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I hope you are having a fantastic summer so far. But blink and, before you know it, it will be fall. That’s why I’m working with Nordstrom to put together this capsule for you with pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

It’s so important when putting together your closet to choose pieces which give you as much versatility as possible; those items that will work hard through different seasons.

Putting together a capsule wardrobe can ensure that choosing outfits each day is easy. Not only that, but choose the right pieces and you can wear many of them now, but you can also make sure you have your fall closet ready.

I’ve partnered with Nordstrom this summer, which is one of the best places to shop for fall, to bring you a capsule wardrobe which will give you plenty of stylish looks to transition from summer through to fall and beyond.

I’m concentrating on high-quality pieces that won’t just last you one season, but which you can wear for years to come. Plus, they are even more affordable as the Nordstrom anniversary sale is starting, so I’ve included lots of pieces which have a good discount.

Rails plaid shirtMadewell plaid crop wide leg pantsAvec Les Filles double face wool blend coatRebecca Minkoff leather circle crossbody bag

You can shop the sale from July 19th through to August 4th, so there’s plenty of time to pick up a summer bargain.

Here, I will feature the key trends not just for summer, but also though fall to make sure your outfits have longevity.

What you will need… An animal print blouse

Animal print is one of those style staples that will never, ever not be on trend.

But, it is particularly on trend for fall 2019, with many designers having already showcased leopard and other animal prints on their winter and fall catwalks.

Something Navy utility top

A stylish, neutral top

While it’s easy to be drawn to more elaborate tops, every closet needs a base of stylish, plain-colored or neutral tops.

That way, the rest of your closet will have so much more versatility as you can easily pop your plain tops under other layers, or pair with your printed tops and skirts.

But, just because you opt for a block color, that doesn’t mean that you have to choose a top which is bland or boring. Instead, look for tops which have drape or twist detailing, for example. That way, you will still add extra interest.

Eileen Fisher cowl neck tee

A versatile twist-front blouse

I love this blouse. Not only does it add a pop of bright, vibrant color to any outfit, but it is also very flattering.

A v-neck is flattering for most body shapes as it elongates the figure. Plus, the twist front will disguise a little bit of a tummy if you aren’t happy with that area.

You could wear now with a pair of white jeans or pants for summer, and then switch to a darker denim for fall.

For more inspiration check out this piece on the best tops to hide your belly.

1.State twist front blouse

A deep red shirt

I also love the versatility of this darker red shirt, which would go with so many other colors and pieces.

You could wear simply with a pair of jeans for a casual day, or tuck into a pencil skirt for a more formal take on the look.

Nordstrom two-pocket silk shirt

A stylish sweater

Depending on where you live in the world, and whether you are heading off on vacation this summer, you may be currently enjoying some warm sunshine.

But, you may want a warmer top for cool evenings, and you will certainly need some knitwear as summer gives way to fall.

The autumnal shade of this top is beautiful. Plus, it’s a very transitional piece. You could wear with your summer skirts to give them some longevity as the weather cools down.

Vince cashmere sweater

A V-neck sweater

Some more animal print for you! You usually see leopard print, but this is a more unusual take on the trend. Tiger print anyone?

It has a very flattering v-neck and I think would look great with a pair of jeans and sneakers or booties for fall.

ASTR the Label tiger pullover sweater

An asymmetrical dress

You know that I love asymmetry. So, the hemline on this dress is particularly attractive to me.

It also has a flattering V-neck. Plus, it can be tricky to find stylish dresses with sleeves, so this is a great option.

This could be worn in so many different ways. You could simply wear with a pair of black sandals if you are looking for a lovely vacation dress.

Then, for fall, you can add a stylish leather jacket and some boots. If you need even more warmth, you could even make this work for winter by adding a turtleneck sweater underneath.

Reiss asymmetrical dress

A moto jacket in a beautiful color

Do you already have a moto jacket in your closet? Many of you may have a piece in classic black, but I love the more subtle shade of this jacket.

It could work with an all-white summer look, but would look equally lovely with autumnal shades such as burgundy.

Blank NYC moto jacket

A plaid blazer

As well as animal print, one of the big pattern trends for fall 2019 is set to be plaid and heritage checks.

This blazer not only ticks the checks trend, but it also has a slightly vintage, almost equestrian feel.

I think this would look beautiful worn with a plain shirt and a pair of jeans. It would instantly elevate what could otherwise be a fairly simple look.

Veronica Beard check jacket

A beautiful red coat

This coat is simply stunning. What a beautiful color! A longer coat style is very much on trend for this fall and winter.

Plus, this has a very flattering, elongating effect because of the v-neck and the longer length.

Avec Les Filles coat

A pair of check pants

As I talked about with the blazer above, checks and plaid are very much still on trend.

I like the kick-flare shape of this pair of window-pane check pants.

I can see that they would work with sandals or sneakers for summer, but also with booties for fall.

Leith high waist kick flare pants

A paler pair of wide-leg pants

Many of the pants styles on the winter/fall 2019 catwalks had a more relaxed feel. A kind of slouchy, haven’t tried too hard kind of a feel.

You could team with a tank top and sandals now and then swap for a long-sleeved blouse or sweater (or both) later in the year.

Something Navy relaxed slacks

A pair of classic, darker denim jeans

The Nordstrom sale is often a good opportunity to invest in some classic pieces at a lower price than usual.

While it seems that the trend was for wall-to-wall (or leg-to-leg) skinnies for a number of seasons, flares and wider-leg styles are more on trend now.

Frame ‘Le High Flare’ jeans

An animal print skirt

It’s my third animal print piece on the list, but it is a classic and I can see that this could be worn for spitering, summer and fall.

You could easily wear with sandals for summer and with a sweater for fall. It could also be a party piece if you teamed with a silk top and some statement jewelry.

AFRM print midi skirt

A pair of low-heeled booties

Every transitional closet needs a pair of ankle booties. You can wear these with pants, skirts and dresses instead of your summer shoes.

This pair have an on-trend snakeprint and a low, block heel so they are comfortable to walk in.

Blondo waterproof boots

Open-toe booties

I think open-toe booties are a great addition to your closet (so long as you don’t mind making sure your pedicure is done!).

You can wear with pretty much every outfit up until the weather turns too cold to have your toes on display.

Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn peep toe bootie

A pair of statement boots

Just as animal print is a big trend for clothes this fall, the texture which is most on trend is reptile.

This boots manage to be on-trend yet a classic you can wear for years to come. They’re also a fabulous statement piece. You’re sure to get lots of comments and compliments.

Sam Edelman Hiltin boot

Comfortable but stylish sneakers

Sneakers have become increasingly trendy in recent years, which is great news if you want to make sure you are both stylish and comfortable.

I like the unusual shade of these ones, which I think would go beautifully with so many autumnal colors.

ECCO running shoe

A classic hobo bag

Do you love a tote bag or a hobo? I love both the color and the style of this hobo bag which would look equally good with a summer dress or with jeans and a sweater.

Rebecca Minkoff hobo bag

A pair of hoop earrings

For a pair of earrings that will go with everything, you can’t go wrong with a pair of hoops.

Kendra Scott hoop earrings

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In my quest to define style, learn from the experts and be inspired, I enjoy reading fashion books on style and photography.

They are a lot of fun to read and can actually be great gifts as well. Plus, if you are going on vacation this summer, you will definitely need some holiday reading. 

Here are some style books that I have read and some that are on my wish list.

10 of the best fashion books to inspire you

As this list has been especially updated to give you some summer reading ideas, I’m concentrating on newer fashion books here (just in case you’ve already read everything that’s ever been written about style and fashion), but there are still some oldies but goodies among my top 10 too.

There are plenty of autobiographies and biographies as I felt like you might want something you could get your teeth into if you have some time to relax over the summer.

1. The Woman I Wanted to Be – Diane Von Furstenberg

This is definitely one of my favorite fashion books. It’s an inspiring biography from this iconic designer.

4 stars, 280+ reviews

“Reading her book left me feeling inspired and uplifted because she doesn’t sugarcoat her struggles.” – evanascent

2. I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist – Betty Halbreich

She may be in her 80s, but Betty Halbreich is showing no signs of slowing down.

She has spent nearly 40 years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, dishing out frank advice and her own brand of wisdom to socialites, stars and women who need her guidance.

4.2 stars, 330+ reviews

“This was such a refreshing memoir full of color and honesty. I recommend it. It is a especially a fun read for anyone who has wonderful memories.” – Rayne

You can read my review of I’ll drink to that here.

3. Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon – Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel became a household name in 2004 at the age of 83 when her closet became the subject of a Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition.

Known for her sense of humor and her trademark round classes, she has become a leading light in the fight against fashion in the fashion industry.

One of the best fashion books around, this is a mix of musings and photographs, including some never-before-published images.

4.7 stars, 100+ reviews

“Stunning book! I loved every picture, page and word. Iris Apfel has outdone herself once again. A must have!” – Tracie

4. D.V. – Diana Vreeland

D.V., Diana Vreeland. I loved this book which is full of great anecdotes and small stories of Diana Vreeland’s life in a bygone era.

4.3 stars, 100+ reviews

“There ain’t enough stars for this book. The book is a testament to her taste level.” – JT Maxwell.

5. Yves Saint Laurent: A Biography – Laurence Benaim

This is relatively new among current fashion books, so it’s on my to-read list. Let me know if you’re already read it and what you think of it.

It chronicles his star trajectory which led to him leading the House of Dior to his fall from grace, and rise again, with interviews from his partner Pierre Bergé as well as staff, family and muses.

