Great dresses for Spring are on my mind for two reasons. Firstly, we are getting occasional sunny days with blue skies so I do feel the new season might be here soon. It is long overdue if you ask me after cold and rainy days for months. Secondly, I have more of a social life this year and want to look good when out and about.

Dresses For Spring

 

So if it is time to get the legs out, what are the best dresses for a curvy woman like me.

Maxi dress

I am a big fan of the maxi dress as I think these dresses are always head-turners and by using different prints, you can really express your personality in a big way. I like to pair a maxi dress with a short denim jacket.

Knitted dress

At the start of the Spring, cold days still happen so a lovely compromise is to wear a knitted dress perhaps in a bright colour or with a fun slogan. Knitted dresses come in a variety of lengths depending on how much of those legs you want to show. If you don’t want your flesh on show, you can always team with some colourful opaque tights.

Skater dress

I am always tempted by skater dresses as they do seem to skim the tummy area and this may be the year I try one. After all, it would be a fashion statement about my blog! My issue is that they often are very short-skirted so I think it is about doing research and finding exactly the right one for me.

Wrap dress

Wrap dresses are so clever and suit just about any body shape whilst showing off your bust to great effect. If you are pregnant go for a wrap dress as it will adapt as your bump grows and also be practical for breast-feeding after your baby one is born.

Party dress

Now as I am invited out more these days, what type of dress should I choose for a party or even a wedding? There are so many choices but I think I might try something that has a vintage feel as I always think they look so good on other women and often have really colourful and exciting prints.

So tell me! When it comes to dresses for Spring, what do you choose?

 

LOTD are an up-and-coming Manchester-based fashion brand. I had not heard of them before but I am so glad that I have now.

They offered to help me work on my style and let’s fact it I need all the assistance I can get on that front. It is so easy to live in scruffs when working from home and living in the countryside. However, I do know that making that bit of an extra effort on the fashion front really can make you feel so much better about yourself.

Fashion Brand

The very first thing to catch my eye were some red boots with buckles and lots of detailing. I loved the embellishment and the practical nature of the low heel.

Of course once I had gone bright with the boots I was on a roll and my next choice was a silver biker jacket. I do love a biker jacket as I think they always are fashionable and turn heads especially if in a vibrant colour.

That’s not me by the way. Suffice to say that even the extra large was a little tight so my daughter whipped it away from me very quickly. I have to admit she looks amazing in it.

Moving on, I needed something amazing to go with those boots and chose some trousers with a split knee. I have always fancied distressed jeans and have never had the courage to wear them. These are a nice compromise for the larger lady I think although they would suit smaller figures too.

I think you will be surprised by the prices paid for these items. The boots were just a tenner and the silver jacket came in at 20 pounds. The leggings were only ten pounds too. This is really great style at super value prices and so easy to order online.

LOTD connect with girls and women alike who want to feel good in what they are wearing so I know I will be buying from them for both myself and my teenage daughter. Apparently LOTD have hundreds of new clothes featured every week so if I was you I would be checking them out regularly.

As for the red boots, they are super comfortable and I get comments on them when I am out and about.

 

 

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Our online shopping habits have gotten out of hand, with our basket piling up with products that we would love to have — but the checkout looks pricier than we expected. Starting from scratch, it’d be nice to be ‘out with the old and in with the new’! But really, all you need is some stylish, staple pieces that can revamp any outfit and suit all occasions.

Making it work

The great thing about stylish jackets is that they can go with absolutely anything — making it that must-have wardrobe piece. There are many types out there and it’s up to you which one you wear to complete your look.

The famous blazer

Traditionally made for formal occasions, the blazar can be worn no matter the occasion. It could be an interview, after-work drinks or a night out with the girls.

Forget about the conventional workwear blazer, you can add a playful spin to your outfit by adding a more glamorous blazer for your night out. Think about the types of necklines that are out there. A rounded neckline on a blazer can be paired perfectly with a ‘peter-pan collar’ (flat collar with curved edges) or a scoop-neck cotton top. There are also plunging blazers that nip you in at the waist and accentuate your curves. The options are endless, but whichever style you choose, make sure it complements the rest of your wardrobe.

Tailored blazers can be expensive, so don’t worry about making personal adjustments to look good. Soft tailoring is on-trend this season so unlined and floaty jackets are ‘in’. This type of tailoring is less about straight cut and structured styles and more about drapes and fashionable ease. It also makes blazers more wearable — for example, you wouldn’t feel out of place wearing a waterfall jacket to the office or a restaurant.

Although picking the perfect piece to add to your blazer collection can be difficult. Consider three-quarter sleeves instead of traditional full-length — a stylish alternative to the traditional cuff-linked jacket. For some extra detail, why not look for frilled or frayed sleeves?

Whether you match your blazer with a nice pair of jeans, or some sophisticated suit pants, your office attire will exceed expectations. Or, add some heels into the mix for a dressier look that is appropriate for all fancy occasions!

Dressing in denim

If you want to make a statement with your wardrobe, add a bit of denim! It’s not as dressy as the classic blazer but a dark denim jacket can be matched with a jumpsuit or going-out outfit to complete the look (and add warmth!).

If you want to look good but don’t want to put in too much effort, denim is the perfect alternative. You may feel too formal in tailored trousers and a crew-neck top for a garden party, but add your denim jacket and you’ll fit right in. Even though they usually sit above the waist, this style of jacket pairs nicely with a maxi dress or floaty summer frock.

It’s important to remember that denim is mostly worn throughout summer. But, even if it sits in the back of your wardrobe for half the year, you’re guaranteed to get your wear out of it when the sun comes out — the denim trend is never ending.

