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The Only Trends You Need To Wear Now ….And Later

We love summer for the fun and sunshine that comes with it…’scratch that’ summer for us mean new items to add to our wardrobe and this is our favourite thing about summer.

While it might be tempting to adopt every “ItGirl” approved trend out there, the hard economic climes may not favour that much needed trip to “the abroad” / stores to scout for new wardrobe additions.

So how do you keep your style game strong and up to date without bursting the bank?

Because we are big on good quality clothing that transcend trends, Here’s our scope on what’s really hot right now that you can wear even much later.

1. Statement blouses and relaxed tailoring

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Statement tops with emphasis on exaggerated sleeves and relaxed tailoring are the rage, and they will definitely take you from this season into next – look for pieces with frills and ruffles, unusual proportions and sleeves, and flattering voluminous proportions to maximise your style credentials.

2. Off shoulders

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We love this trend for how universally flattering it is! No matter your body type there is an off shoulder style out there that would suit you, guaranteed. Look out for this trend in a cropped style with a matching set and you will be spot on.

 3. Wide leg pants

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Women the world over have fallen for this very forgiving 70’s inspired trend. Whether tailored and full length with fluid fabric or cropped flared, the most fashionable pant stride you need now is ‘Wide’. Pair with a smart blouse and block heels and your style game will be ‘up there’ for work or play.

 4. Boudoir dressing

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From pajamas inspired pieces to slinky slip dresses, this fashion inspiration is coming straight out of the bedroom. Slinky slip dresses are a big thing, this delicate and sometimes risqué piece in luxe silk fabric is a hit for nights out. Pair with a tshirt underneath or jacket over  for a day look.

 5. Fringe

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The fringe trend has been raging for sometime now and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  Fringe on anything from clothing to accessories is a go.

 6. Shirtdress

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Shirtdresses are a classic. It’s worth investing in one because they are ageless and a great wardrobe staple.

 7. The bomber Jacket

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Athleisure inspired trend has been going quite strong for a few seasons. Sneakers, tracksuits and bomber jackets are very popular, however the bomber jacket seems to have taken the center stage. Pair with midi skirts and dainty sandals for a great look.

 8. Slides  

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This is “The” comfy footwear to wear this season and much later, especially if you’re fortunate to be in a tropical region.

 9. The trouser suit 

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The suit returns with sharp shoulders and a loose silhouette.  Lookout for cuts with deep V-necks,  and fluid wide leg for an instant hit! Bare your decolletage for that  sassy 70’s vibe or wear open with a corset for instant style vibes.

10. The colour Orange/Yellow

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Every summer there is an explosion of brightness, for this season sunny yellow ,orange and green  seem to dominate.

 11. Block heels

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What’s not to love about comfy shoes? The most popular heels right now are block heels, talk about function and practicality all in one.

 12. The Bold sunnies

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No summer wardrobe will be complete without a pair.

 

Surprise! You have some of these pieces already? Now you know you don’t have to break the bank, you are welcome J

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The Best Dress Shape For Every Body Type

Dresses are way cooler than pants, no?  As much as we like to borrow from the boys, dresses are the ultimate feminine piece. They are that one piece of garment we do not have to share with the boys, at least for now.

They are pretty, cheaper and easier to style, as you do not need to worry about bottoms to pair them with.  But finding the right shape can be a bit tricky at times, here’s how to nail the most flattering dress shape for you.

 

1. If you are pear shaped – Try a full-skirted dress

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Think, highlight small waist and conceal larger hips.  As a pear shape, your figure is smaller at the waist, so you want to highlight this. You have larger hips; the goal is to keep it a little looser around this area so as not to exaggerate your size.  Two things to keep in mind here,  highlight waist and keep hips slightly looser. To achieve this, go for full-skirted dresses or A-line dresses with fitted bodice, nipped waist and full skirts, preferable with pleats.

