Styling Report: 4 looks from Femme Luxe

Femme Luxe are an online brand that I’ve been following for a while and if you like fashion, you will definitely have come across them on Instagram by now. Their Instagram feed is full of gorgeous, bronzed models showcasing their clothing and they are a brand that specialise in affordable sassy outfits. I love how there are a lot of bright colours and prints in their range and they also offer a selection of shoes and accessories so they have everything covered! They stock a selection of loungewear, activewear, basics, a HUGE range of dresses and trend led pieces that are perfect for keeping your wardrobe looking stylish.

I would say that Femme Luxe are an online destination if you are looking for an outfit that is ‘boujee on a budget’ as not only are they reasonably priced, they also offer flash sales and discount offers regularly.

I wanted to give their clothing a try and was kindly gifted 4 pieces from their website to style. I’ve put together different looks with these items and this blog post is to share my thoughts on what I picked out. I will be looking at the quality, the fit,and to test out if Femme Luxe clothing is as good as it looks online. So let’s get into this style report with the first item:

Black Digits, Printed slogan oversized T shirt dress – Adele

I love a t-shirt dress and I’ve been looking for one with long sleeves for ages, so I was excited to try this piece. I went for a size medium which on the website says this is a UK 8-10. I’m usually around a size 10 but think I could have gone down a size with this. That aside, it was meant to be oversized and was still a decent fit. I was impressed with how soft the cotton was and I liked the printed digits on the front.

I styled this dress with heeled sock boots and my Jimmy Choo silver handbag, but it will look equally as good in the day time with chunky trainers and a belt bag or mini rucksack for an effortless, off duty look.

Femme Luxe Adele T Shirt Dress

Femme Luxe Adele T Shirt Dress

Femme Luxe Adele T Shirt Dress

Rose One Shoulder Crop Top – Keeley

The second item I picked out was this cute one shoulder crop top. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this item but I absolutely loved it and am tempted to get it in a few more colours. They also have this available in several neon shades, animal prints and classic neutrals so there is a good selection to choose from. I have gone for a sports luxe feel and styled this top with some Adidas leggings, Nike air force one trainers and a denim jacket, but dressed it up with a chunky necklace to complete the outfit. This top will look amazing with jeans and boots, or paired with a body con skirt for a glam night out.

Femme Luxe Keeley Crop Top

Femme Luxe Keeley Crop Top

Femme Luxe Keeley Crop Top

Red Basic Leggings – Gracelynn

You can never go wrong with adding basic items into your wardrobe and leggings are a really easy item to throw on at the weekend with a slogan t-shirt in the summer, just as well as with a chunky knit jumper in the Winter months. These are are those ‘go to’ essential items that you will wear all year round and what every girl needs in her wardrobe. I picked out these red leggings as I liked the idea of something a bit different to the usual black/neutral leggings that I would usually wear.

I styled the leggings with a classic white, slightly oversized t shirt with leopard print converse pumps and matching leopard print Jimmy Choo handbag. Overall, I really liked this final look and will love wearing these. I went for a size S/M which the website advises is a UK 8-10. The only other size option is a M/L which would be a 12-14. I would have liked to have seen an in-between size option personally but these fit nicely and they have a bit of stretch to them.

Femme Luxe Gracelynn red basic leggings

Femme Luxe Gracelynn red basic leggings

Black Croc Print PU Leggings – Freya

The final item that I picked out were these black croc print, faux leather leggings. These are perfect for putting together a chic and polished look. You can really dress these up with some fabulous heels for either a meetings during the day or cocktails after work. I styled them here with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels and a basic black cashmere top.

I really love the embossed crocodile print effect too which is a nice subtle touch. These have a higher waist which really helps to create a gorgeous slimline silhouette. I went for a UK 12 just incase as I’ve tried similar items in the past and found they tend to run quite small. However, these were the opposite and ideally I should have gone for my actual size. That’s the only thing with online shopping, that it can be a bit of a guessing game on what size to choose.

