Wardrobe Staples – The Blazer

Wardrobe Staples – The Blazer

 

I was having a discussion with a friend and she asked me how I manage to always look so well put together? I told her I had a few rules, first of all, I buy most of my clothes when they’re on sale. I don’t really follow trends, I stick to what suits me and most of all I only buy what I love. I have also come to understand wardrobe staples, wardrobe staples?? I hear you ask, wardrobe staples are items of clothing you wear on rotation. The fact is your wardrobe staples never change, they’re the basic items that everyone looks good in and it stays consistent year after year. This discussion got me thinking, to start a series featuring my wardrobe staples showing the importance of creating a wardrobe staple that sees you through all seasons.

 

The Blazer

The first wardrobe staple I want to feature is the blazer. A good blazer will see you through out the whole year, depending on the fabric of course. So what equates to a good blazer? The most important thing to look for in a blazer is the shape and the fit, you need to make sure the blazer suits your shape and fits you well. A blazer is not only for the office it can be worn with denim, shorts, skirts, and dresses. The purpose of a blazer in my wardrobe is to bring the outfit together. So, for example, I would wear denim cut off shorts with Tshirt and flats, to make the look a little smarter, I would change the shoes to heels and throw on a blazer. My ultimate ‘go to’ for a casual smart look, stylish but not trying too hard. Lol 🙂

 

 

 

The blazer is definitely one of my favourite wardrobe staples I’m always on a look out for different variations of the classic design. This could be in the colour, fabric or special features as demonstrated in my latest purchase. I have about 3 blazers which are very similar in shape and cut but it was the tassels on this classic shape that caught my eye. I love the element of evening wear although this can also be a great piece to wear to a music festival, how? Add a white Tshirt, leather trousers, knee high flat boots or converse trainers and your music festival ready.  In this case, I kept it simple and styled it with very short tailored shorts (shortest shorts I’ve ever owned) men’s shirt, and heels. This is probably my favourite ‘go to’ look..if ever in doubt monochrome it…always.

 

 

Blazer - Zara similar Men's Shirt - Zara - I'm wearing an xs, it's still quite big but I love how the cuffs extends to my hand.

The same blazer teamed with a mesh skirt.

 

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Balloon Sleeved Shirt

Balloon Sleeved Shirt

 

There’s no better time to invest in some new tops than the start of the summer. After a long winter of burying ourselves in layers, all that ‘us’ stylish girls want to do is wear a good statement top.

Now 2016 was all about the ‘cold shoulder’ ‘off-the-shoulder’ trend. 2017 is showing us an eclectic mix of shirts. The shirt mania is definitely the ‘must have’ for the season and I’m loving it!! No matter what your budget is, whether you’re a larger size or petite like me there’s something for everyone.

This is definitely the trend of Summer 2017. Every retailer from fast fashion to high-end is in on the statement shirt mania. Let’s look at the ballooned sleeves, what’s the best way to style this look?

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar

Boots - Zara (old) Similar

Balloon Sleeved Shirt - Gap (old) Similar | Trousers - H&M  | Boots - Zara (old) Similar

 

Military Chic

Military Chic

 

Happy New Year!!! I know I know where have I been, It’s almost the end of the month.

Well….where do I begin? The new year has started with lots of changes in my life but I’m not complaining as they’re great changes which I will most definitely be blogging about. How’s 2017 treating you so far? It has been quite a strange start, I feel like we should all go back and watch the Simpsons to see if there are clues on how the next 4 years will be. Anyhoo I’m not even going to get into that conversation, this is an orange free zone..’no pun’ intended lol.

Despite what’s going on in the world there’s always a silver lining in the clouds and for me having the chicest, most stylish winter coat always makes my day. This season the great online high street has not disappointed. There are so many varieties from pastel pinks to faux fur to my favourite the ‘Military Chic’. You can never go wrong with a good military coat, it looks well tailored due to the tapered waist and squared shoulders. It never fails in making me feel smart, strong and ultra chic; especially when teamed with a girly dress. It’s all in the shoulders, never underestimate a good shoulder. Lol

Here are some great examples of Military inspired coats.

Oasis

La Radoute

Missguided

Zara

 

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Coat - Zara Hat - Boots - ASOS

Midi Skirts for Petites

Midi Skirts for Petites

 

The Midi skirt is everywhere at the moment and it’s in a variety of shapes and forms; tubes, a- lines, low hems, peplums, full volumes, in knits, tulles, woven, neoprene and leathers. The styles and styling options are endless, between the contemporary, romantic, vintage, high-low and everyday looks.

