Wednesday 13 February 2019

#50 Shades of Beige

There is something classic and elegant about including a monochromatic colour scheme into your outfit. The “50 shades of beige” trend is huge for Spring/Summer 2019 fashion and includes lots of soft muted colours including off white, cream, taupe and caramel tones. We see Designers like Chloe and Burberry showcasing this trend on the catwalk! So safe to say we will all be wearing these desert shades if we want to dress designer-esque and look effortlessly put together!

A classic hue in your outfit will always be timeless – it is so chic and rich. Lots of celebrities like Holly Willoughby, Kourtney Kardashian and Hailey Bieber are jumping on this trend and looking stunning doing it! 

Simple styles do not have to be boring – you can always add a statement coat to make your outfit stand out! Why not take some style inspo from Hailey Bieber in her beautiful check coat!

Use of these neutral shades can really help to streamline your outfit and give you a very aesthetically pleasing look! So here are 5 ways you can add one of 2019’s biggest trends to your wardrobe!

1. A Coat

Why not add a classic coat to your collection! A good coat is a staple piece that gives that finishing touch to your outfit. Chose a long line or midi length for a sophisticated look or a long line over-sized blazer for a more relaxed look. Never underestimate the effect of good outerwear! I adore the camel tone and tortoise shell buttons of this androgynous style coat from Zara. I chose mine in a size small as I dont like it to look too big and bear in mind that it is an over sized fit! Head over to my Instagram @thestyleflamingos to see me wearing this with lots of different outfits!

Coat - Zara
Boots - River Island

Jumper - Dunnes Stores from Savida range
Skirt is a charity shop find

You could also opt for a classic mac or short wool coat – chose something that will fit practically in your wardrobe. A good coat is something that you can have for years!

2. Handbags

You could add neutral or beige tones into your accessories like your handbag. A nude handbag is so chic and will go with absolutely everything. So even if you go for a designer piece by choosing a timeless colour you will definitely get your price per wear - well this is how I will justify it in my head anyway lol! J

This designer inspired nude bag from Boohoo is a nice affordable cross body option.

So here I have styled a beige polo from Dunnes Stores with a Tesco F & F skirt check skirt bringing a hint of greens and browns into the outfit, I then kept my shoes and handbag muted by selecting nude tones. I have had this cream Jasper Conran coat for years and every winter I pull it out. I think when we choose a simple style and basic shades we will re wear it so much – so actually investing in some good coats and bags can make for excellent wardrobe decisions!

Boots are my nude River Island ones again!
Handbag is Marc Jacobs from Brown Thomas

3. Knitwear

I for one love cosy knitwear in winter and when I found this beautiful bobble knit I was sold. Head over to my Instagram to find out where this one is from – love that it’s so affordable! Style with a tan leather skirt or cream skinny jeans and you are right on trend! Having neutral basics means that your pieces are versatile so you can add a pair of skinny jeans, a pair of chinos, a mini or midi skirt and you have a number of different looks with one piece!

Add some gold or rose gold tones into your jewellery to give that extra dimension to your outfit! My gold earrings styled here are only €3 from Penneys!

4. Footwear

Neutral shades of footwear are just fantastic to have in your wardrobe. Like who doesn’t own black shoes or boots? So perhaps beige is the new black?! We all want to add some beige or nude footwear to our collection. As you all know a nude court shoe will not only elongate your legs but gives the illusion of slimmer legs too. It’s the colour and style that do all the talking!

I love these nude boots I bought before Christmas and I am wearing them a lot with blue skinny jeans and all of my skirts. Opt for neutral tones to get more wear out of all of your pieces.

These nudes boots are from River Island

5A Statement Skirt

To make an outfit pop while wearing a monochromatic palette you could always add a statement print skirt. Maybe opt for animal print as suggested in last week’s article ‘How to Wear Animal Print’ or something like this Versace inspired print! As everything else is muted it allows the skirt to really stand out!

Skirt is Zara 

There are so many fab midi skirts in stores now so there are many options I will post some over on my Instagram later today! Check out a beautiful River Island one I posted on my Insta stories today! Don't worry if you missed it check out my '50 Shades of Beige' highlights.

You will probably notice that in most of my photographs I am wearing the same boots, so you can wear one item in endless ways! 

When you are shopping just ask yourself, how many different ways can I wear this?! – If the answer is only in limited ways then think about why you are buying it!

Change the way you think of your items – styling them up and down can be so much fun! So this week I ask you to wear one item that you own, at least twice, but in two different ways - you will enjoy getting creative and utilising your wardrobe in the best possible way!

Neutral tones and basic items are the best things to start building a capsule wardrobe!

Visit the Offaly Express website next week to find more fashion & lifestyle tips! 

Hope you all have a fab week!  


