Style Icons 2012 – Imelda May’s Maternity Style

My second focus in my style icons of 2012 is the Queen of rockabilly, the incomparable Imelda May. Imelda, who channels vintage glamour and red lips at all times, didn’t let the little fact of being pregnant throughout most of 2012 dampen her style. She decided that pregnancy called for animal print…and lots of it.

I adore Imelda, I love that she maintained her same high standards of glamour and sex appeal throughout her pregnancy, a time when many women feel it is OK to wear anything as long as you are comfortable. Like Imelda, I wanted to keep my usual style during pregnancy, but even four years ago when I had my child there seemed fewer options if you were already naturally curvy. Today, most of the High Street are producing maternity ranges, and these are not just about jeans with belly bump elastication or combat trousers.

With Kate Middleton pregnant, maternity fashion will have a new focus, but for now, I salute Imelda, Queen of maternity dressing.


Get the look

John Zack Maternity Leopard Print Bodycon Dress £20 click to visit New Look

Seraphine Cleo Maternity Dress, Animal Print £49 click to visit John Lewis

Francesca Maternity Dress £109.00 click to visit Isabella Oliver

Ruched Midi Maternity Dress £89.25 click to visit Isabella Oliver

Animal Print Cardigan (Maternity) £28 click to visit Next

Cream & Black Tie Front Dress (Maternity) £34 click to visit Next






Duchess Kate proves red coats are not just for Santa

I love a nice red coat, and it seems I’m in good company. Last weekend the Duchess of Cambridge attended a rugby match wearing her lovely LK Bennett. full length red coat, looking both snug and stylish for the outdoor event. This was one outfit you could not blame her for recycling, what could look more warm and festive than a red coat? (Just ask Santa – he’s sure to agree.)

Kate’s red coat look is all over the High Street and internet at the moment, with nearly all the High Street big boys having a red coat in their seasonal collection. And why not? A red coat is a great way to get colour into your wardrobe, with a shade to suit almost every colouring. It looks good with so many different colours, from classic black to cobalt blue and emerald-green, or neutral beige and creams if you prefer. And it never dates, you can buy a red coat now and be sure to still be wearing it in years to come, a perennial fave that you can always turn to. What’s not to love?

Belted Longline Coat £45.00 click to visit Matalan


Red Coats – Pick of the bunch

Red Military Funnel Coat Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Classic Long Red Coat £209 click to visit Debenhams

Straight-Cut Double-Breasted Coat, Lined £39 click to visit La Redoute

Derhy Asymmetric Belted Coat, 40% Boiled Wool £41.30 Click to visit La Redoute

VASILIS - Long wrap coat - £289 click to visit Ted Baker

Kling LOUISE - Winter coat - red £50 click to visit Zalando

Vero Moda HALLE - Classic coat - red £80 click to visit Zalando

Red Luxury Italian Wool Blend Reefer Was £65.00 Now £45.00 click to visit BHS

Pea coat £99.99 click to visit Mango




Party Dress season is here!

Well it’s the first of November and the party season is now truly here. I’ve just received my invite to my first Christmas party and it was for next week – a keen reminder that these days the parties and celebrations start earlier and earlier. The best thing about the festivities is that you finally get the chance to wear a truly showstopping dress, something that makes you feel ultra glamorous – like a Hollywood movie star. Some of the most gorgeous dresses I’ve seen this year come from Phase Eight. As well as the glorious Collection 8, there are a wide range of other dresses that will suit every Christmas celebration – from candlelight meals to Christmas concerts, to all those dazzling parties. Furthermore, these dresses will be suitable for other occasions well into the new year.

Some of my favourites

Cobweb Sequin Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This beautiful black dress would be perfect for the Duchess of Cambridge during the festive season – Prince’s trust concert maybe?

Twinkle Jumpsuit £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

I just love the 1970s Studio 54 vibe of this jumpsuit – makes me think of Penelope Ann Miller in Carlito’s Way. Great if dresses are just not your thing.

Lorabelle Sequin Dress £130.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This sparkly number is a real 1960s Dolly girl like. Imagine Sharon Stone in Casino in this dress – so glam and very sexy.

Ishiko Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This dress just makes me think of Audrey Hepburn munching a Danish outside Tiffany’s. The perfect black cocktail dress – just beautiful.

Pollyanna Ribbon Tapework Dress £189.00 click to visit Phase Eight

The Pollyanna ribbon dress is just so romantic. A 1950s prom dress given a modern update, and in a gorgeous shade of midnight blue.

Pleat Front Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

The perfect Herve Leger style that will take you easily from day to evening – the office party anyone?

Phillipa Tapework Dress £169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Another prom style dress, but in this chocolate-brown shade this becomes a more sophisticated option. Definitely more goddess than ingenue. I alsolove brown as an alternative to classic black.

Dottalyn Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

This dress is so Mad Men it should be called ‘Joan’. Made for enhancing, or creating curves – this is simply beautiful.

Lace Fit & Flare Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

My absolute favourite – effortless and needing no further adornment. The glamour of the lace is perfect for the Festive season, but will also take you right up to Valentine’s day. Loving the ultra feminine shape and Hollywood style glamour – Grace Kelly in dress form.