Fun with Fashion

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

7 Simple Tips to Look More Stylish

7 simple tricks to look more stylish | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm taking one plain and neutral (dare I say, boring?!) outfit that could be considered to be a bit on the frumpy side.

A simple outfit consisting of everyday items that most of us already own.

I'm going to wear the same outfit two different ways.
One outfit okay, but nothing to write home about.
One a little less 'Meh..' and a little more 'Me'!

I've deliberately chosen items that could be accused of having a frumpy reputation.
Items that are neither in fashion nor on trend.

Clothes that are so far away from edgy they're land-locked!

7 simple tricks to look more stylish | Fake Fabulous

Today's outfit consists of...

1. Skinny Blue Jeans.

I know lots of us still love our skinny jeans but the fash-pack tell us they're dated and tired.
Whether you agree or not, new denim shapes are everywhere and skinnies are no longer en-vogue.
Skinnies are on the verge of being frumpy.
Shock horror!!
(I still love them anyway)

Check out these posts...

2. Round Neck Cardigan.


Nothing says old-maid or frump-fest like a round neck button up cardigan.
Yes, they're warm but most definitely not going to wow the fashionistas.
If a cardigan can be made to look cute then anything can!
(I LOVE a cardigan and wear one almost every day)

Take a look at these posts from the archives...

3. A Plain Shirt or Button Down.


Touted as a classic BUT in danger of boring us to tears, plain button-up shirts are often dull as dishwater.
The classic shirt doesn't get my fashion juices flowing, that's for sure!
This blue one is okay(ish) with its scallop detail but it's hardly wowing us, is it?

I've also stuck to a neutral and pared back palette for all of these items.
Which was VERY hard, I can tell you!

Of course, I couldn't resist a cute little bootie.
(I had to have something of me in there.)

This neutral outfit may not be setting the fashion world ablaze but it has very little wrong with it.
All it needs are a few tweaks to inject personality and fun!

7 simple tricks to look more stylish | Fake Fabulous

7 Simple Tricks to Look More Stylish

1. Avoid Helmet Hair and Heavy Makeup.

Helmet hair is that over-done hairdo that has seen too many heated devices and styling products.
(You know the ones I mean!)
Probably finished with half a can of hairspray.

Helmet hair doesn't make us look younger or trendier... in fact, it makes us look older and frumpier.

Let your hair do a little bit of it's own thing.
Movement is sexy.
Shine is sexy.
A dusty and crusty over-dyed, over processed backcombed bob isn't!

Ditto heavy makeup.
You can't paper over the cracks people!
The (old) tutorial below (by Lisa Eldridge) is foolproof and the model looks so natural and fabulous.




It's a great post, please check it out if you've not seen it already.

2. Ditch Delicate Jewellery Sets.

Jewellery suites or fine sets are pretty but they're very old fashioned and can make a perfectly trendy outfit seem dated and frumpy.
Try some bolder costume pieces and a little mixing and matching to create a unique look that reflects your personality.


3. Start Cuffing your Trousers and Jeans.

It's such a simple trick but cuffing trouser hems is so often forgotten.
Cuffing your jeans or trousers lengthens the leg and just looks cooler, especially with a flat shoe (like a brogue) or ankle boot.
In fact, all shoes look better with a cuff!
Flashing a little bare skin is super-chic but if it's too cold for that nonsense add a colourful sock and just have fun with it.
That's what fashion's all about after all.

4. Push up your Sleeves!

How easy is that?
Pushing up your sleeves slims the body by highlighting the wrists.
Flashing a little forearm flesh also slims the waist and adds curves to the body.
Don't ask me why but it works!

5. Tuck in.

Whether it's a full tuck, a front tuck, a half tuck or even a micro tuck... any level of tucking will work to give your body shape.
Tucking lengthens the leg, curves the hip and slims the waist.

Having a top or shirt hanging out doesn't really hide your belly, it just draws attention to that area and makes you look like you have a belly to hide.


6. Do SOMETHING with your scarf.

If you love scarves as much as me then you'll know they look so good when you do something with them.
Anything is better than leaving your scarf hanging limply.
Experiment with different knots, bows, folds, tucks and positions.
It's fun to do and adds personality to your outfit.
I've tied mine like a gent's tie here.
So easy.

7. Add a little Colour.

For me, colour is always the answer, but even if you're not into your bolds and brights adding some kind of contrast will look good.
I've added a touch of yellow using my (much needed) socks and nail polish but any little touches help.
Simply find somewhere to sneak in a shot of your favourite hues and see your outfit come to life.
7 simple tricks to look more stylish | Fake Fabulous
JEANS: Topshop
BOOTS: Clarks
BAG: Bon Marche
SHIRT: Redoute
SCARF: A gift from a good friend
SOCKS: Burlington
BELT: Boden
UNDER-TOP: M&S
EARRINGS: Monsoon
STAR PIN: H&M
GLOVES: Dents

7 simple tricks to look more stylish | Fake Fabulous

Do you have any simple tips when it comes to ditching the frump and making your outfits feel more stylish?
I'd love to hear them!

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Blue Band Jacket & Yellow Trousers | What's happened to Our Favourites? | Link Up!

Blue Boden Beaded Band Jacket, Yellow Trousers | Spring Style | Fake Fabulous

I've dug my yellow trousers out of the 'Put away for winter' bag and I'm so glad to see them again.
Hello sunshine legs!

