Micro Trend: Culottes

There’s a culotte to look forward to this season as the wide leg, cropped trouser moves from niche trend to mainstream style. Traditionally cut wide and to just below the knee, culottes were a popular addition to recent catwalks, signalling a new silhouette for the move into autumn/winter.

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Headlinephoto / Splash News

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My #SimplyBeReal Moment: Bra Bloopers and Fits of Rage

By Naomi Griffiths

When it comes to putting women into categories regarding their body, I have a stern dislike of the term ‘real women.’ However, when it comes to the real, everyday women like you and me, we all have very real experiences and live very real lives. Tough moments, happy moments, sad moments, the high moments, the low moments and then there’s the funny moments. The moments when at the time you’re probably furious, but nevertheless end up laughing later, or the moments where you’ve laughed until you’ve cried mascara rivers of side-splitting hilarity down your face.  This is when I believe we are all ‘real women’ measured by moments not by our mass.

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Micro Trend: Metallics

What better way to brighten up these dull winter days than with a bold flash of mighty metallic? From shimmering separates to glitzy accessories, we’re going for gold (and silver!) to relish the embellished this season.

L to R: Ashish AW14, Isabel Marant AW14, Blumarine AW14, Isabel Marant AW14

L to R: Ashish AW14, Isabel Marant AW14, Blumarine AW14, Isabel Marant AW14

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10 of the Most Romantic Movie Quotes

Oh, we love a good romcom here at Simply Be HQ. Especially now that the nights are drawing in and there’s nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa with a good movie. As we prepare for a winter of snuggling in our PJs with good friends Ben & Jerry, we take a look at 10 of the best movie quotes to make us seriously swoon…

The Notebook (2004)

Noah: “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”

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Workin’ It: How to Take Trends to the Office

A new season, a whole new set of trends. And what a shame it would be to wear them just two days a week. Whether your office dress code is smart and sophisticated or creative and casual, adding a dose of style to 9-5 (without HR having a hissy fit) is easier than you think. We take a look at three of AW14’s top looks and how you can effortlessly transition them from weekend to workwear.

Winter pastels

Autumn calls for a more muted approach to pastels, making the move into the office a little easier. Shades have a decidedly more icy tone and work well paired with black pieces, such as dark tights or brogues. Stand out from the sea of earthy autumnal tones and wear your powder pinks and baby blues in the form of a chic A-line skirt, on-trend white shirt and pretty (but executive) pastel accessories.

Workwear: winter pastels

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When Good Jeans Go Glam

By Olivia Watkins

Want to dance the night away without fear of flashing your knickers? Are there times when a dress just doesn’t cut it? No fear – we have the solution. Keep those pins warm in your fave pair of trusty jeans. No longer should they be relegated to the back of your wardrobe come party time, these versatile babies are your new BFF. Create a killer party look with a jeans and top combo or simply take your outfit from day to night with a few accessories. Remember – it’s all in the details.

Whether you’re a flare wearer or rock a mean pair of skinnies, we’ve put together three gorgeous outfits for those glam nights out.

Full of flare

Channel 70’s style in this uber-cool flares and wedges double whammy, with touches of gold for added glamour. But don’t forget what decade it really is – wear the must-have item of the moment, the kimono, for on-trend styling. Kimono? More like kimoyes! (Sorry…)

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September Payday Wishlist

As the time comes to flip my calendar over to October, I have been busy dreaming up my wishlist of all things fashion and beauty, ready for payday.

September is my favourite month, not only because my birthday falls during the latter part but because of the fashion that hits the shelves. With autumn firmly underway, there are textured knits and knee high boots galore and I couldn’t be happier about that. For me, it is all about investing in key pieces that you can use time and time again.

