5 Decades Of Party Style
Need some style inspo for the party season? Take a walk down a very fashionable memory lane as we look back at our favourite style from the decades - no matter whether your style is more swinging sixties or you can nail the nineties like no other!
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Party Prep: Slicked Back Hair
The Christmas Party is coming up and what better time to try out the trends you just can’t wear every day. Well maybe you could, but… effort.Usually I’m not one for the beauty regimes, hair styling, or anything much further than the bare minimal to leave the house without looking homeless. Just ask the girls at work. I go for, and I quote “the natural look” (I’m still pretending that wasn’t an insult). But, it’s Christmas… and if you can’t do it at Christmas, when else can you? Yes, I’m quoting Love actually.My most recent beauty crusades (literally, quests that took priority over everything else in my life) included the faux bob and glitter eyes.This year I don’t have time on my side. I’m going straight from work, to getting ready, to the party… and food somewhere in between. So, I’ve decided to go for the simple but effective slicked back hair, as seen on Gigi, Kendall and basically the entire model crew.Here’s how to get the look in 3 simple steps: Step 1 – Straighten your hair.For the full ‘just strutted out of a pool’ look, this is fairly crucial. Make sure to straighten in layers, especially if you have thick hair. Step 2 – Apply the puttyThis was where I made my first mistake, applying far too little. The instructions I was following were or a subtler pushed back look and I really wanted a full on wet look. So begin with a small amount, maybe the size of a 50p piece, but don’t be afraid to build up if you feel you need it. Again, thicker hair = more putty (I realise that’s fairly obvious). Step 3 – Comb your hairA finer toothed comb is better for this, as it really puts the hair in place and can be smoothed over afterwards. Be sure to comb the sides back all the way past your ears.And here's the finished look... The ResultsI’m less convinced on simple, but it was definitely effective and gives me a great excuse to whip out that ear cuff I was never quite sure when I was going to wear.Honestly, my hair did NOT look like this 10 minutes later. Mostly due to the lack of putty and the fact that I totally didn’t bother with hairspray, considering it was already about 10pm and I wasn’t actually going anywhere. I would recommend investing in a really good gel or putty and a LOT of hairspray as well as giving your hair a really good backcomb. But that’s what a practice run’s for right?
Meet The Hair Stylist: Jawara
Having a hair mare? Hair stylist Jawara is on it with top tips for holiday or bad hair day and inspo behind the looks in Charli's latest shoot... Can you tell me about the hair looks today?Okay so the hair was inspired by the late 90s, very Victoria Beckham, Spice Girls, you know everything basically, high ponies, sleek, really clean. Charli’s so beautiful so she pulled it off really great! And then we did a different type of ponytail, so it’s more 60s inspired like Elizabeth Hurley, Austin Powers with a sweepy fringe and flicks on the ends. We’re shooting summer today; do you have any tips for festival or holiday hair?I think this spring and this summer we’ll see a little bit more effort, more considered hair and I think that’s where things are going right now ‘cause y’know, we’re a bit over the beachy, undone, tousled summer hair which is always beautiful to me but I think this season’s a little bit more about a ‘done’ look, pull it back, scrape it back a little bit – not your traditional hair for the time, if that makes any sense? This season we’re really getting into the Y2K vibe, my memories of the year 2000 are very much bad chunky highlights, scraped back hair, and those ponytails with the front strands. Is that bad taste/ good taste thing coming back?My particular memory of the 2000s, I grew up in New York, it was very much that. Like a high ponytail, scraped back, a lot of hair, everything sleek, everything trying to be over the top. I just remember doing those styles, like when we were in high school, so I think it’d be a mixture of that and a mixture of maybe the streaky look but in a chic way. (Jen: streaky chic). I think with history we just get better and better and better so when we replicate the 2000s it’s gonna be in a better way. How did you get in to session styling?I was assisting Sam McKnight who is one of my mentors and icons of the session styling world. He’s like one of the most amazing! I left the salon scene maybe about 5 years ago, no 6 years ago and I started assisting him, I assisted him for 4 years on his team and then about 2 years ago I started working on my own in London and New York and that’s where I am with session styling now. I mean without his influence I wouldn’t be here. Can you give us some tips: how to we avoid a bad hair day and what to do if we have one?Creativity! Sometimes just be as creative as you possibly can, like things you would normally think look beautiful, look beautiful if you carry it in a confident way. Also a bad hair day can be easily avoided if the hair is conditioned really well because then it can be put into styles really easily – hair maintenance is important to avoid a bad hair day. So, with hair maintenance in mind what’s the one product we need in our lives for a good hair day?I would say definitely the oils, I like coconut oil, and I like Moroccan oil, for thinning hair I like Jamaican castor oil which is amazing! I don’t know if there’s one particular product that we all need but I think different women and men need different things so I like those three. I think of all those three everyone should have at least one of them. Is it really worth investing in products that stylists recommend for you?It depends, I think first of all I always urge women to do research before they go and get their hair cut because you have to invest in your hair because you wear it every day. It’s the only accessory you wear every. Single. Day. (Jen: yeah, cost per wear that’s cheap).Do your research, get a great stylist that knows the product, that knows it works for your hair and then if they seem like they’re confident when they’re speaking to you about product, by all means do it! And you don’t have to get all the products at once ask them what’s the most important one to start with if I have to have one.Who’s your number one hair idol?Uh, I don’t have one I have like 8! Well the first person I learnt how to do hair from was a Jamaican beautician that was a-ma-zing! The things that she did with hair were just surreal. Then I think in the session world I’d say definitely Sam Mcknight, Guido Palau , Luigi Murenu, Garren – he’s amazing, I could go on… I really, really love their work. And of course, I love mine! Haha.Shop the collection >
