Welcome to our new feature, where we’ll be looking back at our favourite style crushes in TV and Film. To start us off we’ve got the ultimate Hollywood style icon, Audrey Hepburn in one of our favourite old time movies Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Here Audrey Hepburn portrays the beautiful socialite Holly Golightly and struts some wonderful fashion along the way. Here are our favourite style moments from the film.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Audrey without the statement black dress. This iconic look is timeless and looks oh-so chic. Dress yours with tights and chunky jewellery to update the look. This bandage style bodycon dress is so versatile – dress it up or down for any party occasion.
We love her statement coat, perfect for gallivanting around New York City or wherever you happen to be! It’s also perfect for injecting some bright colour into the dull winter days and this bright orange coat is a hot trend, which is selling fast!
Now it wouldn’t be complete without the accessories and make-up of course! And Holly Golightly certainly knows a thing or two about accessorising as these iconic images show…
Get the look with these fab pieces:
Her make up is impeccable and we love her long dark lashes teamed with soft pink lips. This look is so demure yet sexy at the same time. For a special night out we love trying our hand at false lashes and these layered lashes can instantly give you that wow factor. Add a slick of eyeliner to complete the look.
Over the summer we have covered our nails in bold and bright colours and as much as we love it, this style considers a more subtle look. This Butter London nail varnish in Teddy Girl is just the thing for that chic, just manicured look – nude/pinky tone nails are going to be big next Spring Summer so take note now, team with this Dainty Doll lipstick aptly named Material World.
Who are your favourite style icons from TV or film? Let us know and we might feature them on here xx
If you’ve seen pop princess Christina Aguilera in the press lately, you’ve probably noticed that something’s a little diferent. Yes, the gorgeous diva has a new, curvier fgure – and we think she looks amazing! Just last week, at the Golden Globe awards, she wore the most stunning fitted, fishtail dress – the way it hugged those curves… anyone would think she’d been dressing for curves all her life. But no, the fashion diva is just a really quick learner!
And she certainly seems to be loving her new-found curves, every time we’ve seen her (at the Golden Globes, on last year’s X-Factor and at the Premiere of new film Burlesque) she’s looked totally confdent and really comfortable with her new figure. So we thought, hey, let’s give her a Simply Be standing ovation, the way we do best – with a steal her style special for our new curvy girl!
So, start with black plus size leggings (every girl should have a pair in her wardrobe) and add a simple, shaped hem tunic. Accessorise with beaded sandals and an oversized shoulder bag – then finish the look with red lipstick (from our sister site, Feel Good Essentials!) And remember, in the words of Christina (from an interview with Company magazine) – no matter what a woman’s size “we shouldn’t be ashamed of ourselves or our bodies.”
This gorgeous girly definitely has our vote – and not just because she’s a great singer – oh no, this girl has style! Her latest outfit on X-Factor was undoubtedly her best. Sequin jacket, animal print top and those on-trend hareems… all worn with ballet pumps! We just love that Mary was confident enough to strut her stuff in flats.
So, how do you get the look?
Well, Mary was wearing our Johanna Hope Sequin Jacket – so you can get the exact same piece for yourself on our website. It’s the perfect party cover-up, with that asymmetric hem and voluptuous shoulders. Just throw it on over your party dress – or wear it with jeans to dress up the look!
But if you really want to steal Mary Byrne’s look, you have to wear it with animal prints and hareems. So first things first, pop our Print Frill Neck Top in your basket! The gold and black print is absolutely gorgeous – and the frill neck will add curve-boosting detail to the bust! Couple with our Zipped Hareems for a ready-made party look!
And to finish, just add leopard print pumps! These ones are fab, with the leather detail on the toe and a designer label to boot. Oh yes, they’re Marta Jonsson, one of the most coveted footwear brands around. And if you don’t want to splash out on a designer label, we’ve got plenty of gorgeous alternatives on our website!
Here she is, X-Factor’s Irish diva Mary Byrne wowing the crowds in our Johanna Hope Sequinned Jacket! It’s a real stunner and Mary was looking gorgeous as she belted out one of the world’s greatest rock anthems - Brass In Pocket!
