Just Add a Touch of Lace


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Style Theory: Sometimes all you have to do to 'pretty' up a day to day outfit is to add a touch of lace, it changes a plain look in to something quite interesting, delicate and beautiful. I love lace tops worn with denim jackets or jeans, mixed up with velvets or leather, it adds a feminine twist to tough pieces.

A lace top or blouse looks great worn with fine gold jewellery, this season think layered pendants and gold hoop earrings then keep everything else dressed down, so just a a pair of ankle length blue jeans, trainers and boots and a biker jacket, leopard or camel coat (I love a camel coat and lace with a leopard print bag so effortlessly classy) 

Here are my favourite lace tops on the high street now:
& Other Stories £59
The high neck, the classic lace detail makes this blouse a must have in any wardrobe. Perfect with jeans, leopard print coat and ankle boots..
&Other Stories £59
This is a full on lace number (I would wear a little black vest top underneath) but so chic with tailored tux trousers (I love these ones at Me+Em) black court heels and a velvet/tux blazer - the perfect Christmas look.
Topshop £45
A lace and embroidery top, super pretty on, would look great under a pair of black dungarees and heels for a night out.
Topshop £38
Add a pop of colour to your outfit with a beautiful red lace top, calm thing down with a pair of pale blue jeans (ankle length) and a pair of flat, sparkly pumps.
Topshop £36
The flower print looks beautiful on this lace blouse, it wold look great with black jeans and black, leather high heeled ankle boots.
Topshop £39
This is the softest most comfortable blouse on, it is cheesecloth like fabric, it does come up slightly short so best worn with high cut jeans or trousers.
Monsoon £59
Navy is incredibly flattering against the face, this would look great with pale blue jeans and gold shoes, navy and gold is a match made in heaven.
Monsoon £59
A beautiful, classic lace shirt, the most pristine bright white, dress down with jeans and velvet heels for the perfect outfit.
Mango £9.99
A t-shirt style top, I obviously wouldn't get away with a bralet but would wear with a black vest top underneath. Wear with all black to make it look expensive and classic.
Mango £39.99
This is so up my street, lace on a boxy sweater, perfect with jeans and trainers..
Asos £35
Love the vintage look of this top, I bought similar from Topshop 10 years ago and still love it so much.
All Saints at Asos £128
Again I love the antique look of this lace, it is super pricey but looks stunning.

I am a huge fan of lace and am looking to add a few more pieces to my wardrobe as much as I love sparkles, lace has it's place at Christmas!

Thanks for reading, Fran x



Style Theory: Partywear for me falls into two categories, 'Out, out partywear' - super dressed up, sparkles, bare shoulders and heels or the other category - 'out to the pub/ lunch with the girls' partywear which involves a 'fancy top', a great jacket and some sparkly heels, all brought down to earth with a great pair of jeans..
Hush Jumpsuit £75
Hush Zadie Blazer £95
Hush Star Scarf £45
Hush Glitter Bag £40

Hush has these two types of partywear covered, the go-to online store for all your winter comfies also does an amazing job at nailing the partywear looks without too much pomp and ceremony. Their sparkliest, coolest 'out, out partywear' is possibly one of the most comfiest jumpsuits I have ever worn and their 'drinks at the pub' partywear look is a top that I not only felt great in, it was completely at home paired with my oldest, most battered but definitely my favourite pair of jeans... 

So lets start with the sparkly jumpsuit of dreams...this is Studio 54-tastic, so cool, so flattering, incredibly comfortable and super easy to wear. It comes up big so size down, I am wearing a small but to be honest I should have really ordered an XS as it is slightly big (I am normally a size 10) It has gorgeous spaghetti straps at the back and can easily be worn with a strapless bra..I adore this, partywear in the best possible form.

I teamed it with the star skinny scarf, which I love, it looks just as good with a white tee and a blazer as it does with a jumpsuit..

This Hush Zadie Blazer looks great on, the streamline look works so well with the voluminous jumpsuit, I sized down to a size 8 so it is a very neat fit but I think it should worn on the neater side. It is one of those super useful items that you can pull out of your wardrobe and wear time and time again, perfect with a tee, jeans and trainers, add a cool oversized scarf for the perfect all year around look.

Then onto the 'laid back partywear' look..

Hush Devore Greta Top £85
Hush Zadie Blazer £95
Jeans - old
Shoes - Gucci 
The Devore Greta Top is pure laid back elegance, really easy to wear with a big bow that can either be tied at the front or the back of the neck. The cut in shoulders are incredibly flattering on arms and it can be tucked in a bloused over (concealing any lumps and bumps!) The devore adds a luxurious touch and a black top is the perfect style solution to any outfit. I would say it is pretty true to size, I am wearing a size 8 in these photos but would possibly prefer my normal size 10. 

