Coathanger Loves…Winter Florals!
When it comes to florals in fashion, people commonly associate the pattern with spring and summer. However, winter florals are the height of fashion this winter and we think it’s a great way to add extra colour to your wardrobe for the coldest season rather than opt for jeans and boots.
Our expert team of stylists have searched high and low for the perfect winter florals and below are a selection of the best, ready for you to buy and interpret into your wardrobe!
Florals for winter
Floral Skater Dress with scarf – £28.00 at Asos
Floral Fold Blouse – £19.99 at Newlook
Floral decorative trench coat – £1,795 at Burberry
Ted Baker Shadow Floral clutch bag – £69.00 at Selfridges
Floral Cigarette Trousers – £42.00 at House of Fraser
Dickins & Jones Floral Tailored Trousers – £69.00 at House of Fraser
Damask Scarf – £12.50 at Next
What do you think of this hot fashion trend for Winter 2015? Let us know via Twitter or leave a comment below!
Help I Need A Makeover!
Are you stuck in a rut? With our lifestyle’s being so busy nowadays between working and socialising, it’s easy to let your appearance be less of a priority. However, in many cases how you look and how you are dressed can dramatically boost your confidence and give you a more positive outlook. It’s easy to fall into a routine and become comfortable in the style choices you make but change is healthy and necessary in every aspect of life including fashion, no matter how small the change may be!
There are many situations that may make you think “Help I need a makeover!” and we’ve listed the most common ones below!
Have you gone through a breakup recently? A breakup can be a big shift in your life and can make you want to revamp your image to rebuild your confidence and signify a new beginning. If you’ve been single for a while or are newly single and want to get back on the dating scene, this is the perfect time to have a makeover! Your clothes should portray your personality and allow it to shine through, hiding behind ‘safe’ clothes may seem like the easier option but nothing feels greater than wearing something fabulous that shows off all your best features.
Child birth is a life changing event in a woman’s life and can change her opinion of how she looks and what she feels confident wearing after her body has changed. Once you have settled into motherhood and are ready to put aside the maternity wear, if you find yourself looking at your misshapen clothes and exclaiming “Help I need a makeover!” it’s probably time to book an appointment with a fashion stylist to build your personal profile and start your self love journey.
Any new stage in your life is an ideal time for some extra self-care and pampering, especially something as special as getting married! For some people, getting married is a symbol of growing up and reaching a level of maturity which can lead to you wanting to start over with your style and throw away your old comfies! If you’ve also just moved into a new place with your partner and now have limited space now that you have to share a wardrobe (eek!) then this is the perfect time to get rid of any unworn or unloved garments.
Congrats! You’ve landed yourself a new job and are ready to show your boss what you’re made of, but what on Earth should you wear? Dependant on your job, your workplace may not require you to wear a uniform but you must dress in a professional manner. Faced with so many office wear choices, the decision can be overwhelming and you may need a professional’s guidance on what will make you look and feel confident but abide by your organisation’s dress code.
If you’ve had the “Help I need a makeover!” feeling and need your very own personal stylist to help you make better fashion choices, get in touch with the stylists at Coathanger to discuss your requirements and start creating your personal profile.
Coathanger Loves…London Fashion Week SS16!
London Fashion Week 2015 has drawn to end and we are in awe at the collections that have been revealed! Designers gathered at the event to reveal their upcoming collections for Spring/Summer 2016, with some noticeably cooler hues within the collections than last year’s vibrant theme. We’ve compiled a selection of our favourite looks from LFW that we think could be interpreted into your own wardrobe!
From the CO-TE collection. We love the use of florals here! The florals turn an otherwise plain garment into a statement piece.
By Amanda Wakeley. We love how elegant this gown is and the sheer fabric puts a new spin on traditional evening gowns.
By Amanda Wakeley.
By Burberry Prorsum. The dress and coat combined make for a killer combo for a spring outfit!
Shirt by Burberry Prorsum. The detail in this shirt is beautiful and adds an elegance that is not often captured in traditional men’s shirts. We think this would be gorgeous for a spring wedding!
