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IT’S AN OUTRAGE!

1 Apr

It’s that time of year to part with your savings and head down to your local travel agency, and book a well deserved holiday this summer! As shops give the heave-ho to wooly jumper’s and coat’s, what better way to spend this weekend dreaming of sun, sea and sand by checking out the latest swimwear collections!?

Many high street shops have already displayed a wide collection of swimwear with some great new styles, noticeably from brands such as LaSenza, Topshop and Seafolly to browse through. However, as designers hit the catwalk with their latest swimwear for 2011, many display some questionable pieces that may raise one of two eyebrows if worn on the beach!

Here are my top ten questionable swimwear of 2011….

10. The 12 year old girl
Resort underwired bikini. Littlewoods. £15.00.

You may question why this is on my top 10 list. But with it’s outdated print and style it looks like something you have pulled out from the attic from when you were 12. The DD top and mid waist shorts are a big thumbs down, which will make a curvy woman look short and square.

9.The Flashdance
Pink Star Print Swimsuit. River Island. £29.99

Not quite sure if they are reaching to Glee of Flashdance fans, I can’t see this piece flying off the racks anytime this decade.

8.The desperate housewive
Beach Bunny Ready-To-Wear.Vogue.
Vogue have a few questionable pieces in their new S/S collection this year, which I could argue are certainly not ready to wear. This piece in particular would be nearly impossible to sunbathe in, with metal hoops that could leave nasty burns on your front and sides. Okay to look at, but not something worth packing for holiday.

7.The crocheted look
Crocheted Monokini. Victoria’s Secret. £115.00

I once worked in Australia’s top designer bikini store, and from experience, I know this style is a BIG fashion no-no. The crocheted style in the middle never seems to fit, if your body is too small it will gape, and if too long it will not fit your bust correctly. Besides, if you are hoping to get a tan, this one-piece will leave behind some not so trendy patterns. Even the Victoria’s Secret model doesn’t sell it for me.

6.The plain Jane
Mis Softee Halter. Juicy Couture. £54.00

If it doesn’t look great on the model, it probably won’t look great on anyone else. The sagging top is very unflattering along with the pasty colour. The mid waist shorts also shout out uncool.

5. The Jordan wannabe
Beach Bunny Swimwear. Vogue
Another piece from Vogue which questions their target fashion market. The uncomfortable looking one piece looks like something from Katie Price’s wardrobe.

4.The uninviting goth
Studded Black Bikini.Lilth.
The gothic look on a whole is a fashion blunder for spring/summer. This tacky looking bikini will make everyone run far far away. If you are a fan of the gothic look, take a leaf out of singer PINK’S bikini look, where she mixes cute skull bikini’s with feminine frills.

3. The minimal queen
Minimal Cutout.bikini-brasil.co.uk£85.00.
It’s hard to grasp everything about the not-so one piece. Look closer and you may find a tiny strip they may argue as the bottoms. Wear it and you could face many angry parents telling you to cover up on the beach. This particular suit must be extremely uncomfortable to wear, and I hope in the future we will never see it become a major fashion trend.


2.The parent’s nightmare
Crystal Encrustaed Black Mesh String.Malibustrings.£59.00
Yes. This is a bikini. The title pretty much sums up what is wrong with this ghastly set.

1.The D.I.Y
BodyPaint Bikini.Futureclassx.com.Prices as requested.
Art or fashion…or neither? I certainly think that this wannabe fashion trend disaster  deserves to be placed at no.1. Creator Mark Greenawalt suggests his body paints are “The perfect future form of swimwear. Water resistance, stays up and on and even, sexy tan lines.” Hmm…. i’m not so sure about that.

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Style Spying: Oxford Street

30 Mar

What makes London such an iconic fashion forward city? The capital welcomes different cultures from all over the world, bringing with them unique and inspirational styles and trends that have burst onto the streets of London. As the city attracts over 27 million overnight-stay visitors every year, eying up trendy outfits from around the globe couldn’t get easier. Street spying in central London is a great way to check out the latest fashion styles from different cultures, and where better to go then one of the world’s most famous streets? Oxford street, of course.

I walked up and down Oxford Street to do exactly that, asking people along the way about their choice of outfit, what trends they like and what the bought. I also asked each person what their favourite shop is down Oxford Street, to see how people rate different shops clothing range.

