Let’s face it; summer is well and truly over for another year. While we may mourn those long, hot summer days, a new season is a great opportunity to try out new styles and reconnect with our favourite, warm, winter comforts. Although we can all look forward to a new crop of trend this autumn and winter, one popular colour has decided that it would like to stick around just a bit longer: white. You needn't look at a wedding site for some inspiration. From festive beauty looks to cosy wraps, there are plenty of ways to wear white without looking bridal this winter. Use the following guide to pick up some tips for your own wardrobes.
A sweep of white or glistening silver across your upper eyelids can really make your peepers pop this winter. A small pot of eyeshadow cream like NYX Eyeshadow Base in white is an inexpensive way of adding some festive cheer to your usual makeup routine. Alternatively, if you’ve already selected your favourite shadow colour for a big night out, a touch of white eyeliner, like Barry M Kohl Pencil in white, in the corner of each eye or around your lashline will again make your eyes look bright and awake for any occasion.
If you want to brighten up your workwear wardrobe over the coming months, bold white pieces will do just that. Plenty of designers have taken inspiration from this year’s big black and white trend to create some stunning, all-white ensembles. Look out for classic, tailored winter coats on the high street this season from the likes of Mango and BHS. Alternatively, why not wear a pair of white jeans to the office with some black attire to add contrast. Top tip: head to H&M to pick up some hot black autumn/winter pieces this year to add wear with your newly purchased white coat!
You can find plenty of white vintage pieces in any charity shop or vintage store. From 1920s delicate white lace to 1980s shoulder padded white power suits, the popularity of the colour has spanned the decades. Take inspiration from Marc Jacobs and Alexandra Wu this year who both showcased elegant black and white pieces which were reminiscent of the 80s and 90s. Alternatively, you can simply pick up a pair of elegant white shoes or a timeless white bag to wear out for any occasion.
Designers and high street giants such as H&M and Olivier Theysken have produced an array of winter warmers this season for us all the enjoy, whatever our budget. Wrap up this winter in a faux-fur wrap or a classic, thick cable-knit jumper to beat the cold winter snaps. If you generally avoid jumpers like the plague, a great way to inject some sass and sophistication into the ensemble is to team your garments with a pair of hot, on-trend knee-high, black leather boots which are easy to pick up this season.
Summertime is typically known as the season for bright clothes and colourful dresses, which makes approaching the dreary autumn, somewhat of an anticlimax. Not only is does the weather decline, but so does our enthusiasm for fashion, as we get used to wearing coats and hiding away our figures. However, autumn need not be so depressing and autumn wear need not be so dreary. Here are a few autumn ideas that’ll brighten up a wardrobe, as much as ones summer clothing did – if not more.
Red Coats With Gathering On Shoulder and Mustard Yellow Wool Coat
Elegant and chic they may be, but most people’s clothing collections aren’t typically known for their bold colours. Hence these two coats can stood out like a sore thumb amongst the rest of your collection. You can find items like this at various high street stores.
This gorgeous red coat with gathering on the shoulder pulls off a long, bright red style that’s also elegant, subtle and chic. With red being such a powerful colour, most red coats – and even dresses – often seem like a cry out for attention. However, this coat is different.
Its very formal design counters the loudness of its colour. As a result, the wearer can pull off a very professional look, but one that’s chic and colourful nonetheless.
Their other eye-grabbing coat I’ve chosen boasts less of a bold colour in mustard yellow, but still gives us a breath of fresh air in a season typically typified by browns, dark greens and grey.
This one’s much less of a formal coat than the one shown above, and at roughly £69.99 on the high street, it is also £20 cheaper. Choosing between the two – if you do feel compelled to choose any of course – will depend on your lifestyle and personal style.
Red Double-Breasted Long Coat
There are indeed many types of long, bright red – but still quite quiet – coat one can choose from. This competitor in terms of style, market and price range can be found at a similar price to the one above.
It’s hard to pick between this and the other. In an ideal world, I’d personally go for both! They both send out the same statement.
One thing that will be said is that if you opt for either of those red coats, be sure to stress the formality of your outfit with a watch. A formally dressed woman without a watch is a woman whose wrist fails to match the businesslike look of her dress. An Oris Big Crown Pointer Date like the ones shown at Watches of Switzerland, is an example of the type and quality of watch you should be looking at.
