Saturday, 9 May 2009

Top Tips #1

Every week from now on I will be writing about some useful tips I have picked up from various makeover shows, websites, books, and even my own, slightly biased advice!

It’s Summer now, so it’s important to know what the key looks are, and what to avoid when updating your wardrobe. A few of them include...

Layers are sticking with us from winter, and its all about over sized blazers and cropped jackets. Blazers are a great way of smartening up a simple outfit like jeans and a vest, or a transforming a day dress into a more evening style. Cropped jackets are effective in accentuating small waists and for layering up dresses. Crops work with most dresses, skirts and trousers, but never with pencil skirts!

Aqua Couture sweat jacket, £84

Harem Trousers
Finally we can stop squeezing ourselves into our drainpipes and focus our attentions onto something new! Relaxed, fun, casual and stylish; harem pants may seem like an odd choice at first, but once you overcome the initial shock of the saggy crotch, I guarantee you will not find anything else as comfy. Try pairing them with wedges and a blouse for a funky evening look, or flats and a simple T-shirt for the day.
Zara have lots of these in at the moment in a variety of colours from standard black to bright yellow, and they are just £9.99, a total bargain. 

Wedge heels are huge this season, dominating sandals, courts, platforms and even trainers. They simply cannot be avoided right now. Not only do they make your legs look longer, they are much more comfy than stilettos. Wedges work brilliantly with jeans or with high wasted skirts (the latter is particularly best for pear shaped figures). Faith currently have some gorgeous pairs in stock right now and if you get there fast they are offering buy one get one half price in some stores! 

Denim has always been huge both on the catwalk and on the high street, and this season is no different. Denim jackets have been making their return recently, since B*Witched cruelly banished them back in the 90's with their horrendous denim overloads!
This time it is the lighter the better, with the introduction of 80's acid-wash denim for a vintage feel. Why not add two key elements together and go for a cropped, light denim jacket? They go perfectly over light floral dresses. Alternatively, light denim flared jeans are a really big look this summer too. Just try to avoid wearing more than one piece of denim at a time, or you will risk looking like a 90's pop star. Not cool!

That's all for this week. I hope you find some of this useful, and I'd love to know what you think, or if you have any ideas for things you would like me to cover!


  1. I heard that double denim was something worth risking this season.
    Or so I've seen on the catwalks.

    Mind you, who dresses like they've stepped off a catwalk.
    I love the acid jeans btw. Lovely!

  2. Loving the harem trousers thang... might get myself a pair this summer, I need u to come with me tho Nikki man.


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