Arlene x


Tuesday 5 February 2019

5 Ways to Wear Animal Print

Animal Print is one of the biggest trends for 2019! It was massive last year & continues to be one of fashions’ hottest must haves! This isn't a new trend, it has in fact been around for many decades - it really is one of those perennial trends & can be very chic & stylish! The Royals are proof that animal
print is a trend that can be timeless & elegant - Queen Elizabeth herself has been photographed wearing a leopard print coat!

 And how stunning does Princess Diana look in her leopard print dress!

 Kate Middleton looking effortlessly chic in animal print!

Meghan Markle reminds us that we can simply add the trend to our footwear to stay current in our style!

We really don’t need to go head to toe leopard print like BeyoncĂ© & Bella Hadid to take part in this seasons’ must have trend!! J

These prints were everywhere on the catwalks for Spring Summer 2019 from Designers like Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham & Saint Laurent! This trend has been transformed & brought to us by many of our high street favourites too!

We might think of animal print as a little Kat Slater or hard to wear! So I want to share 5 ways to style this years' fashion statement! I will show you how to add animal print to your wardrobe – even if only in a small way!

1. Footwear - 

I had to start with shoes as I am totally obsessed!! I will admit when it comes to the animal print trend I wasn't too sure if I wanted to incorporate it into my shoe collection. It all changed when I found the most perfect Aquazzura inspired heels in the faux snake print - I am literally in love! This shoe is definitely a way of bringing animal print to your style in a chic & sophisticated way!

Shoes are a recent purchase from Penneys Newbridge

I will style these with a sleek all black outfit - these heels keep me on trend but in a classy way!
If you are more of a flats girl then here are some pretty ballerina pumps to consider!


Designers like Chloe are trending with these fab snake print cut out boots!

There are lots of high street alternatives when it comes to cowboy or Chelsea boot styles! Wear animal print & the cowboy style & you are ticking off two of 2019's biggest fashion trends!

New Look 

New Look

New Look



The Kooples


Wear any of these boots with skinny jeans & a jumper for a relaxed, comfy & on trend everyday outfit!

Opt for heels to style up for the office or a night out!
If you are planning a holiday stay on trend with some print sandals like these ones from Tory Burch. 

Tory Burch

2. Accessories

If you are not into wearing animal print clothes you can always opt for the print in your accessories. It is a stylish & effective way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe.
Why not opt for a handbag to add a trendy addition to your outfit.

Carvela by Kurt Geiger

Carvela by Kurt Geiger


Here is the fab Alexa Chung styling a leopard print bucket bag!

Princess Eugenie was also spotted sporting a leopard print handbag!

A scarf is something not only to keep you warm but can also be a way of adding a chic & trendy piece to perhaps a simple outfit!
Gucci is inspiring many of us with their beautiful & stylish take on the trend!

How fab does Sarah Jessica Parker look in her Louis Vuitton leopard print scarf!

Maybe a trendy umbrella is as far as you want to take the trend! This one from Jaeger is perfect for a rainy day!

You could wear a nice print scarf/headband & again tick 2 big trends at once!

 River Island

Or what about a nice print belt to add some chic to your favourite jeans or skirt!



3. Skirts

I am absolutely loving the midi skirt especially in a satin fabric. I really like this animal print version I picked up recently. It is so easy to style up & down. I styled with a slogan t-shirt, leather jacket & thigh high boots for a more relaxed vibe! Then I styled with a black lace sleeve polo & sock boots for a slightly dressier look!

Skirt is Penneys

                                               Skirt Penneys & McGreals Fashions Polo

Here are some options available in stores now!


Ganni from Brown Thomas



 Nasty Gal

Rixo from Brown Thomas

A skirt is a great trend option – wear with t-shirts, shirts & cosy knits. Style for day with comfy boots & add heels for a more glam look.

4.  Dresses

Animal print dresses are everywhere this season! The queen of fashion Victoria Beckham has included the trend in her 2018 fall collection! Here she is looking super stylish wearing her own design!

Other celebs like Kim Kardashian are also jumping on the trend too!

Maybe consider adding a dress to your wardrobe to keep you on trend this season!

 Marks & Spencer
         Littlewoods V by Very

 Marks & Spencer

5. Coats

A good coat is a style staple so why not pick up a statement animal print version to make you stand out!

Victoria Beckham’s fall collection includes a stunning leopard print coat!

We can also see the animal print trend on coats in the collection of other designers like Tom Ford & Miu Miu!

      Here are some more designer inspired & more affordable options!

 River Island

   River Island


 New Look

Littlewoods V by Very

Or just do a pop of print on your coat collar or lining just like the ever chic & stylish Princess Diana.

I hope I have inspired you to put a little animal print into your wardrobe. Stay tuned next week for more fashion & style inspo!


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