Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The bold, the daring... The one and only poncho!

Define poncho:  "A type of garment originally worn in South America.  Made of a thick piece of woollen cloth with a hole cut out of it for the head!" 

How do I define it?  Well that's easy... It's plain and simply an alternative to a coat and here's why.

The poncho is a very versatile item for anyone's wardrobe.  Not only can you wear it to cover up and stay warm, but it can also be the finishing touch to a winter outfit!

I chose to wear the poncho with a pair of black jeggings and high heeled chelsea boots for an off-duty, laid back look.

Poncho:  River Island

Jeggins:  H&M
Boots:     New Look

Here are my four ways of how to wear a poncho with a pair of jeans:

1.  Traditional 


For this look you will need to use a high waisted belt.  Simply wrap the poncho around you, making sure that it covers your neck and belt it on the waist.  When you belt the poncho, you must gather the excess material at the back so that the entire item is tightly wrapped around you!  By doing this, it emphasises your waist whilst acting like a light weight coat.

2.  Laid back


To achieve this look, all you need to do is to not belt the poncho at the back and therefore leaving it open.  This enables you to hide a multitude of sins as it does not cling to your body.  It makes the poncho more loose and relaxed whilst keeping the front fitted.

3.  Fashion forward 

Here I have simply draped the poncho around me and I have taken one side of the poncho and crossed it over to the other side, where I have pinned it into place using a brooch.  This style is very fashionable right now and it takes seconds to do so I thoroughly recommend you all to try it. 

4.  Elegant chic 

By styling the poncho slung over both shoulders with a high neck, it shows off the bottom of your outfit, whilst remaining long at the back.  This is probably the most elegant way of wearing a poncho and I advise you to wear this with fitted dresses, especially for the evening as this look is very smart. 

With this being the coldest time in Britain for years to date... I suggest you make the most of the poncho.  After all.... Coats are so overrated!

M x


Friday, 6 February 2015

The Gillet.... Winters trusty companion!

Having lived in England all my life, I seem to have grown accustomed to the ever-changing weather that is mainly made up of torrential rain, cold temperatures and strong winds!  With such weather like this, a barrage of questions come to mind in the form of "what do I wear in weather like this?", "should I wear a coat?" and quickly followed by "is there anything else that I can wear other than a coat?"  These questions are what keep us on our toes from day to day, when it comes to styling ourselves for the winter.  So what if there was a simpler way?  A way to end all this indecisiveness?  What if there was an everyday item that can take us from day to night without fully covering up our ensembles?  Well my friends... I give you, the trusty Gillet! 

The one pictured here is from H&M and also came in cream, however black is so much more versatile nowadays, especially for the winter season!

There are many different combinations of how to wear a Gillet, but for me, the one that works best is especially good for unpredictable weather.  

I always style my Gillet with a simple staple jumper, a fedora hat and a pair of skinny jeans!  It is casual wear at it's best, whilst remaining chic and most importantly, keeping you warm! 

Jumper: Miss Selfridge
Hat: Topshop 

You can wear whatever colour jumper under yours, but I always think that wearing all black 
looks smart and sophisticated.  Teaming up your ensemble with a pair of ankle boots and a statement handbag finishes off the look and enables you to go from daytime to evening whilst looking very chic! 

Handbag: H&M

Ankle Boots: Vagabond 

Fashion tip:  When styling your Gillet... Make sure that, whatever you choose to wear on your bottom half, that the cut of the item is fitted.  This is because gillets normally are quite boxed in shape and so therefore you must balance out your body by wearing something more fitted on the bottom half i.e skinny jeans or a pencil skirt! 

Wrap up warm folks and have fun styling! 

M x 


The first of many.... An introduction to thatlittleshoe!

I can't believe that it has finally happened... my very own blog!  There, I said it and yet it still hasn't sunk in!  I have always dreamt of having a blog that speaks my thoughts and emotions about a subject that I am very passionate about, and that subject for me, is 'Fashion and the styling that goes along with it!'

Fashion... Wow! How does one define Fashion?  I guess for me, fashion is everything that goes along with one's appearance and identity.  For me, fashion is not being afraid to wear something that makes you stand out... It is the key to individualism and expressing ones feelings and emotions through clothing and accessories!

From a very young age, I have always loved the idea of fashion... I think it was all of those beautiful long dresses and bright colours from my Mothers magazines that captivated me and I was instantly hooked!  Colours have inspired me throughout my life.  Learning that a certain colour can portray an emotion was mesmerising to me.  Red signalled love, blue signalled sadness and yellow represented happiness and so on and so forth.  It wasn't until I looked at the secondary colours that I began to get a real eye for colour!  Being able to mix colours was something that became a sort of hobby for me.... I was fixed on experimenting with different looks and I felt that certain colours looked better on me than others.  My favourite colour combinations to wear would have to be: coral and blue, pale blue and brown, pink and red and lastly chartreuse and navy!

The main themes for my upcoming blog posts will mainly consist of the seasonal trends with reference to colours, as well as the top key pieces for anyone's wardrobes.  I also will be giving out my own style advice with regards to fashion faux pas as well as sharing my style tips for those times when a waist belt becomes so handy!  But with fashion, comes beauty... so I will also be including makeup reviews, lush hauls, regular manicure posts and my latest treasures.  

With that said, I hope that you will enjoy reading my future blog posts and by following 'thatlittleshoe', it will lead you to embrace the wonderful concept of style and beauty!

M x
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