#SS |3 Trends I’m Loving / Summer Edition

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When it comes to fashion and personal style, I’m not usually someone who is obsessed with the trends and like’s to follow every single one. I much prefer to just choose items and styles that I love, and create a wardrobe that reflects my own personal style. Not just the latest trends to hit the catwalk. Obviously, as I’m really interested in fashion and want to make it my career, I think it’s important for me to know what the trends are and to be able to comment on what is popular in the fashion world. But that doesn’t meant that I always apply that to my own style. However, throughout each season there always seems to be a few trends, which I love along the way, and as it’s the #Summer Special series, I thought I would start off with a summer themed edition…

The Bomber Jacket

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They’re probably one of the biggest trends this Spring/Summer, and a trend that everyone seems to be loving. Whether it’s the thicker style of bomber jacket, popular back in the 90’s, and that can actually be counted as an item that could keep you warm on a chilly evening, or the more current embroidered bomber, which is literally just for show. There’s so many different varieties of bomber jackets and it has to be my number 1 favourite trend this season. Who ever you are, what ever your style or gender, there is a bomber jacket for you.

How I’m styling it: When it comes to styling a bomber I’m all about the super chic casual vibe. I love pairing my various bomber jackets with a good old pair of black jeans, a pair of converse and a casual white tee. For me this is just the best way to wear bomber’s, and they also make a super simple outfit look like you’re really put together. I’m literally in love with them right now.

Lace

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This trend is definitely a shock to my personal style, as before spring/summer 16 the only place that lace appeared in my wardrobe, was on my knickers. However, the higher powers in the fashion world have been able to change my mind, and I’m officially in love with the lace items I have in my wardrobe. Although, I’m still super picky about what style’s and pieces it comes on. For me personally it’s all about the more chic and classy ways to wear lace, and I like it when it has a very simple pattern and not too much going on.

How I’m styling it: As lace is so super pretty and feminine, and my style is not always that girly, I generally like to contrast it with something a bit more edgy. I have two gorgeous lace camisole’s from New Look, and I really love to pair them with both of my faux leather skirts. By having a girly lace, on a darker or more neutral shade, and an edgy faux leather but in more of a girly pastel colour, means the whole outfit gets balanced out nicely and looks amazing. However, I also have a lovely white lace dress, also from New Look, which I love to go all bohemian with and pair with my brown suede boots and my brown faux suede jacket. This has been my go-to summer look and I actually feel so pretty when I wear this look.

It’s All About the Waist

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At one time it was all about the shift dresses and loose boyfriend silhouette’s, however now it’s all about that waist and creating that womanly figure. The most popular way to rock this trend this season, has been through the ‘paper bag’ style of trousers, which pull in at the waist and allows the fabric to create a structured effect around the waist. These trousers really flatter the womanly figure, but they can also look super masculine and rock that #girlboss look. However, throughout the season, what ever outfit you’ve been wearing, it all about pulling it in at the waist, or tucking it in, to flatter that figure. I’m always loving this trend and just think that the silhouette, which it creates, has always suited my figure.

How I’m styling it: There’s quite a few ways that I love to wear this trend, because like I mentioned before it’s something that’s a staple in my wardrobe and I always do it. Whether that’s if I’m wearing a dress, a skirt, trousers or a jumpsuit, I will usually either pull it in and create a waist line, or already be wearing an item that clinches in at the waist. For me I just love tucking tops into skirts and high-waisted trousers, because it looks so much more flattering and feminine. I wouldn’t even really count this as a trend, just more of a styling option. 

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Rachel x

#SS | Summer Style Inspiration

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Summer style can be one of the trickiest season’s to master, and something which takes a lot of know how about your own personal style and the pieces which truly suit your body shape. Many people can get summer style so wrong, and so I think there’s 3 basic rules when it comes to summer style in general: 1. Know what pieces and styles suit your body shape and flatter your figure 2. Think about your desired colour palette and which colours and patterns suit you and your personal style 3. Most importantly, you need to have a bit of styling inspiration and know how to transition your summer wardrobe pieces into chic season appropriate outfits.

