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Winter Trends 09/10 – Leather

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Topshop Leather Stud DressLove it or hate it, leather is one of the trends we’ll be seeing a lot of come winter. When done badly, leather has the potential to go hideously wrong, but done well it can look classy, sophistcated and tough.

For a statement leather piece, Topshop have this great Stud Leather Dress. It’s black leather with gold studs for extra toughness. The low cut back means it’s more of a body con shape, so it won’t restrict movement and can be worn over a top to give a more casual look.

For a smarter look, team it with gold accessories to highlight the gold studs, and some chunky heels or boots. It would also look great with a pair of lace tights.

It costs £100 and is available from Topshop now.

80s Power Dressing Updated

Monday, July 20th, 2009

ASOS Tulip DressStructuring is something we’re going to be seeing a lot more of over the coming months, and it’s a great trend for the office – think updated 80s shoulder pads and power suits.

This Cross Front Tulip Skirt Dress has the perfect structured look, but in a subtle, smart way. The capped sleeves give it strong shoulders, and the front and back V-necks give it a uniformed, symmetrical feel. There’s a fitted band around the waist for a nipped-in silhouette, and give a tulip shape to the bottom half of the dress.

It can be worn with bare legs during the summer, and then teamed with another big trend for A/W09, black lace tights. And for the complete power dressing look, add a blazer over the top.

The dress costs £32 and is available now from ASOS.

One Final Trawl Through The Sales

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Dorothy Perkins Peplum DressTrawling the sales rack is always a bit of a stress, but there are still some bargains to be had before everything summery is cleared away to make way for new Autumn/Winter collections.

Dorothy Perkins have some great summer bargains, including this Black Ditsy Peplum Dress, for just £9. It’s even still available in all sizes except an 8, which is quite a rare thing for a sale item. The floral print and strapless shape is perfect for summer, and it can be adapted for the less-than-summery weather by wearing a t-shirt underneath. Structuring has been creeping into the highstreet this summer, and is set to be big news come autumn, so the peplum shape will work into autumn, and the black background on the dress means it can be teamed with black tights.

Dorothy Perkins Autumn Winter 09

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Dorothy Perkins Cobalt Sequin vestIt seems like you can’t move for sales at the moment, but the high street has already started looking ahead to next season, with the release of some limited collections for A/W 09.

Dorothy Perkins is leading the pack, with the launch of their DP Collection. Featuring some of the key trends for A/W 09, the collection contains 16 staple pieces that will transition nicely.

Sequins are set to be big news again this year, and this Cobalt Sequin Vest is wearable now and all the way through winter. The vest shape means it can be worn now with bare legs, and then come winter team it with leggings, tights, or jeans. As it’s only sequinned on one side, it doesn’t look too formal, and isn’t too heavy. It costs £32, and also comes in black.

The DP Collection is available online now.

Ultimate White Summer Dress

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Debenhams Ruffle Hem DressThe perfect summer dress can be an elusive thing. You want one that makes a statement, but can be worn year after year, one that’s slightly weather proof (or at least won’t blow up in the wind and won’t go streaky when it rains) and of course, it has to be white.

So after much searching, this Ivory Ruffle Hem Dress popped up at Debenhams. Simple, but with a beautiful ruffle detail along the bottom with gold stitching it’s got everything you need in a summer dress. It’s not too low at the front, so works well for formal occasions, and it’s lined, so has a bit of structure to it. It also ties at the back to help create a waist.

At £50 it’s probably not the cheapest dress, but it’s not bad value for money either. You can get it online or instores now.

The Tutu Dress

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Topshop Stud Tutu DressCarrie on Sex and the City was doing it way before the rest of the world, but it seems the tutu is finally making it onto the high street. After the recent trend for ra-ra, tulip and bell shaped skirts, designers have taken the next step and gone for the tutu.

Perfect for summer, this is a great alternative to the maxi for a statement dress, and the high street has given it a grungey, rock chick edge, so you won’t look too much like a ballerina.

Topshop have this Tutu Stud Dress – a black vest top with a layered tutu dress, cross-over straps and stud detail along the waist line. They’ve gone easy on the netting, so it’s easy to move about and sit down in. Match it with sky-scraper sandals and a leather jacket for the ultimate grunge look with a sophisticated edge. It costs £60 and is available online now.

Great Trend-Ticking Dress for Summer

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

ASOS Ra-Ra DressThis is a great little dress for the summer! It hits the eighties revival trend with it’s ra-ra tiered skirt, and the stone wash denim trend with it’s bodice, so ticks lots of boxes and is really cute looking too!

The sweetheart neckline adds to its girly appeal and I love ASOS’s styling suggestion of teaming it with sandals by day and rope wedges at night.

At £38 it’s not bad – most likely cheaper than a top and skirt put together!

You can pick one up over at ASOS by following this link.

All Saints Dabble With Colour

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

All Saints Leila DressAll Saints are known for their neutral colours – beiges, gun metals and blacks and whites give their stores that industrial feel. However, as summer approaches, they’re branching out and introducing a few splashes of colour across their range.

This Leila Dress is a more subtle take on this season’s bright coral trend, with a more faded, washed-out version of the shade. It’s made of 100% cotton – the perfect summer dress material, but the scalloped edging along the bottom and embroidery detail around the straps mean it can be dress up or down, striking the perfect balance. It’s also got a racer-back and, in true All Saints fashion, an exposed zip.

If you’re not quite ready to branch out into summer colours though, All Saints are staying true to form, and the dress is also available in black, white, and graphite

It costs £120 and is available from All Saints in store and online now.

A Great Dress for the Sportswear Trend

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

M&S Silk DressSportswear will be a popular micro trend this summer and Elle Magazine has hailed this pure silk belted utility dress from M&S as one of their ‘most wanted’ items as it is so reminiscent of Stella McCartney’s sports inspired collection.

At £59 it makes the perfect investment piece for this trend and is a lot kinder on the pocket than the designer alternative!

Team with leggings or jeans for a laid back feel or with gladiator heels and a clutch for an edgy and sophisticated evening look.

You can pick it up over at M&S among their Limited Collection or online here.


Friday, June 5th, 2009

SwapafrockSwapafrock is a new online presence fulfilling the current swishing craze (ie swapping your clothes with other ladies).

Until now your only hope may have been a few accommodating, similarly sized and stylish friends or an invite to a swishing party, however Swapafrock have come to the rescue and set up an online service where you can do just that.

Starting from around £2.50 for a frock and currently for a limited time they are giving all new members their first swap for free it’s a win-win situation.

What’s more you can even follow any frocks you’ve swapped and get to see what they get up to and where they get worn.

Check it out here.