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Bristol Fashion Favourites: Trilby and Breton stripes

1st September 2015

This hat from Bristol boutique Fox & Feather has a bit of a 1970s vibe, but I’ve mixed it with a Breton stripe and jeans for a casual work-friendly look.

Trilby hat from Fox and Feather

Fox and Feather 1970s hat and Breton stripe top

The 1970s look is back for Autumn/Winter but if you don’t feel like going the whole hog with your outfit, little details like this hat can offer a subtle nod when styled with your old wardrobe staples. You might recognise this hat from my Christmas haul post – my mother-in-law picked it out and I’m so glad she did because I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it so far.

Orange trilby hat from Fox and Feather

These pics might look like a London street, but in fact they were taken in Bristol’s Queen Square as part of a blogger collab with my pal Emily from Mermaid Gossip.

Autumn Winter 2015 1970s style hat

Outfit details: Hat – Fox & Feather; jacket – ASOS; top – H&M’ jeans – River Island

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Bowled over

16th April 2011

This season will see a significant revival of the 90’s classic trend – the bowler hat.  As most of you know, Charlie Chaplin was the real pioneer for this particular trend, way back in the 1920’s and it just so happens that today marks what would be his 122nd birthday.

Rachel Bilson has had a long standing love affair with her bowler and has been seen wearing it with a multitude of different looks. We’d advise you keep it simple as the hat is a ‘look’ in its own right. Kate Moss and Keira Knightly have both modelled the bowler for Chanel Mademoiselle wearing nothing but a pout, however we’d advise you wear it with a simple t-shirt, denim shorts and keep it quirky with some brogues.

So in aide of Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, Bristol Fashionista brings you the best bowler hats, suitable for any budget:

Get nautical!

30th March 2011

Breton striped tops are a style staple that will never, ever go out of fashion.

The Breton stripe shirt originated in Brittany and was traditionally worn by French sailors and fisherman. Thrust into the fashion spotlight by timeless style icons such as Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, the Breton stripe embodies Riviera chic and is a must have for every wardrobe.

Breton strips look great paired down with jeans. Boot cut, boyfriend, skinny, you name it – it goes. Or, for a more Parisian feel, team Breton tops with tailored trousers or shorts. They also work well underneath blazers and can be accessorised with a simple necklace or string of pearls.

As with most style staples, it’s important to invest in one that fits your perfectly. Luckily, there are plenty of Breton tops around that will suit all shapes and sizes.

If you are fuller figured or have a large bust, stick to looser fitted styles with medium stripes. Narrow stripes suit more petite frames with smaller busts.  If you have curvy hips or are smaller on your top half than around your bottom, then you can wear tighter fitting Breton tops with high waisted skirts to conceal any problem areas.

As a general rule, if you really want to work this look, whatever your size or shape, then opt for loose, lightweight, cotton Breton tops that are a size too big.

Take a look at our gallery for nautical inspiration:

How to wear: palazzo trousers

23rd March 2011

The time has come to ditch your skinny jeans. There’s a new trouser in town.

Chic, comfortable and very cool, palazzo pants were once upon a time favoured by Coco Chanel and have dipped in and out of fashion ever since. For spring/summer 2011, palazzos are a wardrobe staple and the perfect item for working the Seventies trend.

We’ve really only seen this trend being rocked by skinny minnies on the catwalk, so the big question is ‘how on earth do you wear them for an everyday style?’ Worn in the right way, these trousers can be super flattering; leg lengthening and stomach flattening. Palazzos suit light, swishy, soft fabrics such as heavy silks and jerseys. They should be fitted from the waist and be wide legged from the top of the thigh, dropping straight down to the ankle.

Unless you are super tall, avoid flats at all costs – you don’t want to look like you’re floating and you will risk catching the soft fabric on the ground as you walk. If you’re unsure of your body shape, stick to loose – not baggy – tops. Breton t-shirts would work fabulously with black palazzos.

For those of who are blessed with a slender frame, athletic with straight hips, look for palazzos that are snug around the hip. You will be able to wear with pretty much anything on your top half (lucky you!), but graphic print t-shirts would give you a super-fashionable, edgy look.

If you’re petite (under 5’3), don’t go for uber voluminous styles as they will literally swallow you – stick to lighter weight fabrics. Wear with heels and a silky vest top.

For those of you who are naturally gifted in the bust area, you should opt for printed palazzos with a simple top.

If you are bigger on the bottom half than the top, you should avoid patterns and prints. Look for plain or block colour trousers and wear them with stripe tops or loose, short sleeved blouses.

Here’s our selection of lovely palazzo trousers, with a couple of tops thrown in the mix for those of you who are still unsure: