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This unpredictable weather leaves us pretty bemused as to what to take with for that long awaited break. As the Easter weekend approaches, here are some ideas for your planned trip away with friends, family or your other half, as well as how to pack efficiently and make the most out of your space.

Make sure you pack both practically and lightly ensuring you have everything you need.

If possible take a ‘carry on’ case, I personally don’t find it that easy as I like choice, however the clever travellers amongst you will pack a small wheely case and will be on your way to your hotel before I’ve even left the airport!

If you’re a ‘carry on gal’ in order to save space, rolling clothes is a good way to go. It will prevent the clothes from creasing (if rolled neatly), so select carefully from your capsule wardrobe!

OUTFIT 1– 

FRIDAY DAY (TRAVELLING):

Start with a light weight Mac that can be easily packed away when the sun comes out, or pulled out for that unexpected downfall. A hood is advisable and think about wearing it over sized so you can fit a jacket underneath. I always travel with a cosy scarf for that annoying air-conditioning or evening chilly spells.

This outfit is three in one; Practical, Comfortable and Fashionable. Travelling in a jersey fabric trouser is key to starting your trip void of creases and by adding this fresh, baby pink roll neck jumper gives a soft gentle, on trend colour and shape for this spring.

Wear a short sleeve white t-shirt under the sweater so you have a choice of t-shirt or sweater for when you arrive, weather depending.

After checking into your hotel or airbnb and are planning to go straight out for the day and if the jersey pants are too light, then keep a pair of light wash jeans at the top of your case to complete your look.

 

OUTFIT 2

FRIDAY NIGHT:

For your first evening out let’s add a little glamour!

Heels and a mink coloured jersey (easy for packing) skirt are perfect, nude/camel/pink  is everywhere this Spring. Adding a heel will smarten the outfit and also get an instant sexy, sophisticated look. However the length of walk and terrain to the resturant may suggest a more casual ankle boot, giving comfort and coolness. Adding a classic black Sandro bag keeps the evening feel and don’t forget accessories, they always take you to the next level.


OUTFIT 3

SATURDAY DAY:

You now have two choices of bag with you, the one you travelled with, which has clever straps that changes into a back pack, or the one you wore for the evening. And with a choice of a cross body strap, it’s perfect for day too.

A denim jumpsuit is bang on trend and looks super cool with trainers or heeled boots. You can pair this with the trainers you travelled in or the boot option. Add the suede jacket and you’re good to go. Don’t forget your Mac and sun glasses !



OUTFIT 4

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Prints and embroidery are both big this Spring, so why not wear this gorgeous green polka dot midi dress, worn with the court shoes as before. Open out the scarf, making the scarf double width, so you have a shawl.

OUTFIT 5

SUNDAY DAY:

A day site seeing or relaxing over a long lunch in jeans and a cool sweatshirt gives it a real Sunday feel. Wear this beautiful casual shirt under the sweat and you’ve got layers for warmth or coolness. Again you have all the componants to make this a fab  outfit and all in your ‘carry on’! Just change your shoes to trainers grab the scarf and your ready for your flight home.

HAVE FUN!



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Ever wonder what a week in the life of a personal stylist looks like? Come behind the scenes with our leading stylist Suzanne Bernie and find out!

Monday

Drive to Leeds – (4.5 hours – phew!) for a charity dinner for Jo Cox’s charity where a Shopping Day with Coathanger was auctioned for an amazing cause. Find out more about the cause and how you get involved on the Jo Cox Foundation website or Twitter @JoCoxFoundation

Tuesday

Meet up with a client in Leeds for a Wardrobe Detox. The best part of my job is changing how people see themselves and a Wardrobe Detox is the perfect way to get rid of any garments that bring you no joy!

Wednesday

A Shopping Day with a Manchester client in Leeds. The new Victoria Gate is beautiful and the new John Lewis gives Oxford Street a run for its money!..

Thursday

Back to London for a shoot with my daughter Lillie for a special shoot for Mother Days. This time the shoot was in front of camera for a commercial – weird being in hair and makeup. Unable to tell more right now but watch this space!

Friday

Delivered a Style Presentation to 100 ladies at a luncheon in the beautiful Yorkshire Countryside for The Friends Of Alfie Martin charity – http://www.thefriendsofalfiemartin.com/

Saturday

Drive back to London (2.5hrs) phew!!!!!

Sunday

Another secret business meeting… again, watch this space!

And it all starts again on Monday morning…

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We’ve previously discussed here on the Coathanger blog all about female body shapes and how to make the most out of your figure. In today’s article we will be discussing all the different male body shapes out there and how to dress yours up to look powerful, stylish and sexy.

