After a glorious summer September has finally arrived which means back to work, back to school and back to the general drudgery of life. The leaves are starting to turn brown again and conkers are falling from the trees – this only means one thing. You can finally start wearing warmer clothes again without looking silly! I’m really excited to look in the shops for all the new stuff and try to decide what gems I will add to my wardrobe in the next few months.
Even though the summer months are great and all, I must say that I always look forward to pulling out my knitwear, coats and boots ready for the season. London Fashion Week (which is currently taking place) has given me lots of inspiration in the form of the looks presented by the actual designers and also the outfits worn by the attendees.
The look that I’ve featured on my blog today is inspired by winter white; a colour that is not a brilliant stark white, but rather leaning towards cream. I decided to go for a smart yet comfortable look as I would be meeting a new business contact for the first time over lunch at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane. My dress is a simple long sleeved pencil dress which is in the style of a recent Kim Kardashian look; I decided to tone down my curves with a knitted peplum zip jacket which was a bargain from the Zara summer sale. Since the dress and jacket were very plain, I opted for animal print on my shoes and contrasted this with a dark navy bag. The necklace is one of my absolute favourites at the moment and one of the samples from my upcoming statement jewellery collection. Not sure if it has anything to do with getting older, but these days I tend to go for small stud earrings and barely wear hoops or drop earrings anymore. Even though you can’t really see them, my earrings are a pair of pretty diamante pave studs by Michael Kors.
My fashion tip
Even though I was holding my tummy in for dear life in this set of photos, I did have some help underneath! For ladies of all shapes and sizes, shapewear is definitely your friend. Yes I mean the likes of Spanx and magic panties. It’s not just for the plus sizes among us, even fashion models wear them (I can hear all your collective gasps). For reference I am a size 12 – 14 in dresses and 5 foot 7 inches tall.
You can get some of the most effective styles at your local department store’s lingerie section and the sales assistants will often help you through your purchase since they will be aware of the most popular styles. I would personally recommend Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser lingerie departments (the larger flagship stores).
It’s not just for the plus sizes among us, even fashion models wear them (I can hear all your collective gasps).
My personal favourite type of shapewear is the all-in-one wear your own bra kind which means that it creates a smooth line under your outfit yet allows you to wear your everyday “comfortable bra”. Ladies know what I mean by that – lol! Also trying on in store is best so that you can be sure that the shapewear isn’t too tight. The idea is not to cut off your circulation but to just smooth out any weird lines or bumps under your outfit. Invest in a good quality brand like Spanx or Maidenform. M&S or Debenhams store brands are also very good and can last a long time.
I hope that my humble advice is helpful and I will chat to you guys on the next blog.
Dress – eBay retailer here
Peplum jacket – Zara – here on eBay
Shoes – Christian Louboutin similar style here
Earrings – Michael Kors here
Bag – Longchamp – similar here
Hair extensions – Dream Tresses – here
Watch – DKNY – similar here