Pregnancy Fashion – how to style a growing bump

 

It’s week 27 of my pregnancy and I have really been enjoying styling my growing baby bump. Up until around week 20 there wasn’t much of a bump there and I was dressing as I usually would, but now it seems to be getting bigger by the day and I’m looking at how to dress in my usual style but just including this little extra addition!

Bumps out and proud!

Gone are the days where people hide their baby bumps and women today are much more confident to dress with their bump being on show and I am personally here for this! We are seeing more and more fashion retailers starting to incorporate maternity wear into their product categories too which is great. We have a much wider choice available out there and we can still be wearing fashionable pieces throughout our pregnancies these days.

As my bump has been getting bigger, and trousers have become tighter, I have really not liked the feeling of waist bands against my stomach. This is a personal choice as I know some women like to wear trousers over their bumps but for me, I really don’t like the feeling of it at all. So how have I been getting around this? Well luckily we have had some warmer weather lately and I have been loving wearing dresses and all in one jumpsuits which are so much more comfortable.

2nd trimester styling

Here are some of my favourite outfits that I have been wearing during my 2nd trimester.

If you would like to read about my pregnancy journey so far I will link my previous blog post HERE and keep posted for my next blog post which will be my top maternity picks from the likes of Asos, Booohoo and more!

All in one – unitard

Strictly speaking this is not a maternity wear item as this is an existing piece in my wardrobe but it has been perfect to wear during my 2nd trimester! It has a lovely stretch to it and is seamless so there are no annoying waist bands getting in the way. I’ve been wearing this with a little cardigan as pictured here, with an open denim shirt over the top, with a tied shirt over the top of the bump and also with denim jackets.

You can pick up a similar unitard style from Boohoo HERE.

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Cardigan – NastyGal & Trainers Pink Nike Air Force One

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Jacket ASOS & Trainers Adidas Originals

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White Shirt Boohoo & Sliders Primark

Broderie Anglais 

I wrote a blog post last Summer HERE about Broderie Anglais and it’s just as popular this year! I love this material and it’s really easy to style. You can pair a Broderie Anglais dress with cute summer straw bags and sandals, or you can even toughen up the look by adding a leather jacket with biker boots.

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Dress from Asos

Drop hem dresses

A dropped hem dress is perfect for a growing baby bump as they have a bit more give to them. They are not clingy and are lovely in cool, loose, cotton like materials for hot weather. Recently we have had temperatures high into 30 degrees and this style of dress has been a saviour for me!

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Dress from Boohoo

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Dress from DLSB

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Smocks

Smock style dresses are not just for pregnancy. I really love a smock style dress personally as think they are really flattering and easy to wear. They often come in a variety of designs too from polka dots, sailor stripes, leopard prints and more so there is always a great selection available.  Asos, Boohoo, Missguided – all of the usual online retailers are my go to places for these every year. Zara and H&M also usually do a good selection of these on the high street. 

Here are some of my favourite smock dresses that I have been wearing during my 2nd trimester.

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Dress from Boohoo

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Dress from NastyGal & Topshop sandals

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Dress from Boohoo

Pretty floral dresses

It’s the perfect time of year for wearing pretty floral print pieces and I like to style these with Summer sandals or slides, finished with cute hair accessories to tie the look together. I love dresses with ruffles at the best of times but they are also great for those days when you don’t want your bump out on show quite as much.

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Dress from NastyGal & Topshop sandals

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Dress from Pink Blush Maternity

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Dress from Wednesday’s Girl & Jimmy Choo Heels

Long length dresses

Again, a longer length dress is perfect for keeping cool in the Summer, but I also love a more body con, tighter style which I plan to wear in the transitional period when we start to move into Autumn, with boots and a blazer or leather jacket over the top.

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Dress from Boohoo

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Dress from DLSB

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Dress from Pink Blush Maternity

So that’s my round up of the sort of styles that I have been wearing the last few months during the 2nd trimester as my bump has been getting bigger.

What is your favourite look from this selection?

How to dress like a Parisian

Parisian styling

Parisian style is so timeless and French women always look amazing. One of the best things to do in Paris, is to sit outside a cafe people watching and soaking up the whole atmosphere. It’s one of my most favourite places in the world visit. Typically whenever you think of French styling, it will be  classic, minimal and just effortlessly cool. 

Karl Largerfeld once said “You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian” and this was a pretty generous statement from him as in my opinion the French have that certain ‘Je ne sais quoi‘ that the rest of us can only dream of, but I do have a couple of tips to help you master a Parisian inspired look.

