Three Straight Leg Jean Outfits for Spring 23

This week in my Style With Gail Facebook group I talked to my members about the latest jean styles and how to wear them.  In a group poll, straight leg jeans came out as the most worn style.  So I thought I would share three straight leg jean outfits for spring 23 that everyone might like.

I can totally see why, after a lot of us have worn skinny jeans for so long, that this looser fitting classic jean is so popular.  It suits all body types, with a few adjustments to suit proportions, but hourglass, apple and strawberry (inverted triangle) wear it very well.

Ideally, you’re looking for a fit that ends on your ankle, or about one inch above, for a contemporary look.  Great with boots and trainers for every day wear, I’m really looking forward to getting rid of socks and choosing loafers and heels this spring.

Of course, the weather isn’t playing ball at the moment and its sleeting while I write this, so my first outfit choice below includes a leather look long coat and boots.  Right now, you’ll need it.  There are lovely layers here and items that you’ll either have already, or if bought, will make great staples in your year-round wardrobe. I’ve added in a silk scarf and my intention is for it to be tied around the handbag strap for some added colour and a polished look.

Three Looks for Spring 23

Straight leg Jeans, Zara

Ecru Turtleneck Long Sleeve Top, Mango

Oversize Leather Effect Trench Coat, Mango

Black Curved Leather Bag, H&M

Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses, H&M

Printed Silk Scarf, H&M

Cotton Shirt, Boden

Black Cowboy Boots, Mango

 

For the  next outfit look I’ve picked up on the French trend that is everywhere this spring.  Adding a pop of much needed spring time colour with a simple T. Shirt, I’ve paired with a boucle Chanel-style jacket.  A pair of kitten heels and metallic shoulder bag give a polished finish and silver jewellery are the icing on the cake.

Black Leather Kitten Heel, Zara

Shoulder Bag, Zara

Braided Necklace, Mango

Double Hoop Earrings, Mango

Straight leg Jeans, Zara

Maxi Floral Tweed Jacket, Mango

White Oval Sunglasses, Mango

Pink T Shirt, COS

 

My last look offers a touch more glitz and I’d love to have this for when I go out for drinks with the girls, or my husband takes me out!  It’s all about the texture here and the cream, tonal look gives a sense of luxury.  I love the mix of wool, sequin and gold, which feels elevated, yet easy to wear. Ballet pumps are very much in vogue this spring and I love the armband which will show off otherwise naked arms.

Leather Ballerinas, Zara

Straight leg Jeans, Zara

Sequin Bomber, Zara

Turtleneck Knitted Gillet, Mango

Hoop Knot Earrings, Mango

Textured Wide Armband, Zara

Mini City Bag, Zara

Hope you like these three straight leg jean outfits for spring 23.  Keep your eyes peeled for more jean style outfits to come.

There is a link above if you would like to join my Facebook group, and if you’re interested in a more bespoke personal shop do check out my 1-2-1 shopping service here.

Gail x

My Top Tips for Selling on Vinted

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Clearing clutter is essential to running an efficient closet space.  However, getting rid of clothes can feel wasteful and cause anxiety for some, including me.  But this year I’m going to turn my unwanted items into something more purposeful.  I want to freshen my wardrobe with new pieces and my unwanted clothes are going to pay for it.

 

I’ve not tried this before, but I’m a quick learner and have already made £380 toward clothes I intend to buy this spring.  My wish list includes pieces that are timeless, but still, it’s quite lengthy.  So, how am I doing this?  Well, I’ve been selling my clothes through Vinted.

 

An app you can download to your phone, it is known to be one of the easiest selling platforms to use.  It has simple instructions to follow and you don’t pay a fee to sell your goods or pay delivery costs.  The onus is on the buyer to pay postage, but there’s also a buyer protection of 3-8% they pay, which ensures there is re-course if the goods don’t arrive, are damaged, or not as described.

 

Back to selling, and here’s what I’ve learnt in the less than a month about selling on Vinted.

