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With the up and coming Olympics in London this summer, all eyes are on the athletes taking part. Being an avid cyclist as well as a Style Advisor for A Suit That Fits I couldn't help but notice Victoria Pendleton.
Pendleton is a British track cyclist and the reigning Olympic and World Champion, not to mention a very snappy dresser. With her status as Olympic champion and the up and coming games we've been seeing a lot of this lady and she has not disappointed.
Pendleton is a great lover of mixing up separates, the perfect way to extend and give variety to your wardrobe. Here it looks like Victoria is doing a bit of a 'Kate Moss,' wearing a dinner jacket with jeans and knee high boots. This photo was taken at the promotional event for her ladies bicycle range, the peaked labels teamed with the smart blouse keep the look glamorous while the jeans and boots give it an outdoorsy feel, perfect for a pro-cyclist.
Another great example of Victoria Pendleton mixing ladies suit jackets with separates is a shot of her at a recent photo call. Again she's sporting a peaked lapel, this time in the form of a silver metallic number. She's gone with a single button which works well with her petite frame but something I wouldn't recommend for ladies with a little more up top. If you have large bust a two or three jacket is a much more flattering look. Pendleton has teamed this jacket with a a slim fit high waisted pencil skirt and silk long sleeve blouse. This idea of casual smart is the very essence of Victoria's look and something that can work well on all of us. Go for one statement piece or smart item and team it with classic more simple separates. This keeps you looking smart while allowing your statement piece to let your personality shine through.
In my mind though my favourite look of Victoria Pendleton's is the one she donned for a recent photo shoot, technically not her own but great all the same. Here she is pictured riding a vintage looking bike, completing the look with a vintage outfit. It is probably my love of a very nipped in waists and an extreme hourglass shape that drew me to this outfit. It might also have something to do with my love of vintage bikes! This silhouette looks great on curvy and athletic women alike provide you follow some simple rules. If you're curvy go with an ultra fitted look with a high waisted pencil skirt. Make sure that there's not a scrap of excess cloth on your waist though, keeping the skirt on or just above the knee.On the other end of the scale, if you have small hips and a small bust you can cut your skirt a little lower. I would advice going with an umbrella or A-line skirt and wider peaked lapels on your jacket. If you pair this with a very nipped in waist it will give you the illusion of an hourglass figure.
With the whole country gearing up for the diamond jubilee all eyes are on the Royal family and here at A Suit That Fits we have an extra special interest in the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Middleton is a great example of how tailoring can enhance your potential, both visually and socially.
Since her wedding to Prince William last April her tailored outfits have been showing us her more serious side. While the shapes Kate has chosen have enhanced her figure the tailored look has portrayed her as a lady that means business.
On a recent trip accompanying the Queen to Leicester Kate Middleton wore a very stylish skirt suit. With the belt emphasizing her small waist and the layers around her hips giving her small figure a more hourglass shape. Kate not only looks stunning beside the Queen but she also gives the impression of a worthy companion. Another perfect example of the Duchess of Cambridge looking great in tailored garments is that of the coat that she wore to meet the Irish Guards. Kate donned a navy blue double breasted coat dress with three quarter length sleeves and a short mandarin collar. The dress like overcoat was ultra fitted with a high neckline to keep it demure.
Kate Middleton is also a great advocate of mixing up tailored garments with more relaxed items. She was recently photographed wearing a heavy woollen three button jacket . It had slanted flapless pockets with a curved edge. The Duchess team this fitted piece with a relaxed patterned scarf and a beret at a jaunty angle. I perfect outfit for a royal.
It seems that Kate has really settled into meeting and greeting the nation and with a wardrobe to match she's definitely giving ladies tailoring the thumbs.
Known for her stunning performances and kooky style Helena Bonham Carter looked stunning in her ladies suit as she collected her CBE at the end of February. I'm sure her bold and touching performance in 'The Kings Speech' was at the forefront of the Queens mind.
I love Helena's bold use of traditional detailing and gorgeous patterned . I don't think I've ever seen her look anything less than stunning. We all have our off days but Helena still manages to look beautifully dressed on hers.
Below is a photo of the quirky two piece ladies checked suit she wore to 'The Kings Speech' photo call. Bold check with over-sized buttons and a carefully nipped in waist. This worked very well with her more petite figure, the longer skirt balances nicely with the detailing and large check. One of the key things in this suit is the flapped pockets with a gentle slant enhancing the curve of her waist.
While I wouldn't recommend wearing just a bra under you suit at work it seems to be one of Bonham Carters top style quirks. It makes for a feisty, sexy evening look and easy to pull off especially with a waistcoat. If you want to carry this type of look off at work choose a cute vest-top with a lace edge, polka dot silks work fantastically.
Two great looks for both work and play. Helena's style adds a fun twist to traditional ladies suiting. Proving that bold and smart can be beautifully combined. I can't wait to see what she'll wear down the red carpet for the premier of the new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations (2012). Book in with Rachel Harries at our City Road studio
Being the mother of the bride there is not only the inevitable chaos of helping to organise the big day but also the question of what to wear. Looking elegance and sophisticated are at the forefront of any outfit choice with colour and style being a mind field of decisions.
