Striped

Tory Burch Magnus Striped Blazer | Look 4 less

My personal style includes a mixture of classic designer pieces and inexpensive trendy items. When I saw this striped blazer by Tory Burch , I knew there was a designer space for it in my closet. The simple shape is given a new look with nautical stripes. I’m already running imaginary outfits through my head!

If you want to add a little stripes into your wardrobe, but don’t want to drop a whole load of your hard earned money, then this ASOS Warehouse Stripe Tailored Blazerls is an excellent option. The shape and stripes get the job done. If you still have your mind set on gold nautical buttons, only a few money and a needle and thread will do the trick.

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The striped trench coat

Back to stripes! My only excuses to show you this rather old revived (S/S 2012) runway inspired trench coat trend is because of  my love for Burberry trench coats and because of my love for anything striped!

Also, since I’m more than halfway through winter and slowly transitioning into trench coat weather, I wanted to give you an idea on how to update your outerwear for the upcoming springtime.

BURBERRY PRORSUM | Striped raffia-effect trench coat

Trend approved by fashion connoisseurs Miroslava Duma, The Chloe Conspiracy  and Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook.

Corded Dobby Striped Trench | Loft (40% off with code ‘Friends’)

Daily Style | Five basic must-haves to update your look

I’ve put together a list of just five things you should buy to always be sartorially prepared. They are the building blocks to the refreshed wardrobe, the pieces that you can mix in with new season must-haves to update your look, the garments that will mean you never truly succumb to the status of fashion victim

1. The White Shirt

Jelena Leko Elle Adore Style


Many of us had to wear a white shirt as part of our school uniform back in the day, which could have seriously taken the shine of its sartorial appeal, and yet its continued appearance on the catwalk – teamed with everything from sequinned skirts to tweed trousers – mean that it remains an absolute staple. As something versatile that suits everyone, the buttoned-up white shirt is the perfect quick fix for adding some smartness to all your wardrobe favourites.
2. The Black Trousers

Elle Adore Style

More sophisticated than jeans yet practical and easy to wear, pulling on a pair of well-cut black trousers in the morning is a fail-safe option on those days when you just don’t know what to put on. Silk blouses, chunky knits and curve-hugging tops can be inter-changed with ease, meaning that you can change occasion throughout the day with the minimum of fuss.

3. The Colourful Jacket

Una silla para mi bolso

Sure it’s tempting to go for the black option, but that means making more effort with the clothes you’ve got on underneath. Invest in a strikingly hued blazer (making sure it’s a colour that suits you and fits in with the rest of your wardrobe) and all you need to do is throw it on over simple basics to add some fashion flair to your outfit, or even busy prints for some seriously directional style!

4. The Knee-length Pencil Skirt

Sissy a la mode

Unlike the mini and the maxi, which are quite frankly ageist, the knee length skirt works on most people, particularly in the classic pencil shape which is designed to highlight the good bits and play down the bad ones. They also fit perfectly with most of the trends you’ll see popping up every season in one way or another – florals, monochrome, ladylike and punk to name but four.

5. The Striped Top

Five basic must-haves
Mireia Oller My Daily Style

Can anyone really remember a time when nautical wasn’t a major driving fashion force? Unlikely, unless they pre-date Coco Chanel, who kick-started the trend by wearing sailor’s Breton tops back in the Twenties. Since then, stripes, particularly of the blue and white, or black and white jailhouse persuasion have become de regieur in the fashion fan’s uniform.

Look 4 less | Victoria Beckham Striped V-Neck Pencil Dress

This Victoria Beckham striped pencil dress is another great addition to any girl’s closet. It has a classic shape, bold yet sophisticated colors and, best of all, versatility. Wear it with black tights and boots or by itself with some towering heels. You can also change it up depending on the weather (or the occasion). The fabric contours splendidly over curves and the stripes are placed strategically for the best impact. While this highly sought-after design is already sold out in stores, you can still obtain a fantastic steal. Scroll a little further down and see it for yourself! You won’t believe your eyes!

Victoria Beckham Striped V-Neck Pencil Dress
(€1.495, SOLD OUT)

 Just as sultry as the designer version, this dress by McBerry is perfect for so many occasions. The stripes are placed a bit differently (this dress really flatters narrow shoulders), but it has the same modern color-blocked look and can be worn exactly the same way as the original. Simply add a large tote and platforms for a daytime look and black patent pumps and a clutch for an evening outfit and you’re all set. Depending on your style, perhaps wear some small earrings and a modern cocktail ring. Try to keep accessories simple as this dress is just asking to steal the show! Posh Spice would definitely be proud of this find. After all, she once admitted that her famous little black frock was a super steal, too! Another bonus? It’s also available in orange/black.

McBerry Stripe Red-Black 3/4 Sleeve Pencil Dress (Victoria Beckham knockoff)

McBerry Stripe Red-Black 3/4 Sleeve Pencil Dress
(£79, McBerry)

Handbags: the hottest styles.The oversized clutch and the classic saddle bag.

A handbag always has been, and always will be, a women’s ultimate fashion accessory. A great handbag is the essential building block of a complete, functional and stylish wardrobe. After this year’s international fashion month, the verdict for this season’s top picks is in. Think shearling, animal prints, and lovely fall colors all in soft leather. The hottest styles for 2012 / 2013 are the oversized clutch and the classic saddle bag.

The oversized Day Clutch

Some of us reserve our clutches for evenings, formal affairs, and night excursions.  But ladies, this season let your clutch see the light of day!

Rebel Atttitude

Tip: Do NOT overfill your oversized clutch if you plan on carrying it in this trendy  manner…you may end up with a broken arm or back pain! Ouchh!!

The saddle bag

A great complement to many of this season’s comfy-chic trends, the saddle bag puts a utilitarian-flavored twist on the classic handbag. Matched with a floaty, floral dress or boat-striped tee, this style creates an air of effortless ease.