A velvet obsession

When it comes to Christmas 2016, the main fashion trend that we will remember is how luxurious velvet made quite a comeback. It is always a fabulous fabric for Christmas, with its roots in the stunning red velvet capes that we imagine Victorian children wearing. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian have all fell under a velvet spell, whilst just last week Kate Moss opted for classic black velvet at the British Fashion Awards. Velvet is having a beautiful, fashion moment.

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I’ve been having my own velvet moments this Christmas. It is a fabric that I always reach for as soon as the Christmas Tree makes an appearance, because, as well as the fact that it looks great, it is also warm, which is a real positive when you are walking  (because taxis are so expensive at this time of year.) Another plus point for me is that you tend not to need to iron velvet – especially if it is the creased/crushed variety. Velvet could be in the form of a head to toe slinky dress, or an accessory – a jacket straight from the 1970s, a clutch bag which has ‘bags of style’, even a retro Alice band to create a Bardot style.

My Velvet Style

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Get the Velvet Look

There are so many brilliant velvet pieces around this season. My top picks are the beautiful chartreuse dress from M&S which is just so incredibly beautiful, and the Archive by Alexa Wade boots, these have a gorgeous, androgynous feel to them, like Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, and so Alexa too.

Take a look at my velvet edit, do you have a favourite piece?

 M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress T427064 £39.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress
£39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit T427082 £49.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit
£49.50 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® T020664A £29.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® £29.50 Click to visit M&S

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Maxi dress style – Perfect for Summer

The calendar says that it is Summer, but standing outside today watching Joe play football in biting wind, I’m not so sure. But one thing I am sure of is that it is maxi dress season. Confused, well let me explain.

Maxi dresses have become a real summer staple, one that suit woman of all shapes and sizes, and work for pretty much every occasion. You can buy them in regular, petite and plus size fits, in styles that come from strapless to long sleeved, in heavier jersey to the lightest of cotton. And this is what makes them perfect for English Summer, as well as throwing in that holiday suitcase.

A maxi will work for a wedding, a summer garden party, or thrown over a bikini or swimsuit at the beach. They are perfect for holiday evening wear as they look great with jewelled sandals and a clutch bag, but add a blazer or a lightweight cardigan and they can take you smartly into most work situations too. A stretchy jersey vest style version works for a day at the park with the kids. Wear a stripy version and a straw hat and you are all set for summer in the city. The boho styles loved by everyone from Kate Moss to Rihanna cover all manner of sins with their long sleeves and ethnic prints, and Kylie Minogue shows how well they can work for petite girls too.

Here are some of my favourite maxi styles, along with some suggestions on how to get the look too.

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Get the look

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

ASOS High Neck Swing Maxi Dress £45.00 Click to visit Asos

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ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print £48.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress in Vintage Floral Print
£48.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress £35.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Border Print Bardot Maxi Dress
£35.00 Click to visit ASOS

Kate Moss

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Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Only 3/4 Sleeve Boho Maxi Dress RRP £32.00 now £28.00 Click to visit ASOS

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress now £25 Click to visit Simply Be

Catherine Zeta Jones

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Boohoo Basics Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Basics
Clara Tie Back Maxi Dress £15 Click to visit Boohoo

**Dress by Oh My Love £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Dress by Oh My Love
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Padma Lashkmi

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Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

Darcie Boho Paisley Maxi Skirt £15 Click to visit Boohoo

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 Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Bardot Long Sleeved Flora Maxi Cut Out Back Dress
now £30.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print £169.00 Click to visit ASOS

Gestuz Audra Maxi Dress in Floral Print
£169.00 Click to visit ASOS

 

Rihanna

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**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Girls On Film Blue Print Maxi Dress
Price: £50.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody's Child £28.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Hawaii Floral Wrap Dress by Nobody’s Child
£28.00 Click to visit Topshop

Simple hair tips for styling long hair elegantly

Long hair is a blessing and a curse, and while everyone else is impressed and complementing you on your healthy mane, you may be losing arm strength every morning trying to comb out the knots and kinks. You will need to find a hair salon using the hair salon directory that can help you tame your long hair and make it easier to style. The following are some tips that could help you turn plain boring long hair into elegance and class.

 

  • Spicing up the classic ponytail

 

This is often the hairstyle of choice for girls with long hair. Throwing it up in a ponytail and leaving it that way makes you look too plain and simple. The curled half-up half-down ponytail is a great way to look fancy while making your ponytail more voluminous. The side braid or low weave ponytail can shake things up and give you a whole new way of styling your plain old ponytail.

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  • Curly and wavy

 

Naturally, straight hair can also look great in curls. With curls or waves, you can let your hair hang down to your shoulders comfortably for both formal and informal occasions. Curls are great for thin hair since they give it volume. You hair stylist can curl the hair using a curling iron, brush it out and use hair spray for extra hold. You can also use hair mousse for a less curly, wavier messy-mane look. This time you will only use a blow dry to fluff up the hair so that it does not look too flat.

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  • Braided styles

 

Braided styles look great with long hair. The fishtail to the back or side can double up as a casual and formal dinner look, depending on how much more hairspray you use of course. Boho chic braids also look great with long hair.

 

  • Scarves and hair accessories

 

It is almost like most hair accessories were designed with long hair in mind and there is so much you can do with this. The messy look is in so you do not have to worry too much about the flyaways. A headband, scarf, classic pin, ribbon or bows are just some of the things you can use to create a cute up-do for any occasion. Talk to your hairstylist and see how you can work in a few hair accessories, regardless of whether your hair is curly or straight, accessories worn the right way always look amazing.

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  • Slick bun

 

The slick bun is a great way to wear long hair to a formal occasion. Depending on your hair texture, it may take a whole tub of wax or gel but the results will be totally worth it. If you want to show off your jewelry and high cheekbones, you can pull all your hair back into the neatest bun.  You have the choice of leaving the ponytail to hang lose or wrapping it up into a neat high bun. It is a pleasant change from having your hair around your neck and chest all the time.

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Bio

Clarisse Maury is a hair enthusiast and shares new ideas on hairstyles based on current trends through blogs. You can find hair salons near you for all these styles and more using our online directory.