1. Avoiding Wearing More Than One Bold Colour
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It is a common misconception that you can only wear one bold colour at a time at the risk of visual offence. However, a phenomenon has hit the 2018 runways known as colour blocking, a technique that allows you to go daring with your bold colours and yes, wear them at the same time. Colour blocking is when a garment or outfit is composed of finite blocks of colour. Leading designers have revisited this trend which was hugely popular in the 1960’s and 80’s by adding a modern twist to create unique and exciting styles that have been adopted by high-street retail. It may seem as though it is not the easiest trend to pull off however with a little guidance, you can ditch the old habits of wearing one colour at a time and start colour-blocking.
A top tip when it comes to colour blocking is to wear a belt. The general rule for ladies designer belts this season is the bigger the better. This is perfect when it comes to colour blocking as a thick black or brown belt will neutralise and break up the bold colours, as well as accentuate the waistline.
2. Same Sizing It for Everything
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Sizing can vary dramatically according to the store, brand and item of clothing so it is important that you don’t always go for a set size as this can lead to ill-fitting clothes which is a definite fashion mistake. Cheaper clothing typically fits way bigger so instead of worrying about numbers, it is better to pay attention to how things look on your body. Purchasing clothes that fit a desired weight is also a big mistake when it comes to fashion as aspirational shopping is not only a waste of money, but a waste of space in the wardrobe as the clothes you buy sit unused until you reach your fitness goals. It is much smarter to invest in your new wardrobe once you have reached your fitness goals.
In order to choose the right size, it is always best to try the clothes on when you are in the shop to avoid disappointment when you get home and another trip to return the ill fitted items. Make use of the sizing charts and ignore the tags as this will give you a more accurate size guiding designed to be more personalized to your body shape and size.
3. Believing that Menswear Should be Worn by Just Men
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A trend that has dominated the winter fashion season is the oversized look, whether this be sweatshirts, t-shirts or coats. When looking for oversized items, it is always a good idea to have a look in the mens section as this can often give you the perfect oversized fit that you are looking for.
A classic way to transform menswear into womenswear is by ditching the dress and wearing a men’s shirt as an alternative. This looks super cute with bare legs and some heels to add some femininity to the shirt, whilst still innkeeping with the shirts formal masculinity. Shapeless blazers with large shoulder pads can also very easily transform a boring outfit into something cute and chic perfect for a smart-casual vibe.
4. Low Waist Jeans with Crop Top
A trend from the 90s and 2000s that should most certainly be left there. Crop tops can still be part of the necessity section in the wardrobe, along with low rise jeans however the two should no-longer be paired no matter how much you like your stomach. Pair your crop-top with a high-waisted pair of jeans as this is super flattering for the figure and accentuates your waistline. High-waisted trousers also give the illusion of an elongated lower body tricking the eye into thinking you are taller and slimmer.
5. Different Belt and Shoe Colour
This rule should be taken loosely as it doesn’t always apply. If your belt is neutral coloured such as black or brown, then wear whatever coloured shoe you wish. A black belt with some leopard print boots would work really well together as long as the rest of the outfit remains neutral and black. A bold belt and bold coloured shoes should be avoided as these will clash. When it comes to bold prints it is best to have one piece that is centre of attention, instead of two pieces fighting for attention.
Mary Dickow is an emerging fashion designer for women clothing. Born and raised in Kenya currently living in Denmark, Mary had a strong passion for art and cloth making when growing up. She did not always know that her great passion and interest would eventually lead her to fashion industry because it was unprecedented and unfamiliar in the community she grew up, in the 80s. As she grew older, her interest of art and cloth making expanded but it was difficult to pursue fashion. It was not a likely career path at schools and so cloth making became something she did aside her studies as a hobby. Watching shows such as Copenhagen fashion week really inspired her. She wanted to develop this passion and turn it into a career. In 2015, she joined Copenhagen Academy of fashion and graduated with a diploma of fashion and design. Here she got an opportunity to amass herself in her crafts. She is now working on her new collection as well as building her brand Mary Dickow Fashion Company that she started in September 2017.
Mary Dickow biggest achievement is to join Britain Top designer Award hosted by Fashions Finest and because of this has recently been interviewed by three local Danish media houses.
After what felt like an endless summer, the autumn and winter fashion season is well underway. Velvet comes in and out of fashion each winter, but this year it is getting serious.
There are many reasons why you should be loving this classic winter fabric - it can be dressed up, styled down, looks great on accessories and is also perfect for the festive season.
Adding a splash of velvet to your look can instantly transform it and make it feel so much more romantic and glamorous without being too over the top.
For a more casual look, pair the velvet element with trainers, chunky, glamorous jewellery and statement bags.
