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Wardrobe Hero: The Maxi Dress

With the ability to magically move from casual cool to effortlessly glam in the blink of an eye (and a swift switch of accessories), the versatile maxi dress has had us smitten for several  summer seasons. When it comes to this Wardrobe Hero, one thing’s for sure: the maxi dress is going nowhere.

Initially popular in the swinging ‘60s, the maxi dress represented a rebellion against the popular mini-skirt; a hemline revolution largely appropriated by those fantastically folksy, free-spirited hippies. While the modern maxi can take on a range of guises to suit every event in a girl’s summer calendar, this ankle-grazer hasn’t lost any of its easy-breezy appeal. In fact, it’s probably its laidback nature which makes the maxi such a must-have during the free and easy summer months. Great for beach, bar and just about everything in between, we take a look at three ways to wear one of our favourite maxis of the season, taken straight from our fabulous Look! Magazine collection.

Maximum cool

Go back to the maxi’s roots and channel your inner hippy chick by teaming your maxi with a throwback denim jacket and tan boho accessories.

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Summer Beauty Hacks

With a whole weekend of lovely weather under our belt, we’re gonna put ourselves out there and say that summer is well and truly on its way (hoorah!). But with the arrival of sunshine comes a whole new set of makeup dilemmas to contend with…mascara-melting temperatures, moisture-sapping aircons, skin-scorching sunrays…they can all result in major makeup misery. Get through the sunny season looking fresh-faced and minus the makeup meltdown with our top four summer beauty hacks… Summertime

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Four Hot Holiday Looks

Summer is almost here and with the much anticipated arrival of the elusive British sunshine comes the overwhelming urge to…book a holiday quick sharp! Poor ol’ Blighty, as soon as it manages to squeeze a little sunshine out of our dull skies, we all pack our bags and head to the Costas.

But who can blame us? With a summer that typically consists of just two scorching days (why are they always in the middle of the week when we’re in work? WHY?), who can blame us for wanting to get away? Whether you’re heading to an exotic beach destination, planning a chic city break, backpacking around the world or escaping to the English countryside, we’ve put together four key looks to get you through your summer holiday in style.


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Micro Trend: Tropical Prints

Fashion’s gone totally tropical this spring, with paradisiacal prints in lush forest shades blooming all over our new season separates. While we wait patiently for summer to rear its bright yellow head, bring a little sunshine into your spring style with some flamboyant foliage in bold tropical tones. Piña colada anyone?

Club Tropicana

Exotic graphics get grown up in this chic bodycon dress from AX Paris. A brand that knows about head-turning fashion, this vibrant number is sure to make a stunning style statement in the lead up to summer. For high-impact Hawaiian glam, we’ve paired it with bright accessories to really make those pretty petals and luscious green leaves pop.

Micro trend: Tropical prints

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Trend Alert: Vanity Fair

With a selective nod to SS14’s primmest, prettiest looks, Vanity Fair takes cues from high society’s finest to deliver a chic, floral infused edit. Cut in soft feminine shapes and painted in saccharine shades, look to ladylike separates, candied pastels and garden variety graphics for this upper-crust get-up. But it’s not all super serious sophistication; add a little fun to the prim parade with conversational prints and unexpected fabrics…

We’ve taken some of our favourite pieces from the Vanity Fair lookbook and styled four gorgeous outfits to see you from spring soiree to high tea!

Sundae girl

In a palette good enough to eat, this ice cream coloured collection gives the ol’ pencil skirt and smart shirt combo a sweet shakeup. A stylish evening look, pair this statement set with a blazer and switch your clutch for a grown up tote for work-worthy in a flash.

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Wardrobe Hero: The Parka

Spring is more than just a speck on the horizon and that means a shift from miserable winter downpours to…errr…slightly less miserable April showers. For a cover-up that will see you through the warmer part of winter, those pesky spring showers AND onto cool summer nights, look no further than the trusty parka…

Rooted in the swinging ‘60s, the classic parka takes on a thicker, fur-trimmed guise throughout Autumn/Winter but strips back the insulation for a lighter, showerproof look come spring. It’s the latter that we’ve crowned this week’s worthy Wardrobe Hero, thanks to its smooth combination of practicality, versatility and style. Unquestionably casual, this is a coat that works best thrown over laidback separates but, with a few clever choices, can work wonderfully with a slightly more dressed-up look. We’ve taken a parka jacket from our SS14 collection and (using each of the colour options available) created three very different but very gorgeous looks…

Wear me…when it’s chilly

When it’s time to say a fond farewell to your winter coat, you can rely on the parka to provide warmth, protection from light showers and some serious style points. We’ve paired this parka with a fluffy knit and snood to keep you toasty, while the bucket bag and brogues add a dash of androgynous flair.

