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Five New Season Faves


Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Emma No Comments

In the first of a mini series on the blog which will be featuring what I love from the shops right now as we get involved in Autumn. I am talking those few key purchases that will give your wardrobe an updated fresh feel. This week’s faves are from good ol’ M&S who keep bringing their A-game to affordable fashion.

Straight in at the top of the lust haves is this gorgeous grey jumper dress. There is a bit of nostalgia involved due a gorgeous brown (yeah I know) jumper dress I had when I was 18 that made me feel like I was so sophisticated.

Seamless Wonder

Seamless Wonder – £45, M&S

However this piece is more than that, it has no seams! This engineering feat along with the side tie detail and the cosy but not chunky merino equals a flattering dress to anchor your Autumn wardrobe. I’m seeing it with prim shoes, trainers but most of all boots, ankle or over the knee preferably in a shade of red or Oxblood.   Which leads us on to the next fave……

Red Alert - M&S £79

Red Alert -£79 M&S

These red ankle boots with metallic heel detail, look much more expensive than their £79 price tag, and will work beautifully with dresses, jeans (particularly the straight crop style that Autumn is ushering in) and even a faux leather legging which are not going anywhere (but more on those for next week’s Five Faves).

Tasseltastic - £35, M&S

Tasseltastic – £35, M&S

Sticking with shoes, tassels have not deserted us but they have graduated from blouses and earrings to shoes. These heels tick the key colour trend red but also come in black for those who prefer a neutral.

Check Out - £30, M&S

Check Out – £30, M&S

A nod to tweed and the suiting trend these trousers will bring texture and interest to your new season wardrobe and make a great alternative to your navy and black neutrals. Pair with a classic white shirt and some Oxblood courts for a smart look or red boots and a slogan tee for a more casual affair.

The Updated Parka

The Updated Parka – £79, M&S

Last but not least – THIS  jacket  it’s a parka yes but it features shearling and camo which bring this staple bang up to date. Pair with pretty much anything but black denim and a statement ankle boot will see you from the school run through to gin o’clock.

What’s caught your eye in the early Autumn drops? If you don’t know where to turn, think about booking a seasonal update session with me. It’s a mini wardrobe edit focused on the key trends for the upcoming season, quote “Five Faves” and get this service for just £70.

 

 

Transition Your Wardrobe


Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

One advantage of the distinctly unseasonal weather is that I am already actively plotting my new season wardrobe,  Usually I would be glossing over such things because I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to look at them in any form of heat

I’ve spied a few things recently that I believe qualify as anchor pieces.  Specifically those pieces that allow you to segue effortlessly into the new season because they work just as well for now in this transitional period as they do for new season proper.  To avoid disappointment I won’t be looking at soft suiting which is a key trend for next season that I can’t quite get on board with.  I think it’s something to do with coming of age in the nineties when going out out in a suit was the thing!  I had a pretty amazing silver suit from Warehouse which was worn on repeat including to celebrate my 21st birthday.  It was still hanging in my wardrobe when I met my now husband, where he promptly dubbed it my spaceman suit!!  I had clear early warning that he would not always understand my sartorial choices but I digress.

First up is this vibrant trench from H&M.  They are calling it red but for me it’s very much fiery sunset orange.  Either way it is the perfect slouchy silhouette and is heavy enough to be worn through even the chilliest Autumnal days. It also looks way more expensive than its £59.99 price tag which makes it a shrewd now buy.  Plus it’ll keep some of this endless rain off.

H&M Trench Coat - £59.99

H&M Trench Coat – £59.99

If you are a fan of this sunburnt orange then may I recommend this  French Connection dress. Still summery enough to wear now as a dress, later you can throw over your favourite pair of jeans with  a biker jacket or blazer.

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French Connection, £85

Pleated midis are not going anywhere but they have got bolder.  For an instant update add pattern, like Louche’s floral print version (which I may have just picked up at one of my favourite local boutiques Lilac Rose).  If you aren’t a floral lover then try Next’s midi with its geometric print.

