Trends – Autumn/Winter 2019

I know you’ll all be groaning, seeing these words, as you haven’t even gone on your summer holidays yet, the kids haven’t broken up and you’ve only just bought your summer sandals.

However, in our world, we are already thinking about the season ahead!

Ideally, it’s always good to start planning next season’s clothes, a few months before. My clients in March, looked at me like I was crazy when I was encouraging them to buy their shorts and sandals. Not so crazy now, as when we actually hit summer, there are no shorts or sandals left!

I have been researching the emerging trends for next season, and I have been keeping an eye on things over the last few months, to see what patterns are forming.

Here are the main trends slowly emerging, and that you should keep a look out for.

SUITS:

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I remember buying my first business suit in 2002 when I had my first office job. It was from Next, it was powder blue, and should probably be forgotten! However, at the time, I remember how awesome I felt whenever I wore it.

Suits can now be worn casually and don’t have to be saved for corporate office wear. You may have seen my shorts suit last week from Sainsbury’s which I wore with white trainers.

The beauty of buying a trouser suit is that you can get a few different wears out of it. Firstly, you can wear it as a set and switch out trainers for loafers or brogues, depending on your taste. Secondly, you can use just the jacket with a pair of jeans for a smart, casual look.

Thirdly, you can wear the trousers with a fine knit jumper in winter, loafers or brogues and a biker jacket. So in short, you get three different looks just from one suit, and that doesn’t include the many combinations you can put together using different tops and footwear.

You can go for a black, navy or grey suit, if you want to keep things simple and understated. If you have a more colourful personality, choose a brighter hue, such as green!

The catwalks have been increasingly non binary, with designers sending the message that the same fashion items can be worn by any gender. There are more and more unisex lines being produced, and the silhouettes this season reflect this change.

STATEMENT BAGS:

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I saw a bag the other day in Zara, that looked exactly like a puffa jacket. It was so bizarre!

Big bags are flattering if you are curvy, and you can fit lots of crap in a big bag, which is my favourite thing about them!

Choose prints or patterns to jazz up a dark winter coat, or a neutral hue to go with more outfits.

FEATHERS:

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I think this is a trend that I will be leaving alone, as I could just imagine it getting my feathers matted on a drizzly school run! Keep an eye out for feathers on shoes (how very 90’s) and on Christmas party frocks later in the year.

It’s also been lovely to see a few designers creating synthetic feathers to keep their lines cruelty free. Others have been sourcing feathers from farms that have naturally molted, to avoid cruelty to birds.

NEON SHOES:

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Hailey Bieber caught my eye with her neon heels, distressed jeans and blazer, earlier in the year. A pop of colour can dress up a dark winter outfit, and if you’re wearing a black dress to your Christmas do this year, let your feet do the talking with some brights!

Alternatively, go for some neon trainers that would look fab with coated or skinny jeans, this autumn.

Neon colours look best on dark skintones as they really enhance their naturally deep tones.

WAIST BELTS:

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These went out of fashion a few years ago but they are back with a bang. I’ve always loved adding a belt to my outfits as it gives my shape definition. You can have fun with a thin belt or thick one, or even a chain style!

Try mixing prints by adding a leopard print belt to a patterned dress or jumpsuit. This is a trend you could start experimenting with this summer. In winter, start adding belts to shift dresses, skater dresses and shirt dresses.

Cinching in a waist works for all body shapes. Experiment with belts of different widths and have fun with this look!

Alternatively, go for a classic trench coat, which works for all body shapes. It’s so chic and you’ll give the little nod to the cinched in trend!

TARTAN:

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90’s grunge isn’t leaving anytime soon! Tartan is great for Autumn/Winter and looks great with thick black tights and ankle boots. If you love the rock chick look, branch out with some Dr Marten boots or some studded biker ones.

If you’re a Strawberry or Apple shape, have fun with some tartan or checked trousers next season.

Every shape looks great in a tartan dress!

LEATHER:

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Get those coated jeans back out girls, because leather is staying here for a while! Coated jeans (or leather look jeans) are a great alternative to skinny jeans. You can dress them down with a hoodie and trainers, or dress up for evening drinks with heels and a blouse.

If you haven’t got one already, start looking out for a biker jacket next season. I prefer pleather over leather, because I find it less bulky (and it’s cheaper). A biker jacket will be the hardest working item in your wardrobe as you can wear it with absolutely everything. It updates any outfit you’re wearing and looks great with a chunky, warm scarf.

DOUBLE DENIM:

Holly wowed in double denim while presenting I'm A Celeb. Her shirt was by ba&sh for £165 and her Madewell mini skirt cost £43.65. She teamed her look with a pair of Grenson Nanette boots for £277.  This season there’s no way around the famous denim boiler suit.

Is that the sound of B*Witched playing? Yes, double denim is back, particularly the darker shades of denim such as indigo and black.

With this in mind, you can keep wearing those denim boiler suits throughout the winter months, to get the same effect. Denim boiler suits are so comfy because they are warm and their oversized nature, allows you to pop an extra layer underneath to keep you cosy!

POCKETS:

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I’ve kept the best one for last – POCKETS! Yes we all love a pocket don’t we?! I see so many clients leap with joy when they try a dress on with pockets. I love them because I am so awkward, it’s somewhere to put my hands when I am talking to someone!

Pockets are getting a supersized makeover and you’ll see them on coats and blazers in particular.

AND FINALLY….

As always, you can skip a trend or jump on it, depending on your personal preference.

Use the trends to work for your shape. As an example, if you’re a Strawberry shape and you have a broader top half, look for tartan or leather on your bottom half, and keep your top half nice and simple.

