As the summer holidays draw to a close so teenagers everywhere look forward to their first day at sixth form, college or university and the age-old question of what to wear looms large!
A couple of weeks ago we discussed how to look good at the school gate for all of the stylish mums out there, this week it’s about student fashion.
Go for the quintessential student look with a pair of boy-fit or skinny jeans, a hoodie and a pair of your favourite battered Converse trainers:
If you’re looking for something a little more imaginative than the above, why not change out the jeans for a swing style dress:
If the trainers look isn’t for you, don’t fear. How adding emphasis to your swing dress with your jewellery? Paired with ballerina pumps and a light cardigan:
For more inspiration we’ve put together our top five pieces every student’s wardrobe should contain:
Parka jacket – will keep you warm throughout the cold winter months as you trudge to and from classes. And will easily cover your pyjamas when you want to make a late night dash to the corner shop for more chocolate/alcohol supplies!
Hoodie – a zip-up hoodie will go over pretty much anything you want it to. Need a light cover-up in the early autumn? Done. Need something cosy to snuggle into when the dreaded winter cold hits? Done. Need something to throw on when you’ve overslept? Done. Every eventuality is sorted!
Trainers – and most importantly a pair of beat-up old Converse trainers. They are an essential part of the British student uniform.
Rucksack – how else will you carry all of your papers and books to classes? But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
Scarf – will instantly update your look with a splash of colour – and will keep you warm this winter too.
For further ideas, check out my Pinterest Style Board and be sure to “follow” it for regular style updates!
How will you be dressing on your first day at sixth form/college/university?
Getting dressed seems to be one of those tasks that either goes swimmingly or makes me want to pull every piece of clothing from my wardrobe into a massive pile on the floor to then throw myself into and scream and wail like a two-year old! Yep, I’m not kidding. Sometimes getting dressed feels like one of the most difficult and frustrating tasks imaginable. So I’ve come up with a formula for getting dressed for work days (often the worst!): I have a series of dresses which take next to no thinking and throw them on and I’m good to go.
With a simple look though accessories are a key to making it go from dull to stylish in one easy move. We’ve picked our three favourite quick and easy ways to update your look:
1. Add a bit of colour with a neon belt;
2. How about a little juxtaposition with a big man’s watch to a floaty feminine dress;
3. Make a statement with your necklace;
4. Keep your look black and let your shoes do the talking;
5. A pair of chandelier earrings will make you centre of attention.
How do you update your look?
Do you love to try new looks? Does that sometimes mean changing outfits throughout the day? I know when I’m on holiday, I love to wear as many looks as I possibly can and have been known to change three or even four times a day! Excessive?! Maybe. But how about every 90 minutes? With Warehouse, you can change your look with a brand new outfit every 90 minutes, thanks to their 90 minute delivery. And all for just 90p!!
To celebrate, they’ve launched this film which is the result of a national competition held by Warehouse earlier this summer, where people could submit their outfits. Nine winners were selected (based on Facebook votes) and these 9 outfits now appear in the film. The film is about the day of a girl who is changing outfits every 90 minutes according to what’s happening in her life.
What would you buy to have delivered in the next hour and a half? Maybe a new dress for a surprise date? Or a new coat because the weather suddenly changed? Perhaps a fancy new top for last minute drinks with the girls after work?
The school holidays are over and mums everywhere are back on the school run. But what to wear at the school gate?
There are a whole host of celeb mums to take your cue from – all rocking the simple and chic school gate look that is so easy to copy:
There seems to be something of a formula in these looks and so we’ve put together our tips for dressing in style for the school run:
- A pair of skinny jeans seems de rigeur for these fashionable mums. They’re easy to wear and create a great base for the rest of your look.
- Add an oversized tunic tee – this allows for easy movement without flashy any flesh.
- Next a parka jacket – or for uber cool points, layer on a leather jacket – to keep the chill out as your wait for your little ones.
- A scarf will also assist as the cold winter months approach.
- Finally, finish off with a pair of easy to walk/run in ankle boots. Try these Sam Edelman ankle boots for size – or, if you’re on a more restricted budget, these Esprit boots will be just as stylish.
- Or, if the weather is a little warmer, ballet pumps allow for running after your brood whilst looking stylish.
How will you be dressing on the school run?
If you’re a student starting at sixth form college or anticipating your first day at university, make sure to check back next week for our top tips on how to dress – on a budget and in style!
As the summer draws to a close, there are still a few weeks left for sunshine-based events and activities. Whether you’ve got a late summer wedding invitation in your diary or a more relaxed BBQ, you’ll be wanting the perfect outfit to wear.
Little Mistress is fast becoming the new “must have” label for the sociable girl who wants great styles to wear everyday and stunning and glamorous dresses for night. The collections are designed by the Little Mistress in-house team and the wide variety of styles and pieces make it hard not to find something you want!
We’ve picked out three party dresses for three occasions for you to add to your wardrobe so you’re ready for any last minute invitations you might receive!
1. This cream and navy dress with open-back detail is ideal for a summer evening wedding reception – the style is flattering and easy to accessorise. Add plain heels, a simple clutch and pin your hair up for maximum impact!
