Styling a dress over denim jeans

 

Hi there it’s been sometime since I shared a blog on styling! I wanted to share some looks on how to style a dress over a pair of jeans. We all probably own lots of dresses in our wardrobe that don’t get a look into wearing! Well you can wear your dresses all year round through spring/summer and autumn/winter without having to wait to wear them again.

You got to have the right kind of styling to wear a dress over jeans. Some lengths can be above the knee or midi. A shirt dress is a good one to start with as you can leave it open and pair it up with a t-shirt and jeans.

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There are so many optional ways of wearing dresses over jeans. Lots of different styles to choose from. A smock style dress that comes above the knee goes perfectly with a cropped ankle pair of denims.

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Wrap over styles are another style that go well in styling over denim or a top buttoned dress that has a open spilt front that drapes over the pair of jeans.

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I love the fact that wearing dresses over trousers is a 90’s style that Sarah Jessica Parker first made in wearing on the streets which inspired me to go for that entire look in utilising my dresses in wearing on a daily basis.

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Everyone might not be as brave enough to style this way but it’s a come back style even now in 2019 as styles always make a come back in being a little edgy with fashion. Tunics are still on trend with wearing with jeans that are above the knee.

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This is me wearing  a green printed tunic with skinny jeans as this was a easy and comfortable day look to go out in. This dress is from the New Look store that I have had for sometime now and is versatile in wearing with a pair of denims. So do look at the shape and style that is going to be practical.

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I love this black floral printed ruffle trim dress over the jeans as the cut off point on this length has that opening over denim and gives the whole 90’s vibe and the sandals add some pop of colour to the outfit. I would personally go for this look in this style to wear over my denims.

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Let’s talk about shirt dresses now these are a winner in styling over jeans not only can you just button up where you want for the dress to have the opening, it just ticks all the boxes for me and this one in the image has a tie belt so, even more the better to wear with a cami underneath. Cool and chic with a pair of distressed rip cut jeans or if you prefer to keep your look more formal and casual go for a pair with no rips.

3EE3E0B2-99D0-4D8F-8B2F-A1E207A5FD2BFlowing cuts with asymmetrical cuts also are fab over jeans! I love this red dress and yellow Skirt hem style dress with white jeans both styles rock up to trend and probably have been seen on the catwalk. Whether it’s black or blue or white denim it’s all optional in styling with the perfect dress.

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Lastly with black you can’t go wrong with this dotted wrap over dress over denim jeans and boots for the autumn/winter vibe. Simple and chic with choices of accessories that you can pair up with this whole look. Street style and a practical comfortable look too.

I hope I have inspired some of you to experiment with dresses you own in your wardrobe in going for that 90’s vibe look. Go for a style because your personality isn’t the first thing people see!

Till the next time..

Jaz x

 

What is your Body Shape?

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Well hello there, I just thought I share another blog but this time on What is your body shape? So how many of you know and don’t know? is a question that we all seem to not know the answer to? In my styling diploma studies, it has shown me some valuable information and on what body shapes we all are!

So firstly you need to determine your size and shape by measuring areas of your body and how your frame is structured. I know it sounds a little bit like I’m talking about something that is about to be built from scratch!! Anyway to help with this stand tall in front of a mirror and study your body shape. I am actually the inverted triangle shape also known as the carrot shape as I have wider shoulders than my hips and a not so defined waistline and a reasonable size bust and good shaped legs. Below these are some styles that suit the inverted triangle shape.. wrap over styles will create a more curving waist line and give the hips more definition as well as a shaped waistline.

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Anyway moving on I am  going to go through a summary of all the body shapes and tell you a little bit about on how you  can tell what shape you are? so next up is The Pear shaped body…  if you have narrow built shoulders, a smaller bust area and a defined waistline and bigger hips this is the pear shape body type.  Below there are 4 dress styles that suit the pear shape body, with these cuts they take away the larger hip area away and also cinch the waist line in creating the top half giving the shoulder areas and bust area a more defined shape.

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Next up as I am now quickly going to tell you about the hourglass body shape…      Hourglass body shapes have a wide bust, a narrow waist, and wide hips with a similar measurement to that of the bust. Below here are some styles that are great for the hour glass body shape.

