SQUARE NECK TOP

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Carrying on from last weeks post about taking my style back to what I know, I updated my long sleeve tops with this square neck version from Topshop Boutique. These kinds of ribbed tops become a great in-between piece for autumn. I fell in love with this one thanks to the split cuff detail, although it's not ideal when you are super hungry and dip the sleeves in your food. Note to self, always roll them up!

As well as the sleeve detail I am loving the cream base, the perfect unstated colour that you can wear with anything. This outfit here features three pieces that are building blocks for any outfits. Together they make up a simple outfit but each piece can be worn with anything within my wardrobe. I feel like I have my style back on track. For a while I felt I had lost my way with shopping, I had been drawn towards trend-driven pieces and not thought about how to wear them the second, third or fourth time around. For example my bold red boots and cardigan are lovely but I have to be careful how many times I wear them as they are so prominent in a look.

This season sees so much emphasis on bold colours, the eighties inspired looks and luxe outfits. I love seeing how the high street reacts to the catwalk trends. Some like Zara go crazy and follow trends exactly, while others simply give a nod with subtle details and fabrics. The last month or so I have fallen into the trap of following the trends exact, acting like a magpie. The only thing with this is, it's never long lasting. Trends are always short lived and I get bored very easily of IT pieces and colours. So I find myself going back to the subtle details, basic colour palette and giving a nod to trends. This way anything I buy will be worn time and time again, without getting bored of my purchases.

How do you feel about trend pieces? Are you still loving what you have purchased so far or like me are you now bored?

Joey x

RIBBED TOP - TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE

STRIPE TROUSERS - ZARA

BOOTS - PUBLIC DESIRE

DENIM JACKET - ASOS

EARRINGS - ACCESSORIZE

TAKING IT BACK TO WHAT I KNOW

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Over the last couple of months, I have flirted with the idea of past eras of fashion, taking on elements and mixing them up with my current wardrobe. Over the last couple of outfit posts though I've let the trends get the better of me and not carefully thought out my looks.

From looking over some of my most recent Instagram posts I feel I went too far with colour. Colour does excite me and there is tones of it across the high street, which got me hook line and sinker. Looking back over what I have bought so far I felt really annoyed at myself for letting the trends take over my style. This is the style rut running riot! I talked more about this in another post here.

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Taking a step back I sorted through my wardrobe and made a conscious decision to stick to fabrics and colours I know that I will wear for years and not months. Following a shopping trip over the weekend, I came back with more considerate items that are more fitting with my style. Sometimes you have to take a step back and review where you want to take your ideas and make a decision not to buy into just any old trend that comes in.

One of the first pieces that I picked up was this polka dot blouse. This is a proper bargain at £12.99! The fabric makes the blouse light and gives a nice billowing touch to the sleeves. This whole look works perfectly as both top and jeans cinch me in at the waist and a little bit of height with these boots. This look is a great transitional outfit for the in between seasons.

I would love to know how you guys are coping with this transitional period and the first look of the new trends?

Joey x

PUSSY BOW BLOUSE - H&M

JEANS - TOPSHOP

BOOTS - EGO SHOES

A STYLE RUT

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We have all been there at some point in the year, the dreaded style rut! For me it happens just before we are heading into the next season. I don't know what to wear, I've had enough of my current season cothes and there is just nothing in the shops that inspires me. This time it hit me about a week ago and it hit me hard, so much so I'm still yet to find my groove with the trends and more importantly fit the new season trends into my style.

Like anyone who goes through this, you just have to figure it out as you go. I am always wanting to add new pieces to my current wardrobe but with any new season brings new trends and thats where I need to figure out which ones I want to invest in and update my style. It's no surprise that new trends can feel overwhelming, for example this season saw designers really experiment with luxe fabrics, glitter, metallics and head to toe one colour outfits. So if like me you are feeling like you need to ease yourself into these trends here's my advice:

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Try a new colour.
For the average woman, we are not going to rock a full head to toe red or purple look to work, it's just not workable for us. But this doesn't mean you can't take elements of red and wear a red top with black trousers or a pair of pink heels with your suit to work. Like here I took inspiration from the Louis Vuitton catwalk show with this electric blue satin top. Instead of a full blue look, I've paired this top with some black jeans to offset this whole look. If colour isn't your thing, another big trend for this season is checks and suiting. Just by adding a check blazer over the top of a dress or jeans and t-shirt you have updated an old look.

