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Update your look

Personal stylist,Tanya Arturi shares this season’s fashion charts

Published on April 7th 2011.

Update your look

IT’S time to dig out your spring/summer wardrobe and add a few small updates to make it current. Colour Me Beautiful image consultant, Tanya Arturi from shares this season’s fashion charts...

Nothing dates an outfit as much as shoes. This season’s key styles include: platforms with chunky heels, wedges and platforms. Therefore, your kitten heels and pointy toes should be banished this season.

Faith Devon Block Heel from Debenhams, £50 www.Debenhams.com

Red Nautical Wedges from Primark, £14 www.Primark.co.uk

‘Bea’ flat shoes from Dune, £55 www.Dune.co.uk

Larger bags are back and this year you’ll find them in floral prints, made out of straw and in bright colours. Other key styles include leather slouchy bags and more structured satchel styles. My top tip when buying a bag? Make sure the size of the bag works with the scale of your body.

Accessorize Patchwork bag, £40 www.Accessorize.co.uk

Boden Slouchy Metropolitan Shoppers, £129 each www.Boden.co.uk

French Connection ‘Brigette Satchel’, £77 www.Frenchconnection.com

The jean of the season is a 70s style high-waisted flare; wear them with platform shoes and a simple shirt for a wearable on-trend look. If you are shorter, look for a more flattering bootleg shape with a wider flare at the bottom and if you are low-waisted, make sure you don’t tuck your top into this style of jean. I recommend a visit to Gap for a great range of flared jeans at affordable prices.

Monsoon ‘Lola’ Flares, £50 www.Monsoon.co.uk

Therapy at House of Fraser High Waist Flares, £45 www.hof.co.uk

M&S Dark Denim Flared Jeans, £35 www.Marksandspencer.com

Lace was a key trend last season and it hasn’t gone away this summer. It doesn’t matter what age you are, a lace dress or skirt can look chic (and on trend). There is a lot of choice on the high street to find a perfect style and length to suit you.

French Connection lace dress, £165, platform shoes, £135, hat, £32 www.Frenchconnection.com

Arlene Phillips for Marisota Navy Lace Dress, from £70 www.marisota.co.uk

Gone are the days when you need to match your shoes to your handbag or your lipstick to your nail varnish. One instant update you can make this season is to mix and match your brights. Many women already have enough items in their wardrobe to do this without investing in anything new.

Top, £19, Cotton Blazer, £79, Plaited Belt, £29, Sateen Pencil Skirt, £49, Espadrilles, £69 and Satchel bag, £99. All from Boden. www.Boden.co.uk

This season’s 1970s glam look has also seen the revival of the jumpsuit. An easy-to-wear piece that suits most body shapes, team it up with wedges and a large bag for daytime chic…then add a pair of glamorous heels, metallic belt, jewellery and a clutch bag for a Studio 54 disco diva look.

Kaliko navy one shoulder jumpsuit, £95 www.Kaliko.co.uk

M & S blue jumpsuit, £79 and belt, £25 www.Marksandspencer.com

Nail varnish
Nail varnish is a cheap and easy way to update your look. This season, wear either beige/grey shades or bold oranges to keep your look on trend. Nails look better short and neat when wearing these colours. A round shaped nail will chip less than a square shape and if you want to buy an affordable range of varnishes, Barry M are a make-up artist favourite. Cheaper polishes will chip quicker than more expensive ranges; however, Seche Vitae Dry Fast Top Coat (£8.95 from www.nailsbymail.co.uk) will make them last longer


Nails Inc. Porchester Square (muted mushroom), £11 and Nails Inc. Draycott Place (bold orange), £11 www.Nailsinc.com

Tanya Arturi is a Colour Me Beautiful consultant at Cheshire Image Consultants. For more information visit cheshireimageconsultants

For regular fashion and beauty advice visit Tanya’s blog at beautyandthecloset.co.uk.

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