Shapeology Fashion Week with Marisota

One of my favourite online fashion destinations is Marisota. I love the choice, the range of sizes (which I find to be very generous) and the gorgeous quality. I love the fact that it stocks top brands, and that one of my fave fashion people, Mr Mark Heyes, is a brand ambassodor, creating the lovely Ava range too.

With the new season almost upon us, next week Marisota is holding it’s very own online Shapeology Fashion Week. Each day, the Marisota website will be hosting a different ‘trend’ on the homepage with emai; communication and social media showing how you ‘CanWear’ new season trends with confidence! They have also created a great set of trend and catwalk videos which you can view below.

The four major trends that Marisota has focused on for the new season are boho, layering, brands and occasionwear, and they have created a range of looks based on these categories. I am super excited to announce that Marisota have asked me to represent one of the trends ahead of the Shapeology week. I chose the Layering trend which is so perfect for the transitional weather – you can simply add a layer when the weather turns cooler, or remove one if you get unexpected sunshine or temparature rise.

The Outfit

This outfit is all about layers and proportions, the Magisculpt skinny jeans and Sole Diva boots contrasted against the slightly oversized Nightingales Kimono Jacket. The gorgeous Joanna Hope grab bag is roomier than you would expect, but the metallic silver gives this an expensive and glamorous look, perfect for dressing up your every day looks. Tying the look together is a classic piece, the Mark Heyes cold shoulder blouse, great for tucking in with a neat pencil skirt, or wearing loose over skinny jeans.

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I love all the pieces, both individually, and worn together. The kimono jacket is thicker than you might expect, a bit like last season’s coatigan, and would look stunning as a cover up for a little black dress. The blouse is elegant – I love the cut out sleeves and really want to see this teamed with something in this season’s Marsala shade. The jeans are little miracle workers – holding you in place, with a nice snug fit on the bum and tum, and in the black shade I think these could work with heels for evening too. I love the grey accents of the boots and the bag, so I also added a silver belt to change the look slightly – making it more buttoned up for Autumn.

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DSCN8443[1]While we still have a semblance of Summer left, I will wear the blouse with the jeans and a pair of ballerina flats or wedges, leaving the boots until it turns a little cooler.DSCN8449[1]DSCN8448[1]You will be able to follow all the trends as they are discussed, dissected and drooled over during Marisota Shapeology fashion week, which starts next Tuesday. Follow @MarisotaUK and the hashtag #MSFW to see all the new looks.

MSFW Teaser

 

 

 

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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Vogue 1970

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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
click to visit BOOHOO

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
click to visit Boohoo

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.

 

 

Kimono Style Jackets from Gudrun Sjoden

In the way that the maxi skirt made a comeback and then never disappeared, the Kimono has had a real moment over the last few years. A traditional Japanese style jacket, the kimono was something that at one time you could only find on a trip overseas, or in a vintage shop. These days it is a key part of the wardrobe, giving an alternative to a jacket or cardigan, and proving to be a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn with jeans, over a little black dress, or even as a beach cover-up. Vive le Kimono!

Gudrun Sjoden added kimono jackets to their Spring collection this year, in both linen mix and jersey fabrics, and I was lucky enough to be sent the Hinode jacket, which is part of the Spring Japan collection. I was sent the blue option and it has been getting lots of wear in my Spring wardrobe, being pretty, comfortable and very easy to wear.

Hinode Jacket click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Hinode Jacket 

Gudrun styled this jacket many different ways, with clashing prints and a range of dresses and trousers, but, for me, this is the classic piece for casual styling, a piece that is perfect for every day dressing. It is the sort of piece that just needs you to add jeans, a vest top and it is all ready to go. A true wardrobe life saver.

The jacket is a loose fittting, traditional Kimono style rather than a fitted version that you can also find on the high street. The sleeves are slightly longer than 3.4 length and are loose fitting. The fabric is a stretch cotton and it is generous in its fit – you could probably size down if you prefer your clothes to be more tailored.

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Wearing on a rather windy day in Wales.

Wearing on a rather windy day in Wales.

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