We all come in different shapes and sizes; it’s all about embracing your body and owning what you’ve got! Whether you have broad shoulders and a small waist or are larger in your centre with slimmer arms and legs, you can enhance or disguise your proportions with a few easy tweaks to your outfits.

The Inverted Triangle

If you have broad shoulders and chest compared to your slimmer waist and hips then your body shape would be considered as an ‘inverted triangle’. This is a common male body type and a lot of garments tend to be designed for men with these proportions. The trapezoid is often referred to as one of the most athletic male body types and is enhanced with well fitted tops and shirts to enhance your figure. Wearing tops and bottoms in similar shades will help create a uniform outfit and vertical stripes can be worn to elongate your body and make your small hips look better proportioned with your wider shoulders.

The Triangle

Opposite to the inverted triangle, the triangle body shape is where you have quite narrow shoulders and chest with most of your weight being in the centre of your body. Men who fit this body shape tend to have wider hips and thighs which is why skinny fit trousers are something we usually swap out with straight leg trousers to ensure there is no one part of your body that stands out the most (if you don’t want it to!). Triangle body shapes also suit vertical stripes as this gives the illusion of a slimmer silhouette along with structured jackets. If you have this body shape you should try to avoid oversized jackets with unstructured shoulders as this will make your silhouette look larger, jackets with structure at the shoulders will frame your body nicely and draw the attention upwards to where your body is slimmer.

The Oval

Whilst the triangle body shape holds most of their bulk in their centre, it mainly rests on top of the hips. Oval body shapes find that their overall centre is quite rounded, their shoulders and hips are in proportion and their arms and legs are small in comparison which can make it difficult to find clothes, in particular shirts and tops, that fit well.  Ovals should go the extra mile to ensure that the lengths of sleeves and trouser legs are correct as excess material will make you look shorter and draw attention to your centre. Loud patterns and prints should be worn towards the lower half of the body and you should avoid wearing boots as these will shorten your leg length. Try purchasing some loosely tapered trousers to add structure to your leg without making them appear disproportionately slim to your frame as slim fit trousers would.

The Rectangle

Rectangular body shapes are generally evenly proportioned from their shoulders and waist through to their hips and legs. Men with rectangular body shapes often like to create the illusion of wider shoulders whilst maintaining their slim frame by layering shirts, jumpers and scarves to make your upper body look more strong and structured. Colour and prints are especially good for this frame and it can help make your figure look shapelier.

Stuck in a fashion rut? Enquire about our personal shopping service and spend half a day, or a full day, with one of London’s leading fashion stylists who will help you reinvent your look and detox your life of bad fashion choices.

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Today was the first day I could feel Spring was in the air, maybe still a little far away but I definitely heard the birds singing.

The arrival of bright colours hit the high street of course the designers have been selling bright, bold prints for sometime now. From cat walk to high street no one does it better than ZARA.

If you’re waiting for the sun to shine for longer than 10 mins before you mix fuchsia pink with pillar box red, dip your toe into spring with a little navy. You’ll find navy in most stores now, standing proudly next to black.  Creating a fresh new look for Spring.

Amanda Wakeley allows you to keep warm but look cool in this sky blue and navy cashmere and silk sweater.

There are a lot of different stories on the high street, from 80’s to tribal to animation. Which look are you going to go for?

Embrace animation with a quirky Kermit t-shirt from the Essentiel Antwerp Muppets collection!

To add a vibrant tribal/floral vibe into your spring wardrobe, Karen Millen has some gorgeous new garments in her latest prints. The botanical print scarf is perfect for adding an extra wow-factor to your outfit!

Step away from your skinny jeans and embrace the 80’s era with some slouchy tailored trousers, the perfect smart casual element.

Better still, why not rock some ruffles with a chic and classy look?

Ready to pack away your winter wear and add some colour back into your wardrobe but have no idea where to start? Coathanger offer a service for every fashion need! Whether you’re looking for a full day personal styling session, a wardrobe detox or an online styling session – view the prices.

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Whether you have a significant other to whisk you away for a romantic evening meal, are having a quiet night in with a takeaway or are hitting the town with your girlfriends – you need the perfect outfit!

Date night is the perfect occasion to be bold and try something new and sexy, in a tasteful and elegant way of course. Not that we need an excuse but it’s a good reason for a little shopping to purchase something special for someone special.

Whether you’re a lover of vibrant colours or tend to stick to neutrals, you can rock these outfits for your date night, even if you’ve chosen to stay home with your loved one.

