Saturday, 24 October 2009

It's all about the shoulders - pleats

Whether you like it or not, big 80's style overdramatic shoulders are back! What's good though is that there are plenty of less-dramatic tops and dresses which have some great detail on the shoulders without going too over the top, and a funky little shoulder design can go a long way in making a plain top look that little bit more stylish. Here's some that I've found:

First up is this purple top from Rise a new concession brand available at Dorothy Perkins. The detailing on the shoulders of this top is very slight and discreet but it tranforms this top from plain to chic! This top is £24 and is also available in black and grey, click here to see more.

Another one from Dorothy Perkins, this long-sleeved top has pleat details on the shoulders to give them a bit of volume and shape. This top is £14 and also available in black, click here to buy now

This black longline cardigan is from Miss Selfridge, not only does it have pleat detail on the shoulders, it also has a bit on the sides too for pockets. You can get this for £20 click here for more info.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Tunic and Tops from Fat Face

Fat Face is one of those shops I always walk past without ever going into! But my travels through the internet led me to their online store and I've found they have a great range of outfits which are perfect for covering up, like these tunic tops:

This soft drapey fabric tunic not only looks pretty, with it's knot design at the front, it also looks like it would be pretty comfortable too! This one is available for £35, click here for more info.

If you're into prints, then there's also this tunic top which has a bit of a hippy-chick kinda feel to it. This one is available for £40, click here for a closer look.

If you're after something a bit brighter, you can't go wrong with this silky top:
It's available for £35, click here to buy now

What do you think of Fat Face? Do you shop there?

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Studs and Sequins

It's all about embellishments, whether it's sequins, spikes or studs add a few to a top, dress or accessory you're guaranteed to look bang on trend for this season! Here are some of my favourite embellished items:
First up is this grey batwing sleeve French Connection beadwork jumper. It's a very glitzy way to keep warm and is available for £110. Click to buy now

Another hit from French Connection, this "deconstructed" cardigan (their words not mine!) is covered in gold square studs. It's long enough to cover your bum and looks fab with a pair of skinny jeans and heels. It's available now for £90, click here for more info and to buy now.
If the £90+ pricetag of French Connection is a little too much for your budget, then worry not because there's plenty of embellished outfits available for much less, including this black jumper from Dorothy Perkins which is embellished with silver and blue stars on the shoulder. Again, it's a long jumper which covers your bum and will look fab with skinny jeans or leggings. It's available now for £35. Click here to shop now.

There's also this studded shoulder jersey top from Marks and Spencer which you can get for £22. This top is more than just the stud trend, it also follows the whole big power shoulders trend too! Click here to get this now

Friday, 9 October 2009

3 Knitwear choices with a difference

It's coming to that time of year when it's getting so cold that you value warmth over style and feel the urge to stick a big jumper on top of everything! But your winter knitwear doesn't have to be oversized and unflattering, on the contrary, here are 3 great knits which will keep you looking fab and not drab!

This blue jumper comes courtesy of plus-size retailer Evans Clothing. It has long sleeves and a delicate cornelli design around the neckline. You can get this now for £35 in sizes 14 upwards. Click here for more info and to buy now

This wrapover cardigan from Firetrap is a bestseller. It has a wrapover effect at the front and a polo neck scarf to keep you extra warm! It's also available in maroon for £65. Click here to check it out from the Firetrap online store

This blue half sleeve chunky cable knit sweater has a large button-up collar which looks just as good open or closed! It's available from Dorothy Perkins for £35. Click here to buy!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Flower print dresses

If animal prints aren't your thing, or maybe you've got too many already and are on the lookout for something different, why not kit yourself out in a floral print instead? I'm not talking tablecloth/curtain prints (although I have seen some out there!) I'm talking about prints like the two below which you could very easily wear for a casual feminine look.

This dress is new in at Republic, with a pink and white flower design on black. It has long sleeves to keep your arms warm and covered up, and also has a "waterfall" kind of loose design at the bottom. It's a bargain at £19.99, click here for a closer look and to buy.

If pink isn't your colour, then this monochrome dress is a good alternative. It's available from Dorothy Perkins for £25. Click here to buy this now

French Connection eveningwear - sexy and demure dresses

French Connection have got some great dresses in this season all of which are sexy, sultry and most importantly - modest! Take a look:

This long sleeved jersey "Bella Dress" is also available in blue. It has a cowl neck, with draped side pockets and fixed waist band to create a beautiful shape. You can get this for £90 click here for more info and to buy

Another long-sleeved LBD, this high-neck jersey dress has a bat-wing design and fitted sleeves. It's available online now for £70 click here for more info and to buy

Finally, there is this elegant full length silk blend gown. The dress has a cowl neck and tie waist to create a shape. This dress is £140 click here for more info and to buy

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Work dresses - long sleeved cowl neck dress from Dorothy Perkins

I'm often scouring the "what's new" pages of websites to see what the shops are getting in daily. Today I came across these two fabulous little smart dresses from Dorothy Perkins, both with long sleeves!

Get this is black for a more conservative look, or be bold and opt for the orange version!

Both dresses are a bargain at £32 each and are available in sizes 6 - 22. click here to get this in orange or use use this link to get this in black

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Nobody is wearing plain leggings anymore!

Leggings are still very much in fashion, even more so now that the weather is getting colder, which is good news for ladies who like to cover up, because the range available it getting funkier and there is so much choice out there now. Of course you can still buy plain black leggings but if you really want to make a fashion statement then you need to step away from the plain!

I've been checking out the high street to find their hot picks and first up are 4 pairs I came across from Miss Selfridge.

1. Reptile Leggings £18 - these leggings may be black, but they've got texture and shine!
2. Purple Animal Print Leggings £18 - not subtle at all, these leggings will make you really stand out, but don't go overboard with your prints - team these up with plain block colours up-top to really show these off.
3. Black Eyelet Leggings £18 - Christopher Kane couldn't get enough of eyelet designs in his collection for Topshop, and these leggings have them too...without the designer price tag!
4. Black Sequin Leggings £40 - You can't get more glam than fully-sequined leggings. These are a must for a night out!