Play around with it and have lots of fun – that’s what it’s there for!

Come and let me know on Instagram or Facebook, which trend you’re going to try out next season!

Love, Susie xxx

 

 

 

Focus on the good.

Every time you tell yourself that you are fat, ugly, frumpy, too tall, too short, too this, too that, your body listens. Thinking about your body in this way is harmful to your confidence and it means that over time, all you see in the mirror, are the parts that you don’t like. The good bits get lost and forgotten, like precious toys thrown to the back of a cupboard.

When you feel crap about the way you look, you don’t want to see anyone, you don’t want to go to that party, you don’t want to have your photo taken and you want to blend into the background.

It’s normal to feel that way (particularly around your period!) but if you find this is becoming a recurrent thing, it’s time to look at ways of breaking the cycle, before you become completely reclusive. I can’t promise that you will feel confident every day (not even celebrities do), but I can promise there are ways of changing your mindset and rewiring your brain to make the good days more frequent than the bad.

I have parts about my body that I’m not keen on. Yes I am a stylist that promotes body positivity, but I have my own body hangups that come and go. But that’s half the reason I am good at my job, is that I totally GET how you feel. I never tell anyone the parts about myself that I’m not so keen on (after all, how boring is that for conversation?!). Instead, I focus on the bits I DO like.

I like my legs, I like my collarbones, I like my arms, I like my boobs and I like my eyes. More than anything, I like my personality and that wins every time, no matter what you’re wearing!

If I am having a day when my hair isn’t going right or I am not feeling so hot about the way I look, I focus on the good. I wear an outfit that shows off a good part of my body or I tell a funny story on Instagram to make people laugh. I don’t hide away in a baggy outfit, I don’t shy away from social media and I certainly don’t cancel plans.

I never weigh myself, I never compare myself and I try to follow my own path with what I wear, say and do.

A month ago I was on a lot of medication for my asthma that left me breathless, sleepless and depleted of energy. Taking my selfie photos in the morning was so hard because I felt like death most days and would have to wipe the sweat from my face where my body was really struggling. It would have been easy for me to hide away and only show you my good days, but that’s not reality is it?

Instead, I wore lots of pretty dresses that month, I did regular face masks, upped my tanning regime and treated myself to lovely new makeup. I changed my diet, I cut out alcohol, caffeine and prioritised sleep, rest and self-care. I felt dreadful in myself but making that effort each day, made me feel so much more positive.

Don’t neglect yourself. If you’re feeling crap, don’t drown your sorrows with more wine in the evening which leads to bad sleep, slugglishness and a low mood the following day. Look after yourself from the inside out and care for yourself in every way possible.

Surround yourself with good people. My circle is small, tight and I only let certain people in, who make me feel energised and loved. Note how you feel after you have seen certain friends. Do you feel positive afterwards or do you come away feeling a little bit down about yourself? Surround yourself with those that lift you up, not the ones that try to bring you down.

I know that a lot of you can struggle even naming one part of yourself that you like. But I bet if you thought about it, you could come up with something – even if it’s just your fingernails. Paint them a bright colour!

Ask a friend within your ‘circle of trust’ to tell you 3 positive things about your appearance. Don’t dismiss them. Thank them for their words, write them down and really focus on them, even if you don’t believe what they say. Use them as affirmations, tell yourself every day that you have good legs, a great waist and a lovely smile.

Focusing on the good, eradicates the bad. It gives less energy to the bad and it makes it less of a big deal.

Nobody else notices the bits you don’t like. Nobody cares, and I will tell you why….because everyone is so worried about how THEY look, they don’t have the capacity to focus on your thread veins/tummy/bum/ankles.

It’s possible to love your body and it’s possible to find confidence and self love. You just need to train your mind, like you’d train your body if you were running a marathon.

Keep at it every day and you’ll get there. Your body and mind will thank you for it xx

 

Life after Analysis

There’s a common theme that occurs. When you find the world of Styled By Susie you feel excited at what is to come! You see all of the ladies on our community, talking about Apples, Hourglasses and Pears, and you want a piece of the action!

You send off your photos and questionnaire, and wait for the results. This is going to change your life like it’s changed everyone else’s right?

You receive your Style Analysis and with excitement, you read through it, texting your friends to tell them what shape and colouring you are.

But what happens next? Many clients are absolutely fine and run off to experiment, never to be heard of again!

Others feel fearful…the fear of getting it “wrong” and overthinking everything in their wardrobe. After all, how chunky is too chunky a trainer?

If this is you…..stop….and breathe!

This blog is to help you with the next stages, after your Style Analysis.

Step 1) Read your Style Analysis.

This seems simple doesn’t it? But you really need to read it! Read it once, twice, three times, four times. Each time you read it, you’ll find something else. Each time you read it, it’ll make more sense. The temptation is to skim through the analysis and not take it in properly.

Don’t read your analysis when the kids are around. Sit down with a coffee and a quiet moment and read through it slowly.

Step 2) Make a list.

What jumps out at you? What excites you? We might have mentioned something you don’t like (such as ripped jeans). If you don’t like it, don’t wear it! Instead, make a list of the parts that DO excite you. Maybe some new colours, a different type of print or maybe a new type of costume jewellery.

Step 3) Head to Pinterest.

Create a Pinterest account and start looking for inspiration. Type in key words that we might have mentioned, such as “tortoiseshell earrings” or “biker jacket maxi dress”.

You will get lots of inspiration from Pinterest, and while many of the women on there are models, you can still see how items are put together, if you are someone that struggles to visualise something.

