My Guide to Making Your Look More Sophisticated

There can come a point in your life when you realise that your style hasn’t quite caught up with your age. You have to go to work every day and take part in adult social situations, but your fashion sense isn’t as sophisticated as you would like it to be. If you need to make your outfits more mature and refined, you can do it with just a few simple touches. Don’t worry, though, because you don’t have to give up fun to be serious. Use these fashion tips to be both sophisticated and fabulous at the same time.

Buy a Grownup Bag

It’s amazing how much a bag can make a difference. You might already have a sizeable collection, but some bags are more adult than others. If you want one that looks sophisticated, choose a neat, leather bag that won’t lose its shape. You need something that will help you keep your things organised. Rooting around for your keys for ten minutes doesn’t look professional.

Add a Watch to Your Wardrobe

Some accessories scream maturity, and watches are one of them. Of course, it can’t be just any watch. A Disney watch isn’t going to do much for your sophisticated image. But something like the Runwell Chrono will lend a more mature slant to your overall look. You’re someone who checks your watch for the time, not your phone. Being more sophisticated is often more about the smaller details.

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Choose Structure and Tailoring

A baggy jumper or jeans might be more comfortable, but they don’t have the right look for an adult professional woman. If you want to look smarter, you should go for clothes that are the right shape for your body. An A-line dress or a tailored suit will give you a more mature look than an outfit that isn’t the right size or shape.

Tone Down the Colours

Bright colours can be fantastic sometimes, but only if you use them in the right way. A lot of the time, a more neutral colour pallet can look more sophisticated. If you’re not sure how to wear brighter shades, try sticking to browns, greys, navy blues, and more. It can help you look older and wiser. Try using some more colourful accessories if you want to perk up your look a little.

Pick the Right Accessories

Accessories can make all the difference when you’re putting your outfit together. If you choose the wrong ones you can look too informal or even a little childish. Think carefully about which accessories you should pair with each outfit for different situations. A necklace might be a good idea for work, but you wouldn’t necessarily wear the one you wore out the night before.

Get a Haircut

As well as your clothes, your hair can make a difference to how sophisticated you look. Some styles could make you look younger and less serious, while others will give you a more mature look.

Make sure your fashion sense grows up as you do. Take a look at your wardrobe to see if you can improve it and make it more sophisticated.

 

What makes the humble T-shirt such a versatile clothing choice

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The humble t-shirt has been around for decades and it has to be one of the most popular clothing choices across much of the western world. One of the reasons why this iconic garment has proved such a hit is its incredible versatility. It can complement a host of different clothing ensembles and it comes in an array of guises. Here are just some of the things that make these simple shirts so adaptable.

Plain or printed

One of the great features of these products is the fact that they can come either plain or printed. Plain versions make an understated addition to a wide variety of outfits, while printed products can be used to make a statement. Companies and consumers can invest in printed wholesale t-shirts showcasing everything from bands to well-known phrases and political statements.

This means people turn to t-shirts whether they simply want to look good or they’re keen to showcase their identity.

Work or play

Another thing that sets these garments apart is the fact that they can be used for both work and play. Businesses ranging from catering companies to marketing firms often adorn their staff members in specially designed tees. They are inexpensive for firms to buy and can be branded with ease, making them the perfect choice for frugal yet style-conscious organisations.

Meanwhile, consumers can slip into these comfy clothes to relax at home, work out at the gym, meet up with friends, chill out on the beach and more.

Ideal for layering

Yet another reason for their versatility is the fact that t-shirts work so well as part of a layered ensemble. They can look fantastic when worn under jumpers, cardigans, gilets, tank tops, jackets and more, making them usable year-round.

An array of clothing combinations

Then there is the fact that the garments can be used in a wide variety of clothing combinations. Women can dress them down by teaming them up with casual trousers or skirts and flat shoes, or they can inject some glamour by pairing them with slinky skirts or jeans and a pair of killer heels. Meanwhile, men can combine the products with jeans, joggers or shorts for a dressed down look, or lend them an air of sophistication by wearing them with suit pants and a jacket. The options are endless.