Skirts earn their place as a transitional anchor because they can be worn now with a simple tee and sandals or trainers, just add boots and sweaters for Autumn proper.  If pleats aren’t your thing or you want to make the skirt your centre piece (it’s going to be mine) just go for print or patchwork.  I am coveting Second Female’s navy gold spotted version.

Also on my wish list is Numph’s suede zip front skirt, somewhere between slate and a softer hue.  I can see me wearing this now with a slogan tee (yup they are still here)  and with a jumper and boots for leaf kicking later.   Both Second Female and Numph are available from another local favourite boutique, Karabo.

H&M Hot Pink Slacks - £12.99

H&M Hot Pink Slacks – £12.99

Block colour is still current to make a statement.  I’ve opted for these slacks (slacks?!?! I know I was pondering who on earth who still used the term slacks the other week and now I know, it’s H&M).  Brilliant fit and stretch plus a side zip is always more flattering for those of us wanting a smoother, flatter tum.

H&M also has two more of my wants/must haves.  The first I picked up this weekend and have already worn twice.  It looks like a tee because of its soft cotton body but the addition of statement balloon sleeves compete with tie, in a cotton/poly mix elevate it to so much more. It’s a proper top with interest, pair it with jeans and some jewellery and you are ready to take it almost anywhere.   It’s also great to give balance to pear and apple shapes.  Please please can you do it in some more colours H&M?

H&M Balloon Sleeve Top

H&M Balloon Sleeve Top – £17.99

The other is this hot pink cotton jumper, weighty enough for cooler days but still able to wear now for those rainy summer days.

H&M Hot Pink Sweater - £34.99

H&M Hot Pink Sweater – £34.99

This kind of jumper always make me hanker for a beach house somewhere and imagine myself in white cuffed skinny jeans, on the beach with a dog, you know Jennifer Anniston rom com style.  Just me?

T Bar Shoes

So to footwear.  I have come to the stage where almost all of my staple, waterproof shoes have given  up the ghost at the same time, but I find buying more sensible shoes slightly dull and I am definitely not ready to crack out the boots yet, it is still officially August.  Enter the T Bar shoe, which are going to be everywhere.  They bring polish and poise but with a bit of fun and look great dressed up or down.

All the transition - H&M Balloon Sleeve Tee + Louche Skirt

All the transition – H&M Balloon Sleeve Tee + Louche Skirt

Here’s me in the bolder pleat and paired with the statement sleeve tee, proving their transitional fashion points.  What are you most looking forward to updating your wardrobe with?

 

Spring Colour Trends


Posted on: March 26th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

Spring’s officially sprung and I feel the need to bring up the “C” word – yes colour.

I have lost track of how many times I hear “Oh I don’t do colour” or “I couldn’t possibly wear ….. Insert relevant colour”.  It seems evident from the sea of almost exclusively black and grey that I encounter on my regular commute (in all seasons) that this lack of colour could be an epidemic. With the high street awash with vibrant shades I challenge you to add some colour to your looks, I promise it will instantly update your look (and dare I say mood) for Spring.

Think Pink was the message loud and clear from the catwalks and its not just one hue will do but any type of pink you can imagine goes. From magenta through to the softest blush. You may not imagine yourself as a pink kind of person but it’s a very versatile colour and is much more than its stereo typical fluffy image.

Alternatively bring the sunshine into your wardrobe literally with another of the key colours of the season – yellow. One of the most frightening colours for a lot of people, perhaps because often the wrong shade can be unflattering. With the racks carrying the full spectrum from egg yolk through softest primrose to ice cool pastel it could be time to find the one that suits you.

How to Wear

It’s not what you wear but how you wear it. Injecting colour relies on the right placement for your body shape – it’s a bit like contouring in make up – wise placement of colour can work wonders.

Focussing bright and light colours on your top half with darker shades on your bottom half is a flattering way to use colour on pear shapes especially when combined with another of this season’s hot hits- a statement sleeve.

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Pleat Cuff Top, Warehouse. Also comes in yellow.

A block colour or pattern trouser really show off the slim legs of those with strawberry and apple shapes.

