A Guide To Stylish Driving

There are so many things to consider when learning to drive. Who to choose as a driving instructor? How many lessons to book? How much to spend on a car? Where to get specialist car insurance and what sort of cover to opt for? My head is almost buzzing with all this boring and mundane stuff. But, we can also have a little fun when it comes to our cars even with all these things to consider. I think the best way to make your driving experience as stylish as possible is to think of everything in terms of fashion!

My Driving fantasy

Gloves

My mantra at the moment seems to be ‘what would Grace do‘, whenever I’m faced with any issue, problem or dilemma. In terms of driving, Grace always wore a gorgeous and elegant pair of driving gloves, in ladylike white or a pastel shade. So my first step towards stylish driving may well be to get my hands (so to speak) on a pair of beautiful, elegant driving gloves.

A Personalised Number Plate

Next to consider is the number plate. Do you really want to settle for just a bog standard plate, wouldn’t it look much better to get something personalised and special just to you? NewReg.co.uk and one of the UK’s oldest and foremost number plate companies, and can allow you to search their database of thousands of numbers in order to find a personalised number plate that is perfect for you, your personality or your hobbies and interests, It will make your car feel just that little bit more special to you, giving you that thrill every time you see it, and, of course it will make your car just that bit easier to find in a crowded car park!

Driving Licence

Now let’s look at that driving licence. Grace would never leave that important piece of paper bare and uncovered in the bottom of her handbag. Grace would have a special driving licence cover, probably leather, most definitely designer.

A Head Scarf

And then there’s the question of scarves. Grace often wore them to cover her hair when driving, Brigitte Jones tried this look with a little less success. A pretty square scarf is perfect for covering the head, and if you happen to find one with a car print, that is even better, a sublime  gift for any pretty petrolhead.

 

 

 

 

 

1950s styling for Spring – what would Grace Kelly wear?

This Spring, take some fashion inspiration from one of style’s eternal goddesess. Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco, had a personal style that was both classy and classic, and has remained a look that continues to inspire and delight fashion fans year after year.

It is a style that always works well for Spring, due to the freshness of the full skirted printed dresses she wore with such aplomb, and the modern addition of her ever present sunglasses. These are looks you can find online, with Vivien of Holloway being one of the best destinations when it comes to finding dresses that have that retro style and print. One dress is even called ‘Grace’, surely in honour of the unforgettable film actress who was so iconic she eve had a Hermes bag named after her.

In terms of glasses, it is up to you whether you opt for the cat eyed retro styles, 1960s bug eyed style that both Grace and Jackie Onassis favoured, or even something ultra modern. Sunglasses experts My Glasses Guru have an enormous section, and I am currently loving the Ted Baker range which definitely has a retro flavour this season, with tortoiseshell frames and tinted lenses. My Glasses Guru is great in that it helps you choose frames that will suit your skin tone and hair colour too – something I had never really thought about, but it a great idea that could help you find your perfect classes.

Who is your retro style icon? Do you take any fashion inspiration from icons of the past?

Grace Style – stunning dresses and sunnies

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

 

Grace Kelly with Prince Rainier

Grace Kelly with Prince Rainier

Floral prints are just stunning on Grace Kelly

Floral prints are just stunning on Grace Kelly

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50s style dresses from Vivien of Holloway

 Kitty Seashell Stripe Pale Blue £89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Kitty Seashell Stripe Pale Blue
£89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 Grace Silver Lace Bust £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Grace Silver Lace Bust
£110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 Grace Black White Polkadot £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Grace Black White Polkadot
£110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 1950s Halterneck Blue Orchid Dress £99.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

1950s Halterneck Blue Orchid Dress
£99.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Retro style glasses from Ted Baker at My Glasses Guru

 Ted Baker Ted Baker Sunglasses - 1355 - Brannon £82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru


Ted Baker
Ted Baker Sunglasses – 1355 – Brannon
£82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru

 Ted Baker Ted Baker Sunglasses - 1356 - Dakota £82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru


Ted Baker
Ted Baker Sunglasses – 1356 – Dakota
£82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru

 

 Ted Baker Ted Baker Sunglasses - 1363 - Luiza £61.32 Click to visit My Glasses Guru


Ted Baker
Ted Baker Sunglasses – 1363 – Luiza
£61.32 Click to visit My Glasses Guru

Coast ‘Dating Dress Diary’ – Turning a disaster into a triumph

Is there any occasion more frightening, more butterfly inducing, than a first date? Everything needs to be perfect – the location, the atmosphere, and of course, your outfit. Choose the right thing to wear and you may find yourself in first date heaven. Pick wrongly from your closet, and you hit first date hell.

It has happened to the best of us – me included.

I was once asked to accompany a very cute young man to a wedding reception. He was slightly older than me, as were his friends, and so the main thing I wanted was to look older and more sophisticated. At the time, I was very much influenced by 1960s icons like Marianne Faithfull and Julie Christie, and thought their style would be perfect for me. I was tall, slim, blonde, size 10 – what could possibly go wrong. As I opened the door to my date I soon found out.

I’d chosen a gold, knitted, 1960s style, sleeveless mini dress with a polo neck. It was totally swinging sixties, and just so wrong for a wedding. It clinged in all the wrong places, and the wool had me itching all night. The glances I got were less than admirable, apart from the seriously lecherous father of the bride. The only consolation was that I hadn’t backcombed my hair into a Dusty Springfield beehive that had been my initial plan. (Shudders!) I looked like an extra that had strayed from the Austin Powers film set. Yeah Baby!

Gorgeous. But for a wedding....

I blame that outfit on youth, but if I could go back in time life would’ve so much easier. Need a sophisticated wedding outfit – go to Coast. A beautiful dress, classic heels and a standout, colour pop clutch – what else do you really need?

So, here are my three easy steps to perfection.

1. The Dress – avoid swinging sixties looks unless the wedding states ‘fancy dress’ and instead look to a graceful 1950s silhouette as favoured by Zooey Deschanel and Taylor Swift. The Xanthe dress is so Grace Kelly, elegant and show stopping in its simplicity. Coco Chanel always said that you needed to remove one accessory before you leave your house, but I would just avoid jewellery altogether – why gild the lily?

XANTHE DUCHESS SATIN DRESS £195.00

2. Shoes. Matching perfectly the theme of the dress, black shoes give the look a uniformity which actually screams ‘sophistication’. I love the Tess shoe for one simple reason. When I look at them, I’m fairly sure I could dance the night away with them on my feet, just as long as I avoided Gangnam Style that is…

TESS SHOE £85.00 click to visit Coast

3. Complete the look with a colour pop clutch. Sophisticated from head to toe, you can afford to  add a touch of fun with a colour pop clutch bag. The Harper clutch adds zest to this outfit, the lime shade standing out all the more against the glamorous, gothic black of your dress.

HARPER CLUTCH £60.00 click to visit Coast

I love this outfit so much, I’m just waiting for an invitation to pop through the letterbox that gives me the perfect excuse to wear it. Because, after all,  dressing is all about the occasion…