Style Icons 2014 – Kiera Knightley

I love Kiera Knightley. She has such an incredible sense of style and was absolutely top of the list when it came to looking at style icons who have impressed and truly made their mark in 2014. Kiera is always impeccable, from head to toe, and I love the fact that she often opts for looks that are incredibly demure – a real stand out in our days of skin and beads looks from the likes of Rihanna and Miley.

In a similar way to Felicity Jones who I wrote about yesterday, Kiera often takes her cues from styles and icons from the past. Bias cut satin dresses look slinky on her petite frame, whilst she has embraced everything from antique lace looks to a fur edged dress that has that Santa Baby feel. Black and white feature heavily in her wardrobe, but she mixes it up with navy (always a great alternative to black), and a smattering of colour.

I love the use of long sleeves, and demure length skirts. In some ways she reminds me of the Duchess of Cambridge in her elegance, and the preference of that elegance over overt sexiness.

Kiera stole all our hearts with the fabulous wedding dress (there’s a post about that here if you’ve forgotten)  that just happened to be a  favourite frock that she had already worn. This year, she has continued to steal hearts with her beautiful stylish looks. A definite, modern day Audrey Hepburn.

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HARMONY MAXI £95.00 click to visit Coast

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TRINITY DRESS £145.00 click to visit Coast

TRINITY DRESS
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CASSANDRA DRESS
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COSTA MAXI DRESS PETITE
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BLOOME SEQUIN DRESS Original: £250.00 now £95.00 click to visit Coast

BLOOME SEQUIN DRESS
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ZERA KNIT TOP £49.00 click to visit Coast

ZERA KNIT TOP
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IRIDESA SKIRT £125.00 click to visit Coast

IRIDESA SKIRT
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KATE MAXI DRESS £150.00 click to visit Coast

KATE MAXI DRESS
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CARMELLIA MAXI DRESS
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Toronto Film Festival – Best Looks

The Toronto film festival is one of those that often falls off my radar, but not this year. It seems that every day I have been gasping over one celebrity outfit or another. To put it quite simply, some of Hollywood’s finest are in Canada promoting upcoming films, and pulling all the stops out when it comes to choosing their outfits.

Kiera Knightley has been on a roll, wearing one stunning dress after another. I’ve chosen a couple of my favourites here, but every single dress has been just beautiful. Another Brit girl, Felicity Jones, continues to show why I mentioned her as one to watch stylewise. With a nod to retro styling, and her delectable co-star Eddie Redmayne on her arm, she looks picture perfect, young and fresh, on every occasion.

Other stars who are shining on the Toronto red carpet include the always reliable Kate Bosworth, Jessica Chastain showing why prom styles are not just for teenagers, and the ageless Julianne Moore. And, showing that style is not just about a great dress, Rose Byrne goes for mannish tailoring and looks impeccable and super sexy too.

Here are all my favourite looks from Toronto, along with a few ideas on how to get the looks for yourselves.

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Julianne Moore

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Amanda Seyfried

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Rose Byrne

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Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Garner

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Reese Witherspoon in navy blue.

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SHOLA LACE DRESS
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MADDIE DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

MADDIE DRESS
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Amanda Seyfried

MILLAS LACE TOP £45.00 click to visit Coast

MILLAS LACE TOP
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SHEENA SKIRT £55.00 click to visit Coast

SHEENA SKIRT
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Kiera Knightley

 Jolie Moi Crochet lace swing dress now £74.99 click to visit House of Fraser


Jolie Moi Crochet lace swing dress now £74.99 click to visit House of Fraser

 Alice & You Light blue ruched bandeau maxi dress  £39 click to visit Debenhams

Alice & You
Light blue ruched bandeau maxi dress £39 click to visit Debenhams

 