Femme Luxe Freya Black croc print leggings

Femme Luxe Freya Black croc print leggings

Femme Luxe Freya Black croc print leggings

Final verdict

Overall, I was impressed with the items I picked out from Femme Luxe and will definitely try more items from their range in the future. You can easily pick up an outfit for a reasonable price and there are a lot of outfits that you could put together for a summer holiday. Sizing can be tricky with buying clothing online but most companies have simple exchange or refund policies now so this isn’t really a big deal. My favourite piece that I tried would be the Adele t-shirt dress and I would quite like to try some of the other dresses that they have.

Femme Luxe are adding new pieces to their website regularly so you can keep up to date with all of their latest items HERE.

What was your favourite Femme Luxe piece that I styled in this blog post?

Have you bought from Femme Luxe before? Let me know what you ordered if you have!

Thanks for reading xx

Baby it’s cold outside! The perfect winter coats that you need this season.

white coat by Nasty Gal with snake print bag

The UK is never known for it’s amazing weather, but in the last couple of weeks it has suddenly turned absolutely freezing! So, it’s time to invest in that perfect winter coat to keep us get through the sub-zero Winter temperatures!

Here are my top tips for finding the perfect coat this season.

1. Shop around

Whether you prefer online shopping or actually buying directly from stores, it’s important to have a good look around at what’s available out there first of all. I personally prefer to try clothes on before I buy them as you never really know what you are going to get with online shopping. Plus I like to have my new items ready to wear straight away! However, there are usually a lot of online flash sales which are good to take advantage of and get yourself a bargain. A lot of stores on the high street now allow you to return items you bought online now which is also really handy. Shop around and get a feel for what you like and it will help you to make your final decision.

white coat by Nasty Gal

2. Choose a classic style 

Heavily printed or bright colour coats will tend to be a ‘fast fashion’ item and you are bound to get sick if it after a short while. These are not always easy to style a full outfit with either. If you stick to a classic colour coat, you will get so much more use out of it and it will be so much easier to wear on a regular basis.

3. Invest

With certain items it’s better to spend slightly more money to make sure you get a better quality, and coats definitely fall under this category. You will be getting a lot of use out of a coat during the Winter and so if you work it out, the cost per wear will end up being value for money in the long run. Cheaper coats tend to not be lined and are made of a thinner material which is to be avoided. After all, the whole point of a coat is that it actually keeps you warm!

4. Pay attention to the fit

When trying on coats, it’s always a good idea to test them out with a couple of different style tops underneath to get an idea of the fit. Check that it does up easily and that you have room to easily move around. Also consider the practicality of the styles you are looking at. A longer length coat is always stylish but if you drive a lot and are in and out of a car all day, it will not be the most practical option. You also need to be able to move your arms easily. This might sound like a funny thing to mention but I have tried coats online before that fit well in the body but have had crazy sleeve lengths. This links back to my point above about investing in a better quality item to try and avoid this sort of issue.

white coat by Nasty Gal

white coat by Nasty Gal

Coat: Nasty Gal £85 – HERE

Handbag: Mango sold out, similar one £29.99 – HERE

Shoes: Jimmy Choo £550 – HERE

Winter  Coat Edit – my favourites

Belted Plaid Trench Coat
Topshop Corduroy Puffer Jacket
Zara faux shearling coat
Pretty Little Thing Camel Borg Pocket Front Coat
Topshop Luxe Faux Fur Coat
Nasty Gal cream faux fur coat
Belted Plaid Trench Coat
Topshop Corduroy Puffer Jacket
Zara faux shearling coat
Pretty Little Thing Camel Borg Pocket Front Coat
Topshop Luxe Faux Fur Coat
Nasty Gal cream faux fur coat
Belted Plaid Trench Coat
Topshop Corduroy Puffer Jacket
Zara faux shearling coat
Pretty Little Thing Camel Borg Pocket Front Coat
Topshop Luxe Faux Fur Coat
Nasty Gal cream faux fur coat

7 simple tips to instantly make an outfit look more expensive

Making a few little adjustments to your wardrobe, and knowing what to look for when shopping, there are a few little tricks you can use to instantly look more expensive and chic. Here are my top 7 tips that you need to know on how to achieve this.