I’d like to read about his concept for the Le Smoking suit for women, which quickly became a sexy alternative to the little black dress.

6. Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion – Lauren Goldstein Crowe

Credited with discovering Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy, editor and muse Isabella Bow was rarely seen without an eccentric hat.

She tragically committed suicide at the age of just 48, but the legacy of this woman who started her career as Anna Wintour’s assistant lives on.

4.4 stars

“Fascinating and sad story of a person who appeared to have ‘everything’.” – SE Jarvis.

7. Grace: A Memoir – Grace Coddington

Beautiful. Willful. Charming. Blunt – that’s how Grace Coddington is described in the blurb for her book.

She talks through her early career as a model, working the David Bailey, to stepping behind the camera to become fashion editor at British Vogue in the Swinging Sixties.

She moved onto American Vogue in the Eighties, and takes you behind the scenes as iconic Vogue shoots as well as revealing her private life, including a car crash which almost killed her, her two marriages, and her enduring friendship with Anna Wintour.

Once only known to those in the industry, she was thrust into the spotlight with the movie The September Issue, which tells of how Vogue puts together its greatest issue of the year.

4.2 stars, 200+ reviews

“Sweet, charming, funny and engrossing book – by the time I reached the end, I felt like Grace and I had become good friends. Grace Coddington is an inspiration, especially for baby-boomer women, giving us insights into her aging process and how she’s dealt with it in a world where looks are everything.” – LowTide.

8. Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life – Justine Picardie

No top 10 of fashion books would be complete without at least one Coco Chanel tome in there.

This biography by Justine Picardie is based on personal interviews with Chanel’s last surviving family, friends and employees. It starts with her life in an orphanage and charts her rise to one of the most powerful figures in fashion history.

3.9 stars, 100+ reviews

“Favorite Coco book of them all. Justine Picardie is a great writer. I have read ALL the Coco books and this one is the best to me.” – BoxerDogLady

9. Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You – Simon Doonan

If you’re looking for something a little different with a sense of humor, this might just be it.

Not your typical how-to manual, this is about tapping into your existing idiosyncrasies to develop a totally unique style. It’s a mix of essays combined with interviews with eccentric women of the world such as Tilda Swinton.

4.2 stars

“Just about finished with the book and it has been delightful! Great writing style, totally relatable and it makes me feel better about myself. Can’t beat that.” – Colleen

10. Holly Would Dream – Karen Quinn

My final book is actually a novel, just in case you’re looking for an easy beach vacation read.

This wins praise for it’s old-school Hollywood glamour and the Rome setting. It’s a classic rom-com for an easy summer read.

4.6 stars

“Holly would Dream was just about the best book an Audrey Hepburn fan could read! The delightful references to Hepburn and Cary Grant appealed to my love of the golden age of Hollywood.”

Latest fashion books

There are also plenty of other style books that I love.

The Gio Graphy: Fun in the Widescreens World of Fashion book by style icon Giovanna Bataglia is already on the wishlist of many of you. Giovanna is a style icon for many and this book is sure going to inspire you.

Parisian Chic Look Book: What Should I Wear Today?  by Ines de la Fressange is for those that can never get enough of French style.

The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe: learn how to create a closet you love.

Best fashion books: My personal favorites

I Love Your Style – How to Refine and Define Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks: a book I personally enjoyed and you can read my review.

Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen: Be inspired by amazing style of these women over 60! Read my review of advanced style.

The Sartorialist X: Schumann photographs both men and women on the streets worldwide. Great for your coffee table.

Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous: Alyson Walsh is a journalist and blogger and she has a very down-to-earth approach to style.

Her book gives you clear guidelines on how to achieve timeless effortless style. Find out which style tribe you feel you belong to or get inspired by the many stylish women that are featured in the book.

American Fashion by Charlie Schelps: a book recommended by Oprah, that provides  a richly illustrated celebration of the history of fashion in America. Looks really interesting with lots of pictures from icons like Lauren Bacall and Madonna.

How Not to Look Old: fast and effortless ways to look 10 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, 10 times better. A fun book with quick and good tips to dress well and look well as you get old. Read my review of How not to look old.

Staging Your Comeback, A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45, Christopher Hopkins. Currently on my to read table, this book offers a lot of practical tips with lots of illustrations on how to look great over 45.

The Body Shape Bible by Trinny Woodall & Susannah Constantine: The ultimate guide on body shape and how to dress for your shape. They identify 12 unique shapes and provide excellent dressing advice for each.

The One Hundred: Nina Garcia highlights 100 fashion items she believes we should all own.

The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style by Kim France and Andrea Linett: this book goes into detail about various styles and describes how to achieve them. Illustrated with lots of clothing examples and images. Review coming soon.

Style Statement, Live by Your Own Design by Carrie McCarthy & Danielle LaPorte: find out what defines you and the 2 words that describe your style. Find out more in my own review: how to discover your style statement or read about my own style statement.

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange: If you want to add a bit of parisian style to your wardrobe then Ines offers many tips on how to get it. For more info you can read the parisian chic book review.

Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel: this book by Eric Boman about style icon Iris Apfelis on my wish list as well.

Humans of New York: a book on beautiful quotes and photos of people in New York

Even more style books I think you’ll love Refinery 29: Style Stalking by Pia Gelardi and Christene Barberich

4.5 stars, 40+ reviews

Style stalking: lots of style inspiration from the creators of the popular blog Refinery 29

“Let Refinery29 reinvigorate your style! This energetic style guide is jam-packed with hundreds of ideas and colorful illustrative photos of fashion savvy everyday women” – Zelda

It by Alexa Chung

3.7 stars, 90+ reviews

The darling of the fashion world and co-host of the music TV show Fuse News shares her inspirations, musings, and her own very personal and eclectic style

“I was pleasantly surprised, though. It was very unique, with dialogue, pictures and original drawings. Absolutely loved it. A must for any fan of Alexa Chung, or fashion in general.” – J.B.

The Essentials of Fabulous by Ellen Lubin-Sherman

Abook about how to be fabulous as a total person. For more information read my book review of the essentials of fabulous.

5 stars, 12 reviews

“From the front cover through every chapter all the way to the caption on the back cover, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book!” – Amy

Love Style Life by Garance Doré

A wonderful book about style and life by the stylish French Garance Doré.

4.2 stars, 80+ reviews

“Beautiful book that I read cover to cover. Interesting to see how Garance got her start. Reads more like a diary, then a lifestyle book!” – Katrina

Influence by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

4.3 stars, 50+ reviews

“Amazing book. Filled with so many amazing pictures, facts and stories on so many great and talented designers and artists, every person who is in love with fashion or history of fashion can’t help but love.” – Cara

The Power of Style by Annette Tapert

4.1 stars, 30+ reviews

“An unbiased look into the lives of beautiful women of the past that have left their mark on style and taste. I read and relish each word and photo.” – Annie

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster by Dana Thomas

4.4 stars, 150+ reviews

“The book is well written and avoids any technical jargon. The anecotes and first hand research is admirable. She definitely put her time and energy in researching famous luxury houses and provides some interesting commentary on how things are changing.” – Benny

Instyle the New Secrets of Style: Your Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day by Jennifer Alfano

3.7 stars, 20+ reviews

“This is my go-to book for outfit ideas and style inspiration. As a long-time InStyle reader, I was excited to get this book. I keep it handy for when I look in my closet and think ‘I have so many clothes and nothing to wear.'” – Honrée

The Truth About Style by Stacey London

4.3 stars, 120+ reviews

“Not just a fashion guide – but a guide to unveiling to your best, true self” – Denise

Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady by Derek Blasberg

3.3 stars, 60 reviews

“This is a great book with wonderful advices for just about everything a young a lady goes through.” – Shavana

Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well by Sally McGraw

3.5 stars, 30+..

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Handbags are an essential item in your wardrobe. But which types of handbag are essential and what are the best handbags for women?

The best handbags for women

How many handbags do you own?

Perhaps you are more of a shoe person or maybe you already have handbags stuffed into every nook and cranny of your closet.

But, really, there are only 5 types of handbags for women you need to see you through every scenario.

Which types of bags will work for you?

Obviously I’m not suggesting that everyone has the same lifestyle, so you may need to tweak the types of handbags for women you choose as being necessary for you.

But, generally, you will need a bag large enough to carry around your day-to-day essentials, along with bags to keep your hands free and an evening bag. 

Essential handbags for women

Here are my 5 essential bags.

But, don’t forget to tell me in the comments below if you think there is another bag style that should be here in this list of handbags for women. 

1. Tote bag

I’m sure most of you already have a tote bag in your wardrobe. This is the bag you are most likely to use as your everyday bag, whether heading to work or running a few errands. 

At one point, tote bags were made of canvas. But, now tote bags are also often made of leather and any number of materials.

Really, a tote bag is just a large, strong, useful bag. But, just because it is functional, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish.

As this is the bag which is likely to be most used, I would invest in a tote bag which will last and which you really love. 

This Tory Burch tote is a complete classic so it definitely won’t date. Plus, if you do need to fit a fair amount in, or you want to carry around your laptop or tablet, this is designed so you can do exactly that.

Tory Burch tote bag

Alternative ladies handbags to choose instead of a tote

There are also other options you could choose from if you don’t want to choose a tote. 

If the structure of a tote doesn’t fit with your more relaxed style, you could instead opt for a hobo bag. Or, if you actually prefer more structure and more of a preppy look, you could choose a satchel.

