Monday, 16 December 2013

The Black Ankle Boot

Style Theory: Capsule Collection = The Black Ankle Boot. A wardrobe basic, fabulously versatile, can be worn with skinny jeans, trousers or dresses. They look great worn with black opaques, patterned tights or brave it with bare legs.

A year on year staple but each Autumn/Winter there are small changes which make the black ankle boot somewhat hard to keep up with. Styles now veer towards the 90s style of boot, with a chunkier heel and a rounded toe. However, I still seem to be drawn to the slightly more Western cowboy style of boot which, with a few tweaks, keeps rolling on year after year.

Here are some fabulous ideas of how to style The Black Ankle Boot:
Wear with last summer's ripped, boyfriend jeans.
Love the wedge black boots with this season's must have leather trousers.
Layer up your winter clothes and finish with opaques and black boots.

Ankle boots and jeans look great with a boyfriend coat
I adore the heel of these boots they look fab with dresses.

Just a gorgeous look, love the boots and coloured fur coat, a style statement, so 2013!
These boots work so well with the flippy skirt and check jacket, the proportions of this outfit are perfect.
Dare to bare your legs.
Toughen up a dress with a pair of high heeled boots.
All images above via Pinterest

A Few Style Tips:

  • A boot with a dipped front will be far more flattering on your legs when wearing a dress/skirt or with skinny jeans.
  • Wear a heel, even just a small one the added height will flatter your legs when wearing them with skinny jeans, skirts or dresses.
  • A gap at the the top of the boot around your leg will make your legs look thinner.
  • Shoeboots are a flattering alternative to ankle boots.

The best on the High Street:
Ash @ House Of Fraser £155
An excellent basic boot, the front dips so is flattering for cheaper alternatives see Aldo
Jeffrey Campbell Overholt Ankle Boot at Free People £128
These are slightly more edgy and are not real leather (vegan shoes) but I  just love the styling and they could take you comfortably through to the beginning of summer
French Connection @House of Fraser £114
Love the cuff on these boots would look gorgeous with a short black flippy skirt.
Vince Camuto @ House of Fraser £145
Just fabulous for a rockier look with black skinny jeans and a faux fur coat.
Jean-Michel Cazabat Wedge Boot @House of Fraser £276
Very indulgent but the nearest I could find to the beautiful Isabel Marant for H&M boots that are almost impossible to buy.
Office Baker St Chelsea Boot £85
These are this seasons perfect boots, chunky heel and round toe, look fabulous on.
Office Bravo Tassle Boot £85
Whistles Lucille Ankle Boots at John Lewis £120

Topshop Mighty Black Leather Zip Boos £45
Aldo Holberg £80
I have ordered these boots, they look fab on and are really comfortable.
M&S Footglove Suede Wedge Shoe Boots £49.50
These again are gorgeous flattering shoeboots and at a reasonable price especially with the 20%off available at M&S at the moment.
So there is my round up of the best black ankle boots to add to your capsule wardrobe. Have you been rocking the dress and ankle boot look this season? Which styles are your favourites?

My Style:
Coat: M&S
Denim Jacket: Warehouse
Jumpsuit: River Island
Shoes: Dune
Christmassy outfit
Coat: Miss Selfridge
Scarf: H&M
Jeans: Oasis
Ankle Boots: Tamaris
Fur Gilet: Mango
Leather Jacket: Asos
Boyfriend Jeans: Gap
Jumper: Topshop
Shoeboots: Zara

Next time gorgeous and non-expensive Christmas outfits for little boys and girls! 
Thanks so much for reading, please leave a comment I love hearing from you xx

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Chic and Practical - The Christmas Day Dress

Style theory: The Stylish Christmas Day Dress. This is a very different dress from a party dress, it is a dress you feel fabulous in but can play in, cook the Christmas dinner in and most importantly eat a hideous amount of food in.

I always find jersey material works best for a Christmas Day dress, I like a high waistband and pleats or a shift/trapeze dress to cover my ever expanding waistline. Dark colours work best, can be paired with opaque a tights/leather leggings and a bright block colour winter coat for impact if you are off out for Christmas lunch.

