Sunday, 20 January 2019

THE BIKER JACKET - AN INVESTMENT PIECE




This time last year I wrote all about a lovely faux leather biker jacket I picked up from H&M for £35! Yes, it was an absolute bargain, and a great way for me to test what I really wanted from a biker jacket.

I had spent a lot of time looking at biker jackets, but had more questions than answers - Did I really need to buy leather? Why did the price-point of £75-£100 have such a confusing mix of premium faux leather and poor quality real leather? How best to spend your hard earned cash when it was really hard to tell the difference between good value for money or a cheap quality rip off for a hefty price tag!

So I reluctantly went against my normal principles of buying cheap on an investment piece, but I made the right decision. The H&M jacket taught me, that faux leather will not keep you warm. I found I had to layer up considerably to stay warm if I wanted to use it as much as possible all-year round. Now proven because since I've invested in my gorgeous Allsaints iconic Balfern design biker jacket it's one of many features I am loving about this new leather jacket. 



WHY BUY A LEATHER BIKER JACKET?

A biker jacket is such a great staple to have in your wardrobe, I have found (possibly due to our warmer winter) that I have worn mine so much. It's a great transitional item that adds a lot more edge than simply adding a coatigan or a blazer.

I love to wear mine most with dresses and skirts - either with with boots or with trainers.








HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY FOR A LEATHER JACKET?

A question that I now feel quite confident in answering. To get a really good leather jacket, in terms of quality of skin, design, fit and style I would say over £300. Anything below that I feel you could be doing yourself a disservice and possibly be better off spending no more than £50. So go high or stay low is my motto for this.

Now that's not to say you have to pay full price. I didn't. Learn to wait until the right time. Once I made my decision that I wanted to upgrade, I waited until Black Friday back in November, and if it had not been at the right price for me, I would have waited again until the January sales. Then if it's not quite where you want it to be, you need to ask yourself are you being realistic?

Good brands to consider are Belstaff, Coach, Allsaints (of course), Reiss and Massimo Dutti and &Other Stories. If you are staying low, again wait for the sales if you can and then get the best you can from Mango, Topshop or Oasis. Yes Oasis, I've seen some great styles from this brand.




MY TIPS ON BUYING A LEATHER JACKET


  • Don't force the situation, the jacket will pick you! - I tried on two Balfern Biker Jackets in the exact same size and they both felt very different on. I'm glad I spent extra time going to this detail, I know my jacket picked me, which makes me love it more
  • It's really important that you accept your body shape when you buy an item such as this - biker jackets are cut in many ways, some suit those with no waist and others are for those with a waist. Various lengths will look different on you and for some people a cropped jacket may suit them best. If you are unsure then take someone with you for an honest opinion
  • Take your time and try on a lot of different styles and brands - To get a good price you need to ready to hit that 'add to basket' button or if you are in store head confidently to the till - you can only do this if you have done your research, try them, try them again and once you know, that's the one you need to get it
  • Black is the most obvious choice for longevity - however black may not be for you. Alternative classics are navy, grey, olive or burgundy. If you go down the camel, pink or red then it's unlikely you will love it all the time, I find with these colours you run the risk of falling in and out of love, so spend a little less on these ones




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STYLING TIPS TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR BIKER JACKET

  • Don't save it for best, get wearing it!
  • Try and keep all other garments you are wearing simple - think of it as your statement item that's adding edge 
  • It's not one really to be worn with the zip closed - it it's a cooler day then you need to layer up (I do this by adding polo necks under my dresses) 
  • Adding a scarf - for the biker jacket it really needs a fabulous chunky style of scarf - my favourite place to buy one of these are from Zara
  • If you have gone for a black biker jacket, I feel the best colour denim to team this up with is a worn-out grey - I have occasionally worn it with my black jeans but this can be a little too heavy on the "rock' look
  • If I wear it out of night with a dress, I don't tend to wear it - I drape it over my shoulders
  • A biker jacket can overpower a look - it's important that you are wearing the jacket and it's not wearing you, so be honest with yourself when you are looking in the mirror and the overall look you've created
  • Avoid wearing your real leather jacket in the rain, this can over time dry out the skin and can make the leather become stiff
  • To keep your jacket in good shape - make sure you hang it on a hanger with curved smoothed edge, nothing pointy or sharp as it could make an embossment on your jacket that you then can't get out
  • And finally.... just enjoy wearing it!





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Sunday, 13 January 2019

HOW TO WEAR CHECKED TROUSERS


Checked Trousers
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The checked trousers have been around now for a good year and it's still a popular choice on the high street, but with a huge variety of different colour choices and patterns it can be quite intimidating to know where to start - here's hoping my guide will help you take on this great stylish garment which will add value and versatility to your every day wardrobe.