Step 4) Use the Facebook Community (but please be respectful)

Our Facebook Community is a hive of activity and a great place to chat to fellow clients and followers.

Please remember that every analysis is unique and bespoke. While you may be an hourglass, you might have been given different advice to another hourglass.

This doesn’t mean your information is “wrong” (remember we are a small business and before you post, we ask that you think how it may come across). It just means that you are an individual and we have given you our professional advice, based on your shape.

If you jump in there too early and say “Just been diagnosed as a Winter Apple. What should I wear?”….Firstly, this is frustrating for us to read, because all of the tools are in your analysis advising you what to wear, and secondly you might get a fellow Apple advising you, who has been given alternative advice!

So enjoy the community, but remember your analysis is bespoke to you only.

Step 5) Look through your wardrobe.

Purchase our decluttering guide from the website, which has helped many clients who don’t live locally enough to see us in person. We give you all the tools to declutter your wardrobe. From there, you can purchase our Basic Bitches TM guide, which gives you a great shopping list of items for your body shape.

Step 6) Try some new colours.

If the thought of trying a patterned jumpsuit is freaking you out, then start small. Try a new lipstick, a new coloured scarf or maybe just a different neckline.

You really don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe straight away, and baby steps will be much more effective in the long run, while you are seeing what works and what doesn’t work for you.

Step 7) Don’t like it? Don’t wear it.

Styled By Susie advice isn’t legally binding. There’s no siren that will go off if you wear ballet pumps tomorrow. Our advice is purely that…advice!

Step 8) The work has to come from you.

Your Style Analysis is a toolkit. It gives you ideas and suggestions, designed to help you shop by yourself.

If you saw a counsellor, would you expect the counsellor to fix everything in your life while you sat back, without making any changes?

The counsellor gives you tools to apply to your life, in the same way that we give you tools to apply to your style.

Ultimately, you have to be ready to put the work in, and how far you wish to try and experiment, completely depends on your mindset. The great thing is that you always have your Style Analysis to refer back to, and the Facebook Community for support.

Points to remember….

  1. There is no such thing as failure. As long as you are trying new styles and having fun, you can’t fail or go wrong.
  2. It’s not an overnight process. I (Susie) became a stylist in 2012 and I am still experimenting and developing my style, 7 years later. Your style is never complete.

Dungarees & Boilersuits

Life is too short to wear boring clothes... That applies to your little ones too!

Susie here! There is something hugely liberating about wearing dungarees. Any item of clothing that makes you feel happy, fun and childlike, is fine by me! When you become an adult and have responsibilities, endless unanswered emails, bills, school runs and little snotty noses to wipe, it’s easy to feel like life has become waaaaaay too serious.

When life feels too serious, it becomes even more depressing when you spend your life confined to boring clothes!

Any form of “all in one” can be scary when you first try it. I have many clients that have shuddered in fear when I have presented a jumpsuit in a changing room, but ended up loving it, and then buying several others, months later. Wearing it for the first time can be scary but you soon get used to it.

Boilersuits are going to be huge this season, and I can personally vouch for how comfortable they are. Due to their loose fitting nature, it’s always best to size down (yes, even in Topshop!).

Both boilersuits, current stock from ASOS.com

Who do they suit?

While jumpsuits suit all body shapes, dungarees are slightly more restrictive. Due to the clasp detail and position of the upper part of the dungarees, they are less forgiving for women with fuller busts (say, an F cup, upwards).

If you have a fuller bust, you could always try wearing your dungarees undone for a more relaxed, casual look. I have been known to wear mine like this, by the time it’s 6pm and I am cooking dinner!

Street Style: 90s denim dungarees with leather biker jacket and comfy high top trainers

Image from Pinterest.

Boilersuits are a great alternative to dungarees, if you have a fuller bust, yet they also work on smaller busted ladies. They usually have a zipped upper body, which works well for all shapes, even if you’re breastfeeding and need easy access.

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Boilersuit, current stock from Boohoo, at ASOS.com

I’m plus size – why can’t I find any boiler suits?

Boilersuits don’t tend to come in many plus size ranges, so if you’re above a size 20, it’s worth going down the jumpsuit route instead (of which there are many!). Go for big, bold patterns and style them in the same way that we have recommended below.

I’m tall. Can I wear boilersuits?

Hell yes, girlfriend. This style was positively MADE for you! Go forth and boilersuit yourself up.

I’m petite. Can I wear boilersuits?

Many petite ranges stock boilersuits, but I recommend sizing down to ensure they don’t drown your frame too much.

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Boilersuit, current stock from ASOS.com

How do I style them?

Dungarees and boilersuits look great as casual daywear. All they need are a pair of trainers in springtime or flip flops in summertime! Roll up the cuffs and hems of your boilersuit, to feminise the look.

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Boilersuit, current stock from Topshop

If you’re unsure how to style dungarees, you can’t go too wrong. You can keep the look really plain and simple, with a white tee underneath, or a Breton stripe. When it’s warmer, go for a vest top, and when it’s cooler you can even pop a jumper underneath.

Fashion Sneakers for Women: Cute Comfort Travel Shoes

Image from Pinterest

Just a word of caution – never wear yellow underneath a pair of dungarees as you’ll look like a Minion!

What style of dungarees are best?

Dungarees come in a variety of styles. The style that suits most body shapes, would be a pair of dungarees with a skinny jean style leg. A relaxed, boyfriend style dungaree, is great if you’re really tall or you have slender hips.

Dungarees are also great to wear when you are pregnant and want to feel stylish, not frumpy!

