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Six styles for Spring 2018

Although looking outside it’s hard to believe that spring is almost here but I do have faith that it will warm up sooner rather than later… With the advent of spring comes the joy of casting off boots, hats, tights and coats to make room for lighter weight items ready for warmer temperatures. This year I will do a spring round up and later in the year a summer round up as spring is so late this year it seems barely imaginable to write about styles to wear when the temperature is above 20C . As ever, I have been combing shops both online and on the high street as well as looking at Instagram and articles online and in print to bring you my own view of what the six styles for spring 2018 are that you should invest in this year.


  • Heritage Check Blazer
six styles for spring 2018



Seen everywhere and available everywhere. The jacket shown here is from Zara but similar double and single breasted options are available from &OtherStories, Topshop, H&M, Mango, Asos and all major retailers. It looks good paired with trousers and heels as shown here but great with cropped/ankle grazing denim and ankle boots or over a midi dress. Whilst it does look good I do think this is a trend that isn’t going to run and run so better to buy from one of the above mentioned retailers so you aren’t spending a fortune and wear it up this season. Looks great worn layered over a denim or leather jacket whilst the weather is warming up. Ensure that the colourway you buy is appropriate for your skintone…tan/browny shades if you have warm skin and grey/black tones if you have cool skin. I think I’ll be investing in this Zara one.


  •  Mules
six styles for spring 2018

Sam Edelman

Mules come and go in popularity and you could say they are a perennial classic but this year they are big business..whether it is heeled, kitten or flat… easy to wear with denim, trousers, skirts and dresses so you will get a lot of wear out of them and as long as you buy in a colourway that works with the majority of your wardrobe they should last for years to come. I particularly like the style of the ones shown above.. very glamorous… but you will find them everywhere. Try Dune and Kurt Geiger for good options.


  • Straight leg raw hem jeans
six styles for spring 2018

Mint Velvet

Whilst cropped straight and wide leg jeans continue to be very prevalent.. the straight leg raw hem jean is definitely the jean cut du jour for 2018. If you look at any fashion influencer or street style star on Instagram they will often be wearing this style. Having decided I wanted to invest in a pair I scoured the internet and found the pair shown above from Mint Velvet..a great fit and wear well and a reasonable price. Similar available from all major retailers. If you can’t find a pair you like you can always take the scissors to an old pair of full length straight leg jeans… as with cropped wide leg jeans they work well with trainers, flats and heels. I think I’ll be living in mine this spring.


  • Long trench coat
six styles for spring 2018


Always a classic but this year it’s definitely the year of the long line trench coat. Either in standard stone/tan colour for the purists or in a myriad of colours and fabrics for the more adventurous. I have had a mid-thigh length trench coat for years in a stone colour from Banana Republic but will be investing in a longer line trench to look more modern. I know I will wear it this year and next and beyond. Good options at Asos, M&S, &OtherStories and H&M amongst many others. As with the checked blazer go for a warmer colour if you have warm skin and a cooler taupy,stone colour if you have cool skin.


  • Floral midi dress
six styles for spring 2018


Been around for quite a while and still going strong this season. As it’s such a prevalent look easy to source from Dorothy Perkins all the way to Net a Porter. Favourites of mine are Ganni and Rixo at the top price end and &OtherStories, H&M, Kitri, FCUK, Sosandar and Hush for a lower price point. Looks great with trainers or long or ankle boots with bare legs or tights and paired with denim or leather jacket or the long line trench. It’s so easy to dress quickly with a dress and there are so may colourways and styles around that there will be something that you like and that suits you..this is the one trend I would strongly urge you to invest in this season if you haven’t already..


  • Pastel Ice Cream Shades
six styles for spring 2018



I try and make these posts generic so that they broadly apply to all readers but this trend for pastels, in particular Lilac the Pantone 2018 colour of the year  ,is only really for cool toned women.Lilac, pink, mint green, baby blue and so on are not great on warmer skinned ladies so step away from this trend and concentrate on mustard and orangey tones instead.  Lilac, pinks and blues abound for trousers, tops, skirts, dresses, shoes and bags but have shown a knit here so that it’s a doable possibility for spring. Move onto lightweight materials for summer when it finally comes along.

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How to decide what to wear and buy each season (without having to go shopping)


how to decide what to wear and buy

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

So many of my clients say they have no idea where to start buying clothes and are keen not to waste money so that when they do buy items they will actually wear them and get the wear out of them…. with this in mind I have compiled an easy guide to how to decide what to wear and buy for the coming season which I actually do follow more or less to the letter myself.. I hope you find it helpful..