I would start with the style of trousers first - cigarette, wide leg or paper-bag waist (this option comes with tapered or wide leg)

My personal preference is the more slimming cigarette style, as the tapered ankle that finishes around the 7/8th of your leg is very flattering, and a modern look, even for those with quite wide hips.




Checked Trousers
@lovedbylizzi


The checked trousers is a great way to introduce colour into your wardrobe and you can decide how daring or safe you would prefer to style yourself. The darker the colour the more slimming it will be on the leg, especially around the hips and thighs. The more white you have within the pattern, the more it will widen your natural body shape. 

As with all styling, only you can decide how comfortable you are with colour, but believe me, this is a great way to start moving away from traditional black, navy and grey tones within your wardrobe.

The vast majority of the pattern checks on the high street are typically 'window pane' followed by the 'buffalo check' which looks similar to a checkerboard but with more than one colour involved. More colour within the pattern the more you will be comfortable with playing with colours and be confident to accessorise too.

Let's be honest you could go down the pattern clash route, but I feel this will simply distract from a more sophisticated, stylish look. Complicate the look and some may view it as 'trying too hard'.

That said, I wouldn't be apposed to a little colour clash - for example if you had a predominately red checked trouser which did not have any pink in the pattern, then a great oversized knitted pink jumper could look fabulous. It's a style of trouser you can have a lot of fun playing with.



    
Checked Trousers
@lovedbylizzi




HOW TO BE CONFIDENT WEARING THEM


  • It's important that you love the checked pattern from the moment you see them, it's not a pattern you can make yourself love. If you don't like it, don't buy it
  • Think about the colours you want to wear, will the pattern give you the opportunity to do this?
  • You need to love all the colours in the check, wearing them for 10+ hours a day, you can't be walking around thinking 'I'm not keen on the green stripe' - this will simply make you lose confidence, and then you will find you won't wear them
  • If you are unsure about this style, buy a cheap pair - that's what I've done. I really like the bright red ones, but feel if I went straight to red I may not be as confident on day one. So I'm playing safe too by starting with a darker check, that's not too expensive, to test how I feel. As my confidence grows and the people I see on a daily basis see me wear them, when I do finally rock on up in a red pair, it won't be a big deal
  • I always wear something I truly love with a new item, so here I have team the checked trousers with my stylish green trench coat; this coat gives me confidence and because both have a green they naturally complement each other 



Checked Trousers



HOW TO PICK OUT WHAT COLOURS TO WEAR WITH IT

Let's completely forget about pattern clash and colour clash - this is for another day.


  • I would love for you to feel that you can wear these trousers with so many different items that you will get your cost per wear down in no time.
  • When you finally select the checked trousers you love, look at all the colours within the pattern - looking closely at the one I purchased it has black/navy, bottled green, yellow (love this) grey and white
  • As much as I love the yellow - I think it's highly unlikely I would add a yellow blouse/jumper for me this is the colour element that I want the trousers to make a statement with. By removing that one colour, I now have to work with the others
  • Why have I said black/navy - to me the pattern looks navy, the website states black - I've tried them with both black and navy tops and both work - so this tells me the pattern has confused the eye and I have the flexibility to wear both - this I feel is a bonus, as I am now not restricted
  • I really love the green - and typically most greens work well with each other, don't feel you need to match it perfectly!  
  • Once Spring kicks in, I will probably lighten this outfit with a light grey crew neckline knit or if it's warm I can easily opt a white tee - plain or slogan depending on my mood. And if the colour of the slogan is a yellow or green, this will only elevate the look further





H&M
Pull-on cigarette trousers

£17.99








HOW TO STYLE THEM

As it's likely we are about to hit a cold spell, these are a great one to team up with your Teddy coats, especially for a great weekend look with pumps and a slogan hoodie or long-sleeve tee.

If you need to style them up for a lunch date or family gathering, then why not do it as I have done above with some great ankle boots and a trench coat - opt for a slim style knit or go chunky and oversize with a roll neck, for that cosy winter look. As it gets warmer or if you layer up, then a chunky knit and a biker jacket will look fabulous with either boots or pumps.

Some of these checked trousers come with a matching blazer jacket - this gives you versatility to wear them together or as separates. The suit could be a great option for the office without having to do too much to style it - a plain tee and court shoes.

And if you are heading out on date night or dinner with girlfriends - simply add stilettos, a silk blouse and an oversized blazer for that ultimate chic look (don't forget your clutch bag that matches that statement colour you are leaving out - e.g. for me this would be the yellow!)