Kooples – £298

Zara – £49.99

Finery London Rosetta jump suit – £75

Sandro – £235

Ralph Lauren Red Lace Dress – £210

Kate Spade Be Mine Heat Bag – £358

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It’s that time of year again when we are already well into a new year and eagerly exploring ways in which we can inject Pantone’s color of the year into our wardrobes!

Pantone’s colour of the year has been reflective of the current cultural climate since the early 2000’s; each year the chosen colour has historically influenced a multitude of different design elements including interior design and food – but especially fashion. This year, however, it is clear that the yellow-green hue is representative of the environment as 2017 is set to be the year of improved sustainability.

For 2017, the Pantone color of the year is Greenery.

2016 was a year of many cultural changes all over the world and Greenery represents new beginnings and fresh starts which is very fitting for 2017. The vibrancy of Greenery will be a stunning colour to wear in early spring and summer, and will help people embrace exploring different colour palettes even if only through a few select pieces.

Keep reading for inspiration from the experts on how to wear Greenery in 2017!

If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy wearing many colours but are interested in some cooler hues of this shade, this blouse from Nordstrom would be a good option for you. This floaty blouse can be worn casually or glammed up for a night out with the right accessories.

Step away from your skinny jeans and embrace some cropped greenery trousers for a brilliant spring look that can be paired with flats, trainers or heels. From Harvey Nichols, these high waisted trousers will provide comfort and style.

For a more vibrant and true to colour greenery garment, why not try this blouse from House of Fraser? The pattern is perfect for spring, too!

As the cool temperatures here in the UK are likely to last for a little while longer yet, it’s definitely not time to pack away your scarves yet! This luxurious 100% cashmere scarf from John Lewis would look stunning with a cream or beige coat with some ankle boots.

If statement jewellery is your thing and you love expressing your love of vibrant colours through statement pieces then this ring from Tiffany is a great option. This octagonal green quartz ring can be paired with many different green garments to make your overall outfit pop!

If you want to accessorise with greenery but are looking for something more quirky, this Orla Kelly watch is perfect!

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We’re now well into 2017 …….. boy was it good to say goodbye to 2016!It’s that time of the year when we all feel ready to take time and a fresh look at ourselves, our diet, our fitness and our existing wardrobes.

The beginning of 2017 is a time to embrace yourself, learn how to express yourself through the contents of your wardrobe and feel more comfortable with that all important first impression. If your struggling doing it alone, here are a few good reasons why you should get it right for 2017:

  • First impressions are crucial in both social and professional situations, if you do not feel good in the clothes you are wearing and don’t feel you look good, then this will show in your body language
  • Dressing according to your size, body shape and colouring shows that you have put time and effort into how you look which will also make you more open and approachable
  • If your bored with wearing the same style everyday then entering a new year with a bold new style will make you look like you are ready for change and mean business! Going against the grain by wearing print, texture and colour will make a lasting impression on whoever you meet that day – who doesn’t like a compliment!
  • If you have gained weight over the course of 2016, it’s likely that your clothes may be a little snug. (I know so annoying!) So before that weight starts to fall off you may need to add a few important pieces to your existing wardrobe. Please don’t wear clothes that are too small for you, it only makes you look bigger and that wont make you happy.

Keep reading to find out how to dress better in 2017!

Detox Your Wardrobe

If you’ve entered 2017 feeling like you have an overflowing wardrobe but nothing to wear, you should have a wardrobe detox! If you’re a shopaholic and tend to impulse buy clothes in quantity rather than select quality garments, it’s very quick and easy to end up with clothes that you don’t love and will probably never wear. If you’re feeling brave you could do a clear out on your own or with some of your friends so you can trade clothes, alternatively you could hire a personal stylist to come to your home to give you expert and, more importantly, unbiased advice.

Depart With Damaged Items

Whether it be a snagged jumpers, holey socks or scuffed shoes – they have no place in your wardrobe. The likelihood is that because these garments are damaged you aren’t wearing them anyway, there’s no need to store clothes you are never going to wear!

Introduce A New Colour

If you not too comfortable wearing a wide variety of colours then make it your aim in 2017 to introduce at least one new colour into your wardrobe! It’s important to remember that not all colours are bright and bold; there are numerous shades of every colour that could be flattering on you if you gave it the chance. Maybe fuchsia isn’t your favourite colour and you find it doesn’t compliment your skin tone, there are so many more pink tones including carnation pink and salmon that can be integrated into your everyday outfits subtly!

Quantity Over Quality

The January sales are very tempting but being able to resist a sale and look for quality garments can save you a lot of money and wardrobe space in the long term! Be selective in your sale purchases, research the new looks for Spring and see if you can find pieces that will go through to the next season. Keep a very clear idea in your mind of what you are looking for before you get to the shops, making sure you don’t buy repeats of garments you already own!

