10 Pleated Items To Add To Your Wardrobe This October

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Pleats are one of the most beautiful types of design. They are super feminine and really add a touch of glamour to any outfit, whether it’s day or night. What I love about pleats is how weightless they look and they have such a movement, that allows so many different silhouette’s to be created just from one simple garment. They create a softness that can’t really be achieved by any other type of technique in fashion, and can be done in so many different ways, that you can cater them to the individual piece of clothing and it’s purpose. There’s the knife pleat, where all the pleats fold one way, the elite pleat where they are much smaller and intricate, and on the other hand you’ve got the classic school skirt box pleat. Maybe not the type of pleat you would always want to re-create, but they can look beautiful for the right occasion. 

Pleats are a key piece through this autumn/winter, that are featured in every trend. From animal print, to leather and even in tweed (where they super beautiful). So no matter what trend of the season you like, you can then apply a beautiful pleat to finish the trend off. It also doesn’t matter if you don’t like the classic pleated skirt, because I love them but they just don’t love my hips. So you can even find pleats in accessories; as well as tops and trousers too. 

To inspire you to add a pleat or two into your wardrobe,  I’ve trawled both the high-street and online stores, to pick out my top 10 pleated items for this season. 10 different ways you can rock the pleat, in a variety of different colours, styles and patterns…

Evening Dress | Patterned Skirt | Structured Playsuit | Tailored Dress | Satin Top | Cropped Trousers | Hair Scarf |Burgundy Skirt | Pleated Cuffs| Satin Mules 

The Printed Midi Skirt

This is for the all the girls who are already in love with the pleated midi skirt and want to take it to a new level. So this a great way to do that, by adding in a print. This one is particularly beautiful as it also takes in the animal print trend, but makes it look super chic. I love the mix between the print, but the restriction of only the blue and white make it look really classic. If you would like to pick up this beauty, just head over to ASOS (the link is just above). 

The Hair Scarf

Head scarves are one of the biggest accessory trends of autumn/winter 2018 and really add another dimension to an outfit. I love how they look so beautiful and feminine, but can also add another texture to an outfit as well. This is especially what this piece from New look would do, due to its pleated design, which is great both tied around the head or more casually around a hair bobble with a sleek low ponytail. If you love this piece, you can pick one up in New Look for 8.00, but there`s also some beautiful ones in Zara too. 

The Pleated Cuffs

These are the easiest way to invest in an autumn/ winter trend affordably, when you only want a quick snapshot of the trend in your outfit. They are able to be added to any basic white or coloured shirt, but would also look great as a colour block cuff on the arms of a patterned shirt too. These are super unique, and can be picked up really easily from the beauties at ASOS. 

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5 False Sterotypes About The Fashion Industry

The fashion industry can be perceived as one of the most superficial and  image conscious industry’s there is out there. With so many stereotypes surrounding gender, sexuality, looks, social class and so much more, it seems the industry has it all. There does not always appear to be much room for error, when it comes to wanting to work and be a part of the fashion industry. However, after studying it and being a part of it through being a blogger, I want to address some of these stereotypes that are slowly changing and those ones which just aren’t true at all.

1. The Industry Is All Fun & No Hard Work

I honestly think this is one of the biggest mis-conceptions about the fashion industry, as its just completley not true. Actually it’s the opposite. If you’ve ever watched Devil Wears Prada, or Ugly Betty, then you will know that’s it’s far from all fun, clothes and dressing up. Not that these really reflect that much reality, but they show that people who work in the industry work dam hard, no matter what time of day, month or the year. It takes so much vision and work to get a really good magazine out every month, it takes planning and creativity to get out a great range in the shops, and yes there might be some glamour and fun, but not without more than a fair share of hard work.

2. You Don’t Need A Brain To Work In The Fashion Industry

This is the stereotype that I feel like I am often subject too, as i’m studying a degree in fashion. So many people think fashion is an easy way out, and a way to breeze through a degree. But how wrong those people are, because if you haven’t got your head screwed on you will get eaten alive in the industry. There is no doubt the industry is tough and very dog eat dog, but to succeed you need to have grit, determination and a good head on your shoulders. Know what you want and work at it till you succeed.