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Trousers, Boden

All over block colour works well on hourglass shapes, include texture and a v neck to ensure shape is enhanced not lost.

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Dress, Second Female available at Karabo

By combining colour and prints, athletic builds and rhubarb shapes can create curves on their frames.

Print +Colour=Curves

Print +Colour=Curves

A common question – if I wear colour what can I wear it with? Here are my tips for colour combos.

Blush + Neutral = Pared Back.

My choice at the moment is khaki/olive green, it’s an underused neutral and adds just the right amount of polish to a look.

Blush n Khaki

Blush n Khaki

Bright + Blue = Colour Pop

Bubblegum pink and magenta both play well against navy and gives a classic combo just the right amount of pop.

Top, Oasis; Skirt, H&M; Trainers, Jones the Bootmaker.

Top, Oasis; Skirt, H&M; Trainers, Jones the Bootmaker.

Colour+Layers = Chic Impact

Layer your pinks, starting with a blush base and adding hot pink accents or vice versa.

Blazer, H&M; Shell Top, French Connection; Dress, Oasis.

Blazer, H&M; Shell Top, French Connection; Dress, Oasis.

Yellow +Navy = New Nautical

I still love the freshness of a nautical vibe for Spring.  I think navy and yellow take it up a notch.

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Cabi Clothing – Grand Slam Blazer, New Stevie Blouse

Colour + Classic Details = Colour Lite

If colour is outside of your comfort zone, try combining with classic detail.  This Cos jumper is the perfect hack with its white shirt detail. Layer over a Breton stripe and wear with a cigarette trouser and trainers.

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Jumper, Cos Clothing

Pastel+neutral = Luxe

Yellow with grey particularly a pastel yellow is the perfect Spring combo.

Tulle T Shirt, Mango; Maine Biker Jean, Mint Velvet.

Tulle T Shirt, Mango; Maine Biker Jean, Mint Velvet.

Bright + Denim =Instant Update

Yellow begs to be a bright be brave. Throw this pretty Warehouse sweater with back strap detail on with your favourite blue denim. Guaranteed instant Spring.

Colour+Trend = Update Plus

Embrace colour incorporated into another trend to give your wardrobe a super boost.

Try a retro floral print incorporating one of the key colours like this pretty Emily & Finn shirt or  Warehouse’s Wisteria print (comes in a blouse and a dress too) or take get 3 in one with this shirt dress (key dress shape of the season, in double on trend yellow stripes.

Biker Jacket, River Island

Biker Jacket, River Island

Go Bold or Go home with this great neon yellow jacket.

Or you could be uber daring and wear pink and yellow together – did I go too far?

Biker Jacket, River Island Dress, Oasis

Biker Jacket, River Island
Dress, Oasis

If all of that seems a step too far and not really you -try coloured accessories, a great bag or show is a simple way to elevate your look.

So now the train platform will be brimming with colour, Right?

If you would like to embrace some colour or refresh your wardrobe or look – get in touch to book your styling session, I’d be delighted to hear from you. 

The 89th Academy Awards Fashion & Drama


Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

Now I have recovered from my once a year all nighter (this year fuelled by the superb espresso martinis at Ham Yard Hotel’s Dive Bar) and the incredible plot twist straight from a script I can share my take on the fashion.  The red carpet may have got somewhat overtaken by events, though it certainly had impact.

The trends saw a move to simplicity but the wow factor was kept high by drama being created through silhouette, bold blocks of colour and high octane jewels.

It was back to black for many of the attendees but that definitely didn’t mean boring.  Kirsten Dunst, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek and my last year’s favourite dress winner, Brie Larson, all went for highly dramatic shape and detail for their black numbers.  The queen in this category, even though she used navy over black, and also for me a contender of best of the night was Taraji P. Henson.  She nailed the old school Hollywood Va Va Voom with a beautifully cut Alberta Ferretti dress complete with a stunning scooped sweetheart neckline.  Finishing touch were the stunning sparkles around her neck. Bravo and a million miles from Cookie Lyon.