Here’s what some fashion forward people had to say about their style:

Carin, 26, Mayfair: “This time of year is hard to figure out what my style is, as some days are freezing cold and I have to get out my coat, and other days are RayBan weather! At the moment I love my leather jacket, I got it from Debenhams a month or so ago for £50.00. It’s easy and to wear and looks stylish on to0, leather jackets never go out of fashion and I think everyone should have one. I usually wear it with a pair of skinny jeans  and either ankle boots or platforms.”

 

Fiona, 19, Notting Hill: ” My favourite high street shop is either Topshop or Urban Outfitters. They always seem to be on trend and have a really wide selection of clothing. So far I bought a printed suntop from Topshop, it was only£25.00 and has a really cute cross back detail. I am slowly buying things to wear on holiday! The next thing I will probably buy is a bikini from House Of Fraser. Expensive bikinis are always better because they last longer and have better support. I would probably spend around £100 on a set.”

Tatjana, 22, Moscow: “Fashion in Russia is a little different than in the UK. Our shops are more practical for diverse weather conditions, so we don’t have as many cool clothes shops like down Oxford Street! The main style that is coming into fashion for spring in Moscow is lace. A lot of people are wearing laced shirts and frilly tops! Compared to shops here, our style of frills are much different, i’m not sure if it looks more dated or more futuristic. I love fashion here, my favourite trend at the moment I have noticed in shops down Oxford Street is probably bright colours. It really makes spring a lot more fun and happy. ”

Fiona, 20, Essex: “I come to Oxford Street regularly to have a girly shopping day out. It’s great here as there are so many shops to choose from. I hate it when people put a style agenda on people from Essex, saying that everyone wears tacking things like white heels and dresses. It’s completely untrue. Today i’m wearing camel chino trousers(£27.00) from Miss Selfridge, with a silk peach vest top tucked in. If I wear a plain outfit like this then I love to add lots of accessories to add individual style, such as a large pendant necklace, lots of bracelets and a belt.  I have noticed a lot of aztec style skirts coming out in the shops right now, this may be my next buy of the day!”

…and what did everyone vote for as their favourite Oxford Street store?
TOPSHOP!  It is unsurprising that this trend setting high street store hits first place for style loving shoppers down Oxford Street. Always quick to bring out the latest styles and trends, with some out-there outfits and row upon row of different colours, shapes and sizes, Oxford Street shoppers just can’t get enough!

But what is your town’s style? Hit the streets and do some of your own style spying!

Online Review:

28 Mar

 

We have witnessed an extrodinary invention that many couldn’t imagine living without….the internet. Using it in our everyday lives as a common tool either at home, work or on the go to communicate, search and buy the world couldn’t be happier(and lazier).

Now at the comfort of your own home, you are able to search through anything and everything to do with fashion without having to spend the day running from shop to shop for that perfect dress you were after. Many fashion outlets have seen this as a great way to allow shoppers to check out the latest trends, buy products and get it sent through the post so you don’t have to budge.  Noticing a great opportunity, it is understandable that there are more and more recognised and trustworthy online only fashion stores to check out and buy from which are becoming increasingly popular.

As Seen On Screen, known as ASOS is my all time favourite online fashion store. It really does have everything you could ask  for from a fashion store. With competive prices, free delivery(even international!) and trusty advice from style professionals, it really is your all-in-one online fashion friend that could easily become your homepage, wherever you are in the world.

Established in June 2000, ASOS.com is the UK’s largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer, offering over 40,000 branded and own label product lines across womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery and beauty with over 2,000 new product lines being introduced ever week. Aimed primarily at fashion forward 16-34 year olds, ASOS .com attracts over 11 million visitors a month.

Heres what the professionals are saying about the site:

The online fashion store is ablaze with hot designers“-Marie Claire

“In just ten years ASOS.com has gone from niche get the look website to massive internet phenomenon.“-Grazia

“ASOS.com’s trend led mix of clothes, accessories and beauty products is perfect for lunchtime browsing.”-The Guardian

What I adore about  ASOS is their online page. The set out and design jumps out at you and really catches your eye. As you can see from the picture, there are many tabs to chose from including my personal favourite; fashion finder. Clicking on this new tab will lead you to different sections of trends that are hot this season. Depending on your style, you can chose which section to click and it will show you all of the most stylish clothes from the chosen trend, giving you a choice from designer to bargain buys. Quick, easy and convenient when wanting to find something from a specific trend.

