26 July 2013

Do's and Don'ts of Wearing White

Timeless and classic, white is a key colour for Spring/Summer 2013 after first being seen on designer catwalks such as Topshop Unique, Robert Cavalli and LaCoste. When done right, it epitomises luxury chic, therefore here’s my guide for the do’s and don’ts of wearing white.

Do wear a white evening dress to a prestigious occasion.

Follow in the lead of actresses such as Juno Temple, who wore a stunning Stella McCartney floor-sweeper at this year’s BAFTAS, and Charlize Theron, who wore a structured Christian Dior Haute Couture gown at this year’s Oscars. Team your fabulous white number with silver jewellery and accessories for a look that’s worthy of Hollywood royalty.

Don’t wear head-to-toe white.

Instead of looking chic and fabulous, this ends up looking dramatic and overdone. If you want your whole outfit to be white then that’s allowed, but add another colour in the accessories to break it up a little.

Do keep it simple and classic in a crisp, white shirt.

The beauty of a classic white shirt is that it can be dressed up or down. Whether teamed with tailored trousers and a blazer for work, or jeans and heels for a casual occasion – it’s versatile, elegant and almost certainly a wardrobe staple.

Do pair white with black.

Monochrome is one of the hottest trends of the season; wear it in the form of graphic prints and replicate the edgy geometrics of the sixties, seen on catwalks such as Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger, to create a bold style statement. Alternatively, use black and white separates for a classic look that’s effortlessly cool and fashion-forward.

Don’t wear white, knee-high, heeled boots.

This rule always applies; unless you’re wearing seventies fancy dress. It looks cheap, dated and isn’t very flattering. Sorry, Kim Kardashian!

Don’t wear white to an occasion where food is involved.

It might be self-explanatory, but it’s worth mentioning. It’s inevitable that you will spill food on your sleek white number, and then it will become impossible to get the stain out of it meaning that you’ll never be able to wear it again! Not to mention that you have to walk around for the rest of the event looking like you fell onto your dinner - not a good look!

The do’s and don’ts of wearing white can be tricky; but white, undeniably, looks the most elegant when complimented with silver or gold accessories. It also makes a statement when teamed with a colour that pops. Try to embrace its power and let it do the talking, in the form of a white dress for a formal event, then tone it down for casual occasions with denim and different coloured separates. Remember, above all else, avoid wearing white for meals out! It will only end badly.

(How do you wear white? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

17 July 2013

You Can't Beat a Good Aztec Print

Just a quick one this week!

I briefly wanted to show you how I styled my gorgeous pinafore dress (which first appeared in this May post) to create a quirky summer daytime look.

I'm going to apologise in advance because the number one rule of blogging is 'no selfie mirror photos'! Usually my boyfriend is my photographer but he had gone home for the weekend - and there was no one else around to help! Hence these selfie mirror photos. Major apols.

Pinafore Dress - River Island
Aztec Crop Top - Forever 21
Tan Belt - Topshop

The sunshine was out on this particular day, so I thought I would be brave and get my legs out! I teamed my pinny with this aztec print crop top and then belted it to create more of a defined hourglass silhouette. 

Aztec prints are very much on trend for S/S 2013 and a favourite amongst fashionable high street stores and street style bloggers. I personally love a good aztec print because they are individualistic and add interest to an outfit.

I then threw on some gold jewellery, to compliment the tan tones in my look, and my new jelly-shoe-style flip flops in order to be comfortable in the sun.

I was hoping that the tan tones would transfer to my skin whilst walking about in the sun, but it didn't really turn out that way! Although I am going on holiday in a couple of weeks time, so I guess it will happen eventually!

(Do you like my outfit? How would you style a pinny for a summer look? Katie-xo)


12 July 2013

Welcome to Summer

The weather has been just lovely in the UK recently!

I love it when I wake up and the sun is shining; it makes me more willing to stumble out of bed and get on with my day!

I also love it when I get home from work and it's still light outside. When the evenings are more pleasant, I find that I have a higher level of energy after a hard day's work and I can stay up longer. This means I can be more productive at home and get those pesky chores done (or at least started)!

But the most thrilling thing about the summer sunshine? The fashion.

Gone are the chunky knits and coats of winters past; instead we embrace one layer, rather than five, shorten our hemlines and put more flesh on show.

