#ChristmasJumperDay Style: How To Wear Yours…

It may be Friday the 13th, but all across the country people are helping to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day as part of an initiative to help raise money for Save The Children charity.

Aside from the fun element you can also make your outfit super stylish if heading out tonight after work or to the office party by mixing with plenty of bling or working in a casual element for the rest of the weekend.

I’d team this simple number (which I’m sporting today, below left) from Dorothy Perkins with skinny jeans and heeled ankle boots for a low-key evening. However if you’re heading out for dinner with your beau or the gals why not opt for a more chunkier knit or sweater (such as Internacionale Christmas Charcoal Pug Jumper, £17.99) adding in a sequined skirt (like Missguided’s Achima Sequin Midi Skirt, £29.99) and sky-high pointy courts or sandals for that ultimate Parisian chic feel.

Oversized jumpers such as this Littlewoods.coom one below, first left, are perfect with leggings for cosy nights in or winter strolls, just add a pair of wellington or fur-lined boots and a statement parka like Oasis’ Ellie Faux Fur Lined Parka, £88. Pastel colours are also massively on-trend for AW13; pick from a growing selection of sorbet hues from New Look, below right.

 

Brands such as MissGuided, M&Co, Topshop, Asos.com, Bank Fashion et al also have a fabulous array of Christmas Jumpers still in stock so if you haven’t caught on to the trend just yet, remember there is plenty of time with just under two weeks until Christmas Day, so why not purchase one now to achieve maximum usage or buy as a novelty gift option for a family member to wear on Christmas Day.

Happy Shopping!

#ChristmasJumperDay @savethechildren

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SS13 Trend: Sorbet Shades

Candy floss tones, ice cream hues and sorbet shades are all the rage this spring/summer 2013 and with the sun shining what better way to get a new season look for less.

It’s not just online stores that are rivalling some of the major fashion power houses, as this season the high street has also been filled with baby pink, ice blue, lemon and mint undertones which are perfect for all social occasions.

If you’re in desperate need of an outfit for an occasion then why not take inspiration from the catwalks clashing pale shades with neon accents (as seen at Oscar de la Renta), or opt for a classic shade with hints of another trend such as florals (a la Erdem). However, if you do favour a darker shade (such as black – another SS13 trend) then up the fashion ante by adding in some interesting accessories such as pastel jewellery or heels to detract from the stark palette.

And remember pale doesn’t have to be boring – opt for ice cream shades for workwear filtering in strawberry, lemon and vanilla or go bolder for evening with sky blues and peppermint greens; just add a statement necklace or cuff for that added fashion pizzaz…

2012: Yellow Easter gifts

In fashion when we think of Easter we always imagine a yellow daffodil hue and easter chicklete’s and chocolate!

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Gone are the days of being dragged to Sunday school and grown up are the girls who now head straight to the high street for their quick fashion fix. So, with fashion in mind I thought I’d bring you the best round-up of darling Easter gifts in the perfect sunshine shade that will not only make you and friends beam with excitement, but give you something to log on for after that all important Sunday roast dinner….

If purchasing attire for a special Sunday lunch (i.e. meeting the parents for the first time or bringing the boyfriend home) then opt for a classic Mad Men style attire. Cute A-line 50s skirts with nipped in waists and cardigans or prom style dresses with lashings of pearls (Ribbon & Asher at Dorothy Perkins will be your best port of call).

Alternatively if buying a gift for a friend (or yourself) why not opt for this gorgeous egg-yolk yellow satchel by Zatchels (£76) available online at www.zatchels.com. Great for everyday use and to bring a bit of spring colouring to this dull weather.

Next up is a fab neon-style pleat front dress by Asos.com (£30); this on-trend colour is best to wear with a blazer and French Sole flats for day or add killer heels and clutch for a Bank Holiday weekend night out.

Another great online store is OwnTheRunway.com whose celeb clientele include Peaches Geldoff, Cher Lloyd, Fearne Cotton et al and sell at fantastic price points. Their light yellow coloured skinny jeans (£19.99) are perfect for lounging around come Easter Sunday with a logo T-shirt or oversized jumper (for you or your daughter!).

However, if yellow is shade too far for you or a loved one then why not try a smaller dose in the form of Topshop’s Nail Varnish in Bees Knees (£5).

Lastly River Island’s yellow print Julian J Smith wedge heels from their design forum (£55) are the perfect way to cheer up any dull day – and can be kept for that all important summer holiday…

Happy Shopping!

New spring/summer 2012 trend: coloured jeans

Now that spring is officially here (clocks go forward an hour on Sunday – 25th March) and the sun is shinning we are all looking to update our winter wardrobes quick-smart and head to our favourite stores for some inspiration.