Taraji P.Henson in Alberta Ferretti

Taraji P.Henson in Alberta Ferretti

With the ladies in black the men switched and wore white tie but for me it was only really pulled off by the ever impeccable David Oyelowo.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

One of the other stories of the evening was metallic but again this was used simply to great effect, head to foot block metallic may sound bold but with simple silhouettes and shades of pale gold and pastel, many could have been mistaken for the statuettes themselves.  Those that stood out for me were Amy Adams, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone.  I especially loved the fringing detail on Emma Stone’s dress which kept the look fresh.  Also a runner for my favourite of the night.

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Michelle Williams, who has my favourite red carpet style overall, decided to combine the 2 key trends with black and pale metallic sequins in one dress.  Louis Vuitton it may have been but the style was pure Michelle.

MIchelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Out of the block colour numbers it was Viola Davis in scarlet that was a revelation, coupled with her youthful swept hair she really  owned that dress.

Viola Davis in custom Armani

Viola Davis in custom Armani

Belts and the waist featured prominently in lots of the looks, the winner of the great Hollywood belt off though was Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaïa

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaïa

So my Oscar for best dressed goes to…………………..  oh I don’t know its one of these 3, they looked equally amazing so you tell me, which one? 

Swim to Sunset – August’s Outfit of the Month


Posted on: August 8th, 2016 by Emma No Comments

Jetting off somewhere or making the most of the sun in the British Isles? One thing is for certain you need a wardrobe that can cover you from early morning swim right through to sunset, without compromising on style and definitely without lugging around lots of clothes.  As personal shopper at Royal Priors Shopping Centre, each month we select a look from the retailers at the centre – enter August’s edition taking you effortlessly through from dawn til dusk.

Look 1 – Swim

Built around this Marks and Spencer hot pink halterneck swimsuit. Not only a fab bargain at £35 but the secret slimming panel gives extra body confidence if needed.

Pick a swimsuit with luxe detail and a great neckline

Pick a swimsuit with luxe detail and a great neckline

Halternecks work well on hour glass figures and pear shapes in providing balance. However if you have broad shoulders, you can avoid the halter and go for a bandeau style, as the strap is detachable. This works equally well for athletic shapes who want to create some curves. The finishing metallic detail adding extra glamour that stands in for a statement necklace come sun down.

Base sorted, think about a stylish way to cover up from the midday rays and go for lunch possibly with a cheeky drink. I have chosen Jigsaw’s broken glass print blouse. The loose fit and elegant print are universally flattering.

Don’t neglect accessories – to complement the blue of the shirt and contrast with the hot pink, I have chosen one of Pandora’s double leather bracelets in electric blue.

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Cover Up (and dance, well maybe)

Also in the cover up club are a pair of classic tortoiseshell sunnies, like this pair from New Look and to keep the look from being boring, Claire’s Accessories, “Choose Happy” baseball cap. Finish off with footwear fit for the pool and beyond, Animal’s Napa sandals. Throw your sunset look pieces (see below) and other essentials in Superdry’s sky blue tote and you are ready for your day.

After a fun packed day, thoughts turn to after dark, be it a backyard BBQ or an Ibizan sunset, its easy, with a few swaps, to change up your look.

Smart but relaxed vibe with these Jigsaw trousers

Smart but relaxed vibe with these Jigsaw trousers

Add Jigsaw’s Broken Geo Drawstring Trousers over the swimsuit. I love the combination of pink and blue and this works really well. If you prefer a more relaxed fit of trouser then Jigsaw also has a slouchier linear leaf pattern pair in a paler blue.

Prefer more relaxed go for these.

More relaxed version

The details are what really make the difference in a look like this. The colour and metallic in the swimsuit mean it effortlessly doubles up as your top.  Next add some more jewellery to your leather bangle.  Pandora’s Essence silver bangle with Hope and Spirituality charms, provide just the right touch.  Don’t forget a ring too, as its August I’ve gone for the August birthstone ring.

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It’s all in the details

To finish swap your flats for these sparkly New Look wedges, although if you prefer flats you can stick with Animal’s Napa sandals.

