A fun fashion collage of some of my recent #ootd. I try to post my outfits every day on both Instagram and Facebook so if you would like some fashionspiration and don't already follow me click on the links above, I'd love to see you there.
Summer may not be over yet but I'm already thinking about autumn/winter fashion collections........
Whilst some of us may wish that summer could go on and on (even if it has been a tad wet and grey!) and lighter fabrics, sandals and shorts were our wardrobe staples, there is one saving grace to the oncoming cooler temperatures and darker evenings: new season collections!
Once the tan has worn off (I hope you've been lucky enough to get one!) which is pretty quickly in this country, I start to get excited about the opportunities that autumn brings, to update my wardrobe with some new and exciting pieces that will breath new life into old items. For many women though, the transition of seasons can be a bit tricky. With the shops featuring the new collections before autumn has actually arrived, it can be even more overwhelming not knowing what to wear and what to invest in. So, I thought I'd bring you a round up of the trends that you're going to be seeing a lot of this season which I hope will help you feel more ready and prepared.
Boho styling is going to be big, but forget the loose flowing, hippy dippy beaded vision in your head, this season it's a bit more modern with tailored dresses, faux fur and clashing patterns paired with ankle boots, suede fringing and victoriana lace detailing.
Suede and velvet are going to provide a luxurious alternative to wool but if you don't like the idea of wearing velvet culottes (this style of trouser is sticking around for a bit longer), look for pieces that have small touches of it like the Topshop blouse below. A suede trench coat (the coat du jour) might seem a ridiculous item to invest in once it starts raining but a fringed clutch bag will instantly update your look and keep you fresh and modern without blowing your budget.
Blanket capes were huge last winter so if you invested in one, bring it back out as they are as popular once again. They're a great alternative to a cardigan and for adding an extra layer of warmth and can be worn loose or belted. If you want to be super 'on-trend' layer it with this seasons must-have: a polo-neck. A fab practical item that not only keeps you warm, but can look great too and is a perfect background for featuring some great accessories.
I mentioned earlier about faux fur, well this season anything fluffy goes, mongolian fur, shearling, basically if it's soft, warm and shaggy - buy it! But if you don't fancy bulking up in a gilet or jacket then opt for a fur hat or to make it even more simple, a fur pom pom keyring will instantly add a bit of fashion frivolity to your handbag.
Patterns are always popular and are a great for tool for camouflaging lumps and bumps so don't be afraid to try them out. The rule goes: the bigger you are the smaller the print. Clashing vivid, graphic patterns in optical illusions, heavy brocades and wild prints feature on everything and if you can't decide which to wear - be confident and wear them all together! It's not a look for the faint hearted though!
If you'd like to know what colours are going to be featured, then look no further:
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Have a very stylish autumn and I'll see you soon.
ps - take a look at some of the new items now available below
Denim is going to be BIG this Spring/Summer (but really when is denim not big?) and what's great is that most people have at least one pair of jeans in their wardrobe so it's an accessible look for most people. Because jeans are such a staple it can be easy to get stuck in a rut in knowing how to wear them differently so here's a great photographic article on how to style blue jeans 60 different ways. Which are your favourites? Mine are definitely the distressed boyfriend styles with amazing shoes and blazers.
I went on a quick research mission around John Lewis earlier and it seems that there is one style of shoe that is going to be big next season, and guess what, it's comfortable AND flattering too!
Move aside the classic almond toe ballet pump and make way for the gorgeous pointed flat. I love this style as it's great for making your legs appear longer, especially if wearing under wider legged trousers and is an easy way to update your wardrobe and make it slightly edgier. These will look fab with all kinds of denim including this seasons must have denim dress, but also with smarter ankle grazers and midi-skirts. What do you think? Are you tempted to try a pointy toe? My favourites are the navy and green patterned John Lewis Collection pair on the top row - I would wear them with distressed denim and a white shirt and a great necklace and maybe clash them with my leopard print bag. They'd also look great with a midi-skirt, cashmere jumper and a denim jacket.
Here's a great article written by a size 16 woman who experimented with trying jeans on in the same size in 10 different high street shops. The results aren't that surprising to me. It's so difficult for women to know where to shop for their size when even within the same brand the sizing can be all over the place.
Do you struggle with this issue? I know I do which is why I only ever shop in the same stores I know fit me. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited by the gorgeous people at Fox and Feather on Gloucester Road to do a video on my top Spring picks using items from their new collection and here it is, click on the link below......
I love this award winning shop and the owners Clare and Scott - they're lovely, helpful, down to earth and generally great to be around. There is no hard sell and the shop itself is fab. They also sell menswear, jewellery, accessories and little knicky knack things.
I've never really got into the whole 'Xmas jumper' thing, it's not that I'm a bah humbug but I've just never seen any that truly appeal. But, I keep being asked about them so I thought I'd challenge myself and try to find a few styles that might persuade me to feel differently. And guess what, I did....
Who said that Xmas jumpers have to be garish and distasteful? Some of the selection I've gathered are cute, some quirky, and others just lovely, embellished Ted Baker anyone?! What do you think? Will you be wearing a Xmas themed jumper on the big day? I'd love to see so feel free to take a pic and post it on my page.
top row: Next £38, Next £35, M&S £25, Topshop £46, Topshop £42, Topshop £42
middle row: River Island £35, Topshop £42, Next £30, River Island £30, River Island £35
bottom row: Ted Baker £99, Marks and Spencer £28, Oasis £42, Next £42, Oasis £42, Ted Baker £129
Tis the season to be.....sparkly! With Xmas just over a month away let your inner Shirley Bassey shine bright with some gorgeous sparkly, sequinned, glittery, shimmery and metallic loveliness that is in all the shops right now. If you can't do sparkles at this time of year, then when can you.....!?
There is so much to choose from which can be a bit overwhelming, so I thought I'd give you a helping hand and did a very quick scoot round The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. These are also available online for those of you not based in Bristol.
Let me know which is your favourite item and what you're planning on partying in this Christmas.
From left to right:
sequinned leggings: H&M, box clutch: Accessorize, shirt collar bib: River Island, scallop top: Oasis, sequinned skirt: Topshop, dress: Warehouse, sparkly longline jacket: Warehouse, sequinned jacket: H&M, black short sleeved dress: Topshop, long necklace: Hobbs, sparkly shoes: Hobbs, sequinned camisole: River Island, statement necklace: Accessorise, glittery clutch: Accessorise, sequinned spot jumper: Topshop, earrings: Accessorise
I'm always being asked by clients and other women I speak to about different ways to tie a scarf and following on from a talk I gave last week at Inspiring Women Live where I did a scarf tying demo, I received numerous emails asking if I would put a video together. So, me and my Macbook Air got friendly with Photo Booth and here it is... (I'm no professional when it comes to making videos as you'll see!!). I'm going to be posting more videos on my FB page so head over and LIKE to be kept up to date www.facebook.com/karenlowe.imageconsultant and feel free to share and let me know how you get on trying them out.
Like the idea of wearing a skirt but not sure what style or shape is going to suit you? Read my article for Vavista.com to find out all you need to know about how to wear all skirts from minis to maxis. Click on the image for the the full article.
I'm a lover of all things fashion, style and image related, especially shoes with impractical high heels!
Bags are another fetish of mine as are jackets. Mmm, I also seem to own lots of pairs of black shiny jeans, leggings, leather items........
I'm also a mum to a daughter who seems to be following in my high heeled footsteps!