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For the hourglass figure I have searched the pieces above which highlights the natural curves and proportionally balances both the upper and lower body at the same time by flaunting a well defined waist line.

Right I am now flying through my talk on body shapes and I am hoping this is helping some of you out there that are unsure of what body type you are? next up is the Rectangle shape… A Rectangle body shape is the body shape category that approximately a third of women fall into. Usually, your curves are evenly proportioned and you may find your waist is not as defined. In addition, a Rectangle body shape can come with wide shoulders and chunky calves. Below here are 4 dress styles that suit the rectangle shape.

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well I think these 4 styles create a illusion of curves and a defined waist, and also try and flaunt your lean arms and legs as this certainly gives the rectangle body shape those defined flaws.

I hope this is helping everyone and its a bit of education in itself to understand our body shapes as well as knowing how to dress according to your shape. I have also discovered that there so many shapes to Strawberry, banana, apple which I had not thought that there would be such body types!

Any way lastly we come to the Apple body shape… this shape has a wide torso and broad shoulders with an average to full size bust area, an undefined waist, thinner arms and legs, a flat bottom area and hips that are narrower than the bust. Below my searches for clothing for the apple shape type is a mix of styles.

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So with these key pieces you will find with a apple shape is to elongate the torso, which will draw attention to your legs and create the illusion of a waist and opt for structured pieces as they will add definition and hide the extra weight.

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I hope this has given some of you out there a tip on how to dress our body shape and  I have put up a some more body shape images that I have not quite covered as I could go on with the endless list of shapes but I wouldn’t want to bore you than I have done. So till the next time I hope you enjoyed reading about What Body shape you are?

Also if you would like to leave any comments below I wil be happy to answer to any of your comments below.

Best wishes

Jaz Birk xx

 

Leopard Print Trends

Hello everyone! it’s that time again for me to share another blog post this time on leopard print styles! Leopard prints are this years A/W18 trends and are every where selling in all high street shops and online. I would have to say that it’s a kind of statement piece in your wardrobe and you got to know how you can pull the prints off! leopard prints are everyone’s must have trending piece whether it is footwear, a dress, blouse top or skirt, it’s a case of wearing one or the other but some do go for the whole look by wearing this print head to toe! I have found some fashionable pieces of some leopard print styles which I  searched and found on Pinterest as my added examples..

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Leopard Print beach dress – River Island

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Leopard print dress – ZARA

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The good thing I like about leopard prints is, that you can wear it with other stapled pieces in your wardrobe for example in my image finds you have the jeans and the blue turtle neck sweater and a black t shirt which are great examples of styles to put on with this print. You will find that there are also different colors to this print trending in dark pinks, reds even orange. Here are some high street finds that I searched on line in these pieces below.

Red leopard print dress – NEW LOOK

Orange leopard print dress  – NEW LOOK

Red leopard print shirt dress – WARE HOUSE

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Leopard print accessories are so in too I just purchased a pair of block heel leopard print sandals at Silkfred.com at £32.00

This is my first ever leopard print shoe buy! and after seeing them every where I just had to get in the trend of getting them. Shoes are my weakness as I feel you can’t have too many of them and a new pair is great, especially  when you want to wear them with a outfit in dressing up or down. I love the style and the look of these sandals as the back part of the sandal shows off the leopard print and would look good on with wearing a cropped styled pair of jeans like I have in my pic or with a dress.

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Here are a few more on my style finds on shoes and accessories!

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The belt and the handbag are from ZARA!! I think? I should have added links in on where these are from but as online or in high street stores no doubt you cannot miss these accessories every where!

Also here are some tops that caught my eye as I was looking online these would look great on with jeans and skirts. The red animal print top and the wrap over short sleeve top with the curve ring tie belt, are from NEW LOOK and the long sleeve wrap over blouse is from Silk Fred which I purchased online and bought. So the fetish of leopard prints is growing on me but I don’t think I would go crazy enough to buy every item in this print to add in my wardrobe, I would have to say that the wrap over blouse below that I got at Silk Fred and the sandals and not forgetting the red leopard print shirt dress from OUTFIT are my fair share of buys in these prints but crazy enough it didn’t stop me from buying more!!