See these yellow trousers in action...
There's nothing quite as spring-like as a dash of yellow, is there?

{See more yellow in the form of my spring-chicken jumper HERE... I even wore it in the snow}

These yellow trousers had plenty of wear last year and I hope to get much more out of them for 2018.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

How to get your Legs Out when it's too Cold!

Layered Rust, Grey & Brown Spring Outfit | Fake Fabulous

So, it's supposed to be spring isn't it?

Are you like me and sick-to-the-back-teeth of your winter woolies?
Is your cold weather wardrobe boring you to tears?

Are you fed up of the bad weather and desperate to move towards spring.
Are you ready to shed the layers and bare some skin?
YES!!

Hang on a minute...
There is a small problem.
Mother nature has other ideas.
It's still blooming freezing, and there seems to be nothing we can do about it.

Fortunately, where there's a will there's a way!
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

4 Great Reasons to be Lazy! #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP


I'm happy to hold my hand up and admit that I'm a lazy person!
Being lazy is not something shameful, or even negative.
In fact, being lazy means you hold some great life skills.
Being lazy can be a good thing.

People have been miss-labelled as lazy for years.
Laziness is NOT a bad thing.
Lazy people are not stupid or slow.
The opposite is often true.
Laziness is not something to shy away from.
Being a lazy person has some amazing benefits.

4 Great Traits of a Typical Lazy Person

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

What ARE you Wearing? It Doesn't Go!

Cobalt coat, striped sock boots & hot pink trousers | Fake Fabulous

It feels really good to wear some seriously bold colour from time to time.
I am a colour lover and often mix and match different shades but, this outfit takes colour to the next level.

I love a mega-clash but clashing high contrast colours can be intimidating.
Sometimes the thought of replicating a look like this can be scary.
This is because bold clashes look much bolder in real life.

The thing about a super-duper clash is that it may look great in a photo but in the cold light of a winter's day colours like these stick out like a sore thumb!

I'm more than happy to be a sore thumb but, if you're not, then it's easy to make an outfit like this one more wearable.
Just switch out one of the bold coloured pieces for a more grounding neutral of your choice.

Cobalt coat, striped sock boots & hot pink trousers | Fake Fabulous

It's not the first time I've clashed this bold blue coat with other colours.
Mixing various blues and pink.
Or bright blue, pale blue and red.
Subtle as a brick and I'm not sorry! 😛

Cobalt coat, striped sock boots & hot pink trousers | Fake Fabulous

I'm lucky to have friends and family that are not afraid to say what they feel.
So when a friend said to me...
"This is an interesting look."
"Quite clashy, eh."
{That was clashy, not classy!}
"Nothing really goes does it?"
They were not being mean or bitchy, just stating a fact, and I took it as a compliment.
For me, bold is beautiful!

Cobalt coat, striped sock boots & hot pink trousers | Fake Fabulous

Are you wary of a (super-mega-uber) bold clash?
Or, do you love to mix as much as me?
What are your favourite mixes?
Please let me know!

STRIPED BOOTS: Zara
TROUSERS: Topshop
BLUE LEOPARD TIGHTS: A gift
TEAL JUMPER: c/o Woolovers
PINK GLOVES: John Lewis
SILK SCARVES: Charity shopped
BLUE COAT: Vintage
BAG: Topshop

Cobalt coat, striped sock boots & hot pink trousers | Fake Fabulous

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

How NOT to be Jealous | #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP


I've not got a jealous bone in my body.
I'm not boasting or being smart about it.
It's just a statement of fact.

I sometimes feign envy, for fun, but to be honest I'm not even sure I'm doing it right!

My husband thinks my lack of envy and jealousy is because I'm confident in who (and what) I am, but I'm not so sure he's right about that!

I often don't feel very confident.
{But do a good job of faking confidence on a regular basis!}

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring | 7 Favourite Winter Looks

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! 7 Favourite Winter Looks | Fake Fabulous

My 7 favourite Winter outfits

Winter has been the usual mixed bag of odd Scottish weather.
Ranging from the glorious crisp days of winter sunshine to torrential rain to thigh-deep snow.

Despite the huge (melting) piles of snow outside, today was the first time I've felt the hopeful glow of Spring.

The sun is shining and there's a feeling of optimism.

Of course, it won't last long (this is Scotland after all!) and the rain will return at any moment, but for now, it's a slice of heaven and the perfect time to share my 7 favourite winter outfits.

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Shake it Up and Try Something Different! #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP


How many of us are guilty of sicking to the same-old, same-old?
Whether it's the shops we go to, or the type of books we read.
We are creatures of habit.

The problem with habit is that we can become stuck in a rut.
And the problem with being in a rut is that we can become stale, boring and eventually out of touch.

Being out of touch = Being OLD

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Sheepskin and an Irish Aran Knit | Vintage Winter Style

Grey Vintage Sheepskin Coat & an Aran Wool Jumper | Fake Fabulous

Nothing keeps you quite as warm as a sheepskin coat.
Even the latest high-tech fabric (or the fluffiest of down) can't cut it, compared to a real shearling fleece.

However, even though I'm not a vegetarian I still feel a twinge of guilt wearing the skin of an animal.
Which is simply ridiculous when you consider I use leather handbags, not to mention all of my leather shoes and boots!

I feel like such a hypocrite.

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