Hobo bag

You may well be able to fit just as much in a hobo bag as you can a tote bag, but they have more of a slouchy, relaxed feel, which can suit a number of style personalities, including the natural style personality, those who have a bohemian style and Eurochic style. 

Check out this article a capsule wardrobe and styling ideas if you have a eurochic style personality.

Bridget (below) is using a hobo bag to complete her casual look. You can get a similar bag here.

You will find hobo styles in a number of different sizes so you can choose the size which you will find most useful on a day-to-day basis. 

Sondra Roberts hobo bag  

Satchel bag

Another choice for you to think about for your everyday bag could be a satchel bag.

You could add in a pop of color like Greetje does here with her green handbag or opt for a trendy version of a classic. Check out this transparent handbag for a similar look.

There is some crossover between the design of tote bags and satchels. 

You could opt for a satchel which is very traditional and looks like a more grown-up version of the satchels children carried to school in the 50s, or you could look for one which veers towards the look of a tote. 

Monika (above) chooses to add a pop of orange to her outfit. If you love the look of orange, you can find other orange handbag options here

Or you could choose a different bright shade, such as red, to add a pop of color to your closet.

Kate Spade satchel

2. Shoulder bag or Crossbody purses

Depending on the type of tote you choose, and the length of the straps, you may either sling your tote over your shoulder, or simply carry it by your side.

You are likely to also want a smaller shoulder bag or crossbody bag to keep your hands free. 

I find this type of bag particularly useful while shopping or traveling because I can look at what I want to, sightsee and browse without having to use my hands to carry my bag.

Jennifer(below) paired her neutral outfit with a Chloe crossbody bag.

I tend to opt for a smaller crossbody bag than my tote bag. I just want to make sure I can carry my essentials such as my wallet and my smartphone.

Kate Spade crossbody bag

3. Clutch bag

For evening, you definitely don’t want to be carrying your large tote around, nor are you likely to want a crossbody bag to ruin the lines of your elegant outfit. 

A clutch bag which you hold in your hand is much more fitting for an evening event, or a formal affair such as a wedding, or even just for dinner, when all you are likely to need with you is your wallet (unless you aren’t paying!), your phone and maybe your lipstick.

Sandra (above) finished off her look with a shell wicker clutch from Talbots. It’s a lovely choice for a lunch date.

If you don’t want to match your clutch to each new outfit, then choose something in a neutral shade which will go with most pieces. 

You could opt for a black, taupe, metallics, or even a leopard print. Any of those should go with the vast majority of your dressier outfits. 

Nordstrom satin minaudière

4. Canvas bag

If you are heading off on vacation, or you want a casual bag for your shopping, you may also want to add a bag to your collection which is made of a more relaxed material, such as canvas or rattan.

Get a similar canvas bag to the one @avecunksvp is wearing here.

You could use this as a shopping bag, or a beach bag. 

Sole Society canvas tote bag 

5. Travel handbags

If you do a lot of travelling, you may also want to add a special travel bag to your closet. That way, you can ensure that all of your valuables are safe and secure, and that your hands are free for sightseeing.

You’ll find plenty of inspiration in this piece on the best travel handbags for vacation and every day use

Travlon anti-theft bag

Designer handbags for women

When choosing the most essential handbags for your closet, you can afford to think of them as an investment as they definitely aren’t throw-away fashion, but bags you should be able to use season upon season.

Think about how much use you will get out of your bags, how many years you are likely to keep them for, and consider the likely cost per year rather than just the initial cost.

You may wish to treat yourself to a designer handbag, or think about quality materials which will stand the test of time. 

Mansur Gavriel crossbody bag

Leather handbags

As well as thinking about which designers you really love, I would think about what material you would like your handbags to be made of.

Leather is always a good option to think about because, as long as you take care of it, your bag should last for a long time. Leather tends to age very well meaning you should be able to use your bag for a long time to come.

Itscosy hobo bag 

Bag trends

Just as with your clothing, if you have key handbags which you know you will use for season after season, year after year, you can then think about adding seasonal pieces, which you love, but which you may only use for the summer. 

Patricia (above) adds a pop of color on her outfit with an on-trend Cult Gaia bamboo handbag.

For ideas on the classic pieces you need for your closet, look at this 28 wardrobe essentials article

You may also want to take a look at this piece on the best accessory trends for Spring 2019 

How many handbags do you currently own? What do you think are the essential handbags for women?

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2 big sales are coming up.

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale has started today for cardholders, so you may like to get in there early for the best deals. Stay tuned for a roundup and capsule wardrobe from the sale coming up next week.

The Amazon Prime Day sale may be better known for its technology bargains. But there will also be plenty of fashion finds.

Last year, the fashion deals came thick and fast. Plus, items are obviously only on sale until they sell out so I’d grab it fast if you see something you like.

In particular, you will find that Amazon’s own brand fashion labels will be on sale.

Only Amazon Prime members can access the sale. But, if you aren’t sure about Amazon Prime, you could always take advantage of the free 30-day membership and then cancel after the sale if you decide Prime isn’t for you.

This year, Amazon Prime Day is actually two days – with offers to be found on July 15th and 16th.

The Amazon fashion brands likely to be on sale during Amazon Prime Day

If previous years are anything to go by, you are likely to find discounts on Amazon’s own fashion brands, although Amazon is keeping schtum on exactly what to expect so far.

You may find pieces from Amazon own fashion brands like Lark & Ro, Find, Truth & Fable, Meraki and Aurique.

Amazon pieces I love

I often feature Amazon pieces on the site because they are extremely affordable.

Plus, because the choice is so vast, you’re probably going to be able to find a specific style, whether you’re looking for an asymmetrical top or a certain pair of sandals.

Here are 10 of the best Amazon pieces I have featured here recently. As I said, Amazon are tight-lipped about what will be in the sale, so I’m not sure if they will be on sale but you may keep an eye out for them.

Cowl neck top

I always think that having a good selection of plain, neutral or one-color tops in your closet is vital to giving your closet versatility.

But, I still make sure my plain tops are interesting by choosing tops with details such as a cowl neck.

Qearal cowl neck sleeveless top

Asymmetrical tunic

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that many of my outfits feature asymmetry.

This tunic features an asymmetrical hemline which would help to disguise a belly if that is part of your body you aren’t so confident about.

MBJ handkerchief hem tunic top

For more asymmetry check out some fabulous asymmetric pieces online here.

Patterned tunic

Here’s another option if you’re looking for tops to hide a bit of a tummy. The pattern adds interest as well as drawing attention away from areas you aren’t so keen on.

Halife paisley printed shirt

Check out this piece for more inspiration on tops to hide your belly.

A long vest

One of the most versatile pieces you can have in your closet, a long, sleeveless vest is fantastic for adding interest as well as having a slimming , elongating effect.

Azules asymmetric hem open vest cardigan

A wrap dress

I cannot think of a woman that the wrap dress would not suit. When Diane Von Furstenburg invented this style, she definitely knew what she was doing.

A wrap dress is extremely flattering because of its v-neck and the way it drapes. Plus, it suits all body shapes.

Berrydress wrap dress

A tunic dress

I’m often asked whether you can still wear leggings over 40, and what to wear with them.

A tunic is one of the most flattering, easy pieces you can put over your leggings. This one has the added advantage of an interesting hemline. I’d just add a statement necklace and you’re good to go.

Levanca high low dress

A harem-style jumpsuit

I love my harem jumpsuit for plane travel and sightseeing because it’s so comfortable.

Plus, you could dress this one up with heeled sandals and jewelry for evening.

Dreamskull harem jumpsuit

A pair of everyday leggings

If you’re looking for leggings which are comfortable and are of a good quality to make sure that they hold their shade and don’t go see-thru – these ones have great reviews.

Satina high waisted leggings 

A travel bag

Heading off on a vacation this year? Then you probably want a bag to keep your belongings secure and your hands free. This one is one of Amazon’s best sellers.

Travelon luggage anti-theft crossbody bag

My favorite Fly London sandals

You’ll see that many of my summer outfits often feature my favorite Fly London sandals.

They’re contemporary enough to add a little bit of oomph to an outfit, but they’re also incredibly comfortable.

Fly London ‘Yala’ wedge

My favorite gadgets

While you’ll find plenty of fashion buys in the Amazon Prime event, there are also decent deals to be had on technology.

You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to see what Amazon puts on sale, but these are some of my own favorite gadgets.

The Apple iPad Pro

I use mine to read my favorite blogs, to read instead of a Kindle, and to add a keyboard to when I need to work on the go.

Apple iPad Pro

The Echo look

I thought this looked like fun. It helps you to keep track of your outfits, as well as giving your advice about which ones look best on you.

Echo Look

A selfie stick with tripod

This is the one I use for all of my photos and videos. It’s great for taking photos of your outfits to see how they look and to keep track of which pieces go best with each other.

It’s also a good option to take on vacation as it’s lightweight.

Benro MK10 selfie stick with tripod

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A maxi dress is a great choice for summer. In this article let’s see how to wear a maxi dresses. I will also highlight some of the best maxi dresses online now.

How to wear a maxi dress

A maxi dress if a fabulous option for summer but you need to know how to wear it. A maxi dress can overpower you, so the right proportions are key.

