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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 4 : The In-between jacket

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Top 4  : The in-between Jacket

At this time of year it is essential you are ready for all aspects of British weather. This is where the in-between jacket comes into play.

The amazing thing about the in-between jacket is it does just that, fills the gap between two extremes. So they are great for hot days and cooler evenings, for making us feel smarter with a more casual outfit or vice versa. But they are also a great style trick to have in your back pocket for the days when your clothes are feeling a little tighter than normal, the in-between jacket will help you feel svelte and tailored.

This is a trend that actually helps you with your day to day life, so I would encourage you to invest.

The high street is brimming with them at the moment so here is my guide to the top 4 to have in your wardrobe.

How I wear the Army Shaket (Jacket and Shirt…gettit?!)

 

Without a doubt this is the best army shaket I’ve found. Thicker than a shirt but light enough to wear on a summer evening. A pale army green, that technically isn’t in my colour palate but when paired with a red lipstick I feel casual but smart. The deep pockets are great when I’m in those mum days and need to have tissues and snacks at the ready.

I would highly recommending investing in this jacket.

For a more playful approach, I love this Anthropologie Embroidered Patch Jacket.

 

How I wear the collarless cropped jacket

 

Uterque Pink Cropped split flares and western tassle shirt and Diane Von Furstenburg Jacket £144.

A cropped collarless jacket is one of the most elegant of the in-between jacket edit. It works well with trousers, jumpsuits, skirts and dresses. It helps highlight the waist, it showcases great jewellery and this sheer one from Diane Von Furstenberg gives you a light summer feel. The selling point for me was the silver zip, it took the classic shape to a more modern place.

It truly dresses up every outfit.

My Look: Uterque Cropped Split Flares, Uterque western shirt, DVF Navy Jacket

This will be a jacket I’ll own for a long time.

 

Diane Von Furstenberg Navy Pintuck jacket £144

 

How I wear The Leopard Print Jacket

 

Ganni Camberwell Jacket £225

Please believe me when I tell you that Leopard Print is a neutral. It will go with everything and is a classic piece that never goes out of fashion. Having said that it is having a particular moment at the moment, with Vogue announcing it as an AW18 Trend, seen at Victoria Beckham and Caroline Herrera’s shows. It works for most skin and hair types so will really be dependent on your style personality type.

Buy this one that I’m wearing from Ganni here or alternatively this one from & other stories is great. The waist detailing moves it away from being too boxy for those of you that want to define your waist.

Stories Leopard Print Jacket £89

 

How I wear the denim jacket on steroids

 

There is no doubt that a denim jacket is a great piece for everyone but the classics have felt too reserved for me lately and if you want to add some real interest to your wardrobe I’d recommend this Levis Made and Crafted jacket, which you can buy HERE. It has beading in emerald and pale turquoise and the lace detailing is a perfect contrast to the rough denim.

Or alternatively ask Mrs Lang to customise one for you. Her pieces are one off’s, bespoke and incredibly priced, she does army jackets and velvet blazers too. She was featured in the FT as the ‘customising queen and I have seen her work up close and its is beautiful. Check out her Instagram!

Let me know how you get on and as always if you are in need of some style advice, drop me an email at loulou@thestylingstorey.co.uk

Or follow my daily Style Lessons on Instagram

 

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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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HOW TO dress when you want to lose weight

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I had a lady get in contact with me today and I wanted to share it with you as its something I think so many of us can relate to. These ‘How to’ blogs are a great place to answer your style and confidence challenges.

‘I’ve just discovered you via a link a friend shared to a podcast session you did with onegirlband on how to dress for the you of tomorrow.

I relate to a lot of what you said and feel I’m on a journey of change at the moment. One thing Ive really struggled with in terms of clothes though is that I know I want to lose weight (not loads but at least a stone) but I also want to feel better about myself and my wardrobe now.

I put off buying clothes because I want to lose weight first but I’m losing weight so slowly I feel stuck. Do you have any thoughts on this? Or a blog post hiding somewhere that might help?’

So in answer to this, here is that blog post that will help with this chicken and egg situation of whether to start with the weight loss or the clothes buying:

Steps to styling success

  1. Life is short, you are beautiful and worthy as you are so celebrate you with a small touch of beauty everyday. It is important that we start seeing that change is possible in ourselves. Start a 30second style challenge. I know this is one I have talked about a lot but it really is so impactful. Doing something different is key. Anything from wearing lipstick, changing out your earrings, booking a manicure, doing a facemask, giving yourself a compliment. Go on give it a try.
  2. Start moving differently. Our bodies and mind get stuck in old unhelpful patterns. I found that it wasn’t until I moved in new ways & started to empower myself that I saw my my post-pregnancy weight shift.
  3. Don’t have clothes that don’t fit hanging in your wardrobe. Stop torturing yourself with what you can’t wear, we often feel comfortable in self-loathing and we can get very good at it, so don’t give yourself this liberty.
  4. Act as though you are already at the weight you want to be. If you felt in good shape and positive about your body, what would you be eating, what colours would you be wearing, what care would you be taking over your appearance, how would you be speaking to yourself? Notice the difference.
  5. Go and buy 2 pieces of clothing that celebrate you, allow yourselves to shine. If you really don’t want to invest in clothes, Shoes and jewellery are a great place to start.
  6. Start giving compliments to others. Get out of your own head and share the joy. Notice others and what you love about what they wear and let them know. I remember feeling so ‘woe is me’ and sorry for myself, turning this around will help you see that you are ok and put a smile on your face which is by far the most impactful styling tip I can offer.