 

2. If you are apple shaped – Try a shift dress

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If apple shaped, think shapely drapes. Here  you would be looking for shift dresses that just drapes over your figure. Avoid overly baggy, shapeless shifts. Opt for something with some structure that goes a little loosely over your figure without totally drowning you. Apple shapes are lager in the middle and smaller at the top and the bottom, so the aim is to create some balance in your proportion. A shift dress with a subtle flare at the hem is a great way to create the illusion of a smaller middle.

 

3. If you are hourglass Shaped – Try a fit and flare Dress

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The goal with an hourglass shape is to emphasize small waist while highlighting a well-proportioned shape. For this shape a fit and flare is the best silhouette to achieve this.

 

4. If you are boy shaped or straight – Try a belted shirtdress

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The aim here is to add some curves to an otherwise straight figure. To achieve this, go for belted dresses, anything that can be accessorized to define you waist is your target. A great shirtdress with a thin belt will be a great way to achieve this; it creates an illusion of an hourglass and highlights your great legs

 

5. If you are petite – Try a mini shift dress

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The aim here is to give the illusion of height while highlighting the figure. Avoid bulky or overly loose garments. Choose dresses with shorter hemlines to give the illusion of longer legs. Since, your dress style is short/mini avoid excessively tight dresses, hence the suggestion of a shift style, on less of course you want to look like you are headed for the clubs.

 

6. If you are tall – Try a flowy maxi or  midi dress

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Taller girls can wear longer styles with more fabric better. Maxis and midis are great for you, a flowy midi is great for when you do not want to look sooo o o tall! 🙂

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Eleven more ways to wear stripes

Ever since the stripe trend moved into mainstream fashion in 1917, thanks to Coco Chanel. It has become a permanent fixture in fashion. Year in, Year out, come spring, there always seem to be a different variation of this classic trend. While we love the stripe for its casual cool vibe, its versatility is what always wins us over. This classic trend is here to stay no doubt, who are we to complain when it can be worn in a multitude of ways.

Here are  some gorgeous ways to play with this trend,

 1. Play It chic –  Leave it simple, and let the stripes do all the talking, pair with a bag and sandals for a super chic and easy look.

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2. Pattern Play It – Add a fun and interesting twist by pairing with other print patterns.

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3. Dress it down – Keep it clean and casual by pairing with sneakers for a comfy and casual look. This is great for when you would be doing a lot of running around.           

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4. Dress it up – Add a statement necklace and heels for a classic look.

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5. Top it off – Pair with a light cardigan, denim jacket or vest, for those cold nights at the cinema.

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6. Pop it up – Add a pop of colour, a bright pop of colour always works with black and white stripes.

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7. Hats On It– Add a floppy hat and sunnies and head to the beach!

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8. Work it –  Add a blazer for a professional look. 

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9.Wrap it up –  Make it interesting by adding a beautiful printed scarf.

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10.Double dose it – Get a double does of cuteness by pairing  two matching stripe pieces.

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11. Play It  long– Wearing full length stripes is a great option to achieve that taller, slimmer look.

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These Outfits Are Instantly Slimming

The fact that most women want to look good in whatever they wear is no news, thanks to the media, there is an expectation on women to bring their ‘A’ game when  it comes to how they present themselves to the world.

 

While we are no magicians and cannot wave a wand to transform your look, we can guarantee that these wardrobe pieces, when worn in the appropriate size would create a slimmer looking figure no matter your shape.

 

1.   Midi Dress

This dress style accentuates the curves and hits below the knee, creating a longer, leaner look. Though all midi dresses would create a leaner look, for an ultimate effect, choose a midi dress in colour black, Black is a universally slimming colour.

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2.   Long Sleeveless Vests

A long vest is a great piece to achieve a slimmer torso, outside the lengthening, slimming effect of the jacket, it’s bulky structure aids in concealing any areas you do not want in full display.

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3.   A – line Skirts

A good A line skirt can also create this effect. The waist band usually starts at the smallest part of the torso, the waist, creating the illusion of a smaller than usual waist and gently flaring out over the hips masking the mid section and  wider hips. Another trick  to consider in choosing the perfect A line skirt is finding the right length, If you are smaller, opt for shorter skirts, if taller go for midi or longer lengths.

