Top Tips for Accessorising your outfits this Summer

Looking your best this summer isn’t just about finding the perfect dress or shorts and top combo. If you really want to turn heads, then you’re going to need to accessorise. By using the right kind of accessories, you can turn your outfit into something truly spectacular – an outfit that no one else will be wearing. These top tips will ensure you can accessorise any of your outfits for this summer season.

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The Power of Three

The best way to stand out in a crowd with accessories is by working on three points of similarity. This basically means that you pick three key areas that will match. Any less than three and your outfit will look unfinished. Any more and you’ll look over the top. The three you pick should have the same colour or theme throughout. Pick from the following:

  • Shoes – Your shoes should be a similar tone to the hemline of your outfit. Sandals are perfect for summer. Avoid white where possible. It always looks dirty!
  • Bag – Big bags are a must-have for summer. Where else are you going to put your beach towel?! Just make sure they’re no wider than your body, from the side.
  • Belt – Wide waist belts are a great way to cinch in any floaty summer tops. Just don’t wear these if you have a wide hip and full stomach.
  • Scarf – A scarf, in summer?! Go for something floaty that can be worn loosely around your neck. Or even in your hair.
  • Earrings – Go for earrings that complement the shape of your face. For example, those with a pointy chin should avoid earrings that have a sharp point.
  • Necklace – Those with a long neck should wear short necklaces and chokers. Those with a short neck should wear longer necklaces. Simple!
  • Bracelet – Don’t fill your arm with bangles, it’s never a good look. Less is more when it comes to bracelets.

Remember, you only need to pick three and they must match in either theme or colour.

 toe-post sandals with rhinestones £ 45.00 click to visit Esprit

Experiment With Colour

If you’re the kind of person who likes to stick to neutral colours in their wardrobe, then accessorising is the perfect way to make an outfit pop. If you go for pastels and creams in the summer, then break it up with some rose gold accessories. If you prefer darker colours, then go for something vibrant to accessorise. Wear a plain outfit into a store and play around with all the different coloured belts, bags and shoes. Reds, yellows, blues and silvers are some of the must-wear colours for this season.

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Practical Accessories

It’s a good idea to make sure you can get some practical use out of your accessories this summer. A bag big enough to carry all of your essentials is a prime example. Using one of the Shinola watches for women in place of a bracelet, is another good idea. You’re still accessorising, but you’re getting some kind of use out of the items too. This will save you from over-accessorising when you realise you still need to find a bag that matches or a watch that fits in.

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Sunglasses

Finally, a real fashion must-have for summer. Not everyone knows which glasses suit them, however. It’s quite simple once you know the rules. Essentially, you should go for sunglasses that are the opposite shape to your face. If you have a round face then opt for square frames. And vice versa. You also want to make sure the top frame of your sunglasses follows the natural shape of your eyebrows. You don’t want your perfectly arched brows peeping from above a straight-lined frame.


You now have the ultimate guide to accessorising your outfits this summer. Turn those simple wardrobe staples into catwalk creations, with just a few tweaks here and there.

Boohoo embrace the 70s with Kimonos and flares

When we look back at the summer of 2015 in fashion terms, we will remember it as the year the 70s had a revival. It has been virtually impossible to escape 70s style this season, almost all High street, online and designer brands have done their version of the fashion of the 1970s.  A decade that used to be considered one that style had forgotten, it is now seen as a era when new and vibrant designs by the likes of Zandra Rhodes, Bill Gibb, Halston and Betsey Johnson all contributed to a really exciting time in fashion.

This post is contributing on two key items that have been style staples this season. The kimono jacket was a big story in the 1970s as Japanese designers like Kawakubo and Yamamoto emerged onto the international scene. Oriental prints were popular, and the wide sleeves and obi tie belts of the traditional Japanese costume became key fashion statements, something that is still the case in 2015.

1970s Kimono style and Japanese fashion Influence

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Marie Helvin in Vogue in Yamamoto

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Boohoo Kimono Style

Eloise Scarf Print Long Kimono Product code: azz01031 £18.00 click to visit BOOHOO

Eloise Scarf Print Long Kimono
Product code: azz01031
£18.00
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Naomi Floral Kimono £15 click to visit Boohoo

Naomi Floral Kimono
£15 click to visit Boohoo

Scarlett Zig Zag Print Crochet Trim Kimono £18 click to visit Boohoo

Scarlett Zig Zag Print Crochet Trim Kimono
£18 click to visit Boohoo

Kelly Crop Tassl Paisley Kimono Product code: azz20506 £18.00 click to visit Boohoo

Kelly Crop Tassl Paisley Kimono
Product code: azz20506
£18.00
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Boohoo Catlin Maxi Lace Kimono £18 click to visit Boohoo

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Catlin Maxi Lace Kimono £18 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Skye Printed Kimono With Fringing £18 click to visit Boohoo

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Skye Printed Kimono With Fringing £18 click to visit Boohoo

 

Just add flares…

Flares are cool once again, and look great teamed with a vest and kimono jacket. Jeans are a staple, but you can also add fabric options for a holiday look that looks great with wedges, cork heels and clog style sandals.

Saffron Flared Trouser £15 click to visit Boohoo

Saffron Flared Trouser £15 click to visit Boohoo

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Hilary Blue Floral Wide Leg Trousers £20 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Blue Jennie High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £20 click to visit Boohoo

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Jennie High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £20 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Blue Hetty High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £15 click to visit Boohoo

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Hetty High Waisted Skinny Flare Jeans £15 click to visit Boohoo

To view all the fabulous Kimonos at Boohoo, click here.

To view all flared jeans click here.

To view all flared trousers, click here.

 

 

All about Nutmeg pensions

When you are in your twenties, thinking about securing your old age with a pension seems to be such a long time ahead. It is easier to live for today and not be worrying about something so far in the future.

But when you hit 40, your pension doesn’t feel so far ahead anymore, and that forward planning begins to feel very important, almost a necessity. I have some savings courtesy of a superannuation I paid into for 12 years, but nothing else in terms of a pension, and with a child and yet another birthday passing, it suddenly feels like I need to sort something.

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I have recently been looking at some of the pension plans offered by Nutmeg. They promise ‘an easy-to-use, intelligent personal pension’. With Nutmeg, you are offered the option of setting up a brand new pension, or of transferring any existing pension pots into one Nutmeg pension in order to keep all your policies and accounts in one place.

With Nutmeg, you can start your pension with as little as £5,000, and then pay into it when you want to. Accounts are online, so you can access them day and night, not having to worry about brokers or call centres. In addition, if you are a UK basic rate taxpayer, the government will add 25% of any amount you put in (up to £40,000 per year.)

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What I like about Nutmeg is that they basically do all the work for you, and manage your account.  They take an annual fee of between 0.3 – 1% (inc VAT). This is a very reasonable rate for a fully managed personal pension plan. You can  then continue to save until you decide to draw your pension. (You have to be 55 though in order to draw your pension.)

Pensions are a very personal choice, and any investment comes with risks, but if you are starting to think of your future, and have decided to take out a personal pension, then it is well worth taking a look at the options on offer at Nutmeg.