Mix up your style.
From time to time a style rut can extend to hair and make-up, so the best way to combat this is to get booked in to see a hair stylist. Get a consultation and they will advise you new colours and hairstyles which will work for you. I recently had my hair done and my hairdresser Ky knows me well enough to know that I love to experiment with my hair. So this time he has taken me grey! He has still bleached my hair and the grey will fade over the next couple of weeks, but for now I am fully grey and I love it! Sometimes all you need is a new haircut and colour to feel brand new again.

Back to basics.
If both of these two tips fail and you really are in a proper rut with your style, my advice is to go back to the basics. Take any trend-driven pieces out of your wardrobe and strip your look back to basic items such as white shirts, classic jeans, t-shirts, ankle boots etc. By taking your wardrobe back to these basics items you can start to re-build your style from the bottom up.

Please let me know if you have experienced a style rut and leave any advice below how to conquer it.

Joey x

BLUE SATIN TOP - H&M

JEANS - WHISTLES

VELVET HEELS - MONSOON

VELVET BAG - MONSOON

FIND THE PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS

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As you might have gathered I kinda like denim. I feature so much of it on here but jeans are the one item I always turn to and pair with any new purchase I make. More importantly jeans are what I reach for when I'm having a 'don't know what to wear' day and all you want is your favourite pair, with a white t-shirt and some classic boots - outfit done. I honestly don't know what I would wear if jeans didn't exist!

Even though jeans have always been a big part of my wardrobe, it's not always been the most flattering piece I've bought. I've had my fair few disastrous purchases from a very tight fitting white pair and remember those low slung jeans I mentioned in another post, yes I tried them with a crop top.. I will not be going back there again. From all the mistakes I've made I've definitely learnt along the way and hopefully my advice below will help you to find your perfect pair of jeans.

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Know your body shape
This first one is a biggie and should not be ignored if you really want jeans to be a staple in your wardrobe. Find out if you are an apple, pear or hourglass that way you know what type of leg you need for your shape. For example I am in between a pear and an hour glass, meaning I look and feel better more importantly in mom jeans. Tight fitting round my ass and a straight leg. If your hips are wider than your shoulders or an apple shape you need to balance this out by wearing a lose leg. If you are rectangle or hourglass you can pretty much wear any style to your taste - you lucky things!

Forget sizing
Another big one to forget. Of course you have to start at what size you are in a trouser, but that doesn't mean you will be the same in jeans in that store. It all varies from store to store. But more importantly it doesn't matter what size you buy, it's what size that fits and makes you feel comfortable in! It doesn't bother me if I go up one or even two sizes, if it looks good on, perfect!

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Altering the jeans to fit your shape
Women are not one style fits all. We come in all different sizes and your clothes are an extension of this. So once you have found the perfect style of jean and you try them on to find that it's a little lose at the waist or it would look better taken up. Then get them altered! Once I find a pair I love it's sometimes the length that lets them down, so when I'm back at home I cut the length to suit my height. Never be afraid to alter new or old items, as you will love them even more once you've done it.

Chose the right shade
Like I said before about those tight white jeans being a big mistake, it came down to the colour being so optic white making my bum and legs look bigger than they were.  You really have to experiment here to find which shades work for you. I currently own a very light stone wash pair, which I love and they go with tonnes of things. But the standard shades that work for everyone are black, navy or dark blue and the popular blue that you see on a pair of vintage Levi's. The darker the shade the more flattering the colour on your figure, plus you don't have to wash them as much as light coloured pairs.

Outfit ideas
The last piece advice is to just play around with styling. Experiment with opposites within your outfits. Take a polished dark denim jean and team it with a pair of old Converse and a distressed t-shirt. Or wear a distressed pair of jeans and tuck an oversized white shirt into them. To finish the look off try an oversized check blazer. Jeans are for the everyday but that doesn't mean your outfit should be an average look. Your jeans should be working for you and making you feel amazing in that perfect pair!

Hope you guys liked my tips, let me know if you have any for buying denim pieces. If you liked this I could do more 'how to' in the future. Let me know below!

Joey x

LONG SLEEVE STRIPE TOP - URBAN OUTFITTERS

BLACK MOM JEANS - WHISTLES

SILVER METALLIC BOOTS - EGO SHOES