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How to Choose Bridesmaids Dresses

If you are planning a wedding, and have been paying attention to Fashion and Style Police, you would know January is the best time to shop for a wedding dress. So with the wedding dress out-of-the-way, you need to start thinking of bridesmaids dresses. This task can be very time-consuming, so it is best to start as soon as you can. How do you choose bridesmaids dresses? Here are some tried and tested shopping and styling tips you may find very useful if you are a bride to be.

 

Decide on colours and style

When I got married years ago. I decided on the colours and style I wanted for my bridesmaids and went shopping with the information in mind. The colours of the day were gold and midnight blue. I wanted my maid of honour to wear long gold dress and my bridesmaids to wear midnight blue mid-length dresses. I pictured the styles I wanted in my head already, so once I laid eyes on the dresses, I knew I wanted them.

 

Shop in the right stores

Shopping in the right stores saves time and money. I am a massive fan of Coast bridesmaids dresses. They are usually very chic and elegant. Bridesmaids always stand out wearing their dresses. I can always spot a Coast dress from a distance. The quality and attention to detail on Coast dresses is second to none on the high street as you can see below.

 

Imi Lace Maxi Dress £149

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Mel Maxi Dress £129

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Imi Lace Navy Dress £149

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Corwin Tulle Maxi £119

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Bring your bridesmaids on board

I always advise brides to bring their bridesmaids on board when choosing their dresses, especially when the bridesmaids are paying for them. It makes sense to make sure your maids are happy with the colour, style and price of the dress you have selected. You don’t want them feeling uncomfortable on the wedding day. If possible, go shopping for the dresses with as many of your bridesmaids as you can.

 

Try them on

Get your bridesmaids to try on the dresses as soon as possible if you don’t go shopping with them. If you have to buy any dress in the absence of a bridesmaid like I had to, make sure you have their measurements. Many are not aware of the fact that bridesmaid dresses sizes are not the same as traditional clothing ones. Which means their usual size won’t apply. It will usually go up a size or 2!

 

Get the shoes

The mistake I made with my girls was that I didn’t get the same shoes for all of them. I told them the colour and they are showed wearing shoes in various styles, which I didn’t really like. So, I always advise any bride to pick out shoes as well as the dress for the bridesmaids. It looks a lot better when they are all wearing the same style of shoes. And you can be sure no one would turn wearing something odd.

 

Find the accessories

Once the dress and shoes are sorted, the next stop is accessories. You want your bridesmaids to look beautiful, and accessories play a vital role in finishing off a look the right way. So you have to get them right. To create a stylish uniformed look, you can use pins, scarves, belts and jewelry to finish off the look.

 

How did you choose your bridesmaids dresses for your wedding? Are you a fan of Coast?

 

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How to Dress Warm without a Coat

This post is all about how to dress warm without a coat. I find styling to keep warm for the cold weather sometimes tricky. It can be difficult to combine warm pieces to keep warm and looks stylish at the same time. And sometimes, the coat seems to cover all the hard work spent styling the outfit.

Although I always love a challenge when it comes to styling clothes, it’s normal to face some hitches here and there. Over the years, after experiencing a good number of extremely cold winters, I have been able to perfect the art of styling for the cold.

 

 

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You may think it’s impossible to look amazing and still be warm without putting a coat on but today I’m going to share with you a couple of my hacks that will help you look stylish in the cold without wearing a coat.

 

The chunky sweater

Chunky sweaters are really cute and are now the favourite in the world of fashion this season. What’s great about them is that they not only make you look trendy, but they’re also warm enough to wear outside without putting a coat on. That’s a double win.

To help flatter your figure and balance out the proportions of your outfit, wear the chunky sweater over skinny jeans. This will help balance out the chucky nature of your sweater.

 

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The oversized cardigan

This is one of my favourites. It’s warm and in vogue as well. There’s something about the oversized cardigan that gives it a lot of charm to your outfit during the cold winter days.

Just like the chucky sweater, you get the best out of styling with the cardigan when you keep balance in mind. Since the cardigan is big, you should style it with something that will flatter your shape. Wear a top that is fitting and you can use a nice pair of skinny trousers to complete the look.

 

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The sweatshirt

Another clothing item that guarantees warmth and style is the sweatshirt. You can’t never go wrong with a mid-thigh length sweatshirt during the cold. Sweatshirts are thick and they are sure to keep you warm when you go outside and you don’t have to worry about compromising style.

Aside from styling it with something that will maintain the concept of balance like a pair of jeans or tights, you can take it further by layering your sweatshirt over with a long lose fitting collared shirt. Allow the collars of the shirt fold over the neck of the sweatshirt. You can play around with colours of the shirt to add some contrast to your outfit.

 

 

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A little reminder…

As effective as the pieces I mentioned are to keep you warm during the cold, I felt that it would be important to mention that you should make sure that you wear something warm inside as well. Get an inner shirt or blouse you can wear underneath to help keep you warmer.

You can also try wrapping a scarf around your neck to keep you warm. The good news is that scarves never go out of style.

Make sure you wear a pair of long stockings under your trousers or jeans to keep your legs warm too.

 

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What do you think of these tips?

OOTD: My Love for Backpacks

Since becoming a mother, my fashion life has taken a back seat as expected. I am unable to wear sky-high shoes when out and about with the twins. I only started going out with my handbags. In the early days, I used to share the baby bag with them. I couldn’t see the point in taking 2/3 bags out at the same time.

 

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During those days, I began to appreciate backpacks and shoulder bags. The fact that I could pop everything I needed in a backpack and still have my hands free to push the buggy or grab a child felt amazing. These days, you can easily spot me with a backpack. I find them very comfy and handy to have around. So when the opportunity to feature a Zatchel bag landed on my doorstep, I knew the style I was going for instantly.

I went for the Belgrave Cream Backpack. I really like the design and colour. This beauty is handmade in England from the finest quality soft leather. I adore the quick open clasp concealed behind the buckle and two front pockets with magnetic closures. I think it is a cute and stylish backpack.

 

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The green top is also a new wardrobe  addition. I got it in the sale some weeks ago. It has been worn a few times now because I find it dead comfy and easy to layer with a blazer.

I am still in the process of sorting out my autumn/winter wardrobe. I am hoping to finish up this week. So look out for loads of autumn/winter outfit posts. I have a few lined up already.

 

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WHAT I WORE

Green Top – Apricot

Belgrave Cream Backpack – c/o Zatchels

Black Jeggings – River Island

Black Boots – Henry Holland

Black Leather Jacket – Miss Selfridge

 

How are you loving autumn fashion? Are you a fan of backpacks? Please share your thoughts.

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