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4.   High Waist Full Length Pants

High waist pants are a great choice as they start at the smallest part of the torso, the waist, creating a solid, long line to the ankle. The eyes are tricked to travel a longer distance down this seemingly long  line from waist to heels.  High waist jeans and slim cut pants in solid colours are a good choice, the combination of high waist and a slim cut would create a slimmer than usual effect.

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One Dress Style To Try When You Really Need To Conceal Your Tummy

Of all the things that make women look or feel unstylish, ill-fitting clothes probably tops the list. Everyone would feel a need to conceal their mid section at some point due to weight gain or just a bloated feeling. Finding the right outfit in such situations is such an important factor that it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, as long as it doesn’t fit right you probably would not feel right.  Ill-fitting clothes would draw attention away from you and your fabulous clothes and accentuate your bulge and wobble.

 

To conceal this all-important region, here are few tips to consider,

 

  1. Avoid excessively baggy clothes; they would exaggerate the size of your tummy. Instead opt for clothes that just skim over your tummy without being tight.
  2. Choose an outfit style with draping, ruching or patterns around this area; these styles all conceal the tummy.  Strategically colour blocked styles, and styles with side panels are also a good option.
  3. Choose outfits with asymmetric style, these styles create a vertical line that tend to draw attention away from the mid region and create a lengthening effect.
  4. Empire waist outfits, peplum styles, shift dresses, fit & flares, and deep V-necks are also great for drawing attention away from the tummy.

 

The wrap dress is one dress style that conceals any would-be wobble around the mid-section and totally negates the need to suck in.

 

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3 Easy Ways To Update Your Corporate Style This Year

It’s no news that we are essentially judged by the way we look and dress. While appearance is not all it takes to move up the corporate ladder, we cannot deny that the right outfit can certainly boost confidence, make one feel more attractive and ultimately impact on productivity.

Scroll through to see 3 easy ways to spruce up your style and garner the much needed confidence to work your way up this year.

1. Embrace eye-catching colours –  A pop of colour would always liven up any outfits. Consider wearing colour rich pieces with solid neutrals for a fun sophisticated look.

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2. Consider a strategic slit – A full frontal slit may not seem work appropriate, but in midi lengths, they are demure and provide a great way to infuse your cool-girl style into your corporate look.

 

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3. Opt for perfectly tailored pieces – Wearing well tailored clothing that sits well on the body makes a world of difference in ones appearance. Consider perfectly fitting pieces in flattering silhouette, and it would never go out of style. All that’s required is simple accessories and great pumps and you’d be ready to bring your ‘A’ game.

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What’s your style strategy for boosting your corporate look this year?

10 Wardrobe Essentials You Are Guaranteed To Always Wear

Classics are the most important pieces in any wardrobe, hence the most essential. They are the key to building a solid wardrobe and form the foundations of any good wardrobe. These are the pieces that you constantly fall back to, and as such they get the most use in your wardrobe. While trends are fun, you would find that you still struggle with finding and creating outfits easily if most items in your wardrobe are trendy pieces.

The rule of thumb when it comes to creating a timeless wardrobe filled with pieces that would make dressing-up easier and more fun is to apply a higher ratio of your wardrobe to classic pieces and less of trendy pieces. Some have suggested a ratio of 70% classic pieces. While there are no strict rules to these ratios, there is a general concensus that wardrobe classics be of good quality as they are the most worn pieces in your wardrobe.

Scroll down for our take on where to start in creating the essential wardrobe, and then add a dose of your personality, lifestyle and accessories to continue building your perfect wardrobe!

 1. A well-cut denim in a dark wash – Darker denim are universally more flattering on most silhouette. The darker wash is also more suitable for a wider range of events than other washes. Consider Investing in a well-made and well-tailored denim.

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2. A well tailored blazer  –  Blazers have a way of instantly updating an outfit. You can throw them on dresses or jumpsuits, or pair with pants and skirts. Invest in classic colours like black, grey, white or  brown, you can then throw in a few funky colours for fun.