Midi skirts are one of the many styling options shorter women are constantly told to avoid. But honestly, rules are made to be broken, especially a rule as dated as this one. A full skirt like the one I’m wearing in this picture would traditionally overwhelm a diminutive figure like mine. Instead, I worked with the silhouette to my advantage and delivered a polished ‘effortless’ look.

On that note here are my favourite midis, from tea-length skirts to sexy slit silhouettes, that work for petite frames. (click on the links)

– Go for an A-Line – This should definitely be a go to for all Petites! The mesh-like fabric is longer than the lining which gives the illusion of longer legs. Remember to choose a higher waist to create even longer legs!!!!  At £25.00 you can’t go wrong.

– Wrap it up – It’s always best to have fabric cling on to you and wrap midi skirt naturally shapes your figure in all the right places without letting anything drag. I love the colour on this one gorgeous!!

– Sexy slit – If you got it, flaunt it but not too much there’s a thin line between classy and trashy when it comes to slits. Lol. Elongate your legs with high and low slits. Remember to keep it CLASSY!! x

– The Classic Pencil Skirt – Always a flattering option that shows off your curves. Invest in a black staple piece, but switch things up with pastel hues, leather or sheer fabrics. Zara has a couple of leather Pencil Skirts this season check it out. If you’re going to do leather pencil skirt remember to break it up a little. Do not wear a leather skirt, with leather knee high boots and leather jacket, unless if you’re going for the Matrix look! Eeeeeeeek!

 

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Skirt - Zara | Blouse - Next | Bangles - H&M |

An old season Chloe shoes

A Simple White Dress

A Simple White Dress

 

The end of summer is fast approaching I have never felt the urgency in typing a post as I have with this one. Now before you start bringing out the cardies, and scarves wait just a minute as I think there might be a little more sun left for the next 2 weeks. There are a few things I appreciate in a summer wardrobe, here are the following I will miss:

– The Perfect denim cut – off shorts. Preferably a boyfriend style denim short.

– Sandals that you can walk everywhere in/go with everything. I love this Zara pair, very minimal and simple goes with everything.

– A basket bag. – I have a very basic one I was given as a present from Ghana, however, I have my eyes on a fabulous basket bag by a Ghana-based label called AAKS which is sold at Urban Outfitters.

– A white peasant cotton top

– Simple white dress the namesake of this blog post and what my eyes, style and yes even heart are drawn to each summer. Each summer I begin an annual search for the little white dress. In previous years this search has come up strangely fruitless, yet this year there appears to be an abundance of affordable, cute little white dress styles available. This particular wrap around version served me well in Rome. It’s from my bridal line however it isn’t a wedding dress.  I wore it in the day sightseeing with my Zara sandals and in the evening to dinner with some heels. The beauty of a simple white dress is that it is an outfit in itself. White looks clean and crisp against the skin and because it is cotton mixed with Lycra it cools you down in the heat.

I’ve rounded up some of my favourite simple white dresses on the high street below, however, if you’re looking for something more like what I’m wearing in these photos then look no further and contact Rita Colson London

 

Dress - Rita Colson London

Shoes - Zara

 

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The Jumpsuit

The Jumpsuit

 

In my opinion there’s one fashion item above all else that never fails to highlight its wearer as a bonafide fashion girl: The jumpsuit. Whether worn on the red carpet instead of a glammed up gown, in replacement of a wedding dress, (remember when Solange broke the internet wearing a jumpsuit at her wedding?) or on the streets of Fashion Week by an editor, blogger, or model- there’s a reason It – girls can’t get enough of the versatile one – piece.

However as wonderful and as stylish as the jumpsuit is, the one thing that often causes problems is the not so easy access to it when it comes to using the ladies! Now as a bonafide fan of the piece I would have to agree; but once you get past that issue it is the most versatile piece you can ever have in your wardrobe. This is why, when I spotted this tailored red jumpsuit on the Romwe site for a reduced price of £13.60 I snapped it up as quickly as possible. At such a low price I wasn’t expecting the quality to be good but I was wrong. The quality and the fit were superb, with my only adjustments being to the sleeves – and that was purely based on my preference.  When styling this look it was important to me that I kept it simple with little or no jewellery/ accessories as I wanted the focus to be on the shape and the streamline of the jumpsuit.

 

Here are some guides to choosing the best jumpsuit for your shape

The most basic of jumpsuits designs features a top attached to trousers or shorts and a cinched waist. The great thing about it is that its versatile. Designers play on the basic design and create different styles of jumpsuits. When looking for the right jumpsuit, you should always keep these 3 things in mind:

 

Purchase the right length

Jumpsuits come in various lengths and sizes. Taller women can often get away with sweeping the floor length pieces, while it is advisable for petite women to stick to the knee length. However if its a tailored piece then go for the longer length and team it up with heels. Aside from leg lengths they can also come in different sleeve lengths. Women who have shapely arms have the option to go bare with halter top, sleeveless, or even tube top jumpsuits. Long sleeved jumpsuits look elegant and classy, and can also be a good cover up if you’re conscious of your arms.