3. It’s A Woman’s World & All The Men Are Gay


Again, this is one of the biggest false stereotypes I think I’ve EVER  heard about the fashion industry, because it’s just not true. Yes there may be a large amount of women that work in Fashion, as generally it’s an industry women are interested in and more likely to go into, but not completely. I suppose maybe men may have to work a little harder, just as you really need to be someone who gets on with women, but then to work in the industry you need to be sociable in general. However, some of the best people in fashion are men. Look at Henry Holland, Gok Wan, Tom Ford, Micheal Kors, Christian Louboutin, Mario Testino; the list really does go on… They have made such a massive impact on the industry, and really are true icons in what they do. So, it’s definitely not just a world made for women, it’s made for amazing and creative men too!

4. Fashion Is Just For The Rich Who Can Afford It All

For a long time fashion has been perceived as an industry which is purely for the rich and famous, who can have what they want and when they want it. However, over the last five of years I think fashion has really began to change it’s tune. Slowly, the industry is starting to work as one and consider all different styles and budgets. The premium high-street brands have massively grown over the last few years, as well outlet villages and seasonal sales. As women and men of all social classes and incomes want a piece of fashion. Whether that’s from a designer name, a high-street name or somewhere in between. Even Primark now advertises in Vogue, so the fashion industry really is becoming so much more inclusive now, than it ever has been before. 

5. The Industry Is Only For Skinny & Pretty People

This is something I feel so strongly about, as over the last year fashion and size stereotypes has really made a massive turn. Just look at the cover of this cosmopolitan magazine, where a size 26 model is on the cover and championing plus size fashion. Not that I agree with the word plus size, as I think in the industry plus size is exaggerated well too much and actually a lot of plus size models in the fashion industry are just average UK sizes. However, the industry is slowing becoming so much more accepting, and I honestly think this is such a positive and massive step forward.  


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4 Accessory Trends You Need To Invest In Now

Accessories are a piece of fashion that I think are the best thing to invest in. They are completely versatile and can be used to compliment any outfit, whether it’s day or night, casual or smart. They are the pieces that pull a look together and ultimately add interest and detail to every inch of your outfit. My favourite ones have to be a classic handbag, as there is not only so many beautiful ones out there, they are also an essential for any woman, as otherwise you would have no where to carry your go-to items. I also love a great shoe, as they really elevate your look and makes sure that you look good even down to your toes. Jewellery is also another one of my favourite accessories too, its so dainty and delicate, and I love wearing pieces that have a special meaning to me.

So, if you’re looking to invest in some new accessories, ready for Autumn/Winter 2018, there’s four key trends that are owning the high-street and catwalks this season…

Velvet Dreams

Velvet was so popular a few years ago, and now it’s come back with a bang. It’s the material that not only has a beautiful texture, but also looks amazing in so many different colours. If you pick a light colour, like this one on this nude block heel, you get a really feminine and girly look to your accessory. However, if you choose a darker navy colour, like the boots in the first image, you get a more autumnal and luxury vibe.

The one thing that velvet always gives is the ability to look beautiful for an evening out, but also lift and add texture to an every outfit too. No matter what you choose to have velvet in, it always looks expensive and adds an instant statement to any look. 

It’s All About The Pearls

This season pearls are everywhere, whether it’s through the classic pearl earring or necklace,they’re also a key embellishment on handbags, shoes and also clothing as well. What I love about pearls is that they have always been so elegant and chic. Every older lady seems to have a classic pair of pearl earrings and a necklace, and that shows how timless they really are. They pair perfectly with anything, and instanly add a tocuh of classic glam and make your outfit look that bit more put together.

Pearls come in all different shapes and varieties, depending on your own taste and and you favourite colours. However, this year the classic white and cream pearls seem to be the colour of choice, as they pair with any other colour and also really stand out against darker colours. If you’re looking for some beautiful pearl accessories, ASOS would be a great place to have a browse. They have an amazing range of jewellery pieces, as well as handbags and also clothing pieces too.

 

Black & White = Monochrome

Black and White has been a classic for as long as we can remember, and only recently have we decided that it’s about time it got an official name. So, monochrome it is.