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So here I am rocking my leopard prints in my style choices and I have to say they do look good on and it’s certainly shifted me out of my comfort zone of not feeling like I can’t pull the style off. Give some thought on your outfits and mix and match up with accessories, I have seen leopard print shoes that can be worn with practically anything,  I even have started to wear my leopard printed scarves with pieces that add some texture, next up will be to get a nice leopard print clutch bag to go with my sandals that will go with any colored outfit as this print just goes with anything! I have certainly unleashed myself in trying something new in putting a style together as it’s big on trend.

Also M&S have the new HOLLY MUST HAVES in store I purchased the animal long sleeve pleated style dress and fell in love with the fabric straight away as its pure polyester and soft to the touch!

@silkfred.com – brand label AX PARIS leopard print wrap over top at £22.00 WAREHOUSE animal print shirt dress at £15.00

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Animal print shirt dress at MARKS AND SPENCERS £49.50

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So they you have it my leopard print style finds that will rock a look in anyway you choose to dress it more or less!

Till the next time when I hope to share more on my blogs!

Inspiredbyjkb xx

 

 

Printed styling

Hello there, its time to share some more fashion style tips,  I will be sharing my thoughts on some printed styles that I  purchased  over the months that,  I have worn and love! Prints are every where this season from dresses, jumpsuits, trousers and tops. I love a good printed style where you can dress it with accessorizing it with the right types of accessories e.g shoes, handbags and jewellry. I own a fair bit of printed clothing this summer but now as we are drawing near to the month of September I am now seeing Autumn styles coming in stores and online which happen to be leopard prints!

My searches on line in printed dresses are in a vast selection for this seasons trending styles so, here are some I picked out in some wrap style midi dresses..

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ANTHROPOLOGIE MAGNOLIA PRINTED WRAP DRESS at £150.00

Loving the yellow shade with the flowery print and frill edging round the neck line and on the cuffed sleeve and at the bottom the frill cascades high up and then tying in at the waist with it wrapping over. A GREAT LOOK! and one that is fabulous to wear this summer paired with flat white sandals or wedges that tie round in on the ankles.

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So when it comes to styling I find experimenting different kinds of print styling is a good thing as, abstract designs and stripey prints are just as versatile to have in your day to day wardrobe. I’ve come across many prints in tops and dresses in H&M stores many that are in midi long styles, as I am not one to really wear the dreaded short style type of dresses and having slim legs I do prefer midi styles.

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H&M PATTERNED WRAP DRESS at £49.99

This is a nice basic V neck wrap dress with a subtle print design and midi length sleeves that gives this dress that nice comfortable styling. I would personally pair this dress with some great pieces of jewellry round the neck and a bracelet too. Great to wear it on the beach with a sun hat and of course with the flat sandals too.

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NATURAL BEACH SLOGAN POPPY HAT at NEXT £20.00

MULTI STRAND NECKLACE at H&M £6.99 perfect styling for this dress as it has the V neck cut.

Next up here is a great look another Floral print wrap dress at MATCHESFASHION.COM this is a DIANE VON FURSTENBERG number and I love this one!

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I love this bright orange shade and the print, again its a midi style and this would look good with some high heel sandals as well as flats! shoe examples with this dress are below in images on what I think would look fab on ..

I have picked out some shoe styles at ZARA here we have a pair of High heel shoes in a shade of orange with a bow detail.

Also chose a Braided flat mule these shoes I have chosen are choices to pair up with the orange dress, as you can dress up or down by wearing heels or flats, if you like to go for the whole outfit with matching shoe colour as well then go for it! or you can base the footwear by dressing with nude neutral tones like I have shown you in the examples on the images I have picked out.

ZARA BOW DETAIL SHOE at £25.99

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ZARA BRAIDED FLAT MULE at £29.99

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So moving on next up this is a wrap over floral ruffle printed dress that I bought on line at NEW LOOK in the sales. Now this was one of my choices to wear it on holiday going back a couple months ago and I packed it in my suitcase but, didn’t get to wear it at the time as LA in the spring time was cooler and this dress is just above the knee! and I know I said I only like to wear Midi styles but I thought some leg on show wouldn’t be a bad thing! wore it a few times here in the U.K. as we had a glorious hot summer, but I still prefer long to midi styles in dresses..