Change up to wedges

Change up to wedges

Lastly tuck away your hat and blouse into your bag, keep those sunnies to hand though, the better to catch that sunset with.

All set for Sunset

Look 2 – All set for Sunset

Looking for a multi-tasking outfit to see you through your Summer days (or beyond)?  Get in touch to book your own 1 to 1 SYW experience, prices start from £45.

Solihull Fashion Week


Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by Emma No Comments

It may not be New York but this new event on the local fashion calendar kicked off in style.

Mr Du Beke

I’m an advocate for shopping local so events like this by the Solihull BID are to be applauded to keep our high streets alive.

Th Glamorous Hosts

The Glamorous Hosts

Presided over by the dapper Mr Du Beke and his very glamorous co host Sameena Ali-Khan who kept the audience very entertained, not least when Anton reduced a couple of James Bushell’s stylists (if you need a go to hairdresser, James Bushell is it!) to tears of laughter and flummoxed with them with the description of a new do “the waft”

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Its all about the waft

Taking us though a typical range of Summer events from the Yacht Club to a Country Weekend via a Day at  the Races, the catwalk showcased the best from the major retailers and highlighted  Solihull’s quality independents.  Our favourite looks came from the independents.

With its pretty floral print and dip hem this great dress from Aspire  made for me the perfect Summer frock.

I also loved these  gorgeous yellow looks from Madeleine Ann to take us to the Races.

Sunshine Yellow

Sunshine Yellow

My all out stand out favourite the Yellow fleck chunky knit jumper with black shoulder strap and brooch.  It had colour, it had slouch it had cold shoulder and is versatile enough to take it from a Saturday lunch out to a full out glamour affair thanks to the black strap detail.

The Ultimate Jumper

The Ultimate Jumper?

The high street offering was all about earning your fashion stripes for Summer mix and match different stripes in the same look – guaranteed this is what you will be reaching for this summer to add that catwalk gloss to your look.

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Stripes in all Directions

Find more stripes to inspire you on SYW’s Earn Your Stripes Pinterest Board Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Earn Your Stripes on Pinterest.

 

So to steal & corrupt a phrase from one of the illustrious hosts – keep fashioning Solihull!

Oscars Red Carpet 2016


Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by Emma No Comments

In one of the most unpredictable Oscar races in years, the red carpet followed suite but not so much by delivering daring more a return to understated glamour.

My favourite night of the year is all over for another year and while they may have kept everyone to time at the ceremony, it still doesn’t finish until 5am meaning this post is fashionably late in being turned from my bleary eyed notes into something coherent!

Metallic Mermaids

Metallic Mermaids

We got the metallic mermaid look shown off best by Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein and Naomi Watts in Armani Prive. The shimmer and colour were just exquisite. Saoirse went for a natural look with her hair and the cut out back detailing to maintain a youthful look rather than trying to look older which was so refreshing to see.

Full on drama came in the form of the plunging neckline, Charlize Theron really pulled it out of the bag in this striking red Dior number making her look more statuesque than normal as though that were possible.  The sublime Cate Blanchett paired her plunge with an appliqué sea foam dress, another from Armani Prive. I wasn’t keen on the dress on its own but I think it worked so well on her.

Walking her own path was Lady Ga Ga but doing it very classily in this trouser suit from the all white and the cape elevated this to being worthy of the occasion. Although she was probably the best chance of a completely crazy outfit which has been sadly lacking in this year’s awards season.

Less Ga more Glamour

Less Ga more Glamour

Silhouette wise it was pure golden era of Hollywood with full length full skirts and cold shoulders reigning, most definitely the year of “the Gown”.   This is such a flattering style on most body shapes, its easy to see why it was popular. It gives the status fitting for the biggest red carpet of the year. Those opting for a “gown” went for block colour with detailing and cut being chosen to add interest.   Black was a popular choice and for me the best version was Jennifer Garner looking simply divine in Atelier Versace.

Back to Black

Back to Black

Away from the block colour came the pretty –my favourite pretty of the night though was the Louis Vuitton dress of Alicia Vikander, subtle yellow and pretty flowers with a raised hemline, it was dreamy.

