We always look forward to seeing what the stars are wearing to the annual Met ball, and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. Dressed in Burberry (there is talks she will be the next face of the house!) Sienna Miller embraced the couture punk theme, teaming a white maxi with a studded biker and headband. Here’s how to get her glam punk look for less on eBay.co.uk.
Denim is a great summer style staple. Whether it’s those denim cut offs you live in all holiday, the jacket that you throw over summer dresses or our new festival fave, the super versatile dungaree as seen on Alexa at many a festival, we feel that no summer wardrobe would be complete without a few classic denim pieces. So to make your life easier here’s our pick of the top 5 summer denim essentials on eBay.co.uk
At last weekend’s Vogue Festival, all the Voguettes wore spike-toed pumps with stabby heels: polished, powerful, but a little bit punk. Which chimes nicely with May's major fashion theme - it's punk month people! As the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gets ready to unveil its Punk: From Chaos To Couture exhibition, designers have rushed to join in on the rebel rousing. And while some go the whole head-to-heel hog, other are just dipping a toe in, literally and figuratively speaking.
If you can’t see yourself swathed in tartan bondage pants and safety pin dresses, focus on footwear instead. The Vogue girls went for white stilettos, which added just enough attitude to their otherwise ladylike pleated skirts and sheath dresses. Especially when teamed with off-beat ankle socks (as seen on fashion director Lucinda Chambers - a style maverick if ever there was one). Meanwhile, studded stilettos continue to have a moment. Valentino's cult T-straps sprinkled with metal pyramids mix grown up luxe with a youthful spirit - no wonder they're selling in their thousands. Ditto Christian Louboutin 's studded heels, which are the perfect foil to a prim dress.
But of course, it's not all about heels. Dr Martens have always been the shoe of choice for hardcore punks, now they come adorned with black metal studs for punk with extra punch. Possibly, most wearable of all though are the pointy, buckle-strapped ankle boots beloved of uptown girls and Camden kids alike. Back in the day, all the indie kids would buy theirs at Kensington Market, now the fash pack bulk buy the posh versions by Toga and Tabitha Simmons. Naturally, the high street pays its own tribute, with buckled flats offered by Office, Topshop, New Look and Aldo. How to wear? With straight tailored trousers, second-skin jeans, floral dresses, silk onesies – in fact, anything you fancy. Well what’s the legacy of punk, if not a can-do attitude to do things your own way?
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Kate Hudson had killer pins on display to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. She teamed a micro leather mini with a silky black blouse. A pop of colour was added with her bang-on-trend fuchsia pointed stilettoes.
Top tip: Invest in some bright stilettos and use to add colour to any outfit. Team with everything from jeans to summer shorts and skirts.
One of the best things about the advances in technology over the last few years has to be the fab accessories that go with them. Whether it a jewelled iPhone case or a personalised leather iPad sleeve, women have fully embraced the new ‘tech accessory’. With both designer and high street brands now regularly including them in their collections, these accessories are an easy way to tap into the trends. If like us, you love the colour blocking seen on the SS13 catwalks at Sportsmax and Roksanda Illincic, you will love our pick of the top 5 colourful cases on eBay. Team these with outfits of the same colour for a top to toe look, (particularly on trend in white or red) or as flashes of colour with a monochrome look.
Green leather iPhone case
We love this fresh spring colour.
Now: £ 2.75
Smythson laptop case
This luxe coral case would look great with a simple white shirt dress and coral lipstick
Clutch phone case
Add a splash of colour to a black evening dress with this cute clutch case
Wear with denim dungarees for a back to school look.
All over white is set to be huge this season. Wear this with white separates
White iPad case
Now: £ 6.99
Where do you stand on crop tops? Have you fully embraced, baring your belly to all (in this spring chill – how brave), or are you slightly reticent?
There’s been a bit of a sea change in fashion of late, in which the bodycon micro-dresses have given way to a slightly more modest look. It’s more covered up and seemingly prim, but not altogether nun-like. Taking the place of show-off thighs and bodycon dresses are more subtle glimpses of skin, from sheer, gauzy fabrics to peekaboo cutouts and midriff-baring tops. While the big midriff story comes from designers like Marc Jacobs (who showed bare ribs at Louis Vuitton) and celebs like Rihanna who will flash her abs at any given moment, there are ways to make the crop top look pretty, polished and far from clubby.
Helping things along is the high waist skirt or trouser that rests above the natural waistline, thus avoiding any hope of belly-button flashing. I think the more tailored and dressy the bottoms, the better this looks. And to accompany them, what I call the demi-crop top. The aim being to expose a slice of skin when you move around, but otherwise to be chicly covered, hence the top hovering just above the waistband of the skirt.
Even better? Make your demi-crop top a tailored one, whether a sleeveless shell top, a long-sleeved graphic-stripe one or even a retro-style jacket to go with a matching slim skirt. Fabric-wise, look for stiff cotton, wool or even tailored lace – à la the Stella McCartney shirt I’ve been coveting. And if all that still feels too far out of your comfort zone, then pop a slightly longer sheer singlet top underneath and let it poke through. Voila, a sophisticated take on the crop top, suitable for work and play.
Galaxy crop top
Jewel crop top
Polka dot t-shirt
This weekend sees the return of the hotly anticipated Vogue Festival. With an amazing line up of speakers from Victoria Beckham to Cara Delevingne it is the hottest ticket around after Fashion Week.
This will be a fashion-y affair so choose your outfit as you would for the front row. We love this pastel boucle mini skirt, team it with a western blouse and brogues for a chic but casual look. Top it off with tortoiseshell cat eye sunnies.
Many talks still have tickets available so snap them up now before they go.
JO: If I could, I would fill my shoe rack with every type of trainer going! Therefore reading a recent post on style blog Cocorosa, identifying the ‘Top 10 Fashion Blogger Sneakers’ was as you can imagine, a treat for my envious eyes. From The Blonde Salad’s Isabel Marant Perkins sneakers to the Pony Hunter’s canvas Keds, the post highlights a selection of the hottest trainers of the moment and some inspiring ways to team them up with your favourite outfits. The hardest part is deciding which pair to get!
ASHLEY: I have been reading Style Peaches for the last couple of months and it has become somewhat of a go-to read. I especially love her post from Sunday, where she spends her sunny spring weekend by the coast sporting one of her most recent purchases - a must-have denim pinafore. If you want to find out more about Peaches you’re in luck as we have featured her on our Style Stories page today – enjoy!
HERMIONE: If like me you are an avid magazine reader and collector you will love this tumblr. I bought it for the cover is photographer Leanne Petersen's tumblr, whose exhibition of the same name runs at The Cob Gallery in Camden (25.04.13 – 28.04.13). The exhibition explores people's obsession with print media especially magazines and looks at what it is that attracts people to a particular cover. The tumblr full of these covers is extremely addictive and includes some truly inspirational images from past and present. Check it out and then go and see the exhibition!
Stripes for spring are like novelty jumpers at Christmas, no wardrobe is complete without them. That’s why we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win this gorgeous blue and white striped rucksack from the eBay Fashion Gallery store Boohoo.
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Like most, we are massive fans of Cara here at the Style Collective and loved this fun/scary shark print sweater she rocked yesterday as she stepped out in sunny New York.
As we said in our Top 5 sweaters post yesterday - a good sweater will make up an important part of your spring wardrobe - as we hope this one does for miss Delevingne (we can’t wait till we see her in it again).
If you want re-create Cara’s look this side of the pond, you are in luck as we have managed to find this shark print sweater on eBay.
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