Cotton Linen Blend Jacket
While this next jacket may not be as colourful as the coats shown in this article, it’s well worth a look due to its fabulousness.
Costing only £79.99 on the high street, a cotton linen-blend jacket like this is a brighter take on autumn’s usual colours. Its camel vigore colour mixed with decorative trimming make it irresistible, regardless of what season you happen to stumble across it in.
The design world is a vibrant, dynamic and capricious environment by its very definition. Designers are ‘in’, then they’re ‘out’ again; trends fly over like clouds, their velocity dependent on the strength of the wind that day. As such, predictions on fashion trends are always somewhat difficult, but they’re not impossible; clouds can always be spotted on the horizon before they come. We’ve put together a list of 5 designers you should watch going into 2014, for we think they’re destined for big things.
1. Claire Barrow
Having graduated from Westminster, the Stockton-born fashionista debuted her first collection at Fashion East in 2012. Very much influenced by the Dalston/Shoreditch East End cool, she is best known for her hand-painted leather jackets which quickly earned her a cult – and indeed a wider – following: she recently made a custom jacket for pop star Rihanna.
2. Domingo Rodriguez
Graduating from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2008, Domingo Rodriguez has already racked up considerable accolades in his nascent career. He won the Wolf and Badger graduate awards, Menswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week and was named as one of Esquire magazine ‘7 Brilliant Brits’ in 2010. See his collection on Wolf and Badger.
3. Michael Nelson
Heavily influenced by vibrant and colourful African hand-crafts, Michael works with a fair trade collaborative of Kenyan women to create fantastically intricate and distinctive handles for his custom made leather bags.
4. Karla Špetić
Described by the Guardian newspaper as creating ‘über-cool pieces with a fresh but feminine sensibility’, Karla is an Australian-based, Croatian-born designer with an exciting future. You can buy online at Karlaspetic.com.
5. Shahzad Mohaudin/Math Collective
Geometric, full of lines, Shahzad Mohaudin’s Math Collective pieces very much live up to the name, and his background as a graphic designer. He was recently snapped up by My-Wardrobe, and his collections are fast gathering accolades and prominence at fashion events around the world.
Earlier this summer, The Great Gatsby flooded the movie scene worldwide. Viewers were enamored with the acting, the cinematography and of course the style.
Baz Luhrmann was able to capture this dark story in such a beautiful and compelling way that it left people visually inspired and yearning for a vintage look. While most of us can't afford the styles that Prada produced for the film, we can recreate some of the hair and make up looks. Let's revisit the roaring twenties in a modern way.
First the make up:
The Great Gatsby look is about creating a natural eye look paired with a bold lip. Ditched the dark, smoky blacks and greys you've been using and opt for some muted tans that almost blend completely into your skin. Use this color all over your eye. Then apply a highlighter, like a shimmery white or cream, to the brow bone and in the corner of the inner eye. Finish up the eye shadow by using a color only slightly darker than your skin tone to line the crease of your eye and your bottom lash line. This will help give your eyes definition.
Next you'll want to create an elongated lash line. I love using liquid eyeliner for this, specifically Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner Sweep the eyeliner cross the eyelid in a thin cat eye fashion. Once your eyeliner has dried, apply black or brown mascara to your top lashes, skip the bottom.
You'll want to finish your eye make up by giving a little attention to your eyebrows. This look is punctuated with a bold, angled eyebrow that you can easily recreate with a little brown eye shadow or eyebrow pencil. Start at the inner points of your eyebrow and sweep the powder/pencil up to create a more defined angle. Then follow the eyebrow line down to the outer edge of your eye. You don't want to create new eyebrows or completely fake the look, just make yours a little bolder and manipulate them into a more angular look.
For the lips, you will want to go with something bold like a deep red. The best way to pull off this look is to start with a lip liner. Red lipstick can be difficult to control, so keep it in the lines by creating an outline for it first. Be sure to pick a lip liner that matches the lipstick!
Finish the make up look with a soft rosy blush that accentuates your cheek bones but doesn't draw attention to itself.
Now for this hair, this one can be a little more tricky.
Most of you probably don't want to chop your hair to Daisy Buchanan lengths, so I asked a Rush Kingston hairdresser how to tackle this look without cutting your hair. They said it was all about modernizing the fingerwave.
