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What are the best high street fashion buys for Spring 2021 and how to easily improve your own style?

I remember the time when I used to see how key the S/S season was in every fashion magazine I bought. The shoes, dresses and accessories I used to thrive for and how nice was to develop my very own style whilst inspired by them. I grew up watching fashion influencers become icons.

I believe style plays such an important role in contouring a personality and in expressing yourself. Therefore, I have prepared this article for every fashionista at heart. I made lots of research and put together some of the most wanted high end fashion street buys S/S 2021. Continue reading to discover the best items to buy this Spring.

THE silk dress

You can never go wrong with THE silk dress. The first wave of the silk dresses trend was actually back in the 90s and it could be found on every red carpet. Celebrities like Rihanna wore it and completely brought life to it.

Nowadays, we wear silk dresses pretty differently and fashion icons adapted it for the times we live in. For example, if you are going for a classy and elegant look you can wear a red velvet silk dress with some refined pearls as accessories. You will look powerful and trendy at the same time.

However, if you are going for a quite casual look, wearing a green-toned silk dress with a cozy cardigan is the right look for you. The cardigan will keep you warm and casual and the dress will complete the look with a touch of elegance and femininity.

A pop of yellow

Another one of the best high street fashion buys S/S 2021 I recommend trying is wearing a yellow piece.

Firstly, yellow is the colour of happiness and you can’t argue with me that this colour doesn’t go perfectly with the S/S fashion.

A colour as bright and radiant will complete your look and will totally define your whole outfit.

For example, wearing a yellow suit accompanied by a same colour bag will make your outfit pop and glow. You are totally taking a risk with this fit. It can either go wonderfully or horribly, there’s now way in between. But isn’t this how fashion works?

Although, if you are looking for something safer you can never go wrong with yellow and brown tones. Even if yellow and brown seem to remind people of Autumn, wearing the right pieces and choosing the right textures will do you good. You can pick a yellow skirt so you make a statement and a brown toned blazer to cool things down.

Purity

2020-2021 is the time when women all over the world chose to be natural. The Instagram brows became as natural as possible, the dark and toned contouring also cooled and people now tend to choose just a touch of contour to define their features. Also, wearing blush is much more trendier than it used to be.

All of these changes made femininity and purity quite a trend in 2021. Women chose to embrace their more natural selves and to exploit their angelic features.

Therefore, white and sandy colours are now more fashionable than ever. Choosing to wear a ruffle white dress will make you look feminine and classy at the same time. Also, because of how pure the colour is, the whole outfit should make you look heavenly.

You will never do wrong with this type of fit because it makes you stand out throughout its simplicity.

Pastel looks

Pastel looks are completely one of the best high street fashion buys S/S 2021.

Pastels have been in the game for quite a long time. But one things is for sure, third time we use this expression, let’s change a pastel look, especially in 2021.

A baby blue pastel suit provides you many different ways of styling it.

You can either go for an elegant look and style the suit with a dazzling pair of sandals. Or, you can style it with some beautifully and more coloured pair of sneakers. It’s up to you!

Pretty in pink

The Chanel 2021 spring fashion show thought us how to perfectly put in place an amazing and up to date pink outfit.

Go for pink trousers and style them with a top in the same colour. You can always add accessories and details in different tones of the colour that you’ve chosen to complete your look.

Also, associating a colour as gentle as pink with some chains totally makes a statement. Try it yourself and enjoy how powerful you’ll feel.

All things considered, those were my 5 best high street fashion buys S/S 2021. What a controversial season I must say. What is your opinion on it and what would you add to my list?

XOXO,

Miss Andrada

As I was mentioning in my 2019 Peachy Spring Make-up, this Spring I’m not so into pastels. It feels too 2018 for me; you might not feel the same way and it’s really okay. I mean, we all wear whatever makes us feel awesome, but today I really want to show you ONE amazing trend that I absolutely love: MILITARY inspired clothing. Keep on reading and turn the runway into your own outfits! BE aware: this is not your usual Spring outfit.

