Top tips for Christmas Style

All the help you need to choose your Christmas Party outfit

 

‘Tis the party season and if you’ve not already, it won’t be long before you’re asking yourself that seemingly impossible question – ‘what can I wear?!’

We’ve been asking the same question so our super dooper intern  Victoria went off to seek advice from style expert, Susan, at Susan Styles You.

 

Over to you Victoria ……

Victoria

 

After a quick chat with Susan, we soon found out that a key trend for this season is the midi skirt, which is lucky as Manchester isn’t particularly warm at this, or for that matter, any time of the year.

Maybe long-johns would be a more appropriate trend for us Mancunians!

Along with the favoured midi, there’s a lot of texture mixing going on.

 

So you won’t be surprised to see that sequins, leather and fur (of the faux kind, of course!) are here to stick around for a while longer.

The sequins however, are less shiny and more subtle than they have been previously. It’s all about experimentation, such as mixing a sequin top with a contrasting leather skirt for a glamorous punk vibe.

There’s no need to break the bank with a designer dress, as the high street has really raised it’s game. Some of our favourites at the moment are Zara, Primark and Topshop.

 

1. Staying Warm

 

Susan’s top tip for staying warm but remaining elegant, is to invest in a faux fur shrug or gilet which is versatile and easy to throw on over the top of your outfit – whether it be an evening gown, jumpsuit or skirt and top combo.

 

 

 

punk vibe

 

1. Crop top. £35.00 at River Island

2. Black leather skirt, £95.00 at Whistles

3. Head Over Heels platform booties by Dune, £49.00 at Debenhams

4. Crystal purse, £55.00 at Oasis

5. Coast black faux fur shrug, £60.00 at John Lewis

 

 

2. Christmas Colours

 

Colour wise, emerald green, gold and light pink are huge over the festive season!

 

christmas colours

 

1. Emerald green maxi slip dress, £25.00 at River Island

2. Pale pink maxi dress, £35.00 at River Island

3. Gold sequin skirt, £59.00 at House of Fraser

4. Faith pink clutch bag, £30.00 at Debenhams

5. AX Paris bracelet bangle, £10.00 at AX Paris

6. Emerald earrings, £12.00 at inpink.com

 

 

3. Jazz It Up

 

Make sure to put your best fashion foot forward in a pair of killer heels.

Another big trend, and a cool but cheap new way of revolutionising your wardrobe is to invest in some shoe clips.

Cleo B - the online boutique has a huge collection, ranging from gold bows, fur pom – poms and crystal clusters. They allow you to instantly transform an old pair of heels into a statement shoe perfect for the office do!

 

party shoes

 

 

1. Head Over Heels by Dune platform sandals, £55.00 at Debenhams

2. Black cut out shoes, £60.00 at River Island

3. Cleo B bow shoes clips, £40.00 at wolfandbadger.com

4. Black embellished bank ankle strap sandals, £55.00 at Debenhams

5. Burchette sandals, £30.00 at ALDO

6. Cleo B crystal shoe clips, £45.00 at wolfandbadger.com

 

I hope that helps you answer that dreaded question. Happy shopping!

 

 

Victoria x

 

Photographs: Victoria Hepworth via Polyvore. Click on the individual items for more details.

 

Other articles by Victoria:

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Manchester Town Hall Clock Tower Tour

The Great Big Christmas Card

Christmas Nail Art Tutorials

Children’s Christmas Fancy Dress Outfits

National Days December

National Days November

National Days October

National Days September

Places to see Santa in Manchester

Mumpreneur of the Year

Vintage Manchester Awards Best of 2013

A-Z of Vogue’s Fashions Night Out

Top 10 places to go and see animals

Top 10 family adventure days out

Top 10 picnic spots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Fashion’s Night Out

Sights & sounds – was it hot, or was it not?

 

We’ve been banging on about Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out for weeks – the fashion colossus’ first trip ‘Up North’ for their annual shopping fandango, sitting Manchester on the catwalk front row alongside the likes of Paris, New York and Milan.

So when the evening finally came – what was it like?

 

Did it live up to expectations?

 

 

Fashion's Night out model

 

I think I’d have to say – in parts!

Your opinion on Fashion’s Night Out probably depended on where you were and the stores you visited.

There was so much going on for Fashion’s Night Out, I had to get back up! Regular guest blogger and journalism student Victoria (she’s the blond one in the middle) is young, funky and fashion conscious. I felt a bit like her nan!

