My Favourite Ways to Wear Statement Sleeves Right Now

Of all the trends that have appeared this season, statement sleeves is the one I can seriously see sticking around for quite a while. From tiered ruffles to big volume to flared cuffs, there are loads of sleeve shapes that can add drama to an outfit with very little effort. Here are my favourite ways to wear this trend for right now, with pieces that will flow right into the start of the autumn season.

Dresses with statement sleeves

Short dresses with dramatic sleeves are a great way to give some balance to your outfit. I recommend wearing with barely-there sandals too, so that your sleeves get all the attention.

Ways to wear statement sleeves - dresses

Dark blue satin dress from H&M

Mustard frill dress from Zara

Wear with…

Ways to wear statement sleeves - dresses outfits

Silver sandals from H&M

Floral cross body bag from Accessorize

Knits with statement sleeves

Knitwear shapes are changing, and sleeves that are a little extra are definitely the way forward. Even a simple casual outfit with jeans and boots will look stylish with this trend. Tip: I’d keep my jeans skinny to balance out the outfit.

Ways to wear statement sleeves - knits

Mustard extreme sleeve jumper from Topshop

Pink balloon sleeve sweatshirt from Topshop

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Ways to wear statement sleeves - knits outfit

Skinny ankle jeans from H&M

Pink chelsea ankle boots

Pretty blouses with statement sleeves

Shirts and blouses are anything but basic with oversized bell cuffs and tiered ruffles. Pair with jeans and flats for a very easy smart-casual way to wear the trend.

Ways to wear statement sleeves - tops

Embroidered ruffle sleeve shirt from Pretty Little Thing

Tiered sleeve top from Warehouse

Wear with…Ways to wear statement sleeves - tops outfit

Silver pumps from Dorothy Perkins

Skinny jeans from H&M

Is this a trend you’ll be wearing?

Trend Edit: Head to the Tropics

I’m not sure about you but the recent heatwave really gave me the summer feels, and now I can’t stop looking at all the tropical trend pieces that are in the shops. There’s nothing that says holiday more than fruity, floral and foresty fashion. Even if you’re UK-based this summer, it’s still great to think of exotic destinations while filling your wardrobe with colourful summer fun! And as you can see from my tropical trend edit, it is not just limited to your clothes and accessories. Pineapples, palms and flamingos are a fun way to bring summer into the home too!

Tropical trend

If you’re feeling inspired by my exotic paradise edit, shop the trend:

  1. Cold shoulder cami top, Dorothy Perkins
  2. Copper pineapple storage pot, Oliver Bonas
  3. Frill trim swimsuit, New Look
  4. Tropical plant, Next Home
  5. Palm clutch, Skinnydip
  6. Pineapple bag, Primark
  7. Palm print cushion, JD Williams
  8. Palm strappy dress, Warehouse
  9. Tropical ruffle dress, ASOS
  10. Tropical peplum skirt, Dorothy Perkins
  11. Rose gold flamingo float, Paperchase

I think my personal favourites are the floral frill one-piece swimsuit (maybe I need to book another holiday just so I have an excuse…) and the copper pineapple pot, which ticks that rose gold box too.

What trends are catching your eye right now?

6 key wardrobe pieces for Winter 2016

Well, snow is forecast today, and that can only mean one thing – winter is here! I haven’t updated my wardrobe in a while, but since the cold weather has arrived I’ve been browsing the AW16 ranges. Here are the 6 key pieces that I think would see me through the season, and a couple of examples of each that I found on my travels.

High neck jumper

I like knitwear that genuinely keeps you warm, so this high neck trend is perfect! I prefer these jumpers in pretty colours and with embellishments because it’s such a chunky style.

AW16 high neck jumper

Grey embellished jumper, £29 from Dorothy Perkins

Premium cable jumper, £55 from Topshop

Over-the-knee boots

Whether they are the flat, casual version to wear over jeans, or the velvety black heeled version for nights out, this trend is not going away! The goal is to find a pair that don’t slip down as you wear them, because that is pretty damn annoying!

AW16 over the knee boots

Thigh boots, £39.99 from H&M

Gold heel over-the-knee boots, £60 from Missguided

Knitted dress

The most work-friendly way to wear knitwear, a knitted dress is definitely on my shopping list! I’ll be wearing mine with cosy knee-high boots and tights.

AW16 knitted dress

Navy check dress, £30 from Next

Knitted dress, £24.99 from H&M

Coatigan

For when inside is almost as cold as outside!

AW16 coatigan

Grey hooded cardigan, £24.99 from New Look

Monochrome check coatigan, £28 from Next

Sparkly bomber jacket

I think these sparkly bombers are so cute when paired with girlie dresses and skirts, and the perfect thing to wear for a night on the town.

AW16 sparkly bomber jacket

Sequin bomber, £28 from Matalan

Glitter bomber, £34.99 from New Look

Christmas midi skirt

Every Christmas party wardrobe needs a midi skirt, whether it’s lace-trimmed, metallic or tulle!

AW16 midi skirt

Red mesh midi skirt, £27.99 from New Look

Pewter pleated skirt, £46 from Next

Wardrobe update = sorted!