The material is super cosy and warm, which is perfect for winter.
There are so many ways to style and shop velvet this season, from chic velvet sets to long robes.
Here are some simple ways you can wear the velvet trend this winter.
Velvet fashion is perhaps the most elegant and sophisticated when in rich jewel tones, but that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t find some lighter tones which are chic as well!
If you are ever in doubt when it comes to wearing velvet, stick to the deeper and darker shades. They are going to be your safest option if you don’t want to get it wrong.
Black velvet is a classic go-to, but don’t be afraid to play with the jewel tone department - think emerald greens, deep blues and bold reds.
Seek The Smooth Velvet
It’s very easy to find pieces made from crushed velvet, but you should always be wary. It is easy for even the most expensive designs to look cheap if the velvet is crinkled and ruffled, so look for smooth velvet which speaks to you and your styles.
It is easy to differentiate when you are looking at different velvet designs as the right fabric will feel and look great. By pairing together the right jewel shades with smooth velvet pieces, you will create the perfect basis to start your search.
If you don’t want to add a velvet piece to the main bulk of your wardrobe, take a look at investing in some velvet shoes. They’re sure to add a splash of style to whatever you are wearing.
Add It To Your Professional Wardrobe
Suits or blazers made from plush fabric may sound a little strange, but it can make for a great look. If you opt for a velvet blazer paired with a silk top, then you’ll have two extremely luscious fabrics next to one another, giving a rich and luxurious style.
Velvet fashion is also wearable as other pieces of outerwear. Coats are a great piece to invest in if you don’t want to wear velvet throughout the day and it is one of the most luxurious and striking iterations of velvet you can add to your wardrobe. It’s easy to style, as you can wear it over pretty much any style of outfit without having to worry about it overpowering anything.
Wearing A Velvet Dress
You may find that a velvet dress is one thing you are missing from your wardrobe, especially during the winter.
Velvet dresses are seen at their most feminine when styled on the runway, as they can show just how versatile the fabric can be.
You can go playful and short with dresses which contain velvet ruffles or you can even go more luxurious with velvet making up the body of the dress. Either way, velvet adds so much to even the most standard of dresses which come in similar styles or designs.
If you do wear a velvet dress, let that be the main star of your look. You don’t need to worry too much about accessorising a velvet dress as the fabric speaks for itself. Simply add a pair of complementary shoes, a simple bag and maybe a piece of jewellery and you’re ready to go no matter the time of year.
Whilst velvet chokers have been in style for a while now, this winter is the perfect time to add to your velvet accessory collection. Velvet scarfs look amazing with even the simplest of outfits, especially if you are looking for ways to stay warm and stylish this winter.
One of the best velvet accessories you will be able to find is a handbag. A lot of the top designers and fashion houses have recently focused a lot of work on velvet handbag designs and styles, so you’re sure to find your dream bag in no time if you have a browse around.
If you don’t want to go that bold, why not start off your velvet collection in the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of women's sleepwear sets that come with velvet styles, so you can see if you like the style and feel of the material before you invest in something a little more daring.
Plus, they’re warm to get cosy in over the winter!
It’s extremely easy to add velvet into your everyday looks, and you’ll find just how well even just a splash of velvet can completely transform your outfit from day to night.
Velvet is a winter trend which everyone should get behind.
Written by Natalie Wilson
It’s important to have stylish pieces that not only keep you warm, but also express your personality.
With these women’s winter fashion essentials, you can easily go from running errands during the day, to a night on the town without having to stop at home.
The Classic “Little Black Dress”
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Most women have the classic little black dress tucked away in their closet. In the past, this timeless piece was saved for only the most important events. However, in recent years, the 'LBD' has become a more transitional wardrobe staple.
A unique little black dress can take you from the office to an evening soiree effortlessly. While at the office, try wearing a white button down blouse underneath or a bolero jacket over it. Remove the blouse and add jewellery to dress it up for after hours.
Pencil skirts are the perfect way to look polished and put together at the office, but sleek and sexy when out with friends.
I recommend wearing a slim turtleneck with your skirt during the day and adding chic bomber jacket at night. Look for pencil skirts with lace cut-outs or classy embellishments – these additional details will add interest to your garment and make your overall outfit 'pop'.
A Silk Blouse
Just like the pencil skirt, a silk blouse masters the ability to make polished look sexy.
Keep it professional by wearing a tailored blazer to the office. At night, throw on a leather jacket to take the blouse from professional to flirty. Top it off with a pair of studded heels for the perfect combination of chic and edgy.
From bombers to blazers and everything in between, the right jacket can add the perfect amount of flare. Some jackets everyone loves are navy blazers, camo jackets, and moto jackets.