September Payday Wishlist

With the weather being quite hit and miss in early autumn, layering is essential in order to avoid over heating or being caught out in the cold.  Layer light tops under chunky, textured knits in this seasons berry and olive tones for a fashion forward, weather conscious look.  The Angel Ribbons Lace Trim Jumper is at the top of my wishlist this season as I can imagine it looking so autumnal with berry lips.  Angel Ribbons jumpers are a wardrobe item you can pull out year after year; I have another from a couple of years ago and it still looks brand new.  That’s the great thing about excellent quality knitwear- they’re a seasonal piece that keeps on giving!  This Textured Knit Jumper would look equally as good worn over a pair of jeans. You’ll need it to keep you warm, especially if you’ll be taking little ones out trick or treating!

Having a coat on hand is one of the best fashion decisions you’ll make this autumn/ winter as the weather in the UK can be pretty unpredictable at the best of times.  September is the perfect time to make your choice so that you’re ready for when the chill begins to set in.  On my wishlist is this Duffle Coat.  Because of the combination of toggles, chunky buttons and a hood, it has that young yet classic style that I have loved for years.

Knee high boots are an autumn investment that you’ll be thanking yourself for right through to the spring.  Aside from keeping your feet dry in puddles, they’re a stylish wardrobe staple that you can dress up or down to suit any occasion.  These Legroom Quilted Hi Leg Boots are my favourites and a fraction of the price of some designer quilted boots I’ve seen.  They’re an excellent way to get a high end look for an affordable price. Plus, they would look just as great worn with skinny jeans and a dressy top for an evening meal out as they would dressed down for the day time.  My other top picks are the Legroom Chain Detail Boots and the Sole Diva Stretch High Leg Boots which give you plenty of room in the calf for comfort.

With the weather getting colder, September is the perfect month to update your skincare.  Focus on coveting a good quality moisturiser that is going to protect your skin from the elements and help it to stay hydrated.  The Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser is perfect all year round because it contains Hyaluronic Acid that binds water to quench the skin with hydration.  This intense moisturiser will help to protect your skin when you’re going out into the cold and to calm it when it is weather beaten.  Start with good skincare and you’ll have a great base to apply this autumns rust, berry and olive toned make up looks.

On Plus North and the Ever-Impressing World of British Curve Fashion

By Marie Southard Ospina

There’s a lot to be said for fashion shows. The runway is an amazing place to catch new seasonal designs, to make a mental wish list of everything you will be purchasing or pining over in the months to come and to celebrate the self-expression that fashion allows for. Because, let’s face it, fashion is one of the most immediate, day-to-day mediums for showcasing your individuality.

The thing is, plus-size fashion events have all this. But they also have something else. They have this beautiful ability to make you feel less alone. I know it sounds cheesy, but think back to pre-2010 and earlier – when the runway was a place reserved exclusively for women size-8 or smaller. Anyone over that size didn’t really get their voice heard in the fashion industry – let alone their curvy bods shown off on a catwalk. It’s taken a long time, and there’s still a lot of work to be done when it comes to size equality in fashion, but plus-size fashion shows are a beautiful reminder of how things are changing. Not to mention moments like plus-size model Denise Bidot walking the runway of Chromat at New York Fashion Week this season.

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The 9 Stages of Dress Shopping

1. Desk-Based Research

Big day coming up. Better check the ol’ wardrobe for an acceptable dress. *Knows full well that lovely, worn-once, floral shift would suffice but convinces self that new dress absolutely needed.* Check online for latest trends. End up buying PU trousers, weekend bag and tennis racket. All essentials.

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Micro Trend: Scarlet Woman

By Olivia Watkins

See red this autumn – the colour of passion, lust and rage (wowza) is now the colour of the season.

Perfect for the party period (and just in time too), we’ve styled our favourite must-have pieces for AW14. So whether you go top-to-toe in splendid scarlet or showcase your sizzling style with subtle accessories, you’re guaranteed to heat things up.

Well red

Mix pretty and preppy for an understated take on this bold microtrend. Pair oxblood skinnies with these Catwalk Collection loafers and a peplum tee – an AW14 wardrobe staple – for a faultless laidback look. For a hint of glamour add a 3D daisy necklace – the ultimate in fun, feminine style.

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