Mad For Monochrome

monochrome trend miss selfridgeIt was a big hit in the 60s, and now black and white fashion is back with a vengeance. Armani sealed the deal in Milan this week, when his models took to the runway in stylish white jackets with a black trim; cropped black cigarette pants with a contrast white hem; black and white hats; wide-legged, black silk trousers with white-trimmed tunics; black strappy sandals with a white platform sole; flowing silk bandeau dresses with a subtle black and white colour block; and daring, plunge-neck bodycons with bold monochrome-blocking.

Flattering to most figures and skin tones, monochrome is a trend you can keep working through to Christmas – and beyond. Chic and sleek, it works best when you focus on clean lines Read More & View Our Monochrome Mood Boards

28th September, 2011  3:42 pm | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »

London Fashion Week SS12 Catwalk Review

lfw-logo-2011It was a funny old Fashion Week. While the trends were out on parade in the courtyard of Somerset House (where visitors, celebs and guests come out to play) the designers were all about doing their own thing.

Perhaps fast fashion is getting on their nerves, or maybe this generation of design talent is steadfast in ignoring the foibles of the trend-focused; establishing personal stories and individual styles instead. Whatever the case, the pleats and colour pop, sky high wedges and vintage tea dresses were firmly off the runway as each designer put their heart and soul into their SS12 collection. Read more & view our LFW inspired moodboards

23rd September, 2011  5:00 pm | Posted by: | London Fashion Week | No Comments »

Autumn Must-Haves & Win £100 At House Of Fraser

house of fraser trends autumn fashion friday

This week you could win £100 to spend with iconic British retailer House of Fraser. With over 160 years of fashion knowledge under their belt House of Fraser has been named the leading premium department store in the UK. Their range includes designer labels such as Mulberry, Jimmy Choo and Paul Smith.

Can’t wait to finally refresh your wardrobe ready for this Autumn? Well neither can I, but with so many amazing key trends this Autumn I’m not sure where to start! The following mood boards have been created to help you (and I) choose the Autumn items that are not to be missed!

 

 

 

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23rd September, 2011  4:59 pm | Posted by: | Fashion Friday | 2 Comments »

Estethica And Win £100 To Spend At Fashion-Conscience.com

fashion-conscience-trend-eco-fashionThis week was certainly a jammed packed one – what with London Fashion WeekEstethica and now London Fashion Weekend is starting tomorrow! If you were in London this week and were lucky enough to get a ticket, Estethica at Somersert House was a must! Estethica showcased fair-trade, ethical, organic and recycled clothing and included eco-conscious designers such as Monsoon, Christopher Raburn and Ada Zandition.

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21st September, 2011  4:56 pm | Posted by: | Fashion Friday | 3 Comments »

Back to Black

black-to-black-topshop-trendBlack is big news this season – and we’re talking about solid, uninterrupted and unapologetic black.

This may be a relief to some; black is always seen as the ‘slimming’ colour, the easiest colour to wear – the fallback for Christmas parties when the trusty black dress gets wheeled out. But black is actually easy to get wrong and deserves as much thought as any other colour, Want to read more…

16th September, 2011  4:49 pm | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »

Are You Ready for Style TV?

jo-payton-styletv-stylecompare-LFWIt’s a mega-exciting time here at Style Compare. We’ve just launched Style TV, a one-stop destination for all the best fashion video content on the web. Johanna Payton, head of fashion at Style Compare, tells us why we should all be watching…

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15th September, 2011  2:02 pm | Posted by: | News, Style Compare, Video | No Comments »

Meet The New Animal Print

The New Animal Print mood boardsForget leopards, tigers and (!) zebras. This season’s new animal print is all about the birds, the butterflies…and the horses.

Miuccia Prada is no stranger to trend-setting, and the Miu Miu 40s-style bird print dresses on the AW11/12 catwalk got this particular ball rolling, sparking an early autumnal trend that quickly filtered down to the high street.

Birds were just the start. Now a swathe of butterfly adorned separates and dresses are fluttering into stores, closely followed by horse prints, which work in a similarly winsome and wholly adorable way.

These prints are much softer than the animal prints we’re used to wearing. Unlike leopard designs, there are no icky connotations to grapple with when you wear a beautiful bird design. Rather than a hint of brash, these prints and motifs evoke elegance, playfulness and femininity. And they’re perfect for a transitional time of year when you have to pack away the playsuits – but aren’t quite ready to wrap up in bulky jumpers and knit-dresses.

Read more and see our New Animal Print tips

7th September, 2011  3:57 pm | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »

New Mobile Site & £100 FLY53 Giveaway

fly53-giveaway-£100This week we launched our amazing new mobile site! You can now search through thousands of products on the go. To celebrate the launch we are giving away £100 to spend with rock ‘n’ roll retailer FLY53.

FLY53 are known for their heavy music influence – but did you know they were initially a band in the 90s? They soon realised that their true strength was Read more and view our FLY53 inspired looks

2nd September, 2011  1:21 pm | Posted by: | Fashion Friday, News | No Comments »

How To Wear The Tailored Trend

Tailored Trends

If you want to be absolutely a la mode this autumn there is one trend you must add to your wardrobe; tailoring. And we’re not talking a tiny skirt suit here. Fall fashion is all about an oversized, masculine silhouette, so think 90s androgyny and being a sharp dressed woman.

Gender-bending may be a little daunting – particularly after a summer season of 70s-inspired hippy chic – but it can be incredibly dramatic and flattering.

Women in boyish cuts can either embrace the she-man look wholeheartedly with slicked back hair and minimal make-up, or add girly touches such as brooches, oversized earrings, loose flowing locks and killer heels. An ultra-feminine handbag will also help to balance the look.

The ideal in terms of the shape is to either pick a well-fitted jacket and then add wide-legged tailored trousers, or aim for an oversized jacket and match with cigarette or skinny trousers. The higher the heels, the more you assert your womanliness (think female power-dressing for inspiration).

For a forties twist on the look, make the most of the midi-length trend by teaming a calf-brushing, pleated skirt with a boxy, tailored jacket finishing at the hips. It’s a stylish look for the office or a must-look-good meeting. Or to be oh-so modern when you’re chilling with friends, plump for out and out androgynous style with a mod-esque skinny suit, brogues and a low scraped back ponytail.

If you want to make sure this look is sexy to the max, dare to bare with a sheer shirt under your jacket, or go for 50s glamour with a brocade skirt suit and add high drama with blood red nails and a quiff. Autumnal days out and romantic meals can only be enhanced by your daring style.

But the simplest approach can be the most alluring when you’re working this trend, so consider a night out on the town in a classically cut tuxedo suit with a crisp white shirt; the boys go wild for a look that’s so straightforwardly sexy and attractively ambiguous at the same time. It may be a little bit Victor-Victoria, but no one said it was easy being a style icon…

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1st September, 2011  10:34 am | Posted by: | Latest Trends | No Comments »