Things to keep in mind when you’re wearing a maxi dress
  • Pay attention to proportions. Be aware of the length of your legs and torso and adjust accordingly.
    Also make sure that the dress is not wide all over. Although that can work for some women, for others the volume will be overpowering
  • Make sure there is structure in your look: emphasizing the waist is usually a very effective way to add structure.
  • Layer with a short jacket: This is a great way to add structure too. You can opt for a jacket that ends at your waist (for a 1/4 – 3/4 silhouette that makes your legs look extra long). A longer jacket will work too which creates the usually very flattering 1/3 – 2/3 silhouette.
  • Take advantage of asymmetry and high-low effects: These usually help to make your maxi dress more flattering as they break up the large volume and create flattering vertical lines.
10 of the best maxi dresses in stores now

Here are the top 10 maxi dresses I love in stores now. These ones could definitely tempt me to try maxi dresses again.

As I’m updating this for summer, I’ve concentrated on pieces you would wear during the warmer months, or for a vacation. But there are also some beautiful pieces here that you could take into fall by wearing with boots and a moto jacket.

1. white maxi dress

When you think of a long white dress, you probably think of a wedding dress. But, I think a white maxi dress can look beautiful for summer and beyond.

Fraiche by J high/low wrap maxi dress

I’d opt for a more casual style like this chic wrap dress which you could team with metallic sandals for summer. 

2. sexy maxi dresses

Julia Jordan metallic stripe halter maxi dress

One person’s idea of what is sexy is obviously totally different from another’s. But, in my eyes, it is all about confidence rather than necessarily showing off lots of flesh. So, I’d choose a maxi dress to show off what you like most about your body.

For instance, you could choose a halterneck style if you love your shoulders or a maxi dress with a slit on the leg if you love your legs, like this pink and white dress Monica is wearing (below). Here is a similar tie-dye dress you can check out.

3. long sleeve maxi dress

It can be difficult to find maxi dresses which have sleeves if you prefer to cover-up your upper arms.

But, a shirt style could be a good option. Choose a vibrant color to add some cheer to your summer. Or you could choose a neutral with a stylish pin, or add a belt.

Also check out this article on the best dresses with sleeves.

Alex Mill maxi shirtdress

Vicki (above) looks gorgeous in this striped dress with long sleeves. It’s also a very versatile look that you could wear for warmer or cooler months. Copy this style with a similar dress here.

4. plus size maxi dresses

One of the great things about maxi dresses, I think is that there are some beautiful options no matter what your shape or size.

You could opt for a style with a pattern which can be worn with black sandals for summer and then you could swap those for booties or knee-length boots for fall.

City Chic canopy maxi dress

How to wear a printed maxi dress

Regina (above) got her blue and white printed dress from Dressbarn. Here is a similar dress from the brand.

5. black maxi dress

Just as the little black dress is a classic, so to is a black maxi dress.

You could wear a black maxi dress with pretty much anything, whether you choose to team it with a denim jacket for casual days, or dress it up with statement jewelry and heels.

Viishow maxi dress

6. floral maxi dress

A floral maxi dress is definitely a classic look for summer. But, if you choose florals which have a darker background, you can also easily wear with a moto jacket for fall.

Tahari tie waist maxi dress

Galiya (above) paired her floral dress with sneakers for a casual look. Here is a maxi dress with a floral print.

7. petite maxi dresses

If you are petite, you may feel that you have to avoid maxi dresses, but so long as the length doesn’t swamp you, they can be a beautiful option.

Wearing separates can visually create a line or lines across your body which can make you look shorter.

Choosing a dress in one color can elongate your figure. You could also choose a length that you can wear with heels to make your legs look longer and you look taller (if you want to).

Eileen Fisher sleeveless maxi dress

8. lace maxi dress

A lace maxi dress can provide a formal look, but it can also give you a bohemian look for summer. You could add a denim jacket and sandals to make it more casual.

Eliza J maxi dress

9. red maxi dress

A red dress always creates impact and a red maxi dress with definitely get you noticed. I would just add a statement necklace and sandals for summer.

Jennyarn summer maxi dress

Get a similar v-neck red dress to the one Melanie (below) is wearing here.

10. wrap maxi dress

A wrap dress is an absolute classic, although wrap dresses tend to be thought of as knee-length options.

But, there are definitely some beautiful maxi length options.

Wrap dresses tend to be universally flattering because of the v-neck and defined waist.

French Connection wrap maxi dress

What to wear with your summer maxi dresses

I think a maxi dress makes a stunning statement on its own.

It’s easy to wear yet makes an impact. But, you may well want to add other pieces to your maxi dress either because it is cooler in the evenings during summer, or you want your maxi dress to have seasonal longevity so you can wear it in fall too.

By adding the right accessories, you can take your maxi dress from day to night. Plus, unless you are walking barefoot on the beach, you will definitely need some shoe options for your maxi dress.

How to wear a maxi dress with Coats, jackets and cardigans

You may wish to have an outer layer to go with your maxi dress or skirt – either because the weather cools down in the evening on your vacation, because you are wearing your maxi dress as a transitional layer, or because you prefer to cover your arms.

I think that a jacket or cardigan which ends at waist level or slightly above looks best. Otherwise, you can end up feeling lost in fabric if you have a long dress and also a long jacket. However, this can work if you belt over the top of your cardigan or jacket.

You could opt for a cropped cardigan or denim jacket to add some warmth on vacation evenings.

Or, you could add a moto jacket to take your maxi skirt or dress from summer to fall.

Cupcakes and Cashmere moto jacket – 1901 denim jacket – Alex Mill crop cardigan– Vince Camuto tie hem satin blazer

Abi (above) added a blazer over her printed maxi dress. Get a similar black and white striped maxi dress here.

Shoes and boots to wear with maxi dresses

I always think that open-toe sandals or shoes work best with maxi dresses. A closed toe ballet pump or heeled pump just doesn’t look right with the informal sweep of a maxi dress.

But, I also think booties look great for fall and winter (either closed or open toe), as well as knee-length or over-the-knee boots.

That way, you can get much more use out of your maxi skirts and dresses.

Born gladiator sandals– Nine West espadrille wedge sandals – Toms ankles trap sandals– Naturalizer knee high boots

handbags and accessories to go with your maxi dress

Unless you are opting for a formal ballgown in a maxi length, a maxi dress tends to have a casual air of easy style. I would make sure that your accessories and handbags have the same kind of feel.

So, instead of structured tote bags, you could think about natural materials such as rattan, softer shapes and tassels.

For your jewelry, I would keep that I-haven’t-tried-to-hard vibe by opting for long pendant necklaces, and drop or hoop earrings.

I think maxi skirts and dresses can have a Grecian feel about them, so you could also go down this route and choose a stack of bracelets or cuff bangles.

You could also add a scarf. Although, I’d make sure it isn’t too long as you will end up swamped in material.

Antik Kraft woven straw satchel – Mali + Lili woven rattan bag – Cult Gaia Mini Ark Handbag – Sondra Roberts colorblock hobo bag– Treasure & Bond silk square scarf – Akola tassel pendant necklace– Vince Camuto cuff bracelet – Argento Vivo hoop earrings – Knotty tassel drop earrings – Knotty multi tassel drop earrings

Here is the complete capsule wardrobe with 10 looks using the pieces I featured above
More tips on how to wear a maxi dress 1. Keep it simple

As your maxi dress is a dramatic, flowing piece, you can afford to keep the rest of your look simple. A simple pair of sandals and a rattan bag is a perfect vacation look.

2. Don’t put your maxi dresses away for winter and fall

While maxi dresses are usually thought of as easy, breezy, floaty pieces to wear for summer, they can also make great transitional pieces. You can add a turtleneck sweater underneath, a moto jacket and a pair of booties, knee or over-the-knee boots.

3. You don’t have to choose patterns

If, like me, you tend to opt for block colors rather than patterns, a maxi dress can still be a stylish option. You could opt for a stylish one-color shirt or wrap dress, or a long tunic, which you could belt to add shape.

4. Don’t forget about your body shape

Choose a dress to suit your body shape. For example, if you are an hourglass, you will look best in a style which either comes in at the waist or which you can tie. If you are an apple, you might want to choose an empire style. Try on a number of different styles to see what works best for you.

5. Pay attention to the length

Either go for a floor-length dress (making sure it’s not so long that you trip over it!) or make sure that your dress hits at the slimmest part of your legs as that will be most flattering.

Maxi skirt and dress inspiration

Suzanne really knows how to rock both maxi dresses and a maxi skirt. She looks truly amazing on all of these images.

Ana writes that she finds the maxi dress the easiest item to wear of all clothes – just one item and throw it on! Great look!

Lorraine is looking glorious in her two colorful creations that she combines with short cardigans.

Here is what Loraine had to say about her dresses: “I have maxi dresses which I wear on holiday abroad but it’s not something I have worn during the day in the UK. However, I like the feeling of the fabric around my legs so I might give it a try.” I think she should; she looks magnificent in these dresses.

@hagitdana_stylist (below) wears a denim vest over a black sleeveless maxi dress. Get a similar dress here.

Lizzie’s outfit (below) is all about colors. She is wearing a printed maxi dress with red heels. You can check this bell sleeved dress and heels for options if you want a look like this for yourself.

@thesummermama (below) is wearing a maxi dress from Boohoo and a rattan handbag from Topshop. Check out this dress and bag for a similar look.

Do you wear maxi dresses or skirts? Which of the above looks is your favorite?

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Thinking about what to wear in summer can be challenging. You reveal more about yourself and your body than in any other season and have fewer layering tricks at your disposal to either cover up certain parts or create a nice silhouette.

What to wear in summer – Putting together summer outfits

It’s also harder to create a ‘new’ look every day, since you can’t really play too much with jackets, layers and scarves.