Given their amazing versatility, it’s no surprise that tees still top many people’s clothing choices.

London’s Fashion Hotspots

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Chances are that any fashionista heading to London has done some research on the best places to make a beeline for, but I couldn’t help but choose a few of my favourites to help my fellow fashion lovers on their way. According to HouseTrip’s Where to Stay Guide, there are umpteen fashion hotspots in London ranging from the edgy scene in Camden to the glamour of Chelsea, but here are a few personal favourites.

For anybody who has a love of men’s tailoring, head over to Savile Row in Mayfair. I mean, who doesn’t love a man in a suit?! This iconic street has been home to world famous tailors for hundreds of years, and continues to be London’s acting host to some of the main players in menswear, namely Gieves & Hawkes, William Hunt and Savile Row Co. Depending on when you’re going, keep an eye on the London Collections events, as there have been many a fashion exhibit behind Savile Row’s elegant walls.

Next on the agenda has to be Portobello Market in Kensington, but don’t let the posh postcode fool you. Portobello is a treasure trove for shoppers with a keen eye and solid bargaining skills. Think the beard scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and you’re pretty much there. There are over one thousand vendors selling clothes, jewellery, antiques and collectables in their millions. An awe-inspiring way to spend a few hours in London town.

Already aforementioned in HouseTrip’s London guide, one of the best places for fashion lovers is Camden Lock Market. There’s a stunning array of vendors selling everything from original one of a kind pieces (who knows, they could be famous one day) to basement vintage shops stretching out for what feels like miles in the form of dated goodies. And if that isn’t enough for you, the food vendors at Camden Market will give you enough free tasters to create a whole deliciously international meal, meaning more money to spend on clothes! Hooray!

Last but certainly not least, the well-renowned Oxford Street and Regent Street, the holy grail’s of London high street fashion. Sprawled across the extensive shopping scene of Fitzrovia, this is the place to find all your high street favourites, from Topshop to Primark. Dangerous for your purse, but absolutely mouth-watering in terms of finding those staple pieces to define your season attire.

So save up your pennies, because next time you head to London you can guarantee you be finding a multitude of fashion pieces that you just can’t leave behind.

 

How to Dress Your Man Like a Star

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The best way to dress your man like a star is to help him find clothes that suit his personality and his physique. With the right cut and personalized style, he will look like a million bucks! The following ten suggestions, from finding clothes that fit… to choosing the right accessories, will get you and your guy on the road to fashion success.

1 – Clothes that Fit

Many men wear poorly cut clothes. Regardless of the quality and design, if clothes don’t fit properly they won’t look good. Shirts and pants need to hug the lines of his body without being too tight. Casual doesn’t mean tasteless, not when the cut makes the most of his build.

2 – Simple and Classic

Classic looks never go out of style. Help your man dress like a star without over doing it. One tip is not to wear more than three different colors. Up-to-date styles from online stores such as yd provide great clothing selections.

3 – Details and Balance

Details can make or break the look, and your guy’s look needs to be well balanced on top and bottom. A lightweight sweater balances with medium weight slacks. A bulky fisherman’s knit, on the other hand, usually goes best with heavy denim jeans or durable cargos.

4 – Shop Together

Shop together, either online or in your favorite men’s stores. Don’t overdo it though… choose one or two stores and make it a date. When you shop with your man, give him honest feedback. Start with the basics and build up from there.

5 – Take Safe Risks

Take a few risks. Once you know the types of clothing he’ll need for his wardrobe, bring it up a notch. He’ll stand out like a celebrity when he’s slightly overdressed for the occasion; just remember not to overdo it!

6 – Invest in Quality Shoes

Quality shoes are worth the investment. This is where a lot of guys fall short. A pair of Oxford shoes, for example, will last and hold up to the test of time. People will notice and your guy will shine!

