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Amazing Grace

Grace Style Swimsuit

Grace Style Swimsuit

She was one of the style icons of the 50’s, a successful actress who went on to be a Princess, the stuff of dreams (or of a Hollywood script). But Grace Kelly remained grounded despite her fame and will be remembered as one of the darlings of the 1950’s. Her impeccable dress sense will long be admired by women everywhere and as we consistently revisit the 50’s for style inspiration we know we can rely on Kelly to remind us how to dress with style.

How to get the Grace Kelly look;

  1. Keep things understated with not a drop of bling in sight, this look is classy not flashy.
  2. Embrace your curves with hour glass silhouettes and high waist skirts and trousers. The classic A-line shape will also help to balance a top heavy figure. Get the look with our classic floral dress, spot print dress or striped cotton dress, perfect for summer parties.
  3. Cropped trousers and chinos are making a come back, wear yours the Grace way with an oversized shirt tucked in and a pair of espadrilles for easy summer days.
  4. Be careful with your colour choices and when wearing a bold colour ensure it’s the centre piece and not a mismatch of other colours and prints. This 50’s icon would probably stay well away from this season’s graphic print dresses but might wear the trend as a silk scarf instead for a more subtle adaptation of the trend.
  5. And finally, a pair of great sunglasses for ultimate Hollywood Glamour, just add a smattering of red lipstick and you’re good to go!

Grace Kelly’s classic looks and amazing wardrobe are now being celebrated in an exhibition at the V&A museum London. The exhibition is on now until the 26th September go to www.vam.ac.uk for more details.

Man fashion

Choice, Choice, Choice

Choice, Choice, Choice

We women should think ourselves lucky that we have so much choice when it comes to fashion. Because lets face it, men’s fashion isn’t anywhere near as exciting. Men usually turn to their friends, girlfriends or worse still their mums for fashion advice. This is why we appear to have an epidemic of men wearing checked shirts. It will have started with a man admiring his friend’s shirt, so he got one himself, which another man liked, so bought one and so on and so on. An now all we see at the weekends is a sea of check, honestly a little individualism goes a long way (fellas take note). On the other hand, the metrosexual male is different. This man enjoys fashion, likes to wear things his own way and isn’t afraid of the odd grooming product/razor blade every once in a while. Men’s fashion is no longer a boring and simple choice between which jeans to wear with which tee-shirt or which suit/shirt/tie combo to wear today. Men now have the choice of skinny jeans, slim fit suits and cardigans, not to mention the wider acceptance of men’s accessories, we no longer flinch when we see a man carrying a ‘man bag’, nor do we squirm if we see a guy wearing jewellery or sporting an interesting hat. This is partly thanks to a number of celebrities leading the way for fashion forward men everywhere;

  • Justin Timberlake
  • Kanye West
  • Jude Law
  • David Beckham

And if our men are trying to imitate these gorgeous guys then we’re not complaining! So ladies, celebrate being both the fairer sex and the sex that gets the best choice of fashion too! Oh, and next time you’re out of an evening, count the number of men you see in a checked shirt, you’ll be surprised!

Funky Flats

Funky Flats

Funky Flats

Now that we’ve packed up our winter boots, we need some practical, yet fashionable footwear to see us through spring. We’re not quite ready for full on sandals yet so instead, we’ll be wearing pumps. Flat, funky and very fashionable flats that are as important style wise as the rest of our outfit. Right now we’re loving;

Fun flats in bright colours to uplift our outfit. Embellished pumps are also big news this season as well as metallic and floral prints to add interest to your footwear. Also try a peep-toe pump for the in between season shoe solution, not quite a sandal not quite a pump (a sump? A pundal? I think we’ll stick with ‘peep toe flats’). Go for the tribal theme with a pair of animal print flats, wear with khaki tailored trousers and tribal print top to complete the look.

Brogues. Probably the coolest and most comfortable shoe of the season, the classic brogue style has been reinvented this spring, much to our delight. They provide a smarter alternative to a pump and give a sophisticated but quirky edge to an outfit. Wear yours with a floaty floral dress and denim jacket for one of the hottest looks this season.