Does this make her a style icon? In our books, yes! Just look at that outfit! She’s got sequins, hareems and animal print – what a gorgeous trend clash. And this isn’t the first time we’ve noticed Mary’s style! She’s impressed week after week, but it was Saturday night’s outfit that confirmed our suspicions – this is a woman who knows how to work her curves!
And by getting this far, she’s proved that the nation’s happy to have a new curvy pop star in town! So if you’re looking for curve-conscious style inspiration – look to Mary Byrne!
Coming soon: a steal her style special featuring Mary Byrne!
Time for something a little bit different! As you know, we have a gorgeous plus size maternity range in sizes 14-32 – and over the last couple of months, we’ve been inundated with style questions from fashionable mums-to-be. So when we saw this snap of Natalie Cassidy, we just had to give you a Maternity Style Special!
The ex-Eastender and soon to be mother was positively glowing at the Karate Kid Premier! She took to the red carpet in a LBD that hugged her baby bump – and we couldn’t be happier to see the actress embracing her curves!
So how can you look as good as Natalie? Well, firstly, you have to be heavily pregnant – it’s that or stick a pillow up your top. Next comes a visit to the Simply Be website where we keep our plus size maternity collection!
Now we know that there aren’t many women who can pull off a dress like Natalie’s. It’s body-con, short-sleeved AND shorter than most pregnant women would dream of wearing. Wow, and those shoes – gorgeous but so high!
It’s not for everyone, we know. So we’ve taken the theme, red carpet glam, and done it in a way we think you’ll love. Try it next time you’ve got a party to go to!
Get the look!
So, we’ve started the look with a pair of plus size maternity leggings. These are an essential buy for every mum-to-be – they make dressing so much easier and can help you make the most of everything in your wardrobe that still fits, despite your growing bump.
Then we’ve added this fabulous plus size maternity tunic. As you know, florals are staying for another season of fashion reworks, so this will take you right through your pregnancy! And it’s so flattering. The sheer layers give the illusion of skin without actually showing anything off. So you can cover up in a gorgeously subtle way!
And accessories are your best friends – you can wear them now and keep long after your bump is gone. Natalie’s gone simple with her minimalist look, but we’re going to load them on to our super-feminine outfit.
Start with a bag – over the shoulder is handy and this rose patterned one is the perfect partner to our floral top. A boho pendant will finish the look – and for shoes, rose-bud pumps. You may need to get someone else to help you put them on, but trust us, they’ll be worth it!
And there you have it, a head-to-toe maternity look for the plus size woman. Now you just need a party to go to!
Just look at that! The Sex & the City girls rocking maxi dresses on the red carpet. Oh we’ve always loved this long-skirted style… they’re flattering, sophisticated and every shade of chic… and the proof is in the celebrities it would seem, because everyone knows the S&TC girls are the most stylish girls in town!
So, how can you make the maxi dress a style staple? Simple head on over to the Simply Be website, choose one of gorgeous plus-size styles and start experimenting. If you’ve seen the film, you know how kooky style can get and there really are no taboos this season – even denim on denim is in. So have fun and be yourself – it’s easy with a flattering plus-size fit!
Ah, Queen Latifah! This curvy star sings, dances and acts… she’s definitely got talent! And we really wouldn’t expect her style to be anything short of immaculate. From all out red carpet glam to cool r ‘n b chic, she’s done it all and looked gorgeous every time – jealous much? We definitely are!
So who better to steal style from than this plus-size pop princess (oh sorry, queen)! Now, we know you probably won’t have much call for a ball dress, especially in these warm Summer months, so we’ve gone with one of her cool-casual looks. Sequinned jacket, plain white vest, jeans and stand-out trainers! Well, with your Simply Be collection, that’s an easy combination to make!
From the bottom up then… these Ecko Red Jitterbug Trainers are just perfect. Black with pink patterning will give you that standout style. But if you really want to big up the look, invest in some coloured laces – red, blue, yellow, the lot!
Next come our Joe Browns Slim Fit Jeans. Simply but sassy with detailing on the pockets, so you won’t feel like a plain Jane! They’ll look great with a cute white vest top. Ours come in a pack of 2, so you’ll have a black one to mix ‘n match with the rest of your wardrobe!