After having a good few weeks of summer sun, and also a holiday in between, I think I’ve got my personal summer style nailed and know exactly what vibes I’m going for. If I was to describe my 2016 summer style, in 4 words, it would be White, Lace, Tan and Chic, due to my obsession with my tan sandals and dedicated to my constant desire to make my style a lot more chic. I’ve really been loving lace camisole’s, at the minute, because of how cool they are to wear, they’re chic and also really versatile pieces; they also add a bit of feminity to any form of outfit. However, white has to always be my go-to colour for summer and a something I can’t get enough of. White dresses and tops have be my favourite variety, however I do own a lovely pair of white trousers, which I love wearing as well.

How would you define your summer style so far?

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Rachel x

#SS | 32 High-Street Buys To Add To Your Summer Wardrobe

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As it’s the first official post of my new #SummerSpecial series, I thought I would go back to my roots and share a fashion/ personal style post with you all. I’ve always had a passion for affordable fashion and the ability to be able to dress really well on a budget. So, I thought it would be good to mix these two passions of mine together, and share 32 High-Street style pieces that you can add to your summer wardrobe today…

Personally dressing well and having a good wardrobe is really important to me, because I honestly believe that it makes a real difference to your own confidence and how other the people perceive you. Having a great outfit on, which you love, will do wonders to your confidence and how you feel your can conquer everyday and more important tasks. It can also help with what type of person you are, and that if you care about how you look you will probably have good attention to detail, and care about the appearance of your work and work ethic. However, it’s not always easy to be able to accomplish this on a budget and that’s why I’ve found 32 gorgeous high-street wardrobe items, to help you on your affordable style mission.

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Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Sandals | River Island £30, Jumpsuit | ASOS £60, Playsuit | River Island £45, Dress | New Look £29.99, Dress | New Look £22.99, Trousers | River Island £38, Boots | ASOS £55, Kimono | River Island £75, Swimming Costume | River Island £40, Jumpsuit | ASOS £38, Tee-Shirt | River Island £18, Shoes | New Look £34.99, Skirt | River Island £30, Sunglasses | ASOS £12, Cover up | ASOS £45.00, Hat | River Island £15

If you’re looking for an easy everyday summer style item, which you can quickly throw on for an instant outfit boost; this playsuit from River Island, Bardot Dress from New Look and these sunglasses from ASOS, are the perfect pieces. Both the dress and the playsuit are ‘one outfit’ style pieces, which really need little accessory wise, to make them into the perfect summer outfit. The bardot dress is amazing because of just versatile it is and how it would be able to worn with almost any colour accessories. However, tan coloured ones would look gorgeous. The playsuit really is a bit more of a statement piece and probably an item that you would throw on for a more chic, everyday outing. In addition, these sunglasses would really just pull any outfit together and allow you to add an instant touch of class and style, to any endless outfit combination’s. If everyday impact is what you’re looking for, then these 3 pieces are just what you need in your summer wardrobe.

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Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Bag | Zara £15.99, Dress | AX Paris £40, Skirt | MissGuided £22, Bag | Zara £29.99, Bomber | Topshop £59, Hair Accessory | ASOS £10, Dress | AX Paris £45, Jeans | ASOS £35, Sandals | Zara £79.99, Blouse | Oasis £35, Jumpsuit | MissGuided £28, Backpack | ASOS £48, Skirt | ASOS £16, Jacket | MissGuided £40, Shoes | ASOS £55, Necklace | Oasis £25

If you’re looking for some super stylish and unique accessories to add to your summer wardrobe, these pom pom sandals ZaraEmbroided Back Packhair accessory from ASOS, are the perfect pieces for you. These pom pom sandals are so unique and I’ve honestly never seen such a statement footwear piece from the high-street. The nude suede of the sandals makes them really chic and sophisticated, and able to worn with a lot of different colours, as the pom poms add a different texture to any outfit. This backpack uses the decorative technique of embroidery to add a gorgeous pattern to a very basic style of backpack. This would be perfect to add a pop of colour to a basic outfit and would look super cool for a festival outfit. In addition, this floral hair accessory would also look really nice for a festival hair look, and adds a different metallic, feminine look to an outfit. If a few unique accessories, are what you’re looking for this summer, then these pieces are for you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first post in my #SummerSpecial series. Make sure to follow me on social media to keep updated on everything to with the series.

Rachel x