Who’s heading off on their summer holidays soon? Here at the Simply Be office many people are already jetting off to hotter climates to enjoy sun, sea and maybe a little sangria!
In preparation for the summer holidays we’ve put together some fabulous swimwear that’s bang on-trend for this season, from colour pop to stripes. So no matter where you’re going this summer, whether you’re planning a staycation on the beautiful UK coast or lapping up the sunny Mediterranean beach, you’ll sure to be ahead of the style stakes in these seaside outfits!
Simply Be attended Pure London at Kensington Olympia a couple of weeks ago. Whilst there we got to see what’s new in fashion and find out about the upcoming fashion trends for Autumn Winter 2013! So with the help of our lovely Simply Be fashion buyer Ross Howard we thought we’d share with you our round up of the trends and give you a taste for what’s to come later on in the year.
It’s our last instalment of our video blog competition featuring our Paris autumn/winter shoot. Thanks for taking part in our previous three video competitions and if you didn’t get the chance last time, then now is the time to get involved and your opportunity to win a piece from Simply Be.
It’s simple, to be in with the chance of winning, watch this behind-the-scenes video with our beautiful model Wendy and answer the question below:
In this video, Wendy discloses her age, how old is she?
If you know the answer then send it to us in the comments below. Don’t worry if your comments don’t appear as we’ll be approving them all, once the competition ends.
The prize: The winner will be able to choose their fave piece that has appeared in this video.
Entry deadline is 14/10/2012 and the winner will be picked at random after this closing date.
Good Luck! xx
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1.The promoter of this competition is Candid Collections Limited, trading as Simply Be, Griffin House, 40 Lever Street, Manchester M60 6ES. (“Promoter”)
2. Each entrant taking part in this competition shall be referred to as a “Participant”. Participants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
3. The competition is only open to UK residents aged 18 years or above. Employees of the Promoters, their associated companies, their agencies associated with this competition and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.
4. To enter, Participants must submit the following: The answer to the question on the Simply Be Blog page. Only one entry per person.
5. Entries must be submitted via Simply Be Blog page.
6. Entries must be submitted between 5th October 2012 and midnight on the 14th October 2012 (the “Competition Period”). Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt into the Promoter’s database. Late entries will not be accepted and the Promoters accept no responsibility for entries which are lost or corrupted during transmission.
7. The winners will be drawn randomly from the Participants. The Winners will be notified via email.
8. There will be only 1 winner.
9. The decision of the Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The overall winners will be decided by a random draw from the Participants.
11. THE PRIZE – one Winner will receive their choice of item from Simply Be that has appeared in the video featuring Wendy above, prize is subject to availability. If not in your size, an alternative will be given subject to stock availability.
12. The Prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
13. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, whether caused by infection by computer virus, mobile phone failure, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness or integrity of the competition, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion (subject to any written direction given by a relevant Regulatory Authority) to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
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Animal print is back in our wardrobe and this is one staple look we just can’t get enough of. We’re not only talking about leopard print here, zebra and snake print have also caught our eye and these prints work well in a number of ways.
Although we’re huge fans of Bette Lynch, we don’t want to steal her style so here’s our take on how to make this fashion trend wearable, chic and oh-so stylish darhling!
For an on-trend touch to your work wear blouse, this animal print shirt certainly ticks the boxes. The peter pan collar and sheer fabric is cute and so easy to wear – ideal for jazzing up your plain black trousers. For a more casual take, try this printed t-shirt. We love the stand-out red colour and the contrast trim on the sleeves and hem line. Great teamed with black or grey jeans.
Work this trend through the evening with these gorgeous dresses. This bold party frock from AX Paris is a fab dress to feel great in. The two-tone print and cross over front detail adds glamour and excitement to your wardrobe. Or how about this Gemma Collins dress from her collection at Simply Be. The tassle and chain design is intertwined with spashes of leopard and tiger print to create one wild dress – we love it!
