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PYJAMA PARTY

S/S16, Pyjama suitsEmma CarrComment

Wearing something that looks like your best pair of pyjamas outside of the house probably isn’t something you’ve ever thought about, but pyjama’s as daywear are having a moment. Now it’s easy to see how that works if you’re young, hip and happen to be a street style star, but how is everyone else meant to wear them? 

Personally, I think wearing the look head-to-toe takes a certain kind of confidence, but I definitely think this trend can be adapted by wearing the separates with other things. For example, you could add a silky pyjama top to some jeans and heels or you could opt for some silky pyjama trousers worn with a shirt and leather jacket. If you want to wear as a suit but don’t feel like you can carry off a bold print, then opt for monochrome or darker colours.

Finally, if you do go for the printed head-to-toe look, the key to not looking like you’re wearing your pyjama’s is paring it with statement heels and luxe accessories. With so many different ways to wear them, everyone can join the (pyjama) party.

Images: Pinterest

 

JIGSAW - SPRING SUMMER 16

Jigsaw A-line, S/S16, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

Last week I was invited to a preview of Jigsaw’s Spring/Summer16 collection at the Manchester Flagship store on King Street. It coincided with International Women’s Day, which turned out to be very appropriate as much of the creative talent responsible for the new collection are women.

Lisa Berridge is Jigsaw’s resident artist and is the creator of all their signature hand-painted prints. One of the Spring Summer 16 collections explores the theme of nature and every single print has been hand-painted onto a canvas first, before being digitally printed. This attention to detail has also been given to all the childrenswear prints too.

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Jigsaw have also collaborated on three collections with New York pigment expert Audrey Louise Reynolds, which includes a limited edition run of 50 pieces featuring hand-dyed prints on soft cotton cashmere and silks, so every piece is unique. Audrey creates all her own pigment with anything from flowers to vegetables. 

New for Spring Summer 16 is The Creators Project which sees Jigsaw collaborating with Independent designers and artisans - starting this season with jeweller Corrie Williamson, milliner Jess Collett and bag designer Anna Pugh who have created bespoke pieces exclusively for Jigsaw.

Spring Summer 16 also sees the A-Line collection return for it’s second season and with every piece designed in-house, the attention to design, cut and fit is clear to see. 

From hand-painted prints to bespoke design and luxury fabrics the quality of Jigsaws products speak for themselves. So if you are looking for design led, high quality pieces that you’ll wear forever, Jigsaw would be a good place to start. 

MUM'S THE WORD

New mum, Wardrobe staples, Stylish mumEmma CarrComment

In my last blog http://www.cravepersonalstyling.com/blog/mind-the-bump I talked about maternity wear and how to look stylish with bump. Today it’s all about the new mum wardrobe.

Lots of things change when you become a mum, including what you need from your wardrobe. If my personal experience is anything to go by, you’ll be faced with lots of clothes and footwear that are no longer practical and end up wearing the same t-shirt and jeans most days. I’d say that’s pretty acceptable for those first few sleep deprived (life turned upside down) weeks/months, but those weeks will pass and when they do, it’s time to get your style game back on. 

We all need a style uniform, but even more so once you have a little person whose’s every needs have to be attended to first. First, you need to be able to get dressed quickly and there’s also comfort and practicality issues. White blouses and sticky fingers aren't a great combination, and it’s not until it’s raining and you’re pushing a pram that you realise you need a coat with a hood. Footwear also becomes a priority and comfort is key. Of course, all of this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sense of style… it’s all about having those key items - a stylish pair of trainers, a flattering pair of jeans, a leather jacket, coat (with hood), some mix and match separates and good basics. 

For me accessories are key and a printed scarf, belt or some statement jewellery can quickly add that extra touch to even the simplest of outfits - and lets not forget a bright lip. My greatest style saviour since becoming a mum has been a slick of pink, red or berry lipstick, which work wonders when you’re running on a few hours sleep and you’ve not got the time or the inclination to put a full-face on. So whether you’re hanging out at baby yoga or you’ve managed to grab a couple of hours you-time with the girls, you’ll always look and feel stylish.