WRAP OVER RUFFLE DRESS at NEW LOOK bought in sales at £17.00

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Next up is a red and black floral printed dress that I bought last year from H&M. This dress csught my eye on display, in store on the mannequin and I loved the sleeves on it. This dress is now out of stock seasoned last year AW17 but I have worn it a number of times this year and last!

Great with boots or sandals as the length of this dress is basically midi maxi style and pleats through in the fabric, it has a elasticated waist to cinch in, and almost gives the effect that the bottom part of the dress looks like a skirt!

H&M last year AW17 season priced at £49.99

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Accessorize by basing on just wearing some nice earrings, here are some examples on pieces you can pair up with the dress.

H&M TASSELLED EARRINGS at £8.99

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Lastly we have two more dresses that I purchased this year one from John Lewis in the Sugar Hill Boutique range and one that I ordered online at ASOS in the Warehouse brand. Excuse my photo image as it is come out slightly dark in me taking the photo wearing this dress!

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ASOS- Warehouse- WHITE FLORAL VINTAGE DRESS at £29.99

This dress is cotton in fabric and has a draw string type tie belt with tassels at the bottom and is good to cinch in at the waist also had the same ties at the neck line. My thoughts on this dress at first I wasn’t sure until I tried it on and it didn’t look as bad on.

Both purchases were bought online some months ago and I have worn, as these dresses are a nice length and the model wearing in the picture above she is taller, so I guess on me being 5 feet 4 inches the dress comes just below my ankles.

The Sugar hill dress below I love as this is fitted at the waist line and the fabric is a polyester cotton with, a tie at the neckline and zips in at the back. Wore this out with family at dinner and it was suited to wear for any type of occasion.

So there you have it printed styles this summer that I have shared for you all to see and now that we are in the month of September I will be slowly getting my Autumn Winter range in order.

SUGAR HILL BOUTIQUE DRESS at £25.00

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So till the next time I look forward to writing again soon..

JAZ BIRK xx

Rejuvenating Collagen Shot Journey

 

Hello it has been a while since I wrote a blog last which was on fashion pieces in stripes! Well this blog that I’m sharing is totally different as it will not be about my talk on fashion, like I have done so on my previous blogs!

My journey is to tell you all about an amazing product based on skin health, and the benefits it has shown me, was when I came across The Beauty and The Boutique website. This product is a powdered formula dietary supplement drink with Marine Collagen, acai berry, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, natural sweetener (stevia) and natural flavouring berries.

This product is called Rejuvenated collagen shots containing Zinc, Copper and vitamin C which contributes to the normal formation of collagen and helps protect cells from Oxidative stress. This drink has proven to me in just 3 weeks what it has done to my skin which has made it look less dry, I noticed how my wrinkles and lines looked softer and not as noticeable, it has plumped my skin making it look brighter and clear and more so radiant to see. I love this product so much and I drink it every morning first thing on a empty stomach as you will find it will give you best results.

There is 10,000 mg of Marine collagen per serving and it comes as a powered formula to mix into 200 to 250 ml of water. My advice is to mix the powder which will come with a  measured scoop level spoon into warm tepid water, and let it sit for 1 minute and then whisk through till the powder is free of lumps and then add cold water to the remaining parts of powder that is mixed through and mix again. The water will turn into a nice pink color and it tastes of a fruity berry taste. My advice is if anyone is allergic to fish as the Marine collagen is made of hydrolysate (fish) then please consult your doctor first before taking it! I thought I best mention that in as dietary concerns is important to add.

Well now that I am on this journey,  I have a great team to thank who I have grown to love and make friends with by mentioning Katie and the ‘Beauty and the Boutique team’ at HQ who have been so great and, have made me feel so special by giving me gifts through the post, that they are simply amazing!! Coming across Beauty and the Boutique I would not have come across this product as social media plays a great part in that and, it was Instagram that did that when I followed @beautyandtheboutique so a big hug and thanks for you guys for doing a great job in being who you are.

You can order this amazing product at beautyandtheboutique.com

The amazing person behind this is katie who is a inspiring beautiful woman who shows you fashion tips on outfits and stylist and is also a make up artist, she sells amazing skin products, make up products and has great tips on all her videos and, shows you how that can be done. There is one product that I can not wait to order in the make up range which is the VEIL ILLUMINATING COMPLEXION FIX another secret behind that which I  might have to share at some point but moving on as I was saying, there are a wide range of other great products too  which you can get on the above link as well.