Pretty in Primrose

Pretty in Primrose

However the hue was most definitely blue even amongst the boys with Supporting Actor nominee, Mark Ruffalo, sporting a blue tux.

Damsels in Blue

Damsels in Blue

The blue of the night and for me the best dressed was the gorgeous Brie Larson in Gucci. The colour and shape were great but by also incorporating on trend pleats and an embellished belt it really brought the wow factor, much like her winning Actress in a Leading Role performance.

Stellar - winner of Actress in a Leading Role and of the Red Carpet

Stellar – winner of Actress in a Leading Role and of the Red Carpet

Same time, same place next year and if you haven’t seen the major category films get out and see them now such a strong field this year.  For more looks that we liked head over to the Pinterest Board.

The o o o O bag Experience


Posted on: February 11th, 2016 by Emma No Comments
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Rapidly becoming a favourite brand of mine I jumped at the chance to attend the official launch of O bag’s first UK concept store in Solihull (not that it hasn’t been a frequent lunchtime haunt of mine since it opened in December).  Warning: It’s not a shopping experience for the indecisive, offering a dizzying array of choice of ready made customisation.
So much choice

So much choice

 The basic premise is that you choose your bag shape and then make your very own variation of O bag selecting from on the plethora of handles, interiors and accessories to end up with your own unique creation.  The brilliance is that the shapes are classic framers (from the O bag and O bag mini through the O basket and the O pocket clutch style) and the seasonal or personal update is all in the detail.  Go bold and add detail using all 3, keep it simple and add nothing, add a pop of bright colour or luxe it up with faux fur trim – the choice is yours.  Quality is not sacrificed in favour of quirky, as is often the case.  Staying true to it’s Italian roots the products have a chic luxury feel.
It started with a watch

It started with a watch

It all started with an O clock, which I received as a birthday gift.  A similar concept to the bags, choose a coloured strap then choose your dial.  Easy to assemble you simply push your choice of face into the silicone strap.  Best of all the price is a fraction of what you would pay for other high fashion watches (straps are £9 with dials starting at £16)  so you can easily add to your collection ( have already added a further strap and dial), allowing you mix and match at will to suit your outfit and mood.  Showing my age, but for me it’s the updated and much more stylish version of those Swatch watches I coveted as a teen.
With the Spring collection dropping in time for the launch, the latest addition is sunglasses – choose your frame, lens and legs to make a unique combo.  The seemingly endless choice means I can see a Summer of O-Sun on the horizon.
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Why settle for one set of sunnies?

It was always the bags that were my siren call though, ranging from the classic O-Bag through to the O Basket complete with hole for your beach towel, the modular collection and unusual EVA rubber shells make a unique impression.
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I had thought it was the O Pocket, the perfect size clutch with added fringe accessory that was calling my name but all thoughts were banished when I clapped eyes on the O bag ’50.  Styled in store with a maroon patent handle and corresponding charm, the shape was what did it for me.  Quirky but at the same time classy, touching it was a surprise, I expected it to feel cold and rubbery but was warm and felt almost like suede.  I was hooked.
It's got the strokability factor.

It’s got the strokability factor.

I left with a bag that I know will definitely give me joy every time I use it.  Introducing my take on the O bag ’50 styled with emerald green handles and corresponding patent charm.
Bag for Life

Bag for Life

With an O bag the beauty is that you can update your wardrobe by adding, changing or taking away some of the detail without losing the shape that you love.  My idea of a true bag for life!  I’m already planning on the addition of a shoulder strap and coming soon I will be able to accessorise it as a backpack.  What would you choose?
If you tend to find a style of accessory and stick to it but crave an easy update then check out O bag.  I warn you its addictive and you will definitely need to factor in decision making time.

Red Carpet Road starts here


Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by Emma No Comments

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Red Carpet road (as we like to refer to the road through each awards event until the Oscars) has started and here’s our annual Golden Globes post with our fave looks from the first taste of 2016 Red Carpet dressing.