Keep it simple

Simplicity is key. Parisian women never over accessorise. Instead, they tend to add one or two accessories per outfit only, such as a silk scarf, or a fabulous hat and jewellery is often kept minimal and chic. Think a classic string of pearls or a pair of chunky gold hoop earrings.  Coco Chanel said herself “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” and this is a key tip to French styling.

Try Missoma for a great selection of simple gold jewellery that would work well for a Parisian inspired look.

Be discrete with labels and logos 

Parisians tend to keep away from clothing that is covered in logos or large branding as it’s seen as slightly tacky. They will choose their clothing from brands that focus on high quality materials, that are well tailored and fit the body well. They will spend more money on these quality pieces also with the knowledge that they will last and stand the test of time as well as being able to style them in various ways. If you think about it, this is actually a really sustainable attitude to dressing.

Stick to a uniform 

The Parisian woman is not interested in trends or fashion fads. Instead she will focus on classic, chic clothing that she knows suits her and feels comfortable to wear. They will tend to stick to a more basic colour pallet such as black, white, camel and grey which can be worn easily every season. You won’t find any neon yellow in their wardrobe even if it is the latest colour to be seen in, and you won’t see them investing in the latest jean silhouette that will look dated the following year. Instead, they will stick to a classic style formula that works and oozes style consistently.

Mix dressy with casual

Parisians are the masters of mixing casual clothing with an item that is a little bit more dressy. Like a classic shirt and cigarette trousers paired with a more glamorous evening bag, a pencil skirt with ballet flats, a leather jacket with masculine trousers and a sequin sweater, or even an evening tuxedo with sneakers. They love combining a casual element with a special piece – in a paired back way – not too fussy, or overthought. 

Items you will never find in a Parisian’s wardrobe

  • Huge logos or designer labels on show
  • Cheap materials – so no Nylon, Polyester, or Viscose in sight
  • Joggers or sweatpants
  • Anything too blingy or covered with rips
  • Skimpy tops with too much flesh on show
  • Fake designer bags or clothing

My top 6 French brands

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT

Kooples

Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING

Maje

Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag

Sandro

Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits

Chanel

Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back

Links to shop the above brands –Isabel Marant, Kooples, Maje, Saint Laurent, Sandro, Chanel

Thanks for reading!

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also like to read my tips on buying luxury fashion HERE

Trend Report: Mini handbags

Jacquemus mini bags

image @ Jacquemus Instagram

Mini handbags are having a major moment. They are all over Instagram, were spotted being worn at the recent fashion weeks, as well as making numerous appearances on the red carpet. In a world where mobile phones are turning into the size of laptops, and sneakers are getting chunkier by the day, I wonder, what is it about these teeny tiny handbags that is getting everyone excited, and is it worth spending the money on something that doesn’t actually have enough space to carry anything?

The Jacquemus effect

French designer brand Jacquemus were responsible for bringing this trend back and in a big way. Simon Port, the designer behind the brand is known for his use of bold bright colours and structured simple silhouettes. Jacquemus had every model carrying a mini bag for their AW18 show, which led to his bags being spotted on celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Rihanna.

Jacquemus mini bags

image @ Jacquemus Instagram

The Le Chiquito bag was then introduced which was even smaller. These mini bags can be worn across the body as well as with the top handle feature. At just over 4 inches wide though, the £450 price tag is a little eye watering. This particular style is consistently selling out and has everyone trying to get their hands on one. These have become THE stand out piece that you will instantly recognise as Jacquemus and have really elevated the brand into the accessories spot light.

Jacquemus mini bags

Jacquemus mini bags

image @ Jacquemus Instagram

Mini bag mania

We are starting to see other brands incorporating similar mini items into their range. Chanel have bought out a classic flap handbag which has a mini coin purse attached, as well as a waist bag with 2 mini purses which are just gorgeous. Louis Vuitton have their own version with the latest ‘muli pochette’ bag which is a body bag with a detachable round coin purse.

Chanel Flap Bag & Coin PurseChanel Waist Bag & Coin Purse

Although mini bags are not entirely practical, they are a cute addition to an outfit, and perhaps it’s a good way to stop yourself from carrying around everything including the kitchen sink. Just a bank card, your keys (possibly your phone but unlikely) and you’re good to go! Carrying large heavy handbags is really bad for the posture after all.

I can definitely see why celebrities are loving this trend as they will have a team of people in the background carrying the real items that they need on a daily basis.

