GB Style: Missguided Velvet dress

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Nothing beats that smug, joyous feeling of ordering something online and it turning out to be a most perfect purchase and excellent addition to your wardrobe.

My most recent success story has been that of this Missguided Floral Detail Velvet Bodycon Dress, certainly a scene stealing number and a potential christmas party dress contender.

High necked and velvet with floral embellishments and a sultry black and red colour palette, this dress is very on-trend this season and proves that you don’t need to show off some skin to be sexy.

Comfortable and true to size, I would definitely recommend this dress to others and have come up with a few ways in which I plan to style it.

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More of a smart/casual look, this all black outfit is far from boring, playing around with textures from the velvet dress itself to the fishnet tights and the leather from the boots and jacket. Comfy and slightly “edgy”, this look remains very on trend and should be easy to replicate, incorporating fall/winter wardrobe pieces such as the ankle boots and leather jacket.

  • Black Elsy Faux Leather Biker Jacket, Miss Selfridge, £49
  • Sporty Fishnet tights, Topshop, £6.50
  • MINT pointed ankle boots, Topshop, £79
  • Gold Hoops, Primark, £2

 

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Look 2 is definitely more glamorous and sexy, thanks to the deep red lipstick and slinky sandals (still very much in and seen on the feet of various supermodels). The ear cuffs are the perfect accessory for this look, by adding a touch of metallic toughness to the look whilst similarly being not too fussy to distract from the dress.

  • Ella platform glitter sole sandal, Boohoo, £40
  • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Coure lipstick SPF 15, Boots/Selfridges, £22
  • Curved Ear Cuff, Topshop, £9

 

Another reason to LOVE this dress is its subtle reference to Dolce and Gabbana’s Fall 2016 ready to wear show, which featured velvet embellished dresses and a fair few flower adornments. A very fun and playful take on fashion, this again proves how relevant and fashionable this Missguided dress is this season.

Dolce and Gabbana Fall ready-to-wear show 2016

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

Shoesday

This shoesday I’m coveting a gorgeous pair of Valentino treasures and making a much needed trip to high street store MANGO for some similar shoes on sale…

Seen on the likes of super-blogger Jules Sarinana and equally gorgeous in black, nude or duck-egg blue, these Valentino rockstud shoes have been doing the rounds on Instagram and the blogger-sphere for the best part of a year.

Part rock chick, part dainty, Valentino has created a shoe that speaks to women of both styles. This shoe can arguably be called trans-seasonal too, working well with ripped skinny jeans in winter and being the statement of any summer outfit with a cute midi skirt.

For those with the purse, the original Valentino rockstud beauties can be snapped up from Harrods or Selfridges for a cool £680. 

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In a more appropriate price range are these MANGO ankle strap heels which bare a striking similarity to the former. Currently on sale, down from £40 to £24.99, you’d be mad not to invest in these heels which you could wear again and again. 

Having a slightly smaller heel height than the Valentino’s, these MANGO heels could be worn for work or pleasure with ease and if you’re still stuck for styling options check out Jules Sarinana below.

Race you to the shops! 

Friday: Summer style file

Summer seems to be finally making its way here in the UK, with us Brits waking up to sunny skies and experiencing unexpected temperatures of 22 degrees.

And with a new season comes new trends and those couple of new pieces that help polish up your existing wardrobe, ready for this year’s wear.

Three of the trends I’m investing in this summer are none other than the bardot top/dress, bomber jacket and embroidered denim. Bombarding Instagram feeds and spotted on the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Thorne and Chiara Ferragni, these three pieces are a must for any wardrobe.

 

1. The Bardot Dress

This New Look number, (a steal at £14.99), combines colour and stripes with the bang-on-trend bardot neckline, resulting in the perfect summer dress for beach to bar. Simply slip on these ASOS black mule sandals and this Mango denim jacket and you’re good to go.

 

2. Bomber Jacket

This summer say hello to your new perfect casual jacket – the bomber. This 90’s style staple is having a moment and rightly so. Choose black or khaki or add extra attention to your outfit with an embroidered one (this Zara one is TDF). 

 

 

3. Embroidered Denim

As seen at Gucci and Valentino at their pre-fall shows, embroidery and patchwork is the new way to wear denim. If you’re one for making more of a statement, then this trend is for you. Go minimal with a white top and black sandals and finish with a bold red lip for that extra edge.

Now, hit the shops!

What I Wore Wednesday 

Winter is all about wrapping up warm, especially if you’re facing the current drop in temperature.

With this in mind, this Wednesday I opted for two of the cosiest and most faithful items in my wardrobe: a black roll neck jumper and black over the knee boots.

