Author Archives: Annaliese Watkins

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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Trend Alert: 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.

Well Red

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Trend Alert: Wordplay

By Olivia Watkins

Let your tee do the talking with this season’s wordy microtrend. Loud logos and shouty slogans have stormed off the catwalk straight into our wardrobes – and we have welcomed them with open arms. Whether you want to get if off your chest or let your accessories get literal, wordplay is as easy as ABC to wear. Dress it down for a relaxed look or go full-on glam – only one thing is certain – the less said the better.

We’ve picked out our favourite wearable wordplay styles…

Say what?

No, really, what? You may be feeling confused but you definitely won’t look it in this on-point outfit. Give a sweater a glitzy makeover with the addition of a glitter slogan, not forgetting to liven up your legwear in these check print skinnies. Quilted Catwalk Collection boots and a matching backpack complete this off-duty biker look.

Say What?

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Everything but the dress: 5 of the best bridal accessories

When it comes to perfecting your wedding day look, the dress tends to hog your focus. But while your gown will spend its fair share of time in the limelight, the way you style your dress can be just as important as the dress itself. For a beautiful frock to really shine it should be framed with equally beautiful accessories – those thoughtful little details that add real style and elegance to your look.

Take a look at five of our favourite bridal accessories from the Simply Be Wedding Boutique…

Jon Richard pearl clutch bagThe bag

Keep your Big Day beauty essentials close at hand (…or palmed off with a bridesmaid) in a gorgeously glam handbag. Stylishly combining modern chic with roaring ‘20s retro, this pearl-adorned beauty from Jon Richard is the perfect way to add a vintage feel to your look. Continue reading

Trend Alert: Gridlock

By Olivia Watkins

This season we’ve gone gaga for gridlock – no, not of the miserable, tear-inducing traffic jam kind – we’re talking oversized checks, window pane prints and boxy patterns. With a multitude of colourways and stylish takes on the look to choose from, this hot-off-the-catwalk microtrend is super versatile and easy to wear.

We’ve chosen our top three ways to wear the trend…

Check Mate

Want to work bad girl biker vibes but still look pretty in pink? This simple yet stylish drop waist dress gets an attitude makeover when teamed with our Joe Browns buckled boots and a leather-look jacket.  A statement necklace and slouchy duffle bag makes this the ultimate in casual cool style.

Check Mate

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Wardrobe Hero: The Maxi Dress

With the ability to magically move from casual cool to effortlessly glam in the blink of an eye (and a swift switch of accessories), the versatile maxi dress has had us smitten for several  summer seasons. When it comes to this Wardrobe Hero, one thing’s for sure: the maxi dress is going nowhere.

Initially popular in the swinging ‘60s, the maxi dress represented a rebellion against the popular mini-skirt; a hemline revolution largely appropriated by those fantastically folksy, free-spirited hippies. While the modern maxi can take on a range of guises to suit every event in a girl’s summer calendar, this ankle-grazer hasn’t lost any of its easy-breezy appeal. In fact, it’s probably its laidback nature which makes the maxi such a must-have during the free and easy summer months. Great for beach, bar and just about everything in between, we take a look at three ways to wear one of our favourite maxis of the season, taken straight from our fabulous Look! Magazine collection.

Maximum cool

Go back to the maxi’s roots and channel your inner hippy chick by teaming your maxi with a throwback denim jacket and tan boho accessories.

Wardrobe Hero: The Maxi Dress

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Summer beauty hacks

With a whole weekend of lovely weather under our belt, we’re gonna put ourselves out there and say that summer is well and truly on its way (hoorah!). But with the arrival of sunshine comes a whole new set of makeup dilemmas to contend with…mascara-melting temperatures, moisture-sapping aircons, skin-scorching sunrays…they can all result in major makeup misery. Get through the sunny season looking fresh-faced and minus the makeup meltdown with our top four summer beauty hacks… Summertime

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Five Wedding Day Must-Haves

In a perfect world, the biggest day of your life starts bright and early after a fantastic night’s sleep, with the sun shining, birds tweeting and every single thing – from the violinist to the vol-au-vents – arriving on time.

Of course, this isn’t the perfect world and only the very fortunate manage to get through their wedding day without some sort of mishap. But your heels snapping, make-up smudging and speakers breaking doesn’t mean the day is ruined; far from it. In fact, the odd calamity is all part of the (rather stressful) fun.

To at least try and make getting hitched go without a hitch, take a look at these five essential things to invest in on your wedding day… Wedding mishaps

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