4 Items For Autumn

 

A new season is on its way and I for one am kind of thrilled.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve enjoyed a hot summer, so the air turning crisp is welcome, or that 2020 has been one big Groundhog Day, but I’m desperate to move forward.  September kicks off tomorrow and Autumn is not far behind.  Bring. It. On.

 

A change in weather can only mean one thing, a wardrobe switchover.  If you’re panicking about what to wear, especially as lockdown eases, fear not, I’ll be sharing ideas here.

 

Without further ado, here’s my top ideas to get you started.

 

4 Items for Autumn

 

A chunky boot.

Step into the new season with a solid, stylish step.  Chunky boots are a surefire way to ensure you don’t get trench foot during the rainy season and luckily they’re cutting the mustard in the fashion stakes too.

I have this simple pair from Dr Martens.   They remind me of my youth.  However, visit any retailer and there will be a version to suit you.  Team with straight jeans or maxi skirt and you’ll have an outfit to last you through to March.

 

 

The Shacket.

This season there are a number of lumberjack style checks in retailers such as Mango and Zara. I’m sticking with the two I have, camo and a simple khaki shacket.  They go with everything and I just love the way shackets don’t add too much bulk.  Alternatively, shackets don’t have lining so you can add chunky sweaters underneath, which you can’t do with a puffer.

 

If you have an hour glass body shape, choose a shacket with a belt, so that you don’t lose your waist.

 

 

A Link Chain Necklace.

Happy with your capsule wardrobe, but want a little update?  Add a chunkier necklace, as a nod to a new season look.  Rebooting many outfits for Autumn/Winter 2020 a chunky necklace, like this one from & Other Stories, is a simple and non-expensive way to update your total look with just one easy piece.

 

 

The Sweet Knit.

Feeling good and looking dreamy, a soft knit in a sweet colour is perfect segue way into the new season.  Wear it over a cami and team it with faux leather joggers and you’ve got an outfit that will take you from sofa to bar. Just add heels and a pair of hoops if you head out.

 

There’s an abundance of designs out there. I love the stylish move to wear a cardi as a sweater for a cute look.  There’s also nice cable knit versions from high street retailers.

 

 

Hope you like the those 4 ideas for autumn ideas.  I’ve more blog posts coming soon to help ease you into Autumn/Winter so do watch this space.

 

For a more personal service please do drop me a line at info@notgivinin.com.

 

Gail x

Selecting a Staycation Swimsuit To Suit Your Body Type

notgivinin | personal stylist

 

Staying home this summer?  Let me make selecting a staycation swimsuit to suit your body type a little easier with some easy-to-follow rules.

 

Yes, we’re being blessed with some absolutely gorgeous weather right now.  Of course, the kids finish home-schooling this week, so the weather could change, but I’m trying to be positive.  Go with me.  That said, I’ve been looking at swimsuits rather than bikinis, so you won’t feel exposed should you find yourself sheltering from the wind.

 

There’s an abundance of gorgeous swimsuits in the shops and online.  However, to feel truly confident in what you’re wearing, where ever you are, I strongly suggest choosing a bathing costume that works well with your figure first, and follow what’s popular second.

 

Here’s some tips that will help you find what is going to work well for you.  I’ve included some guidance on what to look for and some ideas that fit the bill.

 

Selecting a staycation swimsuit

 

Rectangle

The aim of the swimsuit here is to help give you the appearance of curves.

Look for: strategic cut outs, higher cut legs, pleats/frills/embellishment on the chest and hips.

 

 

Hourglass

The aim of the swimsuit here is to support your curves.  You don’t want to lose your waist.

Look for: built in boob support, retro styles, belted swimsuits, wider straps, one colour elegance.

 

 

Pear

The aim of the swimsuit is to help balance out the hips.  Draw the attention upwards.

Look for: more fuss on the top half, halter necks with thin straps. Frills and flounce on the chest.  Horizontal necklines.

 

Apple

The aim here is to elongate the torso, create more of a waist and show off legs.

Look for clever ruching, darker colour panels down the sides and tankinis.

 

Inverted Triangle

The aim here is to balance the broader shoulder shape with the hips.

Look for V or sweetheart necklines to add focus away from the shoulders.  Padded or underwire cups give support to bust and asymmetric styles break up the neckline.

 

 

Hope that’s useful!  It’s little tweaks that can make a big difference to help you look good and feel great.

 

There’s lots of information there to let you make wise choices, but if you’re feeling confused about your body shape, don’t worry everyone’s shape is different.  If you want to learn more do drop me a line and sign up for my Body Shape and Colour Consultation.

 

Whether you are going away or not this year.  Have a great time.  You deserve it!

 

Til next time.

 

Gail xx

 

Shopping for Black Sandals

 

I’m shopping for black sandals – the one pair of shoes missing from my summer 2020 wardrobe.  My last, beloved pair, from French Connection, gave up the ghost last year. I was devastated. I like what I like, so when I find a pair I really love I want them to last forever.

 

It’s been easy to go without during lockdown, but as that eases and I start to wear more than 10% of my wardrobe, stepping out of the house, I need to replace them.

 

My last black sandal was a chunky flatform.

 

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

 

Searching for sandals

 

It would be fairly easy to look for a replacement.  However, there is a trend that has caught my eye while I’ve been shopping for black sandals this summer.

 

The rise of the more sporty, utility sandal is gathering apace this summer.  It’s not a new trend, I know.  I remember seeing them on social media last year, but I dismissed them quickly as not for me.  Prada has a pair most ‘would die for’, but I’ve never been that cool.

