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Top 5 : Mistakes women make with their underwear

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After working with Triumph lingerie and seeing how a brand passionate about underwear is passionate about boosting a womens confidence, I realised it was time for me to pull together a list of all the mistakes I repeatedly see and the solutions you can use to boost your confidence with your underwear.

Underwear is a real opportunity for lifting the standard of your style and your wardrobe, boosting your inner confidence and helping you to feel in control of your style and your identity. Most women live in the same couple of bras day in day out that they’ve been wearing for the last few years, missing the opportunity to use it to feel more confident.

Below are the 5 most common mistakes and how to solve them.

Mistake 1: Ignoring the importance of underwear

Solution 1: Take the time to prioritise it. Follow the solutions below but start by putting aside 10 minutes to organise your underwear drawer. I recommend to all my clients ahead of our time together that they take a look at Marie Kondo’s guide to organising your underwear drawer

Mistake 2: Not assessing whether underwear still fits

Solution 2: Look in the mirror & ask yourself

  • Could your breasts sit higher with a better fitting bra?
  • Do the straps need tightening, have they loosened with wear?
  • Are there any gaps, does the wire or central part sit away from the skin?
  • Are your breasts bulging over the top/sides?
  • Do your breasts fill the cups?
  • Does the back arc up?
  • Does the bra leave indentations in the shoulders?

If the answer is yes to any of this, then seek professional help. Head to your local department store or lingerie specialist.

Mistake 3: Failing to shop around

Solution 3: If you’ve grown up in the UK, M&S is where we were all taken for our first bra. I see that so many of my clients stay loyal to the brand. As much as I love M&S, there is so much more on offer and its definitely worth getting different view points and finding if there is a bra out there that fits better

I’d recommend you try Triumph (they are the most knowledgable)

Sloggi (for complete comfort)

Uniqlo (if you are on a budget)

Online store Figleaves (for choice & guides)

Bravissimo (for big boobs)

Mistake 4: Not owning the underwear essentials

Solution 4: Invest in these 5 pieces

Sports Bra

Triumph Triaction Boost Lite £46

Nude seamless bra

Slog Body Make Up Essentials £42

French Knickers
Seamless Knicker

Uniqlo Seamless Knicker

Silk Camisole

Intimissimi Silk Camisole

 

Mistake 5: Not using underwear as a way of increasing inner confidence

Solution 5: Wearing the right underwear can help your clothes hang properly, help you to look polished and professional and help you enhance your figure. However, underwear is a great tool for increasing inner confidence. Wear it to feel a little rebellious, to hold yourself to a higher standard or perhaps you need just a touch of luxury in your life.

Have a think about how you could prioritise underwear today and see how it can make a difference to your daily life.

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TOP 4: Ways to add personality into your summer wardrobe

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Summer dressing can be a challenge for us Brits, we are better practised at adding a blazer, living in our jeans and stomping around in boots. than floating around in a pretty dresses.

So many clients bring out the same summer clothes year after year which have dated and no longer express who they are but with summer normally so fleeting, investing in a decent summer wardrobe seems pointless.

However when we are dressing in fewer items, in pieces that are outdated summer can be a real time where we loose our sense of identity and forget how to express our personality and qualities.

If you want to get out of those skinny jeans or denim cut offs then consider adding these items into your working summer wardrobe and put your stamp on summer!

1. Printed Wrap Skirt

This is the one seasonal update piece I’m going to recommend on this post. Think spots, florals, stripes, leopard print. In fact whatever fits with your style personality. This skirt is having a real moment. Watch out for the wind though, consider adding a popper to keep it from opening, going up a size so you can wrap it more or adding a pair of cycling shorts under like these Sloggi ones.

& other stories have a great selection

& other stories split hem skirt

Rixo polka dot wrap

Whistles Leopard Print Wrap

2. Lightweight Statement Earrings

Statement earrings don’t have to be heavy and clunky. Here are some of my most recommended.


