How to Prepare for Autumn/Winter trends 2018

I think it is fair to say that I am really excited about this coming season. First off when it gets to the colder seasons I always feel as though I can experiment more as you can layer up and wear a variety of materials that would be far too warm to wear in Summer. However, most importantly I am excited because these Autumn/Winter trends are almost completely my style. There are many new trends but here are the biggest. Right, let’s jump straight in!

Yellow

A colour that I feel many people are afraid to wear too much of it definitely yellow. Some people may try a yellow top here or a yellow bag there but too rarely people don’t go for it. So if you have been considering dabbling with a bit of this bright colour now is the time.

Jasper Conran London Fashion Week 2018 Yellow

Jasper Conran

Mother of Pearl Yellow  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Mother of Pearl

Leather

Bring a bit of glam to your look with a piece of leather. The great thing about leather is it will always make you look great whilst being a long lasting item of clothing that can be worn with any outfit, dressed up or dress down. Many may frown upon the use of leather and there are a few alternatives such as faux, recycled and vegetable tanned leathers. It isn’t for everyone but if you are up for it… experiment!

Natasha Zinko Leather  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Natasha Zinko

 London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018 Christopher Kane Leather

Christopher Kane

Checks

You should definitely check this one out… sorry, no more puns! Checks are so versatile, you can wear them casual, smart or smart-casual and still look put together.  The one place to avoid wearing checks is when dressing for a very formal event.

Burberry Checks London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Burberry

 London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018 Marta Jakubowski Checks

Marta Jakubowski

Pleats

A schoolgirl classic here for a spin, pleats are in for a whirl.

JW Anderson Pleats  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

JW Anderson

Osman Pleats London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Osman

Tweed

It is a classic for men and women. When I see tweed, I think quality. This is the first piece I will be hunting down before the colder weather kicks off. Coats, jackets, skirts or accessories, this material even in small quantity can showcase style.

Matty Bovan Tweed  London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Matty Bovan

Chanel Tweed Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Chanel

Shine

Night out or stand out, adding a bit of gloss to your outfit could never be a bad thing.

Ryan Lo Shine London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Ryan Lo

Halpern Shine London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Halpern

Modesty

After so much going on in the Media at the moment I love that modest dressing is a trend. I think it is amazing that it is fashionable to dress how you want, including covering up more. In my opinion, I find it great that attention can be drawn to out clothes instead of to our skin.

Margraret Howell London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Margaret Howell

Huishan Zhang London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Huishan Zhang

Animal Print

For some, this is a big no. Animal print used to remind me of old ladies and I admit it has taken a while to shake that. However, after seeing the prints on the runway this year not looking as loud and typical as I remember them to be, I am beginning to get a shopping itch.

Halpern Animal Print London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Halpern

Ashley Williams Animal Print London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

Ashley Williams

Autumn/Winter Trends 2018

How to dress like young Donna (Mamma Mia)

While watching the new Mamma Mia film all I could think above it was the outfits that young Donna was wearing. Many of the outfits were the perfect mix of the summer and the 70s. So I have searched far and wide for the closest items to match young Donna’s wardrobe.

Graduation Day

Mamma Mia jumpsuit, 70s, Lilly James
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

In the first scene of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again young Donna performs in this great jumpsuit. For the jumpsuit, this one from ASOS is a fairly good match at £26 which you could pair with a green vest or leave it as it is.

The great thing about this jumpsuit is its verticality as it could be worn with a pair of heeled sandals or it could be dressed down with some white trainers. Whatever you do, go for it and if you want to fully rock the 70s look have a look here for that perfect pair.

Orange Ensemble

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

This outfit is simple yet gorgeous as the bright skirt brings it to life. A close match to the skirt can be found at Boohoo for only £10 obviously it isn’t an exact match but for that price, it no longer matters.

This great skirt can be paired with a black crop top found almost anywhere depending on your taste or a blouse similar to what Lilly James also wears in another scene. The difficulty with the blouse is the struggle to match the same tones I would recommend a simpler top in an earthy colour (black, brown, etc).

Keeping Cool

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

Everyone needs AT LEAST one big flowing top to wear when it is boiling and Donna’s is perfect: off the shoulder, thin fabric and big floaty sleeves. This blouse from Next at £28 will still keep you cool due to the airy and more modern style.

European Chic

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

Often people are afraid to mix bright colours together, but this outfit demonstrates we should all do it more. A similar hat can be found at Hat Country

This can be worn with a knit from YoYoMelody coming is a few colours including red and pink.

The Donna Classic

Mamma Mia
Credit: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures

Dungarees are everywhere nowadays! The problem is some people are afraid to wear them because they don’t have the ‘right body type’. This is absolute rubbish: anyone can wear dungarees but feel more confident by styling them with a bright or patterned top rather than white or black t-shirts. Don’t be afraid to experiment! For example, you could wear a set of dungarees with this shirt from M&S.

I hope this post helps with your Mamma Mia inspired shopping.

Thanks for reading!! 🌼

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The Beauty of Bravissimo!

When I found Bravissimo a few years ago my whole life changed!

This company introduced me to a world where bras fitted and looked amazing too. And you will never guess what! They sell clothing too,  accommodating for the desperately needed boob room. No more buttons pulling!

There are so many things I love about Bravissimo: the variety, the colours and patterns, and the amazing staff in the store. As you can imagine, a young teenage girl, who was pretty self-conscious, walking into a bra fitting is going to have a nerve-wracking experience. Think again. The women in the store were so understanding, respectful, and great at their jobs, allowing 2013 me to walk out with – not only a perfect new bra – but a new found confidence.  But enough about me, let us talk about bras…

The Bras

Bravissimo has many different styles that fit each person differently, from the balconette to the mastectomy bra and there are many different brands such as Curvy Kate or Freya, therefore there are loads of combinations to find your ideal fit. All the designs are beautiful so you aren’t stuck with the typical white, black and nude that other shops offer once you hit a D cup. My favourite at the moment is the Fantasie Mya bra Bravissimoas it gives a great shape working really well as a t-shirt bra but it still has a lovely design so you don’t feel too plain.

I understand that these bras are more expensive than the less fortunate small boobed but they are well worth the extra dosh. These bras last longer and fit far better than I have ever found before. However good quality needs good care: hand wash the bras and let them air dry to prevent wear!

The Swimwear

Oh my gosh, this was a huge blessing! Imagine a world where you can dive into a pool and have no need to readjust. Yes, you heard it – swimwear that looks great and STILL SUPPORTS! (I hope you can see how excited this makes me.) I mean they even offer sports swimming swimsuit bravissimocostumes, I swear with Bravissimo you can do everything and with your boobs supported! One swimming costume I love is the Seville Swimsuit as it is simple but stylish with the sheer elements added. Also, it is designed to keep your tummy tucked and it is in black to slim you down.

Not only do Bravissimo offer swimwear they also have a few extra holiday items to browse, including the new lilo (trust me you are going to want this!)

The Clothes

Now, this stuff has saved me on multiple occasions. Blouses with extra boob room, dresses that actually zip up smoothly – it truly is heaven. Each normal size comes in three variations curvy, really curvy and super curvy, this means that if a size fits but your chest is too big you don’t need to go up a size at all. This is SO handy and allows you to keep the figure flattering shape instead of getting a size 16 to fit the girls in.

So if you are someone that struggles with bras, clothes and swimwear it is worth checking out the Bravissimo website.

Good luck and share this with your busty friends!