And finally finish with an attention-grabbing jacket, something like our sequinned Joanna Hope number. It’s the perfect way to glam up any look and works just as well with a dress as will with jeans and a t-shirt. Now this one is your investment piece, it’s £80 but definitely worth every penny, especially in the Summer time you’re going to need a light-bling jacket to finish those night out looks!
Oh, and if you’re really want to steal Queen Latifah’s style – don’t forget your red lippy!
You know what it’s like on the front row at London Fashion Week – super stylish and enviously on-trend! So we’ve picked two front row regulars – Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof for a Fashion Week ‘Steal Their Style’ Special…
Alexa Chung is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most talked about fashionistas. This catwalk season saw her launching her first fashion collection and, as always, taking a front row seat show after show. And her never-far-away companion? None other than the style-star daughter of Bob Geldof – Pixie!
Do it in denim
Now these two are usually fashion-opposites but it looks like Spring/Summer’s biggest trend has brought them together – oh yes, there’s nothing more versatile than a spot of denim! But the question is, can you make their looks work on a gorgeous plus-size girl?
Steal that style!
Alexa does it casual in a cool denim shirt and navy leggings. So if it’s her style that’s caught your style-eye, try our plus size denim shirt. And why not take the trend even further by switching those navy leggings for a gorgeous pair of plus-size jeggings? Every girl needs a bag, so slip your valuables into this gorgeous Juno Bowling Bag. And finish with a pair of cream heels, something with standout to add a fashion-edge to all that casualness – our Moda In Pelle courts are perfect!
But if it’s Pixie’s look that really rocks your boat, it’s time for a different take on denim. Now she likes to show a bit of flesh, but not everyone’s as daring as this rock princess. So don’t worry if you’re not as confident as Pixie, you can still get the look. Just swap that denim crop top for a gorgeous plus-size denim waistcoat. Wear it over a simple blue vest top – and throw on a pair of plus-size slim leg jeans! A heavy silver pendant will make the look, adding Pixie’s rock chic edge. And to finish? A pair of cute-as-you-like over the knee boots!
Actress, reality TV star and self-confessed curvy girl Gemma Atkinson is our Steal Her Style pick of the month! The blonde bombshell rose to fame in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, playing Lisa Hunter. And if you didn’t see her in that, you’re sure to have seen her doing the rounds on the reality TV circuit. Oh yes, she’s been in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Masterchef and Soap Star, Super Star! But now she’s off to the West End to star in Calendar Girls, so it’s back in the style limelight for this leading lady!
Well, as you’ve probably seen, Gemma does red carpet glamour like the best of ‘em – but that’s not what we love about her. Oh no, anyone can look good in a little black dress, what we love about Gemma’s style is her cool, casualness. The way she can walk out in an old pair of jeans and a half-tucked shirt and still look totally on-trend. So when we say steal her style, we mean steal her curve-confident approach to dressing too!
So how can you look as effortlessly chic as Gemma? Well actually, it’s quite easy! Just grab yourself a checked shirt, something like this gorgeous Joe Browns number, and wear it with a pair of boyfriend style jeans. Our Slouch Jeans will do the job nicely, but don’t forget, you can always steal something from your fella. Wear the shirt half-untucked like Gemma for easy, undone glam. And finish the look with tough tan boots – these Groundworks Boots are perfect and if it starts to snow again, you’ll definitely be prepared! Oh, finally, finish the look with this Juno Shoulder Bag - definitely an investment piece, something you’ll use again and again!
Cheryl Cole is definitely the lady of the moment! Her first solo single hit number 1 with record sales and her fashion sense is always spot on. So who better to choose for our first ‘steal her style’ feature, than this pop princess!
We’ve chosen one of her classic casual chic looks. A simple, leather jacket undone, over a statement, animal print top! She’s definitely got understated glamour down to a T! The look is finished with slim-fit black jeans, ankle boots and an oversized bag.
So, how do you do it without the celebrity price tag? Easy! Start with our Printed Jersey Top – a snip at just ￡30. Then layer on Cheryl’s super-cool look with this season’s hottest investment piece – the leather biker jacket. Our chocolate brown number is dead ringer for the Girls Aloud star’s – and you can bet it’s a good deal cheaper! Now add our Lola Slim Leg Jeans, Ravel Dalton Ankle Boot and Juno Twin Handled Grab Bag – and you’ve got Cheryl’s style sorted!