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3 Things That Aren’t Fashion Crimes, No Matter What Anyone Tries to Tell You

If you read fashion magazines or blogs, you might have picked up a few slightly strange ideas about what counts as a “fashion crime” these days. Things like… WEARING THE SAME OUTFIT ON REPEAT According to the fashion elite, wearing the same thing over and over again is boring and uncreative: instead, you should be constantly experimenting and evolving, by finding new ways to wear older clothes. We say: who has the time to put so much thought into getting dressed every morning? Sure, if getting dressed is your hobby, and you genuinely enjoy the challenge of never repeating an outfit, go ahead and implement a “no repeats” policy – but the fact is that most of us just want…

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Why buying duplicates can be a sound shopping strategy

Ever had an item of clothing you love so much that you end up being too scared to wear it, in case something happens to it?  Er, please tell us we’re not the only ones who do that? Sometimes particular favourites end up being consigned to the “do not wear” pile much earlier than they really need to be, purely because we know that, left to our own devices, we’d wear them so often we’d wear them right out – and can you imagine how awful it would be to no longer have that favourite sweater, or perfectly-fitting pair of jeans? Exactly. The trouble with THAT theory, obviously (and we’re sure you’ve spotted it already), is that if you’re avoiding…

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6 Fitting Room Mistakes Most Women Make

Shopping for new clothes should be fun, but anyone who’s ever set foot in a harshly-lit fitting room will probably beg to differ.  As awkward an experience as it can be however, making sure your clothes fit properly is one of the best things you can do if you don’t want to be branded a fashion criminal, so here are some fitting room mistakes most women make – but which you don’t have to… 01. Assuming they know their size For some reason, a lot of women work out what size they are sometime around their twenties, and then rigidly try to stick to that size, through weight fluctuations, pregnancies, and all of the other changes in diet and lifestyle…

Classic Capsule Wardrobe for Spring 2016

One of our most popular posts of all time was the capsule wardrobe we created for spring 2014.  We still get questions about the items in that capsule to this day, and as most of them have long-since sold out, we figured it was time for an update. We’re definitely not trying to re-create the wheel with this post: as the nautical style is such a spring classic, and so popular amongst our visitors, we’ve simply updated and refined our original spring capsule wardrobe, using items available to buy right now. So you’ll find a lot of stripes, a lot of red, white and blue, and, above all, a selection of items which should easily mix and match to create…

Where to find petite clothing on the UK high street

If you’re shorter than average, finding petite clothing can be a bit of a challenge.  Oh, there are plenty of retailers who stock petite clothing, of course, so it’s not like it’s impossible to find it. The problem is that many of the petite clothing sections tend to be pretty limited: you’ll rarely find the same pieces you find in the “regular” section, and when you do find something you like, it’ll often come in a very limited range of colours and prints, leaving you with very little choice. Don’t despair, though: finding petite clothing might be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Here are some of our favourite UK fashion retailers with great petite clothing sections: Miss Selfridge Not only…

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4 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe on a Budget

 Feeling like you’re stuck in a style rut? Don’t have the spare cash to get out of it? Luckily, you don’t actually have to spend money to refresh your look: here are four easy ways to do it, without spending a single penny… 01. Let someone else dress you  We’re not talking literally here: we’re sure you’re perfectly capable of putting your own clothes on, after all. But if you feel like you’re stuck in a style rut, handing the reigns to someone else for a while can give you a whole new outlook on your wardrobe on your style. Invite a friend round (ideally one whose style you admire!), pour a couple of glasses of wine, and let her…

five items of clothing worth investiing in

5 Items of Clothing Worth Investing In

At the start of a new year (or a new month, or a new school season…) a lot of people resolve to start spending less on disposable fashion, and more on the so-called “investment” pieces. But what kind of clothing is actually worth investing in?  The answer to this will obviously depend on your lifestyle, and what you actually wear day-to-day, but here are some things we think are worth spending a little more on – although that’s not to say you shouldn’t ever try to grab a bargain if you can find one!

6 closet staples to build your wardrobe from scratch

6 Wardrobe Staples to Start Your Closet from Scratch

trench / dress /  jeans  / sweater / cami / shoes Anyone else starting the new year with a renewed determination to clear out their closet and start again from scratch?  Sometimes a good old closet clear-out isn’t enough. Sometimes a complete change of style is what’s needed, and if you’re still trying to work out exactly what YOUR style is (there’s some advice on how to do that here), a good place to start is by building up a solid foundation of basics: the so-called ‘wardrobe essentials’ that allow you to get dressed every morning without having to think too hard about what to wear. Now, we’re not saying these items will be wardrobe staples for EVERYONE – far from it….

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5 Five New Year’s Resolutions for a Stylish 2016

Happy New Year, Fashion Force! We hope you’ve had an excellent start to 2016. If you’re anything like us, we’re sure you’re starting the year the way you mean to go on: and that means resolutions a-plenty. Here are some style-related resolutions to help you on your way to your most stylish year yet… 01. Stop caring what people think  One thing most stylish people have in common is the fact that they exude confidence. Think of the most stylish person you know: can you even imagine her/him standing in front of the mirror and agonising over that outfit? Probably not: because truly stylish people know what they like, and they don’t really care what other people think of them….