 

 

My Top Tips for Selling on Vinted

 

  • Put the brand name first. People can search for garments, colours, etc., but if you have decent brands I would start with the title in the description.
  • Don’t make your heading too niche. I added a coat of Steve’s and put Parka and got no traction.  I have since changed it to coat.  Perhaps someone doesn’t need a parka until they’ve seen the one I’m selling and are running searches for coats.
  • Try and post as many as you can in one journey to save on your time and petrol costs.
  • You can define the delivery services that you’re happy to work with. Evri, Inpost and Yodel all have shipping shops or lockers near me and near each other, so it’s an easy and quick task.
  • Source cheap packaging. The large mailing bags from B&M are a decent size and you get 10 bags for £2.99.  I’ve also found local traders are great for low-cost packaging.
  • You can also use old packaging bags that you’ve received goods in, like Amazon, ASOS, etc. Just make sure you cover old addresses and barcodes with the new address labels and packing tape.
  • Wrap clothes in tissue paper or you use gift bags when you can for even greater presentation of the goods to the customer.
  • Each customer is asked to review you as a seller. If you want to build a good reputation you want to communicate with buyers and deliver goods to them in an exemplary and timely fashion.  I aways drop a note to buyers to let them know when I’ve posted.
  • Upload when you think people will be looking online, e.g., in the evening. I’ll upload just before drive time on an evening and on a Thursday or Friday night to get pick up over the weekend.
  • Always upload at least three items at a time to get some traction, but no more than four. If you have lots I would upload a group of items over the course of a few nights.
  • Take and upload as many photos as you can to help customers see everything clearly, especially any imperfections. Be honest about any marks or damage.
  • Adding measurements can help sell an item. Or at least have a tape measure in the house as potential customers have asked me for measurements before so they know they’re buying something that will fit.  There is a no return policy on Vinted, so if it doesn’t fit they’ve wasted their time and money.
  • If an item isn’t selling, it could be the way you’ve described it or the first photo they’re seeing isn’t appealing, so first I try and consider if the photo is doing the garment justice. Try taking a picture of you wearing the goods to show how it can be worn and with what.  You can upload 20 pictures.
  • Vinted encourages low price selling, but if you have a brand that’s on-trend, sell it as high as you can. Customers will negotiate. You can always reduce the price if you feel its too high and not getting much interest.  Or you can bump a garment for a small price, which is basically advertising it at the top of people’s feed for a few quid.
  • Don’t be afraid to barter. A lady contacted me to buy a faux leather black mini skirt.  I had it on for a low price and she tried to lower me again by two pounds, so I wrote to her and explained that I knew this type of garment is going to be a really popular fashion piece in the spring.  It is, I’ve seen them in retailers.  I explained she was getting a bargain and she paid me what I was asking.  It was still about 30% of what she would have paid brand new.  It was a steal.
  • You can also offer your garments in bundles at reduced rate. You are given examples of how a bundle could be reduced, e.g., 10% or 20%.  I’ve not had any interest in this but I think this could be good if you’re selling lots of the same thing, e.g., baby clothes.

Admittedly, I’ve been on Vinted less than a month, but I’m super happy with my sales so far.  I will add more thoughts to this post or edit with updates as I go on, but for now, I’m happy with how things are going.  I’m really pleased to have some money to spend on clothes that I actually want to wear, rather than hoarding a bunch of clothes that’s taking up room in my wardrobe.

If you’ve given this app a go please let me know how you’re getting on.

Gail x

Styling Tips – A Balancing Act

 

We come in all fabulous shapes and sizes.  Thank goodness, wouldn’t it be boring otherwise.  Some days I’m happy with my body and others not so much, which can be said for lots of the clients I work with.  Sometimes they’re good to go in whatever they wear, other days getting dressed can leave them not feeling their best.  Which is commonly the reason why they book an appointment with me.  They want to understand why they’re feeling this way, get past any issues, and feel more confident.

 

I believe that if you have clothing that doesn’t make you feel great and isn’t being worn its for one of three reasons – it isn’t the best colour or pattern for you, it doesn’t fit or flatter your body shape, or it doesn’t suit your lifestyle.  Today, I want to tackle the fit.