ASOS DESIGN denim dungaree in washed black ASOS DESIGN Maternity denim dungaree in rinsewash

Both current stock from ASOS.com

How should a boiler suit fit?

With boiler suits, they are traditionally designed to be loose fitting, so don’t worry if it’s not super fitted like a jumpsuit or pair of dungarees. The loose fitting nature of a boiler suit, adds to the cool, casual element and is really comfortable!

How do I leave the house confidently?

The first time you wear your dungarees or boilersuit out of the house, you will feel self conscious. This is only natural because it’s down the “upper end” of the scary scale on most people’s comfort zones! It doesn’t help when your husband or partner makes a rude comment (I will skip to the ending – men don’t tend to like them!).

When you wear something new for the first time, you may feel like the whole World is watching and staring, but most people are too consumed in their own minds, worries, thoughts and insecurities, to be worried about what others are wearing. In short, no one cares.

If they do stare, and if they do say anything, it is probably because they think you look fab, or they wish they were brave to take such a style risk.

I felt really scared wearing mine for the first time, but now I love them and I feel like 12 year old Susie when I spring around in them. You should really try it!

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2018 – What A Year

2018 is not at a close quite yet, but pretty soon we are all going to be unwinding for the Christmas break, and reflecting on the year that was.

I love a new year – it’s a chance to make great intentions and as long as you make them realistic, they are easier to stick to than you may think!

2018 has been a fabulous year at Styled By Susie, for both myself and Sarah. We have had the busiest year yet, and we are excited to go into 2019!

I thought it would be fun to look back on 2018, and pick out my favourite events and trends from the year.

The Clothes :

Spring/Summer 2018 was my favourite season yet. The options to choose from, were endless…. vast, exciting, colourful and there seemed to be something for everyone!

My personal highlight from the season, was the Barbican range at Warehouse. The prints were absolutely beautiful, and it seemed that the colours suited so many of our clients, not to mention the beautiful cuts.

There should also be a special mention for a certain pair of shorts! The Next “Boy” shorts were an absolute game changer for you all.

We recommended them because they suit all clients, particularly those who have very curvy hips and thighs. They had a 99.9% success rate amongst clients and our thousands of members in the Styled By Susie Facebook Community.

The Boy Shorts were a real highlight of the summer and it made so many women happy, knowing they could finally wear shorts without feeling self conscious.

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If I say the words, “pineapple jumpsuit”, you will know exactly what I am talking about! This beautiful jumpsuit from Sainsbury’s, was a HUGE hit with clients this summer. It suited every shape and was a real hit!

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Accessories wise, it was all about big earrings this year. We started the year with big, colourful tassel earrings, and have finished the year, seeing more geometric, resin styles, and hoops galore.

Autumn/Winter 2018 has been a little more challenging. Spring/Summer spoilt us with skater dresses, prints, unusual colours, cuts and options. When it came to Autumn/Winter, the casual dresses disappeared, and there was an overwhelming amount of animal print that hit the shops…..and not much else!

We had snake print and leopard print in all kinds of colours and shades, but elsewhere, there were no identifiable trends to get particularly excited about. Luckily, 90% of clients (and myself and Sarah included), LOVE animal print! So we could have lots of fun experimenting with different shades of leopard print and pattern clashes galore.

Animal print is going to continue well into next year, but more on that to come in our first blog of 2019.

The word of Autumn/Winter 2018 for Styled By Susie, has been “Basics”. In fact, two words – “Basic Bitches”!

We created an essential PDF guide for clients, which forms the groundwork for any capsule wardrobe. With the high street offering such sparse choices this season, we heavily focused on key basics, and showing clients how to create different looks by mixing and matching items.

Fortunately, this season we have been spoilt for choice by amazing knitwear and basics, particularly from H&M who seem to have sorted out their sizing too!

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The Community :

The Facebook Community has grown so much this year, and it continues to be a place of support, kindness and humility amongst members. We have approx 5,500 members, and we are so proud of the way our clients and followers have interacted with each other this year, offering support, compliments and advice when it’s needed. Thank you to the members of the community who have made it a safe, supportive and welcoming place.

The Award :

In February, I won the best stylist award at the SO Magazine, Lifestyle Awards in Tunbridge Wells. This was one of the best moments of my life, and I would like to thank each and every one of you, that voted for me to win.

It was a competitive category, and at that point my social media numbers were quite low, so I was not expecting to win. Hearing my name called out, and going on stage to collect my award, in front of my family and friends, is a moment I will never forget.

The award sits proudly at home, and every time I look at it, I feel a sense of pride and happiness. I’m truly grateful to those who took the time to vote for me.

The Organised Mum :

In the latter part of 2018, Styled By Susie hit new levels on social media, when my path crossed with Gemma Bray, also known as The Organised Mum.

Gem had posted in September, about wanting to create a capsule wardrobe, and a few of my lovely Instagram followers tagged me into her post. Gem booked me for a style session, and the rest is history!

I went from 6,000 members on Instagram, to over 11,000 and a whole new army of ladies have discovered Styled By Susie as a result.

I am very grateful to Gem for spreading the word to her 100,000 followers and I am excited to grow my relationship with her, and watch her growing success continue.

Sometimes you just need someone to believe in you enough to put your name out there, to enable you to reach so many more people.

The Business :

This year, we have been incredibly busy with all of our services, but the Online Styling Sessions in particular, have been hugely popular. This service has enabled clients to be styled by us, no matter where they live. This year we have styled clients remotely, in Australia, Dubai, Barbados, California, Italy, France, South Africa and New Zealand!