 

Fashion's Night Out

 

Victoria headed off to the Hugo Boss launch party – which sadly didn’t deliver the rumoured celebrities, but was hip and glam nonetheless. Followed by Agent Provocateur on King Street and a certain Spinningfields store, which we’re not mentioning because they lived up to their reputation and were rather snotty to her!

 

Here’s Victoria’s Fashion’s Night Out diary

 

Hugo Boss marked the start of my experience at Fashion Night Out. Arriving at the massive designer store on Manchester’s New Cathedral Street, I was welcomed by a line of the most attractive security men I have ever seen, adorned in some seriously stylish suits.

 

Hugo Boss Fashion's Night Out.

 

It was quite surreal checking my name on the guest list as I entered Vogue’s FNO launch party hosted by the one and only Alexandra Shulman- AKA Editor of the Fashion Bible.

Champagne, rum cocktails and mocktails formed the complimentary drinks on offer and waiters were on hand to dish out sushi canapés. Style was at an optimum with the men even providing competition for some of the best dressed women.

 

Hugo Boss Fashion's Night Out

 

Nicky Clark Fashion's Night Out.

 

The place was alive with a great DJ and the general buzz of excitement for the night ahead. Media professionals, bloggers and makeup stylists filled Hugo Boss and I even got a glimpse of celeb hair stylist, Nicky Clarke!

Next on the list of must-visit stores was Agent Provocateur. The King Street located shop welcomed shoppers with Prosecco and beautiful miniature pastries. They had even appointed real models to stand in place of the mannequins in the shop window!

Before leaving I entered a competition to win £1,500 to spend in store (think of the amount of knickers you could buy with that!) and got my hands on a goodie bag containing some lovely fragrances and a brochure for the Autumn/Winter collection which is simply gorgeous.

 

Agent Provocateur FNO

 

Agent Provocateur FNO

 

Agent Provocateur FNO

 

Agent Provocateur FNO.

 

I couldn’t leave without a stop off at Selfridges, (mainly because I had to buy a ‘sensible’ pair of shoes when my heels retaliated due to excessive shopping) which was alive across all floors with live music and the inviting aroma of fresh popcorn and candy floss originating from the retro stalls- and not forgetting the odd soap star getting in on the shopping action.

Fashion Night Out certainly lived up to its expectations; the condition of my feet today is testament to that! Same again next year, Vogue?

 

Victoria x

 

 

Here’s my Fashion’s Night Out diary

 

Having spent the week before Fashion’s Night Out fretting about what on earth I was going to wear, coupled with a fruitless and frustrating shopping trip to try and find something, I couldn’t have felt less like a fashionista. In the end, my dress was three years old, my coat wouldn’t do up and my hair smelt inexplicably of fish! I’m not sure what that was all about!

My evening started with one of the M&S Leading Ladies.

 

M&S Leading Ladies.

 

I stumbled across Helen Allen a few weeks ago very randomly in The Trafford Centre (read here to find out more). Helen lives just around the corner from me in Sale and was due to be M&S’s special guest for Fashion’s Night Out. It’s all a pretty big deal for a nurse from Wythenshawe Hospital (albeit Nurse of the Year), so it was of course a great excuse for a pre FNO party – will M&S party food!

 

Helen Allen

 

On arriving in the city centre, Helen also headed off to the Hugo Boss party, while I went to explore The Manchester Arndale. Huge red killer heels, actress Sarah Jayne Dunn, catwalk shows, magazine cover shoots and a multitude of stores packed with offers and fun times were getting shoppers in the mood.

 

Red Killer Heels

 

Catwalk show FNO

 

Magazine cover FNO

 

The Manchester Arndale is a big space – it can be hard to generate an atmosphere throughout. And I’m not sure that all the shoppers understood what was going on and why. But it was a really good effort.

I’d prearranged to pop in and see the guys in FOSSIL who were having an arm party! The idea was to create a stack of watch and bracelets, tweet a photo and win the stack. I’ve got a soft spot for FOSSIL so I lingered a while.

 

Fossil arm party

 

Onwards through NEXT (where I couldn’t see anything happening) I headed to Selfridges, which was buzzing. The shops on New Cathedral Street were a masterclass in how to hold a Fashion’s Night Out. Radio 1′s Jameela Jamil was banging out some massive tunes!

