Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Vintage Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas...

Who doesn't love Halloween?! A chance to dress up and push the boundaries of what classes as normal behaviour, sounds like a hoot to us! Thinking up an outfit is always difficult so we've cooked up a few vintage inspired ideas for you:
Finally you can use that all in one, flared leg body suit that's just been sitting in your wardrobe. If by some chance you don't have one handy, try digging around in a charity shop for leggings then sew on an extra flap of material for the flares. If all else fails, costume shops generally stock some ABBA appropriate costumes.
Alice and Wonderland
This really exploded in popularity all through the 1900's and has such a great selection of ideas. Our favourite is the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. These can be easily achieved with a quick dig about in your wardrobe and a look in a second hand shop. Makeup is essential with these; for the Mad Hatter, bright eye makeup and a white face and for the Queen of Hearts, bold blue eye shadow and a heart painted on the lips on red lipstick.
Vintage Fashion
How about taking inspiration from real vintage fashion. Two of our favourite choices are the Mods and Rockers and the Teddy Boys. Thanks to the recycling of trends, most people have the fashions in their own wardrobes. Look for leather jackets, creeper shoes and long suit jackets.
The Addams family
There couldn't be a better TV show to take inspiration from for Halloween! For women, Morticia is an effortless costume made up of a long gothic black dress, black hair and dark makeup. Wednesday has long plaits and a short black dress with a white collar. For the men, Pugsley is easy to achieve with a striped shirt and black shorts while Gomez sports an epic pinstripe suit!
101 Dalmatians
The book emerged in the 60's and for women, provides one of the best Halloween costumes, Cruella DeVille! Everyone has a black dress which can either be paired with a big cream coat (perfect for a cold October night!) or some kind of Dalmatian style print jacket. Next a pair of red gloves and a black and white wig to complete the outfit with a fake cigarette in hand. Perfect!
Let us know if you try any out!

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Knitted jumper and check pencil skirt coming soon!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Menswear Autumn/Winter

Autumn/Winter is my pick of the seasons for the best looks for men. They can add deep, autumnal colours easily and look chic when layering different textures. This season has some brilliant trends for men so lets delve in!

Turtle necks: There's nothing worse than a chilly neck when the winter months hit but fear no more men, turtle necks are back. We saw them replacing shirts and ties under blazers or worn alone with jeans for casual wear.

Monochrome: A trend that just doesn't seem to be going out of style! Keep the look all black with small white detailing's such as a pattern or a hint of a white shirt. This is a classy look that can be spiced up with layering and varying textures like a plaid coat and a chunky knit scarf.

Skinny leg: The sixties were revisited and slim trousers are back with a vengeance! Slim fit with rolled up ankles, these look great with bulkier layers on top to balance it out.

Burst of colour: Colour and pattern is in to brighten up those gloomy evenings. Introduce a patterned knit over a shirt or opt for a pair of bright chinos to add a modern look to an old favourite.

Green inspiration: This ones a look suitable for everyone and a subtle way to add colour to an outfit. Choose a statement piece like a chunky coat or a dark green shirt to easily work this into your outfit.

Footwear: Boots are always a firm favourite for the colder months and there's a choice for every taste this season. For smart wear, suede boots in a plain brown or brighter teal are a popular option. For the weekend, leather brogues and rugged utility boots suit a pair of jeans perfectly.

Words by Charlotte Hobbs

What a beaut!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Mens Workwear

After our outline of women's work wear last week, you didn't think we would leave you men in the lurch, did you?! Lots of men stick to a basic suit combination for work and it can be difficult to know how to mix it up. Luckily, this month the designers really embraced the suit but it's not as bold as most of you may fear.
While some designers stayed with classic tailoring, you will be able to find slimmer fits and adaptions of trouser lengths. This can suit slender types whom usually find suits difficult to fit properly.
Keeping the suit neutral, many collections mixed up the usual basic shirt. Waistcoats aren't just for weddings! Just ensure they match the suit to avoid looking as though you are getting married! Others featured a turtle neck or t-shirt for a slightly more casual look or layered a cardigan over a shirt to add a bit of subtle texture.
Looking for a new suit? Browns and tweeds are a nod to old school styling and add a variation to the modern suits. If you are only searching for shirts, instead of matching or choosing the usual white, try clashing say a grey suit with a deep blue shirt. It adds depth to a look, allows details to stand out and avoids the entire outfit blending into one boring colour.
It's great news for those of you who want to keep the staple suit as many designers kept the classic tailoring and instead added small touches like a coloured tie or a shirt with detailing on the collar.
You can also try playing around with the traditional grey and black work wear by tapping into Autumns most prominent colours. Aubergines and olive greens were seen on the runways of Prada, spicing up a dull outfit without being over the top. Keep the look to one item in an Autumnal colour and you can't go wrong!
Words by Charlotte Hobbs

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Trend Tuesdays: Work Wear For Women

Credit: Mall Cribbs

Anyone feel as though work wear can be such a pain? Trying to find something that is professional but still allows you to embrace the latest fashions is difficult. There's nothing like a killer outfit to brighten your mood and of course boost your work productivity, so follow our ideas for the best work wear this season!

Last week we put the spotlight on a blanket wrap and before you place it in the wardrobe ready for the weekend, consider trying it with a suit. Not only will it keep you snuggly all day, if you pick out one with coordinating colours, it's a great way to perk up an otherwise dull suit. Keep the colours and patterns to a minimum though, too much going on may end up ruining an otherwise smart look.

Monochrome has returned for another season but this doesn't just mean a black skirt and white blouse, try adding some print. A smart dog tooth skirt or polka dot blouse can perk up your look without being too much. Ensure you keep the skirt at a longer length and avoid additional patterns and your boss will welcome the look with open arms!

If your office is strict on dress code, accessories may be for you. A burnt orange coat adds colour and can be removed for the office. The same goes for handbags. Treating yourself to an oversized bag in a deep aubergine tone can add interest to a look but won't go against any dress codes. If there is a slight leniency, consider some coloured tights or a pair of heels to inject a bit of fashion in to your outfit.

For a svelte look, try two tones which Kim Kardashian has been a massive fan of recently. Wearing an outfit with separate pieces in the same colour, but a slightly different tone creates a sophisticated look without going overboard on clashing colours. You could also try mixing different textures to add more interest to the look.

A slouchy look has been favoured on the runway giving a nod to more masculine work wear. To still add a hint of structure and feminism, try slouchy trousers with a sharply tailored shirt and some heels. If you enjoy this trend, why not add an unstructured coat too and some metallic flats which are a key look for footwear this season.

Look out for next weeks post on mens work wear tips!

Words by Charlotte Hobbs