Catherine de Crevecoeur Caroline Earrings

Art Deco Droplets – Nude and Glitter

Elements Line Circle Earrings

 

Sandals with a difference

Anthropologie Matisse Sandals

 

& other Stories Neon Trim Sandals

Summer Blazer

 

 

 

Jigsaw Lemon Linen Blazer

 

 

 

Sandro Pink Blazer

 

 

 

 

Zara Linen Blazer

Let me know how you get on, which of the four have you invested in?

For additional ideas on adding personality into your wardrobe, have a look at this blog post on Statement Sunglasses, the perfect way to add colour and personality to your style.

 

 

Top 5 : Statement Sunglasses

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Top 5: Statement Sunglasses

There is nothing else that can immediately elevate your look like pair of sunglasses can. I recently went big and statement with Pala Eyewear during our latest @thestylingstorey competition on Instagram (competition now closed). In the spirit of big and bold here are my favourite sunglasses to make a statement with this Summer.

 

 

 

 

Pala eyewear Farai in Berry

 

Thierry Lasri in Sleepy Acetate

 

Go on give them a try!

Top 5 : Pointed Summer Mules

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The Pointed mule: Bringing a touch of class to an outfit, whilst retaining a sense of informality is everything I want from a shoe and I think I’ve found the answer to compliment every look this season.

Spring/Summer dressing is creative but it can be challenging to dress on those in between days. For that instant injection of the latest trend, try a mule. A great fix if you haven’t had your pedicure and a perfect leg lengthener for trousers and a the easiest shoe to slip on and throw off.

I’ve included a few of my favourite black pairs for that truly classic wardrobe staple but if you are after a touch of character and attitude go for colour or embellishment.

How to Style them : Classic & Black Pointed Mules

 

A timeless black leather mule in every height adds elegance and poise to a simple trench, stonewash ankle jean, sunglasses and a pop of red. Conversely, if you want something more fashion aware pair with a pyjama style wide leg trousers.

 

Shop them here : Classic & Black Pointed Mules

 

& other Stories pointed block £79

& other stories with House of Hackney £79

How to Style them: Embellished + Bright Pointed Mules

If you want to redefine how you dress your feet and complete your outfit with something more outstanding then go for a bold bright shoe to bring a pop of colour to your look. Pinks, reds or oranges give floral connotations, perfect for stepping into spring- try to match them with a similarly coloured lipstick to enhance your look. If you want to stand out from the crowd but aren’t quite ready for a super bright shoe, try looking for an embellished mule; something with a tassel, buckle or strap is striking and adds a focal point to an outfit without going mad on colour.

Shop them here : Embellished & Bright Pointed Mules

Muhra Raffia Mules Jigsaw £98

Mango Emerald Heel Leather mules £98

 

Mix/Isa Arfen Orange/Pink Colourblock Bow Mule £125

Casual or classy, mules should be your new best friend and most worn item this season, so go and find the mules that best brighten your day!

Thank you to Rosie Berhi for all her contributions on this article, you can find her at  https://behristyle.wordpress.com/ and you can follow her on Instagram @behristyle.

Head over to Instagram to see my take on the mule.

 

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TOP 5 : Coloured Biker Jackets

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Top 5 : Coloured Biker Jackets

 

My favourite thing that I own in my wardrobe is my Schott Leather Jacket (see similar here). It’s practically a second skin and it will be handed down as a family heirloom!

It’s my most recommended piece for adding edge into your wardrobe.

However the classic black biker leather jacket can often be too harsh, especially heading into spring so with this in mind I’d recommend investing in a coloured biker jacket.

The exciting thing about this shape is that it is everywhere, in many different guises. It is such a classic that most brands have their version. Meaning whatever your budget or taste or brand affiliation you can find the one that is right for you.

There are benefits to both the lower and more affordable price points. You have to decide what you need from the jacket. The cheaper high street end of the scale allow you to have seasonal updates in the colours you love and it also means you can play around with the shape until you are ready to invest. The higher price point pieces are those heirlooms, the pieces you hold dear to your heart. They are good quality and will really elevate your everyday wardrobe.