I’m only 5 ft, and any petite person out there will understand my frustration when trying to find clothes. Dresses are too long, bottoms are too baggy, and you look like your wearing your boyfriends shirt. ASOS are one of the few online shops who have realised this, dedicating a whole page for little people like me :). Some high street shops will offer clothes in petite, but have a very small collection to chose from. ASOS have a great petite selection in every category, stocking clothes that are available right down to a size 4!

ASOS’s own brand compromises of fashionable, in trend clothes which are bang on budget. Many of their clothes and accessories are influenced by celebrity style spots, which means you can steal the high end fashion look for a fraction of the price!

Many people tend to worry about buying online, including the price of delivery and returns. ASOS is one of the only fashion online shops that I have come across to offer free delivery AND returns! Not only this, but students get a further 10% discount with a valid NUS card!

ASOS has the ultimate budget attitude and is perfect for young, trendy students across the world!

 

TGIF! Your weekend look-whatever the occasion!

25 Mar

This coming Sunday will be the longest day of the year, which means one more hour of sunshine…yay! With warm weather and brilliant sunshine forecast, there’s nothing better then spending your weekend shopping during the day, and showing off your new clothes at night!

Whether you are out partying with friends, or having a romantic dinner with the boyfriend, I have put together a number of great outfits to wear on different occasions which are not only on trend, but outfits that you can wear time andtime again leading into the summer!

All of my chosen outfits are from high street stores, and like last time I have stuck to the £50.00 per item budget! There’s nothing better then having a bit of extra money left over time!

The club scene

OK, so we’ve only just about tiptoed into spring, and definitely not in the hot summer months! But, true to the British style, when a little bit of sun comes out….why not have a bit of skin showing?!(Don’t forget to top up on the tan though!)

When your hitting the clubs this weekend, dare to bare, and show a bit of leg! If your not quite there yet, team a cute dress or long top with a thick pair of tights and heels!

The outfits


£30.00

Topshop
Multi Floral Button Back Shell Top

Every wardrobe must have a printed, floral top! Wear your hair up with matching makeup to really bring out the colours of the top!
Key trends: Prints and colour pop.

 

Bargain of the week!

£3.99
H&M
Black figure hugging skirt

Another must-have all year round.

 

 

 


£38.00
Very.co.uk By Fearne Cotton
Dutti Platform shoes

Bold colours are a great trend this season, and as we mentioned in a recent post, these shoes by Fearne Cotton are spot on trend. The orange works great with the colours in the top, and brings the whole outfit to life!

 

Or, If your not quite ready to show off your legs….


£40.00
Topshop
Cream Embroidered  Bow Blouse

This is my favorite! The Swedish Lace top looks sophisticated on, and is long enough to get away with wearing tights. Part your hair in the middle with plaits on the side to create the gorgeous boho spring look.

 

£1.50
Primark
Whenever you are looking for simple items of clothing like tights or leggings, never venture further then your trusty Primark!
Add these tights to your outfit to look effortlessly gorgeous.


£17.99 (+£2.99 p+p)
Ebay.co.uk
Black wedge ankle boots

It’s hard to find fashionable shoes at good prices, thats why I love Ebay! These new wedges are a great statement piece to finish off the gorgeous boho outfit.

 

The dinner scene

Planning to go for dinner with your loved ones? Whether its with friends, family or your boyfriend/girlfriend the trick is to have effortless fashion! Try wearing a simple dress with a pair of heels, or some skinny jeans with a glam top. Add some toned down, natural shades of make-up and voilà! Here’s a few of my favourites…


£46.00
Topshop
Peach Sleeveless  Tuck Detail Dress

This simple dress tucks you in, in all the right places and makes your body look fab! Great for going out to dinner, the high neck line and tuck detail brings out the trend in you!

 


£20.00
Linzi Shoes
Modesta Satin Heels

The black court shoes let’s the dress do the talking, and makes your legs look slim and slender. Match the dress with a black skinny waist belt to create a sophisticated, classy look.

Or, If it is too cold to show off those pins…


£42.00
Miss Selfridge
Cream Flower Embellished Top

A great dinner top to add some glamour to your outfit.  Remember, when you are sitting down, it is all about what you are wearing on top!

 


£24.90
Mango
Black Skinny Jeans

These basic black skinny’s will make your legs look long and slender. A great bargain too!

Sale £30.00
Asos.com
Peaches Seude Platforms in the style of Cheryl Cole.

The suede super high heels bring out the different textures in the outfit.

