Clarks Launches Mary Portas Range

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This week Clarks launched their stunning new range of shoes designed by Mary PortasMary & Clarks. To celebrate we are giving away a pair of shoes from the collection! To enter simply sign up to Style Compare’s new newsletter and tell us you’ve signed up on our Facebook page.

The launch of the collection has been making everyone in the office reminisce about getting their first pair of shoes from Clarks. I used to love getting my foot measured on the foot sizing machine. I was always the child that couldn’t wait to wear their new shoes and took their old ones home in the box – even if they were boring school shoes. Now that I have ‘grown up’ the new shoes get carried home, although I rush to put them on the moment I step through the front door!

We have created some mood baords of our most wanted shoes for this AW. Tell us which ones are your favourite.

View our favourite shoes for this AW

26th August, 2011  1:37 pm | Posted by: | Fashion Friday, New Arrivals, News | No Comments »

Rocking The Mod Look

The Mod LookAlthough we’re unlikely to be adopting humongous beehives anytime soon (although Jean Paul Gautier’s AW11/12 models certainly didn’t hold back), Amy’s love of a polo shirt, skinny jeans and ballet pumps is sure to bolster the mod trend following the singer’s untimely death this summer.

Whilst mod dressing won’t rob you of your femininity, it is slightly sexless. The original mod movement was hugely influenced by jazz and French cinema, taking its followers some way away from the mainstream. Even back in the day, mod men and women veered towards similar, androgynous styling – and that aesthetic fits perfectly with the mood of Autumn 2011. Even this season’s swing dresses carry the whiff of sixties-style androgyny, popularised back then by the likes of Twiggy and Mia Farrow.

To nail this trend, you need to go the whole hog; think Carnaby Street in the 60s, go-go dancing, Mary Quant and Twiggy-crops. A classic polo shirt really only works this season with Capri trousers or a seasonal mini skirt, and a super-short tunic dress with anything less than knee-high boots will completely miss the mark. If you want to keep it glam, consider a two piece suit, or a swing jacket, and always add a pair of vintage-style tights to the ensemble. Keep jewellery to a minimum, but cute silk scarves and Mary Jane heels are more than welcome.  And last, but most definitely not least, when you’re doing the mod thang, your retro-style tote bag will always finish the look perfectly.

Just one word of warning: Once you’ve got this look together, riding a scooter and listening to ska may be optional…but it’s pretty irresistible!

View our Mod inspired looks

24th August, 2011  11:48 am | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »

my-wardrobe.com Launches New Denim Bar

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It’s Fashion Friday! This week we couldn’t wait for my-wardrobe.com to launch their men’s Denim Bar. We were certainly not disappointed. The Denim Bar has been created to help you find the perfect pair of jeans as quickly as possible – by filtering the products by fit, wash, style and size. We found our perfect pair of grey straight jeans by A.P.C in a matter of seconds. To celebrate the arrival of the Denim Bar we are giving away £150 to one woman and one man to spend on menswear at my-wardrobe.com. To be in with a chance of winning simply visit our Facebook and tell us what your favourite style of jeans are. Our favourite men’s jeans for Autumn/Winter consist of classic blue and earthy coloured jeans incorporating black tones for a smarter appearance. For women’s wear we love the subtle pastel jeans and printed jeans for an edgy look.

View our favourite jeans for AW

19th August, 2011  2:38 pm | Posted by: | News | No Comments »

Bag Yourself a Must-have Bag!

Must-have Bags

With over six thousand bags on Style Compare to choose from your spoilt for choice! If you don’t know where to start do not panic we’re here to help. We have selected our favourite must-have bags for this season that will transition perfectly for the approaching Autumn months. Our three must-have bags this season are – the statement clutch, the granny chic handbag and the classic satchel. These styles are all you need in your wardrobe this season – covering all occasions. A key style tip when wearing a satchel is to make sure the bag rests on your hip. Try tying a patterned or colourful scarf around a satchel for a fashionable yet casual interpretation of the trend. When choosing a statement clutch, the brighter the better – clashing colours and patterns are a key trend for this season and will instantly update any outfit. For the ultimate vintage trend team a granny chic handbag with a pair of loafers or brogues to add a touch of elegance to any day time outfit.

View our must-have bag moodboards…

16th August, 2011  3:43 pm | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »

How To Wear Contrast Prints

thumbnail-clashing-printsIt takes a bold fashion fan to wear an animal print pussy bow blouse with a pair of floral print silk trousers, but if you want to make a statement as the summer draws to a close, contrasting prints is a great way to do it.