Thing to consider:

-The length: Crop styles are very useful if you want to wear with dresses and skirts and you like to give definition to your waist.

– If you have broader shoulders stick to the softer fabrics with less structure so as not to add bulk

– don’t worry about doing it up, they are generally designed to be worn open.

Wherever you buy it from if you find the right colour and fit, it will rarely be off your back.

Take a look at the 5 ways to style the coloured biker and my favourite places to buy one!

HOW TO STYLE THE COLOURED BIKER

 

WITH A COLOURFUL SPRING DRESS; SHORT OR MAXI

 

Jessica Alba loves a coloured biker jacket

 

WITH A SKIRT AND HEELS

 

 

FOR EVENING WITH A CLASSIC AND FEMININE DRESS

 

WITH JEANS

 

 

Where to buy : Coloured Biker Jacket

SELECTED FEMME

 

ANTHROPOLOGIE

 

MASSIMO DUTTI

 

CLAUDE PIERLOT

 

ZARA

 

Come on over to Instagram for more of this and my daily style lessons or if you are still feeling confused about what to wear and buy, get in contact here, i’d love to hear from you.

 

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TOP 5: Socks

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Top 5 Socks

So I have news.

You don’t have a shoe issue, you have a sock issue.

No more cold ankles, no more brogues feeling not practical for the weather, no more boring, unimaginative outfits.

This is one of the most common problems I see time and time again. Clients love the cropped trouser look, or a brogue and a jean but they struggling to find shoes to cover their ankles. However add a sock and your outfit will go from flat to perky.

Remember a good outfit that is full of personalist is often due to the details.

& socks are a great detail. Just pocking out from under your jeans, hardly seen but they say so much about you.

Socks give you the ability to say luxury, say party, say mischief, say fun, say flare.

Here are some of my favourite ways to add that touch of flare, polish and consideration and my top 5 shops to buy them from.

 

How to Style : The Sock

Cropped Trousers and socks

Click to zoom

Fishnet and Brogue

Pink brogues and rolled up skinnies

Sports Socks and Skirts

Paris Fashion Week Street Style 2016 | British Vogue

A dash of glitter

 

Shoes: socks cute socks glitter party holiday season gold sandals gold block heels cropped jeans

A pop of rebel print

 

Where to Buy : The Sock

Arket

Arket Mercerised Cotton Sock £5

& Other Stories

& Other Stories Glitter Socks in Pink

& Other Stories Glitter Socks in Pink £8

 

JW Anderson for Uniqlo

 

COS

COS image 1 of Embroidered sheer ankle socks in Black

Embroidered Sheer ankle sock £5

Happy Socks sold at Trouva

Happy Socks at Trouva £9

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TOP 5: White Boots

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TOP 5 : White Boots

I’m obsessed with white boots and you should be too! For the smoothest transition from winter to spring, white boots are key shoes to add into your wardrobe.

There are a lot to choose from at the moment, from killer heels to chunky soled monkey boots. For my Top 5 I’ve chosen everyday, wearable potions with heels that are low or blocked so you can stomp around with pleasure!

When it comes to wearing white in your wardrobe, It’s true power comes from the fact it goes with everything; a completey versatile addition. However it also brings a lightness and playfulness to your outfit that other neutrals like black and navy just can’t provide.

Read below for the different ways to style a white boot and most importantly where you can find a style that feels right for you budget, life and tastes. Remember, buy the best you can afford and most importantly love what you are wearing!

How to Style

Maxi Dresses and Skirts

……to wear a summer dress on a colder day

Christene Barberich

 

Tailored Trousers

….wear with the current favourites that have a white stitch detail

Small Town Threads

Jeans

….switch your white trainers for boots for a more put together look

 

Christene Barberich

 

For Work

….The perfect way to do Smart Casual

Barbara U @b_oneofakind

With Cream

…Honestly it works, all the neutrals together, give it a try!

@avintagevice

Where to Buy

Solsanna Jenni Boot $190

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your new Spring edition!

 

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