Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Building your Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe for Summer

Posted on: July 27th, 2019 by Emma No Comments


Part 2 of my Summer dressing blog focussing on taking the overwhelm out of Summer dressing with my tips on how to build a capsule wardrobe for Summer

Feeling  a bit overwhelmed by your summer wardrobe?  Have nothing to wear?  Would you like to take the guesswork out your Summer dressing?  A capsule wardrobe may be the answer for you.

Take a look at my suggestions, designed to help you build your ultimate Summer capsule wardrobe that will have you looking and feeling good.  

Still feeling a bit stuck?  Take a look at my suggested capsule contents and adapt for your wardrobe.

Do you already operate on a capsule basis?  If so how do you find it?  If not do you have any tried and tested ways to master Summer dressing?  Would you like to try a capsule but not quite confident to tackle it on your own, you can always book my capsule starter service and I can help.  Would love to hear from you so get in touch or leave a comment.




Fashion Your Summer – Part 1 – Packing for Holidays

Posted on: July 17th, 2019 by Emma No Comments

Part 1 of my Summer dressing blog focusing on helping you out with your packing dilemmas. Top tips to get the most out of your luggage allowance. 



Does this image look familiar, are you always trying to cram your whole wardrobe in your suitcase?


Would you prefer your packing experience to look like the bottom image and not the top one?


Take a look at my top tips which are designed to take the stress out of packing

Follow these and you will be packing like a pro in no time. 

Do you have any top tips to share?  Or do you have packing dilemmas that need solving.  I’d love to hear from you so leave a comment.   Look out for Part 2 of this blog where I will be sharing my tips for creating your ultimate capsule wardrobe for Summer. 

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”


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.

Bold and Clash

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!

Capsule Colour

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Emma No Comments

Favourite moment of Cannes 2015 so far? Charlize Theron nailing it in vibrant yellow Dior gown, glam, gorgeous and very French Riviera.

Charlize Theron Wows in Yellow Dior gown (Getty Images)

Charlize Theron Wows in Yellow Dior gown (Getty Images)

Introducing a pop of colour into your wardrobe can instantly refresh and bring in the summer (especially with the unreliable British weather). It’s easy (really) especially if you use colour to underpin a capsule summer wardrobe.  (more…)

Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 – The Frock

Posted on: June 25th, 2014 by Emma No Comments

Probably not an item often mentioned as part of a capsule wardrobe but I think it should be, particularly for a summer wardrobe. Frock is an old fashioned term but just the word brings to mind a piece that is celebrates femininity and has a timelessness about it that means you will be reaching for it season after season.  Both things which in SYW’s book earn an item capsule wardrobe status.  I return year after year to a blue and white Fever palm tree print number, which makes me feel elegant timeless and summery the moment I put it on.

The Frock takes its cue from vintage styles particularly the 40’ and 50’s, not surprising really when you think that despite wartime and post war austerity, those era’s knew know how to give good frock.  John Lewis has recognised this as part of its 150th birthday celebrations by reviving post war patterns on a limited edition basis, my pick is this floral number   I am a big fan of the brands Darling, Emily & Fin, Louche and Fever who do vintage inspired modern frocks.  My first stop for a new frock are local independent boutiques Lilac Rose and Lily & Mabel stockists of these labels.

A good frock must be capable of being worn for all occasions from the boardroom to the ballroom and everything in between.  Changing its mood is all in the pairing of shoes and accessories.  Take Ted Baker’s tea dress inspired nude pink frock add flat pumps for that Sunday afternoon feel but pair it with high wedges and statement earrings and you are ready for the cocktail hour.

Follow the capsule wardrobe rules, spend as much as you can afford, give it a personal touch that reflects your personality (perhaps a quirky print) and pick the frock to flatter your figure.  For me pattern is what makes a frock rock, from floral to polka dot, who can forget Julia Roberts at the polo in Pretty Woman in the chocolate polka dot number?  Don’t be afraid of pattern, try these tips:-

Taller or curvier figures suit larger, simpler prints, Phase Eight’s poppy print dress is one to go for   Jungle print is popular this season and ticks the simplicity box, Dorothy Perkins’ tunic captures the essence of this print

Patterns should be used to draw focus to your best features.  For example patterns which get more detailed toward the bottom of a dress , like this maxi dress from Darling ,can help take the attention away from a larger bust.

Small detailed patterns and textures help in creating curves for those with more athletic figures. Warehouse’s crepe shift  and Oasis’ floral bandeau  do this brilliantly.

As for length/style the midi length is universally flattering and is the length right now. Try Fever’s 40’s style tea dress   A style that works on most shapes is the fit and flare – LK Bennett’s Annai  and Louche’s Gretta  really show this style off.  The trick is to adopt a neckline that works for you, wider straps or halter necks for broader shoulders, sweetheart or v necks for larger busts.  Higher flat fronted necks with detailing are the order of the day for smaller busts or pear shapes and thin straps and bandeau necks work well on athletic figures.

For our pick of the frocks See SYW’s Pinterest Board The Frock Follow Shape Your Wardrobe's board Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 -The Frock on Pinterest.

If you want to get your Frock on but don’t know where to start get in touch to arrange your SYW consultation.  Are you a frock fan or convert?  We’d love to see your favourite frocks, post us a picture here or on Twitter using #showusyourfrocks.