Sometimes I think we British can get a bit ahead of ourselves as soon as we see even the slightest indication of it being a nice day. For example, we often wake up to sunshine and expect it to be warm - when, in fact, the temperature has not even reached 15 degrees. People can get overly ambitious and dress in shorts and flip flops and then they get a shock when they step outside and it's chilly! These people make me laugh with their desperation for summer weather.

However, I often find that I dress incorrectly. I tend to put on too many layers and end up being toasty, or I just put one layer on expecting it to be red hot and it actually turns out to be ice cold. Or I can start the day dressed correctly, but by the end of it I've made a huge error - that's just British weather for you! You learn to accept it the longer you live here.

It is so much easier and more convenient to dress for warmer weather though. Outfit choices become incredibly simplistic, because you only have to think about one or two pieces instead of which layers you're going to put with it. 

Outfits can look more aesthetically pleasing in the sunshine too - like a nice floral dress or cute-as-a-button pastel miniskirt.

Basically, in my opinion, everything is better when the sun is shining! Your health and mood (vitamin D's) improves, as well as the fashion.

Here are some of my favourite summer looks at the moment:

Hopefully the weather will stick around, but you never know when it comes to the UK!

(Are you enjoying the sunshine at the moment? What's your favourite summer look? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)


5 July 2013

Glastonbury 2013 Fashion

I watch Glastonbury every year. One year I will be there myself watching it live. But, for now, I'll settle for the TV coverage.

I love the festival season. I went to my first one back in 2008 at the young old age of 17 and, ever since, I have been completely in love with them. Only the people who have been lucky enough to experience them in the past will know how truly special they are. Not only do you get to watch several amazing bands in the same place, but the atmosphere is electric, the people are chilled and everybody just wants to have a good time.

My first one was Leeds for the weekend. I admire all the campers for getting down and dirty but, after that first muddy encounter with Leeds, I decided I didn't want to camp for a long time!

It's a great experience, don't get me wrong - but once you've done it, you've done it. That weekend I worked out that I'm not the most girliest girl in the world, but I'm a bit too girly for camping! I need a spot of make-up on and a comfy night's sleep to get me through the days!

Still, it was fun! It resulted in me going back to Leeds for the day in 2009, and in 2010, and then trying out Download Festival in 2011 (related posts: Festival Hype,  Download Grunge and Coldplay's Postmodern Glasto Set). Unfortunately, due to money issues, I couldn't go to a festival last year. I was so upset watching all of the coverage on TV and not being able to join in! But this year, I'm trying out V Festival for the day. Nicknamed 'The Tame Festival', I'm intrigued to see how it will compare!

Not only do I love the live music aspect of a festival, but I also love the fashion. Grungy, laid-back and thrown-together, but - more often than not - the girls get it right every time!

Here's my five favourite looks from Glastonbury this year:

5. Cara Delevingne:

Cara brings some street style to the occasion teaming a quirky printed bomber jacket and beanie hat with black skinny jeans and grungy Doc Marten boots.

4. Sienna Miller:

Sienna is known for her bohemian style, and she doesn't disappoint in this black playsuit with brocade floral jacket, floppy fedora hat and ruched boots. With her naturally wavy locks, she just looks effortlessly cool.

3. Caroline Flack.

Caroline looks cute and fashionable in her navy blue parka with a floral dress underneath, accessorised beautifully with a vintage-looking tan across-the-body satchel, fedora hat and festival staple of Hunters wellies. 

2. Millie Mackintosh:

Millie, from Made in Chelsea, keeps it simple in the classic festival ensemble of hotpants and a crop top, complete with a khaki Parka coat, Hunters wellies and a floral headband. Tres chic.

1. Florence Welch:

Florence, from Florence and the Machine, certainly isn't afraid of making a statement and that's what I love about her. She looks every inch the hippy in this colourful ensemble, combining a vintage-printed, sixties-style tunic with tan leather boots, oversized sunnies and mini satchel (which she's holding as a clutch). Top marks, Florence.

Music-wise this year, I really enjoyed watching Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club and The Rolling Stones.

Next stop: V Festival! So excited!

(Have you ever been to a festival, how was your experience? Do you like these Glastonbury looks as much as I do? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)
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