Delicate and romantic details featured prominently, nowhere quite as well as with a masterclass of Red Carpet dressing from Cate Blanchett in Givenchy.  At first look I wasn’t sure but on closer inspection I fell in love with the dress although I can’t imagine many pulling it off in such style as La Blanchett.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

The key to the romantic look was to keep the silhouette simple and let the detailing do the talking as in the case of Alicia Vikander – she may have missed out on winning her statuette but her red carpet look was a definite win.

or let colour be the star – Laverne Cox just made simplicity breathtaking

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Always room in my heart for classics on the Red Carpet and no one was channelling old school blonde bombshell better than Lady Ga Ga.

Lady Ga Ga in Atelier Versace

Lady Ga Ga in Atelier Versace

My absolute favourite look though came from Jamie Alexander,  bold, gorgeous and completely flattering – clear winner for me.

Jamie Alexander in Genny

Jamie Alexander in Genny

For all the looks we loved  and to see what we think of the BAFTAS and beyond head over to SYW’s Pinterest Pages Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Awards Season 2016 on Pinterest.

Adventures in New York Denim


Posted on: November 21st, 2015 by Emma No Comments

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The excitement of the stylish black and white box that arrived on my doorstep containing every woman’s holy grail – a pair of perfectly fitted personalised jeans. How did we reach this fashion nirvana? Denim was firmly at the top of our shopping list during our NYC trip and when the Wallpaper guidebook directed us to 3×1, we needed little further invitation.  This little gem, in Mercer Street from the brains behind the Earnest Sewn, promised jeans to your exact specification from the weight of denim to the detailing.  As a pear shape with a small waist, jeans and trousers always need to tread that balance to be not too tight across the hip but at the same time not leave a gaping expanse at the waist. I was hooked with the thought of somewhere that could magic this problem away.

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Proclaiming it’s status as “one of the top 10 denim stores in the world” made a promising start. Entering the shop you are met with walls adorned with ready to wear jeans in limited edition styles, a huge glass worktop and rolls of demin in a range of weights and every colour from true faded to darkest indigo. The atelier which produces the creations is enclosed in glass to the rear of the shop. Where to even start? Luckily we were guided by the delightful Raymond Yook, who explained the options from bespoke -where you select every single detail from scratch –  to custom where you decide on the details to be added to one of 3×1 limited edition designs to off the peg – if you are lucky to fit into one of their ready to wear collection.

I wanted to go for something other than a skinny jean, based on this Raymond made some recommendations and even though I was sure I wanted a dark denim, I actually fell in love with these mid rise boyfriend cut in fleet wash,

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Me n Raymond and my new 3×1’s

Even better was that, Raymond was able to offer to adjust them to allow for the fact I fell between sizes. At the same time I got to add a custom detail in the form of rose gold hardware. This pair was ready for pick up within a couple of hours.

However that was not all before leaving I spotted a pair of “gaucho pants” (or denim culottes if you will) high waisted, tailored and offering so much versatility, I hadn’t seen anything that came close to how these looked. (The Karen Millen denim culottes I had my eye on at home paled into insignificance). I wasn’t sure about the colour – no problems said Raymond I could  pick a denim and the details wanted. Perfect. I set to work selecting denim, thread and hardware. I opted for a lightweight indigo denim to preserve the tailored look.

I really wanted to go a bit different for stitching and hardware so plumped for a strong burgundy. Raymond said that he would normally steer clients to the metallic hardware but actually approved of my choices.

Decisions made, all I had to do was wait the 4 weeks for denim alchemy to occur. They arrived last week

I am definitely in love, thinking might need another pair in a black denim. Would love to know what you think.

Me n my Gauchos

Me n my Gauchos

A massive thank you to Raymond for making my 3×1 experience one I definitely want to repeat. Visit Raymond if you are ever in New York or int he meantime you can check out the 3×1 website

If you find it difficult to find trousers or jeans to suit you, get SYW on the case.  We can recommend styles to suit your budget and shape, just get in touch by e-mailing or calling.   Quote “Blog15” to get 10% discount on any consultation or styling session taken by end of January 2016.