The Future :

I have never made future goals or plans for Styled By Susie, as I am a firm believer in fate and that everything so far, has happened at exactly the right time.

I am asked frequently if I would employ another stylist, but the answer is no. Sarah and I will continue to work as we are working now, and that is both in person and online, and helping as many of you as possible, within the time frame we set, for a good family/work balance.

6 Years Of Business :

I am very proud of how far the business has come, since I created Styled By Susie in 2012.

At that time, the only personal styling services available, were high end, and since Styled By Susie, I have seen many high street stylists appear, who have copied my business model, services, logo and wording, at times!

When I qualified, I had no idea how to even price a styling session because such a thing didn’t exist. So everything you see at Styled By Susie has been created from bare bones and sheer hard work.

So the future is to just keep creating, keep helping and providing not only styling advice, but wellbeing advice too, through podcasts, blogs and posts.

Feeling stylish is so much more than putting on a nice outfit. It goes much deeper than that, and taking care of your wellbeing is going to put you on a better road to body confidence and acceptance.

So I will be taking my own advice and putting my wellbeing high on my priority list for 2019, because in order to help others, you have to apply your own life jacket first, right?

And Finally :

Have a happy Christmas, a relaxing time with your friends, families and loved ones.

Thank you for supporting Styled By Susie and we can’t wait for another year of fun.

Love Susie xxx

 

Boots

Susie here!

Due to popular demand, I’m blogging all about boots today. I’m in huge denial about boots weather. I am such a summer girl, and even though I feel more comfortable in Autumn/Winter clothing, I do feel sad when the summer leaves us and we all get colds and look sallow!

But on a positive note, with the new season, comes NEW fashion. I was in Bluewater yesterday and all of the sales assistants were super excited too, and there’s a real buzz in the air when the new lines hit the shops. The sales have left us at long last, and we can start planning the months ahead.

I would always suggest shopping as early into a season as you can, even when the weather doesn’t match what the shops are selling. How many of you struggled to find the infamous Next Boy shorts in July? That’s because you should have bought them in April/May! Crazy I know, but it’s always good to get ahead with your shopping.

We have two major trends that have emerged when it comes to winter boots.

Cowboy Boots.

These ARE a trend and are likely to look dated in a year, but if you want to be ahead of the fashion pack, pick up a pair of cowboy boots and say “whip crack away”, Calamity Jane style. These leather cowboy boots below are from Topshop.

Animal Print

As predicted, leopard, snake and zebra prints are dominating the high street this season. Adding a flash of animal print on your boots is a great way to liven up any outfit. These beauties are from New Look and come in wide fit too.

I’m not going to focus too much on trends, as I will leave that to the fashion expert bloggers out there. My job, is to tell you how you can look your best in a pair of boots. I have even covered skinny ankles and chunky legs as they are questions that crop up A LOT on the Styled By Susie Facebook Community.

So let’s start….

Chunky Legs

If you have chunky legs (can I just say that this is a term I would NEVER use about a client, but this is a popular term you guys use in the Community so I thought it was easier for you this way!)

The chunkier the leg, the chunkier the boot should be. This is not a time for kitten heels, pointy boots or anything that is going to cling onto the leg too much. We need to see a slight gap between the leg and the boot, and this is why I sway clients away from knee high boots!

Slouchy ankle boots work well, or if you can’t find slouchy, then Chelsea boots work well, biker boots or Dr Martens. Ideally you should be able to fit your finger between the boot and your leg, because this will make your leg look slimmer.

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L-R: Next, Next, Next, Next, Dr Martens & New Look.

Skinny Ankles

If you have skinny ankles, ankle boots can be problematic and it’s likely that a Dr Marten boot will make your leg look like a golf club! Stay away from the chunky, biker style boots and go for a boot that is going to be tighter around the lower leg.

You can safely go for sock boots, western boots, pixie boots, mid calf boots, or high top style trainer boots. If you really do love a biker boot, then go for one that comes a little higher up the leg. Alternatively, go for something completely different, like an over the knee boot.

Pointed toes will be better for you than round toes, and detail on the boot works particularly well because it minimises the size of the shoe. A Chelsea boot is too plain and bulky for a skinny ankle.

Black Suede Western BootsVans Black Sk8-Hi Marvel Black Panther Womens TrainersPimkie Studded Buckle Ankle BootsPublic Desire Black Flat Tie Back Over The Knee Boot

L-R: New Look, New Look, Office, VANS, ASOS.com, ASOS.com

“Neither Chunky or Skinny” Legs

For those inbetweeners, you can get away with anything. My general advice is to err on the side of chunky footwear if you’re on the curvy side.

And remember….style shouldn’t be serious. It shouldn’t make you cry, it shouldn’t make you anxious and it should be fun. So have fun with it and don’t get too worried! If you’ve got skinny legs but you love your Dr Martens, well go for it. There’s no law or siren that’ll go off when you wear them!

I’m here to advise and to reassure, and my main goal is to ensure you feel comfortable, stylish and happy in your clothes.

Happy shopping!

xxxx

Guest Blog – Holiday Make Up

I’m delighted to welcome, our guest blogger, makeup artist, Nicola Downey. She has put together her recommendations for your essential holiday makeup. Nicola specialises in a natural look when it comes to makeup, so you are in safe hands!

Over to you, Nicola…

My Top 6 Holiday Make-up Basics
We’ve all been there. The excitement of the long-awaited holiday being overshadowed by the dread of packing the suitcase. So much to take and so little space! Well let me help you free up valuable room for all those wonderful clothes and accessories Styled by Susie has no doubt tempted you with, by just taking the make-up basics.