Since I have been living in very hot weather year round for many years now, I have become very familiar with summer dressing, so here are some of my best tips & tricks for dressing for this season.

1. Use interesting design details for your summer clothes

If you are only wearing one layer, make it as interesting as possible. I often choose tops that have an interesting design detail.

My top (above) has a twist detail which adds interest even though I’m simply wearing a gray top and white pants. Look out for an interesting drape, asymmetrical detail or pattern.

All you need is a good basic bottom like some nice white trousers or skirt and you will look, modern, polished yet remain cool.

Qearal cowl neck sleeveless top

Dudo (above) chooses a tie-waist top to add interest to her monochrome outfit. Check out a similar top here.

2. Dress in very thin layers in your summer wear for women.

This is easy to do when you have a few very thin blouses or tunics. It doesn’t matter if they are see-through because you will be wearing it with either your bikini or singlet underneath.

Monica (above) adds a lightweight linen blazer to add an element of layering during the summer months. You can find a similar striped jacket here.

Nordstrom print modal wrap

3. Hide those bra straps when wearing summer style

I personally don’t like to see bra straps. If you are wearing a unique top, make sure that you have a bra that can be worn invisible underneath.

You can either buy a bra that can be worn in several ways or buy a bra clip like this one. This can be used with almost every bra.

Of course panty lines should be avoided too. I regularly wear panties from Uniqlo and Marks & Spencer.

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4. Invest in a few good dresses

hereGet a similar floral dress here and an asymmetrical sleeveless dress here.

Cute summer outfits – the dresses you need

Nothing is as easy and glamorous and cool as a good summer dress. Ideally you will have at least 5 dresses:

1. A high summer beach dress.

This dress can be shorter than your other dresses and is easy to wash, doesn’t wrinkle too easily and is not too precious.

Choose a dress that will be perfect for the beach but can also be used as a tunic worn over pants for casual clothes.

La Blanca cover-up tunic

Seafolly kaftan cover-up

When I go to the beach I prefer to cover up rather than expose all my upper skin to the sun.

I could easily wear my tunic (above) with a pair of cropped pants, white jeans or leggings.

You can combine with either shorts or a long skirt if you like to cover up your legs as well.

2. A summer day dress

This dress should be the perfect dress for casual get-togethers during the day.

This could be a nice wrap dress in cotton jersey or a casual shift dress. Asymmetry will add interest to an otherwise simply day dress.

I’ve also found myself more drawn to patterned and floral dresses this year.

Eileen Fisher asymmetrical shift dress

3. A work dress

A traditional shift dress that looks both professional and conservative and that can be easily combined with a jacket or cardigan.

Boden shift dress

4. A dress for the evening

A dress that is a bit more special than your day and work dress. Silk is my preferred material for a special dress in summer and ideally it’s asymmetrical too! Since I believe in wearing your nice clothes as often as possible.

Sam Edelman asymmetrical dress

5. A maxi dress

You may also want to add a maxi dress to your summer outfit choices. They can be a particularly good option for vacation time as they manage to be easy-to-wear yet glamorous at the same time.

Fraiche by J maxi dress

Georgette (above) looks super stylish as well as being comfortable in her lightweight summer dress. This is a Lou & Grey limited edition dress that sold out very quickly. But you can check this one out for a similar look. You can read more about Georgette’s style in her style interview here.

5. Don’t be afraid of silk when choosing summer clothes for women

I have mentioned silk a few times already. Together with good quality cotton it is my preferred material for summer.

It’s cool, has a beautiful natural shine and it looks and feels sublime. If you can combine that with tip number 2, you have a true winner on your hands!

A common complaint is that silk is too precious for summer and that it requires too much care.

However, I am able to wash all my silk clothes by hand. Yes, it’s more work, but not as expensive as dry cleaning.

Although all silk items will always have the ‘dry cleaning’ advice for washing, I personally don’t believe it’s necessary so long as you purchase silk of good quality.

Of course, you will have to do this at your own risk. I will not take any responsibility if this does not work for you! (just sharing how I personally manage my silk items).

It’s true of course that silk is more expensive. But I feel it’s worth investing is one special dress that will make you feel wonderful. When you look after your dress well, it can last for many years.

Eileen Fisher silk & cotton top

6. Summer outfit ideas: Cover up in smart ways

Ann Klein cowl neck topEileen Fisher asymmetrical drape topChaus shark bite top – Ann Klein asymmetrical tunic top

In summer you need to be even smarter with the types of clothes you choose when you want to cover up certain areas.

I personally don’t believe in using shape wear too much as it’s far too hot and uncomfortable.

Instead choose smart tops, skirts and dresses that drape in all the right areas to cover up any bulges. Asymmetric dresses and tops are usually very good at doing that.

Have a look at the following articles too:

How to cover up your upper arms while staying stylish and cool
How to hide your belly with the right clothes

Here are some of my favorite tops to hide your belly and favorite asymmetric tops and dresses currently available in stores.

7. Dress for your body type when choosing summer fashion

In this season in particular, it’s very important to dress for your body type.

Look at some of the guidelines in my articles on the pear, appleinverted trianglehourglass and rectangular shape.

Apples for example look much better in tops that are fitted around the bust and wider around the tummy. The same counts for dresses. Here are also some tips on how to wear capris the right way.

8. Use accessories, shoes, color, pattern and graphics to make casual summer outfits more interesting

Accessorizing and playing with colors and patterns is the perfect way to make your summer outfit more interesting.

  • Play with color blocking
  • Add a belt in a print
  • Add interest with a brightly colored scarf (for lots of example see how to wear scarves)
  • Use the scarf itself as a top
  • Add color with a bag
  • Use a statement necklace
  • Get some colorful standout shoes
  • When wearing flats make sure they are cute. You may check these cute sandals for summer

Ann Klein drawstring midi dress

Sandra (above) lifts her white dress outfit with her accessories. Check out her cute sunglasses from Amazon. You can find a similar orange heels here and a similar colorful clutch here.

Claudia (above) adds the wow factor to her outfit with striped pants. Here is a pair of similar pants that you can get to copy this style.

9. Have fun with sunglasses with your summer wear

Sunglasses are the perfect way to cover up your wrinkles and dark circles around the eye for a young and hip look.

Use them in abundance in summer, if only to protect your eyes of the sun and harmful rays and have fun with colors and shapes.

For more tips on wearing glasses read what glasses to buy after 40and how to pick the right frames.

Quay Australia square sunglasses– Kate Spade square sunglassesRay-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses – Le Specs cat eye sunglasses

Madeline (above) looks fabulous in her classic aviator shades.

10. Wear white in your summer outfits for women

White is your best friend in summer. It is the most versatile color to wear and whenever I don’t know what to wear I turn to it.

Combine with almost every color and pattern in your closet for a clean, modern look! Or while all white.

For more tips check out how to wear white and how to wear white pants.

Something Navy button-up midi dress

Look at these cute summer clothes below for white inspiration

Gloria (above) opts for a stylish white jumpsuit, tied at the waist and teamed with high-top sneakers. You can find a similar piece here.

Kristina (above) wears an all-white outfit with tan accessories. You can get a similar top here and trousers here.

Here are some more summer attire ideas

A dress is easy to wear as you hardly need anything further apart from a few accessories.

If you select the right dress for your body type,you will always look put together and polished.

Here are just a few examples.


What to wear in summer

What are you looking forward to wearing most this summer? Do you have a favorite look from the above.

For even more tips you can read a previous post where I discuss all the DOs and DON’T of summer dressing.

For more inspiration on summer dressing, you can also visit the What I Wore section of this site where I showcase many of my own outfits.

What are your best tips for what to wear in summer?

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It’s summer and it’s hot!

How can you keep your makeup fresh and fabulous?

Here’s how. You will pack a summer makeup bag with the following seven essentials.

1. Sunscreen

Nothing is more important to the overall health of your skin than a good sunscreen. Regardless of whether it’s summer or winter, you should never leave the house without wearing some. Since UV rays in summer are harsh, reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day is vital.

Make the job easy by choosing a light, tinted sunscreen that also corrects and evens out your skin tone, like this Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue.

The term for this type of multi-purpose sunscreen is CC (color and correct). It’s an upgrade from the original BB (blemish balm) cream because it not only covers imperfections but also protects the skin through sunscreen.

2. Face mister

Keeping the Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray in your summer makeup bag is a luxury you won’t want to live without once you give it a try.

The spray sets your makeup in the summer, by covering your skin with a very fine mist of water packed with soothing, enriching minerals. The mist will also cool your skin down when it’s unbearably hot outside.

Want to take this product to the next level? Keep it in your refrigerator until you’re ready to go!

3. Blotting tissues

Shiseido Japan’s blotting papers are the originals – and a favorite among professional hair and makeup artists when a touch up is needed. The fine tissues absorb perspiration and oil and replace the sweat with a light powder to keep you looking fresh. Consider using them as a lighter replacement for powder.

They’re packaged in a small, easy to carry package. Simply take one and blot your upper lip, forehead and anywhere else you may get extra dewey. If you choose to touch up your entire face with a blotting wipe, follow up with a light spray of the Evian face mist to tone down any excess powder from the tissue.

4. Smoothing serum for hair

Summer heat and humidity can be brutal to your hairstyle. You can either embrace the frizz – or tone it down with a good smoothing serum. The Kiehl’s Silk Groom Serum formulation is enriched with Vitamin E that protects hair from humidity and boosts shine, leaving strands clean, soft, and silky.