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Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Givenchy

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We can see beautiful textures, worn in different combinations for this Spring. Fashion Houses such as Alberta Ferretti, Fendi and Givenchy released their military inspired collections and all I have to say is that I’m deeply in love with the concept. That’s a proper Not A Girly staple: bold & fearless. Let’s break down this trend and adapt it to our own everyday looks, shall we? 💥

Add different textures to your outfit

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

I realised this quite recently actually, but adding different textures can take your outfits to the next level. In the military case, you’re looking for a dress or a co-ord that can be accessorised easily. By that I mean wear a belt or jacket on top that’s made out of a different fabric.

I chose a khaki safari dress (find similar here or here) that looks amazing on tanned olive skin. There are loads of options online, you can even type ‘utility dress’ and browse from different pieces. It’s definitely a must have for Spring-Summer!

 

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Make your outfit RUNWAY READY

It’s time to make your outfit look a lot more stylish and turn it into a wearable runway outfit. The easiest way you can do that is to put a cool jacket on top of your dress! I browsed the online stores and found this jacket with pockets for you – it doesn’t have those crazy colours on the back as mine, but I’m sure it will look amazing regardless.

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Last details

Add your last details to make your look pop! I’m in LOVE with stylish & high quality sunglasses – the type that makes your look really chic. This Weekend MVTM pair looks gorgeous in the Khaki combination, especially because their reflection turns dark green at times. Wear a watch that is neat and can easily compliment your outfit as you have a lot going on already. This unique design of the Jaded Rose MVTM watch is simply beautiful and it’s made it in my watch top already! This brand is so popular on Instagram and it’s gaining so much momentum because their products have such a good quality! Use the code NOTAGIRLYGAL15 for 15% off when you shop on the MVTM website.

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Embrace this trend and have a wonderful Spring, everyone ✨  Tag me on Instagram @notagirlygal while wearing this outfit – I would loveee to see you!

Check out my post on what to wear at work to feel more ready to be in control!

Photos by the wonderful Nuno Costa, London photographer.

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

 

When the pumpkin latte arrives at Starbucks, that’s how you know it’s officially Autumn. We’re getting cosy & comfy today with one outfit you need to wear in Autumn 2018. Grab a coffee and your outfit planner and let’s have some styling fun.

You’ve seen these prints on Pinterest and Instagram and to be fair, I feel like a good old checked print sets the mood for Autumn. As well as all the other bits: autumn candles, rusted leaves, chestnuts and pumpkin cupcakes. I wanted to fully embrace this season, so I did a little shopping of candles, cupcake trays and other pieces of decoration for my house last weekend – I did a quick haul on my Instagram stories @notagirlygal.

Getting cosy: One Outfit You Need to Wear in Autumn 2018

There are a lot of combinations you can choose and think about while creating a patterned outfit Autumn look. You can go for dresses worn on top of jumpers, checked skirts and white shirts or checked vests on top of a (really) autumnal outfit.

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I chose this classic print because I assume that all of you have a checked printed piece of clothing at home waiting for you to style it. As the checked item will represent the main piece in your outfit, you would like the other pieces not to stand out as much as the others.

Getting cosy: One Outfit You Need to Wear in Autumn 2018

TIP: Go for Earthy colours such as nudes and maroons to make the patterned piece steal the show.

 Time for the perfect accessories

It’s Autumn: your perfect excuse to go big on accessories! I love wearing hats, berets, big earrings and watches.

The elegant watch I am wearing is the Viol by Obaku (a Danish brand just launching in the U.K) – I love how the watch comes in the same colour of my jeans. It looks so fragile on my wrist, I think that’s what makes it elegant. If you’re looking for a simple watch this season, keep close as I will be running a giveaway soon!

The beret just makes this outfit so chic – I got this one from Paris from a cute boutique.

Earring wise, I think H&M are smashing it with their collections – these ones are from Holister, but I haven’t been in there for a while now.

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 Alternatives to hats

If hats are not really your thing, a sleek ponytail is always cool to wear in autumn. From my point of view, top knots and ponytails work so beautifully with scarves of any kind: small, big or even knitted.

Talking about knits, I feel that I’ve been getting on to my knitted stuff lately. I just like Autumn fashion because it’s more than just wearing a dress – it’s the art of layering that makes me enjoy creating outfits for both my blog and everyday wear. I guess it’s the same for all of fashion lovers out there.

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What outfits are you loving this season? Let me know below!

