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.
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.
Spring is more than just a speck on the horizon and that means a shift from miserable winter downpours to…errr…slightly less miserable April showers. For a cover-up that will see you through the warmer part of winter, those pesky spring showers AND onto cool summer nights, look no further than the trusty parka…
Rooted in the swinging ‘60s, the classic parka takes on a thicker, fur-trimmed guise throughout Autumn/Winter but strips back the insulation for a lighter, showerproof look come spring. It’s the latter that we’ve crowned this week’s worthy Wardrobe Hero, thanks to its smooth combination of practicality, versatility and style. Unquestionably casual, this is a coat that works best thrown over laidback separates but, with a few clever choices, can work wonderfully with a slightly more dressed-up look. We’ve taken a parka jacket from our SS14 collection and (using each of the colour options available) created three very different but very gorgeous looks…
Wear me…when it’s chilly
When it’s time to say a fond farewell to your winter coat, you can rely on the parka to provide warmth, protection from light showers and some serious style points. We’ve paired this parka with a fluffy knit and snood to keep you toasty, while the bucket bag and brogues add a dash of androgynous flair.
The blazer; a piece so iconic, versatile and timeless, that no well-styled wardrobe is complete without one. Make this wardrobe hero your new BFF and put your blazers set to stun.
The Great British Weather. At this time of year, it’s safe to say that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. But, with the first day of spring and the prospect of brighter days just two months away, this leaves us in a rather tricky style spot. Do I buy more wintery clothes to keep me warm through freezing February? Or do I stock up for spring on all those lovely new season lines? The solution, lovely readers, is the trusty transitional wardrobe; pieces that can be worn now with woolly knits then peeled back as temperatures rise. Which leads us nicely onto arguably the most versatile of transitional pieces: the blazer.
One blazer. Three ways to wear.
From winter to spring, day to night, the blazer is a must-have basic to build your look around. While bold-toned blazers give this menswear-inspired piece an on-trend twist, black and white styles will never fall out of fashion favour. We’ve taken one of our favourite blazers from the Simply Be collection and created three unique looks to take you from season to season in style.
Cute cami’s are Spring/Summer ‘14s darling, especially those that keep the grunge flame burning. Layer a feminine dress with masculine separates for a spot of ‘90s-inspired androgynous chic.
Sexy, chic and slimming…long live the LBD! First heralded as the future of figure-flattering fashion way back in the 1920s, the Little Black Dress has become a must-have item for style-savvy ladies the world over.
What started as a sketch of a simple yet elegant, black, long sleeve dress by none other than Coco Chanel, has become a century-long obsession with the LBD. At the time, Vogue predicted that the style would become a uniform for fashion conscious females; a forecast which proved entirely accurate. But, with the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe advocating the look, it’s hardly surprising that the LBD became (and remains) such a firm wardrobe favourite.
One LBD. Three ways to wear.
In recognition of the versatility, longevity and altogether fabulousness of this sleek and subtle number, we bring you three very different outfits using one of our favourite LBDs from the Simply Be collection…
Crush on velvet with this lush LBD paired with rough-and-ready boots and accessories for instant off-duty cool.