Invest in classic timeless pieces rather than trend led styles

I have come to realise that not all trends work for everyone. I love the look of mom jeans but they simply don’t suit me and they make me feel like I’m walking like the tin man and don’t flatter my figure at all! But I am realising that it’s ok and I don’t have to wear something just because it’s currently in fashion.
Trends also come and go and trying to keep up with each one that comes along can be exhausting. The “ugly” trainer is one of the fashion pieces that most girls are wearing at the moment. However, this isn’t going to be a long lasting trend and next year it will be something completely different. Save your money for the attention grabbing items that will become the main focus of your outfit instead and something that will always be a stylish piece in your collection.
A classic and simple outfit will never go out of style and choosing staple items for your wardrobe will mean that you always have a go to look without having to try! The French are the best at this type of styling and do this so well.

Dress: Zara Belt: Gucci

Shirt dress: Zara, Belt: Moschino

Choose a classic style coat

A quality jacket or coat can really make a whole outfit pop. Stick to neutral shades that go with everything and aim for high quality fabrics. Although you want a coat to look good you want it to actually keep you warm so look for lined coats with quality pockets. Zips and buttons are also an important factor and these always add that little something extra, so again, make sure they are smart and sturdy as you don’t want them to fall off after wearing it only a couple of times! Tailored or structured jackets look elegant and especially if they are a slightly longer length.

Cream waterfall jacket: Boohoo.com

Sunglasses

I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses and they instantly make any outfit look chic. You don’t just have to save these for the summer months as they look just as great in the Autumn/Winter with a fabulous coat and boots. Look after your sunglasses by keeping the cases and storing them carefully. This will extend the life of them and keep them in the best condition possible.

Keep it simple

Now, I’m no stranger to a bright outfit and I love neon highlighter shades and bright, bold clothing. These colours look great but for that ultimate chic, stylish look, try an outfit that is all one colour or a mixture of similar shades as this always looks so expensive. You can add a touch of colour into the outfit with accessories. Also, by keeping jewellery and accessories to a minimum will add to that luxury look. There’s a reason that Coco Chanel said to take off the last accessory that you put on – this makes such a difference to your finished outfit.
I like to style up my outfits with a designer belt or scarf too which make a statement, or wear either bold earrings or a necklace – just not at the same time.

From left to right: Zara, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and H&M

Invest more money in better quality footwear and handbags

I tend to avoid buying cheaper footwear or handbags. They never last very long and the quality is always so disappointing. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but choose items that are made from decent materials with quality hardware. Check out my previous guide HERE which lists all of the key items to look out for when investing in a new handbag.

Boots: Jimmy Choo

Replace the buttons

Buttons are always a give away that something was purchased on the high street. An easy tip to instantly transform any piece is by changing these. Adding new shiny buttons to a coat or jumper can make such a huge difference. You can pick up some great buttons in haberdasheries (John Lewis has a great section for this) and this is a cheap way to update an outfit. You can often find Chanel buttons online or in vintage stores too which would be fabulous added to an item but without the £2000+ price tag.

Maintenance

It sounds obvious but looking after your clothes is one of the most important tips. Wash them correctly, check there are no loose threads and make sure they are properly pressed. It’s a good idea to invest in a steamer as they are quick and easy to use and get rid of all creases which cheapen the look of an outfit. Hang clothes neatly on fabric coated hangers rather than wire ones as these tend to ruin the shape of them and can ruin the fit. If you look after your clothes they will last longer and look so much better on.

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