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Autumn Days and the Trends are here…

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by Emma No Comments

It seems recently that trends have become a dirty word and don’t sit well with sustainability and making more of what you have already.  But that’s not my view, trends, when used well can uplift, refresh and ultimately bring new life to old faves in your wardrobe.  Also the emphasis is on sustainability meaning as well as industries having to seriously up their game (Fashion, I am looking at you!) there is a place to help sustain our high streets and make some purchases. 

Having said that, there are things trends won’t do – they won’t all be your cup of tea and invariably they won’t all suit all people and all body shapes and some may have a short shelf life.   So the emphasis is to choose carefully, go for those that speak to you, don’t spend tons on something unlikely to last past Christmas, embrace accessories and most importantly think about how pieces will work with what you already have. 

Here’s my guide to on the top trends season with tips on how they can add life to your wardrobe not volume.  

First up – animal print is going next level and this is the season to be seen in snakeskin.  Actually this is one trend that has the feel of a classic depending on the piece.   Take this mini top handle bag from M&S, yes its snake print but the classic shape makes it feel as if has always been in your wardrobe.  Accessories are also the easiest way to try a trend without full commitment – belts are a great option. 

Another way is to try it in a neutral palette like these two tops one cosy and one with hints of metallic

Mint Velvet Snakeskin Pencil Skirt

If you prefer to go all out then how about this pencil skirt in full on snake – team with a logo tee and trainers for a casual take or how about a neutral polo neck and court shoes for a smarter look. 

Checks – this trend has become one which repeats almost every Autumn – this year go for it in rich browns, caramels and tans or up the ante and embrace tartan.

Luxe Leather – choose to go fake or real the choice is yours just pick a cut that holds its shape, looking like a crinkled plastic bag isn’t what you are after. 

Puff shoulder or a bell sleeve,  what you have up your sleeve this season counts. It can be subtle or bold your choice. 

How about trend mixing?  Here are some ideas on how to wear together to re-create the looks seen on the catwalks to wearable everyday style. 

Ladylike Elegance has returned this season try styling a pussybow blouse with leather trousers and blazer or combine your snakeskin and checks.  Stylist Tip: Keep the tones neutral for the print clash to work. 

70’s styling  – take a classic denim skirt, team with a camel top, a floral print blouse with puff shoulder details and finish off with a corduroy blazer and a knee high boot.

If you would like to see more- head over to IGTV and watch my series on the trends.  If you want to see each of the pieces used above and some more besides then check out my  Autumnal Trends Pinterest Board.   Prefer the personal touch?  Give me a shout and I can help you navigate the trends and shape your wardrobe – currently I’ve got a couple of slots in October left.  In the meantime I’d love to know what trends you are hoping to try out this season – leave a comment on here or the socials. 

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.



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.


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.


Trousers, Boden

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


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.


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.


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. 

Working the Trend – Metallic

Posted on: June 3rd, 2015 by Emma No Comments

Clients are often wary of trends, until we let them into the secret of keeping your look up to date without being a slave to fashion which is to add a few trend led items to your existing wardrobe. In this blog SYW shows you how with metallic which remains a trend for Summer 2015. We have gone for this gorgeous fluid vest from Reiss, in a great soft metallic bronze.

Reiss Ona Metallic vest

Reiss Ona Metallic Vest

We have hardly stopped wearing ours since it made it into our wardrobe. Think metallic is only for evening dressing? Think again. The colour and cut of this vest make it very versatile. Here’s how to make it work.

Work the trend into your existing wardrobe

Work the trend into your existing wardrobe

Take one metallic vest and pair it with……..

Sleeveless Perforated Detail Jacket, Jorli; Faux Silk Jogger, Zara; Handbag, Koko; Alma Lizard Sandal, LK Bennett

Sleeveless Perforated Detail Jacket, Jorli; Faux Silk Jogger, Zara; Handbag, Koko; Alma Lizard Sandal, LK Bennett

…….Silk look joggers, sleeveless jacket, Bright handbag, wedge trainers or heels (if you prefer) – Wearing this way kills two trends with one stone, as it hits the utility trend too. Perfect for slouchy Sunday brunches, weekday errands or even the school run.

……..Ribbon pleat skirt, white jacket, tonal handbag with metallic detail and either nude Mary Janes or lizard effect heels.  Makes a lovely outfit for a wedding, afternoon tea or a day at the polo. Swap out the bag for a lady like B&W number and keep the Mary Janes and you have a summer office uniform.

Faux Leather Trousers, Zara; Blazer Jacket, Top Shop; Scarf, LK Benett

Faux Leather Trousers, Zara; Blazer Jacket, Top Shop; Scarf, LK Bennett

……..Leather trousers, smart white jacket, add colour with a pattern scarf and select pair of demure Mary Janes – you are all set for smart casual day at the office. Come quitting time swap out the Mary Janes for some killer heels – seamlessly takes you from desk to drinks.

Still nervous about trends? Book a consultation with SYW and let us help you update your look.