Images: Pinterest

IT'S THE BOMB

S/S16, Bomber jacketEmma CarrComment

The bomber jacket appeared back on the fashion radar a couple of years ago and has slowly become a style staple again. With every Fashion Editor and street-style star worth their salt wearing one, it’s definitely the jacket to be seen in now. Here are a few of my current high-street favourites:

Images from left to right: New Look longline bomber jacket / Topshop airtex bomber jacket / Mango contrast trim bomber jacket / New Look stone bomber jacket / Zara oversized floral bomber jacket

If you’re looking for inspiration of how to wear yours head over to https://uk.pinterest.com/CravePS/bomber-jacket/

 

 

 

AW15 TRENDS - THE BLOUSE

A/W15, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

With the Seventies, Eighties and Victorian gothic set to be big for A/W15 the blouse is making a comeback. So what should you be looking for? If you want to go all Seventies look for silk pussy-bow blouses as seen at Gucci, or if you want to add a bit of Eighties into your wardrobe look for rounded, tied or high-necked collars, think Krystal Carrington in Dynasty. Finally, if you fancy going all Victorian goth then look for high-necked ruffled collars, gathered cuffs and lace. So how to wear it? Layer underneath a dress or jumper, or simply worn on it’s own with a great pair of jeans, whichever way you choose it will instantly update your look. 

Main Images: Pinterest & Blouses from left to right: Isabel Marant Uster printed silk-twill blouse / Mango contrast collar shirt / Zeus+Dione Phyllis pussy-bow embroidered silk-georgette blouse / Zara blouse with tie neck

 

ACCESSORIES EDIT - THE 60'S TREND

A/W15, AccessorisingEmma CarrComment

Everyone that knows me, knows I love a good accessory. As I said in my blog ‘The Art of Accessorising’ http://www.cravepersonalstyling.com/blog/artofaccessorising they are the finishing touches to any outfit. They are also a great way to buy into the trends each season - not everyone wants to wear head-to-toe 80’s but you may wear a pair of 80’s inspired earrings. So with that in mind, this is the first of my new ‘Accessories Edit’ blogs showing you how you can incorporate the main trends for A/W15 into your wardrobe through accessories.

We’re going to start with the 60’s trend. Retro is huge for A/W15 with the 60’s being one of the decades featured. From patent Mary-Jane’s to leather gloves there are plenty of ways you could add the 60’s into your wardrobe this A/W. 

Images: 1. Topshop Aspen Low Ankle Boots / 2. Zara maxi faux fur stole / 3. Reiss Figaro felt cap / 4. Prada sunglasses / 5. Kurt Geiger Croc London tote.Office / 6. Jane Carr neckerchief / 7. Office Wendy Mary Jane shoes / 8. Kurt Geiger Croc London tote / 9. Dents leather gloves (available from Selfridges)

 

IT'S A COVER UP

A/W15, Wardrobe staplesEmma CarrComment

With the final days of the September sunshine over, it’s time to turn our attention to one of our biggest wardrobe investments of the year - our winter coat. I have to say I’ve got a thing for outerwear, which is why I love autumn/winter style. You could be wearing the simplest of outfits, but add a great coat and it just feels all the more special. 

So, what to choose? There are the obvious classics which I think everyone woman should have in her wardrobe and which I’ve got in mine. The camel coat, grey overcoat, the classic trench, and the perfect parka. 

For those of you that like your coat to include some print I think animal print is always a good addition, as is tweed, plaid or check. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your coat has to be dark and dreary, so don’t be afraid to go for one in a bright colour. Just make sure you choose the right colour for your skin tone and one that will compliment the clothes in your wardrobe. As I mentioned in my blog ‘Seeing Red’ http://www.cravepersonalstyling.com/blog/seeingred I’ve bought myself a scarlet red coat recently, which will work with all the muted tones and animal prints I have in my wardrobe. 

It’s going to be one of your most worn items over the coming months and the first thing people see, so whatever you choose make sure it fits well and makes you feel great. Oh, and keeps you warm!

Images: Top row left to right: Kooples fur effect coat / Marc Cain leopard print coat / Mango cotton wool blend coat / Mango premium long wool coat / Cos rib neck wool coat / Zara handmade coat Bottom row left to right: Zara Alpaca coat / Mango boucle wool coat / Mango double breasted wool coat / Malene Birger Athenia wool coat / M&S checked coat / Topshop premium faux-fur lined parka

 

WARDROBE HERO - LEATHER BIKER JACKET

Wardrobe HeroEmma CarrComment

On my list of wardrobe hero’s is the leather biker jacket. This trans-seasonal staple can give an edge to even the most feminine outfit and make the simplest outfit look chic. It’s definitely an investment piece, but it’s an investment worth making. You’ll own it forever and it’s one of those pieces that just get’s better with age. There’s a signature biker out there for everyone and once you’ve found yours you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. 

Here are five of my favourites out there right now:

1. Whistles Agnes Leather Biker Jacket/ 2. Topshop Washed Leather Jacket / 3. Reiss Storm Textured Leather Biker Jacket / 4. Maje Beeson Lambskin Leather Jacket / 5. Zara Leather Jacket