Clogs Are Cool

15 04 2010

When someone mentions ‘clogs’, you may think of the traditional Dutch shoe, and clog dancing. You may have your reservations and think that these shoes could never possibly be fashionable, but once again Alexa Chung makes the unfashionable look highly stylish. Not only did this picture convince me that clogs can look cool, it made me want a pair myself. Clogs are a big trend this spring, and the high street has many to choose from.

Here are some of my favourite clogs from the high-street:

Ollie 2 Part Wooden Clogs – Topshop
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=198496&parent_category_rn=198488&productId=1616196&langId=-1&siteID=0RpXOIXA500-CPYrNnFtwZq.6zMQVTC3KQ&cmpid=ukls_deeplink


Carvela Krista Gladiator Clog Shoes – House Of Fraser
http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Carvela+Krista+gladiator+clog+shoes/136737767,default,pd.html?cgid=319&cm_mmc=Affiliate-_-Linkshare-_-Linkbuilder-_-Null


Promise Leather Studded Clog – ASOS
http://www.asos.com/countryid/1/Asos/Asos-Promise-Leather-Studded-Clog/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=917478&MID=35718&affid=2134&siteID=0RpXOIXA500-RSAf0t_MjytXfC6_6fIlDg


Grannan Clogs – Aldo
http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/women/pumps/platform/78659219-grannan/12


Tan Stud Clogs – Next
http://www.next.co.uk/shopping/women/shoesandboots/2/1?extra=sch&n=women&pid=713-510&exclude=00E00%7c00EU00&returnurl=%2fsearch%3fp%3dQ%26lbc%3dnext%26uid%3d306183965%26ts%3dv8%26w%3dclog%26af%3d%26isort%3dscore%26method%3dand%26filter%3dsubset%253a4201%26nxtv%3d000%26nxti%3d0&bct=%26quot%3bclog%26quot%3b

What do you think of clogs and will you be wearing them this spring? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Low Heels Are Back

13 04 2010

An unusual trend this season,  kitten heels (low heels) are set to be shoe of the summer. It may be a sigh of relief for those who have long endured sky-high stillettos and painful platforms. Others may be unsure and not find low heels very attractive, but I’m pretty sure once you see some of the latest designer low heels you will be very impressed.


Chloe


Givenchy


Missoni

Here is a pick of some of the kitten heels available on the high street:

Carvela Acacia Kitten Heel Pumps – House Of Fraser
http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Carvela+Acacia+kitten+heel+pumps/136963758,default,pd.html?cgid=319&cm_mmc=Affiliate-_-Linkshare-_-Linkbuilder-_-Null


Ginger Rodgers Black Leather – Office
http://www.office.co.uk/womens/office/ginger_rogers/33/8149/21709/1?fs=8149


Irregular Choice Mini Magic Floral Low Heels – Schuh
http://www.schuh.co.uk/womens-white-and-silver-irregular-choice-mini-magic-floral/1249061850/


Juliet Laser Cut Shoes – Topshop
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=198496&parent_category_rn=198488&productId=1549518&langId=-1


Patent Bow Front Court – New Look
http://www.newlook.com/browse/productDetail.jsp?icCategory=cat30004&icProduct=190378579





Fresh Floral Print

12 04 2010

Each year when the sun comes out and flowers begin to bloom, florals come in style! Floral is a fabulously feminine and colourful print, brightening your wardrobe after the darker shades of winter. Lucky for us the flower power is everywhere – every type of clothing and accessory imaginable you can get in a funky floral style!

Floral print dresses are really pretty, wear with leggings now in spring time and with a tan later in the summer! A floral skirt worn with a plain t-shirt or vest top is also a great way to wear the trend. Why not also try a cute floral top with jeans for a more casual style. Or maybe you’re looking to add a little something to a plain outfit? A pretty floral accessory such as a headband or bag will do the trick. Just remember, it’s not a good idea wear more than one floral print piece per outfit, especially with clashing prints, or prepare for a flower overload!

If you’re petite, avoid wearing overly large florals as this can swamp you out, try wearing smaller prints in shapes best for your figure.
If you’re average/tall in height and are slim, it’s easy for you to pull of most floral prints – go for it!
If you’re a curvy, avoid large prints, as these can draw attention to the places you’d like to hide. Go for smaller prints.

