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If in Doubt, Wear Black.

If in Doubt, Wear Black.

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The colour black is always in vogue, regardless of the fashion season or where you are in the world. Trends may come and go, but black is always in style, or so it seems. The colour is constantly in the shops, and on the catwalk, all year. It is a prominent colour in the wardrobe of most fashion conscious men and women. Many fashion bloggers, fashion designers and style icons like Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe, and Audrey Hepburn, are usually seen rocking all black outfits, and who would blame them, black is a very powerful colour.

Dressing in all black is often perceived as a strong, stylish, fashion statement. It is classic and timeless, and the true style queens now how to work it. It takes confidence to wear all black and look good. There is a thin line between wearing all black, and looking stylish, and wearing all black, and looking grumpy.

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I love anything black. Monochrome pieces and accessories are also my favourites. I find them versatile, super flattering, and easy to style. I love the fact that I can wear the same classic black dress to the office, to a restaurant and to an event. I attended a bloggers event with Propellernet and Premier Inn last year, and I remember thinking long and hard of what pieces to wear for the 2 day event.  I wanted to dress formally, but I didn’t want to stand out too much. It was my first bloggers event and all, so I was going in there blind, not sure what to expect. I just obeyed the fashion golden rule – ‘If in Doubt, Wear Black’, and it worked. I settled on a black fitted Next dress for the first day, and a black Next top and skirt for the second day (Yes, I love Next), and I looked stylish and chic, but not over the top, which was the look I was going for.

Most of my pieces and accessories are in black. I only started adding some colour to my wardrobe some years ago, there was a time I had only monochrome clothing and accessories, but a bit of colour is required every now and again. Whenever I have an event to attend, and I can’t think of what to wear, I just throw on a black outfit, and it is yet to fail me. If in doubt, just wear black.

Do you agree? Is black a prominent colour in your wardrobe? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

Thanks for reading. Thank God its Friday.

Have a great weekend x

 

 

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Female Body Shapes: The Ballerina Shaped Woman

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Ballet dancer posing on pointe

 

I have previously written about the different female body shapes some years. It was actually one of the first blog posts I wrote in 2012 when I first started blogging, check it out here. It is an Oldie but a Goldie, it was well received and is still one of the most popular posts on the blog so I decided to write a series of more detailed posts about the different female body shapes.

Today it is all about The Ballerina body shape. This shape is desirable for ballad and it is also meant for fashion, it consists of a tiny waist, small bust, defined toned body, narrow hips and endless legs. Twiggy, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Hepburn are some of the famous ballerina shaped women. Some fashion models also have this shape.

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The ballerina shaped woman has the tendency to look boyish so The Fashion Tip is to go for feminine pieces like an A line skirt, a full skirt and similar pieces.

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When it comes to any body shape, the idea is to highlight the positives and delete the negatives. Here are the DOs and DONTs for the ballerina shaped woman:

DOs

  1. Play up your body shape with solid colours like black and white.
  2. Wear full skirts and big bold belts to draw attention to your tiny waist.
  3. Opt for outfits that show off your graceful neck.
  4. Opt for feminine pieces like dresses, skirts and so on.

DONTs

  1. Avoid maxi skirts and dresses, they do nothing for your silhouette.
  2. Avoid tight bodycon dresses. You don’t have the curves to fill them.
  3. Avoid clothes with large print, they have the power to drown out your elegant features.

Those are the fashion tips for the ballerina shaped woman. Are you a ballerina shaped woman? Do you have any tips to share? Sound off in the comment section. Thanks for reading and have a fantastic Friday.

Top 50 Fashion & Style Quotes

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Coco Chanel
1. ‘Walk like you have three men walking behind you.’ – Oscar de la Renta
2. ‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe
3. ‘In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.’ – Coco Chanel

4. ‘Fashions fade, style is eternal.’ – Yves Saint Laurent

5. ‘One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.’ – Karl Lagerfeld

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Marilyn Monroe
6. ‘Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.’ – Bo Derek
7. Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.’ – Audrey Hepburn8. So soon as a fashion is Universal, it is out of date.’ – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

9. ‘I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.’ – Whitney Houston

10. ‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ – Coco Chanel

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Audrey Hepburn
11. ‘Fashion is so close in revealing a person’s inner feelings and everybody seems to hate to lay claim to vanity so people tend to push it away. It’s really too close to the quick of the soul.’ – Stella Blum
12. ‘I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.’ – Carrie Bradshaw
13. ‘The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.’ Giambattista Valli

14. ‘If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.’ Anna Wintour

15. ‘The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.’ – Mary Quant

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Anna Wintour
16. ‘Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.’ – Betsey Johnson
17. ‘Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.’ – Lauren Hutton
18. ‘Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.’ – Virginia Woolf

19. ‘The difference between style and fashion is quality.’ – Giorgio Armani

20. ‘You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.’ – Christian Dior

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Yves Saint Laurent
21. ‘Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.’ – Gianni Versace
22. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.’ – Coco Chanel
23. ‘I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.’ – Lady Gaga

24. ‘I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane’ – Karl Lagerfeld

25. ‘Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.’ – Alexander Wang

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Karl Lagerfeld
26. ‘When I design and wonder what the point is, I think of someone having a bad time in their life. Maybe they are sad and they wake up and put on something I have made and it makes them feel just a bit better. So, in that sense, fashion is a little help in the life of a person. But only a little.’ – Miuccia Prada
27. ‘Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.’ – Rachel Zoe
28. ‘Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.’ – Alexander McQueen

29. ‘About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.’ – Manolo Blahnik

30. ‘The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.’ – Audrey Hepburn

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Gianni Versace
31. ‘You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.’ – Karl Lagerfeld
32. ‘The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.’ – Diana Vreeland
33. ‘Style is when they’re running you out-of-town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.’ – William Battie

34. ‘I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.’ – Ralph Lauren

35. ‘Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.’ – Oscar Wilde

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Mary Quant
36. ‘To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.’ – Marc Jacobs
37. ‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.’ – Orson Welles
38. ‘I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.’ – Coco Chanel

39. ‘Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.’ – Yves Saint Laurent

40. ‘A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.’ – Sophia Loren

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Marc Jacobs
41. ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ – Leonardo da Vinci
42. ‘I can’t concentrate in flats.’ – Victoria Beckham
43. ‘Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce’ – Manolo Blahnik.

44. ‘If I can have any impact, I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion’ – Michelle Obama

45. ‘Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will’ – Anne Klein

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Michelle Obama
46. ‘When in doubt, wear red.’ Bill Blass
47. ‘Fashion is instant language.’ Miuccia Prada
48. ‘Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.’ Charles Reade

49. ‘Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!’ – Donna Karan

50. ‘Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.’ – Edna Woolman Chase

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Victoria Beckham

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