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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How To Nail Wearing Leopard Print

Animal Print is one of the biggest trend this Autumn/ Winter, and is plastered across the catwalk and the high-street, as every shop or designer tries to find their unique way to incorporate it into their collections. It could be a flap on a bag, a statement earring or a full on essential piece for the season. It comes in all shapes, styles and degree’s, you can add as much or as  little as you like.

Personally, my favourite animal print of Autumn/Winter 18 is Leopard Print, as it’s been brought back in a very classic, stylish and effortlessly chic way to our high-street shops. Whether it’s adding a leopard print heel to their shoe collection, a leopard print suede clutch to their handbag range, or adding a statement leopard print coat to the latest fashion range. There’s a piece of this trend for everyone, and it purely depends on your own personal style and how much you love the print, as to how you can nail wearing it this season. 

Stick With The Accessories:

An accessory, for me, is the best thing you can invest in when you want to have a piece of a trend. As you can interchange an accessory with every single outfit and it can stay on trend for so much longer. If you think about what style you invest the accessory in, then you could use it for so many years to come. For example, getting a shoe in a classic court style, or a handbag is a satchel style. They are classic and no matter what print they are in, the style will always be in fashion.

They are also a great way to make a statement in a very plain and simple outfit, such as blue jeans and a white tee-shirt. As you can then pair that look with a statement bag, a cool shoe, or both if they are matching and instantly make the plain outfit pop. So, you could go for a bag, like the one on the left, that’s casual and could be worn everyday. Or, you could go for these statement heels, that would be amazing on a night out, paired with a little LBD. 

Make A Statement:

This is the best way to rock leopard print if you’re really into the print and have quite a bold style. As this is where you pick the main piece of your outfit, in leopard print, and that makes it a real statement piece. Then,  all the other elements of the look just tone in with it classically and effortlessly. So, when you look at the outfit as a whole, the leopard print stands out, and there is no denying it. 

This is also a great way if you wat to invest in the trend heavily, but maybe only in 1 or 2 classic pieces. So, for example, a boyfriend style coat that’s in a leopard print, which is 150.00 or a maxi dress in leopard print, which is 70.00. You’ve spent a lot of money, but chosen to invest it in quality, essential pieces for the season. 

If I was going to do this, I would look at brand such as Whistles or French Connection, for classic, items that are on trend but also great quality. 

Contrast It:

If you don’t want to make the leopard print the focus of your look, then why don’t you contrast it with a different print, colour or graphic. This way the leopard print becomes part of the entire outfit, not just making the only statement. This almost pairs down the strength of leopard print, and also make sit a bit more casual. 

If you’re looking to contrast it with another print, you have to be really careful, otherwise it could be total disaster. So, you need to choose your colour palette carefully, and pick classic and basic colours to contrast it with. For example, pick a print but in black and white, like the striped top on the left or choose a classic jean colour to contrast it with instead. Like the picture below. If I was going to do this, I would choose to contrast it with a graphic tee-shirt or a bold colour, as I prefer to play with texture and colour as opposed to print. But it really depends on your own personal style, as to what you would prefer to do. 

Play With Colour:

This is the one that is the most bold, and definitley only for the colour and print lovers out there. This one really does make a statement, as you’re choosing to wear leopard print but not in the conventional colour. It could be one bold colour, like the green jumpsuit below, or multiple bright colours like the coat to the right. It’s a trend for people who love leopard and want it in every colour. However, it would also work if you love leopard print, but the colours aren’t really your thing, so you want to change up the colouring. 

If you’re looking for pieces like this, I would check out places such as Zara, River Island, Topshop and for a more expensive option, also try Whistles too. It’s all about going out there and shopping the high-street, seeing what amazing pieces they have to offer. 


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A Day at London Fashion Week Festival

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London Fashion Week is something me and my mum have always wanted to go to. We’ve always wanted to sit as the side of a catwalk and watch a real show, and see the models walking down the runway showing the latest trends for the upcoming season. So, when my mum bought me tickets to go to London Fashion Week Festival for Christmas I was beyond excited. I couldn’t wait to go and be a part of something I’ve always wanted to experience.

From the moment I set foot on the strand, to the moment I was sitting second row at the side of the runway, I loved every moment. As you all know, fashion is something I love and a career I can’t wait to be a part of, and so it was right up my street. I loved sitting next to the runway and watching each new trend showcase their latest pieces, and browsing round the stalls for some new items to add to my wardrobe. It was so inspiring and a peak into what my career in fashion buying will bring.

I honestly couldn’t recommend the event enough to anyone who loves fashion and style. The experience is just amazing and the tickets are also really affordable considering the event. I still can’t believe I got to go and I’m already planning to go to the one in September.

Rachel x

Candy Girl On A Budget

Sweet, Sugar, Candy Man…

Hello Lovelies

 

It’s summer and the pastels are well and truly in. With this trend only pastels are allowed, mixed in with well tailored retro styling. A match made in retro and summer 2013 heaven.

 

As we all know fashion is great but it’s a lot better when we can have a great look and rock it, but on a budget. I love fashion even more than the next person and even I like to get a bargain and feel great but know that I have not spent a fortune, and that when this trend goes out I can just put the items away and not feel guilty that I have spent a lot of money on something, I have just put into the cupboard. Isn’t this something we all want as women of nice taste.

 

With this in mind I have created a view of the best on offer to cover this trend on the high-street. With nearly every item under £50, with just a few added extra’s that stretch the purse a little more, to get you thinking and inspiring.

 

 

Topshop

Pale Pink Vinyl Pencil Skirt £38.00

 

Organza Insert Calf Skirt £48.00

 

Diamond Grid High Neck Top £24.00

 

Bright Fluro Shirt £38.00

 

Rees 2-Pat Hi Sandals £62.00

 

New Look

Pastel Blue and Pink Gemstone Necklace £12.99

 

Glam Three Sparkle Drop Earrings £5.99

 

H&M

Cardigan £34.99

 

ASOS

Selected Ellinor Retro Shorts With Pockets £25.00

 

Shiny Pu Jacket £14.00

 

Bow Print Turban With Front Bow Tie Detail £12.00

 

Pieces Disle Leather Belt £12.00

 

Chunky Metal Keeper Waist Belt £8.00

 

Bag With Chunky Lock And Top Handle £30.00

 

PARDON Pointed High-Heels £30.00

 

Double Colour Drop Earrings £6.00

 

River Island

Pink Leather Plain Cluff Court Shoes £55.00

 

Short Sleeve Boxy Shirt £26.00

 

A Few Outfits To Get You Started

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Outfit 2

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Outfit 3

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Although there is not that much out there in the high street at a first glance, sometimes you have to dig a bit deeper and uncover the true gems.

 

This look is great with most of the items being under £50. This makes the trend affordable and great to rock for anyone. I love it and even if you can not afford every item you can pick a few that would be great staple pieces. I recommend the cardigan as one major staple piece. I could of put it with all of the outfits and it just goes with everything in this trend. Also the white boxy shirt. This item is also very versatile and great as it goes with everything. I love both these pieces and coming in at only £61.00 for both items, it’s a great investment and something that won’t break the bank.

 

Useful Websites

http://www.topshop.com/#slide1

 

http://www.asos.com/Women/

 

http://www.newlook.com/

 

http://www.hm.com/gb/

 

http://www.riverisland.com/

I hope you feel inspired and I can’t wait to see you all rocking the Candy Girl look!

Love Rachelx