Nothing to Wear

Oct 30th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

You’re rushing out and want to wear something special but have ‘nothing’ in your wardrobe. Well, nothing that you love anyhow…going-out clothes can be tricky. So buy the one thing that will always work, look and feel amazing. A fail safe item, a fall back classic that rarely, if ever goes out of fashion. A silk shirt. Done up, tucked in or layered over a…

Layer Layer!

Aug 31st, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

With autumn just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for cooler months, in fact my favourite time of year, instead of wearing the lightest cotton dresses the time has come to layer up. Yay! One easy transition is to keep wearing your floaty summer dress and add a knit over the top, shown perfectly by Hussein Chalayan’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. Soft and willowy with…

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…

It’s got to be Cotton

May 16th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

When life is busy, as it has been for me recently (hence the lack of blog posts!) I need easy clothes options. So I tend to keep my base pretty simple, like jeans and shirt or my favourite paper bag waist trousers, and then pull out one of my many lightweight jackets. If it’s a cool day the long sleeve layer is just enough, and…

How to feel Spring when it’s still Winter out there

Mar 29th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

The shops are full of prints, but the weather’s not playing fair. Florals from tropical to English garden in full colour are ready to inspire us but it is hard to drop the cosy layers just yet. The answer is to wear the colourful flowers but keep the knits and long sleeve t-shirts in neutral layers. I was very inspired the other day in Zara…

I would like a fun(ky) T-shirt

Mar 13th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

I would like a funky T-shirt even though I am just about hanging onto my forties! It’s getting the mix of edgy with classic that makes it ok to wear quirky pieces at whatever age! I love the balance of opposites with all things – delicate flowers with tough denim, wide trousers with very fitted tops and a graphic t-shirt with a tailored jacket –…

Kirstie in Print

Gorgeous Girly Gifts

Dec 4th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 1 min read

Slinky underwear has its moment but in reality most of us would like to receive gorgeous everyday things we will actually use….Read more from my latest published feature, details page 2, links are below. Click for direct links: 1. Leather rucksack, Zara 2. Vegan makeup bag, (different colours) Jessica Russell Flint 3. Striped T-shirt, John Lewis 4. Fairisle socks, Hobbs 5. Nail Varnish, Dior 6….

It took a plumber’s leak

Sep 7th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

It took a plumber’s leak in the attic this morning for me to empty out my whole wardrobe and really think about what I would put back in. And earlier this week, I was working with a client who, due to a tricky bedroom shape, brought all of her clothes (from wardrobe and drawers) downstairs for a serious edit. We probably removed about three quarters…

Fashion Timeout

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

Not so much a timeout as a classic to fall back on, again and again. I have just returned from an epic trip in Italy, mainly camping, but in serious heat. That meant wearing cool, simple shapes at all times. The one piece of clothing that worked so many times was my Zara cotton over shirt (that could also be a dress), similar here. I found…

Bring on the bronzers..and skirts

May 3rd, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

I love Jigsaw’s monthly emails ‘What to Wear in…’ series. Each month, if you are signed up for their newsletter, they select a suitable wardrobe depending on the time of year, seasonal events and the weather. For May (see here)  they are concentrating on a trip to Tuscany, with silks and linens. Obviously Britain’s changeable temperatures mean we can’t move too swiftly into lightweight fabrics…