Jean shopping is almost as heinous as bra shopping so buying online is a great way to reduce the stress of it all. Order a bunch of different sizes and styles to try on in the convenient comfort of your own home then send back what doesn't work (just check the returns policy first).
Scarves in general, however, I have a lot of time for. They are not just for winter, by the way. They are a statement in their own right, and can transform even the most middle-of-the road outfits into something superb.
Essentially, the key approach to a capsule wardrobe is all about balance: you pick one or several bolder or colourful items to be the focal point of your look and pair them with a foundation of simpler, neutral pieces to create an outfit that hits the exact spot between dressed up and dressed down that you are going for.
This week alone I wore two items of clothing with large, wafty sleeves in the name of being a bit summery. But both times I had to really, really try hard to keep them safe from bodily fluids, wine or spaghetti bolognese sauce. Here are seven times bell sleeves proved completely impractical...
We can't all be Carrie Bradshaw with walk-in-closets and endless space for shoes, so here's what to bin, donate or sell on eBay - and don't worry, I'm not going to tell you to scrap anything you haven't worn in a year because that is insane.
In the 80s and 90s, Madonna established herself as an unapologetically strong, female role model. She pushed the boundaries of sexuality and femininity to become the ultimate sex symbol and global superstar. Now, she's expected to revoke all that, because society can't handle it when women age. We like our older women invisible and devoid of sexuality.
Anybody who has been to a fashion show in front and behind the scenes knows they rarely run on time and they are chaotic! This was a one-of-a-kind show amongst its own peer group which included stills, video and location shots amongst the customers of up-and-coming curvy fashion brand; Scarlett & Jo.
You begin to feel afraid of trying anything different and before you know it, you're wearing the same old clobber, day in, day out. But our style - just like our lives - needs to be shaken up from time to time. So don't get bogged down by your 'uniform' and don't let your wardrobe confuse the hell out of you!
Worn on the right person, it is beyond words (although I shall continue to try and capture the essence of this garment using such linguistic containers; limited though they are). Think of Audrey Hepburn in her black turtle-neck in Funny Face. Nothing expresses a sense of gamine joie de vivre better than her in that outfit. She made that sweater iconic.
The way things are now, women and fashion have an ambivalent relationship. Fashion employs women around the world. Yet employment conditions are unacceptable. Fashion inspires creativity and self-expression. Yet we're bombarded with messages about what our bodies should look like and what we should wear.
A sister exhibition to Fashion Hacked at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Fashion Data is a stark reality check about the consumption of clothing and its societal meaning both in the West and East, along with the environmental implications for the planet.
There are constant rumblings throughout the fashion industry about copyright, Fast Fashion and IP ownership. Add to this debates about the impact of Fast Fashion outlets copying designer fashion and you have to wonder; how will small independent designer brands survive in an industry that is getting faster and cheaper by the day?
Knit by knit, Alice is filling the British fashion landscape with UK-made pieces designed to last forever. I caught up with her and am so happy and honoured to share her journey wisdom here.
Bralettes ranges in design from laced and simple to sexy and embellished. This flirty under layer of clothing is essentially a bra, but can also serve as a complementing article of clothing to your outfit. Bralettes are great for layering underneath tanks and tees, and some designers have even made them capable of being worn as feminine crop tops.
I worked in an office for four years in NYC while living there. It was a great experience and taught me a lot of things. I had moved from London and was the new girl. Over and above the hard work you need to put in to prove to your peers you're one of them.
As the choice in sneakers widens apace with their sudden all-round social acceptance, if you put in the legwork you can now find styles that fit every foot, fashion trend and budget. Here are a few new drops worth checking out...