Inspiration from the catwalk:

Christian Dior


DKNY


Moschino


Nicole Farhi

Here is a pick of just a few floral pieces:

Forget Me Not Tiered Skirt – Topshop
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=167998&parent_category_rn=85550&productId=1660246&langId=-1


Floral Satchel – Miss Selfridge
http://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=20555&storeId=12554&productId=1631794&langId=-1&categoryId=&parent_category_rn


Petunia Bubble Hem Day Dress In Lemon Zest Floral – Full Circle
http://www.fullcircleuk.com/Petunia-BUBBLE-HEM-DAY-DRESS-PRODPKAT32/


Floral Etched Bangle Pack – Urban Outfitters
http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk/Floral-Etched-Bangle-Pack/invt/5764413303448


Shirred Floral Tunic – New Look
http://www.newlook.com/browse/productDetail.jsp?icCategory=cat20002&icProduct=191783279

These items are just a handful of the wide range of cute florals out there. Florals are bright and fun to wear so have fun with it!

What do you think of florals and will you be wearing them this year? Leave a comment and let me know!





Double Denim

9 04 2010

Double denim is the latest controversial trend to hit catwalks this season, a flashback to the 90’s trend. Love it or loathe it, it’s set to be big. You may quiver in fear or embrace it, but it is by no means an easy look to pull off! There is a fine line between looking highly fashionable and looking like a truck driver.


Here take for example, Alexa Chung, looking fabulous as always. Her washed out shirt and skinny jeans look great!


Now cast your eyes on this picture, my friends, is when denim begins to go horribly wrong.  My eyes hurt from all the denim!

Tips for wearing double denim:
Don’t wear two pieces of the same shade – it makes the outfit clash. Contrast is the key to making it work, try wearing very dark jeans with a lighter shirt (like the picture of Alexa Chung, above).
Accessorizing is a good way to break the outfit up. Try wearing colourful flats, a nice handbag or some jewellery.
Never go for more than two pieces of denim per outfit, ‘triple denim’ is going overboard.
Do not wear with cowboy boots or a cowboy hat, unless you really want the Wild West look. Flats are definitely the best option.

Here are some of my favourite denim pieces (just don’t wear them altogether!):

Bleach Denim Oversized Shirt – Topshop
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=174505&parent_category_rn=42325&productId=1642064&langId=-1


Dark Rinse Super Skinny Jeans – Dorothy Perkins
http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=20552&storeId=12552&categoryId=71412&parent_category_rn=49449&productId=1661344&langId=-1


Raw Edge Denim Mini Skirt – New Look
http://www.newlook.com/browse/productDetail.jsp?icCategory=cat20001&icProduct=182344745&icSort=-myBestSellerScore


High Waisted Hotpants – Topshop
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=true&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=197018&parent_category_rn=115935&productId=1666637&langId=-1


Colour Block Denim Dress – Whistles (ASOS)
http://www.asos.com/Whistles/Whistles-Colour-Block-Denim-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=965654&SearchQuery=denim%20dress&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=-1&sort=-1&clr=Blue





The Maxi Dress

7 04 2010

Daffodils are in bloom, Easter has come and gone, and the clocks have gone foward, could it possibly mean that Spring is here? Well, here in England the weather might not show it but it’s time to say goodbye to all your favourite winter clothes for a few months, and say hello to your Spring/Summer wardrobe!

One of my favourites has always been the Maxi Dress, it’s versatile and fashionable!  Wear with gladiator sandals and a slouchy bag  during the day, or heels and a shrug for a night-time look!

If you’re petite, go for a more structured dress that sits close to your body – you want to avoid looking swamped by the dress. Smaller prints also look best on petite girls, and for extra height wear with wedges or high heels.
If you’re a larger, more body-conscious woman, maxi-dresses are great for hiding large hips or thighs. Go for large prints to flatter your figure. For big-busted women choose maxi dresses with large straps or a halter neck, avoid thin straps as these will make your bust look bigger.

Here are some of my favourites:

Impact Viva Hula Maxi Dress – Warehouse
http://www.warehouse.co.uk/impact-viva-hula-maxi-dress/Maxi-Dress/warehouse/fcp-product/300378

Lace Strappy Maxi Dress – Topshop
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=162924&parent_category_rn=42344&productId=1570042&langId=-1

Paisley Maxi Dress – New Look
http://www.newlook.com/browse/productDetail.jsp?icCategory=cat10019&icProduct=195641883

Aspen Woven Maxi Dress – Missoni
http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/76613

Woven Mix Twist Back Maxi Dress – ASOS Africa
http://www.asos.com/Asos-Africa/Asos-Africa-Woven-Mix-Twist-Back-Maxi-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=964591&SearchQuery=maxi%20dress&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=-1&sort=-1&clr=PinkOrange