Lots of love,

Andrada

Hello there my lovelies,

You might think that this grey sky shows no mercy to our outfits, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pull off amazing clothes, just like we did last season. I had a bit of a rough time adapting to the season, but after all, I’m happy that I have autumnal items to play with. With that said, right now we’re styling a super easy to wear cocktail shirt that you can wear in the evenings.

I’ve been on the Madison house rooftop with my boyfriend and a couple of good friends on a really sunny September evening. Aperol Spritz and funky music were calling my name while I was dancing on the terrace. We had such a great time that I now call it my favourite place in London.

Upgrading your Autumn Outfits in 2018!

Shoot in that exclusive location, today’s outfit has one special item that I was looking for since a while now. It’s that one thing we all need in our closet, but I just didn’t find the right one: a long shirt. You probably have a rough idea that I’m a big fan of shirts – any shape or length…even better if the shirt is white. What you don’t know is that I also love feathers. So, what happens if I find these two elements in one item? Exactly! Nirvana!

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The best way of wearing the long shirt (the trick you need to know)

You’ll find that the best ways of wearing a long shirt is belted. I mean, long shirts are quite loose and of course as longs as I don’t expect them to be body con, I at least want them to look a bit more body hugging. I find long shirts to have an irregular shape that doesn’t look that great without the belt that adds dimension to your body. Search for a medium wide waist belt and get ready to sip on that cocktail with your girlfriends.

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What I love about this outfit, is that you can wear any shoes with it. I mean any of these will look amazing: boots, knee-high boots, heeled boots, stilettos, wedges. I would recommend to select your shoes depending on the location you will choose for going out. If you go to a nice rooftop bar, you want to choose the boots or stilettos and leave your Creepers for going out in Camden. You certainly get my drift here, right? From my point of view, shoes can change an outfit so much!

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Keeping warm: You can certainly add a nude trench coat on top of it in case it’s a bit cold.

When it comes to your hair, considering that the outfit is quite boy-ish, I would totally go for curls. I like keeping my hair wavy – I love that effortless waves that shout ‘I woke up like this’.

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I am wearing:

Long Shirt by Besiva

Shoes by Zara

Bag by Ralph Lauren

Sunnies by Ray Ban

You’re now set for your perfect night out with your girls!

Thank you for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and got you looking for a long shirt to add to your closet. What’s your favourite piece to style this season? J

Love,

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Happy beginning of Autumn, everyone! 🙂

I’m genuinely really excited to share these autumn 2018 trends with you! There are a lot of fun looks on runways for this season, but the ones that caught my interest are: bright colours and tweed. Therefore, I thought to create a super ‘on trend’ outfit for you. Let’s dig into it and see how you can easily recreate this cool look.

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Bright colours to inspire your Autumn days

Bright colours are still extra popular this season. To be honest, I was expecting them to take the beat seat, but actually they are poppin’.  I only take this as super good news because just think about it: you don’t have to buy anything new to embrace this trend. Just look through your spring wardrobe for the most colourful items and you’re set. I’m sure you have a shirt or a blazer in a crazy colour 💃🏻 I’ve picked out this yellow blazer as it can keep me warm if needed through out these early Autumn Days.

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… now, who is in for some tweed?

Bored of them or not, tweed is the thing for Autumn. They’ll never be out of fashion. Did you actually know that its original name was ’twill’, but a London merchant misread the name written on a package received from Scotland and kept advertising it as ‘tweed’. That sounds like something that I could probably do – I have my own names for things just because I read too fast. You can mix tweed with warm bright colours like in this outfit, or you can go for the same colours in your tweed (blue / grey / brown).

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It’s your decision if you want to mix the two trends or keep them separate, but this is a cool outfit overall, so I totally recommend trying it. I would love to see you coming up with Autumn outfits and ideas of how we can get excited about this season’s fashion!

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Thank you very much for reading! What do you love most? Tweeds or bright colours?

Until next time,

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Hello there,

I guessed you want to keep yourself on top of the autumn trends of 2018. That’s why today we’re looking at prints inspired by the Animal Kingdom. Collections from Tom Ford, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera and Calvin Klein take us on a wild journey this autumn. Will you embrace this trend with open arms?

Images owned by Vogue UK.

