Sweater Weather

 

This weekend’s Indian Summer aside, sweater weather is here people and I’m kind of loving it.  The  wardrobe switchover is in progress.  There’s no going back now.

 

The next few weeks will see us where our summer dresses until we can no more, but now is the time to look in our autumn/winter wardrobe and consider the gaps.

 

It might be because we’re due some excitement or that retailers have spotted an opportunity (*winks), but knitwear is looking very elevated this season.

 

Not content with introducing cashmere, alpaca and organic knits, the design options this year extends to  knitted gillets, cropped cable, and fringed knit trends.

 

Stocking up on timeless pieces?  Head to Marks & Spencer and Uniglo for great merino wool and cashmere knit classics at affordable prices.  Looking to update your wardrobe with some trend-led pieces take a look at the options below.

 

 

The Elevated Cardi.

Wearing your cardi as a jumper was in vogue last year.  This year the idea is being shown by every retailer.  The cardi shape is cropped to the waist, with longer versions tucked in to jeans.  Pretty buttons have been added and there’s the odd animal print.  It’s the statement knit of 2020.

 

The Knitted Top.

If you don’t fancy a buttoned down cardi then there are plenty of tops around.  Again, it adds a splash of colour to an outfit, suits the casual-come-stylish approach to dressing that we’ve come to love from this new way of life.  Great for those still working from home and jumping on zoom calls.

 

The Slipover.

Have you spotted the new trend yet?  Early adopters are calling it a slipover, but these were called tank tops and its THE knitwear piece for Autumn 2020 fashionistas.  I can’t say it’s my personal favourite, but then it wouldn’t suit my strawberry body shape.  Adding more squareness to my upper body than I need, but then fashion doesn’t take its lead from body shapes, it’s simply fun.  A few ideas below.

 

 

If you’re having trouble with what to wear this season, then it’s time to take action.  Do check out my services, including the Personal Style Development and Colour Consultation.  I’ll teach you what clothes work best for you to suit your personality and lifestyle.

 

Enjoy the delightful sweater weather to come and have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

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