 

Buy a solid colour jumpsuit

When in doubt, a solid block of colour in a jumpsuit looks great on any woman. The continuous silhouette created by the single colour lengthens the body and creates a flattering profile.

 

Buy the right fit and size

The right fit is essential when buying any piece of clothing, and even more so when it comes to jumpsuits. An ill fitting jumpsuit can highlight unwanted bulges. When in doubt, a good rule when fitting a jumpsuit is to ensure the fabric remains loose and draped while cinching the waist.

I hope this guide helps you in deciding the perfect fit for your Jumpsuit, also refer to some of my alternative jumpsuits at a SALE prices.

 

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..got distracted by a squirrel lol

Red jumpsuit - Romwe

 

Other jumpsuits on sale

White floral print jumpsuit – Romwe

Black deep V Neck jumpsuit – Romwe

Red sleeveless V Back with lace jumpsuit – Romwe

Short jumpsuit – Zara

Striped denim jumpsuit – Zara

Pyjama style jumpsuit – Zara

Copy – edited by Zoe Olukoga

Japanese floral print jacket

Japanese floral print jacket

 

One of the many things I hope to post more of are unusual places to find amazing outfits. So basically, in the near future I want to share with you my secret vintage shops; local stores that I go to when I’m bored of the high street, or just simply want an outfit that stands out.

The summer season always gives me an excuse to go bold and bright with prints, but also do the complete opposite with white, minimal and fresh palettes. The bold florals won this time.

The floral trend this season showcases a strong Japanese influence. You have prints or embroidery traditionally found on Kimonos, now decorating either bomber jackets or regular blazers.

When you have a beautiful floral print such as the one I’m wearing in this photo, it’s tempting to play it safe by teaming it up with a plain white or cream blouse. However to make it more interesting I decided to wear it with a Chinese neck collar shirt and a white skirt. I love the combination of blue stripes and florals and this works particularly well because of the blue in the jacket. If you’re going to mix different prints together it’s important that you find a staple colour or a shape that’s similar and unites the two pieces. So in this case my staple colours are blue and white and then the rest can be as bold or as loud as I want. Next time you buy a floral print why not try mixing it up by adding a different print. Give it a try.

Have a look at some of my floral print recommendations.

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I couldn't get over how beautiful this creature was, and he knew it biggest show off. Lol

Ring - Primark | Bangles - H&M |

OMG!! He's watching me, keep still. Lol

Jacket - (old) Zara | similar jacket from Asos Floral Blazer  | Shirt - Primark | Skirt - Vintage | Shoes - Chloe |

My mate Pete (is it weird that i named it?) lol

Pete come back..

Other suggestions

Floral Bomber Jacket – Zara (sale)

Biker Jacket in Painted Floral  – Asos (sale)

Digital Floral print – Asos (sale)

Give ’em the ‘Cold Shoulder’

Give ’em the ‘Cold Shoulder’

 

Unsure of what to wear for your saturday night out? Just give ’em the cold shoulder. (see what I did there?..lol) Yes shoulders are officially in and showing them off has become very cool. So give the old décolletage a polish and let’s go go go!

From straight up strapless numbers to one-shouldered dresses and cut-out pieces, there are plenty of ways to wear this trend – the choice is endless. It can be found in dresses, and tops, making it versatile and very popular. This fun and flirty addition to your wardrobe is the perfect outfit for summer evening strolls and makes for an effortlessly stylish holiday look.

I recently made a stop at Zara and had  picked up literally 5-6 off the shoulder tops by the time I reached the changing room. Finally settled on this classic white cotton number. I’ve been wearing it with high-waisted trousers and sometimes with jeans, but I think pairing this look with a maxi skirt will give a whole new look.

Think: an island in the Caribbean, a flower in your hair, sipping on coconut juice whilst dancing to some island beats…oouu I was gone there! Lol..

Take look at how I styled the top and check out my other suggestions all from Zara.

 

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Other 'Cold Shoulder' tops from Zara Lace  Polka Dot Printed 

Top - Zara | Trousers - H&M | Shoes - Chloe (old) similar Zara |

 

Stylish ways to wear oversized outfits

Stylish ways to wear oversized outfits

 

One of my favourite things to wear in spring/summer are white cotton shirts, and looser fitting or oversized clothing. I love playing around with proportions and experimenting with structure and shape. Playing around with structure and shape makes an outfit look unique because what you’re doing is reinventing the item to fit your body shape.
This white shirt I’m wearing I’ve had for about 4 years and it’s one of my favourite items in my spring/summer wardrobe. I believe in buying items of clothing that transcends fashion trends, style pieces that you love. Trends are fun and for the moment, however style is more like art pieces and do get better with time.