2. This navy embellished chiffon dress would be lovely to wear to a late summer BBQ. Add a pair of metallic flat sandals and maybe take a cardigan with you, just in case the temperature drops later in the day.
3. This bodycon dress with embellished would look great for date night – it’ll certainly make your man swoon! Just add a towering pair of heels and you’re good to go.
How will you be dressing up for any parties now that summer is drawing to a close?
Talking about being sun safe is not sexy. But neither are the consequences of not taking care in the sun.
We all love a tan in the summer – and I am not exception. The minute that the sun comes out, I’m out in the garden in my shorts and vest. For me, summer clothes look so much better with a bit of colour.
But the risks involved with tanning and sun exposure are widely known: from premature aging and in extreme cases, skin cancer. The question is, then, is it worth risking these for the sake of a tan that will last just a few months at the most?
This summer, I’ve been exploring some of the options available to stay safe in the sun.
If you want a natural tan, make sure that you use a broad spectrum sun screen. This is basically a sun screen that provides UVA and UVB protection. This year I’ve been trying Piz Buin’s wet oil spray. I already use body oil instead of moisturiser as I find it leaves my skin smoother so it seemed like a natural progression to move to an oil sun screen. The oil cuts through water, so you can apply it straight after a dip in the pool or sea when on holiday without having to dry off.
It’s highly moisturising which helps to produce a longer lasting natural tan.
By using a sun screen your tan might take longer to develop but ultimately it will last longer too.
If you’re spending a lot of time in the sun, you should also be using an after sun or moisturiser morning and night to stop skin drying out completely. I’ve also been trying out Piz Buin’s newest after sun lotion but, as before, I’m still using my body oil after my morning shower. The after sun will ensure that skin is soothed and moisturised after a day out.
If you’d like to try out Piz Buin’s new oil spray make sure to check back next Monday (26 August) for another birthday giveaway!
How do you stay safe in the sun?
Any regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of dry shampoo – and, in particular, Batiste Dry Shampoo. They’re at V Festival this weekend and they’ll be on hand, in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge, to offer festival hair tips and styling advice.
They’ve also very kindly sent over a great fishtail plait how to:
Illustrations by Debra Parkinson
Spray your hair evenly with Batiste Dry Shampoo, this will give your hair extra grip and texture for styling your fishtail.
1. Gather your hair in a low ponytail on one side at the back of head. Separate hair into two equal sections.
2. Take a thin strand of hair from the outside right section and cross over and add to the left section of hair, blend together
3. Next, take a thin strand from the outside left section and cross over adding to the right section of hair, again blend together.
4. Repeat this process incorporating hair from one section to the other and secure with a clear fine band.
For a bohemian ‘V Festival’ look, gently tease hair apart with your fingers….Enjoy!
Are you at V this weekend? Will you be relying on Batiste to get your hair through?
Whilst we all hope to jet off for holidays abroad each summer and spend a week or two in shorts and vests, or lying by the pool in little more than a two-piece, for the rest of the time we expect to be back in a dull and damp UK. What do we do then, when we have weeks of warm and sunny weather at home, when we have to go to the office each day?
Many of us will have a few summer appropriate work wear looks but these will have lost their appeal – or be in need of a wash – after a week or two of summer sunshine. So I’ve put together my top tips for making your wardrobe go further in the summer:
- Many of us will have dresses bought for summer weddings or summer events that we’ve worn just once or twice and are now languishing at the back of our wardrobes. Why not pull these out and wear them to work? They’ll certainly be smart and summery.
- Holiday shorts might not work for the office but what about a pair of loose summer trousers? Team with a t-shirt and a pair of smart sandals for work wear.
- If you’re working in an air conditioned office, you could get away with a more strappy summer dress, with a cardigan or a light jacket over the top, to make it a little more appropriate.
How do you dress for work in the summer?
On holiday I rarely wear make-up. In the heat, I hate the feeling of anything on my skin so I leave it at home. But when I’m off to work in the summer heat, I like to wear some, even if only a little. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve honed my ability to do summer make-up.
The base is the heaviest part I find, so I either use a light dusting of bronzer or I mix a little foundation with an SPF moisturiser.
I usually leave the eye shadow at home and instead throw on a little colourful eyeliner – green is my current favourite.
And finally I good coat of blackest black mascara. Currently I’m using Boots 17’s newest mascara: Back Lash. Which is great for adding volume and colour for wow eyes!
I’m using my Boots No7 BB lip balm to add a little colour and keep my lips moisturised.
What make-up do you wear in the summer heat?
I don’t know about you but I find accessorising in the heat a real issue. The last thing I want to do is add more layers to my outfit – I want less! In the winter I’m all about the layers and accessories = piles of necklaces, scarves, cocktail rings, bangles – the lot!
But there are ways to do it in the summer without loosing your cool!
- Instead of wearing your scarf round your neck and dying from the heat – wrap it around your head. Either wear is like a headband or, better yet, wrapped around your bun.
- Let your shoes do all the talking: choose pretty sandals that add colour and interest to your look.
- Delicate jewellery will be cooler than chunky statement pieces. In the summer heat, less is officially more! I’ve been wearing a single long necklace which makes a statement but isn’t heavy enough to weigh me down or make me too hot.
For more ideas, check out my recent summer outfits,
Do you accessorise in the summer?