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Key Trends for A/W14 – Knitwear

This Autumn/Winter sees knitwear making a real statement. From oversized chunky knits to bright funky prints and patterns there is one out there for all of us, but how do we pull it together without looking like a bag lady or worse still that we are recycling Aunty June’s Christmas jumper circa 1982!

Here’s some top tips to keep you warm & stylish this season.

If you’re going chunky knit on top keep it simple and fitted on the bottom half. Leather or Pleather trousers look great with this style.

 

Hugo Boss Chunky Knit Grey Jumper

Hugo Boss £199

 

 

Fenn Wright Mason Pleather Trousers

Fenn Wright Mason £325.00

 

This combo could be worn day or night, bang on trend with the full skirt, a great outfit for all those juicy apple shapes.

Oasis Bow Intarsia Cute Jumper

Oasis £38.00

L.K. Bennett Lutea Full Pleated Skirt, Blue

John Lewis £175

 

Keep it comfy and casual, cowl neck’s are a great bust minimiser too, just remember the bigger the neck the smaller the bust looks.

Mint Velvet Holey Boxy Knitted Jumper, Mink

Mint Velvet £69.00

 

Mango Boyfriend Angie Jeans, Navy

Mango £39.99

Cute but sophisticated, team with with brogues for a classic yet funky look.

Womens Character Knit Jumper, French Navy

Joules £69.95

BOUCLE CHECK PENCIL SKIRT

Precis

 

 

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1 Coat 3 ways

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AW14 Style Advice: Selecting Skirts to Suit Your Body Shape

HOURGLASS SHAPE

The key to wearing skirts for hourglass figures is all about balance. If you go flared with the skirt – the top must be fitted. You always want to show your curves off.

You really suit flared, 50s style skirts if you like that sort of look, but always wear with heels otherwise you will begin to look pear-shaped very quickly.

Miss Selfridge, £16

LK Bennett, £295

LK Bennett, £295

APPLE SHAPE

Apple shapes often have fantastic pins, so you can often go for a shorter length than your pear shaped friends.

Not only that but you’ll find that you can pull off more interesting cuts, styles and patterns. Team them up with more block colour tops which will slim your upper body and balance the look.

If you feel your tummy is a problem area, look for tulip style skirts where the waist panels and pleats will disguise any lumps and bumps easily.

Mango, £39.99

Zara, £17.99

River Island, £40

PEAR SHAPE

I often find women who are pear shaped go for your typical White Stuff / Fat Face patterned, A-line (just on or below the knee) skirt. This is the worst style of skirt you could possibly go for, as it adds pounds to the hips and thighs AND makes you look shorter! To add insult to injury, it’s usually paired with flat ballet pumps which again knocks inches off your height and piles them on to your hips!

Whilst the thinking is the A-Line disguises the hips, it in fact adds volume. A flared style of skirt is fine, but it must be in a soft and flowing fabric which will add length back to your legs. Anything in a stiff fabric will add volume to the area you least want it to.

Try instead to show off and celebrate your curves with a jersey tube skirt. This gets over any issues of fit AND looks fantastic on your curves.

Main rules to remember if to pick a plain skirt and add lots of volume and detail up top around the neck and shoulder areas; ensuring that your tiny waist can be seen. If you feel you have a tummy, still go for a fitted top that shows off your waistline, but layer over the top with a fitted blazer to solve the problem!

Miss Selfridge, £45

Hobbs, £99

Dorothy Perkins, £29

SKIRTS TO HIDE A TUMMY

 1) Avoid elasticated waists! These will make the fabric puff out on the area you least want to draw attention to.

2) Stay away from shiny fabrics and light colours that reflect the light.

3) Look for a style that sits comfortably on the smallest part of the waist, and features pleats / folds / drapes over the tummy area.

4) Go for a medium – heavy weight fabric with a bit of elastane / viscose / jersey in it to add stretch to the fabric. You will find that it will skim your body much better and won’t cling.

5) Avoid fabrics that will crease easily otherwise creases will only draw attention to your tummy.

River Island, £25

River Island, £25

Zara, £29.99

Warehouse, £28

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SS14 Style Advice: How to Choose the Right Pink for You

how to choose the right pink for you

 

It’s true to say that after spending a lot of time with my 18 month old niece and nephew watching Peppa Pig, and with a baby girl on the way, pink is very often in my mental colour palette!!! However, it’s not just me who’s feeling in the pink this season – just take a look at the ss14 runways and spring window displays and you’ll see that Peppa and her pals are currently very on trend! Continue reading

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How to Detox Your Wardrobe

Putting a Spring in your Step with A Wardrobe Detox!

wardrobe detox for spring

Just like detoxing your body after the festive period or having a good old spring clean, tackling your wardrobe in 2014 is just the ideal way to clear your home…and head! However I believe a wardrobe detox is a lot more satisfying and also easier than resisting everything with a calorie in it for the next 30 days! Continue reading

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How to do Animal Print at Every Age

How to Wear Leopard Print No Matter What Age You Are

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 Women often ask us here at My Style Companion ‘can I pull of leopard print?’. The answer is a resounding YES! We love leopard print here at MSC HQ but let’s face it, we’ve all seen the Bet Lynch tributes out there that can make us all a little wary about donning this trend. Continue reading

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SS14: Florals for Your Body Shape

How to Wear Floral Prints

Florals always begin to bloom when spring comes about and we’re not talking about your garden. However florals can be tricky to wear for three reasons.

1) Firstly, you need to find the right floral for YOU. If you are usually quite rocky or edgy in your style, a feminine print may look odd on you. Continue reading

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SS14 Style Advice: Spots and Stripes

How to wear spots and stripes

 Spring always loves a stripe, but this season it’s been reinvented and reapplied in a number of different combinations other than the usual classic breton. Subtle stripes, bold stripes, skinny stripes, fat stripes, head-to-toe stripes, candy stripes, vertical stripes, monochrome stripes, colourful stripes and a combination of all stripes rolled in to one piece!!! Phew. Continue reading

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Stylish Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

gorgeous gift ideas for the mrs

Fabulous Gifts for Your Wife or Girlfriend this Christmas

So fellas, it’s rare I write a blog aimed at you guys as I mainly work with women, but at this time of year I know many of you need all the help you can get when trying to surprise your wife or girlfriend with something extra-special and unexpected that she will LOVE!

Working very often with your wives and girlfriends and spending a LOT of time in the shops with them, I tend to know how they tick, so here is a list of top luxury treats that will end up in SERIOUS brownie points for you guys as she will not have seen this coming… Continue reading

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Christmas Party Style Ideas for Mums

christmas party style advice

Mum’s Night Out!

For Classy Mamas

If you tend to like a simple, more classic style, try not to veer too far away from this and get seduced by all that Christmas sparkle and dazzle. You’ll look like a fish out of water. Instead opt for a simple silhouette, that has detailing in terms of how it’s draped or ruched. Then you can add your own touch of Christmas sparkle with your shoes, bag or jewellery. Continue reading

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