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

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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


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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


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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

Monochrome Chic at Coast

For many of us, Summer is the season where we truly embrace colour, littering our wardrobe with pretty pastels and citrus brights that seem to shimmer and sparkle once we have some gorgeous sunshine. But another chic option for Summer dressing has to be the always classic monochrome.

Black and white are timeless and stylish. It has been a popular choice for some of the most famous style icons of all time, from Audrey Hepburn, who first immortalised monochrome in a beautiful Givenchy gown in Sabrina, and then sent it to new heights in Cecil Beaton’s Royal Ascot gown in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Although Eliza shouting ‘move yer bleedin a*** may have spoiled the effect slightly). Grace Kelly and Princess Diana gave it the royal seal of approval, a seal which has continued through the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. Today monochrome elegance is as popular as ever, with Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba just some of the stars who wear this look, both on the red carpet, and off.

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Audrey in Givenchy

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Grace Kelly in Rear Window – Edith Head

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The Duchess of Cambridge

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Pippa Middleton

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Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

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Emma Watson

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Jessica Alba

Coast has just unveiled a gorgeous new collection that is made up of monochrome pieces. There are full-skirted designs that Grace Kelly would’ve been proud to have in her wardrobe, neat shift dresses and pencil designs similar to those sported by Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham, and chic separates that would easily grace a working wardrobe, or look amazing for evening attire.

Here are some of the best pieces from the Coast monochrome collection – do you have a favourite?

KIRA CHECK DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

KIRA CHECK DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

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IRRIS CHECK SKIRT £85.00 click here to view
QUEENS SHELL TOP £35.00 click here to view

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MILLAS LACE SKIRT
£65.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI £35.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI
£35.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS £135.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS
£135.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

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To view all the Monochrome collection, click here.