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2014 Style Gazing

While we can’t tell you what the weather will be doing next week (though we’ll take a wild guess at rain), we can predict the fab fashions that we’ll all be wearing next season. So join us as we gaze into the not-too-distant-future and forecast what 2014’s wardrobe will look like…

Along with slightly more hair-friendly weather (please!), our crystal ball tells us that spring will bring some very exciting new trends, one or two fresh takes on last year’s looks, and a sprinkling of seasonal style favourites (we’re looking at you, florals). First up…

Burberry Prorsum SS14

Hello, dolly!

‘50s femininity takes the reigns with this soft, sugary trend in sweet sorbet shades. Saccharine from the outset, this look is not without its sex appeal thanks to form flaunting lines.

Pick from the pastel palette, choose shapes that follow your curves and anchor the look with key denim pieces.

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New season… new website… new blog post!

Oh, it’s an exciting week here at Simply Be! Our brand new website has just gone live and we absolutely love it! It’s bright, bubbly and, of course, totally fashionable. You’ll find out latest plus-size collection is all there, with gorgeous options for day or night.  Hey, why not take a look for yourself?

And while you’re there…

Get a quick heads up on the latest fashion directions with our fab little ‘trends’ section! You’ll find it in the left-hand menu and it’s well worth a click! Right now, we’ve got 4 hot new trends for you to choose from… Exotic Emotions, Natural Luxe, Masterclass and Parisian Chic. They’ve got Spring/Summer 2010 written all over them, so dip right in and make this the hottest Summer yet… hey, just because we’re still fighting through the snow, doesn’t mean you can’t look ahead to warm Summer days!

Oooh, have you seen..

Mica has a new collection… Frock and Frill has made it’s first appearance… Anna Sholtz is bringing a little luxury to your wardrobe… and Gok Wan has done it again with his curve loving lingerie. In short, you’ve gotta give a click to our new ‘brand’ page, see what’s new, find a new favourite – and remember, all these gorgeous, designers make their fashion musts in a curve-loving plus-size range!

Something else you should know…

Now, maybe you’ve noticed this already, but our footwear collection is now bigger and better than ever before. We’ve got the catwalk’s favourite sky-high heels, the new-in flats that have everyone talking – hey, we’ve even got boots and wellies for your right-now, practical but fashionable snowed-in needs.

And the accessories… oh, don’t get us started! Have you seen the bags? We’re talking designer, love it to bits, take it everywhere bags. And easy fashion fix, affordable bags. And gorgeous, go out with me bags. Then there’s the belts, the jewellery, the sunglasses… and all those winter warmers we keep having to stock up on. You see, right now we’re doing Winter and Spring, because there’s no stopping fashion, not even the weather can stop you from looking fabulous!

Well you can’t blame us for getting excited! There’s a lot going on, a lot to tell you about and hey – London Fashion Week starts on Friday so there’s much more to come!



Printed Tees – the trend that never goes out of fashion!

If there’s one trend you’ll see season after season, one purchase you’ll wear again and again, it has to be the printed tee! They’re just so versatile. Forget the fact that you can get so many different styles – from legs to cartoon characters, graphic prints to kooky characters – or the vast array of colours you’ll have to choose from. And think instead about all the places you can wear them, the looks you can create…

Never say never!

Wear them to work under a blazer, out on a night with a glitzy skirt or on the weekend with a trusty pair of jeans – there’s just no stopping you! And the occasions you can think of right now, off the top of your head, well they’ll never compare to the actual opportunities you’ll have to wear a printed tee once you’ve got it in your wardrobe!

The latest looks!

Let’s start with Parisian, because we’re just loving it right now. Go for sophisticated prints, like our Lace Print Top. It’s easy luxe, unstated glamour that won’t move past casual unless you want it to. And don’t forget our Longline Jersey Top. This one sits on the fence, bordering the season’s must-have Parisian style but hinting towards the ever-fashionable Rock-chic too! Which leads us nicely onto our Wing Print T-Shirt – the ultimate rock ‘n roller tee! Outdone only by the cartoon king in this Mickey Print Top – the Cute and Quirky take on this astoundingly versatile trend!

Coming Soon!

Right, that’s enough of the bad weather. It’s time to start thinking about warmer climes, whether that’s abroad or right here at home, where they keep promising that a cold Winter means a hot Summer (fingers crossed)! And what’s the first thing you need when the weather starts to turn? Well a gorgeous Spring/Summer Wardrobe of course…

New this season!

The Spring/Summer catwalks are done and dusted, leaving you to translate all the gorgeous, must-have trends into a personal style that works in the real world. So, what’s hot this season and what will you be wearing in the months to come? Well, we’ve got a pretty good idea! So we’ve picked out 3 of the most wearable trends to strut their way down the Spring/Summer catwalks – plus, we’re giving you an exclusive preview of next season’s Simply Be collection… 3 fab pieces, one for each trend!