Nothing adds a fresh finish to summer looks like clean white jeans or a sparkling white cotton tee; the challenge is keeping your whites bright throughout the season. Here we outline five easy and effective tips for keeping your garments looking clean and pristine for the summer months and beyond.
A handbag can be the accessory that either makes or breaks an outfit. Too big and clunky and it can bring down a sophisticated look, but too small and dainty and you can’t take all that you need with you – so how do you find the balance?
Heading out for after-work drinks can be a great way to unwind after a busy week – but isn’t it annoying when a spontaneous trip out is suggested but you’re not dressed for the occasion? Here we’ve collected outfit inspiration so you can be dressed appropriately for the working day, but still glamorous enough to head to a bar in the evening.
While planning a weekend away is great fun, packing is often the worst part – especially when you’ve got a limited amount of space. The key is to think practical, think functional and know your transferable pieces.
So you’ve found the perfect outfit, you’ve sorted your accessories and you’re more than ready to spend a day at the races, but one thing missing – a cover up. Being an all-day affair, you sometimes need an extra layer when heading off to the races, especially if you’re going to be moving outdoors and outside throughout the day.
Matching cover ups to your outfit can be difficult. There’s the shape, length and colour to think about, so let’s break it down…
Sometimes, it’s often simpler to keep your outer layer classic. When you’ve branched out with your dress, been daring with your accessories and are braving the heels, a classic cover up brings the perfect balance between comfortable styles, and fashion statement looks.
A wraparound style such as a wrap coat is the perfect choice for dresses that float around your knees or below, and the lapel style means you can completely cover up when it’s a little cooler, or wear it open for a more relaxed approach.
Layering is the ultimate fashion skill that really allows you to make the most of your wardrobe. Master that and you can create a stylish look for just about any occasion. But the skill starts in choosing the right items to have in your wardrobe in the first place, here we take a look at some of the essentials for layering.
The First Layer
One of the most important things to consider when layering is the material. This is especially important for the layer that’ll be closest to your skin, as synthetic materials could make you uncomfortable and even irritate your skin if you’re particularly sensitive. Cotton is your best bet – and something with short sleeves is ideal.
When you need to add an extra layer to your outfit, cardigans or jumpers can sometimes make work ready look a bit too casual. Fortunately, there’s a way to maintain your office-ready style without being cold – and that’s with tailoring.
Smart jackets or blazers are a go-to item during the cooler months. They’re great for getting you to and from the office, and they look oh-so smart at the same time. But how do you choose the right one for your outfit?
Best for dresses
If you’re opting for the classic silhouette dress, your choice of jacket is pretty much endless. The only thing to bear in mind is that you don’t want your coat to be much longer than your dress. A cropped style works perfectly, while those that prefer something with more coverage can’t go wrong with a classic trench cut.
Fascinators, fun, and a whole load of fashion – the races are a great excuse to get really dressed up, but where do you begin? Sometimes with all the outfit possibilities it can be difficult to remember that while looking great is part of the day, it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable. After all, a trip to the races is a day-long affair.