June 27th, 2011
I hate looking like I have tried to hard when dressing up for the evening, there is nothing worse than feeling over done and too formal; it feels aging and old fashioned. I always admire Alexa Chung and Kate Bosworth’s relaxed approach to beauty and swoon over their red carpet moments which tend to include lusted after designer dresses offset with natural, almost scruffy hair. One hairstyle that I am particularly loving right now and sporting regularly is the top knot. Playful, youthful and fun (see above on Aussie super Jess Hart) the top knot will give you that burst of fun to your night time look. It is so easy to achieve, all you need is a hair bobble (dear US readers, that’s a hair tie!) and some dry shampoo. Spray hair with said dry shampoo, pull hair up high onto head, twist into a bun and wrap hair bobble around bun. Done. xo
June 20th, 2011
When hosting a small dinner at my apartment in LA with my dear girlfriends last week, I announced to them that I had found the perfect horizontally striped dress to flatter all figures. I was met with a chorus of ‘Yeah right I’ll believe that when I see it’ and ‘Clare! That is just not possible!’ Spurred on by their collective animosity (and a couple of glasses of Prosecco!) I set us a challenge; we were all to try on said dress with the same shoes, bag and accessories and pose for a pic to see if my statement was true. See results above! We are a mish mash of different body types, long legged, short legged, big chested, large chested and I think the dress works on all of us! Its lightly corseted waist and tulip skirt creates an hourglass effect on all of our figures whether we have that womanly shape or not! What do you think? If you like the dress you can find at Zara (surprise surprise!) for only $129. Hurry before they sell out.
June 17th, 2011
My previous post on the LWD got me thinking about another look that is becoming a classic look that I also recently acquired, the white pant suit. Lauren Hutton, Bianca Jagger and more recently Camilla Belle and Leelee Sobieski have all sported the white pant suit. Like I mentioned in regards to the LWD, white is universally flattering and looks so current, fresh and chic in the spring/summer. Make sure your suit fits you perfectly, I recently came across a fab double breasted suit at Zara (yes I’m obsessed with the Spanish store at the moment!) and just to give it that higher end look I dragged it to my alterations lady for a little nip and tuck. My darling suit’s facelift was hugely successful and I wear my high street number as proudly as if it were Stella McCartney! Run to Zara before it sells out! x
June 15th, 2011
Hi chaps! Yes it is that time of year again, when you receive that invite in the mail, the invite that gets your fashion nerves racing; its wedding season! Have no fear as I am here! I suggest that if you are attending a summer wedding go for a lighter suit. Stick to a lightweight (preferably Italian) cotton suit in light grey, seersucker or khaki. It is imperative that the suit is a slim cut and has no more than two buttons. Go for a neutral tie and shirt (if nervous stick to white or blue tones) and for a little excitement you can add a vest, tie clip and pocket square (see above photo for styling guidance). If whipping your jacket off later in the day roll up your sleeves to show off your manly arms and laissez faire attitude! Find the suits, shirts et al in the pics above at www.jcrew.com If you have any questions you can ask me anything in the ‘ASK CLARE’ section on this very website, well almost anything! x
June 14th, 2011
Tom Ford has always been someone who’s opinion I value greatly. His taste is impeccable and he always strikes the correct balance of kitsch, retrospection and sexiness in his work. He has just announced the launch of his new make up and skincare line TOM FORD BEAUTY and from what I can gather it will not disappoint. Ford promises vibrant colors and a more simple approach to beauty. I love this particular quote of his: ‘We must understand the face and compensate for the architecture of the face. A nice thick brow is the key to a youthful look’. I couldn’t agree more. Ladies throw out your tweezers and start saving up for the release of TOM FORD BEAUTY in September this year. x
June 10th, 2011
Being a Brit who lives outside of my country of origin I remain inherently patriotic and I could not have been more proud of the newly married Duchess of Cambridge as she appeared at a charity event in London last night. She shimmered and radiated in her blush pink gown by British designer Jenny Packam. The Duchess added a down to earth touch to her look with her affordable Lk Bennett shoes. Keep these fashion moments coming Catherine!
June 7th, 2011
Dear Little Black Dress (aka LBD) I hate to be the one to break it to you but you have a serious contender who wants to steal your crown and plant itself firmly on your throne, the Little White Dress (aka LWD). I myself have become a recent convert to the LWD due to its immensely wearable nature. Not only is it a more feminine and much lighter alternative to the old faithful LBD but it is also flattering for all skin tones. During the day I wear with my tan Repetto ballet flats, APC denim tote bag and tortoiseshell sunglasses and in the evening I switch these out for my black heeled ankle boots and my Chanel 2.55 . For a really glamorous evening look do as Kirsten Dunst has and pair your LWD with metallic accessories, I adore her silver Mary-Janes. For your very own Little White Dress I suggest you head to Zara. Enjoy! xo
June 2nd, 2011
Girls, if you haven’t already hot footed it to your nearest H&M to grab a pair of shoes from their limited edition Hasbeen’s collaboration then stop reading and RUN, NOW! In all sincerity a bargain like this does not occur very often; you can be a proud owner of a pair Hasbeen at H&M shoes for no more than $69, this is no mean feat when they normally retail for $250-$400. I would go sooner rather than later as they are selling out fast!
June 1st, 2011
When visiting New York last month I was getting ready for a night out in the LES and I had a fashion revelation, or should I say rediscovery. In my outfit choosing chaos I had settled upon my TOPSHOP black leather high waisted mini skirt paired with a chiffon round collar long sleeved blouse. When I was fully buttoned up (right to the very top, don’t forget girls it is the year of the collar!) I had a sudden compulsion which took me by surprise. Rather than tuck my blouse into my mini I found myself tying it into a knot. Yes, a knot. It felt current, comfortable and dare I say it, rather cute. I have since noticed many gorgeous LA girls knotting their shirts and showing a little midriff (now I have hit 30 I choose to avoid this and wear my knotted shirts with high waisted shorts/pants/skirts) and when I set my eyes on this pap shot of Keira I almost swooned. Her lemony yellow pleated chiffon skirt combined with the crisp freshness of her knotted white blouse is pure fashion perfection. I will continue to knot my shirts with abandon and I urge you to do the same! x
May 31st, 2011
Hello all! Just a quick note to remind you to tune in this week to to watch me make over ‘The Queen of Comfort’ Jessica in a BRAND NEW episode of ‘How Do I Look?’ on the Style Network. In their words ’30-year-old Jessica thinks her confident personality is off-putting to guys- but, in truth, she’s looking for love in a style that says she doesn’t love herself’ And this could not be more true! For this episodes air times this week just click this link http://www.mystyle.com/mystyle/shows/howdoilook/schedule/index.jsp Make sure to tune in and let me know what you think!