This isn’t a trend that suits the faint-hearted; as demonstrated in AW11/12 campaigns by designer brands such as Roberto Cavalli and Givency. Putting in-your-face printed separates together requires some serious style attitude. As a rule, the brighter and more striking the prints are the more exciting the effect will be when you put them together. But you can compromise a little if you’re worried about looking like a walking fireworks display. Two contrasting prints with a shared colour can look amazing. Or you could choose two prints on the same theme for a stunning result – for example, wear this floral kimono by Topshop with Dorothy Perkins’ floral palazzo pants and you’re as close to a safe bet as contrast prints get.

But to really push this look to the limit, consider a total clash; the chain print blouse by ASOS is practically crying out to be worn with Mantaray’s A-Line skirt – a brilliant look for the office; if you’re going out to party, knock ‘em dead by wearing this sizzling bandeau dress by ASOS with the beautiful bird print jacket by Miss Selfridge; or, on holiday, you might find that this animal print jersey jumpsuit by boohoo gets an extra dose of the ‘wow factor’ when you wear it with a funky printed headband, or carry this cute clutch in its presence.

This is also a trend that can save you a few pennies; trawl through your summer wardrobe and choose your fave printed pieces, then you only need to buy a printed bag or even a printed scarf to pull off the contrast effect.

Whatever combinations you choose, just remember to stick to two contrasting prints at a time so you don’t go over the top, keeping other accessories or separates low key. And if you suspect that your beloved floral maxi would look slightly garish with an animal print bangle or two, you’re on exactly the right track!

View our clashing print moodboards

13th August, 2011  11:37 am | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »

Firetrap Autumn/Winter ’11 Launch

FiretrapAfter much anticipation, Firetrap have launched their Autumn/Winter ’11 collection and we are so impressed we can already see our bank balances taking a hit. The new range consists of deep grunge and delicate colours, boozy accent colours, bold prints and stunning textures. The range speaks volumes, creating a truly unique attitude. We have chosen our 6 favourite male and female items from the new range now available on Style Compare.

View our Firetrap inspired mood boards now to create the perfect look this autumn/winter…

11th August, 2011  4:41 pm | Posted by: | New Arrivals | 1 Comment »

How To Wear Pencil Skirts

Pencil SkirtsJump the style queue and start working one of autumn’s biggest trends right this minute! The pencil skirt is back and its tailored fitted shape is an easy route to a sophisticated glam look for the office or evening. A little practice with what suits you and how to style it will pay off come September with an enviable sleek, suave silhouette. To keep the look contemporary try teaming with a white luxe tee (‘couture’ tees are what the fashion elite are now calling theses!) a simple vest top or light knit jumper. The shirt or pussy bow blouse will take the look into Mad Men territory, but maybe that’s what you’re after. Always always tuck in – the strength of the skirt is the emphasis on your hips and waist, so you want to make sure the break from skirt to top is smooth and flawless. A skinny belt is good here too. Split pencils skirts (the split is gaining momentum and fashion forwards are already breezily working it) are great for showing off a bit of leg, bare or opaque tighted, while paneled skirts are great for slimming the figure and work well on a petite frame. Kick-hem skirts are great for a bit of flirty fun (but keep it simple with top and accessories to avoid looking over-done) and the tube pencil skirt harks back to cool 80s girls wearing slouchy jersey skirts. Lengths vary and it’s really up to you to make the judgement call on flats or heelsflat ballets or sandals with a pencil is a fabulously relaxed chic look, whereas with heels you upping the glam stakes in a big way.

View our pencil skirt outfits and let us know what you think!

6th August, 2011  5:44 pm | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »

oki-ni Inspired Looks & Win £100

oki-ni win £100In need of a summer treat? We could brighten up your day with £100 to spend at men’s designer retailer oki-ni in our Fashion Friday competition. Widely acclaimed for their Japanese influence reflected in the simplicity and functionality of their collections. Oki-ni showcase a wide range of labels including rag & bone, Jil Sander and Band of Outsiders – all known for their forward thinking and unique designs. Previously collaborating with brands such as Levi’s, Paul Smith and adidas to produce exclusive limited-edition pieces for the website. Check out the oki-ni inspired moodboards below to see how to wear their autumn/winter collection. To enter visit our Facebook page.

View our Oki-ni inspired moodboards…

5th August, 2011  5:04 pm | Posted by: | Fashion Friday | No Comments »