Dressing For Your Body Shape – A Simple Guide

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The shops are booming with gorgeous new pieces for the new season, sparkly party dresses, cosy knitwear, it’s almost overwhelmingly difficult to know where to start. What most people don’t know is that there is a way to make it all that little bit easier for yourself: shape dressing. There are four main body types: hourglass, straight, pear and apple, and each one has particular styles and pieces that work better for it.Yes, that’s right, it’s time to refer back to the Trinny and Susannah and Gok Wan days of comparing your body to a fruit, but surprisingly, it does work.

 

So, take a look in the mirror, and decide which shape is most suited to you, and find your new season wardrobe.

PEAR SHAPE

Jacket – River Island, £60.00

Top – River Island, £18.00

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You have a pear shaped body if your top half is smaller than your bottom half, you may have curvy hips, a small bust and a more defined waist. The best way to dress a pear shaped body is to aim to even out your body’s proportions, this is best done by layering, just like I’ve done using this gorgeous dusty pink fringed jacket from River Island, perfect for layering over a delicate cami top and a pair of skinny jeans.

HOURGLASS SHAPE

Top – Marks & Spencer £49.50

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Hourglass figures are defined by their big busts and big thighs and bottoms, hourglass women tend to have defined waists. To emphasize the small waist of an hourglass body, a peplum style top just like this sheer number from Marks and Spencer is ideal for drawing in the waist, plus the v-neck style underneath the sheer material is endlessly flattering for the bust area.

STRAIGHT SHAPE

Skirt – River Island, £20.00

The straight body shape does exactly what it says on the tin, you’re most likely to fit into the straight category if you wear the same clothing size on your top and bottom half, if you have a small bust and bottom, and if you have little waist definition. A detailed printed skirt like this tiered one from River Island is great for adding interest and definition to your bottom half, and can also be styled casually for day wear or dressed up to be worn in the evening.

APPLE SHAPE

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Dress – H&M, £24.99

An apple shaped body tends to have an undefined waist, along with rounded shoulders and some fullness in the stomach area. This retro inspired printed dress by H&M is ideal for an apple shape, the material skims right over the stomach, finishing just above the knee. Wearing prints and patterns tends to look very good on apple shaped figures as they flatter and camouflage the body.

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December Fashion & Beauty Wish List

Why is it that whenever you have absolutely zero funding in your bank account the high street brings out the best things? I have been seeing SO many thing I want to get lately, including some beauty bits, which I don’t usually delve into on this blog, as honestly I’m hopeless when it comes to make-up and I don’t usually buy any make up unless I actually need to. However, recently I’ve decided I definitely need a total make up re-haul, as I’ve been using the same products for years, and with the new year coming up, what better time to change it up?

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1. Backpack – Topshop, £26.00

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Who doesn’t need a classic black leather backpack? I get into so many situations where I need to bring a big bag to carry all my stuff, and backpacks are always the most convenient, especially for traveling around London. I love the sleek, black design of this one, and at only £26.00, you can’t go wrong.

2. Boots – Topshop, £82.00

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I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been wanting a pair of soft pink/nude coloured heeled ankle boots, it’s the one thing I’m missing from my pink clothing collection! These Topshop booties are a dream, they’re just the perfect balance between pink and nude.

3. Skirt – Zaful, £13.91

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I love this skirt! It’s so chic and reminds me so much of something Blair Waldorf would wear, who of course is my complete style idol. However, I’m not sure if Zaful is the best quality, I’ve heard some pretty questionable things about the brand before, so please let me know what you think if you’ve bought anything from there before!

4. Pyjamas – H&M, £19.99

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I’ve decided it’s time for new pyjamas, and apart from the Primark fluffy Christmas bottoms that come out every year and are my favourite things ever, I’m all about matching sets. This set from H&M is to die for.

5. Cardigan – Primark, £10.00

Can the pearl embellished trend never die please? I recently got a cardigan just like this in black from Zara and I wear it all the time, this option from Primark is a little bit on the cheaper side.

