I read that this season heritage style fabrics and looks were one of the trends on the catwalk. I really like some of the heritage fabrics and prints especially as they have a more classic and refined feel to them. I’m not sure how to make them work for me though as I am quite curvy and trousers and heavier jackets just camouflage my shape and make me bulky.
Could you give me any ideas on how to make this trend work for me? As I said I am quite curvy – I have an hourglass shape and am a UK size 16. I am 5”6 tall. I like to wear fitted dresses but just want to try something different.
Any advice you could give to me would be greatly appreciated.
As you so rightly mention the ‘trends’ are there to give you ideas and inspirations to take away and adapt to your own style and bodyshape rather than to dictate a set of getting-dressed-rules. Actually, this season everyone from Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, Dries Van Noten to Stella McCartney at Tommy Hilfiger took a new way to look at the old British Hertiage classics with draping, embellishment and lavish decoration.
A good way to show off your own fashion credentials to take elements from a number of trends and mix them up for your own individual and modern fashion recipe.
We suggest mixing up a this season’s ladylike trend (with some subversive eroticism), a touch of houndstooth and a splash of monochrome tones (this is a trend that always appears season after season). And what do you get? This gorgeous Houndstooth Illusion dress with leather panels from Simply Be (another autumn/winter 2013/14 trend!) which is mightily trend-worth yet will also flatter your curves. The central panelling will draw focus inwards and downwards in an elongating fashion while the leather at the panel will draw focus at your waist and enhance your hourglass silhouette.
Styling is an important consideration and can lift your look from ‘meh’ to yey! Red accessories will work well here for a more classic take but why not try neon yellow which will really pop against black and the houndstooth print as well as adding a more fashion-forward edge. We have put together some accessory ideas for you.
440 Micro Mini PVC Crossbody Bag, $150, Available in Smoke and Electric Lime, Diane Von Furstenburg
Rachel Roy Ayce Mixed Media Pumps, £155.77, Sizes 3.5-7, Shopbop
Co Vert Marble Effect Earrings, £106, Tom Binns at Matches
Geometric Crystal Ring, £45, Karen Millen
Hope this gives you some ideas.
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My Year 12 Ball is coming up and I’ve bought my dress (right) but I’m struggling with how to wear my hair which accessories would match.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
You don’t tell us what you hair is like so we would perhaps go for a Grecian feel to match the style of your dress. You could try soft loose curls, a half-up half down style or a soft loose updo with having curled your hair first.
You could try a half up down with a braid tying the top half up. You could add a headpiece to the braid or to any of these styles.
16braunton has a lovely selection of headpieces, headbands and brooches that will work really well with your dress. Here are some that we like – and can also give you some ideas about hairstyles.
Hope this gives you some ideas. Enjoy the ball!
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As you know, here at HowtoLookGood, we are passionate about emotionally considered design, boldness in creativity and inclusiveness of realistically-proportioned bodies. So we were really pleased to see the Cut for Evans initiative. Evans challenged students at Bournemouth and Kingston Universities to consider how they think about fuller figure fashion and submit creative designs without size limitations and with an emphasis on strong print and knitwear ideas.
Head of Design for Evans, Rebecca Vann Reicher said, ‘The industry is very rigid in how they approach body shape and we wanted to not only help change this mindset, but also show that big can be beautiful and not everything has to be showcased on a size eight frame.’
Two designers were selected as winners and their collections have just launched in store this week. Alice Farrow from Bournemouth University impressed with contemporary and bold print designs and her approach to fit and form on a curvy body shape. Her structured dresses use vibrant digital printed cottons, sculpted into modern structured and voluminous dresses.
KALEIDOSCOPE By Alice Farrow
Rebecca Partington showed a hit with her fun and unique knitwear collection and quirky and bright geometric patterns. Both collections are bright and directional with form in mind.
SKYSCRAPER By Rebecca Partington
We applaud Evans for continuing to wave the fashion flag for all dress sizes and breaking the rules whilst inspiring women to be creative and expressive and not restricted by their shape.
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Baum & Pferdgarten
One of Autumn/Winter’s biggest stories was that of the new ‘new look’ and that of the 1940s nipped-in-waist ladylike look.
Miucca Prada, Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta and Raf Simons at Dior were all thinking along mid-century lines – soft, rounded shoulders, wasp waists and skirts that fall to just below the knee.
A belt is the fastest way to enhance that nipped in-waist look and will instantly draw focus and create the hourglass silhouette.
An off-kilter take on a simple belt such as this clasped one from Baum & Pferdgarten will give a modern, updated twist to your look as well as adding a youthful energy.
Try teaming with your party dress, with your high-neck top and wide leg trousers or pencil skirt and high neck top for an instantly transforming and different look.
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The “T” Purse in Natural and Burgundy Beading, $595, Lizzie Fortunato
Maximalism was back on the catwalks via Tom Ford, Givenchy and Valentino and so we’re bowing out on your autumn/winter capsule wardrobe with some rich and feminine items that form the perfect contrast to the mainly muted hues and silhouettes already selected for this capsule’s seasonal pieces.
First up is this gorgeous print-beaded bag from Lizzie Fortunato which also taps into the season’s texture and print stories and in particular the printed and beaded pieces with folkloric references.
Using accessories to navigate print is a great way to add and vibrancy to your look without feeling overwhelmed. In fact a printed accessory can be the coveted item of your whole outfit – just see those checked laundry bags at Celine, for example.
This means that you can team this bag with any look to push it up the fashion scale. And cleverly the slung over your shoulders or grabbed in your hand this bag also has figure-flattering potential.
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