Here are some styling ideas from the streetstylers:
Love the leather leggings worn underneath the dress and dramatic cream cloak
Adore the voluminous skirt.
The neck and cuff detail on this cute dress makes it extra special. 
Casual sweater dress styled to look super chic

Denim dresses can work from summer through to winter with opaques and boots

Cute plaid dress
And now for the best on the highstreet:
Me&Em Pocket Swing Dress £198

I love this dress, it is very expensive but made with wool stretch crepe which drapes beautifully, it would look amazing over leather leggings. Unfortunately the fur snood is extra but the styling is perfect. I will add a fur snood (the Hobbs one seen on my last post) to my Christmas day look below for the actual day.
Urban Outfitters Little White Lies Boyfriend Fringe Dress £87
A cute easy wear dress with fabulous neck detail.
Urban Outfitters Pins & Needles Skater Dress £48
A really good basic dress, I love the V-neck and the pleats, they hide a multitude of sins.
Whistles Bodycon Dress £125
Stretchy and flattering.
Whistles Camo Dress £175
Somewhat of a statement dress, it looks fab with thick tights and black ankle boots. I love this and will most definitely be keeping an eye out for any pre Christmas reductions.
Levis Capped Sleeve Dress £80
I have been looking at this dress since the summer and I love the cape sleeves. I think I will have to make a trip up to London to try on as it will either be a complete hit or the waistband will hit in the wrong place.
Zara Sleeveless Dress £49.99
A gorgeous, basic dress in a beautiful colour, would look so lovely under a camel coat or teamed with grey.
Zara Wool Dress £109
This is so chic and stylish and would also look fabulous with a camel coat thrown over the top, or equally good with a biker jacket and big scarf.
Zara Dress with Funnel Neck £35.99
The funnel neck and colour of this dress make it particularly eye-catching.
Hobbs Philippa Dress @ House Of Fraser Now £79
Stunning, camel is big news for SS14 so this is definitely worth buying. I see it with a grey or black full length coat black opaques and leopard print shoes. Stack bracelets and cuffs up on your wrist to toughen it up a little.
Topshop Boucle Sweater Dress £38
Easy wear.

Asos Mademoiselle Tara Structured Sweater Dress with Collar £122.50
Wear with black opaques and spikey heels 'dressed up dressed down' prefection.

My Style:
Christmas Day Dress
Dress: Whistles
Coat: M&S
Shoes: Nine West
Hat: Travelling Bazaar
Coat: Zara
Jumper: Mango
Jeans: H&M
Boots: La Redoute

Have you bought your Christmas Day dress yet or do you take easy option and go for a onesie? What will you be wearing? Would love to hear from you, thanks so much for reading xxx

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Perfect Cosy Jumper

Style Theory:  The Perfect Cosy Jumper = a jumper that gives you a hug in the cold weather and looks fabulous for winter drinks in christmassy country pubs.

Jumpers are such a key look this season, they look great with jeans and equally as good with a sequinned or leather skirt. Completely versatile and easy to wear and perfect as the weather starts to get really cold. For those of you who are not jumper fans, I have added some fabulous cosy cardigans.

The best of the jumpers from the Streetstylers:

Love the thickness of this polo, black looks great under a grey coat
Gorgeous poloneck
Love the stripes under the fisherman jumper..the cuff also looks fabulous.
Great idea to pair black polo under a blazer with white jeans.
Gorgeous pale blue colour
Love this look (also love the hairstyle)
I adore the look of the pale grey jumper with a fur snood
Cute, tasteful Christmas jacquard jumper
Fab oversized jumper
Love the grey marl jumper and sequin skirt
All images above from Pinterest

Now for the best on the Highstreet:
Whistles Textured Boxy Knit £125
Whistles Cashmere Cowl now £125
Jigsaw Fine Merino Kimono Sleeve Sweater £98
Zara Long Sweater with Turnover Collar £35.99
Zara Cable Knit Sweater £45.99
River Island Grey Fluffy Jumper Dress now £30
H&M Knitted Jumper £29.99
Topshop Angora Jumper £46
I have this jumper and would highly recommend it, it is so cosy versatile and washes well.
Zara Jacquard Sweater £45.99
Zara Long Jacquard Cardigan £49.99
Dorothy Perkins Mono Coatigan £52
Topshop Faux Fur Snood £25
Wear this with a beige/pale grey/black oversize jumper would look fabulous
Hobbs Faux Fur Snood now £39

Style Tips: 
Buy big when going for a cosy jumper
If big on top wear with skinny jeans
Layer underneath your poloneck with a thermal top (uniqlo do fab ones) then wear with a blazer
Add a tartan scarf to brighten the look
Jumper dresses look great with leather look leggings

My Style:
Coatigan: Dorothy Perkins
Black Jumper: Topshop
Leather look leggings: Dorothy Perkins
Trainers: John Lewis
Jumper: Mango
Scarf: Becksondergaard
Stripe Top: Boden
Jeans: Mih
Boots: Hunter

Are you into the cosy winter jumper? What do you wear yours with, have you braved the jumper and sequin skirt look for any Christmas dos?

Thanks so much for reading xxxx