1. Tinted Moisturiser / BB  & CC Creams

The summer is finally here so you can pack away those foundations! It’s the perfect time of year to embrace your naturally beautiful skin with the lighter coverage of a tinted moisturiser, which is also less likely to slide off your face in hot weather. Choose one with an added SPF and you won’t need to add a layer of sun protection first. Bonus.

 

TOP PICKS

  • Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 £41 – Fenwicks / John Lewis / Feel Unique (highly recommended for mature skin)
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 £34 – Fenwicks / John Lewis / Feel Unique
  • Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 £30 – Space NK / Fenwicks / John Lewis
  • La Roche-Posey Rosaliac Anti-Redness CC Cream SPF 30 £20 – Boots   (great for skin prone to acne and rosacea break outs)
  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream SPF 30 £7.99 – Amazon / Feel Unique
  • e.l.f BB Cream  SPF 20 £7.50 – Superdrug (vegan)

 

2. Concealer

If you feel you need extra coverage, particularly under the eyes, take a lightweight concealer with you. Waterproof concealers are really useful for holidays.

 

TOP PICKS

  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer £23.50 – Boots
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 24hr Waterproof Concealer £20 – Boots
  • e.l.f HD Lifting Concealer £4.50 – Superdrug (vegan)
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.50 – Boots

 

3. Eyebrows / Eyeshadow / Eyeliner

A compact eyeshadow palette with a good range of both matte and shimmery colours, is perfect for multi-use make-up application. One palette can give you everything you need for eyebrows, eyeshadow and eyeliner, reducing the amount of products you need to take with you.

Choose a palette that contains a matte shade closest to your natural eyebrow colour, a matte cream which is very useful for adding definition to your brow bone for evenings out,  some darker shades for eyeliner and some shimmery shades to add a bit of glam to your evening make-up. Some eyeshadows even work well as a liquid liner if you dip your brush in water first!

 

TOP PICKS

  • Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette £49 – Fenwicks / Charlotte Tilbury
  • MAC Eyeshadow x 9 Palettes £26 – Fenwicks / MAC Cosmetics
  • Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette £26 – Feel Unique
  • NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette £16 – Boots
  • Maybelline The Nudes £11.99 – Boots / Superdrug
  • MUA Eyeshadow Palettes £4 – Superdrug

 

4. Mascara

Waterproof is essential (just make sure you pack suitable eye make-up remover). Apply it first thing, go for a swim, melt in the sun…and feel confident it won’t move.

 

TOP PICKS

  • Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara £16.50 – John Lewis / Feel Unique
  • No. 7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara £13.50 – Boots
  • Bourjois Volume Reveal Waterproof Mascara £10.99 – Superdrug
  • Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara £5.99 – Boots / Superdrug

 

5. Blusher / Highlighter / Bronzer

There are some great multi-use cheek and lip products out there. You can even use them on your eyes, which is great for packing light. Choose a shade that will maintain that summery glow and is easy to apply.

 

TOP PICKS

  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick £31.95 – John Lewis (blusher, highlighter, bronzer and eyeshadow/liner)
  • Nars The Multiple £29 – John Lewis / Fenwicks / Space NK (blusher, highlighter, lips and eyeshadow)
  • NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick £7.50 – Boots (blusher, highlighter, bronzer)

 

6. Lipstick

Lips can become dry in the heat, so keep them moisturised as much as possible. A simple lip balm works a treat, especially if you choose one with a hint of colour. For evenings out, you might prefer a bit more of a statement lip and it’s a very quick and easy way to turn a daytime look into evening.

 

TOP PICKS

  • Dior Addict Gradient Lipstick £26.50 – Fenwicks / Dior
  • Bobbi Brown Art Stick £22 – Fenwick / Bobbi Brown
  • MAC Little Lipstick in Ruby Woo (all-time classic shade which suits most) £10 – Fenwicks / MAC Cosmetics
  • Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick £8.99 – Boots
  • The Body Shop Matte Liquid Lipstick £7 – The Body Shop
  • Dr Paw Paw Tinted Ultimate Red Balm £6.95 – Feel Unique

 

Extras

There are a few extra items you could take with you which aren’t essential but might prove useful.

  • Translucent pressed powder  to take away excess shine – Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish £33 – Fenwicks or Collection Primed & Ready Illuminating Setting Powder £2.99 – Boots
  • Clear mascara to groom and set eyebrows in place – Collection £1.99 Boots
  • Setting spray to keep your make-up in place all day – Urban Decay All Nighter £8 John Lewis or e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Setting Spray £5 – Superdrug

 

Top Tips

  • Keep your make-up application light for the daytime and simply add more on top for the evening.
  • Choose a slightly darker shade of tinted moisturiser if you tan easily.
  • Don’t forget to enhance your eyebrows and apply some mascara – very quick and effective ways to open up your eyes!
  • Useful brushes to take with you include a small angled brush for eyebrows and eyeliner, an eyeshadow brush, small blusher brush and lip brush.

 

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We need to talk.

I try TRY to keep as much of my content purely style related, but I just need to talk about this subject because it’s gnawing away at me like termites and I need to blog to get it out of my system. I am also trying to speak my truth more, without fear, and I thought this would be a good place to do so.

The recent Kate Spade tragedy touched me so much. I liken it to when Robin Williams committed suicide and the overwhelming feeling of loss, coupled with utter devastation that a man that made me laugh so much, was so deeply unhappy, he felt there was no way out.

