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Workin’ It: How to Take Trends to the Office

A new season, a whole new set of trends. And what a shame it would be to wear them just two days a week. Whether your office dress code is smart and sophisticated or creative and casual, adding a dose of style to 9-5 (without HR having a hissy fit) is easier than you think. We take a look at three of AW14’s top looks and how you can effortlessly transition them from weekend to workwear.

Winter pastels

Autumn calls for a more muted approach to pastels, making the move into the office a little easier. Shades have a decidedly more icy tone and work well paired with black pieces, such as dark tights or brogues. Stand out from the sea of earthy autumnal tones and wear your powder pinks and baby blues in the form of a chic A-line skirt, on-trend white shirt and pretty (but executive) pastel accessories.

Workwear: winter pastels

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Micro Trend: Scarlet Woman

By Olivia Watkins

See red this autumn – the colour of passion, lust and rage (wowza) is now the colour of the season.

Perfect for the party period (and just in time too), we’ve styled our favourite must-have pieces for AW14. So whether you go top-to-toe in splendid scarlet or showcase your sizzling style with subtle accessories, you’re guaranteed to heat things up.

Well red

Mix pretty and preppy for an understated take on this bold microtrend. Pair oxblood skinnies with these Catwalk Collection loafers and a peplum tee – an AW14 wardrobe staple – for a faultless laidback look. For a hint of glamour add a 3D daisy necklace – the ultimate in fun, feminine style.

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Wardrobe Hero: The Winter Knit

Give praise to the winter knit. Comfy, cosy and oh-so lovely, these sweet sweaters are perfect for everything from sofa snuggle sessions to styling up for Sunday best. Whether you like your knitted number chic and sheared or fluffy and festive, there’s nothing like a woolly jumper in the winter!

One jumper. Three ways to wear.

We’ve taken one of our favourite winter knits from the Simply Be AW13 collection and styled it in three very different ways. From keeping warm on winter walks to partying in your pullover, take a look at our top ways to wear the fluffy wonder this season.

Chic and cosy
Pair your jumper with jeans and a pair of trusty winter boots for a laidback look in a flash.
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Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

While spring and summer are seen as the traditional seasons to get wed, winter nuptials have become increasingly popular among brides and grooms-to-be. Saying ‘I do’ in the depths of winter might not come with hair-friendly weather but it certainly has its charm. It’s cheaper for one thing, allowing engaged couples to cut down their budget by a whopping quarter. Plus, it’s soooo romantic at this time of year…roaring fires, blankets of snow, the magic of Christmas…dreamy!

Be the best dressed guest

If you’ve been invited to a winter wedding you may already know that finding cold-weather occasion wear isn’t always easy. While summer soirees call for pretty pastels and gorgeous florals, winter weddings are a different kettle of fish, looking instead to darker tones and grown-up prints. It certainly isn’t a case of taking your trusty summer dress and throwing on a pair of tights and a layer or two.

And we’ve all heard the etiquette around colour; white/ivory is reserved for the bride and black is best avoided for daytime dos. But we’re not complete sticklers to the rules! We think black with a dash of colour can be fabulously sophisticated in winter, and there’s no harm in adding creamy touches with light shoes and accessories.

The best palettes to pick from for this time of year are the wintery hues of plum, emerald green and midnight blue. Add some razzle dazzle to these pared-down tones with punchy prints, dazzling embellishments and party-perfect heels.












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Berrylicious: Working the winter berry trend

Ladies, it’s time to pack away those pretty summer pastels and give your wardrobe an autumn/winter overhaul with the very berry trend.

This season, we look to the rich berry palette for easy-to-wear style that works from morning til night. Bursting with the sultry tones of rich wine reds, burgundy and oxblood, there’s a gorgeous spectrum of purples and reds to explore when it comes to choosing your favourite shade. Take inspiration from those bottles of red knocking around the kitchen and reach for the dark grape tones of Claret and Bordeaux, or add playful pops of indigo and violet  to your winter rotation.

There are so many ways to get the berry buzz. First up, make sure you’re just as on trend when you’re in the buff by picking lingerie from the plum palette. There’s no better way to pop your berry cherry than with a cheeky nod to the trend courtesy of your undies. This way, you can be sure your bra straps will coordinate perfectly with dark red outer garments and cups won’t show through the fabric.

MAGISCULPT Super Plunge Bodyshaper    Shapely Figures Multiway Ella Bra    Gossard Floral Print Balcony Bra

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A taster of Joe Browns NEW collection

Joe Browns have released some gorgeous new clothes we feel will be right on trend in the upcoming months.

Take a look at their fabulous new casuals, which we think are great for a slightly more laid back look without losing your style. We love this Dusky Pink Camisole, brilliant for those last few days of summer and this gorgeous Angelas Legacy Tunic, for when the temperature begins to drop.


Joe Browns has also hit the spot with their floral print inspired range. This lovely floral dress caught our eye – it’s great for the summer as well as brightening up those upcoming gloomy winter months!

Vintage fashion seems like it’s going to be big this autumn and winter so why not get ahead of the crowd with this gorgeous mustard stand out vintage sweater from Joe Browns. We also love this quirky tunic with its interesting collar and colourful flowers.