6. Choker – Primark, £6.00

I feel like I’ve kind of had my choker moment, but when I see a glam one like this I can’t resist! I think a diamante or pearl choker can really add so much luxe to an outfit, and at £6.00, it doesn’t have to be from Cartier.

7. Laura Mercier Contouring Pallette, £35.00

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8. Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick in Cool, £10.99

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9. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, £25.00

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15 Super Sparkly Dresses to Wear This Party Season

With Christmas coming up, it’s time to find your perfect party dress, and this year there’s one thing on my mind… Glitter, glitter and, more glitter. What better way to make the ultimate statement than with a gorgeous sparkly dress to get your party on this season? Luckily for you, the high street’s obsessed too, with our favourite brands adorning everything from bodycon to skater styles in the stuff. Here’s my pick of the high street’s best, suitable for every super sparkly soiree.

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PrettyLittleThing – £60.00

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Monsoon – £79.00

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New Look – £19.99

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Miss Selfridge – £99.00

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Primark – £10.00

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Very – £46.00

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Primark – £20.00

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River Island – £80.00

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New Look – £34.99

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Topshop – £125.00

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H&M – £59.99

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River Island – £50.00

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Marks & Spencer – £55.00

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Miss Selfridge – £69.00

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SimplyBe – £130.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coat Edit: 5 Coats To Buy Right Now

Is anyone else completely stunned by just how cold it is at the moment? It happens every year, that moment when you truly realise that summer is far, far behind us. Starbucks stop selling Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s, you’re greeted with a blast of cold wind that almost blows you back into your house everytime you open the front door, and there’s a fabulous array of new coats in the shops! Well, that last point is an advantage at least.

With all the new styles of coats in stores it can be easy to get overwhelmed, which style should I go for? Do I even need a new coat? Yes, you do. Which is why I’m here to show you my pick of the high streets latest offerings, from teddy bear to trench, puffa to parka.

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Pull&Bear at Asos – £65.99

The ultimate ‘she means business’ coat, a check print can transform anything from casual to “I tried today”, which is never a bad thing. We used this coat on a shoot I went on for my internship last week (more on that later), and I’m completely obsessed!

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Primark – £25.00

The teddy bear coat trend is in full force this season, this staple goes with everything in your winter wardrobe, from your blue jeans to your dresses and midi skirts. But don’t break the bank over this cosy coat, Primark have nailed the trend for £25.00.

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Topshop – £95.00

Love it or hate it, the ski jacket is here to stay, and it’s made specifically to keep you warm and cosy through the cold months. I love this option, the monochrome look is so sleek, perfect for any fashion girl trying not to freeze this winter!

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H&M – £89.99

You can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat – the ultimate style staple! I’ve been looking for the perfect trench coat for so long, purely to fulfil my lame fangirl dreams of recreating Audrey Hepburn’s major fashion moment in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. This H&M pick is classic but modern, with it’s ruffled sleeves, giving it a gorgeous feminine touch.

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River Island – £30.00

If you prefer warmth over style, a practical parka is always the way to go, and even better, this one can be given an instant girly touch by adding on the retractable pink fur collar! Amazing.

Hope you enjoyed my round up of this season’s best winter coats, a lot of these are on discount at the moment for Black Friday, so make sure you nab them while you have the chance!

 

 

 

OOTD: Feeling Grey

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Perhaps it’s a little bit boring but I just can’t help obsessing over grey. Not quite as blunt or simple as black, or as dreamy and cosy as white, but somewhere in between. Classic, understated, minimalistic, grey might seem like the more dull choice to some, but to me there is so much beauty to be seen in it. I wasn’t thinking of this particularly when I picked up these gorgeous grey trousers from Zara, but nevertheless, they epitomise all of these connotations collectively. As you may know, I love colour coordinating, and so the rest of the outfit had to follow suit; I paired the trousers with my favourite Primark polo neck and the cosiest grey scarf from H&M that I can’t live without in the colder months.

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Top – Primark

Scarf – H&M

Trousers – Zara

Bag – Ebay

Shoes – Primark