 

Selfridges FNO

 

Selfridges FNO

 

Selfridges FNO

 

Harvey Nicks FNO.

 

The fur protesters were out in front of Harvey Nicks. It was a chilly night so the fox costume was also quite a practical solution.

My evening finished in Marks & Spencers, where I met back up with Helen who was due to do a Q&A.

 

M&S Helen Allen FNO

 

I have to say I was a bit disappointed with M&S. Where Selfridges had been in glorious technicolour, M&S next door was a bit black & white. They’d kind of made an effort with prosecco, a platform with a compere and Key 103′s Mike Toolan on the decks. But it was really quiet and a missed opportunity in my opinion, because they didn’t go for it.

I know M&S have a different demographic to Selfridges, but it still has customers and Fashion’s Night Out should be for everyone. Especially as their Limited Collection is actually designed by Vogue.

 

M&S Coats

 

They’ve got the space to have a full catwalk show – they could have showcased their new collection, linked up with some young designers to give it more of an edge, maybe a pop up cocktail bar from a well known Manchester bar – and the Leading Lady campaign on display to make sense of why Helen was actually there.

 

Other parts of the city we didn’t get to

 

We were nowhere close to getting to everything. Having spoken to others the reports were that King Street was very quiet and that many of the street food vendors packed up and went home early.

Spinningfields was similarly on the quiet side. But that the vintage market in Manchester Art Gallery was rammed.

 

So what do we think?

 

The general consensus seems to be that Fashion’s Night Out was a great thing for Manchester. But that there was almost too much going on to get your head around. When you’ve got people out in their finest clothes and heels, expecting them to trek across the city was a step too far.

 

alstaples's Fashions Night Out album on Photobucket

 

 

The stores that took Fashion’s Night Out seriously and invested budget in getting their existing customers along and then entertaining the hell out of them did really well. Those that were a bit half a*sed were quiet.

With a bit more structure, advertising and the message that it’s for everyone – Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out will only grow from strength to strength. Let’s hope that Vogue chooses to come back to Manchester again next year!

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Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Victoria Hepworth, Alison Staples, Agent Provocateur, Manchester Arndale

 

 

Other articles you might like:

 

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out – Interview with actress Sarah Jayne Dunn

A-Z Guide Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out – Interview with Vogue’s Executive Retail Editor

Interview with Helen Allen, M&S Leading Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out

Actress Sarah Jayne Dunn tells us what she’ll be up to!

 

It’s just a matter of days before the biggest global shopping and fashion party to hit the city since Posh and Becks left Alderley Edge for a bit more sunshine!

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out on Thursday 10th October 2013, has got us all of a flutter (you can read our A-Z Guide of what’s happening on FNO here).

And we’re not the only one.

We caught up with former Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn when she launched Manchester Arndale’s FNO fun last week – in the most amazing pair of killer red heels.

 

Sarah Jayne Dun Vogue's Fashions Night Out

 

Why do you think Fashion’s Night Out should be in Manchester?

SJD: Manchester has always been my go to place for shopping, there’s a perfect blend of high street, designer and boutique, and it’s fantastic that this is being recognised.

 

Why do you love fashion?

SJD: I love experimenting with fashion and trying out the latest trends. A good outfit can make you feel more confident and perk up your mood.

 

What are you going to be doing on Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out?

SJD: I will be unveiling the giant ruby shoes that have been created for the event and will be on display in the Arndale centre. And I’ll be taking a look at everything that is going on on the night, including having my photo put up on the cover of Vogue, something that everyone can have a go at on the night!

 

Sarah Jayne Dunn Vogue's Fashion's Night Out

 

What are your top style tips for wearing the new AW13 trends?

SJD: Always wear trends that suit your body shape, not just things for the sake of following fashion, and as long as you feel confident and comfortable then go for it!

 

We came to see you in Birdsong (read our review here). What’s next for Sarah Jayne?

SJD: Thanks! I’m making the move to London to be more available for work and to be closer to my man, and I have a few projects in the pipeline including a brief return to Hollyoaks as Mandy.

 

Yay! Make sure you come back and visit Manchester – the shopping is so much better here!