Kate Spade, with her beautiful clothing, her stationery I avidly bought every new season, and her quotes that I regularly abide by. Suddenly she is here no more, and when I went to buy my latest diary, I felt like crying when I saw the stationery in John Lewis, when previously it brought me so much joy.

I didn’t know Kate Spade or Robin Williams, but I do know that they touched my heart in a way that made me feel like I knew them. How did they feel so lonely? We will never know.

Today I read that Sophie Gradon from Love Island passed away. It has not been confirmed how she passed, but from everything I have read, she suffered from depression and it seems that she too felt there was no way out. To look at Sophie from the outside, she had it all. Beauty, popularity, love, fame….but what demons was she fighting?

I’m not a psychologist, nor do I claim to be an expert on the issue, but what I do know is that I know multiple friends, family members, and hell even myself that suffer from mental health issues – be it anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar. Talking about mental health is as normal to me as telling someone I have got a headache. I don’t feel any stigma by telling a close friend that I am having a crap time, for reasons I can’t explain or identify. It’s just “MEH”.

I am lucky to have been raised in a family that was very open about talking about our feelings in a safe place, without fear of judgement or stigma.

But, what truly, truly bothers me, is the new generation coming through. The generation of young adults in their early 20’s (I know a few), who seemingly cannot hold a conversation, make eye contact, make small talk. You know – the general basics of communication.

But give them a phone and they can Snapchat and Instagram story everything about their lives. They might get a “you ok hun?” text from a friend, but they will still feel lonely, isolated and cut off, by the fact they can only communicate their feelings via social media.

Again, I am not speaking for all 20 year olds, but this seems to be something I have noticed and feel concerned about.

I worry that the art of communication and the basic forms of conversation are dying. When did we stop talking to each other? When did it become ok to post shit online about someone, send a crappy message, etc, etc, when the best thing in the world would have been to sit down and chat it through. How quickly would a problem be solved by having a chat on the phone, or a meet up over a cup of coffee?

Years ago when we lost a friend, it would be subtle. Now you can be deleted or blocked and never find out the reason why. This is hard enough to deal with when you’re in your 30’s, but as a young adult with fragile emotions, it’s enough to isolate them and hit them hard.

Then I worry about the Tinder effect. When I was in my 20’s, there was the anticipation and fun of going out on a Friday night, having a few Smirnoff Ices, and wondering if you would  meet a boy that night. You’d have a dance, maybe a snog (sorry Mum) and the next day everyone’s memories would be a bit hazy but fun. Now there’s evidence, there’s screen shots, there’s stories, there’s videos. It’s enough to make young adults paranoid about every single thing they do.

But anyway, now  you don’t have to go out to meet someone. You can sit at home and swipe through photo after photo. You may go on a date with that person. They may be really nice, really pretty, but hey, if I keep swiping there’s plenty more fish in the sea. “Why put all my eggs in one basket when there’s a whole database full of potential hot dates?”

I am a sucker for Love Island, but seeing the way the boys and girls treat each other is like real life Tinder. It’s frightening, and it’s even more frightening seeing girls in their early 20’s getting botox, lip fillers, plastic surgery to keep correcting themselves, when they don’t realise they were effing beautiful to start with.

So basically, I am here to say STOP. Make it STOP.

I want to teach my son communication. I want to teach him how to talk to people his own age, how to engage with adults, people in authority and to have respect for absolutely everyone he meets. That everyone, EVERYONE is fighting a battle that nobody knows about, and everyone deserves your time, attention and respect.

I feel like I want to save the next generation, and I need your help to do it. We can’t ban phones, iPads or TV’s because that is the world they are growing up in. But we can balance it by having actual conversations and teaching them how to talk about their feelings in a way that they will never feel judged. That no matter what shit goes on, on social media, or at school, that they will always, ALWAYS have a safe place.

Build a network for your children, hell build a frigging village, town, city of support. Encourage role models in uncles, aunties, close friends and always give them someone they can turn to when Mum or Dad might not understand.

We can’t stop depression, but we can give it a bloody good fight, we can give the next generation a fighting chance… and the time to act is now.

 

 

 

The Perfect Self Tan

We would love to welcome our resident Beauty expert, Kat Heath. Kat has been a client and loyal member of the community for many years, and flies the flag for colour, confidence and happiness! Kat has worked for Clarins, Decleor and has a BTEC in Beauty Therapy, as well as her own successful beauty therapy business.

Today she is sharing her tips for creating a flawless self tan, with no streaks!

Over to you, Kat…

Finally after what felt like a long and gloomy winter we have now reached the beginning of Summer!

For most of the winter our bodies have been covered up underneath layers of clothing, resulting in dryness and an uneven and lacklustre skin tone.

However, as soon as the sun is out we all want to expose the skin on our bodies by wearing our fabulous summer pieces which have been stored away in the wardrobe for what feels like an eternity.

This is the time when many of us make the mistake of reaching for last years self tan products (that have probably reached their sell by date) without any skin preparation resulting in a streaky and patchy application that can take days to dissappear.

Here are some tips to create the perfect tan to compliment your summer wardrobe without stress and with ease.

1. IT’S ALL IN THE PREP.

Just think when you paint a wall you have to rub it down and smooth out any uneven patches before applying the paint. The same goes for applying your tan.

Think of your skin as a blank canvas. Always give your body a dry skin exfoliation 24 hours before applying your tan.

Apply your exfoliator onto a dry skin in circular movements working towards the heart. This will not only remove dead skin cells but also will promote a circulation boost leaving your skin looking radiant and healthy as well as smooth.