To do this, you will need a 1 inch curling iron, mousse and a flat brush.
Apply the mouse all over wet hair and blow it dry. Once it has completely dried, make a deep side part and clip up the top layers of you hair. Grab one inch sections at a time and begin curling them towards your face. Do your best to keep the curls consistent. Take down another layer once you have finished the bottom and continue curling until you have curled all of your hair.
Then take your flat brush and brush out the curl. It seems a little daunting, but slowly brush it out. This will pull the tight curl out and create a loose, consistent wave throughout your hair. The mousse you applied in the beginning is what will allow your hair to hold the shape and not fall flat. Finish with a little hair spray.
Want to do updo's? I found this great hair tutorial that you can follow.
Ahhhh. Spring has finally graced us with its presence, which means you can finally come out of hibernation, and your clothes can too! Shedding layers and removing those burdensome heavy winter coats means people can actually see all that cute fashion you've been hiding under there. We have some things we've been waiting to unveil, too—our amazing new collection of vintage finds. Of course, you'll still need some lightweight jumpers and jackets for layering when the nights are still cool and the chilly wind hits, and we've got plenty of those to help you with the changing of the seasons.
For styling ideas, we look for inspiration from all over the world from cities with the coolest hipster fashion. Some of our favourites include East London, Portland, Austin, and New York City, to name a few.
Here's a simple, fuss-free and no-fail look we love, seen on the streets of New York City: black boots, skinny jeans, a vintage tee shirt and a cropped army jacket:
Photo source: ambrelabelle.blogspot.com/
Camo never goes out of style, and although we love the cropped look, we have our own green army jacket of the oversized variety, circa 1980's. Wear over your favourite tee shirt or something colourful for spring, such as our oversized berry red shirt.
Check out our other jackets perfect for bright and sunny weather, such as our eye-catching 90's yellow cropped jacket, our edgy Miami white jacket, or our psychedelic print cropped jacket for something we promise is as unique as you are.
Another trend we love this season is button-down shirts, because you can style them in so many different ways. From our electric blue oriental shirt with its unique buttons to our Victorian lace collar blouse with its ladylike lace, you can't go wrong with buttons! We also love our vintage denim boyfriend shirt, our cropped checkered shirt, and our Miami Vice Hawaiian shirt—really it's difficult to choose just one.
You can wear them open with a tube or tank top underneath, buttoned to the top, tied in front, or hanging loose. This fashionista in East London demonstrates perfect hipster style with a short sleeve white button down top tucked into 80's style cuffed jeans with a belt and black boots:
Photo source: blinklondon.com
Although we love looking to all these different cities for fashion inspiration, we always believe in making whatever you're wearing your own. Be sure to check out our entire new vintage collection for the spring, including pants, shorts, skirts and dresses. Happy Spring, and happy shopping!
Well the cold winter months are creeping in, slowly but surely, and one thing that helps us cope with the weather is—you guessed it—fashion. While we love fuzzy, oversized jumpers and warm, woolly coats that keep us warm while we’re doing our holiday shopping, another favourite things about the winter is that it’s party dress season! Whether it’s a friend’s casual holiday get-together, an office party (where you’ll likely want to impress your boss and your co-workers), or a fancy, uber-dressy party, we have your perfect dress.
Sometimes, it’s all in the details. One trend that has taken over this past fall, and rolling right into winter, is studs. Studded detail, shiny buttons, embellishments and even spikes, have found their way onto jackets, shoes, shirts and dresses. And we’re obsessed. They add some eye-catching shine to your wardrobe and brighten up an otherwise plain sweater. One of our favourites in our new collection is this black and gold studded dress, which also has an eye-catching zipper detail down the back:
The little black dress is a classic wardrobe staple, and this is our unique variation of it. Another is our little black vintage dress with black buttons down the side.
Our vintage Louis Feraud dress is something truly different, with its zig-zag design on the sleeves and upper overlay. And, of course, don’t forget about the row of gold-tone buttons down the front:
The trend isn’t just found on our dresses, but on our jackets and sweaters, such as our gold buttoned frayed boucle jacket, our 80’s pearl blouse jacket, and our studded sweaters in grey, light grey, dark grey and beige.