CURRENT AND ON THE HIGH STREET

H&M
Tailored stretch trousers

£24.99






Pull&Bear
Check skinny trousers
£25.99






MANGO
Straight checkered trousers
Was £35.99, Now £17.99
Most sizes available









ZARA
Checked Skinny Trousers
£19.99






Topshop
Twill Check Trousers
£42
Trending product online




Topshop
Green Check Trousers
£42








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Sunday, 6 January 2019

THE UTILITY BOILERSUIT

Denim Utility Boilersuit
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As early as late summer I had started to see numerous posts on my Instagram feed for light coloured utility boilersuits, and as a lover of jumpsuits I thought this is a great new twist on one of my favourite garments. So I started to keep my eye out on what was on the highstreet.

Early November I went to Stylist Live and saw this gorgeous denim utility boilersuit on the catwalk from ASOS, as soon as I saw it I said to my friend 'that has Lizzi written all over it!' When I got home I was straight online, however something stopped me, something about it wasn't quite for me.

Shopping in December the week before Christmas (a week I ban myself from buying ANYTHING - it's an absolute no, no! Well you don't know what you are getting for Christmas and the sales start Boxing Day) I spotted this denim utility boilersuit in store at Topshop and straight away I knew this is the one - I liked the zip, I liked the colour blue of the denim, but most importantly for me, as an hourglass, it had a belt.

It didn't go down in the sales, but a shopping trip with hubby and a firm nod from him that he liked it as much as me, I didn't care!




INSPIRATION FROM STYLIST LIVE




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Denim Utility Boilersuit
@Lovedbylizzi

Denim Utility Boilersuit
@Lovedbylizzi

Denim Utility Boilersuit
@Lovedbylizzi





STYLE TIPS FOR WEARING A UTILITY BOILERSUIT

  • Decide on your own style - denim, corduroy, woven fabric like polyester or viscose - each type of fabric will offer you a different vibe
  • What fabric and colourway you purchase will determine where you can wear it - i.e. a Black viscose fabric you could wear to the office, my own denim utility boilersuit probably not unless the dress code is quite liberal (even if they let you wear jeans)
  • Utility boilersuits are exactly the same as jumpsuits - wear them with heels, boots or trainers
  • Depending on the thickness of the material this will determine how you wear your outerwear - I teamed mine with my brown teddy coat and draped it over my shoulders
  • If the fabric is light and flowy then you could wear an oversized blazer to elevate a more stylish look
  • Don't forget you can add garments underneath, the options are endless - lace vests, logo t-shirts (as you can have the zip much lower to show it off or a plain polo-neck!
  • On a denim or corduroy have a play with accessories - like badges on the chest pockets like you do with a denim jacket, a skinny scarf, change the belt to a leather option
  • And if you are wearing a skinny scarf, glam the look up with big earrings
  • Your accessories DO NOT have to colour match, they just need to complement 
  • For a more dress-down version of the utility boilersuit then don't wear the belt





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Denim Utility Boilersuit
@Lovedbylizzi


I just want to touch on the thickness of this Topshop utility boilersuit, it is quite thick, I'd say on par with a typical denim jacket thickness. With years of ownership on many types of denim garments, particularly skirts and dresses, I find I prefer a thicker denim - they last longer and they don't lose their shape which you certainly don't want that on a jumpsuit (especially around the bum!) that would not be flattering! 

  



GET THE LOOK


Sizing is true to size













Topshop are offering corduroy utility boilersuits is various colours but you will need to be quick as these have been popular and there are odd sizes on different colours.











A great one for the office!





For things slightly wild... weekend vibe.... upcoming holidays - this could be just fabulous!








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Thursday, 3 January 2019

THE EDIT - NEW LOOK LEOPARD PRINT

Leopard Print Boots
@LovedbyLizzi


Hello, and welcome to 2019 x

I am so excited that you have joined me, yet again, for more stylish and fashionable blogposts. Over the next few months new and exciting content will be coming, that I am sure you are going to love!

For 2019, I've created a new feature called THE EDIT - this will be a collection of items I've picked from one brand only, and first up is New Look. I've been a fan of their shoes and boots for a good few years, plus I've just treated myself to these gorgeous shoe boots in their sale!

The way THE EDIT will work is that I will simple add the content I generate for my social media channels and publish them directly on here. So my styling tips and thoughts will be embedded within the photo, and where possible I will add a link to the site, directly to the page. These are not affiliate links.

I hope you enjoy this edited form of content, for quick and easy selection.

Love

Lizzi x




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MY BOOTS HAVE SOLD OUT - SORRY x


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