7 – Avoid Fads

Your man can be trendy without getting caught up in the latest craze. Once again, classic styles with a contemporary twist can weather the seasons. Well-designed versatile clothing will provide the basis for a wardrobe that will remain fashionable and save you money.

8 – Forget Brand Names

Brand names aren’t always recommended. Often you’ll find yourself paying extra just for the name. Instead, look for clothing that is well made, beautifully cut, and maintains its appearance without wearing out.

9 – A Great Haircut

Never underestimate the importance of a good haircut and trim. Whether he sports a beard or mustache… a well groomed man always looks good!

10 – Add the Right Accessories

Help him develop an image that matches his personality. The right accessories will add finesse to traditional looks. Not only will your man be on the road to style success, he’ll stand out like the superstar he is!

 

Picnic Week Shopping Guide

Summer is here and for the short time that it lasts, you should make the most of the sunny days and the cool afternoons. My favourite way to get outside is to take a picnic to one of the London parks, lay down a blanket and people-watch for the afternoon.

For the best people watching, head over to the Kenwood House area in Hampstead Heath. People from different walks of life congregate there to walk dogs, push strollers, and canoodle near the lake. There’s also a really great café where you can stock up on picnic items if you run out.

The park where I always tend to strike up a conversation with someone new is the Clapham Common. There are often little events going on and people lined across the fields taking in the sun.

What should you buy for a picnic in the park? Here are five must-haves for any weekend picnic:

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Linea Urban Explorer 2 person hamper – House of Fraser, £35

Stripe Picnic Blanket – Not On the High Street,  £69.95

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 – Roberson Wine, £8.95

Paper Braid Fedora – River Island, £18

Black Colour Block Maxi Dress – New Look, £32.99

Rome’s best fashion shops

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There is no way to deny that Rome is one of the top destinations for those who love fashion and style: from glamorous designers’ boutiques of Via Condotti to the little quirky shops that sell unique clothes and accessories, in Rome you surely can find what suits your personality and taste. Find your accommodation in Rome on sites like Venere.com and don’t miss the best fashion shops of the Eternal City. Don’t forget to bring an extra bag to pack all your new clothes!

Via Condotti

Via Condotti and the surrounding streets are well-known all around the world as it’s where some of the best and most famous international designer brands have their own boutiques. Walking around these streets it’s like living on a catwalk. Fendi’s flagship store is situated in Largo Goldoni, at the end of Via Condotti and there, you can find their entire product line of Fendi’s collection. The store was designed by Peter Marino and it covers two levels of authentic style and elegance with travertine details and lavastone floors. You should pay a visit to theBulgari boutique in via Condotti, which looks like a real museum that exposes its most beautiful treasures in a very sumptuous building, surrounded by green African marbles and luxurious stucco decorations.

Pantheon and Piazza Navona

If you’re interested in looking for something original and special to light up your style, go shopping in one of the beautiful little vintage stores and design shops near the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. We recommend to visit the Massimo Maria Melis boutique in Via dell’Orso to buy amazing jewellery inspired by the Etruscan, Greek and Roman art: there you will find all kind of pendants, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with an antique taste to bring home as a memory of your holiday in Rome. Stop at the Susanna Liso’s Le Tartarughe store in Via del Piè di Marmo to take a look at their playful and experimental line of clothing, which is very well appreciated in the city, to buy beautiful items made of silk, cashmere and merino wool.

Campo de’ Fiori

Campo de’ Fiori is the place to go if you want to buy something unconventional and exclusive, without spending a lot of money. Borini, in via dei Pettinari, might not look like a very stylish place from the outside, but it is definitely one of the greatest shoe shop in Rome which sells women quality leather shoes at a valuable price. In Piazza Cairoli, there’s Momento, a nice shop where you can buy shabby and boho accessories and clothing items for both men and women within the budget.