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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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Flats vs. Heels: The Great Debate

Just like starter or dessert*, Edward or Jacob**, flats or heels is one of life’s big decisions. Is it really a case of fashion vs. functionality? Or can we have the best of both worlds? We ask the Simply Be team where they stand on the great debate and bring you our top picks from both camps.

Annaliese – Flat out fabulous

“My love affair with heels has been a rocky one, fraught with stumbling blocks (emphasis on the stumbling) and more twisted ankles than I’d care to mention. While I can’t deny that heels are often the icing on my outfit’s cake, they are also be the reason I fell over on the dance floor at the office Christmas party and my feet were too sore to walk on the next day. I have to ask myself: is it worth it? Continue reading

Payday Pleasures

It’s been a loooong month since the pre-Christmas pay packet, leaving many of us looking longingly at our fashion wish list like a kid with its nose pressed against the sweet shop window. But at last! That glorious event known as ‘payday’ has arrived and with it comes the monthly (weekly? DAILY?) temptation to shop the latest styles. Channel your payday glee with our top treats from the Simply Be stash…

The Don’t Snap-Your-Purse-Strings Shoes

At £30 or less, why even wait for payday for these beauties? In a range of to-die-for designs and the coolest of colours, pick your favourite and step out in style.


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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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Christmas Hot List

With just 20 sleeps ‘til the big day, take a look at our top picks for what’s hot this Christmas. Let us know what you’re loving in the comments or @SimplyBeUK

Party time! Party

Oh how we love the fabulous festivities at this time of year! Dresses, dancing and skulking into work the next morning; nothing beats a good old Christmas party. Continue reading

Style Crush: Annie Hall

Annie HallThis week, we’re shining the Style Crush spotlight on androgynous Annie Hall. From the 1977 movie of the same name, Woody Allen’s much loved romcom spurned an almighty trend which saw women everywhere reaching for their fella’s wardrobes.

Borrowing heavily from menswear pieces, Annie’s iconic look was all about slouchy trousers, masculine-cut shirts and men’s accessories – looks which remain fail-safe fashion favourites almost four decades later. Continue reading

Style Crush: Rosemary’s Baby

It wasn’t just the metaphor for motherhood and medicine that struck a chord with audiences upon the release of 1968 supernatural thriller, Rosemary’s Baby. When viewers weren’t hiding behind their cushions, they were admiring Mia Farrow’s fashionable take on the paranoid mother-to-be.

Mia Farrow1It was a role that was to kick-start the careers of not just young Mia, but also director Roman Polanski and talented costumier, Anthea Sylbert, whose vision for waif-like Rosemary would make a major mark on fashion. Continue reading

You May Now Kiss the Groom

Champagne, something blue, drunken uncles – some things never go out of style when it comes to weddings. But there are some traditions that have failed to stand the test of time and simply fell flat at the feet of frantic brides-to-be. No more bouquet tossing or garter retrieving, new trends and traditions have jostled for place and found preference among modern couples.

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Seek out your Wild Side with Simply Be

Animal print is back in our wardrobe and this is one staple look we just can’t get enough of. We’re not only talking about leopard print here, zebra and snake print have also caught our eye and these prints work well in a number of ways.

Although we’re huge fans of Bette Lynch, we don’t want to steal her style so here’s our take on how to make this fashion trend wearable, chic and oh-so stylish darhling!

For an on-trend touch to your work wear blouse, this animal print shirt certainly ticks the boxes. The peter pan collar and sheer fabric is cute and so easy to wear – ideal for jazzing up your plain black trousers. For a more casual take, try this printed t-shirt. We love the stand-out red colour and the contrast trim on the sleeves and hem line. Great teamed with black or grey jeans.


Work this trend through the evening with these gorgeous dresses. This bold party frock from AX Paris is a fab dress to feel great in. The two-tone print and cross over front detail adds glamour and excitement to your wardrobe.  Or how about this Gemma Collins dress from her collection at Simply Be. The tassle and chain design is intertwined with spashes of leopard and tiger print to create one wild dress – we love it!

We adore these oversized floaty cardigans. They’re great in bringing effortless style to your outfit. The snakeskin effect is a hot trend this season, it’s different, mesmerising and certainly one to look out for.

Now who says you can’t extend this trend to the bedroom – leopard print lingerie is fun, sexy and so on-trend. Go for glamour in these two beauties -the Gossard on the prowl animal print bra and the Naturally Close bodyshaper – and show off your wild side. ;)

Fancy footwear has never looked so good. Wear your heels with pride in this animal print court shoe - a good size heel and wide fit they’re great to wear from day to night. Love wearing flats? Embrace the trend and stand out in these fierce pumps.

Add character to your outfit with these smart dalmation pumps. The monochrome colours mean they are versatile enough to wear with casual jeans and a tee or your office outfit. On rainy days, rock up in animal print wellies – this giraffe design is sure to get heads turning. :)

If you’re not tempted by these outfits and want to work this trend the subtle way (or not so subtle depending on how you wear it) then check out these make-up looks. We’re loving the eyeshadow and can’t wait to try it out – time to get practicing! :)


Ok maybe the lips are a step too far. Have you tried out this trend yet? How do you wear yours? xx

Simply Be goes Tribal

We’re loving the tribal print look, it’s daring, edgy, on trend and more to the point very wearable! This safari-inspired trend was all over the Spring Summer 2012 catwalk and it still turning heads.

Here at Simply Be we’ll show you how to work this trend from top to toe and get some great pieces for your wardrobe! Check out our fave items below…

Get an instant style update with one of these tunics. They’re perfect for wearing over leggings or jeans and can take you through day to night.

Just add a simple t-shirt to these Angela Ribbons print trousers and team the vibrant striped Joe Browns tunic with black leggings – relaxed glamour made easy!



Be the Queen of the jungle in all out aztec chic with these print maxi dresses and jumpsuits.



Or for a subtle but fashion forward way of keeping up with the trends, add one of these safari style accessories to give your outfit a boost!

Not forgetting fantastic footwear to keep your feet up there in the style stakes


You can even extend the trend to your nails! Check out these designs…if you’re feeling creative why not have a go?