Category Archives: Trends

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.

Headlinephoto / Splash News

Headlinephoto / Splash News

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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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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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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.

Well Red

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Micro Trend: 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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Micro Trend: 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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Festival Inspired Beauty

Summer is here and so is festival season. We all know that means denim shorts, fringe vests and kimonos but what about hair and make up? Fear not because I’m here to take the worry out of beauty this festival season.

When you’re away from home, don’t let your skincare routine fall by the wayside. Camping at a festival is one of the only times I’d recommend the use of facial wipes, just make sure that the ones you choose are very moist so that they don’t tug at your skin. Each morning, sweep a wipe across your face and at night, use one to break down and remove the make-up you’re wearing and use a second to clean your skin. Follow up with a light moisturiser with a built in SPF as this will keep your skin feeling soft and protect it from the sun.

Make sure you wear an SPF on your body too as it is easy to forget when you’re excited to get out there in front of the main stage. The once-a-day application types are great, as you’ll not need to worry about reapplying it throughout the day, which will save space in your bag without compromising on your sun protection.

Laura Ferry (1)

For make up, I’d keep things super simple with a light base. My favourite is the Garnier Skin Perfector BB cream. I wear the oil free version and its fabulous because it evens out my skin tone, offers a light coverage and stays put throughout the day, plus you can apply it with your fingers. Squeeze a little extra onto the back of your hand, wait a minute for it to set, and then apply it to the areas where you need a little extra coverage. This method is great for reducing the number of products you take with you as you can use it to cover blemishes and to hide the signs of a late night under your eyes. Dust over a little powder to set everything in place.

To warm up your complexion, apply a sweep of bronzer to your face; this will also add a subtle contour to your face. To save space in your makeup bag, I’d suggest taking a palette like the Sleek Face Form with you as it has a bronzer, blush and highlight powder in one handy compact. Apply a little blush to the apples of your cheeks and sweep back towards your hairline, then take the highlighter down the centre of your nose, on your brow bone and on the high points of your cheeks.

For your eyes, feel free to go bold with colour, leave them bare with lashings of mascara or opt for a subtle two shadow smoky eye like me- anything goes with festival make up. To recreate my look, take a gold shadow, pack it all over the lid and up into the crease of your eye and then run a little along the inner half of your lower lash line. Take a brown shadow, work it onto the outer part of your lid and run it along your lower lash line. If you opt for a matte brown shadow, you may be able to double it up as a powder to lightly fill in your brows. Finish up with lashings of mascara and a slick of lipstick or balm for a pop of colour and moisture hit.

The one thing that I love about festival style is the effortless hairstyles that you can create that look like you’’ve spent ages on them when they’ve actually taken you a matter of minutes. My advice would be to heat style your hair either straight with a spritz of a dry texturising spray or curly with hair spray on day one as you head out of the house, then maintain your locks with some dry shampoo on the second and third days while you’re camping. My dry shampoo of choice has to be from Batiste. A travel sized can will keep your hair fresh, oil free and full of volume all weekend.

Laura Ferry (2)

Floral crowns, flower bun rings and hair bands are always a big hit when it comes to festival style and they’re super easy to use. Pop a floral hair band around your neck then pull up onto your head to keep your hair off your face or pull it down onto your head over your hair and tuck your hair into it to create a boho Disney princess hairstyle.

Laura Ferry (3)

Bun rings take seconds to put in yet create a really chic look. Simply tie your hair up, thread your hair through a bun ring that is a similar colour to your hair, fold your hair over it and pin it in place. Leave it there or and a flower bun ring garland in true festival fashion.

The easiest style of course is to wear your hair down and pop on a Panama hat with some feather earrings that’ll peep through your hair. Quick, easy and simple but it looks great and it’ll keep the sun off your face.

The most important thing about festival beauty is to have fun with it and the same goes for your wardrobe too. Head on over to the Festival collection on the Simply Be website where you’ll find lots of trend led pieces to wear this summer.

Abroad Holiday Essentials

Hello my loves, so this is my first post here at Simply Be and I’ve got the fantastic task of talking to you about the holiday season. It seems a little alien to me because I haven’t been on holiday since 2009! Yep, I’m not even joking it’s been that long. However I do have a holiday booked for September and I’m so excited I’ve already started planning what I want to take with me and I’m constantly thinking about the outfits I want to wear. I will be spending my 30th birthday out in Turkey with three friends so there’s going to be lots of lounging by the poolside, day trips discovering new places and tropical evenings spent sipping a cocktail or 5. My suitcase essentials, therefore have to cover relaxed, comfortable and glam. I wholeheartedly believe that getting the staples right is key and then you can fill in the gaps later. So here are my top suitcase picks…

Crochet Maxi Dress £35

First up my holy grail of any holiday suitcase is a maxi dress. I personally swear by a plain black maxi; whether you’re dressing it down for daytime or glamming it up for the evening, this is an item every girl’s holiday luggage needs. Not only is it perfect holiday attire but when you’re back home you can still get plenty of wear out of it by layering it up for colder English climates.

Black Crochet Maxi Dress

Convertible Swimdress £48

Don’t forget your swimwear! I’m all about a nicely cut swimsuit or swim dress and this Magisculpt Convertible Swim dress ticks both boxes for me. Not only is this amazing, violet bright pop of colour going to make you stand out like a million dollars it can be worn in different ways to suit however you’re most comfortable. It’s a swimsuit, swim dress and sarong all in one – me likey!

Convertible sarong swimdress

White Kaftan £24

Not only is this fabulous for covering up on those cool summer evenings, but I’d definitely be dressing this up for evenings with loads of statement jewellery and maybe a little metallic skinny belt around the middle. And at £24? Bargain!

White Kaftan

High Waist Button Up Short £25

Who wears short shorts? Or slightly longer shorts? Well whichever you fancy, I love these denim beauties; the length means you can choose to wear them a little longer or roll them up a bit if you want to show off a bit more of your new tan. Wear them with your kaftan around the pool or team them up for daytime wandering with a gorgeous graphic or printed tee like the Aztec one below.

High waist button-up denim shorts

Aztec Print Short Sleeve Blouse £20

Aztec-print short-sleeve blouse

Straw Hat £20 & French Connection Cateye Sunglasses £39

Last but not least, top your look off with a fabulous statement hat and a chic pair of sunnies.

Floppy Straw Hat French Connection Cateye Sunglasses

The best thing with all of these items is that they’re all pretty much interchangeable. The kaftan with the shorts, the tee over the maxi and the swimsuit underneath the maxi – it all works!

Oh and don’t forget your suncream!

Naomi xoxox

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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