By Antonio Berardi.
By Topshop Unique. We love this outfit! The subtle colour of the coat matches perfectly to the detail in the playsuit and this outfit would look fabulous with heels or flats.
By Sophia Webster. We love the detail in this bag, the quirky designed and monochrome colours makes it perfect for a day or night accessory.
By Jasper Conran.
By Teresita Orillac
By Paul Costelloe
Office chic by Daks
Beautiful florals by Erdem
What is a Fashion Stylist?
What is a fashion stylist and why do you need one? Put simply, a fashion stylist is a person who has an innate ability to understand colour, shape, textures and prints. And more importantly recognises exactly what suits another person whatever their size, shape and colouring. A good fashion stylist can dress another person according to their personality and life style, constructing a personal profile in order to get to know and understand everything about their client’s life style in both business and home life.
The perfect stylist will know exactly where to find all items required using a passion and years of experience in the fashion industry to handpick outfits, shoes, accessories, jewellery and individual garments for their clients. Whether these garments are from stores, boutiques, costumiers, designers or makers, a good personal stylist knows just how to interpret it to all ages, both sexes and for all areas of the business spectrum.
Whether you’re a celebrity or fancy the idea of being treated like one, a fashion stylist can benefit your life greatly. Using a personal stylist not only makes lives easier, less stressful and more imaginative, it’s also perfect for those who have a big events coming up and need a show stopping outfit or for someone who wants to step a little out of their comfort zone and needs to revamp their style with some guidance from the experts!
Do you find yourself looking in your wardrobe at multiple garments that you purchased because they were on trend or a friend said suited your body shape even though you weren’t quite sure? Do you find yourself exclaiming “Help! I’ve got so many clothes and nothing to wear!”? A fashion stylist can give you honest fashion advice with no biased opinions included, ensuring that you look stylish and feel confident in every outfit that is handpicked for you.
A fashion stylist aims to change the way you look at your image and hopes to change your future fashion choices by giving you the best style advice. Sometimes it can be advised that you do a complete wardrobe detox to rid yourself of your bad fashion habits that are holding you back to open yourself up to new outfit ideas.
Say goodbye to clothes that you haven’t worn in a long time or have never worn and see how they can be refreshed and re coordinated. Enjoy the fresh start you need to reinvent a whole new wardrobe with renewed confidence.
If you’re interested in hearing more about having a personal styling day with one of the experts at Coathanger or want to take the plunge and have a wardrobe detox, get in touch now to discuss what we can do for you! Fill in the form here
Nothing makes us more excited for autumn than London Fashion Week! With the fabulous event revealing the hottest upcoming trends, we think it’s the perfect time to start preparing your wardrobe for all the stylish outfit combos that are perfect for autumn. Say goodbye to your summer dresses and sandals because nothing says autumn more than shades of burgundy, warm coats and layers!
The weather shouldn’t dictate your outfit choices, but you should always be prepared for the weather to take a turn for the chilly. We’ve put together two outfit choices that we think would be perfect for an afternoon coffee in London and a girls night out, let us know what your favourite outfit is in the comments or on Twitter!
An Autumn day out in London!
Double Breasted Car Coat – £98.00 at Oasis
Split Hem Jumper – £98.00 at The White Company
Black Skinny Jeans – £24.00 at Debenhams
Black Ankle Boots – £48.00 at River Island
A night out in London
Michael Kors White Skinny jeans – £150.00 at House of Fraser
Simple Nude Patent Pump by Christian Louboutin – £435.00
Embroidered Cami – £24 from Next
Navy Blazer – £45.00 from River Island
Neon Lucy Blanket Scarf – £29.50 from Oliver Bonas
Tweet us your favourite autumn outfits! @Coathangernet
Summer is over just as quickly as it began and it’s time for us to welcome a whole new autumn wardrobe into our everyday style, but here at Coathanger we are excited to announce our new Coathanger Loves series! Keep an eye out on our blog for regular updates on what the team at Coathanger and fashion expert Suzanne Bernie are currently loving. To start off our Coathanger Loves series, this month Coathanger Loves…suede!