Monochrome is actually one of my favourite colour palettes and ways to dress, as it’s so chic and really channels the icon Coco Chanel. I love how you can wear it no matter what situation and you always look pulled together, chic and extremely fashionable. So, its a natural thing that I also love monochrome accessories too, as they literally go with everything!

However, this year it’s not about choosing a black or white accessory, it’s about having block colours highly featured in the design. Such as this Christian Dior flat bottomed bag. It’s all about taking two classic colours and mixing them in different patterns or designs to create a chic, yet on trend accessory.

 

Silky Head Scarves

The trend is one of my favourites for the whole season, as silky scarves have always been a love of mine. I just love the way they add such a luxurious, rich feel to your outfit and that you can wear them in so many ways. Whether it’s a head scarf, which is super big this season, as an accessory to your bag handles or as a traditional scarf around your neck, and even then there’s lots of different ways to style it. 

This year it’s all about the wearing the scarf on your head, and making hair accessories fashionable again. You could wear it in the traditional way, around your head and tied in a gorgeous bow, or you could tie it around your bobble on your classic ponytail, or even wrap in your hair, through a plait. 

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The Best Autumn Fashion Picks Under £50

Autumn is my ultimate favourite season for dressing. I just love to be able to layer up some of my favourite pieces, and really add dimension and interest to an outfit, which is a lot harder to do in the warmer months, when all you want to do is stay cool. However, in Autumn, you have the perfect combination of being able to dress chicly and also not have to worry about being ridiculously cold either. So, you can wear almost anything and make it look beautiful, as long as you layer it up ready for Autumn. It could be a shirt, denim jacket, boots, jumper or even a dress. The key is Autumn colours, patterns and the pieces you love to wear. 

This year I really need to invest in some new pieces for Autumn/Winter, as last year I thought I would cope with the pieces I already had. However, this year there’s so many beautiful pieces on the high-street, inspired with some of my favourite autumnal trends. So,  I just need to get some new additions to my wardrobe, and I can justify it this year as I do really need some new bits. 

So, I’m sharing my favourite picks on the high-street for Autumn fashion 2018, in snake print, colour blocking, stripes, checks and so much more…

Links For The Items:

Jacket | Skirt | Belt | Turtle Neck | Bag | Pinafore | Dress | Scarf | Top | Boots | Jumpsuit | Trousers | Shoes | Earrings | Bag | Shirt| Head Scarf |Boots |Top | Scarf

Even though animal print hasn’t ever really been my thing, I’m actually really loving it this time around. This leopard print dress from New Look, just looks the perfect way to wear this trend, and I also love the fit of shirt dresses too. This would be perfect for helping to incorporate more sshapes and interest into my autumnal wardrobe, as I get stuck in jeans and a top a lot of time. 

Turtle Necks are something I’ve been loving for ages and for me are such a classic essential for your autumn/winter wardrobe. They go with anything and everything and are basically like the classic black cami or tee-shirt for your summer wardrobe. I love the fit of them and also how warm they keep you too. So, i will definitley be picking up some new one for this year, and these two from New Look and Zara, in colour blocking patterns, will be perfect. 


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Styling The Classic Trench Coat

Styling The Classic Trench Coat

The trench coat is the optimum of a classic and effortlessly chic, item of clothing. It’s a style that’s been around for such a long time, even back to the war, and is always being re-invented every year, to add a fresh, new modern twist to the season. There’s always a trench when it comes to Autumn/Winter and so for me it’s an essential piece to have in your wardrobe. It’s classic, versatile and completely timeless, so you know you can always pop on your favourite one, year after year, and still look on trend; even if you bought it a few seasons ago. 

This Calvin Klein, black trench is that classic trench for me, that I pull out every year. I love how this is a really light weight polyester material, which is unusual for trench coats, as they are generally slightly thicker and made out of cotton. So, this Calvin Klein one is a great coat to just throw on, to protect you from the rain, or to just add another layer to your outfit. It’s the perfect colour too, as black goes with everything and always look chic. I love to wear it day to night,  as it’s so easy to pair it with workwear and then swap out your outfit in the evening and throw on the trench, ready for drinks out with the girls. 