Coloured jeans from http://www.vestryonline.com

However, even though the sun is out we still feel a nip in the air come dinner time so with this in mind the perfect piece to adorn any spring weekend would be the coloured jean. Turn them up and wear with deck shoes, t-shirts / vests for a laid back look a la Fearne Cotton or try ultra skinny pairs complete with high heels and a sheer / shimmering top to head out in the evening as per Kim Kardashian.

There are a super collection of rainbow colours in almost every store on the high street with Uniqlo, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Warehouse, New Look and Topshop all adorning bright and vibrant hues alongside soft sorbet shades.

George at ASDA also have a fab collection in store from just £14 per pair, which means if they are just on your radar for the summer season then can’t go wrong. Miss Selfridge also offer more tapered versions which flatter pear shapes whilst Wallis provide an assortment of styles for curvy hourglass figures. Online head to www.Asos.com for their bright coloured and printed jean collection and www.vestryonline.com who offer soft denim jegging options from Vera Moda.

My favourite are my Dorothy Perkins electric blue jeans which elongate my petite frame; however, if you are lucky enough to be svelte and tall then try the sorbet apricot, lilac and pale yellow selections.

Olivia Rubin set to collaborate with Dorothy Perkins

Fashion designer and celeb fav Olivia Rubin is set to collaborate on a new collection with high street chain Dorothy Perkins which is set to launch in store and online in April.

Fearne Cotton in Olivia Rubin

The hush-hush collection has not yet been revealed and no samples are currently at the DP HQ but lucky press are set to see the range of pieces in early February – so I will blog pictures then.

However, knowing Rubin’s quirky and colourful designs I am sure that something as apt as her signature brick or speech bubble knits and prints will be included.

Celeb fans of the brands already include Tulisa Contostavlos, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly, Denise van Outen, Zoe Ball, Diana Vickers and Emma Bunton amongst others so they’ll be no shortage of queue’s for this exciting collaboration when it hits stores early spring!

Winter hats and warm accessories

This season it seems to be all about the hats. Faux fur, trapper, cossack, knitted alongside beret’s, beanies, fedora’s, Trilby’s and floppy hats; these head-warming pieces are a must-have for any daring fashionista.

Topshop Trapper Hat £18; www.topshop.com

Topshop Trapper Hat £18; http://www.topshop.com

So today, when braving the elements at Somerset House ice-rink I decided to make an impromptu stop off at Dorothy Perkins en-route. I had been spying up a brown/grey fox faux fur cossack hat (£16) but was unsure of its size against my child-like pea head. However, working in fashion nothing fazes a stylist – especially a crazy trend – so I brought it. To my delight it fitted snugly and although I received some alarming stares on the tube, I may dare say that this could be the hat of the (Christmas) season.

So, to help you on your way when picking out the perfect head-attire then why not firstly decide whether it’s for formal or everyday use? A jewel-toned fedora, as sported on the runway at Gucci for autumn/winter 2011/2012, is perfect for office day wear and parties, with stores such as Accessorize.com selling a fantastic array.

However, for casual Sunday walks and daily styling why not opt for the faux fur trapper; these cute head pieces complete with pom poms and ties are perfect for the young at heart and have been seen in most stores with animal references; Topshop, H&M and Asos.com all sell amazing versions for less than £20.

Lastly if you are more of a fashion introvert and like to keep your headgear to a minimum then try a basic knitted beanie, these will not only keep your head warm and cover your ears but can also be dressed up or down for any occasion…

Arcadia set to close over 250 stores

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Sir Philip Green, owner of Arcadia which includes such stores as Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins has sensationally stated on BBC that he is to close over half of his existing portfolio over the next three years as profits have dropped by nearly 40 per cent against last year.

The shocking news comes after the hottest winter in history which has not only affected trading but is bringing a huge threat financially to the company as we are apparently set to head towards a double dip recession.

Green stated to BBC that. “Nobody can deal with that. Winter goods are tough. Trading conditions remain extremely challenging, with style, quality and value at the top of our agenda and more important than ever. I do believe everybody today is more financially aware than they’ve ever been in their life.”

Continuing Green added, “We have got – from my memory – 450 or 460 stores where leases expire in the next three years, [and] I think on our latest summary we will close more than half of those on lease expiry. So I would say, I would expect us to close 250, 260. Now, there may be other opportunities that turn up that we might want to open. But certainly, in terms of our existing portfolio, currently that’s our thinking.”

Although Green has not stated whether Topshop is at the forefront of closure I will certainly be bagging up all my favourite pieces just in case this closure becomes imminent!