Animal Print Origins

Just as stuffed animals were kept as trophies, royalties used to also decorate their palaces and castles with animal printed rugs as a sign of high status. Regarded as exotic, during the Bohemian Movement in the States in the 60’s, the animal print became highly popular among women.

Wearing animal prints in Autumn 2018

For me, animal prints have a fine line that is easy to cross. A printed leopard coat can look tacky, just as a cheetah printed dress can be too much! It’s true, the origin of the print comes from the gypsies where everything is extravagant. As cool as it had been in the past, nowadays an adaptation of the style is what’s trending. Now that we know the things to avoid, let’s get into picking up the perfect colour scheme and prints.

Choose One Animal Printed Item

You might love a lot of animal printed items – belts, scarves, shoes, dresses, blazers. That’s great! It’s key to limit yourself at wearing one printed item per outfit. I find the Zebra print the best of all – it’s the one far from looking cheap. In this outfit, I have chosen the Zebra scarf to be the star of the show. I’ve always had a passion for scarves, I own them in every colour possible … and in a couple of prints.

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Animal Prints and how to wear them

Once you have decided on the print, it’s time to choose your colour scheme. If you choose a Zebra print, then your go-to colour pallet should be black and white as primary colours. If you’re loving a leopard one, then a nude colour scheme is your best friend. This theory is pretty easy to follow, and it will save you a lot of time. Besides, you’ll put together more stylish outfits. And.. we all want to be stylish, don’t we?

I have opted for a classic Autumn outfit as you can see: black jeans, scarf, sun glasses and wedges. I love it because it’s suitable for more occasions: work, drinks out, a nice dinner. That’s my dear readers, the definition of the stylish modern women who doesn’t need to change 3 times a day for different occasions. I imagine myself jumping from the tube to a business meeting and then having drinks on the London’s best rooftop – all these while dressed in the same outfit.

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What’s your opinion on animal prints? Do you believe in the fashion concept of the modern woman I described?

I hope you got inspired by the autumn trends 2018 and how to wear them best! 💋

Until next time,

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Hello there my favourite girls,

For me the whole summer dressing style relies on flowy fabrics, dreamy prints and perhaps some ruffles here and there. When it comes to prints, somehow I always pick stripes, no matter the season (writing this I’m wearing a stripy T-shirt), and I have one best friend that does that too. One day when we were out shopping, we saw this absolute gorgeous stripped jumper… we looked at it, we looked at each other and she said ‘I think we’re good with stripes’ and none of us got it in the end. That was one thing, but I didn’t have anything with stripes for summer. I saw this pair in Zara in the beginning of May, haven’t planned on buying more stripes and decided they would look wonderful with wedges by the Sicilian sea shore. I was so right! Let’s style this outfit together, shall we?

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Styling stripy pants

I’m super aware that fashion magazines encourage us to mix patterns with other patterns. Well, unless they’re Dolce Gabbana pants with other Dolce Gabbana tops, I don’t feel it’s safe.  Yes, I don’t like when I see too many patterns in an outfit and yes, I don’t encourage it. I am never afraid to ‘take sides’, but this doesn’t mean I have something against it. I know you know that, I just felt the need to say it, because things are taken way too personal these days.

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I always say that a super cool outfit has something interesting about both (top and bottom items). You’ll notice this from the outfits that I’m posting. Here, I am wearing a bra having 2 stripes in front – which you can’t really see because of the big chain necklace. Then, I have chosen a simple loose T-shirt on top. I have found this shirt a while back in a charity shop I believe – it’s just from Zara but it’s made out of this knit fabric that I really like. So, the both make a really interesting top to go with the pants.

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Tricks for baggy T-shirts?

My trick for a baggy shirt is making a knot on a side to give it a casual look, but also in this case I needed something less baggy as the pants are baggy enough. Do you know what I mean? Same goes for wearing cloche dresses – you just want to wear them with something slim fit on top.

Keep your colour palette to B&W

I like to wear black and white completely when I wear stripes. It just feels right. It makes me laugh now because I wish I could show you my outfit now when writing this post from Bella Italia in the airport – stripy T-shirt and black leather skirt. All Black and White.

