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UK fashion blogs: the new way to find your fashion advice

2 Apr

As most of us are aware, the internet is helping to take over almost every industry in the world. There are so many websites out there, and you can find pretty much everything you need through a a good ol’ Google search and the click of a mouse! The same is happening for the fashion industry. Gone are the days when we had to raid the shops for the perfect outfit for your night out, as you can normally find everything you need on the stores website.

Nowadays, you don’t have to research the shops and the fashion world for the latest trends. This is thanks to a little thing we call “fashion blogs” (just like this one!). There are so many of them out there, and they all focus on a different aspect within the fashion world.

So for today, I’m going to pick out a couple of my fave fashion blogs that are based in the UK, so that you can head over to their website and check them out for some more fashion tips!

Okay, so one of my favourite fashion blogs would have to be London’s Style Bubble. This blog is written by a young lady who called herself Susie Bubble.She is a British born Chinese and lives in the UK. On her blog, she claims that her interest in fashion developed when she was at school as a way to rebel against her parents and the ‘popular’ people at school. As she grew older, her interest started to develop and it is now her “number one passion.”

The reason that I love Style Bubble so much is because it covers all different areas of the fashion  world. The obvious choices to write about are the clothes, but she also looks at the artwork in books,  films, and also the history of fashion. She also updates the blog every day, which is very important on the internet as we want to be up to date with what is going on right now. The design of the blog is very neat, as you can easily navigate through each page and find exactly what you are looking for. Her blog is also very visual, as she uses lots of pictures to illustrate exactly what she is talking about. This is perfect for a fashion blog, as we need to see the styles that are used in clothing to see whether it appeals to us or not. Susie has also put together her own Style Bubble shop map, where she has pin pointed all of her favourite shops in London for you to check out!

Make sure you check out this blog… Susie puts so much time and detail into her writing, it’s definitely worth a read. I’m pretty sure you will be able to find anything on here to cater for your fashion needs!

Another favourite blog of mine would be Face Hunter. The motive of this blog is quite simple. Yvan Rodic, who also has a weekly column in The Guardian, sets out style scouts located all over the world to snap up photographs of people in the streets to see what they are wearing.

The reason I love this blog so much is just because of the simplicity of it. It doesn’t go into huge essays about fashion, and what everyone should be wearing. It focuses on one of the simple areas in the fashion areas – what everyone on the streets are wearing. Snapsnots include so many different types of people and style of clothing – you are bound to come across an outfit that you will fall in love with to add some inspiration to your wardrobe from normal people on the streets.  Again, just like Style Bubble, the blog is updates reguarly so there will always be some new images for you to gawp at as soon as you log on. Just like the blog, the layout is simple too. It doesn’t include too many links on the website, but you can navigate around simply and smoothly. The blog is supported by The Face Hunter Show, which supports a range of different video clips so you can visualize their street style hunt. This helps you to visualize the locations that they are hunting for street style in, and how different locations may affect different styles of the streets. This is a perfect example to show how blogs are becoming so popular, as they are available to converge all different types of media rather than just sticking to images and text that would be printed in a magazine.

Go and have a scroll through Face Hunter for yourself… You may even spot a gorgeous outfit being modeled by someone in a city near you!

Another blog that I like to keep up to date with is Go Fug Yourself. I discovered this blog in one of my Multimedia Journalism lessons, and now I can’t stop reading it. This blog was set up back in 2004 by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. The aim of this blog stands out more than any other in my own opinion. These two lovely ladies update their blog everyday with mocks of celebrity’s not so great efforts on the red carpet (hence their name. Fug is and abbreviation for Fugly, which means ‘fucking ugly’).  Although this is probably not the nicest way to approach the fashion world, it is great fun to read. In the media these days, we are constantly being reminded that certain celebrities are always looking their best and we should strive like them. With this blog, it reminds us that not even the rich and famous pick out the right outfits for an event!

I love the layout of this site. You can connect with the site through social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter so you can grab all the latest news without having the check the blog constantly. The posts are short and sweet, with images to show the celebrity style and a blunt comment on why it doesn’t work for them. I would say it’s quite a niche blog, as it focuses on celebrity fashion and gossip. One particular post that caught my eye on Thursday afternoon commented on Milla Jovovich’s outfit that she sported on the red carpet. Looking at the first picture, Jessica has simply ridiculed the pose that Milla is doing within the picture, referring to them as ‘finger guns.’ Yes, she does look like an idiot. Scrolling further down the page, the last image shows a little ‘mishap’ with her outfit. Yep. Milla’s nipple is on FULL view. After Jessica talks about the style of the dress “has A LOT happening” in the post, she refers to the last image with “…and then, speaking of “a lot is happening at the top of this dress,” this was brought to my attention”. It had me in stitches. I think it’s great that these two girls are not afraid to give their own opinions on celebrity style.

Jessica and Heather have even published their own book entitled “The Fug Awards”, which is available at Amazon. The girls made their own awards for celebrities with the worst styles on the red carpet. Personally, I haven’t had the chance to grab this book yet. But if it’s as funny as their blog, I’m sure it will be a sensational read. Plus it will make us feel a little bit better about ourselves!