We adore these oversized floaty cardigans. They’re great in bringing effortless style to your outfit. The snakeskin effect is a hot trend this season, it’s different, mesmerising and certainly one to look out for.
Now who says you can’t extend this trend to the bedroom – leopard print lingerie is fun, sexy and so on-trend. Go for glamour in these two beauties -the Gossard on the prowl animal print bra and the Naturally Close bodyshaper - and show off your wild side.
Fancy footwear has never looked so good. Wear your heels with pride in this animal print court shoe - a good size heel and wide fit they’re great to wear from day to night. Love wearing flats? Embrace the trend and stand out in these fierce pumps.
Add character to your outfit with these smart dalmation pumps. The monochrome colours mean they are versatile enough to wear with casual jeans and a tee or your office outfit. On rainy days, rock up in animal print wellies – this giraffe design is sure to get heads turning.
If you’re not tempted by these outfits and want to work this trend the subtle way (or not so subtle depending on how you wear it) then check out these make-up looks. We’re loving the eyeshadow and can’t wait to try it out – time to get practicing!
Ok maybe the lips are a step too far. Have you tried out this trend yet? How do you wear yours? xx
Joe Browns have released some gorgeous new clothes we feel will be right on trend in the upcoming months.
Take a look at their fabulous new casuals, which we think are great for a slightly more laid back look without losing your style. We love this Dusky Pink Camisole, brilliant for those last few days of summer and this gorgeous Angelas Legacy Tunic, for when the temperature begins to drop.
Joe Browns has also hit the spot with their floral print inspired range. This lovely floral dress caught our eye – it’s great for the summer as well as brightening up those upcoming gloomy winter months!
Vintage fashion seems like it’s going to be big this autumn and winter so why not get ahead of the crowd with this gorgeous mustard stand out vintage sweater from Joe Browns. We also love this quirky tunic with its interesting collar and colourful flowers.
Alpine cardigans are going to be big this year, and could take over from the ever popular Aztec pattern during the winter months, so make sure you take a look at this gorgeous faux fur trimmed Alpine Knit cardigan. If you’re not too keen on this particular trend we think this beautiful Parisian Jacket could be just the thing for you with its gorgeous design and fabric.
So what are you waiting for…check out Simply Be for a taster of Joe Browns’ latest fashion line and treat yourself to a new autumn/winter wardrobe! xx
Since the 15th century lace has been seen at the very height of fashion, now in 2012 not much has changed! Since the beginning of the year when Louis Vuitton dressed Kate Moss in a gorgeous lace dress we knew that lace was going to be big this year.
So why not take a look at our fabulous range of lace looks here at Simply Be. For the summer, try out this flattering lace top, available in pastel pink you’ll not only look the part but also be flaunting one of the gorgeous pastel colours of the season:
If you prefer a subtler hint of lace, (because lets face it sometimes too much lace isn’t a good thing) check out our fantastic Frock and Frill Pleat Lace Trim dress, fantastic for both a casual day around the shops or a night out on the town. You can also accessorise with our fabulous lace head wrap. With head wraps all the rage at the moment you can’t go wrong!
Lace is also due to be big in autumn and winter this year, with the recent Valentino fashion show giving strong hints of darker coloured lace being a staple winter wardrobe item. Our beautiful navy blue lace tunic and elegant contrast lace detail tunic, are both perfect for a casual feel without compromising on style:
If you’re heading to a party in the next few weeks and aren’t too sure what to wear, Simply Be predicts that our fabulous new vintage flapper dress will definitely leave you standing out from the crowd.
So what are you waiting for? Look fabulous this season and embrace the lace
The holiday season is upon us with many of us jetting off to sunnier climates – woohoo!
Here at Simply Be, we have got a gorgeous range of holiday gear from dresses to shorts to swimwear, that will have you singing Cliff Richard all the way to the airport. With so many different holiday destinations out there and so many different types of holiday activities, we have decided to put together outfits to help inspire you for your perfect summer getaway!