Mini handbag Edit

Here are a few of my favourite mini handbags available at the moment.

Chanel Clutch With Chain
Chanel Clutch With Chain
JACQUEMUS Le Chiquito Micro leather tote @ MyTheresa
JACQUEMUS Le Petit Chiquito leather tote @ MyTheresa
JACQUEMUS Le Bello leather belt bag @ MyTheresa
ASOS DESIGN micro grab bag with curved flap and detachable strap
GUCCIBroadway crystal-embellished elaphe tote
JACQUEMUSLe Porte leather pouch @ Netaporter
And Other Stories Beaded Handle Mini Leather Bag
Boohoo Faux Snake Mini Lock Grab Bag
Zara 2-PACK OF MINI NEON BAGS
Zara Animal print mini crossbody bag with scarf
Topshop – CINDY Lime Mini Cross Body Bag
Miss Guided diamante buckle mini bag
Topshop Half Moon Mini Grab Bag
Topshop Cow Print Grab Mini Bag

Personally, I do like a small handbag but feel that the mini styles are a bit of a step out of my comfort zone. Sometimes with designer items, it seems that the smaller the item, the higher the price becomes and I would rather invest in a classic designer handbag that I know I will get a lot of use out of for seasons to come. I don’t like carrying a load of stuff around with me but I at least expect my bag to hold everything that I do need for every day use!

What do you think of the mini handbag trend?

Are you loving them or do you think they are a bit of a pointless fashion trend?

Leave me a comment below xx

How to de-clutter your wardrobe for the new Winter season

Now that we are officially in Autumn/Winter and the weather is getting colder, it’s the perfect time to de-clutter your wardrobe! Not all of us are blessed with a dressing room or rows and rows of wardrobe space. Some of us even have to share wardrobe space with our partner. So a good tip to manage the space that you have affectively is to do a seasonal clear out. Here are my top tips on how to do this.

Get started

Ok lets get going girl! You are going to feel so organised when this has been sorted. First things first, get everything out of the wardrobe and group it into sections. All knitwear into one pile, all jeans into another etc – this will make it easier to see everything that you have to go through.

Evaluate what you have

You need to be ruthless and really look at each piece with a level head. Ask yourself if you still love each item and if you will wear it again. Anything you’re not sure about, try it on. Does it still fit? If it doesn’t, there is no point hanging on to it. Does it still look as good as new or are the threads getting loose or starting to bobble? If it is, you know the drill – move it into the pile of things to be removed.

Have a look at your accessories too when making the decisions on whether to keep or remove each item. You might get inspired for a fresh new way to accessorise an outfit.

Any items that are going to be too warm or too cold to wear in the current season but you want to keep it, put these into storage bags, neatly folding everything. You can get these out next season and see if you still want to keep them or not.

If anything still has the tags on it (we are all guilty of this) then it’s likely you don’t really want the item anymore. Keep the tags on as this always helps when selling clothes online.

Organise

Now that you have decided what you are going to keep, its time to put them back into the wardrobe. A good tip is to either group the items in categories, so all of the tops together, sweaters all together etc. Alternatively hang up the clothes grouped together in outfits. This is a good idea if you have to wake up early for work and don’t want to have to think too much about what to wear – the hard work has already been done for you!
Another good tip is to hang all of your clothes with the hangers facing the same way. When you have worn something, hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite way. This will really show you what items you have been wearing. If something is still unworn for a long period of time, ask yourself if you really still need it. It’s said that we only wear 20% of our clothes which is such a crazy figure compared to what most of us have in our wardrobe!

image: Pinterest

Keep, Sell & Donate

Work out from the pile that you don’t want, which items you can potentially sell and make some money back on. There are lots of places you can sell items, such as Ebay, Depop and Facebook local selling pages. Price them fairly – no one is going to pay full price for second hand clothes, even if they are unworn. Also, make sure anything you sell is in a decent condition and isn’t stained.
Anything else can be donated to local charity shops or to friends. Perhaps you could even organise a clothes swapping party where everyone takes a couple of items that they no longer want and you can get the chance to swap with others!

Make a list of what you need to buy

This is my favourite part! As you have now organised everything that you want to keep you can start planning new items to buy that you will need for the season. Do you need more basics to pair together the pieces you have?
Do you need a new pair of boots to replace the old ones that you removed? Write a list of the bits you can see you need and then you can get shopping!
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips on how to organise and de-clutter your wardrobe. I would love to see a photo of your wardrobe spaces and how fab they are now looking!

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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