Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How to: Wear the crop top without showing it all off :)

If the thought of baring your midriff sends shivers of terror through your spine this is the article for you. Remember when we said the 90's was back, well its back with a BOOMMM baby, and with it comes all those crop tops, belly barer's and short shirts that we dread.

 Who can forget these terrific tums of the 90's?

Now, if like me, you think that "it's great for Britney, Christina and Gwen, but I aint got no personal trainer to make me look like that!" then were on the same page, so here are a few tips to wear your crop top  without showing it all off:

1. Use sheer/ lacy fabrics to cover it up, but show a hint.
You can wear your crop top, but wear a sheer shirt / chiffon top/ lace long sleeve under or over it, that way, if you are a little conscious of revealing your midriff, you can still wear the trend.

Or instead you can take a lace crop top like this and wear it over a black tank top.
 2. Wear high waist trousers/skirt/shorts to nearly meet the crop top
This is a favourite of mine, it's nearly a cheat, but not quite! Wear your high waist trousers, skirt, shorts and leave about an inch between it and the crop top, this gap should be above your hips, on your rib cage, to skim across the narrowest part of your torso. To really kick it up a notch, wear a pencil skirt and a statement necklace, or a matching top and bottom, like Katy Perry at the Kids Choice Awards last week


3. Layer it up
Still not comfortable with showing skin, layer up that crop top for zero skin baring. wear over a dress, a top, or a long sleeve top for maximum style with zero fuss.

Image 1 of ASOS Crop Top with Lace Frill Hem
On ASOS right now, team with a bandeau long top for luscious layers

 So there you go ladies, how to wear your crop top without showing it all off!

Here are some websites with various types of crop top on them, my top tip is just to be sure of the LENGTH you want, because there are so many types :

topshop - crop top (try say that 10 times!!)

And don't forget your local shops, you can try before you buy!

As always, if you have questions, requests,  or comments please, please post them here, (you can be as anonymous and mysterious as you like ) or on the Facebook page, don't forget to like and share

Le grá,


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pre-loved clothes- that jacket's not just for Christmas

Call them thrift shops, bargain basements, or charity stores, these hidden gems are the most trendy places to rummage through nowadays.

Forget River Island, Topshop and ASOS, pop down to your loved pre-loved clothes shop. Did you know Katy Perry used to shop in pre-loved clothes shops in San Francisco? And look at her now!

There are some rules though that you must abide by to really get the most out of your pre-loved bargains :) These are practical and fashion based, so have a read, and myabe your next fav ourfit will be pre-loved!

Rules for preloved clothes

1.ALWAYS wash the clothes first. You don't know where they have been or who they have been with. Scary part over....promise :)

 2.Look for clothes with tags, these are the best find. (How many times have you bought something only to give it away, with tags intact....)

3. Check the zip/buttons/detailing/stains/washing instructions, its a bargain until you find the zip is busted, it has a huge stain down the front or it can only be washed in holy water under a full moon (slight exaggeration I know :P )

4. Ask "Will I really wear this?" Remember, it's only great if you will wear it. Just beacuse it's cheap does not mean that you want to waste money on it,

5. Look for really unusual pieces, they are the best types of buy, and the ones you will get best wear out of. Don't be afaid to ask if you are looking for something in particular.

There are plenty of online second-hand shops too, Oxfam even has this bridal one

Some prime examples are : check out this page for special baby tips :)

and this page will help you with various designer swop shops:

And look at Shutterbug, they are having a sale €20 per kg of clothes in Kilkenny on the 3oth March

Cover photo
I'll see you there :)

So that's it ladies, give pre-loved a chance and show that old jacket some new love, it's not just for Christmas :)

Le Grá,