So which jacket style do I recommend? It’s always going to be the jacket you feel most confident in because that’s the jacket that’s going to look best on you.
The Right Accessories
Even the chicest outfit needs a little bit of accessorising. Sometimes, simply adding a necklace or a different handbag is all it takes to go from daytime chic to night-time edge.
Accessorising can be hard. Over accessorise and you could look a little costume-ish, but under accessorise and you’ll look a little bare. Here’s a roundup of the perfect pieces to add, so that you look stylish, classy, and perfectly fashionable.
The Perfect Clutch
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The main difference between daytime and night-time looks is the bag you’re carrying.
During the day you want to keep all your essentials with you: your planner, lipsticks, laptop, tablet, and everything else but the kitchen sink, right? However, at night, you probably only need some lipstick, powder, a mirror, credit cards, and cash. Carrying less means you don’t need a large purse.
A clutch is the perfect size to hold all your night-time essentials while keeping the focus on your outfit. Swap out your daytime work tote for a smaller bag like this classic clutch.
During the day, you want to keep your look focused on the business. This means you don’t want people distracted by your outfit. So, when the sun goes down, that means it’s time to play.
Swap out your simple pearls or studs for some eye-catching statement earrings. These look great with your unique 'LBD' or your silk blouse.
Jewellery is a quick, time saver when you’re trying to go from the office to happy hour.
Scarves And Wraps
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It’s cold outside and you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. In fact, scarves and wraps encourage style. You’ll love the way your jacket pairs with a cashmere or infinity scarf. Wrap yourself in soft cashmere for warmth, style, and comfort.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to choose dark colours. Don’t let the world forget about colour with winter styling.
Printed silk scarfs can add both colour and intrigue to an otherwise plain outfit. Don’t be afraid to switch out your daytime scarf for a fun night-time scarf.
Women’s winter fashion looks are loaded with ways to keep your spirits high even when the temperatures are low. Stay warm and happy shopping!
Written by Tess DiNapoli
Clothes designers can’t always be strong in every area of clothing that they design and right now, the area to shop, with the strongest fashion impact is in the accessories department.
At the moment, more is definitely more and that means that our wardrobes are in for a huge transformation with the purchase of just a few items.
If you want a fast-track to an updated wardrobe for winter, then check out some accessories with the highest impact that you can add to your collection.
Big earrings are the new avocado on toast - big, fun earrings don’t need to cost a fortune.
It can be easy to get carried away with the size and colours, so try and choose something that you know you will be pleased to still see and use in a year or so.
Whilst small and dainty earrings had their time in 2017, 2018 has seen accessories go back to bold. 2019 is set to see earrings become much more minimalist and modern - think geometric and sculptural shapes in gold and silver.
Whether you pair with a black roll neck or a high-power work suit, a pair of earrings is sure to add to any outfit.
If you can’t help but enjoy something with a little bit of sparkle, then your wardrobe is sure to benefit from a dazzling pair of diamante shoes.
Crystals, gemstones and diamanté can all be found studded onto some of this seasons biggest shoe trends, from stiletto heels to encrusted diamanté thigh high boots. There’s no shortage of shoes that have been transformed with a few jewels.
A great way to add some style to a basic jeans and jumper combo, you need a pair of sparkly shoes in your wardrobe this winter.
Whilst a classic black tote is ideal for work, you don’t want to just have one style of handbag as you go from the weekdays to weekends or days to evenings.
Bag designers are currently having a lot of fun, from unusual fabrics, such as velvet and suede, to fun details like chain handles and sequins, there is no bag which is too 'out there'.
If you are having trouble finding a bag that is both weird and wonderful (and within your price range) then have a browse through your local charity or vintage stores - they’re sure to have plenty of budget-friendly options for you to choose from.
Thanks to festivals and the resurgence of 80's and 90's fashion, makeup has had a complete transformation over the past few years. Trends were once simple and elegant, but now more is better.
Glitter makeup features heavily in most makeup looks, whether it’s across your eyelids, in your brows or used as a highlighter. Neon and gold are also really popular, with contrasting colours spread across your eyelids, cheekbones and lips.
'Snake' Into The New Year
Snake print is one of those things that doesn’t look different when expensive or affordable. When the pattern is in a neutral shade, you’re sure to find a pair of boots or a shirt which will last way beyond the initial trend.
If you’re looking for a pair of snakeskin print boots, then a 90's heels and toe shape is the perfect style and possibly the most sophisticated item of clothing you’ll find on the high street this winter.
Written By: Natalie Wilson
Summer is quickly becoming a distant memory, and the weather is reminding us daily that it is time to ditch the summer wardrobe and say hello to a new season of fashion, cosy nights in and an abundance of chocolate.