Low wedges, they’re more comfortable and less dangerous than their sky high counter parts. The more practical version of the wedge, than sessions gone by, give just enough of a height boost to wear with our summer dresses and skirts but won’t leave us scared stiff of wobbling over on an uneven surface.

Dressed up flats. Shoes we can wear all night long and not feel like the balls of our feet have turned into bricks half way through the night! A fancy pair of flats can look just as good if not better than heels on a night out. So why not give your feet a break and put on a pair of flats on your next night out.

Your life according to your handbag

We love handbags, they look great, we can have different bags to suit our changing outfits as well as our changing moods and we keep EVERYTHING in them. Including some, all, or more of the following;

Trusty Handbag

Trusty Handbag

  • purses
  • mobile phones
  • make-up
  • hand cream/hairspray/other beauty products we cant live without
  • lip balm
  • diary
  • glasses/sunglasses
  • hair bobbles
  • magazines
  • deodorant
  • jewellery
  • cereal bars/sweets
  • MP3 player
  • loose change
  • chewing gum
  • pack of tissue
  • pen

The list goes on. Forever. But heavens knows, if we were ever to be whisked off our feet by a gorgeous man or (more likely) end up stranded somewhere due to poor transport/volcanic ash, we know that we have enough things in our handbag to keep us entertained and looking beautiful for ooh at least a couple of days!! So there you have it the reason women love handbags, they’re practical AND fashionable which is a combination that doesn’t happen very often! Saying that, even the most organised of women can have the most disorganised handbag. You might know such a know woman, she has an immaculately tidy house, a perfectly mowed front lawn and always looks great herself, but take a look in her handbag and you’ll find chaos, the true reflection of what’s happening inside a woman’s mind! Even if she does carry all of her things around in a designer ‘IT’ bag!

Maxi dress, minimum effort

Maxi Beach Dress

Maxi Beach Dress

If you’re not quite ready to bare all this season and the idea of having bare legs fills you with dread, then a maxi dress or skirt could be the perfect solution to your summer wardrobe dilemma. Maxis are great as they keep you covered up but allow you to stay cool on a hot day. They’re also great for those of us that don’t like to show too much skin in summer but still like to keep on trend. Maxi skirts are also a key look this season and will carry over to your winter wardrobe too as long hem lines are set to be a trend that is here to stay!

Jersey maxi dresses are simple and comfortable but we like a maxi dress with a print, like our maxi beach dress. The subtle shell print has just enough detail without being too bold and the cotton fabric is sure to keep you cool. With a cross over back, lace and bow detailing this dress is feminine without being too girlie. The full support and extra room to accommodate your boobs will ensure this dress is as comfortable to wear as it is enjoyable to wear and is just as good in the city as it is on the beach. Wear this dress with simple sandals and a denim waist coat at home or over a bikini on holiday. If you think you might try a maxi skirt then make it a simple one. Long skirts that are too fussy and have a lot of fabric to them won’t do anything for boobier girls. Instead opt for a simple print, worn with a plain top or colour block your whole outfit to keep it stylish.

Seeing spots

Go dotty this Summer!

Go dotty this Summer!

Polka dot is a fun print that will instantly lift your mood and put a smile on your face. Prints are huge news this season and dots are one of THE classic prints that have stood the test of time. Generally speaking small polka dots work best when worn on large surface areas such as jackets and dresses whereas big polka dots have most impact when worn on garments with a smaller surface area such as a polka dot top, bra or if you’re being nostalgic and it’s in yellow, bikini. However, this will depend on the garment and what kind of impact you want to have! Polka dot is definitely a fun trend and therefore works well in bold and bright colours as this reflects the fun nature of the print. Be careful when wearing red polka dot however, as depending on the garment and the size of the dots you could end up resembling Mini Mouse and that’s not a good look (unless you work at Disney Land!).