A Graphic Shirt & Leather Skirt

When it comes to Autumn, it can be so easy to just revert to your go to jeans, boots and a jumper, and you’re ready to go for the day. However, I know I’m not the only one that gets bored of that everyday autumn outfit and want’s to still be warm and look stylish. So, one of my favourite ways to change up my autumn outfit is to wear a skirt. They just instantly add a touch of femininity to your look and change up the dimensions of your outfit.

My favourite type of skirt is a leather mini skirt, as the leather adds texture to your outfit and plays with a different material. I also love it because if you choose your skirt in a block colour, that adds the main pop of colour to your look and then allows you to choose classic colours to pair with it. 

This one I’m wearing is from New Look and is the perfect colour for Autumn/Winter, as it’s a burnt orange colour. I also love the cross over detail on the front of this, and how it’s asymmetric. It adds detail to the outfit and the front of the skirt, making the look appear more complex than it actually is. I have some gorgeous skirts like this, from New Look, and they fit amazingly and also aren’t too expensive, so super affordable is you’re shopping on a budget. 

In the Autumn, when it’s not too cold, I think a shirt is the perfect companion for a mini skirt. As it’s not quite cold enough for a jumper, but you need something that’s more than just a tee-shirt. So, this black and white shirt, from Vera Moda, is a great way to add pattern to my outfit and interest on my top half. I love to wear them done up all the way or just one button undone, so that when you wear the trench with the look, you can really see the shirt and the entire look. 

These type of shirts are super easy to find on the high-street, as there’s always some form of patterned shirt in every shops collection for Autumn/Winter. I’ve had this one for ages, but I love how it still looks classic and can be worn so many years on. 

 

COAT: Calvin Klein | SHIRT: Vera Moda | SKIRT: New Look | BOOTS: River Island

The trench is kind of the only coat you really need when it comes to Autumn, as it can act as both a jacket and a coat. It’s light-weight enough to wear everyday and is versatile enough to be worn with everything. However, no way is this the only coat I own, I would never be able to have such a small coat collection in my life. But, it is often the only coat I will take when I go on holiday or mini breaks. As it saves room, as some coats can be so thick, and is just perfect to throw on, when you have a limited choice of clothes to wear anyway.  As I can’t pack all my clothes, no matter how hard I try to. 

COAT: Calvin Klein | SHIRT: Vera Moda | JEANS: Marks & Spencer’s | BOOTS: River Island 

A Patterned Shirt & Grey Knee-High’s

Jeans are a massive essential in my wardrobe, no matter what the season, however in the Autumn and Winter black jeans are a true staple in my everyday outfits. They are just so versatile, comfortable and keep me warm, as it starts to get into the colder months. So, I couldn’t show you a look styling the classic trench, without including a pair of black jeans. 

I go on and on about these Jeans from Marks & Spencer’s, especially in my outfit posts on my Instagram. However, they are worth all the raving, as they fit amazingly and are my favourite EVER skinny jeans. They are also such good quality and are super affordable, at only around 20.00 a pair. There’s also so many different styles and colours, if skinny jeans aren’t your  thing but you’re still looking for a great pair of good fitting jeans, to add to your wardrobe. It’s not a place I shop that much, and I’m sure not that many of you do either, however, some of their pieces are beautiful and you always know the quality will be amazing.

Then, of course I’m again adding a patterned shirt to my look, but it bright autumnal colours. I love this skirt as it’s such a statement, and the colours of purple, grey, mustard, as just classic for Autumn. In this look I have used the shirt as the main focus of the whole look, and kept the rest simple and classic. This is truly the statement piece of the look and I love it. It also look amazing paired with a dark purple lip. 

To finish both looks off, i’m adding a pair of grey suede knee-high boots. They are one of my favourite pairs of boots, from my whole collection, as they are comfortable, stylish, classic and also add a sexy element to the look. They were a a classic boot last Autumn/Winter, and I’m going to rocking them again this year too. This pair are from River Island, however I’m sure there will be lot’s of other similar pairs coming onto the high-street, over the next few months. 

*I wanted to say thank you to one of my photographers Elisha, for producing some beautiful shots for this post and always having fun with me on shoots. 


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