 

 

 

Of course, now I’m filtering ‘black flat sandals’ in my online shop, I’m finding that high street retailers have followed suit.  If I’m totally honest, I’m starting to like them.

 

 

 

I really like the Teva range and there’s something about the Dune pair here that I like, which is so surprising, because they couldn’t be further from my usual choice! Of course, there are lots of different colour combinations available if you’re interested.  Marks and Spencer has a fun animal print pair.

 

I think it’s the chunky, solid, practical look of the utility sandal that appeals to me.  Yet, that’s what put me off when I saw them last year.  Too clumsy, too sporty, too sensible!

 

Procrastinating over a new pair

 

It makes me laugh that I’ve come around!  Have I been influenced?  You bet.  I’m tempted.  So much so, I’ve created a Pinterest board, collating images of how these babies look with outfits.  See it here.

 

Still, I am hovering over the favoured style I owned previously.  Admittedly, it’s a similar style, but I think more dressed up, less hitchhiker.   Here’s a selection of other black sandals, similar to the ones I lost.

 

 

 

From this selection I really like the &Other Stories pair and Zara (not included here) has a very similar pair currently available.

 

Hopefully I won’t procrastinate too long, or summer will be over.  I like the utility look, but I also really like a little added height when it comes to shoes, which a flatform sandal affords me.

 

Do I follow my instinct or the latest trend?   I think I’ll end up going for the latter to be honest.  In my heart, a flash in the pan trend isn’t for me or my purse.  What would you do?  Does a utility sandal have a place in your wardrobe?

 

Hope you enjoyed reading the post.  If you’re looking for more style ideas, check out my blog post with ideas for sunny weather here.

 

Thanks for visiting.

 

 

Gail x

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses To Wear Now

 

The current state of mind isn’t good. Understandably, our minds are full of worry.  There’s no shame in wearing pjs or sweatshirt and trackie bottom options day in day out, but what about the weekend?  Surely we need something different to switch up the mood.  I’ve found my trusty kaftan an absolute game changer when it comes to putting a spring in my step, so I’ve researched and found 16 spring kaftan dresses that you can buy online.

 

A kaftan is easy to wear.  Tick.  Its length normally falls to the floor, thereby eliminating a need for any other garment.  Tick.  You can wear it with flats or heels.  Tick.  A kaftan is mostly made from lightweight material (cotton or linen) and often comes in vibrant prints that can lighten any mood.  Double tick.

 

I bought my kaftan a few years ago in River Island.  It’s pretty loud, and I love it all the more for that.  It makes me feel like I’m on holiday, where I would normally wear it, but that won’t be happening any time soon.  It also makes it a good buy, because you can wear it around the house and in the garden now, then take it to foreign shores when the time comes.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses You Can Wear Now

Kaftan and cocktails!

 

So, have a look through the options below.  I’ve found some solid-colour spring kaftan dresses that have great detailing, ones that you can waft around in, floral hits, graphic prints and even a tie-dye option.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses

 

 

 

Statement jewellery goes well with this type of dress.  Large hoops and eye-catching pieces that dangle, or wrap a gorgeous cuff around your wrist.  You can go Grecian with tan leather thongs, or race it up a little with metallic heels.  The choice is yours and fun can be had.

 

Have a great weekend and don’t forget, if you would like a more personal, bespoke shop please let me know.  Here’s what some of my clients say about the services I offer.

 

Gail xx

Dressed for Sunny Weather

 

 

Getting dressed for sunny weather, who knew that was coming.  Yes, we’ve just been experiencing the sunniest April since 1929!  Mother Nature came good and boy did we need some joy in our lives the past few weeks.

 

As I write this, it’s raining outside…come on it is England after all, but the forecast isn’t all bad.  Some more sun to come and while we may not get the high level of heat it’s a good idea to get ready for those rays of sunshine.

 

Were you caught out last week when the sun was absolutely bursting in the sky?  Got the strap marks to prove it!

 

Tan lines are a pet hate of mine.  I like to mix up sleeves and straps on tops and dresses and there’s photographic evidence of when I’ve got it wrong in the past.  I am quite pale and take a long time to tan, the halfway pink and red marks are something I work hard to avoid.  As well as using better SPFs nowadays, I also have a bunch of strapless bikinis so that I can wear whatever I like during an evening on holiday.

 

The same applies at home.  If I get a chance to sit in the garden, I have three dresses that I alternate, all strapless so that I have no marks around the neck, shoulders or arms.

 

The dresses are lightweight cotton, are elasticated at the top and round the boobs and then simply flow down to my knees or are full length.  They are about eight years old and I bought them in Accessorize.

 

Here’s a couple of what the brand is currently offering.

 

 

Would you like to see more dress options that help you get dressed for sunny weather?  Here’s a selection from John Lewis, which includes brands such as White Stuff and Mint Velvet.

 

 

Feel like wearing trousers, but want to catch some rays on your shoulders?  It’s okay,  I’ve found some nice tops. These are all available from H&M. Please note that some of the tops are in sale, so not all sizes are available.

 

I hope these are all helpful for some online shopping.  I can’t wait to get back to personal shopping with clients in Bristol and Bath.  Until then it’s the easiest, safest option to pick up hot weather essentials.

 

I’m also going to be offering my services online!  Look out for a bunch of NEW hour-long personal styling services.  This will include helping ladies and gents with a one hour service to identify the hero pieces in their wardrobes.

 

Until then, stay safe and well everyone.

 

Gail x