All posts tagged: style

Steal her Style: Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung has reached a level of style status that is pretty untouchable. Her career as a fashion icon has progressed into the clique-y realm – you can spot a Chung-ista a mile off. I was looking through old magazines the other day and found a 2008 issue of ELLE with Alexa’s slightly rounder face on the cover. She looked like a Bambi in headlights, fresh to the fashion pages and unknowingly delving into a future life of style appearances and designer Frows. Her hair was cut into a cutely coiffed bob and she hadn’t quite conquered her famous eyeliner cat flick yet. I noticed something familiar though; her clothes. Unlike Victoria Beckham who evolved from Puma to Prada, Chung’s style was there from the starting line and dynamic to say the least. ELLE, April 2008 Whether she’s watching bands perform at Glastonbury or filming for Vogue at London Fashion Week, notes of her individual style are forever apparent as well as being totally interchangeable – she never looks out of place! Her street style …

Topshop Wish List

Ghillie Shoes, £78; Gathered Neck top, £22; Suede A-line skirt, £75; Striped Print Shirt, £42 It’s the last week of Winter and your wardrobe is screaming for some new investments. Topshop is always your best friend when you’re looking to pick up a few statement pieces that will transition you between seasons and instantly update your look. You can pretty much walk into Toppers and spot the top five trends for that season in one corner in the space of a few minutes! That’s why, for me, it will always be my number one high street fashion brand. Nothing can compete when it comes to diversity and trends. Here’s a few pieces from my recent Wish List that I have my eye on… I always stock up on new white tees and tops when Spring arrives as I am constantly wearing them with everything in my S/S wardrobe. Topshop have a great variety of designs. The gathered neck top above is super flattering and girly and will look amazing tucked into high waist jeans or …

Break the mould: Black and Navy

Have you ever styled an outfit to perfection and then instantly gasped in horror when you realise you have mixed navy and black? If the answer is yes then have nothing to fear. Black and navy blue are perfectly acceptable companions when it comes to piecing together an outfit. Say so long to the mysterious myth surrounding this colour combo, if you haven’t already – your style cred will not diminish, in fact, it will prosper. A mixture of navy and black creates an imbalance of a classical nature. As seasons pass, navy becomes the new black and then black becomes the new navy but the savvy fashion-goers betray the golden rules and simply wear the two classics at the same time. Not ground breaking fashion, I know, however the result is something extraordinarily basic and shows that some style rules are made to be broken. When I think of black and navy, I think of a Celine girl – edgy minimalism and always chic. Styling this trend? Tanned legs, red lips, little accessories – …

She was a Skater Girl…

Gone are the days where I can wear baggy jeans, studded belts and bright pink sweatbands, thank goodness. However, there’s still a mini Avril Lavigne-esque skater chick living in me somewhere, which is why this season’s trainer has me excited. The skater shoe has returned to keep our tootsies free of sky high platforms and with the trainer revolution currently taking over the fashion world, the skater slip on is just another comfy step in the same direction. The difference between the skater and other trainers is predominantly their simplicity – they’re sleek, no fuss, no frills shoes with a basic concept colour, print or fabric. With just a simple elasticated detail, skaters are effortless in both aesthetics and utility. Inspired by Celine, Givenchy and Saint Laurent over the past year (remember the plaid print Celine craze?) they are the perfect component for a girl who likes her basics. What do I mean? A flash of furry leopard print, leather snake print or faux horse hair on the feet gives minimalism lovers an extra dimension …

TARTAN TALES

My first tartan experience happened in my third year of life. My mum (obsessed with dressing me up) had bought me a navy and bottle green tartan dress with matching beret (pom pom on top). Let’s face it, I looked like a Scottish China Doll, but a very, very cute one. Years passed and I became a stroppy teenager with a tendency to dress somewhat emo-esque. Coincidentally, I embraced more tartan in the form of a pleated short skirt, accessorised with a black studded belt of course. My next experience included a tartan Topshop shirt during my first year of University. Worn with a tight black skirt, black tights and biker boots I was the epitome of a rocker girl (so I thought). Said outfit was worn several nights during my job behind the bar of a live music venue. Tartan is multi dimensional. It can look unbelievably traditional and smart on one piece of clothing and look oppositely grungy on another. The tartan story began during its first use as a tool to distinguish …

The Perils of Seasonal Transition Style

The leaves have started to fall, it’s getting dark on your way home from work and there’s a nippy feeling in the air. Autumn has arrived. Three hours later the sun is beaming on your wooly tights and jumper, suffocating in the heat and non existent cold breeze, you realise that Autumn has not yet properly arrived – it’s just the seasons messing with you, having a bit of a laugh. It has come to my attention that mid-season dressing can cause huge problems for girls. It can add up to half an hour to your getting ready time and leave you in a dilemma that has no cures. You can’t wear that summer dress without tights, you’ll look ridiculous! Oh, but you’ll also look ridiculous with the tights on. Nightmare! So, what are you supposed to wear during the ‘no man’s land’ period between S/S and A/W? Here’s a few tips. The CLASSICS you should always buy to prepare for Autumn. Psst! You can click on the images to view all the products online. …

STYLE IT: SPORTS CHIC

Sea green Sandal, Zara, £39.99; Moto Blue Mom Jeans, Topshop, £40; J Crew cotton Top, net-a-porter.com, £60; Iridescent effect Clutch, H&M, £14.99; Sissy Sunglasses, American Apparel, $30 Sports luxe has become a super trend. Think Rihanna’s simplistic and sporty collection for River Island, the sports trainer trend (New Balance springs to mind), and Nike’s integration into our wardrobes as a fashion piece, not just for running. It’s a trend that feels modernistic and allows your style to stretch fashion boundaries. It also offers a great balance for looking chic AND casual – a bright coloured heeled sandal combined with a soccer shirt dress is an innovative statement which can be effortlessly worn in the daytime. It’s important to stay minimal and colour block bright colours so I have styled these sea green heels from Zara with a J Crew coral boyfriend tee. I have also combined futuristic elements with a clear Perspex pair of sunnies from American Apparel and a neon metallic clutch from H&M to give the outfit a clean look – prefect for …

THE COBALT CRAZE

Left to Right: Akris Resort 2014; Christian Dior Resort 2014; DKNY Resort 2014. It’s fashion’s biggest ‘C’ hype of the year. No, not Cara…cobalt! This striking tone of blue has cleverly snuck its way onto our catwalks and filtered into our wardrobes in many forms over the past year. Resort 2014 has cemented its longevity with flashes of this notorious shade featured in Akris, Christian Dior and DKNY. As a pigment scientifically created by using cobalt salts of alumina, this colour is not to be messed with. Resort 2014 assures this is the case by combining cobalt with structured jackets, extremely tailored trousers, and clean, blunt lines. It is the perfect companion for a women’s suit – it is strong enough to compliment the sartorial details, and striking enough to add a touch of feminine allure. Wear with neutral tones for accessories, such as black, white or nude, to ensure a balance of colours. If you’re feeling daring, opt for a bright pink lip, like at Christian Dior Resort 2014, and a complimenting clutch for …