Style Lessons We Learned from Audrey Hepburn

Style Lessons We Learned from Audrey Hepburn

It might seem like a total cliché to name Audrey Hepburn as your number one style icon, but the star’s classic style remains popular for a reason… [This is not Audrey Hepburn. But you get the idea.] Here are some of the style lessons we’ve learned from Audrey Hepburn… Simple is almost always best  When you look back at Audrey Hepburn’s outfits – and particularly at more candid shots featuring her “off duty” style – the main thing you’ll notice is the sheer simplicity of the looks. Hepburn favoured mostly black or neutral colour palettes, and while she wasn’t afraid to throw in a printed dress or colourful skirt, the pieces themselves were always simply cut, with minimal styling. While some would…

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The Shopping Habits of Stylish People

What are your shopping habits? If you tend to shop when you feel bad, or panic-buy at the last minute, this post’s for you: these are the shopping habits of stylish people… The Shopping Habits Of Stylish People Wear the right lingerie If you’re going to be trying on clothes, make sure your undies aren’t going to let you down. They’re called ‘foundation garments’ for a reason: they form the foundation of your outfit, and should be completely invisible underneath it. Ill-fitting underwear creates lumps and bumps that will make any outfit look unflattering, and bright colours might look pretty on their own, but will show through light-coloured fabrics. We’re not fans of the lists of items that “all women…

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How to Apply the Capsule Wardrobe Philosophy to your Non-Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are big news right now. Everywhere we look, people seem to be embracing minimalism, clearing out their closets and decided to create a simple capsule wardrobe instead. Entire blogs have been built on the capsule wardrobe principle, and you only have to look at Pinterest to see tons of images of perfect, colour-coordinated capsules, for every possible scenario. While it’s not difficult to understand the appeal of the capsule wardrobe, however (Seriously, who hasn’t looked at those images of perfectly-organised closets, and thought how much easier life would be if you didn’t have to work out what to wear every morning?), it’s also true to say that they’re not for everyone. How a capsule wardrobe works Capsule wardrobes…

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Casual outfit ideas for classic dressers

Why is it that casual outfit ideas can often be the hardest to come up with? Many of us have no problem dressing for work, for special events, or for anything else that has a dress code you can follow: those outfits are relatively easy. Looking stylish but casual, however, is a whole other ball game, which is why we all know women (or maybe even ARE those women…) who can reach into their closet at a moment’s notice and pull out the perfect outfit for a wedding or other event, but who are totally lost when it comes to a casual lunch with friends, or anything else that requires them to dress down. If the words “smart casual” –…

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How To Help Your Man Pick Stylish Accessories

[This is a contributed post] When it comes to helping your man look more stylish, it can sometimes be tricky to know what to suggest for him. You might be a fashion pro when it comes to dressing yourself, but when it comes to helping out your partner, you may not have any idea where to start. That’s okay, even as a fashionable woman, you aren’t expected to know all the best tips for men’s fashion, as that is where we come in. Most men have wardrobes that are fairly stylish, but what they lack is accessories. The key to helping your man look more stylish and well put together is helping him to accessorize. [Image] To help you, help…

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Anatomy of the Perfect Wear to Work Dress

What makes for the perfect wear to work dress? Well, let’s see… It can’t be too short … …because the last thing you want when you’re trying to be taken seriously at work is to be constantly hauling your skirt down, being afraid to lean too far forward in case you flash your knickers, or having colleagues oggle your legs rather than listen  to your ideas. That doesn’t mean you have to cover yourself for head-to-toe, obviously, but you DO want to wear something you can move around comfortably in without worrying about where your hemline’s going to end up. It can’t be too tight… …because the office is not a club (er, unless you ACTUALLY work in a club, in…

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Style Lessons We Can All Learn from Fashion Blogger Fails

Style Lessons We Can Learn from Fashion Blogger Fails… When you’re a fashion blogger, you end up having to look at a whole lot of photos yourself, and let’s be honest, you’re not always going to like what you see. These fashion blogger fails – for want of a better expression – might make you cringe at the time, though, but there are important style lessons to be learnt from them, if you’re willing to pay attention. Here are some style lessons we can learn from fashion blogger fails… Outfits should look good from every angle Ever noticed how some fashion bloggers only ever show you their outfit from the front? That’s sometimes just an oversight, or because they didn’t…

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3 Things Stylish Women Do Every Weekend

Well, it’s finally Friday: the weekend is just hours away, and for most of us, that means it’s time to kick back, relax, and not think about anything more taxing that what to watch on Netflix, or what topping to get on that pizza we just ordered. Not so for stylish women, though. OK, so stylish women are just people, at the end of the day: they also chill on the sofa, watching Netflix and eating pizza. Or, at least, we hope they do, because a life without Netflix is no life at all. They also, however, use the extra time at their disposal to prepare for the week ahead, and make sure it’s as stylish as they are. Well,…

how to find cheap bridesmaid dresses on the the UK high street without making your friends hate you

How to find cheap bridesmaid dresses on the UK high street – without making your friends hate you

“Why are bridesmaid dresses so ugly?” – said every bridesmaid ever. But… “Why are bridesmaid dresses so EXPENSIVE?” – said pretty much every bride ever. (Or whoever is responsible for purchasing the bridesmaid dresses. Here in the UK, they’re most often paid for by the bride, but in some other countries bridesmaids are expected to foot the bill for their own bridesmaid dress, making the search for cheap bridesmaid dresses even more important…) Herein lies the problem: traditional bridesmaid dresses tend to be both ugly AND expensive. No one wants to wear one, and no one really wants to BUY one either. But cheap bridesmaid dresses sound… well, cheap, really. And probably nasty, too. Is there a way to find…

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2014 Spring is in the air – at least, we hope so – which means many of you are probably starting to think about packing away the winter woolies to make way for the lighter, brighter spring collections. So, what will you be wearing in spring 2014? To help you decide, we’ve put together a quick spring capsule wardrobe for 2014 consisting of just 22 mix-n-match items to get you through the season in style. Before we get on to the items themselves – and the outfits you can create with them – we just want to stress that this isn’t an exhaustive list, and it isn’t a “one style fits all” type of thing, either. We’ve…