 

You can see Sarah Jayne on FNO at Manchester Arndale where you can also enjoy the following:

  • In Exchange Court a unique moving catwalk will feature the latest A/W13 high street trends from the centre’s big name stores. Fashion shows will be live every twenty minutes.
  • A super-sized digital Tweet wall to relay the live conversations, guaranteed to get the event trending under the hash tag #FNO.
  • Over in Halle Square shoppers can have their photo taken next to the pair of giant red killer heels and be in with a chance to win a pair of shoes every month for a year.
  • Beauty pop-up pods will be dotted around offering free mini-makeovers and those who fancy seeing themselves on a magazine cover can make their dream a reality by stepping in front of the lens for a high street inspired photo shoot. Judges will be viewing the images after the evening and awarding the most original striking pose the overall winner, with a luxury hamper of Boots beauty products worth over £1,000 as the star prize.
  • For more curvaceous ladies, a visit to the ‘pop-up’ Plus Style Central in Halle Square featuring the latest Autumn/Winter trends should not be missed as stylists will be on hand to advise on the latest trends and how best to wear them.
  • In addition to all this fabulous free entertainment and activity, Manchester Arndale will come alive all evening as the stores throw their own parties with giveaways, goodie bags and VIP exclusives. Over 60 retailers/brands within the shopping centre will be taking part in Vogue Fashion’s Night Out making this an unforgettable evening of fashion and style.

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Picture 1: Sarah Jayne Dunn in the Kurt Geiger Manchester Arndale store, wearing Kurt Geiger London shoes and a dress by Sabina Motasem available from Katie Lace Bridal in Hale .

Picture 2: Sarah in the Black Bryony Prom dress from Coast.

 

You might also like:

A-Z Guide Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out – Interview with Vogue’s Executive Retail Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer sandals

Hot looks for the summer- strappy heels, wedges and flats

 

I’ve been wanting to publish this blog for weeks – but somehow it never seemed like the right time! But today is the day – I’ve decided – that it’s safe to talk Summer footwear.

So which are you? A strappy heels chick? A wonderful woman in wedges or a funky-fun flats filly? Here are a few examples of fabulous Summer footwear I’ve found on my travels.

 

Strappy heels

 

 

High heel sandals

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 Wonderful wedges

 

Wedge Sandals

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Funky-fun flats

 

Summer Flats

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Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Click on the images for more information about the sandals.

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style tips for wearing Converse

Three different looks for a fashionable footwear favourite

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I wore Converse when when I was a student – and (aaahhhhem) years later I’m still wearing them. Not the same pair obviously – but the point is that there’s something about a pair of Converse that makes the wearer (young or old) feel like they are just too cool for school!

A friend of mine was thrilled to bits with her sparkly Converse birthday present. In fact she was so pleased with them that she took them out for lunch and a cocktail in The Northern Quarter.

Though she was less happy when a new shop assistance in her local store asked whether her five year old was her grandson!

“And I was wearing my sparkly Converse” she protested indignantly on Facebook – as if the footwear of eternal youth should surely have been enough to banish such thoughts from this tactless employee’s mind – regardless of the fact that she actually clearly looks far too young to be a granny.

“He must be blind” we all chorused on Facebook. Secretly though I suspect he was probably 18yrs – an age to whom anyone over 27yrs falls into the category of ‘ancient’!

Anyway, back to celebrating Converse with few different looks for you to experiment with!

 

Festival Converse

 

Festival Converse

 

It’s the classic ‘flower power’ festival look – if you’ve got the legs for it then flaunt some teeny tiny cut off shorts. If you’re not so confident, then team a pair of battered old jeans with your floral dancing shoes.
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Candy Converse

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Candy Converse

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Welcome to ‘preppy’ meets ‘ghetto’! The stars on these Converse give a very ‘All American’ look. With pink, white and blue it’s a very girly take on recreating ‘Old Glory’.

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Nautical Converse

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Nautical Converse

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“Hello Sailor!” This is probably the most classic Converse look – a deck shoe to go with a fun, retro nautical look. Anchors away!

 

If you’re on the hunt for a pair of timeless feet, then mens and womens Converse shoes are available at John Lewis.

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Via Polyvore – click on the images for further details.

This blog was written in cooperation with John Lewis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthstone Shoes

 What does your birthstone say about you?

 

We all have a birthstone representing the month we were born. Do you know which yours is, and do you know what it means?

While none of them represent bad things – there’s nothing which denotes “Lazy, rude and spiteful” – it does make interesting reading. My birthday is in February, so my birthstone is Amethyst, which means Health, Luck and Wit!

While I’ve not had a lot of luck with my health recently (though I am extremely lucky to have come through my cancer encounter), I like to think that I can make people chuckle, and will take wit quite gladly!