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Seriously cute spring stuff

Ok, spring is definitely here now. This weekend I even went for a coat-free walk which absolutely confirms it! So it’s finally time to embrace everything “spring”, and as well as buying tulips and some new denim (can’t start a new season without a great new pair of jeans), I’m also loving pretty pastels, ladylike pieces, cute shoes to wear without socks, light layers (because the weather isn’t as warm as I think yet) and some seriously cute novelty items.

Cute spring style pieces

  1. Rose gold kitty headphones from Skinnydip
  2. Print vanity case from River Island
  3. Crochet bomber jacket from River Island
  4. Vintage style wedding shoes from Clarks
  5. Floral dress from Oasis
  6. Unicorn box clutch from Skinnydip
  7. Lace up ballet pumps from New Look
  8. Vintage bird tea set from George at Asda

 

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Complete party looks for under £70

It’s time to start picking out party outfits for the Christmas season, but don’t worry – they don’t need to break the bank. I’ve put together 5 gorgeous party outfits that all come in at under £70 (including shoes and bags!!) – bargain!

I don’t know about you, but you can’t go too sparkly at this time of year, so you’ll see plenty of sequined and glittery pieces here. And the outfits are all perfect for different types of parties, so I hope you find at least one that’s your style!

Party look 1: £64.99

Party look: Sequin mini dress

1. Sequin dress (£25 from ASDA); 2. Clutch (£10 from Matalan); 3. Ankle boots (£29.99 from H&M)

Party outfit 2: £66.13

Party outfit - full red skirt

1. Earrings (£6.50 from Dorothy Perkins); 2. Crop top (£10 from Boohoo); 3. Jacquard skirt (£34.63 from Chicwish); 4. Shoes (£15 from Matalan)

Party outfit 3: £63.99

Party outfit - jumpsuit

1. Clutch (£6 from Matalan); 2. Sparkle culotte jumpsuit (£28 from Tesco); 3. Shoes (£29.99 from H&M)

Party outfit 4: £45.99

Party skirt - sequin skirt

1. Clutch (£8 from Boohoo); 2. Top (£10 from Matalan); 3. Heels (£18 from Matalan); 4. Sequin skirt (£9.99 from H&M)

Party outfit 5: £69.97

Party look - red velour dress

1. Clutch (£9.99 from New Look); 2. Necklace (£14.99 from New Look); 3. Velvet maxi dress (£25 from Boohoo); 4. Sandals (£19.99 from New Look)

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Winter is coming…

Winter is Coming

We’re not quite on to snow scenes like that yet, but it’s noticeably colder now and when the clocks go back this weekend we can pretty much say goodbye to daylight hours! I don’t know about you but I find it so much harder to leave the house on dark evenings – it’s all about staying cosy. But there’s a lot to love about winter – Christmas obviously being the main thing, but also the fashion. Here are some of my favourite winter coats, boots and knits for wearing right now…

winter fashion

  1. Off-the-shoulder jumper, from H&M
  2. Chunky platform boots, from Next
  3. Pom pom socks, from South Beach
  4. Chocolate suede boots, from Dorothy Perkins
  5. Fluffy Aztec jumper, from JD Williams
  6. Jacquard-knit poncho, from H&M
  7. Tartan cape, from River Island
  8. Checked coat, from M&S
  9. Patent riding boots, from Next

Fill your boots!

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Summer wedding separates

It’s that time of year when wedding guests stress about what they’ll wear – and although many of us ladies often go for pretty summer dresses, I’m here to say it’s all about separates right now. Although it may seem far easier to pick out a dress – it’s just one item after all – versatile separates can be much better value in the long term. (Have I mentioned before that I’m sick of having a wardrobe full of dresses I hardly wear?!) Yes, skirts, trousers, blouses and pretty tops are great because once the wedding is over you can mix and match them with different pieces time and time again, getting endless wear out of that expensive “wedding outfit”.

And if you still think it’s too much effort to find a full outfit, here’s something to inspire you…

  • Soft greys

Chicwish is my favourite place to look for pretty and unique occasion skirts and I thought this pale grey outfit looked particularly stylish!

Grey wedding guest outfit

Waterfall skirt from Chicwish; jacket from Coast; grey cami from River Island; heels from Boden; Butter London nail polish in Goss

  • Wide leg trousers

Not everyone is a fan of skirts, and a pair of wide leg white trousers can look very chic for a wedding with a printed top and statement accessories.

Wedding outfit with trousers

Top from Coast; earrings from River Island; trousers from Oasis; sandals from River Island

  • Coordinating separates

Could this be the best of both worlds? Pair the pieces together for the appearance of a dress, then wear separately in endless other combinations.

Wedding guest coord outfit

Top from Oasis; skirt from Oasis; clutch bag from M&S; heels from Next

  • Floaty maxis

Maxi skirts are a great choice for a summer wedding! And instead of a traditional fascinator, try an oversized flower headband for something a bit different.

Maxi skirt wedding guest outfit

Maxi skirt from Chicwish; shell top from Coast; flower crown headband from Rock n rose; skinny melt belt from ASOS; sandals from Next

Are you going to any weddings this summer? What will you be wearing?

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