Trend: How To Wear 'Athleisure'!

by Lisa O'Shaughnessy in , , , , ,


First of all what Is Athleisure?

For the uninitiated, it's all about including sleek designed sportswear fashion (excluding all well worn saggy jogging bottoms) as part of your everyday look. Last year, the UK spent £4.5bn on activewear and according to research group Mintel, roughly half of those buying sportswear, had no intention of using them for actual sports. Activewear today isn’t being worn just to the gym, but on nights out, lunches with friends, the school run and depending on your line of work to the office.

Women and men of all ages around me in London and all over the country are wearing their sports clothing 24 7, whether it’s comfy but super stylish woven joggers with a maxi coat and hoody. Or channeling the athleisure trend poster girl ‘Gigi Hadid’, with mesh paneled leggings, a cropped tee and bomber jacket. The trick is to shop for sports gear thinking, ‘ how can I wear this in the gym and in everyday life?’

Here are my personal styling tips for incorporating sportswear style into your everyday wardrobe:

Ivy Park sold at Topshop

Ivy Park sold at Topshop

1. Trend

Until fairly recently the fitness industry did not have specific trends. It mainly used to be all about black, with a few strategic panels of bright colour, now it works very much hand in hand with current fashion. One being camouflage, which is really well showcased in Beyoncé’s brand ‘Ivy Park’, currently sold in Topshop. This cagoule style coat works just as well with active leggings and a bra top and alternatively with a cold shoulder blouse, distressed jeans and metallic ankle boots.

Lulu Lemon: Speed Wunder Tight

Lulu Lemon: Speed Wunder Tight

2. Mix function with fashion.

If you intend to wear both in and out of the gym, make sure you choose clothing made using performance fabrics, so it’s not see-through, is quick drying, and holds you in - eliminating the dreaded muffin top! Lulu Lemon has a great range of ‘Wunder Under’ leggings and shorts that not only look great but also support you in in all the right places.

3. Accessorize.

It only takes a couple of items to take sportswear style from the gym to the street or office. Adding a blazer and heels to side stripe jog pants creates a smart stylish look that can easily be worn to work. The key to nailing athleisure fashion is that your outfit has a sleek, modern sporty feel – no fuss or frills allowed.

Maje Galaxie Coat

Maje Galaxie Coat

4. Dressing appropriately.

Meeting friends for dinner after work wearing a sports bra and shorts and you risk being shown the door, for not being appropriately attired. Sweaty Betty’s Mukha Yoga Cami or Vidar Luxe dress, with Maje’s Galaxie coat thrown on over Zero Gravity leggings would though pass style muster.

Lulu Lemon 

Lulu Lemon 

5. When in doubt, start with neutrals.

If you feel like the atheleisure trend is a bit too much of a risk, start with adding a black or grey marl oversize hoody or paneled legging into your wardrobe. Then add into the mix monotone geometric prints, eventually moving into brighter colours and prints like Lulu Lemons Inspire print, as you gain confidence.

Adding in a couple of sportswear items into your wardrobe is an easy way to transform and update your current image. If you would like to know more and are interested in any of my personal styling services to show you how to shop and style athleisure fashion, please do get in touch.


5 Hottest Trends To Update Your Autumn Wardobe!

by Lisa O'Shaughnessy in , , , , , ,


The new seasons fashions have dropped into stores and there's never been a better time to shop for your winter wardrobe updates.

With so many great styles currently hitting the shops, Always Stylish has been busy searching the London stores; to bring you my 5 must have trends that I will be coveting this season.

As we move into the autumn, now is the time to refresh and update your current look. Then there are the new seasons trends to get to grips with, how to wear the catwalk-approved slip dress and is it time to wave aside your skinny jeans for a new contemporary style? Whatever you're in the market for, you can be safe in the knowledge that Always Stylish has got it covered.

So get ready to move your winter wardrobe up a gear with our edit of new seasons clothes and shoes, to suit every style and budget. And what's even better, the pieces we've picked out will take you from September into autumn and beyond?

Slip Into Autumn

Topshop £32
topshop slip dress

Though it may not seem like it at first sight, slip dresses are great versatile transitional piece.

Throw on a long duster coat or leather jacket over the top in September and balance out the heaviness of the top half with bare legs and sandals. In October add tights and boots, with a roll neck (worn underneath) and your new winter coat for a stylish layered up look.

New Denim Styles

Amazon Jean Shop
amazon

Amazon Fashion seems to be going from strength to strength. The ecommerce giant’s most recent exciting, not to mention convenient venture is a brand new Jeans Store.

