How to wear strappy dresses when you don’t like your arms

Jul 17th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

The simple crop t-shirt has been my life saver garment in this heat. No, I’m not baring midriffs but popping on top of sleeveless dresses – it means my waist is free of restrictions, no tucking-in dilemma and my arms are covered for going out.  I don’t hate my arms but feel more confident with a sleeve of sorts, and then at home when I…

Part 2 – Dressing Apples and Pears (or Big boobs Big bums!)

Jul 7th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 8 min read

My last blog looked at great tops from the high street to maximise Apple and Pear body shapes, but we (myself, a full-bottomed Pear with arm phobia, and Alison a fuller bust and middle Apple) also found some fabulous dresses, skirts and trousers, and a few not so good (but an interesting learning exercise!) PEAR – My favourite for hot days, a holiday layer, easy…

Pink Tank

Mar 21st, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

I love pink but not in a full-on fuchsia kinda way, sometimes just a hint is needed and my own prep has started with a casual trainer, a hint of pale, more nude really than blush. I decided on these leather sneakers by Office, and yes, a very comfortable shoe. For now I want to wear with wide trousers but later I’m thinking of wearing…

Not on the High Street by Kirstie Smillie

Dingly Danglies

Dec 2nd, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

For a time I just didn’t wear long earrings, but trends change and develop into something you actually quite like – I even wore a long pair of golden earrings and a necklace with a shirt the other evening, a first for ages. The new angle is to wear them as daywear with boyish shirts and chunky knits and somehow they seem less girlie. This…

Stop and Smell the Roses

Sep 21st, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

A big favourite of mine, flower prints have moved into Autumn. Bold and colourful on darker backgrounds perfect to wear with chunky knitwear and denim layers. Check out how the designers are doing it and then get inspired to suit your own pocket. Dolce & Gabbana flower painted bag, a great way to add petal power without wearing it. Big and bold from LKBennett, silk…

Haste to Lace

Aug 28th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 4 min read

I think I have always loved lace. The romance, the intrigue, the beauty and of course the practical bit of covering up fleshy areas without wearing a polo neck all year round! I have worn my lacy number from Warehouse, bought a few years ago, as an under and over layer. Experimenting with stripes under lace or adding a colour to make the changes, but…

Always a Maxi Moment

Jun 13th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 7 min read

..and I’m talking the long ankle length swish of fabric not a surprise trampoline accident – which apparently is making a big noise in exercise classes – not for me! I find the lure towards longer skirts an easier option on warmer days as shoes are always the issue. Yes, midi skirts look fab with a block heeled ankle boot or a wedge but in…

Make Way for Wide

Feb 22nd, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 3 min read

I’m a little bit more than excited that wide leg trousers are emerging again. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of cha, but having just watched Top Shop’s Autumn/Winter ’16 catwalk show, they are certainly staying around for next season too. Celebrity model Karlie Kloss was snapped in her grey version, aptly worn with a cropped, show the waistline, sweater. Zara do wide extremely well…