Category Archives: Trends

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.

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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.

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Four hot holiday looks

Summer is almost here and with the much anticipated arrival of the elusive British sunshine comes the overwhelming urge to…book a holiday quick sharp! Poor ol’ Blighty, as soon as it manages to squeeze a little sunshine out of our dull skies, we all pack our bags and head to the Costas.

But who can blame us? With a summer that typically consists of just two scorching days (why are they always in the middle of the week when we’re in work? WHY?), who can blame us for wanting to get away? Whether you’re heading to an exotic beach destination, planning a chic city break, backpacking around the world or escaping to the English countryside, we’ve put together four key looks to get you through your summer holiday in style.

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Micro trend: Tropical prints

Fashion’s gone totally tropical this spring, with paradisiacal prints in lush forest shades blooming all over our new season separates. While we wait patiently for summer to rear its bright yellow head, bring a little sunshine into your spring style with some flamboyant foliage in bold tropical tones. Piña colada anyone?

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Exotic graphics get grown up in this chic bodycon dress from AX Paris. A brand that knows about head-turning fashion, this vibrant number is sure to make a stunning style statement in the lead up to summer. For high-impact Hawaiian glam, we’ve paired it with bright accessories to really make those pretty petals and luscious green leaves pop.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

She gave you the gift of life, so you should definitely give her a gift she’ll love. But choosing the perfect gift for your mum on Mother’s Day can be tricky, particularly when your persistently met with ‘Oh it’s fine dear, just get me a nice card’ when you ask if there’s anything she’d like.

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Trend Alert: Vanity Fair

With a selective nod to SS14’s primmest, prettiest looks, Vanity Fair takes cues from high society’s finest to deliver a chic, floral infused edit. Cut in soft feminine shapes and painted in saccharine shades, look to ladylike separates, candied pastels and garden variety graphics for this upper-crust get-up. But it’s not all super serious sophistication; add a little fun to the prim parade with conversational prints and unexpected fabrics…

We’ve taken some of our favourite pieces from the Vanity Fair lookbook and styled four gorgeous outfits to see you from spring soiree to high tea!

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In a palette good enough to eat, this ice cream coloured collection gives the ol’ pencil skirt and smart shirt combo a sweet shakeup. A stylish evening look, pair this statement set with a blazer and switch your clutch for a grown up tote for work-worthy in a flash.

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The Oscars: Style Round Up

Just as much about the dresses as it is the winners, Sunday night played host to the biggest night in Hollywood; the Oscars. True to form, it was a display of stunning style and breath-taking beauty, with stars of the big screen pulling out all the stops to impress on the red carpet. While the Academy was clearly most impressed with Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, we take a look at the outfits that won our coveted seal of approval!

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After wowing the fash pack at the BAFTAs, rising star Lupita Nyong’o continued her winning style streak with a stunning sky blue gown by Prada. Worn with a plunging neckline and subtle gold accessories, the 12 Years a Slave actress cemented her place as one to watch not only for her acting talents (she walked away with the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role) but also for her fantastic eye for fashion. Continue reading

Style Dilemmas

Every now and then, we all find ourselves in a bit of a sticky style spot; those days where you can’t make head nor tail of the latest trend, you’re in a panic over what to wear for that party, and your wardrobe just isn’t making any sense. We’ve made it our mission to solve those tricky style dilemmas so you can enjoy doing what you do best: looking and feeling utterly fabulous…

Style Dilemma No. 1

I can’t afford a brand new wardrobe for spring; what three essential items should I invest in to stay stylish through the new season?

To make a fashionable impact without stretching the purse strings, look to a couple of classic spring pieces and throw in a directional trend for good measure. With spring weather typically difficult to predict, a versatile cover-up should be your first port of call. Make it a mac and you’ve got yourself a timeless, light and oh-so chic coat that will see you through what’s left of winter and well into spring in style.

Next up, your precious pennies will be well spent on another spring favourite: florals. While flower prints can be found growing all over trousers, shirts and tees, the piece you’ll get the most wear out of is a floral dress. Simply style with flats and a blazer in the day and switch to heels and glam accessories come nightfall. It’s the perfect piece to see you through the transitional weeks too; tights on for wintery days, tights off come summer!

For your final piece, inject a little high fashion into your new season wardrobe with the couture doll trend. Inspired by the pretty, candy-coloured looks of the SS14 catwalk, a sweet separate in the shape of a light blouse will earn you some serious style points.

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The Brit Awards 2014: Who Wore What

On Wednesday, we shone the Simply Be style spotlight on the brightest stars from the music industry at the 37th annual Brit Awards. With a red carpet well-trodden by some of the biggest and best music acts to have ever existed, it is a night famed for fashion,  fantastic performances and a fair share of celebrity scandal (we’re looking at you Messrs Cocker, Block and Brand!).

While it’s safe to say that last night’s show was a decidedly better behaved affair than previous years, the stars did not disappoint in the style stakes. We take a look at some of our favourite looks from the Brits 2014.

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Alongside big sis Kylie, Dannii hit the red carpet in a figure-hugging black dress that just pipped her siblings outfit the post to make it onto our list.

While Kylie opted for a tight PVC number adorned with two big bows, the ex-X Factor host opted for a demure frock with glitzy borders and a sexy lace insert that travelled all the way up her thigh. Continue reading