Styling Can Be A Balancing Act

If you don’t know (and where have you been) there are five basic body shapes – round, inverted triangle, rectangle, triangle and hourglass.  You’ll be one of these, or a mix – our bodies change and can fluctuate in shape during our lifetime.  If you’re a triangle or inverted triangle, you’ll be  wearing different sized clothing top and bottom.  For example someone who is a triangle (pear) shape is wider on the lower half of their body and is narrower in the shoulder.  Someone who is an inverted triangle is the opposite and will have wider shoulders than hips.  Both body types will need to wear differing top and bottom to accommodate this and sometimes it can leave the wearer feeling a little out of balance

Triangle Body Shape

Here, if you want to re-dress the balance, I’m going to share some ideas of tops to wear, with examples of what’s currently available in stores. Let’s kick off with ideas for pear body shapes.  The idea is to add more width to the upper half without losing waist definition, or, alternatively, drawing the eye up and away from an area you might not be comfortable with lots of attention.

 

So, for example, we’ve got an off the shoulder top from River Island to add more width and a cold shoulder jumper which highlights and brings more attention to the shoulders.  There are tops here with more embroidery and pattern around the shoulders to draw the eye up and wide, puff sleeves to emphasise shoulders, and, of course, stripes that pear shapes can wear with ease.  Just make sure you tuck in the tops to keep your waist on show.

 

Inverted Triangle Body Shape

If you think about the opposite requirement for inverted triangle body shapes (strawberry), then the detailing is on the bottom half and there’s a desire to tone down the more stronger shoulder line and wider top half.

 

Simple shirts are a great start and when  it comes to adding details look for designs that draw attention away, to the wrist, for example, like this River Island shirt.  Button down shirts automatically offer a v neck which is nice for elongating the neck and breaking up the shoulder line, while scoop neck tops are good for the same reason. I really like this satin top from River Island with detailing around the neck as it draws the eye in and away from a wider shoulder.  The top from H&M does a similar job, drawing the eye lower down the chest.

 

Just the tip of the tricks that I could teach you.  To find out more about balancing your body’s silhouette consider booking my Personal Style Development and Colour Consultation appointment and become more armoured so that you feel great too.

 

Gail x

Nine Pieces I’m Loving In Marks and Spencer

This week I asked my Style With Gail Facebook group which brand they would like me to take a deep dive into to see what its currently selling.  They chose British high street stalwart, M&S.  So here, without further ado, are the nine pieces I’m loving in Marks & Spencer.

Side Stripe Wide Leg Trousers, £39.50

I’m currently kicking myself as I spotted these trousers the other week and didn’t pick them up when I had the chance.  What a great burst of colour to add to an autumn/winter wardrobe. These will look great with trainers and boots and are a fantastic statement piece to lift a day-time wardrobe.  They’re comfy too, with an elasticated waist.  I also like that these trousers don’t come with a drawstring belt, which I think can look bunchy and distract from an otherwise clean line. Wide leg trousers are everywhere and for good reason, they’re super flattering for all.  I think you could wear a loose white shirt with this pair, as well as team it with a slim-fitting turtle neck (the latter is great for strawberry body types).  Match with a similar colour top that’s tucked in if you’re hourglass and grab a biker jacket if you’re a pear, as the texture and zips will draw the eye up and give you a more balanced silhouette.

 

Denim Midi Shirt Dress, £45.00

If you’ve followed this blog and my Instagram for a while, you’ll know that I believe a denim dress is a modern day must-have for women.  It’s a super versatile piece that you can wear casually, to work, or for an evening out.  It’s all about the accessories – trainers, knee high boots, jewellery.  Adapt these to suit what you’re doing when you’re wearing the dress.  This dress is cute.  The puff sleeves are great for pear shape as it widens the shoulders to balance with the lower half and the belt and fuller skirt is good for anyone who wants to add more definition to their waist.

Black and White Belted Midi Shirt Dress, £39.50

I saw this dress and think it’s a great piece for the modern woman.  Really efficient for those working in an office, but also has a contemporary feel to it, so if you want to sass it up some knee high boots and a pair of hoop ear-rings and grab a drink after work, you can.  I really like the neckline too.  The V shape offered by a shirt dress helps to elongate the neck  and can make your overall appearance taller.  One for the petites too.

Leather Look Straight Leg Trouser, £39.50

These are such a good find (and price).  If you want to wear trousers, but wish to step up your game from denim, then leather or leather look trousers are a great way to do it.  I like the way these have a jean style design so easily wearable with a shirt, T. shirt, more feminine blouse or casual sweatshirt.  Team with a blazer and stiletto heel ankle boot for date night.