Our bodies are remarkable beings, they keep us a live and give us the ability to do so much. There is no denying being at our ideal weight (whatever that is to you) makes life easier. We can find more clothes to fit, move more freely and feel less self-critical about our reflection however the celebration of self starts today as we are worthy of it today not just when we are thin.

Keep working towards your best self but appreciate the journey of where you are at.

If you would like help with your style and confidence and finding your most stylish self then get in contact at loulou@thestylingstorey.co.uk or follow me on instagram www.instagram.com/thestylingstorey.

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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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The 6 pieces that revolutionised my wardrobe

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The 6 pieces that Revolutionised my wardrobe

 

 

I’ve revolutionised my own wardrobe alongside working with my clients.

Here are the 6 pieces that I’ve added into my wardrobe that have equated to over 20 new outfits.

Finding your hero pieces and stepping out of your comfort zone will really impact your day to day. You will see yourself expand into a new and more confident you but most importantly will make your wardrobe work harder.

This is the key to a healthy, highly functioning wardrobe. Everything working together, giving you endless outfitting options. As one of my clients in New York stated ‘I now own 1/2 as much but have twice as much to wear’.

Reduce how overwhelmed you feel each day by knowing everything in your wardrobe works together.

The clothes in my wardrobe work hard for me and the latest editions are the same. When I buy something I instantly think of 5 things that already exist in my wardrobe that I could pair it with and I’m excited to wear it straight away.

When you are reading this have a think about what you need to buy this Spring to revolutionise your style.

But remember go bold, go practical and shop up!

Buy your own version (or the same, I don’t mind) & see your own wardrobe and style revolutionise right in front of you!

1. A Coloured Tailored Trouser

Joseph Red Trousers (Sold Out) £200

The reason you need them

If you keep reaching for a pair of jeans and you feel so uninspired day to day then go out and get yourself a coloured trouser. What colour makes you feel most powerful, your own superhero. Go and find them. Orange, Pink, purple, green it doesn’t matter but just stye away from the denim!

Find your version here:

Arket Cotton Twill Workwear Trouser,Maison Margiela Pink Trouser,DVF Green TrouserMango Lilac Trouser,  Mango Red Contrast Seam Trousers

 

2. A sock boot

Zara Red Sock Boot £69.99

The reason you need them

Shoe trends tend to be a year or so behind trouser trends. We’ve been seeing trousers get wider, shorter more cropped but we’ve had few boots thin enough to balance out the width. The sock boot does just that. Soft fabric, comfy block heel, surprisingly versatile.

Find your version here:

Uterque Blue Velvet Sock, Uterque black snackskinAldo velvet sock boot, Stuart Weitzman Sock Boot,  Russell and Bromley Kitten Heel

 

3. A Wide Cropped Leg Trouser

 

Joseph Fitz Wide Leg £237

The reason you need them

Cropped trousers in khaki go with everything. They make white feel wearable, black feel less abrasive, red feel softer and allow pink to flourish. The cropped nature means you don’t have to worry about the hems getting dirty, they are wide enough so plenty of lunging can take place and an instant hit of modern dressing. Wear with trainers, chunky boots or of course sock boots!

Find your version here:

Jigsaw Hoxton ChinoArket Beige Cropped Wide Leg, ME + EM Red Flowy Cropped Trouser, Jigsaw Blue cropped Wide Leg,

4. A modern suit

ME + EM Grosgrain trim checked suit £299 Jacket £169 Trouser

The reason you need it

If you want to have true versatility in your wardrobe and feel ready for every occasion a modern suit is where its at. Think slightly oversized shape in the jacket and slim fitting trousers. Perfect as separates, the trousers on a Sunday with a slouchy jumper is pure heaven! To find out more about ME + EM check out this post here

Find your version here:

Kitri Pinstripe Suit,  Topshop Check suit, Racil Peach Suit , Zara Red Suit

5. A layering Jacket

Arket Liner £69

The reason you need it

The key to good layering is to have lightweight jackets that will do the job in the lighter months to keep you warm but come that chill they become a perfect layering cardigan piece. This thermal jacket does just that, its very lightweight and not at all bulky. The lack of waistband is also a very flattering trick over the tummy and hips.

Find your version here:

Arket Merino Box Jacket, Topshop Denim Shaket, Canada Goose Quilted Jacket, Uniqlo Double Face Jacket,

6. A long line white shirt

Kitri Studio White Shirt £79

The reason you need it

If you live in leggings a long line shirt will instantly make you feel polished. I always ere on the side of rebel and the classic white shirt can be too expected of my liking. This extra length feels modern and contemporary and is perfect for lengthening short torso’s like mine.

To find out more about Kitri check out this post from when I interviewed their founder.

Find your version here:

ME + EM Long Line Shirt, Hush Striped Boyfriend Shirt, Sandro Cotton weave Shirt

Let me know, which piece do you need to invest in?

If you would like help revolutionising your wardrobe and style then get in contact with me, I’ll help you find your hero pieces and show you how to find your authentic style so you can express a more confident and authentic you.

If you would like more of this, then come over to Instagram HERE for daily style inspiration.

 

 

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