I am fashion crazy; I love everything about the industry and the clothes. I literally live for fashion, (no exaggeration; my money always seems to go on clothes, shoes, handbags or accessories....!!). I admire individuality and the fearless; I adore to people watch and see admire other peoples styles and I gain lots of inspiration from that. I see fashion as an art form; a way to express yourself and be creative. To me, clothes are not something you just wear - they are part of you and your personality. It's important to cultivate your own style, something that lets the world know that this is how you are! Fashion is for everyone, we can all develop our own signature style and I hope The Chic Guide will help you and others to be more creative and bold!
Remember - Fashion should always be fun, no matter what age, size or shape you are; so be adventurous, try something that you never would or thought you would or could wear, be yourself and most importantly be FABULOUS and CHIC!
Monday, June 10, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
|Clover Canyon Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
|Chanel Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
|Christian Dior Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
|Oscar de la Renta Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
|Bottega Veneta Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
|Moschino Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
|Just Cavalli Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
|Akris Pre Spring/Summer 2014|
Sleek, contemporary and polished, Akris Pre Spring/Summer Collection is wonderful. Vivid colours contrasted against the soft shades in the collection create a beautiful contrast, yet it all flows wonderfully. The denim works so wonderfully and it's not something that I would associate with high-end fashion but Akris have successful incorporated jeans into their collection in such a chic way that I found myself no longer looking at them as just jeans but in a much more groomed fashion chic way and I really like the concept of the everyday item turned into something ultra glam and for denim fans this is bound to be an instant hit! However there is much more to their latest collection than just denim, there's trouser suits, dresses, separates all of which are so sophisticated, well structured and you'll fall in love with the collection too!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
When I came across The new collection from Marks & Spencer from designer Belinda Earle (who formerly designed for Jaeger and Debenhams) I had to share it with you all, I was instantly in love with so any pieces from the collection. The vintage inspired accents, the luxurious faux fur, tweed and prints couple with the high octane glamour makes this collection one of the most exciting on the high street and I can honestly until now never been excited by Marks & Spencer's but this collection blew me away! Due to hit stores for Autumn/Winter 2013 it's sure to be a sell-out collection. The store is known for it older designs is making a brave move in shifting from their tired image into a whole new market of shopper - the younger yet sophisticated 20's to 30's women; while there is still a clear nod to the past with the shape, cuts and fabrics reminiscent of the 50's and 60's era, the collection is updated with different textures, fabrics and detail is utterly stunning.
The tweed suit is wardrobe classic and I was delighted to see it featured in this collection. I adore how they have styled the suit with the faux fur wrap, this is the perfect accessory to accompany and vintage inspired look and if definitely my new winter must have. The cut and detail of this suit is superb which you don't often find on the high street and on trend from the runway. Zac Posen's Spring/Summer Collection 2013 featured many vintage inspired pieces; given the low price tag compared to a high end designer suit this is truly a bargain. Even if this Mark's & Spencer's suit is out of your budget charity shops and thrift/vintage stores are great places to get something that looks just as chic with a little history attached and I have to admit I'm an avid charity shop hunter, I love a bargain and it's very environmentally friendly too and that's always something that we should be mindful of.
I'm in love with the fabulous swing coat is ideal for those colder months while still keeping you feeling like the optimum of style. It's always hard to find the perfect coat for winter that looks elegant and feel glamorous but also manages to keep you warm and this is the ideal coat, it ticks all the boxes! The tweed fabric, the large faux fur cuff, the structured collar and the flared skirt and simply beautiful -again another stunning piece from the collection that I want for this Autumn/Winter! Accessorising with waist belt is a must to highlight the shape of this stunning coat and the rest just speak for itself....pair with some elegant heels or knee high boots for winter and you're sure to turn heads walking down the street!
Another piece from the collection that was utterly dazzling is this scarlet wiggle dress, the classic LBD is no more - it's been overthrown by this amazing red dress which screams siren! You've all lust after Roland Mouret dresses or the cut of Victoria Beckham designs, well I have to say I prefer this dress! The colour for one thing is amazing, the floral cut-out fabric, the exaggerated v neck with just barely reveals your shoulders and the perfect pencil cut is designed to make you feel like goddess which you slip this beauty on...!
This classic vintage inspired rose print dress is really beautiful not only in design but the red rose print against the black background is ; I instantly thought of Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly in Rear Window when I saw this dress and fell in love with it! Designed exactly to 40's and 50's style of dress, the hemline falls just above the ankle and the neckline is subtle in an elegant v-neck creates the perfect amount of allure while not revealing too much which I adore about this dress and the colour and fabric are divine! You can check out the full collection from Vogue.co.uk.
All photo's and rights from Vogue.co.uk
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Vintage Burberry and Aquascutum Adverts|
|Vintage trench coats|
While they may be out of the realm of most of our humble fashion budgets, you'll find fantastic trench coats available from Forever 21, Gap, Topshop, Primark, Net-a-Porter, Whistles, Marks&Spencer, The Outnet.com, Farfetch.com, John Lewis, French Connection, Next, Zara, House of Fraser, Reiss, Warehouse, Hobbs Soia & Kyo, L.K. Bennett, Lands'End, or you can excellent new, vintage or used trenches on eBay, Esty, ASOS Market place, Decades and there are many more wonderful shops online. Whether you prefer new or vintage most trench coat coat stil opt for the classic design based on the original make of double breasted with deep collar, and belt at the waist. Black, beige or red is my personal favourite but again that's down to preference, you can get everything from polka-dots to floral or leopard but if you want a coat that will last from season to season and year-to-year to come. It's best to invest in a really good trench and in a neutral colour and it will last you forever if you look after it well.
|Marlene Dietrich wearing her|
trench to perfection!
|Audrey Hepburn looking oh so chic|
|Humphrey Bogart is dashing in this trench|