hype secretsales
I was browsing through SecretSales today and stumbled on a brand I hadn’t heard of before: Hype. What stood out to me immediately was the range of super affordable prints and colours in ‘all over’ items like maxidresses and jumpsuits.

At just over 5 feet tall, it is pretty unusual for me to be attracted to ‘all over’ items (due to risk of visual swallowing). Because these prints confuse the eyeline, however, they are perfect for body types; small to tall, bite-size to bootylicious. With the right accessories, easy pieces like these can quickly turn into summer staples. I do love stumbling on unexpected favourites.

Playsuits for women – or rompersuits, jumpuits, onesies – whatever you want to call them, they aren’t going away. The trend for all things all-in-one is still big for spring, and in more styles than ever before. No matter what your size and fruity shape, there’s a playsuit out there for you, and I’m here to show you how to find it!

Strawberries – Va-va-voom V-necks

When you’re heavier up top and slim down below, you wanna balance out your shape by drawing the eye down. That’s why V-necks are made for you. Showing off your great cleavage and drawing the eye downwards, V-necks help lengthen your shape too. The only thing to avoid is anything that shows too much shoulder, making your top half look bigger than it really is, so steer clear of bandeau and halter neck styles. This little V-neck number (pictured) from the New Look playsuits for women range on the other hand ticks all the right boxes, covering the totally tropical bold print trend for spring too.

Pears and Hourglass Shapes – Cinch that Waist

If there’s one trick to showing off a pear shape or hourglass figure to the max, it’s cinching in that waist. Accentuating your slimmer midline and exaggerating those oh so womanly curves is the way to wear it. Look out for playsuits that are fitted tightly to the waist, or feature a belt or tie cord, to draw the eye to the waist and create curves to die for.

You can create even more balance by looking for playsuits for women that really show off those shoulders, drawing the eye up and away from your larger hips, thighs and bum. Look out for halter styles, that’ll also accentuate your bust, or any playsuit that features strong shoulder detailing.

Apples – Show off those Pins

When you’re an apple shape, you tend to be larger around the middle and bust, while your shoulders, hips and legs are slender. You want to look for a playsuit that’s going to give you more room across the torso, while showing off those gorgeous pins. Look out for cuter-than-cute short leg playsuits, or playsuits with a slim, tapered leg to really show off one of your best features.

If you’re not sure what shape you are, check out this great Channel 4 style tool, designed to help you figure it out and shop for your shape. View Post

Luca Luca SS12
If Luca Luca‘s collection for spring/Summer 2012 was all I could wear this year, I don’t think I would ever be stuck with nothing to wear. With designs that compliment a woman’s curves and vibrant colours incorporated into classic pieces, this has to be one of the most well-rounded collections presented thus far. Key accessories included Ippolita jewellery and headpieces by Ellen Hunter, though the garments were strong enough to speak for themselves. Waist definition, as well as striking limes and blues, were shown in between whites, blacks, prints, jumpsuits, and asymmetrical dresses – yet everything still felt cohesive. Quite a feat. I could see Emmy Rossum or Emma Stone in any of Luca Luca’s looks. View Post

Derek Lam Fall Winter 2011
Layers at Lam, layers at Lam, read all about it! For a collection that was so inherently reposed, the tailoring was conclusively perfect at Derek Lam. While androgyny abounded on many a piece, the peacoats, jumpsuits, and prints showed Lam’s intuition regarding what women really want. See the top five looks below! View Post

Yves Saint Laurent PFW Runway Mirte Maas
Stefano Pilati seems to be both redefining an rehashing Laurent in his new collection which showed in Marie-Helene Rothschild‘s home, who was both a customer and friend of the late Yves Saint Laurent. There was the right amount of ‘future’ thrown into items like YSL‘s iconic smoking jacket, which was transformed into a sleeveless incarnation with oversized lapels. As Pilati was inspired by African and Mexican themes, there were flamenco ruffles and incredible textures on many items, with cuts and finishes that have been missing at many shows this season. I know many of the small quirks – like drastic slits on the leg, topped with off kilter pockets – will be on everyone’s must haves before you could say Spring/Summer 2011. View Post