Depending on your hair texture, spritz some on and smooth with your fingers (for curls and waves) or style with a brush or comb for straighter hair.

5. Summer-ready eyeshadow

Add a light, creamy eyeshadow that adds some sheen and brightness to your eyes to your summer makeup bag. Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow is enriched with soothing vitamin E and has a liquid-cream texture that is effortless to apply which is a lifesaver if you’re worried about your makeup smudging or melting into your eyes. It’s designed to be creaseproof and its formula has a cooling effect that is refreshing on overworked eyes.

6. All-in-one stain for lips and cheeks

You probably have a nice glow for summer naturally, so you don’t need to add much more. A stain is the perfect solution for your cheeks and lips that isn’t too heavy or dark for summer. The Benefit ‘Benetint’ Cheek and Lip Stain is versatile enough to use on both your lips and cheeks easily, giving you a unified color in both places. The best part is you don’t have to worry about carrying two products around or having the lipstick melt on you.

7. Waterproof mascara

If you don’t want to worry about “raccoon eyes”, which are common in summer, switch your mascara to a waterproof formulation, like L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara. You’ll have one less thing to worry about and it’s easy to remove with some coconut oil or a makeup remover.

Keep these 7 summer makeup bag essentials in a bag in your car or handbag ready for touchups throughout the day. They’ll survive the outdoor heat and help you survive, looking fresh and fabulous all summer long.

And here are some makeup bags to hold your summer makeup must haves stylishly in one place.

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What else would you add to your summer makeup bag?

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Do you love shapes and structure in your outfits? Do you like unusual and bold geometrical jewelry?

Then you may well be an ARCHITECTURAL style personality.

If you aren’t sure what your style personality is, you can take this fun quiz to find out.

You are likely to have one dominant style personality, and then a second style personality that you are drawn to. As an architectural style personality, you are likely to also find yourself attracted to elements of minimalist and classic dressing.

For instance, Patricia (below) combines elements of the architectural style personality, shown here with the geometric pattern on her dress, with characteristics of classic style.

How to tell if you are an architectural style personality 1. You pay attention to the structure of clothing

You aren’t too keen on floaty, flowing fabrics. Instead you like your clothing to have structure. You are likely to opt for fabric which gives some shape to your look rather than a smock style, for example.

Mila (above) has chosen a structural skirt, with the shape created by pleats and paneling. She combines her look with very architectural earrings.

2. You choose heel shapes which are unusual

As an architectural style personality, one of the ways to show off your taste is in your shoes. You like heels which have architectural detailing such as a square or cone shape, twist or cut-out detailing.

3. You like geometric jewelry

You aren’t a fan of whimsical jewelry featuring florals or soft shapes. Instead, you are likely to opt for contemporary pieces which have geometric shapes. Your bracelet of choice will be a cuff style.

Diana (above) wears black and white, which tend to be strong colors for those with an architectural style. She combines a geometric-style coat with cuff bracelets, earrings and sunglasses which all have a strong shape.

You can read more about Diana’s style in her style interview here.

4. You may also have architectural hair

If you have an architectural style personality, you are unlikely to have loose, flowing locks. Your hair is a reflection of your style, so you may opt for an asymmetric cut, a bob or blunt fringe. Or you may wear your hair back.

Greetje (above) often combines elements of architectural and classic style. Her blunt-cut bob reflects that.

You can see her as a brunette and read more about Greetje’s style in her style interview here.

Celebrities with an architectural style personality

You’re in very stylish company when it comes to celebrities who have an architectural style personality. Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett are two famous examples.

Both women don’t like wearing floaty, bohemian pieces. Instead, they opt for structured pieces and like to mix it up a bit on the red carpet. You are just as likely to see them wearing a tuxedo than a dress.

They are also drawn to minimalist and classic styling, but like to give their looks an architectural twist. So, you might see them wearing a dress with structured shoulders, an oversized collar, a funnel neck, a cape or a dress with an unusual neckline.

Architectural style personality tops

The architectural style personality will usually have a white shirt in their closet because of its versatility. You can wear with a tuxedo, or under a dress.

You will also want to look out for tops with structured necklines and asymmetric detailing.

@curvycartel (above) wears a top which could also fit in the closets of other style personalities, including the romantic and glamorous personalities. She teams it with a pair of pants which are perfect for the architectural style personality.

white tunic top – Check tank – Snake print top – Stripes asymmetrical tank

Architectural style personality sweaters

When opting for a sweater, graphic black and whites are likely to appeal to you, as well as funnel neck pieces which offer some structure.

Funnel neck sweater – Color block sweater – Simplicity sweater – Reversible vest

Architectural style personality coats and jackets

You are likely to want to keep your coat in a neutral shade. But, having said that, you won’t rule out any color provided that it suits your style. A primary color such as red will go beautifully with your monochrome pieces.

Boyfriend blazers, tuxedo styles, trenches and moto jackets with zips and asymmetry will appeal to you.

Moto jacket – Asymmetrical coat with belt – Chill out jacket – Horizon coat 

Architectural style personality pants

The architectural style personality is often more likely to wear pants than skirts and dresses.

Look out for wide-legged pants, tuxedo styles with stripes on the side of the legs and pants with geometric patterns. Striped pants are particularly on trend this summer.

Striped ankle trousers –  Leggings – Straight leg trouserWide leg pants

Architectural style personality dresses and skirts

While pants are likely to be your daywear go-to, you are also drawn to skirts and dresses which have some structure and elements of asymmetry.

Agnes (above) looks stunning in her white and black wrap dress. She adds further architectural style with her box clutch bag.

When it comes to skirts, you will also be drawn to the structure of a pencil skirt.

Asymmetrical high/low dress – Ultimate dress – Stripe asymmetrical hem dress – Halo effect dress

Cinnamon asymmetrical skirt – Black asymmetrical skirt – Colorblock midi skirt – Gray asymmetrical skirt 


(above) wears a pair of culottes designed to look like a skirt. She teams her outfit with geometric jewelry.

You can read more about Deborah’s dramatic style in her style interview here.

Architectural style personality shoes

Shoes are another great way to show off your style personality. Look out for shoes which come in a beautiful metallic color such as a burnished bronze.

Also, shoes which have unusual style detailing will appeal to you. Look out for heels which have a cone shape, or are circular, transparent or have a shape that is different from the norm.

When looking for sandals, a platform pair with wider straps is likely to suit the rest of your outfits.

Kate Spade mule – Fly London sandal –  Jeffrey Campbell slide sandals – Miz Mooz open toe bootie – Nick+Zoe half d’orsay pump 

Dayle (above) wears an outfit which perfectly mixes patterns. She teams this with ankle-strap shoes.

You can read about how to make your style more arty in Dayle’s style interview here.

Architectural style personality accessories

The old saying goes that the devil is in the detail. That’s definitely true when it comes to adding accessories.

A classic architectural style combination would be a white shirt and contemporary, geometric jewelry like in my outfit below.

I consider myself a mix of architectural, Eurochic and a natural style personality. I love geometric and architural pieces but I also need comfort and natural materials.

One of my favorite ways to add a bit of architecture to my looks is contemporary jewelry and asymmetry as evidenced in the image below and the top image.

The tunic below has an unusual shape as it goes wider at the hip making this tunic very architectural. It’s super comfortable and one of Stella Carakasi’s best sellers. You can get it here.

Necklace is from Singapore brand In Good Company. Ring by Birabiro designed by my friend Lydia. She has a lot of fantastic contemporary jewelry in her shop. I couldn’t find the exact same ring, but I’m loving this 2 finger version.

While other style personalities might opt for classic styles of teardrop-shaped drop earrings or jewelry and scarves featuring florals, you will prefer geometric, contemporary shapes.

You will also like some structure in your bags. While you like to carry a tote, you opt for pieces with contemporary styling, or some stitching which adds shape.

Sole Society statement necklace – St. John Collection pendant necklace – Gemelli necklace – Gemelli drop earrings – 8 Other Reasons drop earrings – Skagen leather watch – Vince Camuto cuff bracelet – Sondra Roberts tote – Sole Society tote – Topshop snake slouch tote

Jean and Valerie (above) show off architectural style with aplomb, teaming geometric shapes with chunky jewelry.

Here are 9 outfits for the ARCHITECTURAL style personality using pieces from above

How would you describe your style personality? Does this style for the architectural style personality resonate with you?

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Marks & Spencer is definitely having something of a fashion moment this summer.

While once the brand was renowned for the quality of its pieces rather than for being on-trend, its midi dresses in particular are now beloved of fashion bloggers the world over. 

It has teamed up with brand ambassadors, including the television presenter Holly Willoughby who picks her favorite pieces each season, as well as launching a new shoe collection designed by fashion bloggers.

I’ve also spotted model Vogue Williams wearing many of Marks and Spencer’s swimwear pieces this summer.

In short, in the fickle world of fashion, Marks and Spencer currently has its finger on the fashion pulse.

m&s clothes

While a few years back, Marks and Spencer was thought of as the place to go to to buy quality undies and not much else, that has definitely changed. Now you have to act fast to get your hands on the most coveted pieces of the season.

Marks and Spencer online

Marks and Spencer launched in 1884 on a humble market stall in Leeds with the slogan ‘don’t ask the price, it’s a penny’.

While you will definitely struggle to find anything on sale for a penny now, it is much easier to get your hands on collections from this iconic British brand.

There are dedicated websites for many countries, and plenty of international delivery options.

marks & spencer dresses

Marks & Spencer has now become one of the go-to stores for summer midi dresses.