The perfect transition into autumn, high end and high street stores are lining their rails with gorgeous suede garments from jackets and skirts to shirts and even bags! Suede was originally popular in the 70’s with the suede skirt being a staple in every girl’s wardrobe. Available in lengths ranging from mini to maxi, the suede skirt is a great autumn alternative for a somewhat summery skater skirt.
Suede Skirt – £59.99 at MANGO
Whilst the bomber jacket is a must for the cooler autumn weather, investing in a suede jacket will help you achieve a slightly more delicate look than a leather jacket, achieving a laid back cutting edge style without appearing too casual.
Suede Western Jacket – £135.00 at Topshop
We all love shirt dresses for summer with their floaty material and bold patterns, but with autumn bringing bitter cold mornings with it we need something more practical that doesn’t compromise our style. Just arrived in stores, many brands are releasing suede shirt dresses that are perfect for the coming months! Matched with a pair of killer heels or flat ankle boots, together they make a killer combo.
Brown faux suede shirt dress – £55.00 at River Island
If you’re contemplating styling out suede this season but don’t want to go ‘all out’, there are many suede bags on the market to add an effortless edge to any outfit. Whether it be black suede or original tan, a suede handbag can pull together any outfit for any occasion!
Suede holdall with front pocket – £39.99 at Zara
The Never Ending Life of the Bomber Jacket!
We all have timeless classics in our wardrobe (several LBDs and a signature denim jacket, anyone?) but the most underestimated fashion piece that comes into fashion every year is the bomber jacket. Perfect for summer evenings or for when autumn starts to arrive, throwing on a bomber jacket can make any outfit look effortless stylish and pull together your entire look. Give your everyday outfit an edge with a bold statement bomber jacket or go classic with a black or navy style. If you’re feeling daring you could even rock a biker jacket with jeans and boots or with a dress for an extra chic look!
Bomber jackets are back for autumn in a range of sizes and styles, whether you like slim fitting or oversized garments you’ll be spoilt for choice! We’ve compiled a collection of 5 of the best bomber jackets available right now that are perfect for the upcoming cooler weather:
Ruby Suedette Bomber @ Boohoo – £45.00
Navy Harrington Jacket @ Urban Outfitters – £55.00
3.1 Phillip Lim @ Harvey Nichols – £615.00
Saint Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket @ Superdry – £174.00 (on sale now for £70!)
Suede Colorblock Bomber Jacket @ J.Crew – £995.00
DKNY Black Leather Biker Jacket @ Harvey Nichols – £790.00
Are you a fan of the bomber jacket craze or are you wearing a different trend this autumn? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook! Going on a mini break or a late holiday? Read our latest blog post on holiday fashion essentials you need to take with you here.
Supportive Swimwear Solutions
Holiday season is upon us and many of us are heading down to the beach for a few cheeky cocktails and to top up our tans. However, before you set off down the beach you need to make sure you have suitable swimwear!
Everyone has different preferences; some women like a full swimsuit whereas other women like flaunting their figure in a bikini. All women are beautiful and fabulous in their own way; however it’s natural to have insecurities that may prevent you wanting to strip down on the beach. Whether it be your lack of tan or tricky cellulite, it shouldn’t prevent you from owning your style in the sun.
Something that makes a Pear shaped woman feel confident may not make an athletically built woman feel the same way so it is important to find a style and colour that makes you feel (and look) great! Continue reading to find out what swimwear YOUR body shape should be wearing this summer.
If your body is pear shaped it means you are likely to have a small bust and quite narrow shoulders in contrast with your wide hips.
Solution – Wear a bikini that allows your shoulders to look broader and makes your figure look more proportionate. To do this, focus the styles and colours of your choice towards the top half of your body so it takes the focus away from your hips.
If your body is apple shaped, it means that it is well proportionate and you do not have a lot of waist definition despite being well endowed.