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TIP: Create a story for your outfit

This outfit takes me to the flower power times. It has that bohemian vibe. Don’t you reckon? That’s why I love fashion so much. You can get inspired by any look or age and transform it into an outfit. Someone in the agency once told me that everyday I look so different, and now I understand why. I like to play around with different looks and just have fun with it. For me, there’s really little rules to fashion (but I have some rigid ones), it’s more about being able to express myself and feel confident.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a new idea for an end of summer outfit.  How do you like to wear your stripes? Let me know in the comments below!

Love,

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Putting together outfits can be both a pleasure, but also a tremendous task if left last minute. Browsing through your wardrobe when the least thing you have is time, can be a daunting activity to start your day with. In case you don’t find time to plan your weekly wardrobe as recommended in The Mindset of High Achievers & Habits for Achieving your Desired Fashion Style or you forgot to plan for that day, this article will help you get ready fast. Let’s reveal some top tips for a more fashionable you!

Pick dresses over trousers and tops

Not only dresses are easy to wear, but they can instantly make you look fabulous. I would suggest keeping your dresses (in both causal and smart style) on hangers, so anything you would pick can be suitable for what you might have planed for the day ahead: important meeting in the office / casual day. I unconsciously timed myself lately, as I keep on wearing dresses. It takes me about 5 minutes to pick up my dress and shoes! I’m seriously thinking to do a closet tour for you so it would be better to capture the way my wardrobe is organised, so let me know if you would like to see that in future posts?

What goes on top?

If I have a meeting, then I will wear a smart blazer on top of my office dress. If I have to spend the day in the office, I will swap that for my leather jacket. I keep a blazer and a leather jacket on the hanger near my front door. In that way, I just grab my top layer and leave!

Outfit Option One: The Head Turner

No lie, I have turned to many heads with this outfit. And so many random compliments (not only the ‘hey, beautiful’ ones, but genuine ones too). I really believe that a bright colour can make you look super put together and adds that glow on you as well!

Shoes wise, the perfect shoe for me are combat boots. They go with everything. I love the effect they have on my legs when I’m wearing a dress or shorts. Summer, autumn, winter – no matter the season, I’ll be wearing them. And you should too! What’s not to love about them?

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Outfit Option Two: Office Confidence Boost

Lately I’ve been having meetings with important clients in central London (I also work in digital marketing), so under no circumstance I could be wearing my combat boots there.

For these type of meetings, I no longer plan my outfits ahead, but just open up my wardrobe since I have so well organised. One morning, I tried this dress and picked up a nicely cut blazer. Done! Without the fuss of choosing three different items. You can do it too.

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To wrap things up, having dresses on the hanger and shoes ready saves up precious time in the morning. You’d feel more organised and instantly more fashionable! When something becomes our second nature, inevitably we feel successful. Ready to feel successful? Try out my tips!

Top Time Saving Style Tip: If you have to wear make-up that day (I don’t wear make-up on a day to day basis as I often go to the gym), take it with you and just apply it at some point during the day. Least thing you want is waking up 40 minutes earlier to do your make-up. Time waste!

Accessorise with sunglasses and you’re set to go! What are you tips for feeling more fashionable on a daily basis?

Love,

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Hello my beautiful girls,

Today we’re dipping into a HOT topic: summer swimwear! I have to say, this is the first swimwear photoshoot I’ve ever taken and I absolutely loved doing it. I’ve always had that thing of not showing my body on social media or my blog for privacy reasons. Now, at this point in my life, I am very confident not only in myself but in the fact that it’s not a big deal after all, VS models are posing, actresses are doing it and the human body is indeed a piece of art! Capturing one moment like this will stay with me for ever, so I feel really proud for going for it.

Getting into the actual topic now, I found the best swimwear online just 4 days before my departure to Sicily. I had to order them in store because girl, I can’t take any problems with the home delivery! (Yodel, I see you) So, yeah, there I was running on Oxford street from River Island to H&M to get my absolute beauties that I have picked between 200 models. And that’s not a joke. Therefore, they deserve our full attention because they are THE BOMB!

River Island Black & Metallic Gold Swimwear

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H&M Lace Swimwear

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As you can see, I highly recommend having two options of swimwear. For longer stays, I like to pack at least 3 swimsuits so I can change more often when my suits are drying.

Have fun browsing around for swimwear! I’ve seen some nice pieces in Tezenis too 🙂

 

Love,

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