I’d definitely act quickly if you do see a dress you like as they often sell out of certain sizes pretty quickly because of the coverage given on Instagram by fashion bloggers. The diamond print dress (below) is one of the pieces worn by Holly Willoughby recently. Many reviewers say to order up a size as the bust is a bit snug.

Diamond print dress – “This may be my new go to dress this summer. It’s very flattering and has a very vintage look to it.” – PiggyB

Pure cotton dress – “Very good quality, love the fabric, so easy to wear! A perfect addition to my summer wardrobe.” – Gurgaon

Diamond print shirt midi dress – Embroidered waisted maxi dress

Debbie wearing a chambray striped waisted midi dress.

m&s dresses – for formal occasions

If you have a wedding coming up this summer, or a graduation or any other formal or semi-formal event, Marks & Spencer is a good place to look for figure-flattering pieces.

Or, if you are just looking for the perfect little black dress, the piece I’ve featured here in mint green is also available in a classic black.

Double crepe dress, 4.9 stars – “This is more of a fitted dress than body con (thank goodness) which is what I was looking for. Very elegant and looks much more expensive than the actual price due to the tailoring.” – lomasnc

Lace midi dress, 3.9 stars – “Being of a certain age, I love the sleeves as they will hide my upper arms.” – Dee52

Double crepe short sleeve bodycon dress – Lace waisted midi dress

marks & spencer coats

Do you remember the pink Marks & Spencer coat that became impossible to get hold of a few years ago, or the lilac number which followed it?

Marks & Spencer tends to have a coat very much of the moment each season, but it’s also a great place to go to for classic essentials for your closet that you know won’t date, such as a trench or belted wool coat.

Trench coat, 4.6 stars – “I love everything about this timeless mid beige trench coat. I love all the small details, especially the leatherette finish under the collar.” – fussyfeline3

Belted coat, 4.3 stars – “This coat is exactly what I was looking for. Flattering front pockets adding no bulk to front profile” – Ross44

Double breasted trench coat – Belted wrap coat

Gemma wearing a double breasted trench coat in light citrus.

m&s women’s shorter jackets and blazers

Of course, you are unlikely to want a knee-length or long coat all year round. You’ll also find summer-friendly moto jackets in shades to go over your favorite summer dresses. Plus, there are a range of classic blazers, including double-breasted styles which have a nod to Balenciaga.

Faux suede jacket, 4.2 stars – “Purchased the duck egg blue and am very pleased with the color and fit.” – LuvLee47

Linen blazer, 4.3 stars – “Looks amazing on. Structured but in a relaxed way because of the linen fabric so looks good with jeans.” – Cad

Faux suede biker jacket – Linen single breasted blazer

marks & spencer jeans

If you like to live in jeans with a nice tee, a blouse or a sweater, then you may find that M&S has the perfect fit for you.

I’m sure you’ll agree that finding the perfect pair of jeans on the high street often feels like an almost impossible task. But Marks & Spencer is promising its “best ever fit” with its new collection of jeans.

The collection includes the Lily slim leg style. But, as these classic style jeans, you will also find new trends, such as colorful cropped flare jeans.

Lily slim leg jeans, 4 stars – “I have shapely calves and don’t like the way skinnies accentuate that but these slim fit are perfect as they are straight without being wide.” – LennyM

Cropped jeans, 4.3 stars – “The elastic backed waistband helped to get them on and they don’t require a belt on me which I love, along with the mid-calf length.” – Guinness44

Slim leg jeans – High waist wide leg cropped jeans

marks & spencer jumpers

A Marks and Spencer jumper or sweater is one of those items that you tend to purchase for the festive season. But, there are also good year-round options to wear with your summer skirts or white jeans.

For transitional weather, you can opt for a sweater with shorter sleeves.

V-neck sweater, 4.4 stars – “I love the style and color of this jumper, especially the pop of orange. I am looking forward to wearing it with white jeans this summer.” – MissPetite.

Short-sleeved sweater, 4.0 stars – “Lovely tops, love that the sleeves are not too short and are very flattering, they are thin but great for spring and colder summer days.”

Colour block v-neck jumperRound neck short sleeve knitted top

marks & spencer cardigans

Cardigans are one of those items of clothing which, arguably, have frumpy connotations. But, you could opt for a different take on a classic style with some color-blocking, or you could, for example, wear your cardigan with a leather skirt.

Plus, I love the fact that many of M&S’s options are cashmere.

For more inspiration take a look at this piece on how to wear a cardigan without looking frumpy.

color block cardigan, 5 stars – “I love the colors of this cardigan. Very soft and good quality for the price.”

cashmere cardigan, 507 reviews, 4 stars – “I really believe you can’t buy better quality cashmere (which is soft and wears and washes well) than M & S cashmere.” – horsewoman

Color block cardigan – Button detailed cardigan

marks & spencer cashmere

Talking of cashmere, M&S is also a good option if you are looking for a cashmere sweater.

A great place to get reasonably priced cashmere, you could wear this animal print jumper with white jeans for summer and darker colors for winter. You could wear the roll neck with a pleated skirt.

Cashmere rollneck, 700+ reviews, 4.2 stars – “Great quality, really good price, easy to wash and perfect for my wardrobe whether it’s every day or dressed up at night.” – MazzK

Cashmere animal print, 120+ reviews, 4.5 stars – “This is a lovely jumper – what’s not to love – cashmere and leopard print.” – MrsHRainham

Pure cashmere roll neck jumper – Pure cashmere animal print round neck jumper

marks & spencer shoes

As well as being a go-to for quality underwear, Marks & Spencer is also often thought as the place to get stylish shoes that will last.

Earlier this year, the brand announced it was collaborating with bloggers and influencers on a new shoe collection, including Zoe de Pass, who writes the Dress Like a Mum blog, and Fran Bacon, who writes The Fashion Lift.

Some of the most popular pieces have been the Fran shoe which features a bow and a low block heel and the Emily lobster sandals, which are a quirky, yet easy to wear style for summer.

The Emily lobster sandals, 4.0 stars – “These sandals are fabulous. Having had a lot of surgery to my foot, I’m left unable to wear high heels. The heel height on these however is perfect.” – Magicpop

Bow shoes, 4.1 stars – “Nice to wear some pretty shoes as makes you feel pretty too! Look fab with jeans and brighten up the look so looks like made an effort without doing anything!

The Emily lobster sandals – The Fran bow court shoes

Patrycja wearing an orange multi strap slingback sandals.

marks & spencer ladies trousers

As you would expect from a classic, British brand, Marks & Spencer is the perfect go-to if you need a classic pair of black or navy pants for work or to go with a blouse for dinner.

But, it is also a great place to look if you want some fun, printed pants for summer.

Striped pants, 5.0 stars – “These trousers are beautiful in every department. They are a perfect fit and a lovely heavyweight fabric.” – neetc

Animal print pants, 4.3 stars – “I love the fit, feel and look of these trousers. The elastic content makes them feel comfortable and slightly more forgiving than I expected. I feel very dressy in them especially when worn with black heels and top.” – lovegoodbasics

Striped ankle grazer trousers – Slim animal print 7/8th trousers

Rachel wearing a khaki tapered leg chinos.

marks & spencer skirts

As well as offering great midi-length dresses, Marks & Spencer is a good place to look for mid-style skirts as well as knee-length options.

You can get classic pencil skirts, and fit and flare styles.

Geometric pencil skirt, 5.0 stars – “lovely material and the pattern is good and fits lovely and smart will go with most colours very pleased.” – paints47

fit and flare skirt, 4.3 stars – “The fabric is good quality and easy to wear with being button through. Comfortable and classic styling means it can be worn for a casual look or worn with heels and jacket for a smarter look.” – jaygee48

Geometric print pencil skirt – Button detailed fit & flare skirt

marks & spencer shorts

It can be tricky to find shorts which aren’t too short, but M&S usually has some good mid-length and Bermuda-style options if you want to make sure that you aren’t flashing more than you want to.

Sculpt & Lift denim shorts, 4.5 stars – “These are exactly as pictured and the relaxed fit makes them very comfortable. I am sure that they will be very useful on holiday.” – aphappy

Bermuda knee length denim shorts, 4.6 stars – “I was extremely pleased with these shorts. Perfect fit & good value. Highly recommend.” – waterfrets

Sculpt & Lift denim shorts – Bermuda knee length denim shorts

Charlotte wearing an animal print high waist tailored shorts.

marks & spencer ladies tops

Of course, you can’t wear your pants or skirt without a top!

Marks & Spencer stocks some good linen options as well as cotton and silk if you, like me, prefer to wear natural fabrics against your skin.

Polka dot button detailed shirt, 4 stars – “Perfect blouse, loved it, highly recommended” – letish

Silk shell top, 4.1 stars – ” This is a lovely silk blouse. The cut and fit are perfect and the length of the short sleeve is very forgiving. This blouse is versatile and can be casual or more dressy.” – maggieb78

Polka dot button detailed shirt – Silk shell top

Dominique wearing an embroidered frill detail blouse.

marks & spencer suits and co-ordinates

It seems, as with everything in fashion, coordinating is cyclical.

Whereas once it was seen as a little old-fashioned to be totally coordinated, now it is on trend. I would say opt for a shorts suit or a trouser suit though if you do want to stay on trend, rather than a skirt suit which can sometimes seem a little dated.

You could opt for coordinates that you can also wear as separates.

Linen striped blazer & shorts suit set – Linen rich blazer & shorts suit set


If you prefer the look of a one-piece, many of M&S’s swimsuits have a built in slimming panel to smooth your tummy area.