1.Sign up to email alerts from your favourite shops so you will get details of all new offerings plus ideas on how to put outfits together and details of sales, discounts and other offers. Ones that I recommend and receive emails from are amongst others Hush, FCUK, Whistles, Finery, Sosandar. Me & Em, Baukjen , Boden, John Lewis, M&S, Topshop and H&M. This gives me a good cross reference of shops, prices and target market which helps me start to build up a profile of what is coming into the shops across a range of price points and age ranges.

2. I then use this info to start creating a seasonal pinboard. This is my current one that I have just started pinning on..follow it if you would like some inspiration for your own. Every time I get an email alert of items that I like I pin the item(s) on the board. Slowly over time you will build up a profile of items and trends that you like and start to get a mental picture of possibilities to consider buying.

3. Look through fashion magazines and catalogues either in hard copy or online. This again should give you ideas of what is coming, what you like and how to put outfits together. Anything you like track down online if in a hard copy magazine and pin on your seasonal pin board.

4. Follow style influencers on Instagram for outfit ideas and inspiration. It call all be quite contrived on Instagram but if you find a couple that resonate with you then just follow them and that should give you more than enough food for thought.A few I recommend are Beth Goodrham_stylist, Erica_Davies and doesmybumlook40.

5. Read the daily press online. The Times always has a style article and Sunday Times Style magazine is always full of interesting style and fashion spreads for inspiration.

6. If you are a keen pinner then pinterest itself can also be a source of great ideas that you can then pin on your own board.

7. If you do happen to find yourself in a shop or two then their key pieces are always placed at the front of the shop as you walk in so they immediately catch you eye as you enter the shop.

8. Sign up to emails from style blogs. My favourite is Who What Wear (UK version) but I also find The Pool has great fashion and style articles too.

Gradually over a couple of months.. January and February for spring/summer and August and September for autumn/winter a mental profile of  what you like and what will suit you and what you will actually wear based on your colouring, body shape and lifestyle will emerge. You only need to buy a few key pieces each season to look current and add modernity to your existing wardrobe but the trick is only exactly what these items should be. It will differ from person to person. I send out a bi-annual seasonal round up in March and October of what I think the key pieces that 40 plus women should buy but it is inevitably quite generic so use this as a further aid to hone your own pinboard. Once you have your list of 5-6 key items you would like to buy find the exact item that meets all your requirements ie colour, price and style and order it or buy directly if you happen to be in the shop. Try it on and be critical.. is it exactly what you wanted, is it flattering, will it work with other items in your wardrobe and most importantly do you feel great in it? If not… send it back or return it and move on to the next item. Don’t remove the tags when you put it in your wardrobe…only do that when you come to actually wear it as you can then still change your mind if you come across an even better ie pair of boots or floral maxi dress or whatever it may be…

Following this easy step by step guide of what to wear and buy each season might seem prescriptive but it will bear fruits in a lower spend on spontaneous items that you don’t end up wearing much or at all and a more coherent and flattering wardrobe that you wear and feel and look great in!

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Seven Seasonal Trends for the Savvy Shopper for Autumn Winter 2017


autumn 2017 fashion trends

Jacket Next

So it’s most definitely that time of year when I give you my recommendations for the key items to buy from the high street for the coming six months to ensure you look stylish and modern without wasting money on here today gone tomorrow trends.  The weather has most emphatically become autumnal and it’s time to drag out the coats, boots and scarves and get ready to face the winter with our best foot forward ..hopefully in a red boot!!

First up, is a long sleeved floral midi dress. They look great with trainers and bare legs whilst you can bear it and then with tights and ankle boots as the mercury starts plummeting. Layer with a leather jacket right now and with a polo neck and coat when necessary. Favourites I’ve seen are from Hush, Dorothy Perkins, H&M, FCUK, Ganni and Zara. They will work though autumn and winter and into the spring and early summer and again for next autumn and winter. Ensure the colour you buy suits your complexion.. there are a plethora of dresses with florals on a black background.. if you are anything other than very dark haired go for a burgundy or navy-esque background.

autumn 2017 fashion trends

Dress Hush


Next, red is abounding as the colour of the season particularly visible on coats, shoes and boots. I personally think bright red boots could be a here today gone in February kind of trend so would advocate going for red in a more subtle shade such as burgundy instead. Burgundy or versions of this shade are always stylish so it makes sense to play into the trend with a classic colour that will last years instead of months. If you do want to invest in some red boots M&S has a very attractive ankle boot with kitten heels for £50.


