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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:

Dip in for summer!

24th March 2011

After a tip off from the lovely Rob at Artizan, Bath, we can confirm that the dip-dye hair trend is still going strong for summer 2011. Sunkissed, relaxed and pretty, with oodles of beachy chic, Alexa Chung kicked off the ombré craze back at an Yves St Laurent fragrance launch in 2010 and the look has since been adopted by Cameron Diaz, Rachel Bilson, Drew Barrymore and Lauren Conrad to name but a few.

But did you know that the correct term for this stylish ‘do’ is ombré? Nope, neither did we! This style takes inspiration from the French word meaning ‘shaded’ or ‘graduated in tone.’

We particularly love how Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) has subtly interpreted this look. Dark roots accentuate the splashes of Californian blonde at the tips.

If you’re interested in creating this look, it’s probably best that you visit a salon. You could probably do it yourself, but I wouldn’t advise it unless you’re a pro with the bleach! Yes, expect bleach to be the main component of this hairstyle which of course means you will have to take extra care of your hair with colour protecting shampoos and regular deep conditioning treatment.

I’m actually thinking of getting this look myself – so if anyone has got any tips (pun intended) then please take to the comments section and let me know!