With a whole host of the latest jean and denim trends, ranging from boyfriend, cropped, raw hems and kickflares, to the ever dependable skinny and straight-cut and there’s even an under £30 section! You can find something to suit every shape and budget. Other denim pieces include pussybow blouses, button up skirts, dungarees and dresses. Perfect for those of you who favour double denim, make sure to mix up lights and dark washes, rather than sticking to one tone all over.

Ballet Russes

Kurt Geiger £50
ballet pump

A new fashion trend for women hails from the school of the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. The ballet trend is gaining momentum with tulle skirts and dresses appearing in London and other British stores all over our high street.

Feel the whole look is too much for you? Why not just add these stylish and adorable strappy ballet inspired pumps from Kurt Geiger to your wardrobe. Wear with pleated skirts and wrap tops for a feminine feel, or pair with ripped jeans for an edgier look.

Embroidery

Zara: £39.99

River Island £35

This season denim and leather have been given a crafty makeover with cute patches and chic embroidery.

A favourite of mine are these beautiful ‘Gucci-esque’ and gorgeous rose embroidered jeans that add a ‘wow’ factor to any outfit. Wear with strappy sandals and a cami in the last days of summer and add ankle boots and statement sleeve blouse for the coming winter months.

Add embroidery into the mix for workwear, by pairing this skirt with a crisp white shirt and block-heeled Mary Janes.

Statement Sleeves

Victoria, by Victoria Beckham £195

This season it’s all about the arms, to flatter, expose, define and exaggerate with details and a play on proportions. This summers biggest clothing trend was the cold (exposed) shoulder, it was everywhere on dresses, tops and jackets. Update your winter wardrobe by adding frill detail shoulders on knits and blouses and add drama with a fluted or trumpet sleeve cuff.

Dress this amazing Victoria Beckham top up with a leather pencil skirt and skyscraper heels and for daytime or casual drinks, wear with cropped raw hem jeans and animal print or metallic ankle boots.

If you are interested in how to update your winter wardrobe, incorporating the new winter trends or just feel you would like some impartial advice, check out my wardrobe review services.

Always Stylish wardrobe review services are available in London and the surrounding counties.


Top 5 Best Summer Sale Buys!

by Lisa O'Shaughnessy in , , ,


Always Stylish takes the hard work out of fashion summer sale shopping!

The women’s clothing summer sales are in full swing with new pieces going on sale every week, but what should you be buying? I advise clients to look for styles that will see you through the rest of the summer and into the winter months..

Here are my top 5 items I have spotted either online, or when out and about on Personal shopping trips with clients in London or Westfield.

1. METALLICS
Topshop
Metallic Strappy Cami
Was £26.00 now £15.00

Metallic Cami

Look out for all things metallic on sale, a key fashion trend for this and the upcoming season. Wear now with jeans or tucked in a midi and maxi skirt. Perfect day to evening item for the colder months, wear under jackets in the day then add heels and jewellery for a festive evening out.

2. BOMBER JACKETS
Zara
Lace Bomber Jacket
Was £19.99 - £12.99

Bomber

Bomber jackets are everywhere on the high street; whether they are festooned with oriental embroidery or have more of a sporty collegic appearance - they are the jacket style of the year. To lengthen the shelf life of the fashion bomber go for this timeless stunning lace number, which can be worn in summer over dresses or with jeans or used as a cover up under coats in the colder months.

3. ANIMAL PRINT
http://www.uterque.com
Animal Print Sweater
Was £90 - £54.90

uterque

An eternal classic guaranteed to give any outfit a hint of edginess. Animal print was all over this winter fashion catwalks; it never seems to disappear for any length of time. Style this sweater with a leather skirt and heels for a day to evening look or with jeans, a leather jacket and pumps for a more daytime look.

4. PLEATED SKIRT
http://www.net-a-porter.com
KENZO Printed plissé-georgette midi skirt
Was £350 - £150

skirt

Fashion at the moment is in love with all things pleated and plisse (very fine pleats creating texture). This high fashion designer sale skirt from Kenzo at Net A Porter will easily see you breeze through the rest of the summer worn with a strappy cami and into winter with boots and a body or a tucked in silk shirt.

5. BLOCK HEELS
Carvela at Selfridges
Adonis Velour Courts
Was £120 - £69

shoe

Block heels tick, velour tick - 2 of next season’s trends nailed in one shoe! The very stylish but crucially comfortable block heeled Mary Jane shoe that dresses up skinny jeans and creates a retro vibe when worn with a full skirt and prom style dresses.

As you can see there are some fantastic deals to be had in the sales in London, online and in your local high street. Just by slotting a couple of sale key pieces into your wardrobe will update and refresh it. Without the hassle of you having to spend a huge amount of time and effort.

If you are interested in a London based personal shopping trip to show you first hand how to navigate the sales, what to buy for the season and products to invest in, please do get in touch to find out more.