  

The roll neck jumper, featured heavily in Love Actually and the staple of any winter wardrobe is big news again this year, seen on everyone from Gigi Hadid to Sincerely Jules.

Suede skirts are all over the high street and are a great way to introduce a bit of texture to your outfit. You can pick one up from Zara or Topshop and tuck in your roll neck for an instant, polished, work appropriate look.

Finally, the suede over the knee boots add a touch of glamour to the outfit and give a nod to the sixties trend with the whole mini skirt and boot combo. 

Unfortunately my bank balance means I won’t be purchasing these highly desirable Stuart Weismann boots any time soon but my River Island over the knee boots below achieve the same look at a more friendly price.

Over the knee faux suede boots, River Island, £75

And if you’re familiar with a certain 90’s treasured American sitcom and think you might have seen this outfit before, then you might just be right…

  

Happy new wardrobe! 

  
So it’s a new year and a ‘new start’ again for most of us, with our ridiculous resolutions of extreme diets, pro-athlete workouts and trying to be the next Bree Van de Kamp.

From past experience I am fully aware that my dieting days won’t surpass the 18th and that my gym appearances will similarly dwindle, but there are some goals that you can realistically achieve and feel good about if you dedicate a few hours or so.

If you haven’t guessed it from the picture, I’m talking about a wardrobe detox, where you FINALLY throw that once white shirt…

Depending on the size (and depth!) of your wardrobe, give yourself a good hour looking and ask yourself these things:

1. Anything you haven’t worn in six months +

Be honest with yourself, you’ve avoided it during every ‘I have nothing to wearrrr’ meltdown and it hasn’t seen the light of day since 2013, it’s time to go! 

2. The ‘when I loose two stone and can wear this’ dress 

So they didn’t have it in your size but it was just so fabulous you couldn’t leave the shop without it. And OF COURSE you’re going to fit into it in a month after you’ve dropped a dress size. Just one of the many things I told myself whilst purchasing those size 8 culottes from Miss Selfridge which I have not tried on since – charity shop time.

  
3. Those GORGEOUS shoes that you’re hopelessly in love with but haven’t worn since you nearly broke your ankle

They’re black, floral embroidered, six inches high, pointy toed and perfect. They were a dream, until I had to walk for 10 seconds, nearly stacked it twice and had to cling on to two people for support. Sigh – goodbye my loves!

4. SALE ITEMS

‘It was like £4 in the Boxing Day sales 2014! Sure it’s plain, baggy and looks like a pyjama top but I’m definitely going to wear it someday?!’ Who are you convincing? Put it in the charity shop pile. 

5. Scarves

My nan has FIVE draws dedicated to them and I feel I’m not so far behind myself. Now don’t get me wrong, scarves keep you warm and can do wonders to an outfit but when they look like they’ve seen better days – it’s time to go! 

6. Summer Clothes

If you haven’t got round to it yet then now is your chance! Make some much needed space in your wardrobe by boxing up your summer stuff and sending it to your loft. Trust me you’ll thank yourself for it when you’re rushing around on a cold winter day and need something practical.

 

And once your wardrobe is looking a little more like the above, be sure to take your clothes to your local charity shop or list your more stylish items on depop for a small but very satisfying sale. 
Happy new year everyone and get de-cluttering! 

SHOESday

One of the hottest footwear trends for this year’s transitional period is the lace up flat, found on the feet of many a high-profile blogger and dominating the Pinterest boards.

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Sincerely Jules
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Damsel in Dior
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Quick to snap up the trend and pump it into the high street where Topshop, who have excellently made the lace up flat available to all in a variety of colours and styles…and at prices that won’t break the bank too!

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And here are my black FINEST Ghillie flats, tried and tested! ..

  

Menswear Monday

For this week’s Menswear Monday i’m shaking things up a bit and looking at one man on the inside who is shaping the world of fashion and the way we’ll be wearing things this season…

Lorenzo Serafini

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Boasting an impressive resume of 10 years at Roberto Cavalli and a further 5 years at Dolce and Gabbana, Lorenzo Serafini was handpicked by Alberta Ferretti to forefront the designer’s little sister line, Philosophy.

His debut autumn/winter 15 collection in February had every big-named editor in attendance and awe as Serafini showcased a runway of vintage ruffled blouses and romantic wispy dresses: THE two key pieces of the new season.

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Philosophy, Lorenzo Serafini
Philosophy, Lorenzo Serafini
Philosophy, Lorenzo Serafini
Philosophy, Lorenzo Serafini

And here’s how you can emulate Serafini’s Philosophy poster girl and get next season ready below…

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