So rather than do the usual bunch of brightly coloured jewels, I’ve illustrated our birthstones with shoes!

 

 

Birthstone shoes

 

 

Moving from left to right along the shoes:

January – Garnet (Eternity, Truth, Faith)

February  – Amethyst (Health, Luck, Wit)

March – Aquamarine (Understanding, Happiness)

April – Diamond (Eternity, Courage, Health)

May – Emerald (Goodness, Fidelity, Love)

June – Pearl (Nobility, Beauty, Peace)

July – Ruby (Enthusiasm, Strength, Love)

August – Peridot (Success, Peace, Luck)

September – Sapphire (Serenity, Truth)

October – Opal (Wisdom, Purity, Hope)

November – Topaz (Sincerity, Courage, Wisdom)

December – Tanzanite (Prosperity, Happiness, Health)

 

If however you decide to invest in a piece of birthstone jewellery, why not  have a squint at PepperPink’s collection of semi-precious jewellery.

 

birthstones jewellery

Pretty pretty!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs PepperPink, click on the image for more information about the shoes featured.

This blog is written in cooperation with PepperPink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

M&S Freshwater Cove Collection

Happy Brights for Spring!

 

It’s a bit grim! It’s a bit chilly! But the good news is that Spring is just around the corner.

So let’s travel optimistically and get in the mood for bright days full of daffodils.

M&S have a bright new collection – Freshwater Cove, which promises Happy Brights, Fashion Fun in Primary Colours, Mixed up Prints, Great Outdoors and Functional and Fun.

Well M&S – if you manage to get all of that into one collection, then you’ll have done very well indeed.

See what you think.

 

freshwater collection M&S

1. Per Una Pure Cotton Striped Knitted Top £29.50   2. Per Una Roma Straight Leg Denim Jeans £32.50   3. Per Una Shower Resistant Wadded Gilet £49.50   4. Limited Collection Zip Shopper Bag £29.50   5. Per Una Graphic Floral Print Top £17.50   6. Per Una Shawl Collar Cardigan with Mohair £35.00   7. Per Una Brolly & Spotted Intarsia Detailed Knitted Top £35.00   8. Per Una Button Down Denim Pencil Skirt £35.00   9. Leather Push Lock Cross Body Bag £45.00   10. Suede Bow Moccasins £29.50

 

Have a look at this short video for a bit more of a flavour.

 

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Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: As per links above.

This blog has been sponsored by Marks and Spencers via GoViral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to wear black this Christmas

With personal stylist and shopper Susan Styles You

 

Go on – put your hand up if your comfortable default for Christmas parties is black?

But depending on your colouring – there are different ways to wear black which will help you to rock the kazbar, rather than disappear into the background. 4Manchester Women advertiser Susan Baxter (Susan Styles You) is joining us today to give us a styling master class.

 

Little Black Dress sign

 

Over to you Susan ……

The Christmas Party season is upon us and we’re all frantically seeking out that special number for the Office do, girls night out, etc.

Are you automatically drawn to black each time?

Of course we all have a treasured LBD in our wardrobe that we turn to and know it’s always a sure fire winner.

Black is considered a safe colour, but it might give the impression that you lack imagination, especially at this time of year when there is so much colour around!

For greater impact, why not wear your LBD with another colour?

I strongly believe that it is not the colour you wear but the way you wear it that makes your outfit a success. If black is not the most flattering choice for you, wear it with accessories that will tone well with your natural colouring near your face such as jewellery or scarves to soften the look.

Also coloured faux fur is very on trend for this season. Try Zara or River Island – keep a look out when you are shopping!

Also, bear in mind that texture and weave will alter the way in which light is absorbed by fabric. Sheer and shiny fabric will sparkle and reflect light.

 

Scarves

 

Scarves are a wonderful addition to any wardrobe and are a foolproof ally to ensure black works for you, whatever your colouring. Choosing a scarf that complements your natural colouring will reflect onto your face, creating balance and harmony.

 

Jewellery

 

Jewellery is the perfect way to make your black outfit flattering. The light will reflect on metals and beads, giving a lift and bringing out your natural colouring.

Warmer skin tones are best in gold, rose gold, copper and bronze. Cooler skin tones are best in silver, platinum and pewter. And of course, diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

 

Make-up

 

Many women make the mistake of wearing too strong a shade of blusher or lipstick when wearing black, especially in the evening.