This shirt is all about the sleeves, and although they had my size (xs) I decided to go for a much larger fitting (L) as I wanted to create even more drama by having the sleeves bigger. I teamed the top with wide leg trousers. I could’ve easily opted for a safer option like skinny jeans which would work nicely however my aim was to experiment with the proportions and have it fitting loose on me.

Now I understand that not everyone would feel comfortable to go oversize on top and bottom. So for an alternative look for different body shapes such as, hourglass, pear, and athletic its always good to cinch in the waist and add high heels to longate yourself. Here are some more tips.

 

Fit the rest – Remember its all about balancing out proportions. Generally, the baggier the top the more fitted the rest of your outfit should be. (this works for hourglass, pear, athletic and apple) Skinny jeans and leggings are great casual pairings, while a fitted skirt or straight leg trousers are dressier options.

 

Short hemlines –  Balanced out oversized tops by teaming them with short skirts or mini skirts. A shorter hemline will hopefully offset the volume on the top. Also avoid any potentially awkward question of ‘is she or isn’t she wearing a skirt’ moments by making sure you can see the hemline of your skirt or shorts underneath your oversize top.

 

Cinch it in – Give a baggy top some shape by cinching it in at the waist. Pick a wider or sturdier style belt, rather than a skinny style. When it comes to ways to wear oversized tops this way, keep the rest of your look streamlined with some skinny jeans and heels.

 

Try different textures – Try mixing fabrics such as chiffon and silk as its very light and looks airy and ethereal.

 

Add height – if ever in doubt wear heels to lengthen your silhouette.

 

Lower it – When looking at ways to wear oversized clothes, a lot of focus has been on oversized tops. However you can also get away with wearing the oversized style on your lower half. Oversized trousers in the style of wide legged trousers, (as demonstrated in the pictures.) palazzo trousers and boyfriend jeans are all stylish options this season.

 

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Scarf - H&M | Shirt - Gap (old) | Trousers - H&M |

‘All White?’

‘All White?’

As many of you may know I’m a bridal designer so to say that I love white, cream tones would be an understatement. I loOove whites and cream tones especially in the warmer weather it’s fresh, clean and sits well with other colours. Now with the warmer weather approaching, and the wedding season upon us i thought I should do a post on wearing white.

Ok so pulling off a white on white outfit can be quite tricky but being one of the hottest trends for this summer (in fact for most summers) I just had to bring myself to doing a number. The problem with trying to get a hit rather than a miss in an all white outfit is the fear of ending up with any if not all of these three dreadful outcomes; looking like a bride at someone’s wedding yikes, exposing unflattering features or generally just looking way overdressed for wherever it is you’re attending.

For that perfect all white look, we are talking shades, shapes, textures, layers, proportions and the right accessories. Today I have paired a blouse I bought from a charity shop, yes it’s a blouse and not a dress but i’m wearing it as a dress lol.. Its actually a size 18 and on my 5.1 petite frame it comes up as a dress. I love playing with proportions in my dressing. I never really pay much attention to sizes when buying clothes i am always drawn to outfits that can be worn multiple ways or has a defined shape. I have teamed up this blouse dress with a cape jacket from Zara.  The textures in this outfit is quite subtle, I love the slightly transparent (chiffon) dress next to the matt texture of the cape jacket and the cream tones of the shoes and bag.

In the end, it might actually not be all that hard after all trying to work out an all white look. Just pay a little more attention to details than you would with other tones and you might well end up with that pristine look you never thought you could create.

 

Here are some more guides..

Confidence – First tip to wearing an all white outfit is to have confidence, put aside all the silly rules on when and where you should wear whites, just have fun and experiment.

Texture – Stop your all white outfit looking flat by experimenting with textures. So chiffons against cotton, shiny and matt fabrics. By playing with texture you would add another dimension to your overall look.

Layering – Layering your white clothes will help add depth to your overall look. So for example a cropped jacket over a longline tank and skirt or maybe a long coat over a top and jeans. Being thoughtful with layers and balance is also another way of making the look interesting.

Accessories – You can easily change the feel of your all white outfit just by switching up your accessories.
Glam it up with metallic jewellery and clutches, or dress it down with bright baubles and patterned accessories.
If you want to achieve an entirely monochrome look but don’t have white shoes or bags handy, try neutral accessories that ‘blend in’ as demonstrated above.

 

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