Solution – Wear higher briefs to allow attention to be drawn to your legs and to cover any insecurity you may have with your stomach and hips. A good tip here is to look for garments that tend to mould to the shape of your body, to give the look of a flatter appearance.
If your body is hourglass, this commonly mean that you have a lot of waist definition and your bust and bottom are equally proportionate. Your waist is usually smaller than other body types.
Solution – Bright, bold and daring colours or designs really show this shape up well. Don’t be afraid to experiment if this is you. Ensure you do research in your garments to ensure that you have the proper support for your bust.
A great example of an hourglass body shape can be seen below:
The rectangle shape is also viewed as athletic. You have little or no curves and athletic women usually have well defined bone structure.
Solution – You want to show off your shape and why shouldn’t you? Extra ‘additions’ to your garments can make you look even better – tassels or frills for example to create the illusion of wider hips. If you want to go more modest there are still styles which will suit your good shape also – even some of these can be quirky.
General points to consider.
Take advantage of any supporting mechanisms that the garments might have. These are designed to ensure you look good but also feel great without straining your back if you have a larger bust. Being stylish shouldn’t sacrifice comfort.
Where possible, avoid purchasing swim wear online and go to a store where you are able to try it on to see if it suits your body shape. Everyone’s body shape is different and unique to them so certain colours and styles may not look the same on everyone. Choose carefully and see what looks perfect and natural. This should avoid any issues.
The alternative? You might have the perfect body, but just be a little shy. Maybe you don’t want to go to the extreme of nearly bearing everything either? A compromise does exist and they are hot this summer! A kimono is the perfect way to feel light, airy and summery whilst protecting you from too much sun exposure (don’t forget the sun cream ladies!) Of course if you are really sensitive about problem areas then this choice would also make you feel more comfortable. Like other garments kimonos come in a variety of shapes, styles and colours with varying degrees of ‘coverage’ of the body.
Packing for your holiday: What you need to know
Although you wouldn’t believe it from looking at the weather in England, Summer is upon us and holiday season is on the horizon! If you’re one of the organised ones who have already booked your holiday now is the time that you’re probably debating which essential items to pack in your suitcase (yikes!). Here at Coathanger, we know how daunting packing your suitcase can be – so we’ve compiled a list of essential clothing items you NEED to pack amongst all your other essentials.
Sunglasses – We’re spoilt for choice with the different styles of sunglasses for Summer 2015 so it’s no surprise that you should at least have one statement pair of sunglasses with you.
Pick a neutral colour that you can pair with multiple outfits or opt for a bold colour to add a splash of colour. Find out which style of sunglasses will suit your face shape here.
Ray-Ban Cats 5000 Sunglasses – £95.00 at Asos
A large Silk Scarf
Useful for air-conditioned restaurants and essential on aeroplanes. Perfect for keeping the chill off you once the sun goes down when you’ve been out in it all day. Fold it into a tiny square and leave it in your bag ready for romantic walks by the sea front. Its even good for keeping those delicate areas protected from the sun.
Great selection at Anthropology –
Select shoes carefully, think about the type of holiday you’re going on and not forgetting your luggage allowance. Shoes weigh a lot!
If you’re going on a walking holiday it could be good to travel in your walking boots. You can always take them off on the plane. You don’t need more than two pairs of shoes for the evening. Wearing a jewelled pair of sandals during the day can double up as an evening shoe. Keep the colour neutral so you can wear them with a number of different outfits. Remember to take some flip-flops that you can throw in your beach bag to wear round the pool or on the sand. Make sure you wear in your new shoes prior to going on holiday unless you want sore feetfor the remainder of your trip – ouch!
Faith Sandals – £29.00 from Debenhams
As bulky jackets take up a lot of room in your suitcase, finding an alternative for your usual lightweight jacket is essential. Luckily, kimonos are the perfect solution! With stores all around the world stocking a number of patterns and styles, kimonos are the perfect add-on to any summer outfit. Long flowing kimonos for beach cover ups or a cropped kimono with tassels for lunch in a café; there’s a kimono for every occasion and every colour combination. Plus, kimonos are extremely lightweight so you can take multiple on holidays with you!