There are some beautiful floral options in store now.

For more inspiration here are the 10 best one pieces bathing suits for women over 40.

Birds of Paradise swimsuit, 4.3 stars – “Was really drawn to the bird of paradise design and this swimsuit did not disappoint. Flattering neckline, tummy control, adjustment on the hips, and adjustable straps.” – ponella

Floral print bandeau swimsuit, 4.2 stars – “Fabulous swimsuit. The fabric is luxurious. Fits great and would highly recommend it.” – cashmerequeen

Birds of Paradise swimsuit – Floral print bandeau swimsuit

marks & spencer bikinis

The great thing about M&S bikinis is that the tops come in bra sizes rather than simply small, medium and large, or dress sizes, so you can find a bikini top which should fit you perfectly, and mix and match..

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We will show you lots of ways to wear a scarf and style your scarf in many different ways.

A well-chosen scarf can add instant polish to any wardrobe, no matter how basic by bringing in new colors, patterns, and textures.

Scarves extend your wardrobe and let you play with new patterns and colors you might shy away from in a top or dress.

A million ways to wear a scarf

Scarves are definitely one of my favorite accessories.

While many people may think that scarves are for fall and winter, for adding warmth, they can be a great year-round tool for adding style to your closet.

You can choose lightweight scarves for summer to pull together all of the colors in your warm-weather wardrobe.

Scarves also make a great addition to your vacation wardrobe because you can use them as a blanket on the plane, to put down to lie on on the beach or by the pool, as a sarong over your swimwear, or as a wrap when the weather cools down in the evening.

A scarf can also cover or distract from areas of your body that you aren’t so keen on. For example, you can use a colorful scarf to draw the attention up to your face and away from your hips if you are a pear shape and want to create more balance in your outfit.

Read on for inspiration on how to wear your scarf, as well as 5 different ways to knot your scarf.

Check out this article for more ideas on dressing the pear shape.

There are infinite ways to wear your scarves.

Basic scarf types, shapes and scarf styles 1. Rectangle scarf

This size is really easy to wear which is probably why it’s the most popular.

It often comes in 30″ x 80 but you’ll see it in many other variations. Rectangle scarves often come in knits and wools, rayons, viscose, silk, or cotton.

Ted Baker London rectangle silk scarf

2. Square scarf

Square scarves are usually made in lighter materials like rayon, silk or soft cotton.

You’ll find these scarves in squares as large as 60″ x 60″, and often in smaller sizes called neckerchiefs.

Kate Spade square silk scarf

3. Infinity Scarf

An infinity scarf is a circular scarf with no ends.

This scarf is sometimes called the closed loop. You’ll see infinity scarves in heavy knits and cables for winter, or lightweight cotton, linen, or rayon fabrics for summer.

Infinity scarves are especially great to wear if you’re wearing a jacket with a zipper since they don’t have any ends or fringe that can get caught.

Tapp Collections sheer infinity scarf 

4. Pashmina

Pashmina is a very particular fabric. It’s made from the belly hairs of the Tibetan goat (I kid you not!) It explains why these type of scarves can be expensive.

Pashmina scarves often come in solid colors with fringe ends, and are large enough to use as a wrap. There are many similar styles that are rayon/silk blends and therefore less pricey, but with the solid colors and fringe and so they are still called pashminas.

Achillea pashmina scarf

5. Blanket Scarf

Blanket scarves are extra large wool blanket styles that are worn as over-sized scarves, ponchos or wraps.

You can always secure them with a stylish broach, or hide a safety pin under the layers if you don’t want it to be seen.

Sole Society oversize blanket scarf

6. Kite scarf

A kite scarf is designed in a diamond shape so you can easily tie around your neck.

You will also find similar styles shaped like a smaller, wider, men’s tie which you tie in the same way. These give an outfit a polished, slightly retro style, like those worn in the 50s.

Halogen kite scarf

7. Travel scarf with pocket

Have you heard of travel scarves? These are not only stylish, but also a great security measure if you are heading off for a city break.

Travel scarves are specially designed with a hidden zip pocket so you can keep your money or a credit card in to keep you safe from pickpockets.

Waypoint Goods infinity travel scarf

Scarf styles for your closet

A basic scarf wardrobe should include a rectangle scarf in a heavier weight for winter, and a lighter cotton or rayon/silk rectangle scarf for summer.

Choose a scarf in a bright color or fun print to add fun and pattern to your warm weather wardrobe.

Select an infinity scarf in a large print or pattern that can be worn over jackets with a zipper.

Make sure you have a square silk or silk blend neck scarves. A neck scarf can be extremely versatile (as we show below).

If you are petite, select scarves that aren’t too long so the scarf won’t overwhelm your smaller frame.

Here are some stylish, different ways to wear your scarf As a head scarf

AussieJul shows how adding a scarf as a headscarf adds a huge amount of pizzazz to an otherwise relatively simple outfit.

She deliberately lets her scarf be the hero piece of her look. The neutral background of her scarf is complimented by the neutral lace-up shoes.

As a stylish wrap

Morag (below) demonstrates how a scarf can make the perfect wrap, either for a summer event or for your vacation.

This also shows how a scarf can beautifully tie your outfit together. Here, the pink of the scarf matches fabulous pink shoes.

To add an extra element of fun

Denise (below) mixes her patterns with the print on her jacket and her scarf.

To pull together the colors in your outfit

Danielle (below) gives a masterclass in using your scarf to tie an outfit together.

The yellow in the scarf matches her coat while the darker burgundy pulls together the shades in her pants.

To add some pizzazz

I’m sure you’ll agree that the scarf Polly wears elevates her outfit to the next level. A blue and white outfit is given extra style through the use of a scarf.

As a neck tie

You could experiment with the way you tie your scarf, like Melissa (below).

She has tied her scarf so that it is kind of a cross between a pussy bow and a neck tie, adding a slightly androgynous feel to an outfit which still retains plenty of femininity, thanks to the print on the scarf and the over-the-knee boots.

To add a pop of color

Divina (below) has added a pop of orange to her neutral outfit through the use of her scarf.

To add a little rock ‘n’ roll edge

Claudia (below) has chosen a skull print scarf to not only tie in the color of her pink tee, but to add a little rock ‘n’ roll edge to her classic outfit.

As a belt

Who says you have to wear your scarf around your neck? A scarf can also look equally stylish worn as a belt.

Jen (below) demonstrates what a stylish option this can be. The pinks and purples of her outfit are pulled together perfectly with her scarf.

How to tie a scarf

Here are several basic ways to tie a scarf.

1. Ways to tie a scarf – the European knot

One of the easiest and most stylish ways to tie a scarf.

Create a loop with one hand, put the scarf around your neck, and thread the ends of the scarf through the loop. You can wear looser or up closer to your neck when it’s chilly.

2. How to wrap a scarf – the Basic Loop

Simply drape the scarf around your neck and loop the ends back around to the front.

3. How to tie a neck scarf – the Menswear knot

Tie in a loose knot the same way you’d tie a men’s necktie. You can adjust the knot up or down to make it lower or higher.

4. How to wear a silk scarf – Basic silk scarf knot

Add a bit of French style to any outfit with a simple neck scarf.

Tuck the ends in or leave them loose (and you can leave the knot in the center or wear it jauntily to the side, a polished look with a white buttondown shirt.)

5. How to tie a short scarf – the Ascot knot

Wear with the triangular ends of the scarf frontways, wrap around your neck, and hide the ties underneath. Easy and tres stylish!

More different ways to tie a scarf 6. Tie on handle of purse for a pop of pattern or color 7. Tie around ponytail if you have long hair
8. Add a pop of color by adding a pocket square to a neutral blazer

Here is a step by step video with 11 stylish ways to tie a scarf
How to tie a scarf - YouTube
Want more inspiration? Scarf lover Anne shares some more ideas and tells about her love of scarfs

Scarves – and more especially silk scarves – belong to my everyday life.

I wear one every single day, no matter what! It’s my personal signature. Among the many accessories a woman has to enhance her outfit, but also her face or her figure, scarves are, to my opinion, her best friends.

They are absolutely magical. It’s amazing how such a little piece of fabric will add flair to any outfit and zest it up.

Scarves are more than just an accessory. They provide us with the touch of color we need, they brighten up basic clothing.

They can be mixed with other accessories (think about a chain intertwined with a scarf or a purse wrapped into a silk scarf). A bright scarf will be eye catching and will divert the eyes from parts of our body we are not comfortable with. In other words, scarves can do miracles!

As many women, as many personalities and styles… So each woman will start differently. I think there are two ways to look at a scarf.

You can decide it will complement your outfit in an elegant way. In this case the scarf – usually chosen for its contrasting or matching color – acts like a subtle enhancing touch. It’s probably the easiest way to start incorporating a scarf.

There is another way to look at scarves though. One can decide to make it the “star du jour”. In this case I recommend to first pick a scarf and then to work on the outfit which will go with it.

For more advanced scarf lovers, it’s when you want to start playing original styles and original matches. It’s the right time to give free rein to your own imagination.

First of all, I would never go out without a scarf on….When I feel lazy (it happens!), I pick a scarf I like and add it to complement my outfit as I would do with any other accessory.

But most of the time, before getting dressed I like to decide which scarf I want to wear and how I will tie it – which means I will select my dress or top, but also my purse or even my shoes accordingly.

PS. Want to learn even more ways to up your style game?

You will love our accessories course. There is lots of training on accessories and how they can truly elevate your style!

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