autumn 2017 fashion trends

Boots Very


Sock boots in a rainbow of colours  are also having a moment. Seen with both skyscraper heels and kitten heels they are available everywhere including Zara, Topshop,M&S, Kurt Geiger and Aldo. Invest in a lower heeled pair as you will get more wear out of them and don’t spend too much. I have bought a navy pair from M&S but go wild and buy a coloured pair which will definitely put some zing into your wardrobe.No need to spend more than £30-£40 as they are only made of fabric. Look great paired with midi dresses and skirts, cropped and full length jeans.


autumn 2017 fashion trend

Boots M&S


Slogan t-shirts and sweatshirts have been prevalent for the last little while. Hush has a fantastic collection especially when worn with their range of lounge pants which plays into the Athleisure trend without much effort required.
The sweatshirt shown here is my favourite of their offerings. As long as you buy your slogan top in a flattering colour you will wear it throughout the season and into next spring and beyond as its so easy to pull on and wear with any kind of trousers, jeans, skirts and shorts.


autumn 2017 fashion trend

Sweatshirt Hush


Pleated midi skirts show no evidence of disappearing so if you haven’t already it is most certainly time to invest in one. Available everywhere – Next has a very good range this autumn as does M&S. Look great with both ankle boots, court shoes and trainers. A useful item to your wardrobe which can be worn year round.


autumn 2017 fashion trend

Skirt Next

High cut court shoes a la Victoria Beckham also show no sign of going away and are available everywhere . Even if you don’t lead a court shoe kind of life they do look great with jeans and a top & blazer or leather jacket for a night out. Great pairs available from M&S, Next, Zara, Topshop and most major retailers. No need to spend a fortune unless you are going to wear them for work but I would recommend investing in a pair as they are very of the moment and will lend a modern twist to your existing wardrobe.

autumn 2017 fashion trend

Shoes Kin at John Lewis


Finally, a round cross body bag. Most certainly a trend but a cross body bag is always useful.. go larger if you will be using it for day and smaller if just for evenings.  Don’t spend too much but definitely invest in a coloured one and wear to lift any outfit. Great options in most retailers. This one from Cos I really like.

autumn 2017 fashion trend

Bag Cos


Possibly all seven trends are not your cup of tea but investing in just one or two won’t break the bank and will lift your current wardrobe to new heights!  If you haven’t already, I highly recommend investing in 3 perennial classics; leather biker jacket, white trainers and cropped wide leg jeans. Year round useful and here to stay and stay!

autumn 2017 fashion trend

Happy shopping!


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What to buy, what to wear – Spring Summer 2016

Catwalk to Closet – My recommendations for what summer styles to buy for Spring and Summer 2016


culotte dungarees and bardot top

culotte dungarees and bardot top

It’s that time of year when I do my bi-annual what to buy and wear for the coming season blog. Spring and summer is definitely my favourite time of year so I can’t wait to be ditching the coats and boots and getting some lighter weight clothing on again and getting some skin out! So what to buy over the next couple of months to last through until September?

Summer styles for 2016

Still big this year is fringing on bags, jackets and boots. Culottes, jumpsuit and boiler suits are still around after being very on trend last year.  The sleeveless waistcoat – both long and short,but particularly with a tied waist, is very much here to stay which is great news as it create such an elegant silhouette and makes even the simplest top and jeans look amazing.

tie sleeveless waistcoat

tie sleeveless waistcoat


Bomber jackets are big business as well this season and are the perfect transitional item to get us from cold winter to hopefully warm early summer. Plain or patterned, bright or muted – there is a style and pattern for everyone. My personal favourite is the mustard one from H&M. Although they also do a great khaki one too which taps into one of this years key colours.


bomber jacket

bomber jacket


New (to the high street at least) this season are cropped flares.  They look amazing on models but are a tricky trend for most of us to wear as they make the leg look shorter and unless teamed with the right items can look odd… probably one trend to avoid unless tall and slender or have a dramatic style preference.


cropped flares & ankle tie flats

cropped flares &             ankle tie flats


Another key look is the off the shoulder top, also known as a bardot top, and cut away shoulder tops. Bardot tops are definitely a flattering trend for us all to buy into as they make the shoulders look wider and our hips and thighs narrower as a result. Cut away shoulders are also very flattering as they allow us to show show flesh but keeping most of us covered –  a great shape for 50+ women..


cutaway shoulder top

cutaway shoulder top


Shirt dresses are also everywhere in 2016.  These are a very versatile item of clothing that can be worn with bare legs and sandals or over leggings/skinnies and are great beach cover ups over bikinis and cossies instead of sarongs or kaftans. Worth investing in for this season but will last for years.