River Island – £40
We can’t count the amount of times we’ve left our bikinis at home and had to buy one abroad (which explains why we have a drawer purely dedicated to swimwear!). Swimwear should be the first thing that you put in your suitcase, simply because it’s what you’ll be wearing the most! Pack 2-3 swimwear garments (or more depending how long your holiday is) and ensure that it gives you the right support you need. There are many different swimwear garments that are especially made to help women with areas they may feel they want more support or sculpting.
Resort Swimwear from £27.00 at Very
So you’re all set with your sunglasses and SPF, how else are you going to ensure you protect yourself from the sun? Floppy summer hats are great for protecting your skin and hair from the sun, as well as adding a stylish touch to an outfit. Choose a traditional brown hat for a classic look or a black hat with a trim to add a sophisticated edge to your outfit!
£32.00 from Topshop
Playsuits are hot this summer and perfect for days at the beach! Stroll along the beach without worrying about your dress blowing up – perfect. Playsuits are such an easy outfit to put together but they look effortless stylish and can be paired with a selection of different shoe styles.
Summer is all about bold and vibrant accessories, whether it be a hair accessory or some quirky jewellery. Pick a statement colour and go with it! Holidays are all about flower crowns and vibrant oranges, pinks and yellows. Don’t forget to pack some hair bobbles and bobby pins for the days where having your hair down is too much in the heat!
Embroidered necklace – £27.00 at Accessorize
What are your essentials when packing for a summer break? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook. Want to reinvent your look before your holiday? Get in touch with Coathanger about arranging a personal styling day with fashion expert Suzanne Bernie.
Are you fashion ready for festival season?
Festival season is almost upon us, as is the difficult decision of deciding which outfit’s to take with you! It is important that you take into consideration the British weather and the huge temperature variation. It can be summer in the morning and by mid day Autumn!!
Don’t get stuck in a sudden downpour due to being unprepared. Listen to the music, enjoy every second and know that you’ve packed all your festival essentials. Continue reading to find out our top 5 essential clothing items that you should take to a festival near you this summer!
The most obvious, and blindly essential, item of clothing you should be taking to a festival this Summer is your wellington boots! Don’t be that girl who turns up in your new suede boots praying their not going to get ruined in the rain and mud filled fields. But remember practicality doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous. Wellington boots don’t have to be ugly, there are a range of different styles and colours available for festival-goers that will guarantee your feet stay dry and your expensive suede boots don’t get ruined! Evercreatures stock stylish wellington boots in a variety of quirky patterns that are perfect for the festival season.
If you’re lucky enough to attend a festival where the sun is beaming and spirits are high, it is very important to keep yourself protected from the sun – whilst looking great, of course! Many high street and high end stores have started selling floppy festival hats for the festival season and we love the designs they have come out with this year. We love this one from Topshop, perfect for protecting yourself from harmful rays and easy to accessorise with many outfits!
£32.00 from Topshop
Over the last year, flower crowns have made a huge impact in festival and summer fashion as a whole. Add a quirky pop of colour to your festival outfit with a multi-coloured flower crown – perfect with loose waves for a grungy look.
Parting with your beloved skinny jeans can seem like a daunting thought, but with soaring temperatures and mud at every turn, it may make you reconsider your fashion choices. Dare to show a little skin and opt for some denim shorts with a loose fitting vest for a comfortable and stylish festival look. With a range of different denim colours and lengths to play with, the outfit possibilities are endless.
Even if you’ve been checking the weather forecast every day up to the festival and several times on the actual day, you should always take a rain coat as we are in Britain after all. Protect your hair and outfit with a simple, lightweight rain coat. Boohoo stock a simple transparent rain mac that is perfect for festival season at the ridiculous price of £1!
On a slightly sunnier note, what are your top 5 fashion essentials for festivals this Summer? Let us know on Facebook or on Twitter – @coathangernet