The A to Z of Fashion – Part Two with Jo Bayley

Last week we made our way through A to I in the A to Z of Fashion.

This week, I will take you through J to Q.

J is for Jewellery.

What is your style?

Do you love silver, or is gold your thing?

Or are you all about the bling?

It’s always great to mix it up with some fun pieces.

The statement necklace has been big since 2012 and I can see that trend continuing.

I also love a good cuff, in fact I’m rather partial to the double cuff, one on each wrist!

It’s dramatic and strong, great with a clean silhouette.

You don’t have to break the bank each season.

Just check out stores like Lovisa, Equip or Sportsgirl for fun, reasonably priced on trend looks.

Spend your money on a good watch, buy a classic and you will have it for years to come.

K can only be Knits.

Knits are some of the most versatile pieces in any wardrobe.

Not just that chunky cable knit for the dead of winter, or that divine cashmere.

Cotton and silk knits are lovely for Spring and Summer.

Natural fibres let the skin breath and feel fresh.

Perfect for travelling, as they don’t crush and roll up into next to nothing.

L is for Luxurious Leather.

I love leather.

Tough, sexy and classy, from butter soft and feather light, to heavy duty biker style, there is something for everyone.

Just stick to one piece per look. Top to toe leather isn’t a great look unless you want to look like an extra in a heavy metal “80”s video clip.

M is Metallics.

I’m a huge fan of metallics, for day and night, in particular silver.

Incorporate this look through accessories, maybe jewellery or shoes, just to get confident with the bling.

Don’t assume all metallics are shiny, a matte gold or bronze sequin is just gorgeous.

If you are feeling confident, slip on a silver dress for your next cocktail hour instead of the usual black.

The trick is to keep the silhouette simple, no gold ruffled skirts circa 1980!

It’s your time to shine.

N is New Look by Dior.

Arguably the most influential fashion trends of the 20th century.

In a post war climate, designer Christian Dior escaped fabric rations and gave women their femininity back.

At the first couture show in Paris on February 12, 1947, Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief, Carmel Snow, altered the course of fashion history when she uttered these famous words:

“It’s quite a revelation, dear Christian, your dresses have such a new look.”

Originally called the “Corolle Line”, Dior used voluminous skirts, lined with tulle to create fullness and most importantly, a tiny waist.

Visually it was the perfect hourglass, and so flattering.

References to this collection have been see on the runway ever since.

“I wanted my dresses to be constructed, molded upon the curves of the feminine body, whose sweep they would stylize,” Dior exclaimed at the time.

O is Optical Style.

Choosing the right eyewear can be a frustrating affair.

So many frames to choose from in all different colours, shapes and sizes.

They can be very expensive by the time prescription lenses are added into the equation.

I would take into account how often you will be wearing your glasses.

Are they are just for reading, or do you put them on first thing in the morning and take them off last thing at night?

If the answer is the later, think of them as an extension of your accessories, and not just necessity.

Great frames enhance the face and give the wearer confidence. Think of price per wear when making your purchase.

Many companies such as Spec Savers are enlisting the talents of major designers, such as Collette Dinningan and Alex Perry to create lines of eyewear, making style so affordable.

P equals Prints.

Prints can be tricky to navigate, but if your wardrobe consists of neutrals it makes it easy to inject a fabulous print into the mix.

If you are unsure of how to wear prints, I’d start small. A fabulous scarf or shirt that can be worn with simple suiting is a great start. I love a printed blazer with jeans, it lifts the look to a whole new level.

Like any new trend, ease yourself into the look, you may be surprised at how much you like it.

Q is for Quirky.

Quirky to me is fabulous!

It’s something that I admire in people. It can be as simple as always wearing red lipstick or having a fabulous collection of brooches and wearing a different one every day.

For some people it is all about the hat.

Guys, it can be having a very suave collection of ties and wearing one for any occasion, or vintage band T-shirts (best if you know who the band is)!

Find something that takes your fancy and incorporate it into your every day look. It can be a great way to break the ice at a party too.

Think Anna Dello Russo, sky high heels and ball gowns in the middle of the day, love it!

Next week join me for part three, where I will round out the alphabet from R to Z.

CiaoJo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle 2013

 

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