Alpine cardigans are going to be big this year, and could take over from the ever popular Aztec pattern during the winter months, so make sure you take a look at this gorgeous faux fur trimmed Alpine Knit cardigan. If you’re not too keen on this particular trend we think this beautiful Parisian Jacket could be just the thing for you with its gorgeous design and fabric.


So what are you waiting for…check out Simply Be for a taster of Joe Browns’ latest fashion line and treat yourself to a new autumn/winter wardrobe! xx

London Fashion Week: The End

It’s all over! London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010 had ended and so has our blog review… but you know what? This is where the fun starts – because all those gorgeous trends we saw strutting their way down the catwalks will start making their way into the real world… and for us that means turning these fashion-fireworks into a gorgeous plus-size collection that works for real women!

Going plus-size

Now, you might have noticed that most of the London Fashion Week catwalks featured slim models… size 8… maybe size 10… but actually, they did look a bit bigger than usual. Size zero definitely isn’t the priority any more.

And Marc Fast, the designer who hit the headlines last year for using plus-size models, did it again this year. His designs invite you to appreciate the female figure, whatever shape or size – and we applaud him for that! The thing is, would we want to wear them in the real world? Hmm…

You see his designs show every lump and bump, they’re about what’s underneath… but does any woman (you know, the one’s not strutting down the catwalks) have the confidence to show that much? We’d love to know what you think!

Simply Be confident

We have a different take on plus-size fashion. We see a trend, love it, then make it work for the fuller figure. From the design to the cut, the material to the detail, we looks for those flattering fashion-features that will give you easy curve confidence. So look back over our London Fashion Week blogs… the trendsthe coloursthe textures… and work out which ones you love, because come the Autumn, we’ll be making them work on your figure!

London Fashion Week: The Trends

Wow! London Fashion Week, it was one hell of an exciting week! Show after show, trend after trend, fashion celebrity after fashion celebrity. And now that it’s finished, we’ve had a chance to look back and pull out our top trends for Autumn/Winter 2010!

Sherlock Chic

The 2009 Hollywood blockbuster must have inspired the fashion masses, because it exploded onto the LFW catwalks! Mini-caped coats in beige and camel hues were absolutely everywhere – and even when they weren’t ‘exactly’ the style of the famed detectives, they still harked back to his age-old look. So we say, if you’re buying a coat next season, make it Sherlock chic!

Billowing fabrics

Autumn/Winter isn’t really the season you’d expect to see light, floaty fabrics but that’s exactly what’s been dominating the catwalks. From down-to-the-floor dresses to voluptuous trousers, the designers have surprised us all! Maria Grachvogel started it on Day One, but the trend continued with so many other designers that we simply lost count. And what was even more interesting, was they way they dressed these gorgeous, floaty looks – with Winter warmers, heavy coats and long leather gloves.

Heavy draping

A much more Wintery version of Autumn/Winter’s billowing fabrics. Here we see thick cloth draped to make gorgeous shapes. Again, Maria Grachvogel plays her part, but we’ve also seen stunning, floor skimming options from Jena.Theo and Erdem. And the theme that runs through them all? Good old-fashioned sophistication – smart tailoring, elegant dresses and stand-out coats. We think this will be a real winner for plus-size women. Giving you stylish warmth with slimming under-layers instead of bulky over-layers.

Grecian dresses

Another trend often associated with Summer has been turned around to make a gorgeous Autumn/Winter option – the greek toga dress! Grecian influences were all over the London Fashion Week catwalks, with everything from all-out, gladiator-inspired togas… like the BODYAMR look pictured… to modern dress designs that just nod their head to Grecian origins… like Amanda Wakeley’s knotted necklines. So this is definitely a trend you can do your way!

The New Harem

Last Summer saw the rise of the harem pant but this season will see them becoming much more wearable! The catwalks showcased an evolution of the trend that we’re going to call the skinny-hareem. They’re voluptuous at the top, with hints of billowing fabrics and heavy draping, but pulled in around the ankles. This gives us a much more subtle style, one that would work day or night, work or weekend. It’s not so different from traditional trousers styles, but it certainly gives us a gorgeous new take on trousers that we can’t wait to experiment with! Look to Betty Jackson, BODYAMR and Jaeger London for inspiration!

Nordic Inspiration

With the cold weather hampering our fashion choices (even as we move into Spring) it’s no wonder that some designers have taken to wrapped up nordic styles. The likes of Margaret Howell and Ashish have all taken inspiration from traditional Northern European fashion to create a snug little look we’ll all enjoy wearing next winter. From the latest knitted styles to lazy layers worn over bold prints, you’ll be surprised just how fashionable everyday casual is going to be next season!

Fastforward Florals

Now on our second Summer of florals, we thought they might be on their way out in Autumn – but that’s definitely not the case. Prints have gone feminine in the latest muted hues or bold in Autumnal colours. And we might be wrong, but it looks like floral style might be inching towards embroidery. Just take a look at Christopher Kane’s collection, can you see where we’re coming from? Those intricate patterns and the floral lace – it’s not such a far-fetched idea, is it?

Next week on the Simply Be Blog…

London Fashion Week: The Colours