Kate Bosworth

urban classics Ladies Strapless Top £3.87 click to visit kICKZ.CO.UK

urban classics Ladies Strapless Top £3.87 click to visit kICKZ.CO.UK

 KOONHOR Knee length skirt £ 226.00 £ 79.00 click to visit Yoox


KOONHOR
Knee length skirt
now
£ 79.00
click to visit Yoox

Ivory and Cobalt Colourblock Pencil Dress     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Ivory and Cobalt Colourblock Pencil Dress
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Jennifer Aniston

Reiss Garbo Tailored Dress, Navy £179 click to visit John Lewis

Reiss Garbo Tailored Dress, Navy £179 click to visit John Lewis

Felicity Jones style

Spot Pleated Mesh Midi Dress     Was £38.00     Now £30.40 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Spot Pleated Mesh Midi Dress
Was £38.00
Now £30.40 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Octavia Spencer

Alice & you Dark Green Midi Lace Dress     Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Alice & you Dark Green Midi Lace Dress
Price: £26.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

 

 

Style Classic – Hunter Wellies

There are some things in your wardrobe that can be classified as ‘style classics’. The crisp white shirt, a beige trenchcoat, the little black dress, you can probably name a few others. And when it comes to Wellington boots, only one brand really deserves to be labelled as classic, and that has got to be Hunter.

I’m not sure why Hunter Wellies have this cachet rather than other brands. British made and sturdy, these boots are the epitome of cool, being loved by everyone, from the festival going crowds wading through the mud at Glastonbury, to the country set who wear them on long, rambling walks through the English Countryside, accessorising with Barbour jackets and headscarves. My favourite way of styling Hunter’s has long been the sort of Land Girl/The Edge of Love style with chintzy dresses and chunky cardigans worn with the wellies. Think Kiera Knightley, Sienna Miller and Anna Friel, all channeling Debo, Duchess of Devonshire.

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I totally love this look.

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Kiera Knightley and Sienna Miller in ‘The Edge of Love’

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Anna Friel and Rachel Weisz in The Land Girls

Earlier this year I was approached by Cloggs to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their shoe products. Cloggs is a one stop shop for shoes and boots, with many premium brands available including Joules, Clarks, Converse and Barbour. But I was drawn to the great variety of Hunter boots, coming in a range of colours and lengths.

Hunter Wellies - Original Short - Red £69.99 click to visit Cloggs

Hunter Wellies – Original Short – Red £69.99 click to visit Cloggs

I opted for the original short boot in red. There was a clear, and rather embaressing reason for opting for the shorter boot. I have rather thick calves and had once managed to get myself stuck in a pretty pair of pink tall Hunters in a shoe shop in Taunton. I actually thought I was going to have to buy them, until my husband managed to pull really hard and released my leg. Cue utter red faces all around and a rather sheepish exit from the shop. I hoped that by choosing the shorter option I could avoid the boots being too tight, or getting stuck.

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Dress Pearl Lowe Peacocks (similar here)
Boots Cloggs

DSCN6665[1]Thankfully, these boots are a great fit, they are neither tight around the calves, nor too loose around the foot. I always find cheap wellies to be loose fitting on the feet, and this in turn makes them uncomfortable, and too cold and draughty to wear for any length of time. The Hunter boots fit snuggly and this makes them feel like they are both protecting and comforting the foot. They are heavier than the wellies I normally wear, but because they have a cushioned insole, they are so much more comfortable, and hence, easier to wear.  I went for a size 5, although I normally like a 5.5, but the 5 is the right size, anything bigger would be too big.

DSCN6668[1] DSCN6670[1]I decided to wear my wellies ‘Edge of Love’ style with a Pearl Lowe tea dress that I have had for a while but really love. But I am also planning on taking my wellies to Wales at Easter so they get some real experience of mud, and will then wear them with jeans and leggings for a more outdoosey look.

The Hunter Wellies at Cloggs come in a range of styles and colours and are available for next day delivery.

Many thanks to Cloggs for the wellies – I love them!

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