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Suzanne Bernie has been in the press lately giving The Telegraph some style advice for their Christmas outfits, but her influence in the fashion industry does not stop there!

Finery recently reached out to Suzanne and asked, as a Finery wearer, if she would like to be part of their Star Power campaign this Christmas – and of course she said yes. Finery launched the campaign in order to give back to their loyal customers and bought in a team of 5 Finery wearers to try on their new collections whilst giving us an insight into their family traditions at Christmas time.

As one of London’s most sought after fashion stylist, Suzanne’s schedule can be very hectic so for her Christmas is a time for her to stop and spend quality time with her equally busy husband Stewart, a top West End hair stylist and their two daughters, Lillie Fay and Ella Ruby – both professional models.

Find out more about Suzanne and how she uses her passion for fashion to style her clients – http://www.coathanger.net/suzanne-bernie/

Christmas for Suzanne and her family means a trip back to her roots of Leeds to visit family and good friends. A place that is great to visit but not where she calls home anymore. Suzanne felt out of place when growing up in the suburbs of Leeds and craved being able to express her unique style freely. Now having lived in London for 33 years, Suzanne believes she belongs here.

“You can be anyone you want there, dress anyway you like. Finery is absolutely what London’s about – it’s different and interesting and brings out people’s personalities.” – Suzanne Bernie

Read the full article on Finery – https://www.finerylondon.com/uk/chapters/star-power

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IF you got your hands on a copy of The Telegraph this weekend you probably noticed our very own Suzanne Bernie starring in a fabulously festive feature! Christmas is approaching oh so quickly and it is no surprise that it’s the season to be stressed…

In order to banish any stress over the festive season, The Telegraph got together their super team of experts to explain how you can make Christmas fun again by outsourcing your festivities to the experts. Amongst the experts were Cynthia Gregoire, Pippa Jameson and Coathanger’s founder and head stylist Suzanne Bernie.

Suzanne was on hand to explain to The Telegraph the ultimate fashion faux pas when styling a Christmas outfit and how you don’t always have to buy something new to look sexy and stylish this season. Coathanger offer a wardrobe detox service which focuses on detoxing your wardrobe of unloved and unwanted garments and instead helping you love and style the garments you already own.

Book your wardrobe detox service now – http://www.coathanger.net/wardrobe-detox/

For Christmas, Boudicca usually wears a classic sparkly winter jumper for Christmas day and needed some style advice from Suzanne, who having trained staff at Harvey Nichols knows exactly what creates the perfect outfit for any occasion. Selecting a garment from Boudicca existing wardrobe, Suzanne gave her tips on how to look fabulous and feel comfortable in something a little out of your comfort zone.

Read the article on The Telegraph’s website to find out Suzanne’s best tips for when styling a Christmas outfit – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/christmas/2016/12/02/seasonally-stressed-outsource-christmas-professionals/

Photo source: Andrew Crowley

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With Christmas comes party season and the inevitable last minute panic for something glam after work before the shops shut! Start planning your outfit now so you can grab the latest releases and beat the rush without having to hope your size is still available closer to Christmas and New Year’s.

Smart Sophistication

If you want to step away from the norm of little black dresses or dresses simply aren’t your thing, there is a warmer way to style a sophisticated outfit without a statement dress. This cool, velvet, relaxed yet sexy trouser suit says it all and can be paired with flats or heels for an instantly chic look! Worn with a little lace vest and you’re ready to go.

Velvet Trouser Suite @ Zara

Alternatively, add a bit of colour with this fabulously pretty Anthropology dress!

Embroidered Lace Dress @ Anthropologie

Glitter Glamour

If a Christmas night out for you isn’t complete without a little bit of glitter, choose these heels to be ‘bell of the ball’.

Want to go all out with the glitter glam? This dress from Harrods with make you look head to toe stunning!

If your in the mood to go for something different, check out this sexy jumpsuit for comfort yet discreet coolness. Add a great necklace and heels and you could go anywhere. See the great on trend choker below.

£615.00 @ DKNY

Choker for £12.00 @ Missguided

The Lady In Red

Party dresses don’t have to be black or silver, dare to be brave this party season with a sexy red number!

For something more quirky, why not try this Whistles dress

When shopping online for clothes this holiday season be cautious as online shopping isn’t as efficient as you think, we’ve discussed the pros and cons here so you can decide for yourself. If you need an unbiased opinion on what really suits your style and body shape, book a consultation with our leading personal stylist Suzanne Bernie.

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