shirt dress

shirt dress


Key colours this year are khaki and pink. Khaki is  particularly good for those of us with a warm undertone to the skin. Pink is also everywhere and is better for those of us with cool undertone to the skin.  Flat shoes with lace ties and again very popular, as are multiple buckle shoes and metallic block heeled shoes. Mules are also having a bit of a renaissance. Available flat and heeled in all types of patterns and styles.

block heeled multiple buckle shoes

block heeled multiple buckle shoes


Denim in all sorts of permutations, washes and cuts remains very much with us.  The perennial classic.


My personal favourite look of this year so far is the culotte dungaree hybrid (as pictured). Successfully combining 3 key trends; dungarees, culottes and denim. I’ve already ordered this pair!


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Autumn 2015 Shopping List – What to buy now!

topphotoWhenever I’m anticipating the new season I always get very excited about all the new offerings in the shops and online (especially the boots on sale at this time of year!).  Historically, I have often rushed out to buy items that, whilst I like them, might not actually be that useful over the coming months. I guess the million dollar question when doing any clothes shopping is what will I actually wear time and time again and what will go with my existing wardrobe and what trends ,if any, am I going to buy into and what leave well alone? In my case, this season, that will be the folk trend that I give a wide berth to!

During my capsule wardrobe workshops I explained how I operate with a rolling capsule wardrobe which I amend every 3-4 months which comprises of 33-38 items. What I want to be able to do for myself and to share with you is to create a shopping list of 5-8 items that I think are the key items to consider buying for the coming 3-4 months based on what will be versatile, enabling it to be worn several times with existing items of clothing and also with a nod to key trends, as being current IS one of the pillars of effortless style.

Having spent a long time browsing online and in shops I have created my ultimate list for the coming months. I hope you find it useful …. I’ll be using it as a guide for my shopping list! Ideally, if you buy a few items on this list there will be no need to buy anything else, as what you buy should work with your existing wardrobe giving you a injection of freshness that enables you to create many new and different outfit combinations.


Over the Knee Boots

Incredibly elegant with skinny jeans and leggings and even bare legs with skirts and dresses for those brave ones amongst us.. Admittedly not great for those with very short legs but for the rest of us an easy item to wear especially if you invest in some flat ones. Boots pictured are from Carvela but many high street shops are selling similar this year.

Over the Knee Boots










Suede Tassel Bag

Tassel Bags have been around for several seasons now, but as suede is so prevalent this season why not buy into the 2 trends by getting a suede tassel bag? An inexpensive one as shown will look amazing and lift your look to Autumn/Winter 2015 without much effort or expensive. The wine colour of this bag from New Look is also a fantastic colour for the autumn!

tassel bag









Sleeveless jacket

Again, this has been popular in magazines and in shops for many months but really starting to be widespread in shops over the summer. Zara and Wallis (pictured) both have good offerings at the moment. Really looks fantastic over a simple pair of trousers and top or knit.

duster jacket










Wide Leg Trousers or Culottes

Again, been around for months as a popular trend and still with us for the coming season. These denim ones pictured from Atterley will be so useful as denim can be dressed up or down and will look great with heels or flats. All styles and colours in wide leg trousers are on sale in shops/online so there should definitely be a pair that suits every budget, shape and colour preference.











Perenially classic. If you don’t yet own some it is worth making a purchase, as they will work this year and beyond and being flat, will be comfortable, working with both trousers and skirts. This pair from Boden caught my eye as they are metallic which works with everything.










Blanket Wraps

Everywhere this year and are extremely elegant. Can be worn loose or belted round the waist. M&S has some great options as does Wallis (pictured).  Can be worn even from now as the temperature has started dropping to autumnal depths even though it is still only early September.












Floppy Hats & Pussy Bow Blouses

Go on be brave enough to buy a floppy hat and wear it out.. they do look super chic! I have bought one… just not quite got round to wearing it yet! Sold in all high street shops… Not convinced they’re going to be a long lasting trend but they do look great on ladies especially those with long hair (as pictured from Zara).

Pussy bow blouses are everywhere too this season. Don’t buy if blouses aren’t your thing but there are some nice ones around. Again this is a definite trend which may not last beyond this season.












If you’ve always wanted to know how to accessorise and feel confident when choosing and wearing hats, jewellery, belts and scarves then come along to my acceessories workshop on Wednesday 23rd September at 10am. Click on the below link to book.



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