Checks have been huge this year, being seen on the catwalks (think Céline, Lanvin, Moschino, Prada, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace) as well as the high street. It’s the perfect pattern to achieve various different looks; ranging from grunge and punk to heritage.
The grunge trend is still going strong and you can’t achieve the look without a bit of check. The perfect item to add to your wardrobe is a check shirt – think 90s flannel style. Make sure you mix it up with a bit of black, leather and studs for an all out grunge look. If you want to be a little more subtle, try adding a check accessory instead; think scarves, backpacks and satchels.
If grunge is not really your style, you can dress it up for a more chic look. Consider a plaid pencil skirt for work or a structured check coat. Go for a different shade – checks with blues and greens – for a more subtle look.
Below is a nice selection of what is available on the high street so you can achieve the look.
1. Prince Of Wales Coat 2. Check tote bag 3. Lofty Tartan Scarf 4. Check Bias Skirt 5. Converse Pucker Plaid 6. Uniqlo Cotton Gauze Check Long Sleeve Shirt 7. Madam Rage Tartan and PU Top 8. Check Rucksack
Here are some ideas of how to wear these check pieces:
We’ve seen various hair trends this year; from super straight to messy waves, retro 60’s (think bangs and beehives) to low buns. With autumn on the way, it’s time to start thinking about how to wear your hair for the colder months. Luckily for me, the styles this autumn are easy to try and low maintanence.
Rimmel have paired up with Asos Fashion Finder and are running a retro glam competition inspired by the sixties. My entry below was inspired by the amazing style featured on Mad Men.
Mad Men helped to really helped to bring 60’s style back on our fashion radar. As this competition shows, the sixties trend is still going strong. Costume designer Janie Bryan has done a fantastic job of capturing the decade. Here are some of the things she had to say on the styles of the women of Mad Men:
Betty Draper (January Jones):
“Very much of a throwback to the late 1950s. I love to design clothes for her that are very fitted at the bodice and at the waist and having that real full skirt.. I think that she dresses as the image of perfection, whether it be the cigarette pants and the perfect sweater or cardigan. Or the nipped waist or the full skirt. It’s also about, for her, unwrapping the package…It’s also about having so much time at home to perfect that image. That really is her style.”
Pastels are the perfect colour trend for Spring. That’s why I’ve been using pastels in my outfits recently, looking forward to spring and hopefully an improvement in the weather 😉 As you can see from my sets below, they can be worked in with other trends.
Mix prints for a more interesting take on office wear.
*Update: I was really pleased to find out this outfit actually got highly commended for the Tessabit Designer Accessories outfit competition on Asos Fashion Finder 🙂