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3.  A little black dress – We cannot over emphasize the importance of an LBD in a wardrobe. This piece is so versatile it can be worn for almost any event and styled in a variety of ways.  You can pair with blazers, sweaters, button down blouses and great accessories, the possibilities are endless! You might want to consider investing in a couple of these in different styles. Check here for ideas on styling your LBD. Opt for simple LBDs with interesting details.

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4. Black smart pants – Every woman needs a pair of black pants. A good pair of smart pants will take you from formal occasions to informal occasions and can be dressed up with heels or down with flats. Invest in a cut that most flatters your figure.

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5. A white button down blouse – This is another piece you might want to consider investing in different styles, for the simple reason that you want your white blouse looking smart and pristine always. Choose button downs with varying details like bows, interesting necklines or cool little details that make all the difference to every outfit.

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6. Classic black, brown or nude pumps  – These are you power shoes and they would take you from boardroom to cocktails effortlessly. Invest in pairs that would give you good mileage, as they would work with just about any outfit. You can throw in a blue,  animal print or red for extra flair.

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 7. A great fitting skirt  – A great fitting skirt in a style that is most flattering to your figure is a solid wardrobe piece. Consider choosing this in neural colours of black and grey.  A penciled skirt is a good choice as it is very flattering and can transition easily from work to play.

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 8. A cotton plain white tee shirt or tank – This piece can be tucked into a skirt, worn on denim or paired with a jacket.  This trusty piece would serve for both formal and informal occasions.

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9. A pair of smart flats – These are both chic and comfortable. They will go with most outfits and will help give your feet some much needed rest from wearing heels, so invest in a good pair. For an extra dose of cool, you can invest in a pair of slip-on sneakers; they instantly make your casual outfits chicer.

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10. Stylish simple pieces of jewelry – These are the jewelries you always grab on the go. It can be a combination of  simple earrings, necklaces and nice pair of wristwatch.

So share, what items are your can never do without?

 

 

 

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6 Oufits To Try When There Is Absolutely Nothing To Wear

We all need a little dose of direction now and again. Especially on days when nothing looks or feels right,  though there’s a wardrobe packed full of clothes. Truth be told, that happens to even the most style savvy – Some days, your inner fashionista just wouldn’t come through. Rather than get overwhelmed, turn back to basic pieces that might already exist in your wardrobe and watch the magic happen! Here are a few outfit inspirations from some of our favourite bloggers to get you started.

1.  A Printed Dress + Classic Pumps

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2 . A jumpsuit + Blazer

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3. A Crop Top + Something High Waisted

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4. A Maxi Dress + Flats

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5. A Playsuit + Hats

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6. A Striped Dress + Sneakers

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Looks We Love – Toyosi Phillips in A Skater Dress

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Media  Personality Toyosi Phillips looks undoubtedly the picture of chic perfection in this white skater dress. Beautifully accessorised with a tribal inspired bold necklace, she’s a picture of sheer perfection in her recent photoshot to celebrate her birthday.

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Steal her style in our Fever London skater dress, pair with a statement necklace to glam it up for semi formal occasions, and for Formal gatherings throw on a blazer or pair with a blouse underneath for that trendy pinafore look.

 

 

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Trends To Watch Spring/Summer 2015

The fashion world is ever so obsessed with the future; we are constantly searching for the next new trend. Unlike the past, when we would wait for months after the shows before the trends hit the stores, thanks to the media and technology we do not need to wait several months after fashion shows to get the ‘now look’.  But of course if you want that particular dress from Altuzarra and Alexander Wang, you probably need to patiently wait until next season when they would be available. For those of us with less than Kim Kardashian levels of income, this is a guide on trends from the spring shows you can easily incorporate into your wardrobe straightaway.

While some of the trends are throwbacks from the past seasons, à la the crop tops and the sports inspired looks, others are old favorites that have been given a breath of freshness.  We hope come next Spring, these styles would be among the rage, here are the top trends on our radar from the Spring/Summer 2015 shows.

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