Also, avoid the temptation to be over dramatic with your eye liner and eye shadow colours.

Finish the look with a fabulous nail polish in your colours.

 

Understand your colouring

 

With Colour Me Beautiful, we look at your dominant colouring – you will fall into one of six categories. Knowing your dominant colouring will help you choose your clothes and make-up easily and you will avoid mistakes. Here are some hints and tips on the best way to wear your LBD, whatever your colouring!

 

Light

 

If you have light hair and light eyes like Cameron Diaz, look for a scarf in a primrose colour near your face and avoid teaming black with white. For jewellery, try some pearls.

This Oasis bandage dress contains Lycra – ideal for pulling you in if you have had too many mince pies!

Pewter or Light Grey are great alternatives to black for you.

How to wear black Light

 

 

Deep

 

If you have dark hair and dark eyes, black is fabulous on you. Wear it as much as you want!

Why not try ringing the changes with a pop of colour to make an impact? OK these shoes are a tad expensive but how gorgeous are they?

We all NEED a sequin heel at Christmas and this pair hits the spot and more.

The metallic navy and green sequins are displayed in a snake skin pattern and the heel is wrapped in satin. I have died and gone to heaven!

 

How to wear black Deep

 

 

 

Warm

 

For the titian ladies amongst us, like Lily Cole, black is not the most flattering colour, unfortunately.

Make sure you wear it with one of your best warm colours, such as coral near your face. This Stella & Dot Olivia Bib is perfect for anybody with a warm dominant.

I love this Coast dress with its sharp, asymmetric neckline and gorgeous ruching. It is beautifully tailored to sculpt the perfect hourglass silhouette.

Light Navy is sophisticated alternative to black for you.

 

How to wear black Warm

 

 

Cool

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If, like Helen Mirren, you are blessed with dazzling silver coloured hair, black is a key colour in your palette but looks best contrasted with a lighter or brighter colour.

Alternatively, pile on the jewellery to create a light-reflecting effect around your neck and face. This fabulous Stella & Dot Metropolitan necklace is currently on sale so grab a bargain while you can.

This gorgeous dress screams Christmas as it is flecked with fabulous but subtle blue sparkles!

 

How to wear black Cool

 

 

Clear

 

If you have dark hair and bright eyes like Megan Fox, black and white is a stunning combination for you for any occasion.

For a stronger impact add a pop of colour with a bright red for example. This draped tunic from Ted Baker oozes sophistication. If you have perfect pins, this is the dress for you!

I love the way the accessories give a slightly oriental theme. The clutch bag is handmade from a 1920s vintage silk japanese kimono.

 

How to wear black Clear

 

 

Soft

 

If, like Kate Winslet, your overall look is muted and soft, always try to wear black away from your face and choose fabrics that are textured or soft to touch.

Details such as frills, velvet or chiffon trims will all help to soften the look.

This stunning special occasion dress from Alexon features a flattering velvet wrap top and figure hugging skirt. It is designed to nip you in at the waist and is a subtly seductive take on the classic LBD. The rose gold accessories all help to keep the look soft.

Chocolate or Charcoal are great alternatives to black for you.

 

How to wear black Soft

 

If you want to shop at Stella & Dot visit my on-line store here.

So there you have it – whether you plan to update you current LBD with a few sparkles, or you are going all out with a new outfit – happy shopping and enjoy the festivities!

 

Susan x

 

 

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Photographs: Susan Styles You via Polyvore, SCAD Museum of Art via Pinterest

This is a sponsored blog post.

 

Other articles by Susan:

Autumn 2012 Fashion Trends – Red Red Wine

2012 Coat Trends

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoesday by Fly London

Because we love shoes and it’s Tuesday!

 

Less shoes and more boots today – it’s more in keeping with the Autumnal “Brrrrrrrr!” we’ve got going on! I found these little beauties (Fly London Women’s Mes Mid Calf Boots), in every colour imaginable on Amazon.

They seem like a reasonable price – though the reviews do recommend that you get them waterproofed. I’d choose the red ones – how about you?

 

Fly London Women's Mes Mid Calf Boots

 

Fly London Women's Mes Mid Calf Boots Red

 

And thank you to Brenda from Bud Garden Centre for pointing out that Fly shoes and boots are made in Portugal, and not in the Far East, which is where a lot of high street shoes are now made.

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Fly London on Amazon

This is not a sponsored blog post.

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