Make sure you rinse thoroughly ideally in the shower rather than the bath to ensure no grains are left on the skin.

If you shave this is the time to do so as the exfoliator would have lifted the hairs giving you a closer shave leaving you hair free for longer.

2. GIVE YOUR SKIN A DRINK.

Once you have given your skin a good exfoliation you may find it slightly dry therefore it is vital to use a good body cream or lotion which will keep your skin smooth and radiant.

Pay particular attention to any dry bits such as the knees or elbows and always apply towards the heart to promote healthy circulation.

I always recommend a rich body cream rather than a lotion to maintain moisture levels throughout the day. Again do this 24 hours before applying your self tan.

3. APPLICATION

Before you apply any self tan products always make sure there are no traces of moisturiser or oil on the skin as it can act as a barrier to the tanning agents in the products. Therefore always apply self tan after a shower or bath.

If you have any dry patches on elbows or knees apply a generous amount of moisturiser on these areas to prevent the self tan gathering in those area creating an orange patch.

If you are not using a mitt or glove always apply a layer of moisturiser on to your hands to help prevent unsightly staining on the palms and wash throughly with cold water (heat activates tanning) and soap as soon as you have finished applying.

4. MAINTENANCE

Keep hold of your beautifully tanned skin by applying body cream after each shower and bath this will prevent dryness as the tanning agents in self tanning products can dry out the skin. It will also seal the colour for a little bit longer.

And remember always protect your skin with an SPF when outside. Even if your self tanning products have a built in SPF for adequate protection you need to reapply a separate product a few hours later.

Blog written by Kat Heath.

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Steal our Style

Susie: Autumn Pear   Sarah: Spring Rectangle

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Sarah here again! Below I’ve built some classic Susie and Sarah outfits that capture elements of our own personal style and lifestyles. Hope you like it! Can you imagine anything harder then style-analysing the actual Styled by Susie!

 

Susie

Work days

Susie loves a bit of camo – its timeless, great for her season and makes her brilliant at hide and seek. The dress is fitted at the waist and kicks out over the hips, which works brilliantly on a curvier figure. The shirt neckline can be worn fully buttoned or undone to create a V – depending on if you want to make the bust looks fuller or smaller.

The cropped style jacket sits on Susie’s little waist.

Accessories are key, The scarf gives a perfect clash against the dress, the necklaces are worn layered and the chunky trainers balance the whole look out.

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Camo print dress, Mango, £44.99
Pleated polka dot scarf, Zara, £15.99
Ciara chunky trainers, Topshop, £39.00
Necklaces, to be worn layered, Topshop, £8.99 & £13.99
Denim Betty jacket, Oasis, £44.99

Mummy days

As a mummy to a gorgeous little boy, Suz goes for a outfit that is simple and easy, ripped jeans suit her rock chic style, the Breton, slogan tee is the perfect balancer for the ripped jeans (technically a rule breaker for a pear!). The accessories all have a element of edge to them, with the bold earrings, animal print and statement plimsoles.

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Jeans, Topshop Jamie, £42.00
T-shirt, Hush, £25.00
Belt, Topshop, £14.00
Shoes, Asos, £149.00
Earrings, Warehouse, £10.00

Date night

The jumpsuit is one of our fav items of clothing, they are super versatile, stylish and the fitted wrap styles are particularly flattering on the waist. The biker adds cool edge to the floral print, and the accessories are understated and tonal.

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Jumpsuit, New Look, £35.00
Biker jacket, Topshop, £55.00
Shoes, Topshop, £32.00
Hex studs, Wolf and Moon, £16.00
Cuff, Wolf and Moon, £32.00
Perfume, L’occitane, Neroli and Orchidee, prices vary

Sarah

Work days

I’m most comfortable in dresses and skirts, as I feel the most ‘me’ in them, The cut of this dress is perfect for my rectangular shape, as it creates a waist and the illusion of shape! (it should also be noted this dress looks fab on hourglasses and pears too). With a strappy dress like this I will either layer under or over. This cardi is perfect for adding some warmth and glam to a variety of outfits. I always prefer a heel too, not totally practical always, but work is my time when I’m not chasing through fields after my toddler so worth the slight discomfort. I love a clash, so these earrings are perfect, and the ring and necklace finish the look.

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Dress, Warehouse, £52.00
Earrings, Zaar, £15.99
Necklace, Accessorize, £10.00
Initial Ring, Astrid and Miyu, £29.00
Leopard print cards, Zara, £19.99
Wedges, New Look, £25.99

Mummy days

I’m a mum to 2 ‘spirited’ boys and spend a large portion of time having to sprint after the 2 year old. I tend to go for a trouser over a jean, these khaki slacks are ideal, I’ll wear a jumper or tee tucked in, funky plimsoles which for now the boys view as cool, sure that will change soon! I still like to accessorise with pretty earrings and bangles, and carry a variety of snacks and lotions in the backpack.

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Trousers, H&M, £24.99
Rainbow trainers, Zara, £29.99
Jumper, Warehouse, £35.00
Earrings, Aldo, £25.00
Backpack, Gap, (old, similar styles available @ £25.00)

Date night

I can sneak the heel back in here for going out, and tend to go with a short skirt and get the legs out! The simple tee will always be tucked in to create some definition, and I’ll wear a statement necklace with a pop of colour. Euphoria is my go to scent, I’ve worn it for about 15 years!

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Skirt, River Island, £35.00
Top, Oasis, £23.00
Necklace, Topshop, £16.50
Perfume, Euphoria, varies
Shoes, Office, £52.00