Photos by Victoria Metaxas
 Again I paired this with the Hush Zadie Blazer which just goes perfectly with everything and my ancient Gap jeans and gold shoes...

Here are a few other Hush pieces that are catching my eye....perfect for the party season...
Hush Lurex Star Jumper £79
Love this sparkly jumper, the perfect top to wear with jeans and trainers, or dress up with tuxedo style trousers and silver heels.
Hush Manhattan Top £89
I love the lurex running through this top, another super flattering top on, just tuck in at the side with jeans and pop on a pair of heels and you will be party ready!
Hush Devore Greta Dress £110
This is a super simple party style solution, just adda pair of opaque tights and heels and you have the most stunning look.
Hush Metallic Pleat Skirt £89
A beautiful skirt that dips down slightly at the back for a super flattering silhouette, pair with a black cashmere jumper and black heels.

So maybe I have peaked quite early with the partywear but Hush sells out so quickly so you really have to get in quick.... What are your 'go-to' pieces for partywear, are you a dress, jumpsuit or separates fan? As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, Until next time Fran xx

This blog post was written in collaboration with Hush, all styling and opinions are my own.

#Shopping with Fran - The First of the Sparkle Editions

Topshop £69
Style Theory: A new 'Shopping with Fran'.... I completely believe that sparkles are not just for Christmas, they can be worn all year, whenever, wherever! I love a dressed down, dressed up look because you can get your money's worth out of the items, wearing them during the day and for a night out (I like to get plenty of wear out of clothes). Here is a round up the most gorgeous pieces I found in the shops today with a generous splash of sparkles:

The Topshop sweater above is the perfect dressed up, dressed down top, it is sweatshirt fabric so really easy to wear. I would pair it on a night out with slouchy boyfriend jeans and some black heels for a laid back but festive and dressed up look. It would also look great with ankle length jeans and black vans for an easy daytime look. I am wearing a size 10 they come up pretty big but I do like to wear sweaters big so I would order my normal size.

Topshop £59
This Topshop jumper is 'all bells and whistles' but feels fab on. Unlike the sweater above it is a knit and looks a little more dressy. I am wearing a size 12 (I sized up one size) I would definitley recommend sizing up one size as it comes up a little more and it fairly short. It would look great as an all black look with black jeans and high heeled black pointy boots or wear dressed down with jeans and trainers..

Topshop - coming soon
So this is a bit of a man repeller outfit, but I kind love these trousers, I cannot find them on the website at the moment but they are in store. These are a size 10, they are tight around the bum and tum but I think look weirdly cool? I am feeling the love the flare again, so flattering and such a nice change from the skinny trouser.
Pink Velvet Jacket - Topshop £75
Pink Velvet Trousers - Topshop £75
This is one of the most in demand velvet suits this year, it does keep popping back into stock so keep a look out for it. I sized down with the jacket, this is a size 8, it is quite a neat fit but the size 10 jacket was far too big across my shoulders so I had to opt for the 8. The trousers are a beautiful fit, I am wearing a size 10 and they fit well. Ignore the top underneath, I thought I had picked up a plain black body top to wear underneath, I didn't realise it had all the lacing, a bit too risquè for me! This suit would look fab with a white tee underneath and gold heels, the perfect mix of feminine and masculine.
Topshop £46
This is such a cute floral dress, it would look great with black opaque tights and black ankle boots. I am wearing a size 10 and it was definitely true to size. Really flattering and easy to wear..
Topshop £38
Another top I fell in love with, I love the one shoulder, the structured bones running vertically in the top really hold you in and it feels like a really fancy 'out, out' top and I havent bought an over the top 'out' top for ages! This is one size bigger than my normal size They had sold out of 10s and I think that would fit better. Obviously I am not lucky in the chest area but even if you did have a bigger chest I reckon it would hold you in! Love the one arm covered part too!!
Jacket - Topshop £75
I am slightly obsessed with this mustard colour this season and had to buy this jacket, it is double breasted and quite a statement but will look great thrown over a t shirt, jeans and trainers or worn over my shoulders with a black dress for the party season. This is a size 8, again I sized down as it comes up big across the shoulders.

