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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.


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.


From The Beach To The Bar

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

River Island Nautical Stripe SkirtIf you’re after a skirt that will take you from beach to bar with no more than a change of shoes and popping on a vest over your bikini, then River Island have got it sorted.

This Stripe Button Skirt in cream has cute nautical stripes and big gold buttons and is made of cotton, so perfect for keeping cool. During the day team it with a bikini or vest top, and flats or gladiator sandals. Then at night, simply add some heels and tuck in a simple top, and you’re away. It’s also got pocket detailing and a nipped in elasticated waistband. Gold accessories would match perfectly, highlighting the buttons.

So how much will this versatile number set you back? Only a mere £14.99, so snap it up quick sharp!


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.


Playsuits For Night Time

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Dorothy Perkins Black PlaysuitIf you thought playsuits were just for daytime playing – looking cute round town and summer garden parties – then think again – this trend is now smartening up and branching out into styles perfect for night time playing too.

This Black bow Playsuit from Dorothy Perkins is perfect for a sophisticated look, with it’s linen finish and wide-legged shorts, as well as a cheeky halter neck and cute bow finish. Team it with all black accessories for a completely polished look, or throw in some colour with a bright clutch bag or shoes.

And even better, it’s also now in the sale, so it’s a bargain at £20. The same style is also available in a grey checked material, which would be perfect for the office, so now you can play all day and all night!


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.


Summer Trends – Crop Tops

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Topshop Crop TopsThere’s one trend that seems to be dividing the fashion world at the moment – the crop top. As part of the 80s revival, the top we thought had gone out with the Spice Girls is back, and slowly infiltrating the high street.

Personally I reckon if you’ve got the stomach for it (literally), then give it a go. If you’re looking to fully the 80s look then team it with acid or stone wash skinny jeans and heels for a quirky night time look, or if you want a twist on a summer day look, then try it will a floaty skirt. A crop top would also work well over a body con vest dress to add a splash of colour or texture, or with a body con skirt.

Topshop have got a great range of crop tops. The Sequin Zebra Crop Vest Top on the left would be a perfect statement top paired with jeans, and the loose fitting means you won’t need to put in too many hours at the gym. The racer back adds detail and makes it nice and airy for hot days, and animal prints and motifs have been huge this summer, as have sequins. It costs £16.

If you want to keep it traditional, then there’s the Crop Crew Tee. It’s a classic square T-Shirt shape, just slightly shorter. You can wear this with high waisted jeans or shorts if you don’t fancy bearing all. It’s available in black, as in the picture, or white, nude or light grey. It costs £10.


Fashion Chicks Enter The Design World!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

River Island Bandeau PlaysuitOne of our very own Fashion Chicks writers, Carly, is making her own exciting mark on the fashion industry, as today sees her amazing designs being launched by River Island!

She’s designed one of this summer’s staple pieces – a jumpsuit – that you can buy from today from the River Island website.

The Bandeau Playsuit is available in classic black, as in the picture, or a cream/beige colour. With a twist on the standard jumpsuits, it’s got an adjustable halter strap, as well as a drawstring waist and stud detailing. It’s also got the hareem pants shape, with cuffs and the bottom so it’ll fit all heights.

It comes in sizes 6 to 18 and costs £39.99, so now’s your chance to get your hands on a piece from an up-and-coming designer, and remember, you saw her here first!


Great Marble Wash Jeans

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Marble Wash JeansMarble wash jeans are set to be huge this summer and their punk appeal makes a great contrast to all the pretty floral dresses swishing about this summer.

I love this Iggy Black Marble Wash Skinny Jean from ASOS which feature antique silver buttons and rivets. Team with a fitted graphic print or rock tee and sky high heels for an effortless look.

Victoria Beckham has been spotted wearing a very similar pair, teaming hers with a Balmain leather jacket and patent black heels.

Pick yourself up a pair from ASOS for just £35!