 

The cinema scene

Sometimes I love nothing more than chilling out in front of the big screen with a tub of popcorn! If your off to the cinema this weekend, the key is to wear comfy clothes…I hate it when people walk in as if they are off to a nightclub!The colour for casual this season is nude. There are some great trousers and casual shorts available in the shops now, team with a comfy T or vest and your ready to relax for a few hours without fidgeting!(Remember to bring a cardigan or jumper, the cinema can get a little chilly!)

£18.00
Topshop
White Tiered Tee

To create the look, tuck in top to shorts (leaving the tee a little baggy) and add this seasons Aztec jewellery.

 

 


£34.00

Miss Selfridge
Tan Suedette Short

I love these! Effortlessly chick and screaming the Aztec trend, but casual and comfy enough to watch a film in!

 

 


£29.99

River Island
Red Feather Sandals

River Island has a great collection of sandals this season, and their feather sandals finish this Aztec look with casual perfection.

 

If your local cinema enjoys leaving the aircon on…



£29.99

River Island
Camel Silk Vest

This 70s style over sized vest is great to wear on any occasion, team with a statement necklace to add texture to the overall look.

 

 


£42.00
Topshop
Camel Paper Waistband Belted Tapered Trousers.

Everyone needs a pair of casual, light pants. As hot as it may get, it will always be a little nippy during the night! Mix beige colours to give out a casual but trendy vibe.

 



£15.00

Linzi Shoes
Lilia Red Aztec Sandal

Finish the outfit by adding a splash of colour. The red ovals work great with matching jewellery.

 

 

There you go girls! Everyone can look fab, whatever the budget! Have fun and enjoy the sun this weekend, lets keep our fingers crossed that we can ditch our scarves and hats till fall! Don’t Forget to look out for a bargain this weekend! Online sales are starting, which means it will soon hit the stores!

High street trend spotter: Best bargains for Spring ’11

22 Mar

Yes! It’s  finally time to say goodbye to your fur coats and woolly hats, spring has arrived! This month, high street shops made room for this years great collection of clothes, shoes and swim-wear at affordable prices. Colour collisions, mad cap prints and 70’s chick that burst from the London catwalks to your local high street couldn’t be hotter.

This week, I have raided high street stores to check out the seasons latest trends and best buys that will guarantee to put you in the fashion limelight. No need to add to your credit card, all clothes, shoes and bags I have specifically picked out are under £50.00!

Here’s how to get the look!

Back to the 70s

£40.00
River Island

Mid wash denim chelsea girl pinny dress.

Tip: Denim playsuits, dungarees and cowgirl chic  got a 2011 update on the D&G catwalk. Mix with ginghams, tan accessories and cowboy boots or sandals to create a look from the runway!

 

 

£29.99
H&M

Imitaton leather strappy sandals with       platform.

Colours available: Coral (pictured), green,           cognac brown.

 

 

Print and boho vibe

£34.99
River Island

Orange ditsy print palazzo pants.

Palazzo pants are this seasons must have! Perfect for English spring weather!

Tip: Wear with a plain top to show off statement trousers, teamed with glasses and accessories.

Or…. If you want the full fashion vibe, follow 214 magazines advice:  “wear lots of  ditzy prints at once to give delicate a new meaning.”

 

 

£28.00 Set
Topshop
Navy vintage floral print bikini
Removable pads for sizes 6 to 16.

This is a personal favourite. The set replicas Australian swimwear brand ‘Seafolly’, and their range English rose. Costing over £100.00, this £28.00 set is a bargain!

Topshop also offer the same style bikini set without print and in colours such as red and black, take a look!

 

 

A rainbow of COLOUR.

£45.00
Asos.com
ASOS Epaulette skater dress

ASOS is not a high street shop, but the online clothes and fashion website is spot on with key trends, fast(and free) delivery worldwide and won’t break the bank!

Tip: Chanel’s fall 2010 and spring 2011               collection prove that you can make a bold statement by mixing bright colours. Key colours to mix: Orange and purple.

 

Trend Alert!!!
As seen at London Fashion Week.

£18.00
Dorothy Perkins
Green chain cross body bag.

Colours availables: Green(pictures), camel, ochre, berry.


Other trends to watch out for:  Denim, stripes and Swedish lace.

All of the clothes, shoes and bags above are available in the shops and online right now! So grab yourself a bargain and get into this seasons trends! Don’t forget to show your student ID at the tills of most outlets mentioned above (excluding H&M and River Island) to get 10% off!