H&M £39.99
This top caught my eye as I walked past, I love the jewel detail on the shoulders. It is gorgeous on, I am wearing a 36 (size 10) and I would say it is true to size. Beware though there is no give in the fabric at all, it is quite tight across the top of the arms but quite lovely on!
H&M £49.99
This dress looks so much better on than on the hanger, it does come up big so size down, I am wearing a 34 (size 8) and I am normally at least a size 10. The dress would look fab with tan knee high boots and a long camel or khaki coat.

H&M £17.99
Such a good sparkly jumper, it says online that it is a fine knit but it is actually quite a dense knit, it is warm, I love the high neck that stays up and the fact it is slightly oversized (this is a size 10) A great easy jumper to wear out with jeans and fancy shoes..

I have a feeling I may be peaking too soon with the whole sparkly pre-Christmas excitement, genuinely I think I should be wearing sequins and drinking wine most nights, bring on the November/December festivities. The stress of all the building work (which is very nearly finished) has now made me want to go out loads...watch me crash and burn in a week ;-)

Are you feeling the same or is it just me? As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran xx

Spotlight on Tailoring and Wardrobe Staples


Me + Em £169
Style Theory: When looking for the perfect wardrobe staples and some great tailoring I always go to Me+Em, their fabric and cuts are way better than any on the high street. The clothes fit well, always skimming over lumps and bumps and hang well ensuring you feel really good in them. The good new is I have a 15% off DISCOUNT CODE until 4th December - use code MYSTYLE.

They are the ideal pieces to take you seamlessly into the winter months and provide you with the perfect capsule wardrobe. I tend to size down as in general their cut is slightly on the big side and the clothes (particularly the trousers) are made to fit neatly so do not be scared to wear them super neat. If I was still working in an office I would literally have a wardrobe of work clothes from Me+Em, as it is my work is pretty relaxed in general so I gravitate towards more relaxed pieces, with a few pairs of trousers thrown into the mix.

I had a try on session in the Elizabeth Street store today, these are the pieces that caught my eye...
Me + Em £169
The dress above (I am wearing at the very top) is beautiful on, the perfect Christmas dress, I love it with ankle boots, it will also look great with tan knee high boots for a Christmas day out. I have a bit of a tummy and normally shy away from dresses like this as they accentuate it but this one, due to it's heavy fabric, skimmed over my tummy and hung beautifully. I love the high neck alongside the deep V and the red colour is incredibly flattering. I sized down to a size 8 as it does come up a little big.

Blouse Me+Em £169
Trousers Me+Em £119
The silk blouse feels amazing on and the pink mixed with red and black looks great. It looks fab as a work blouse with the trousers but will look equally as good with boyfriend jeans and heels or trainers. Expensive but utterly luxurious. Again size down this is an 8.
Blouse Me+Em £169
Trousers Me+Em £119
These are THE best trousers, so flattering, they have a flat front so no bulging pleats. They are gently tapered for a lovely silhouette and fit like a dream. I am wearing a size 8 and they fit perfectly, they are neat but super flattering.
Blouse Me+Em - £149
Cord Trousers Me+Em - £139
Of course I fell in love with this red blouse, it is a beautiful tone of red and so flattering across my shoulders. The bow is a really generous size and can be worn so many ways and the crepe fabric of the top hangs beautifully. I am wearing a size 8 I would say this comes up a little big.
Blouse Me+Em - £149
Cord Trousers Me+Em - £139
Who would have thought I would have been desperate for a pair of brown cords, I adore them!! Again they are cut beautifully, love the with the burgundy boots but also they look great clashed with red. The ones I am wearing are size 8.
Me+Em £189
Jeans - J Brand £200
Me+Em £189
The cosiest, slouchiest jumper ever, perfect with leather leggings and trainers or wellies for crisp winter walks. It comes up huge I am wearing a size 8 but would be tempted to size down to a 6.
Blouse Me+Em £169
Trousers Me+Em £149
The deep green colour of this blouse is gorgeous on, again I sized down
Blouse Me+Em £169

Trousers Me+Em £149
These are the ultimate in sports luxe trousers, they are incredibly comfortable and look just as good with trainers as with heels. I sized down on these too.
Trousers Me+Em £149
Love the stud detail at the bottom of these trousers, they give them the edge. These are a size 10 in the photo (my normal size) but they were a little big so size down.

Are you a fan of Me+Em? I know they are top end price wise of what I would normally look at but they are such amazing quality and all timeless pieces that you can wear year after year. With the 15% discount code MYSTYLE it definitely makes buying a piece or two a good investment.

Let me know what you think? Thanks for reading and until next time Fran xxx