What’s your take on this trend? Do you own some
of those crazy shoes with spikes, or do you prefer the more subtle buttons and
studs? Share your thoughts with us and send us your photos to show us how you
do the trend. We’d love to hear from you!
We've fallen in love with East London Furniture! The company's owners Christian Dillon and Reuben Le Prevost create beautiful furniture out of recycled pallets and their range includes stools, coffee tables, benches and lights.
We're trying to restrain ourselves from buying everything in their shop! http://eastlondonfurniture.co.uk/
One thing that’s great about vintage clothing is that you can be fairly certain you won’t see a carbon copy of your outfit walking down the street towards you. If you’ve ever had that happen, you know that it’s kind of embarrassing—especially when you walk into an event or an intimate party and notice that…wait a second…that girl is wearing your dress?! To help you avoid being forced to awkwardly wear your jacket at the party all night, Sosolo searches high and low to find you the most unique and beautiful vintage garments! Jumper and jacket season is now in full swing, and we have a whole slew of retro, new-to-you cover-ups, cardigans, and long dresses to ward against the cold.
Another thing we love about vintage fashion, especially from the 1980’s, is that everything wasn’t always so tight-fitting and constrictive. And yes, you can still be sexy in loose-fitting tops! We recommend pairing one of our fashionably oversized jumpers with leggings or skinny jeans, and knee-high or ankle boots. This kitsch block striped jumper is really comfortable, and we just love the cute, colourful stripes:
We have a lot of garments which are circa 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, which feature stylish geometric patterns, bold colours, and stripes. All of our new items are great for layering, and you can never have too many jumpers—or that one cardigan or jacket you wear over everything! One of our favourite new items is our cropped black vintage jacket. You can scrunch up the sleeves and wear it as part of your outfit, or throw on over anything from skinny jeans and a vintage tee to a cocktail dress and heels:
We also have a few new dresses that can easily be worn during any season; their longer length allows you to take them right into fall and winter with you with tights and boots. They’re flirty and feminine without being too revealing. One of our most unique items is the Indian embellished vintage dress. It has a hippie-chic yet tailored look, lovely bold colours, and beading.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out our other new finds, from elegant vintage 70’s blouses to our slouchy boyfriend jeans! And of course, there are jumpers galore, all of which are stylish, comfortable, and warm enough to carry you through a tiring day of holiday shopping. Tell us: Which one is your favourite?
September is here already, believe it or not, and before your start mourning the end of summer, just remember that one of the best parts about autumn weather is the fashion! (Well, at least we think so!) We’re so excited about all of our new arrivals and can’t wait to share them with you. Crisp, fall weather means beautiful colours of rich reds, vibrant oranges, deep greens, pretty purples and luscious browns; it means gorgeous leather boots and pretty fall jackets! But, before we get carried away, let’s talk about one important thing first: How to transition your summer clothes into fall. Although it may seem ridiculous, transitioning your wardrobe from season to season can actually be really tricky! You find yourself questioning: Can I wear this colour? Is this dress too summery? Will I be freezing in this?
Well, because the weather, as everyone knows, can be extremely unpredictable, layering is key. A good place to start is a nice lightweight jacket that will go with anything, including your warm-weather tops. Check out our collection of new coats and jackets. What’s not to love about this Ivory Cream Biker Jacket? The colour makes it wearable with both your favourite lightweight flowered dress and your new black or brown trousers! It looks great with other rich fall colours, such as this deep red as seen on our model:
If you need to freshen up your top collection, we have plenty of those too! Our flowy, sheer dip back top and Sweewe drape back tops are ideal for layering; they’re short in the front and longer in the back, which makes them flattering and easy to wear. These tops are great with leggings and boots, and lightweight enough for you to feel comfortable if the sun decides to pop out from behind those autumn clouds!
One of our favourite new items is our Dark Monochrome Gold Chain Cardigan. It’s elegant, classy, warm, and comfortable, and you’ll never want to take it off! This is a great, timeless piece that will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe and works for the fall and you’ll even be able to bring it into the cold winter months. You can throw it over anything to dress it up and keep warm, for day or night. It looks great with black skinny jeans or a black dress, or something with more colour, and boots or heels. Dress it up even more with a chunky statement bracelet or necklace!
And don’t forget to browse our collection of affordable new dresses, jumpers, and shorts (which look fantastic worn with tights for the cooler weather). Happy fall, and happy shopping!