersey basics, loungewear sets and oversized sweatshirts for those days when you just want to chill out at home and lets face it, 2020 has definitely been the year of staying at home! The clothing quality of these fast fashion e-tailers is not always the best but I only planned to wear these items during pregnancy to manage my growing baby bump, so I was able to compromise on the quality more than I usually would.

You can shop from the Missguided maternity range HERE

For more pregnancy style tips, check out my previous blog post HERE where I share some of the favourite styles I have been wearing.

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