Satin Collared Long Sleeve Shirt, £29.50

Satin shirts are a fantastic way to glam up your outfit.  Its a super feminine texture as well, which helps to soften what can be a masculine shirt shape. These are good for strawberry body types as it can soften the shoulder line, but is also good for apple body types, who will wear it well loose with a pair of velvet palazzo trousers.  Eye-catching colours will help draw the eye up for pear shapes too.  Wear tucked into jeans or leather look trousers and keep waist defined with a belt.

Recycled Blend Cable Knit, £27.50

I shy away from vests.  They are too square for my upper half.  But I can totally see the appeal.  Knitted vests are especially good for you if you’re wider on the lower half and want to re-balance your top half.  You can always add more texture to your tops if you’re a pear.  The other great thing about vests is the warmth and getting more wear out of blouses and dresses as the weather gets colder.  I chose this particular version, because its longer.  I think it could be great for apple body types, as it will skim the body nicely and look great with some boot cut trousers or jeans, or worn with a belt for those who are hourglass.

Magic Shaping High Waisted Slim Flare Jeans, £45.00

I chose and styled these for a client recently and I really rate them.  They are especially good for those who are finding it hard to let go of their skinny jeans.  Thigh-skimming down to the knee and then flaring out at the bottom, they’re a lot like a boot leg jean.  The less tapered ankle is more contemporary, and flattering.  The flare offers a more balanced silhouette, whether its softening a shoulder line or width around the hip and bottom.

Merino Wool Collared Mini Cardigan, £69

Not for everybody I know, but if you have a rectangle body shape then this could be for you.  When straight up and down it’s nice to add more texture and design and the front patch pockets are great at doing that.  I like the neatness of this design too.  It could be a piece you wear for years.

Cotton Striped Long Sleeve Top, £9.50

Stripes across the body, “you got to be kidding”, I hear you cry, but a classic Breton top offers a stylish addition to your wardrobe.  And it can be worn by those who are worried about horizontal lines making them look thick on the top half.  Take it from someone who is a strawberry body shape, a well-designed blazer worn with it, in a darker colour, helps to diminish the width, while allowing you to wear a piece that can make an outfit super chic.  Opt for a blazer that has a defined waist and soft shoulder pads to give you shape and confidence. This top is also a great price, at less then a tenner!

Five Ways to Wear Colour

 

My last post covered why wearing the right colours helps you look your best.  This month I’m showing how to get more colour in your life, with five ways to wear colour.

 

If you’re stuck in neutrals or finding the idea of introducing colour into your wardrobe overwhelming, this post is for you.  I have a bunch of tried and trusted ways to move forward in a more colourful way.  From dipping a toe in to the colour pool to making a bold splash, here’s a few suggestions:

1. Add an accent colour

Adding an accent of colour means adding a little bit of colour to your outfit.  It is ideal for those who are intimidated by colour but want to add a pop of it to an otherwise neutral base, e.g., red handbag to an all- black outfit, or pink neon shoes with a beige dress. It works well if you know which colours suit you and want to add it to your top half.

2. Sandwich dressing

This is a super easy formula to follow when dressing. You simply match what you wear on the top half of your body with the colour being worn on your feet. It’s effortless and can be very chic.

3. Monotone dressing

Dressing in monotone is another easy option as it simply involves wearing one colour from head to toe. It can create a very dramatic look and also works well if you’re petite, as it give the illusion of lengthening the body.  So if you want to appear taller, give it a go.

4. Colour blocking

Colour blocking is another look that can make a powerful statement. It involves wearing strong colours that are opposite each other in the colour wheel. Three at a time max, or you’ll look like a rainbow. You can buy wheels online. For a softer approach you could opt for wearing different shades of the same colour.

5. Eclectic styling

Adopting an eclectic style means wearing lots of colour and mixing up prints. It might sound easy, mixing separates in an anything goes fashion, but pulling it off in a stylish way takes a little practice. Yes, unconventional can be cool, just remember to have at least one colour that appears in both separates to make it work. Choose the same background colour for ease.

 

Why not set aside some time to play dress up in your wardrobe and see how you can introduce more colour into your outfits.  Of course, if you would like more help do take a look at my services here and drop me a line info@notgivinin.com.

 

Gail x

 

A version of this content first appeared in the Downend Voice, for which I write I monthly style column.