If you go dotty for polka dots then take a look at our spotty bras, swimwear and clothing. The French Fancy bra by Gossard gives the impression of dots from afar but get up close and you’ll see that the ‘dots’ are made up of tiny star shapes. In gorgeous purple and fuchsia, this bra is an instant mood booster. Booked your summer holiday? Invest in some supportive swimwear to keep you looking and feeling great on the beach. Our California Plunge bikini in vibrant yellow spot is lightly padded bikini and will keep your boobs up lifted on the beach and in the pool. And you can select what size bottoms you want too so that you get the perfect fit all round! If however, you prefer to have less on show on the beach, you could go for the I Love Dots swimsuit. It’s just as supportive as our bikini style tops but has that little bit extra to keep you covered up and feeling confident. Polka dots can work just as well dressed up as they do dressed down. Check out this super smart Animal Spot Shift dress for your formal parties this summer. We also have a purple spot print dress that has an A-line shape that will balance out a top heavy figure. This dress is great for weddings, garden parties and summery days, fingers crossed we get the gorgeous weather to match these gorgeous dresses!

Trend alert: Yellow

Yellow polka dot bikini!

Yellow polka dot bikini!

The colour of the moment is yellow, whether it’s a pale pastel yellow or bright canary yellow, it’s the hottest shade to be seen in. We love it because it’s bright and cheerful and surprisingly, it suits most skin tones, you just have the find the right shade. This colour trend covers accessories, shoes, swimwear and handbags. Dresses can have a great impact too especially when worn in a braver shade of yellow. It makes a refreshing change from the dark colours we have been wearing over winter and if you’re one of those women who wishes to have more colours in their wardrobe then yellow would be a bright and bold place to start.

Yellow fever hit the catwalk earlier this year when designers show cased their Spring/Summer 2010 collections, Amanda Wakeley’s collection featured a canary yellow draped dress which was flattering and feminine but had an edge because of its colour and would really make you stand out in a crowd. Dannii Minogue is a fan of yellow as she wore a Lisa Ho Grecian style dress in yellow at the recent Elle Style awards. It can be difficult however, to match other colours to such a bright base colour. Avoid white, it isn’t very modern. Instead team your yellow with metallic accessories and killer heels. Or if you’re feeling brave wear with a print, a subtle hint of leopard, zebra or a statement graphic print is very now.

Overall, it’s an uplifting colour and therefore an uplifting trend. It has been said that yellow can have a positive effect on mood and is just what we need this time of year to pick us up and get us ready for summer. So if you haven’t got anything yellow in your wardrobe, we suggest you go shopping and get a little a piece of sunshine for yourself!

Fabulous swimwear

Cyprus Bikini

Cyprus Bikini

Whether you’re planning a holiday, thinking about taking up swimming or just fancy a new bikini, we have an amazing range of swim wear for all of these needs. For ultimate pool side confidence, try a Bravissimo bikini or swim suit. They come in sizes 30-38 D-H and some styles in a 28 back and up to a K cup size. The other great thing about buying a Bravissimo bikini, apart from great fit and support, is that you can order separate sizes for bottoms and tops. So no more having to buy two different sized bikinis to get the right fit! Hurray!

The Cyprus bikini comes in gorgeous fresh spring colours and for those of you that might feel a little conscious in a bikini, the skirted bottoms of this set provide that little extra coverage to make you feel more comfortable on the beach or at the pool. The halter neck style also gives a flattering shape whilst retaining upmost support for your boobs.

We’re also bringing you our first bikini in a 28 back! The Mystic bikini is a beautiful chocolate brown and pink print with tie side briefs. You could however, go tribal with the Africa bikini. This animal print bikini is chic, sexy and glamorous with its sequin detail and halter neck shape; it will make the most of your assets and keep them fully supported too! For something a little different, we have the Pebbles swim suit. It offers the best of both worlds as the style can be worn without the halterneck strap to avoid tan lines but keeps your tummy covered. Hey presto, the perfect answer to avoiding tan lines whilst keeping covered up!

If you prefer something more classic however, try the Geneva bikini in black or coral pink. Its simple shape, choice of swim suit, tankini or bikini might just solve all of your swimwear needs at once! You can also mix and match the bikini or tankini top with shorts or brief bottoms, giving you more choice than ever! We also have a range of full sports swim suits that are perfect for keen swimmers and those who prefer to wear a fuller bathing suit. But they’re just as fabulous!