Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Q&A Session

So, as promised, here are some of my answers to some of your dilemmas. Don't forget to keep them coming, and even offer your own advice!

I am a 32-year-old athlete competing at a strong level of competition, a bit muscly. I am going to my partner's summer party and need something stylish that shows off my athletic but muscly frame.

Having an athletic frame means that maxi dresses are your dream clothing! Try a simple jersey dress from New Look in black, or something a bit more floaty from Miss Selfridge, like this nude paisley maxi for £55.
If dresses aren't your thing, try some shorts with turn-ups (again Miss Selfridge is great) with a shirt and wedges. Flat gladiator sandals are perfect for your frame too, so invest in a good pair from somewhere like Moda in Pelle. If it's outside, take a denim jacket or blazer for when it gets chilly. Keep this fitted, and three-quarter length sleeves are ideal for creating a narrow waist. And don't forget some ultra-chic sunglasses!
I have had lots of great compliments about my new maxi dress from my friends. I don't usually wear dresses. I feel that wearing this maxi dress every day is a bit formal. What everyday dresses can I wear that won't break the bank?
Cheap maxi dresses are everywhere now, and they're great for everyday too. Try the plain jersey dresses from New Look, and there's a stripy one from Primark that is perfect for cheap and chic. If you don't want to go overboard with the maxi, try the midi - it's the fave skirt length for A/W'10. Aim for A-line skirts that finish mid-calf, in muted colours. Next have the most amazing new range for autumn-winter, filled with lots of keys looks, so definitely try there too for a couple of investment pieces. Once you have your key skirt, just add plain tops (H&M are great for basics), and keep the silhouette simple.
I have been invited to the South of France with some friends for a long weekend. I am a size 14/16, and not confident. I normally live in jeans and M&S tops. What is a good outfit for the day to slouch around in, with a continental look?
A long weekend is perfect for getting a capsule wardrobe in one go! Start with one set of trousers - try to avoid jeans, and go for khaki or camel-coloured cropped trousers (also avoid linen, as this creases easily, look in the more formal sections of shops for perfect trousers). These are your basic go-to item, and then simply team with a Breton top or racer back vest. These can be found anywhere, but Topshop and New Look are best.
Also, to try something a bit different, take a look at floral tea dresses - light and summery, but not too OTT. Again, Topshop is great for these, or Miss Selfridge do some beautiful ones in muted colours.
Gladiator sandals are the must-have for a weekend away, as they're both comfortable and stylish. Try a plain tan pair (New Look do a great range), and add a tan bag to finish the look - think Mulberry Bayswater, although if you can't afford a real one, Oasis do a fab imitation for just £35.

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