A leather jacket

Another trend that comes around year after year is the leather jacket. It’s a classic that can be worn with distressed jeans and a graphic t-shirt or with a patterned dress in autumn. The leather jacket offers an edgy twist to whatever you’re wearing — giving off that biker chick vibe. Team it with distressed black jeans, an over-sized shirt and heeled ankle boots to complete the look.

Make yourself stand out from the crowd by adding a bright leather jacket. Invest in a red or blue jacket to add a pop of colour to a plainer outfit. Because of its thicker material, a leather jacket is most suitable in the colder months — team with a chunky knit scarf and knee-high boots to keep you super cosy.

 

Styling a jacket this season: how do you do it? Premium fashion retailers and stockists of designers such as Helene Berman, Trilogy Stores, says that soft tailoring is definitely in! Adding a lightweight, comfortable jacket to your wardrobe this season will keep you stylish and up to date with the latest trends.

 

Winnettes

How to refresh your winter wardrobe may not be your top priority as you juggle work, money and parenting. However, investing in something new cheers the soul and it is fun to inject some colour into your life at this drab time of year.

Here are some items that have taken my fancy over the last few days.

Bags and purses

You might want to jazz up your wardrobe but jobs still need to be done so I loved this  practical and colourful shopper bag from Monsoon which is always a favourite store of mine. It comes with a zip pouch too. I like the floral print and it has a retro vibe and regular readers know I do love a little retro styling in  my world.

 

 

Belts

I have to share this idea with you as I think it is totally inspired – a belt with a bag attached to it. Why have I never thought of this before? I am not always a fan of the mustard type shades in clothing but I think it works well with this belt and bag combo from Zara.

Boots

I wear boots more than any other type of footwear. I have done this since my teens with the colours and styles changing over the years. I don’t like to go for high heels at all though. Acne have some great choices and I am loving these at the moment as such good quality, a fun silver colour and I won’t fall over on them. I have never worn silver before so why not? These combine style and comfort.

 

Scarves

I have never worn many scarves partly because I never know how to tie them so that they look good. I acquired some at a jumble sale recently but they remain in the cupboard. I resolve to change this and to become known for my jazzy scarves. I might start with this purple pop of colour from Simple Be a store that also helps by catering for larger sizes. It is very bright but I think we need that at this time of year. There is something about scarves – they always draw my attention to a person and over the years I have noticed how many successful women wear them.

Sunglasses

I know sunglasses might seem an odd choice at this time of year. However, we all have days when we don’t quite want to face the world and look it straight in the eye. Also it’s a bit like doing a rain dance, if we wear sunglasses, Spring  will come earlier right? I need prescription glasses and these Boss ones from Specsavers take my fancy.

So how do you refresh your winter wardrobe and which of my choices do you like best?

 

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It takes time and effort to look good when you step outside, right? Wrong. This season is all about minimal outfit planning and maximum style.

The ‘effortless style’ trend is catching on fast — and why wouldn’t it, when you can look incredible without hours of prepping and customising? Effortless style is the art of using key wardrobe staples to create a perfectly polished and stylish outfit with none of the effort.

Want to learn more about slashing your getting-ready time while achieving the same fabulous look? Check out this quick style guide.

Long-sleeved dresses

Almost zero effort is required to rock a long-sleeve jumper dress, and the style is perfect for these dark mornings and chilly evenings. There is no time wasted choosing matching garments and with long, knitted sleeves, there’s no need to scour your closet for a complementing coat, either.

Got a special date coming up? Show off your curves with fitted jumper dresses and wrap a chunky belt around your waist for a sultry hourglass figure. When it’s time for a catch-up with the girls, wear your jumper dress with over-the-knee boots — the ideal dressy-casual outfit.

Footwear

With rain and snow still making appearances, now’s the time to make the most of everyone’s go-to footwear: ankle boots. As they look good with anything and offer maximum comfort, this shoe style is famous for offering an easy solution to your wardrobe dilemmas.

Go for a chunky-heel ankle boot in tan, grey or black that you can wear both day and night, or slip on a pair of sock boots featuring a pointed toe, high heel and textured fabric that fits to the ankle. These go great with skinny jeans and cropped, woolly jumpers.

Knitwear

Who has time to waste picking out layers of clothing on a morning? When you can’t be bothered to match t-shirts, jumpers, cardis, and coats; opt for knitwear. The woollen trends predicted for this year include; stripes, cable-knit and oversized jumpers. So, treat yourself to a selection and mix them up with jeans, tapered trousers and skirts.

High-neck tops

This season will revolve around this top style. Pull on a polo neck underneath a square-necked top for an eye-catching blend of styles, then slip on your trusty pair of ankle boots with a pair of dark denim jeans for the perfect outfit for the start of 2018.

When it’s time to head to work, nobody wants to run late because of a wardrobe malfunction. Wear a turtle-neck top with a tailored blazer combo for a cosy office-ready look. On warmer days, you can also pair a roll-neck top with a pinafore or sleeveless sundress.

Jewellery and bags

Focus on a small selection of your favourite pieces to save time customising your outfit in the morning. Leather is eternally stylish, and a small black bag in this material can put the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. Black is an ideal option to go for if you’re hoping to use it every day, but why not buy one with a cute pattern to keep things interesting? Or go for a brightly coloured one and wear it with matching shoes, a pair of black jeans and a complementary dressy top.

 

Statement earrings featuring tassels and huge hoops are capable of bringing any outfit to life. Choose a black or gold pair and keep them in your bag to wear for after-work drinks — saves you time sprucing up your entire outfit.

 

Clearly, dressing on-trend does not need hours of prepping and planning. Simply purchase a few pf these staple pieces for your wardrobe and dress them up or down for each event.

 

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