Images are uploaded of my before and after pics in taking the collagen shots and although I have good skin I have found that this product has done some amazing results even more so on  my complexion and, as I reveal my age drum roll please!!! hahaha!  I am 47 years old I can imagine some faces must be surprised in reading this blog! I guess I have to thank my parents in having great genes in the family where my parents even look good in their 70’s!!

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Before Pic was just a week in drinking the rejuvenating collagen shots and the after pic was into 3 weeks of drinking them, as in the after pic I am wearing a little bit of make up but you can see the difference, in how plumped my skin looks and the number 11 frown lines between my eyebrows in the before pic you can see more so than the after pic as my forehead looks smoother and my skin is glowing. So 10 out of 10 rating on my review on this product and it is a thumbs up from me. Not the best before pic but that was me first thing in the morning with a no make up face!!!

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I shall be continuing my journey taking these shots for months to come and if you would like to purchase this product please go on the link in your google search engines and click and take a wonder through beautyandtheboutique.com and get yours today! I am glad that I did and kindly had got another gift supply from my wonderful friends at HQ who are truly amazing and I cannot thank them enough. This blog is dedicated out to Katie and her wonderful team at Beauty and the Boutique who, I based my blog journey on and I felt passionate to write about this product that has shown me some gold stars. Keep up the good work guys and I look forward to getting some more products and hope to write more blogs and reviews about them.

love and best wishes until my next blog piece!

Jaz Birk xx

 

 

 

Stripes of Summer

 

Hi it’s been some time since I last wrote a blog, as I have been slightly busier than normal so I thought it was time now to squeeze one in!

This time I will be sharing my thoughts on how to style yourself in striped outfits for this seasons summer 2018! Firstly stripes can be styled with other garments that could be with jeans or you can go for a whole outfit in stripes. I bought a striped red and white shirt dress from H&M a few weeks ago, and still have not worn it yet as I haven’t found the right type of footwear to go with this dress.  Below there is a image of it for you to see.

 

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So here I have a couple of suggestion ideas on dressing this striped red and white shirt dress, a pair of white chuck converse and a pair of wedged red espadrille sandals would look great with this dress! Red Espadrilles sandals are from M&S @ £19.50

This shirt dress comes slightly small on the chest area so bear this in mind and go for a size bigger than the size you are! I went and bought a size 8 thinking it was going to fit,  turned out I had to get it in a size 10 and I love that it has a belt to tie to cinch in at the waist. I would definitely consider wearing this dress with white trainers for a casual look and wear it with red or white espadrilles white wedge sandals for a more formal day look.

Next up we have two striped tops from Missguided that you can wear with denim jeans.

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Navy Stripe Crop Top – £20.00   Red Stripe Ruffle Sleeve Wrap Top – £20.00

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These styles look great on with denim as the tops are cropped you can wear them with high waist jeans or as the model is wearing with the red stripe ruffle sleeve top, a denim floral skirt. Basing on this stripe styling, trainers would look great on for foot wear or flat mule type sandals. My daughter has purchased both these tops so I am intrigued to see what they will look like on.

In New Look stores they have the Rochelle Edit collection also in this summer seasons stripes. You can look online or go to their stores and check out this collection as its inspiring to see celebs collaborating with stores and modelling the styles that are in this summer season. Rochelle is certainly rocking this summer look with this Bardo rainbow striped Knit top!

 

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Here we have THE Rochelle EDIT collection featuring the Rainbow Stripe Knit Cropped T-Shirt @ Newlook.com – £12.99

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Outer wear styling in stripes is also out for this years Spring/Summer styles too image below we have a striped blazer with a t-shirt and jeans for a formal casual look or you can dazzle the eyes of some walking down the streets wearing, a two piece striped suit and a turtle neck top.

Loving the look on both but I have to say I probably would not wear the two piece striped suit as I am not that confident enough to wear it. Not sure where the light blue and red stripe two piece suit is from as I was searching through some images and uploaded it to show. The black and white stripe blazer below is from River Island pricing at £59.99

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Here I have put a flat lay style together with a Striped wrap top blouse and jeans and I love this blouse because I like the floral applique trim detailing on the blouse as it wraps round you cinching at the waist line with a wrap over tie belt.