Mother of the Brides, both in elegant suits
The other great option is to go for the more modern look of wearing a ladies suit either with trousers or a skirt. The option of wearing a trouser suit can be very effective, with high waisted trousers being all the rage at the moment. This combination worn with a pair of heels and an amazing hair piece can give you that extra special feeling that is essential for the role of 'Mother of the Bride.' The option of wearing a skirt suit should though, not be seen as a poor cousin. The myriad of styles available for skirts give lots of scope, and the elegance and feeling of style created by wearing a well fitting skirt are second to none.
Mother of the Bride wearing match hat and jacket
When it comes to fabric it really depends on the circumstances of the wedding. This too, with the exclusion of black and white is the same for colour. Accessories on the other hand are a must. No mother of the bride outfit is complete without an eye-opening hat or fascinator! When it comes to weddings what you put on your head is incredible important and of course has to match with the outfit that you choose. Prince Charlene of Monaco's mother in a beautifully tailored suit and match fascinator Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton's mother shows a great use of ladies tailoring for her outfit. For the royal wedding earlier this year she wore light blue coatdress with the all essential matching hat. This very elegant outfit is a great example of why tailoring and ladies suits can be the perfect choice for an outfit for you daughters wedding. It keeps you looking incredible glamorous and stylish but also formal enough for such an important day. Carole Middleton at the recent royal wedding
I'm Rowan McKinnon, stylist and whatever your wardrobe woes, I have the answers. You can read my style advice at styleeyesme.blogspot.com and you can check out my styling services at www.styleeyes.me .
This month, I've a special work wear blog for all the A Suit That Fits ladies as hitting the right note when it comes to dressing for work can be super tricky.
Many of the career girls I see really struggle and when I edit their wardrobes we find nothing but a stock of dull grey and black skirts and trousers. It doesn't need to be this way. You can dress sharply for work as well as showing off your femininity, personality and sense of style
Start to think in colour, it is not a sack-able offence to step away from black. Invest in a work staples in some other neutral shades. Navy is much more forgiving than black in winter, and for spring think about introducing light grey and camel.
Ditch the boxy suits and shirts. If your wardrobe resembles your husbands or boyfriends in shape and colour then you are not dressing to your full potential. Opt for pencil skirts and tailored suits which flatter your shape. Women are different shapes to men, so wearing a cut down version of their suits doesn't work. Instead invest in getting something made to measure your shape.
Add some femininity by working in luxe fabrics. A silk blouse or scarf will add interest and colour to your work wear without compromising practicality.
Don't be afraid to try out a dress. As long as it is an appropriate length and cut, dresses look-ultra stylish and professional. Not to mention a time saving option as there is no need to match trousers and a top, just pop this on and go!!
Keep your accessories simply and smart for a sleek look that shows you mean business.
Now off to work you go!!
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I would be lying if I were to say that like so many others I did not love Cate Blanchett. Not only is she a good actress, she has the kind of beauty and style that is timeless. Her porcelain white skin and crazy cheek bones, although feminine, can pull off an androgynous look incredible well.
I suppose the appeal of Cate Blanchett over other seemingly stunning actresses is that she is the whole package. Over the years she has picked both blockbusters to act in as well as more intriguing art house films such as 'I'm Not There - Bob Dylan.
To top off the acting ability and beauty Cate is a very sharp and classic dresser. She keeps her look simple, elegant, never looking over the top but always creating gravity with her clothes. An aspect of this is Blanchett's use of tailored clothes. Below is a very typically Cate outfit; lovely woolen trousers and a simple but stylish white blouse . Although an incredible simple look it is highly effective. Tailored clothes if well fitting have the ability to sharpen up the edges of a person, giving them all over better definition and creating a beautiful silhouette. Jersey, a fabric most high street casual clothes are made from can pull over bumps and lumps, accentuating them.
While loose fitting trousers and jeans loose the shape of the legs and seat. Another great example of Cate Blanchett's use of tailoring is her love of square defined shoulders. A lot of women shy away from the use of shoulder pads as they feel it adds a masculine edge to their outfit but Cate Blanchett shows us that done the right way it can dress up simple out fits and create a lovely hour glass shape. It is a style that could suit all shapes and size. Here Cate softens the look buy wearing heeled boots and knee length skirts.
On Monday, we launched our capsule collection for women, from trouser suits , to 1940's skirt suits with piping details, naturally. And on Thursday, our Bristol branch celebrated the first of our female customers to be fitted using our new and improved patterns.
Heidi owns a successful jewellery business in the South West, and counts vintage Rolex as well as Breitling and more modern pieces, among her product offering.
Wanting to find a style that suits the historical nature of her time pieces, Heide wanted a suit that was both stylish and classic, but also functional - given the hands on nature of her business; large bunches of keys and window dressing - and has found that jackets are cumbersome, so prefers a waistcoat suit as it offers more freedom of movement. I also think that a waistcoat suit on the girls can be much more striking than a traditional 2-piece suit .
For her first suit, Heidi chose a grey medium-to-heavy weight flannel cloth with Prince of Wales check design, with red and blue overlay check. The lining is black paisley, and was used on the back of the waistcoat to full effect.
The peaked lapels accentuate gives the illusion of a wider shoulder, making the waist appear narrower and effecting a more dramatic silhouette - and looks even better when worn with high collars.
The trousers have a single pleat - allowing room for keys, phones and other items essential in running a busy boutique - and are bootcut. The flannel cloth has drapes fantastically and does not crease easily owing to the soft, and also thicker nature of the cashmere/wool blend.
Heidi's next creation will be a pale grey waistcoat suit with pink chalk stripes, but more of that later...
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