New Year = New Style Resolutions
OK so I'm kind of already a little bit sick of hearing the resolutions fly around the office - "I can't eat that i'm on a diet" and "no after work drinks for me I'm dry for Jan" We get it people, the festive fun is well and truly over! The resolutions I absolutely can get get excited about involve adding fabulous things to my wardrobe and embracing some new style rules. And with a fresh season to conquer, here are my top 5 goodies to give new edge to your style game!1. The White Stripes It's never time to relegate the LBD, but, I would seriously recommend introducing some white to your essential dress collection. This ribbed shift dress gets top marks for pared down appeal and will work for you round the clock. Not convinced yet? The striped deep V nods to spring's must have nautical trend - ahoy there compliments !2. The new flares Get the good kind of January blues - a new pair of 'my ass looks peachy AF in these' jeans. If you dared to flare last season you'll be pleased to know the 70s classic is sticking around for spring but with a feisty twist - they come cropped and kicking! I love this mid blue pair, just add a classic Breton tee, biker jacket and your favourite flats. Ankle flashing has never felt so good... trust. 3. The tie front ANYTHING In black, white and khaki - I'll be introducing this wear anywhere piece to my wardrobe in every shade. Tie fronts were big news on the season's catwalk and this one is perfect for adding a little (not a lot) of modesty to a plunge neckline. Wear it cropped trousers, a tailored jacket and polished heels for a grown up day vibe; to strip it down for play, just take of the jacket and add some killer earrings.4. The Statement Knit Want to make a knit hit this season? Of course you do! Moving in to spring it's all all about the standout sweater. Whether you go lace front, embellished or with sporty trims, it's all about picking a piece with punch. Even if the weather isn't there yet, bring some brightness to your off-duty 'drobe with this pop orange cable knit. This treat comes directly from boohoo Tall but there are plenty of head turners to choose from in our knitwear edit.5. The Structured Bag A structured bag can do no wrong whatever the season! I love this slick shoulder version because it's subtle studding and exposed zips give just the right injection of rock chick chic.This plus jeans, a grey knit, sneakers and a beanie guarantee that effortless off-duty model vibe.
What To Wear For Party Season
With the party season in full swing, our going out game has got that little bit more important. We collab-d with some of our fave blogging babes to get the lowdown on their party style this social season. All That Glitters Patricia from PeeXO"What's not to love about the party season? It's the perfect time to spend surrounded by family and friends (not to mention the extra days off work!). Personally, I love getting dressed up around this time of year, it's the perfect excuse to get those pins out once again, even if it's blimmin' cold! If there was ever a time to go all out with the sequins, it's now, there are sequins on just about everything and anything and I love it! My go-to style trend during the festive season has got to be a mini skirt or dress (plus a red lip of course!). "What we think...Sequins are to Christmas what bikinis are to summer. There are no rules when it comes to nailing this trend apart from more is more. If you're after a more subtle take on glitz, we love Patricia's styling of our sequinned number. From the classic stripe detailing to the asymmetric hemline, it's a modern update on a classic party style. Lace up heels have been huge this year and we see no sign of it slowing down, so grab yourself a pair and a pedi to finish off your look. And as for a make-up, how about rocking a ruby lip just like Patricia? Shop Now > Block Party Chloe from The Little Plum"This party season I am absolutely OBSESSED with faux fur! Whether it's jackets, scarfs, gilets - you name it, I'll be throwing it over my party attire. As per I'll be keeping outfits monochromatic and tailored, and every outfit is going to be accessorised with peekaboo lingerie and a velvet choker. Beaut!"What we think...On the fashion flip slide, why not bring it back to basics in a colour block beauty? If you marvel in monochrome palettes, take style cues from Chloe by combining classic black and white in a plunge neckline shift, revealing a hint of what's underneath. Ankle strap heels are your go-to shoe if you're after a style that will never date.Shop Now > Two's Better Than One Em from Em Talks"My go-to festive style is a slinky two-piece which stands out amongst all the dark winter colours."What we think...We're all about switching up our going out style from dresses to chic co-ords like Em in our Aaliyah number. Flash your killer figure in a cropped two-piece and add a platform shoe to lengthen those legs - perfect for dinner dates or drinks with the girls. Shop Now >
Friday 5 | Black Friday Round-Up
Black Friday is finally here and with it comes hundreds and hundreds of boohoo babein' pieces for you to get your hands on. We've narrowed down our top 5 finds whether you're looking for a glam get-up or more of a relaxed vibe. Happy shopping > Our steal of the Black Friday sale is this mesh playsuit. It's chic, it's timeless and at under a tenner, your party wardrobe doesn't have to break the bank. Check is winter's favourite print and we can't get enough. Team this cosy shirt dress with thick tights and statement boots to beat the chill in style. This social season, trade your trusty LBD for something a little bit different in a red dress. A delicate cowl neck teamed with a bodycon fit will ensure you turn heads no matter your destination. Wrapping up doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on style. Work winter the right way with a statement wrap coat. This classic number will go with EVERYTHING in your wardrobe and comes in an array of colours. Work two trends in one in this glitter star number. It's the perfect party piece teamed with a classic biker jacket and platform shoe.