This blouse was in the sale at New Look @ £9.00

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Lastly here I am wearing the striped Red and white shirt dress from H&M @ £29.99 I have paired my outfit with nude wedged sandals.  I hope my styling with stripes has given you some ways of how to dress with stripes although, it is not hard and it is easy to base stripes with other clothing adding plain textures with them.

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You can follow me at instagram.com-inspiredbyjkb for styling inspo and fashion tips. This blog post will be in the link in my bio.

Jaz Birk xx

What Shoes to wear with the little black dress?

Hi its that time once again for me to blog about finding the right types of shoes with, a black dress. I guess it’s quite easy as black clothing goes with any type of shoes or sandals as it works as a good canvas to pop some color to a outfit. There’s a image I have uploaded below to show you, of a black short dress and Maroon Heels with a plat form sole. This style would be perfect for work attire or even a smart formal dinner date.

What I love about shoes is that no matter how many pairs you have, there are styles of matching them up with any black dress. Whether they are strapped sandals or high heeled shoes these looks work well, even on a black jumpsuit or black trousers or black jeans!

If you are going for that casual look in style, there is a image below of a model in a long sleeve black t shirt dress wearing white high top converse trainers, sunglasses and carrying a black tote bag. This look is basic and street styled for a comfortable look and black goes great with white trainer footwear.

 

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Below we have different styles in shoes that happen to be in every color. I searched online and came across the Sarah Jessica Parker shoe line and still remember the day I visited one of her stores in the USA! It was just so great to see every shoe style in different colors and embellished with a diamond piece on top of some of the shoes.

Gorgeously designed and in a satin finish with a high heel these SJP shoes would look fab on with a little black dress. Now clearly if I owned every colour pair of shoes in my wardrobe which I don’t!!  I would firstly have to get a walk in wardrobe built in my room to store all these fabulous pairs of shoes. Can’t see that happening for a while but I’m working on that.

Every color in these shoes has that vibrancy to go with black, and if I did own so many pairs? I’d say I would be spoilt for choice if I had this collection. Well dreaming over!! So going back to when I went to the SJP boutique in the USA, It was basically like I went into a sweet store wanting the candy bar!! Seeing all these gorgeous colours I’d say it was like being in shoe heaven!!  So moving on..

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when I dress in black I like to add that pop of color to the outfit experimenting by accessorizing with pieces of Jewelry and then adding footwear for that choice of color. Nude tones and Red colours are in right now in footwear and also goes perfectly well with black.

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To spice up that dress if you want to Jazz it up with black go for adding silver, rose gold, gold or sparkly shimmered styles. Here I found a image of Angelina Jolie wearing a black chiffon long sleeved dress with gold and nude shade heels which look so striking with the dress. I love the cut and style on Angelina as she is so slim in size the shoes look perfect on her slim feet. This is a great look I have to say!

 

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So guiding on how to dress that little black dress with the right type of footwear I have based and found my searches relatively, and simplified it to which types of shoes would go, but you can go for the sandal styles as well so there are a few images below that I thought would be great in style too!

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I love Zara I rarely buy their footwear as we don’t have the store where I live so I have to shop else where in towns in reach of a zara store near by.

So above we have Sandal styles at Zara stores – we have a Soft leather mule – £49.99 and a caged high- heel  sandal – £69.99

Sandal styles in block heels are in as well we have the Toma Leather Heeled sandal at French Connection and the Woven Heeled Sandal at Karen Millen. These sandals would  look good with any style of clothing in black. Images are below on the types of dresses that would look great on with these types of sandals.

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We have the Toma Leather Heeled Sandal at French Connection – £50.00 and the dress is a Broderie Anglais Dress at Warehouse – £42.00

 

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Woven Sandal at Karen Millen – £145.00 and a Rene Black Dress at All Saints – £148.00

I hope this guide of styling the black dress with the right footwear has, given some of you that thought on colors and shoe types. I love accessorizing outfits especially when it comes to a brand of shoe that is going to compliment that little black dress! I might have to edit this blog and upload a image with me wearing a black dress with shoes of my styling. As they say one is never over dressed or under dressed in a little black dress. 🙂

Jaz Birk xx