1. City Shopping
For those serious shoppers out there who like to enjoy the sun and shop at the same time, this outfit is ideal. Spend some serious cash while looking fab – it’s all so Sex and the City darling! Holiday destinations: New York, Milan, Barcelona.
The high low hem is so on-trend right now, perfect for any fashionista. Add tortoise shell sunnies to complete the look!
2. Party Island
Sun seekers beware this outfit is going to get you noticed! Top up your tan and relax on the beach in a stunning maxi dress then take it to the evening and party the night away. Holiday destinations: Ibiza, Ayia Napa, Miami.
These rubber flipflops are great for the beach but also look gorgeous and glam in the evening for the cocktail bar!
3. Sightseeing tours
If you’re never to far from a travel guide and map whilst on hols then get on board these essentials picks. Holiday destinations: Rome, Athens, Prague
For all those walking tours, these sturdy but stylish fringe sandals are ideal. Choose a bag, big enough to pack all your travel needs but compact enough to carry around.
4. Culture Club
If you love getting stuck into the culture on holiday and enjoy experiencing their food and lifestyle, sail away in these inspired beauties. Holiday destinations: Paris, Marrakech, Berlin
A jumpsuit is an easy outfit to wear for all day exploring, carry a light maxi dress in your shopper bag for a quick change to evening.
Which outfit is your favourite and where in the world do you love to holiday? x
We’re loving the tribal print look, it’s daring, edgy, on trend and more to the point very wearable! This safari-inspired trend was all over the Spring Summer 2012 catwalk and it still turning heads.
Here at Simply Be we’ll show you how to work this trend from top to toe and get some great pieces for your wardrobe! Check out our fave items below…
Get an instant style update with one of these tunics. They’re perfect for wearing over leggings or jeans and can take you through day to night.
Be the Queen of the jungle in all out aztec chic with these print maxi dresses and jumpsuits.
Or for a subtle but fashion forward way of keeping up with the trends, add one of these safari style accessories to give your outfit a boost!
Not forgetting fantastic footwear to keep your feet up there in the style stakes
You can even extend the trend to your nails! Check out these designs…if you’re feeling creative why not have a go?
We know that once upon a time plus size fashion might not have had that many inspiring choices to offer. But each season at Simply Be we strive to bring out a collection more cutting edge than the last and this spring/summer the styles – and the prints in particular – are truly bang on trend. Our buyers have a keen eye on the catwalks and have brought you designer inspired styles in 14-32.
Prints are so key this season, from Prada’s car print to Versace’s scarf prints, they really make a statement. Bird prints, love hearts, swans and abstract tribal prints are a great way to show you’re part of the fashion pack.
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View our catwalk inspired collections in action!
Lots of celebs have been spotted rocking the kimono trend recently, from Miley Cyrus to Nicole Richie. Check them out>>
Luckily for ladies everywhere, unlike some trends, the kimono shape is such an easy style to wear. It’s chic, sophisticated and a brilliant way to add a burst of colour to a plain outfit, showcasing some truly stunning prints. Just go with the flowing shape! Or, if you have an hourglass figure, simply add a waist cinching belt. You could even go all the way by adding a Geisha-style obi belt.
Here are some of our favourite kimono jackets and dresses from our current collection:
How to wear a kimono jacket
We’d recommend layering over a cami top – you can’t go wrong with black and white, or pick out a toning colour from your kimono print. Then if it’s a sheer jacket you can reveal that little peek of skin – sexy in a subtle way!
Then add palazzo pants for a really Japanese feel. You can go dressy with plain black trousers – you won’t find a more comfortable evening outfit! Or keep it casual with denim look palazzo pants.
Chunky shoes will top off that Geisha-esque look, either fabulous cork heeled platforms or some towering wedge heels.
Alternatively, dress down your kimono in boho or festival style with fringed sandals, a maxi skirt and lots of hippy accessories! Day or night a kimono jacket will give you effortless on-trend style.