So there you have it. Just a select few of my favourite fashion blogs out there. Make sure you get Googling to see if you can find any more decent blogs, and let us know if you come across any others that are worth reading!

All images are taken from the blog’s own websites.

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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!

Wear in the world ?

29 Mar

We’re all a bit complacent when it comes to fashion trends in the UK – A high speed high street that turns trends around from catwalk to one-click shopping by the time fashion week closes. How spoilt we are!

But when UK people are tired of copying the catwalk and want to get a more unique look and find new trends, they tend to focus at specific styles that other people have done in the past or at trends from across the world…

Let’s cover the 5 continents to find the top trends that have influenced the British taste and style.

1: Australia:

To start our trip, let’s go to the country of Kangaroos and amazing beaches: Australia and its famous UGG boots. They are the perfect example of the influence that has the world on the British fashion field.          First created in Australia, these unisex sheepskin boots were supposed to be exclusively for surfers who wanted to keep their feet warm after exiting from the surf.

Contrary to any expectation, surf helped popularising the boots outside Australia and New Zealand. And in the late 1980s and early 1990s UGG-branded ugg boots emerged as a fashion trend in the United Kingdom and the US through celebrities’ promotions such as Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Pamela Anderson.

Now, in black, beige, brown or grey, from knisbridge to Camden going through covent garden and Portobello, everyone is wearing these comfortable boots either for shopping, coffee, uni or even for an after party when you feet suffered the whole night.

A selection of UGG Boots

Kate Moss in Short Classic Grey UGG Boots

2: Asia:

Our second item comes directly from the country that is now competing with the Holywood film industry and that is known for its tasty cuisine. A country where women are known for their beauty, grace and conservatism: I am of course talking about India and its so famous harem pant.

Harem pants, which originally from India, are like a cross between a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans. They hit the catwalks for a massive come back last year and spread in no time all around the country. Comfy and colorful, these pants are far from being just a simple vintage look from a not too distant period in fashion. The current British trend known as harem pants can be traced back nearly 2.000 years to the traditional garments known as salvars in South and Western Asia.

In 1909, harem pants were brought back into the fashion industry by French designer Paul Poiret, with the pants being worn below a tunic draped over the upper body. Unfortunately this trend failed, and harem pants were again relegated to being worn for women’s sports.

Today, harem pants are becoming more and more popular thanks to designers such as Galliano, Jacobs and Valentino that fulfilled in making it sleek, sophisticated and chic outfit that is appreciated by all and worn all over the UK.

John Galliano’s collection for Christian Dior during Paris Fashion Week 2009 featuring swooshing harem pants.

3: America:

From movies to food and going through TV shows, the US’s influence is everywhere and concerns all the fields. And fashion is of course not spared!

The perfecto is without a doubt the most outspoken example of the American marks in the UK fashion world.This leather motorcycle jacket was first introduced in 1928 and had been produced for more than 50 years.

Till today, it is constantly updated and presented in new ways by big names such as Balenciaga and Joseph but also in British high street stores like Topshop, River Island and New Look.

The iconic black leather jacket, famously worn by Marlon Brando in the 1953 movie The Wild One, was born in the USA.

4: The Middle East:

After exploring America, Australia and Asia, let’s focus on the Oriental side of the world, which despite its delays in many areas has without a doubt played a role in shaping the British style.

The Kufiyah that was typically worn by Arab men and that was first created to protect people from direct sun exposure in arid regions is one of these oriental item that over time spread in the westernized countries before becoming a must have for every fashonista and an “incontournable” for all the celebs.

The Kufiyah became an international fashion trend in the late 1980’s at the start of the first intifada when bohemian girls wore them as scarves.

The trend recurred in the mid-2000s in Europe when the kufiyah became popular as a fashion accessory -usually worn as a scarf around the neck- and stocked in high street stores such as Urban Outfitters and TopShop.

El Horreya Ladies wearing the traditional Kufiyah

5: Europe:

And finally, last but not least, the French influence on the UK fashion world.

The city of love and fashion has definitely left its marks in the British style just like it did in all the other countries. The power of the French style is undeniable. A simple look at the British streets says it all.

The well-known “mariniere” style was at first the French navy sailor costume before becoming in the early 20th century the common people wear and finally the symbol of the French culture and the eternal France. The “mariniere” can be found in all the British high street stores like French Connection, New Look and River Island as one of their best seller.

And of course, the famous “French” beret. First worn by fishermen in the Basques It was used by men and women in the 1920s as sportswear and later as a fashion statement.                                                                     The beret is now a commercial product in the UK sold in a wide array of colors in many high street stores and even online boutiques such as asos.

The famous French beret

French women wearing a blue and white stripped top illustrating perfectly the “mariniere” style

After exploring the world and its most influencial trends on the UK fashion world, we of course, noticed some great styles out there to pull from, but there have also been some very strange, awkward, and down right bad style choices that have been made as well.

So now…  make your choice and choose which part of the world you want to explore!


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!