Although it can often be difficult getting into the swing of things after a seemingly endless summer, particularly when it comes to transforming your wardrobe from bikinis to jumpers. No need to stress, you’re top 2018 Winter trends are coming your way making your Christmas that little bit easier!
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We all know Winter wouldn’t be Winter without a great pair of boots (or three) and it’s no secret that Alexander McQueen’s Winter boot collection is breath-taking. The collection hosts an array of gorgeous styles ranging from chunky ankle boots to sexy leather thigh-highs. Or nod to the 60's with the beautifully elegant leather mid-calf length boots with a round toe and block heel.
Luckily, such pieces haven’t gone a miss, and high-street retail has brought out their own interpretation of boots, saving you a whole load of money this Winter.
Pair your thigh-highs with an oversized knit for a cute yet effortless look which is often modelled by Ariana Grande. Or if the thought of bare legs is making your shiver, you can wear with jeans or tights. In the Style is a great place to look for affordable boots that are inspired by the catwalk.
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Being cold is not an option this year, as an over-spill of coats from the runway take over the high street in an abundance of styles, you are sure to find one that suits you! A particularly popular trend this Winter is the shearling jacket that has originated from the Stone Age where sheepskin was used to protect and insulate. Almost 2.5 million years later, this historical classic has made it onto the 2018 runway, being interpreted by a range of designers in a host of different styles including; leather, denim, suede and bomber, all combined with essences of Shearling. A piece we cannot ignore is by Giorgio Armani which contained a mix of brown suede and leather giving the jacket texture and detail, costing a total of £2900.
If that’s too hard to swallow, the high-streets have brought out a range of heavy-duty faux shearling jackets that look good enough for the runway at totally affordable prices making it a worthwhile investment this Winter. This smart sophisticated jacket looks super cute worn causally with a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and some casual shoes, adding an essence of boldness and grunge to a ‘made no effort’ outfit.
Alternatively, a statement coat is a perfect way to effortlessly add a pop of colour and texture to a neutral or black outfit, making you look like you are fresh off the runway. Oversized bomber jackets are super on trend this season as well as faux fur and long trench coats. The options are endless, and each are a great way of making a statement as well as staying warm and comfortable this Winter.
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Fashion doesn’t always have to leave the house, particularly during the cold festive months of Winter. Keeping up with Winter trends begins at home.
Although it may not seem obvious, sleeping trends are a thing and are becoming increasingly popular, particularly on the high-street. Women's sleepwear is a forever expanding category and is being payed more attention to in the fashion industry with an abundance of styles to choose from. You can now find over 1000 sleepwear styles online making the perfect necessity for a cosy night in, or a great stocking filler for your loved ones. A popular sleepwear style this year is the traditional shirt and trouser set that you can find in an array of different colours and fabrics.
This trend is a definite favourite as it offers comfort and warmth as well as a cute and effortless look that you can wear with anything. You can find these sweaters anywhere, from Primark to Urban Outfitters depending on your budget. A top trick is to look in the men’s section for that perfect oversized fit. Pair your sweater with some thigh-high or ankle boots or some Mum jeans and trainers for that super cute 90's skater look. If you want to dress this look up, then switch the sweatshirt for a chunky knit. The best knitwear on the high-street this Winter is embracing bright colours to inject the dark weather with a pop of vibrancy. You can find affordable pieces like this in River Island, Primark and Topshop.
Written by: Poppy Jones
BE YOUR OWN SUCCESS, a mantra by which Irish jewellery designer Melissa Curry has lived, from the beginning of her career in Paris in 1998 to her success now.
Launching her first collection at the Leclaireur in Paris, followed by an invitation to show at Paris Fashion week in 1999, to her successful partnership with Virgin Airlines. A partnership which has seen her gold BYOS bar as the 10th best seller in the Virgin Atlantic Retail Therapy Magazine - 2016. Her success has seen her pieces being worn by the Royals, and the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
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Each and every piece in her collection has a timeless elegance and a playful mix of texture and colour to it. Making it a dream to wear for women who love to add colour and texture to their everyday outfits.
Drawing inspiration from life, culture and world events, she designs each piece as something personal, for her the designer as well as the wearer. It is this personal connection that adds a sense of vibrancy and beauty to each piece.
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She wants women to feel that, they are the driving force behind their own success and that, when you put on one of her bracelets, earring or necklaces, that you are empowered to be yourself and to build on your own success.
"It’s about being you, knowing what makes you tick, what makes your heart work, what makes your mind work, and embodying that.” -Melissa Curry
Find and shop her collection today at www.melissacurry.com
Creative Industries Minister Margot James will today announce a cash boost to turbocharge the UK’s international trade in the creative industries.