5 Essential Items Everyone Needs in Their Wardrobe

You will hear a lot about fashion as you go through life, with people all over the media coming up with new trends every minute. Although it can be fun to follow new trends, it can also become stressful, and many people find that doing this also erodes their personal style. Instead, you should find some timeless pieces to add to your wardrobe, which will last you for a long time. This not only helps you save money and stress, but it also enables you to cut down on your contribution to fast fashion in your bid to help the planet. If you need help deciding which items to invest in, you should take note of some wardrobe essentials.

High-quality jeans

A great pair of jeans can flatter your figure and boost your confidence on any day of the week, but it can be tricky to find the perfect pair on a budget. Jeans are something that should be invested in, as paying a little more can often result in them lasting for years, rather than a few weeks. In some cases, you should get your jeans fitted, so you know you are stepping out in a high-quality pair every day.

A party dress

Everyone will have special occasions to go to throughout the year, such as summer weddings and New Year’s Eve parties. For such occasions, it’s best to have a trusty party dress to turn to, so that you are set for any kind of occasion. Luckily, brands are beginning to cater to all body sizes, so you can find one that fits you just right. For example, plus size party dresses can be found on sites like www.simplybe.com.

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Expertly fitted underwear

The biggest mistake many people make when it comes to their wardrobe is never getting fitted for lingerie. Even if you feel your undergarments fit you well, you will never know your true size unless you have a fitting. After doing this, you can buy some well-made items, so that you won’t need to spend lots of money replacing damaged garments throughout the year.

A winter coat

When winter rolls around, you will want nothing more than to wrap up warm in a winter coat. The great news about searching for one is that there are hundreds to choose from, both online and in high street stores. You should remember never to buy fur unless it is fake, as this can do more harm than good when you are shopping. To ensure you choose a coat that matches with everything, always go for a neutral colour, like camel or black.

Some comfortable shoes

No matter what job you have, you will need a comfortable pair of shoes to see you through the day. Choosing the perfect pair depends on your personal style; while some people may choose a pair of ballet flats, others will prefer some colourful trainers to add some brightness to their wardrobe with. In any case, you should make sure the shoes you are buying will last through the years.


The Top Trends From London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the biggest events in the calendar for designers, models and trend-lovers alike. This article brought to you by Fulton Umbrellas gives you a run down on all the upcoming trends. At Fulton Umbrellas, they love keeping their eye on the next big thing in fashion to make sure that the collection stays on-trend and in vogue. So, what were the highlights from September’s LFW?

Here is a run-down of the event so that you can get a head start on what’s going to take fashion by storm…

Dare to diversify

Anyone who has any interest in fashion was eager to watch the Burberry show at the latest LFW because this was the debut of Riccardo Tisci, who was appointed chief creative director of Burberry in March. Those spectating were certainly entertained with Tisci sending his models down the runway in a perfect blend of classic and contemporary outfits. This ensured this traditional British brand showed its power as a modern fashion powerhouse. You can learn style tips from Burberry, which focused on both ends of the style spectrum — demure pussy-bow blouses, pleated midi skirts and elegant gowns at certain intervals, and bold graphic t-shirts with leather bottoms and overstated make-up at the other! Just go classic British — whether it’s chic and feminine 1950s or punky and rebellious 1980s! The William Morris collection is ideal if you want the vintage vibe.


Keep it minimal

Can you believe that 2018 is Victoria Beckham’s tenth year in the fashion industry — and she celebrated it in style with her stand-out collection at LFW. Beckham was lauded for her stunning range of loose-fit, beautifully chic and minimalist designs that looked effortless, but really impressed critics and the audience.

Using block colours that are apparently set to be big in spring and summer next year such as baby blue and rust, she showed how a simple pair of tailored trousers paired with a plain blazer and long t-shirt can work wonders. To enhance the look, pair with a sleek black umbrella to stay on-trend in all weather.


The ruche appeal

If Molly Goddard’s collection is anything to go by, next season is all about ruffled clothing. This breathed some life into a classic 1980s trend. Apparently ruffles on everything from skirt hemlines to shirt cuffs will be hugely popular.

This is wonderfully feminine and you can add a touch of fun to an outfit by filling your wardrobe with ruched tops and pairing them with tapered trousers to highlight the ruched outline. You could alternatively go for a long, ruched skirt and wear a fitted blouse on top so you don’t go overboard on the ruffles! A retro, floral umbrella from Joules will look great with this style of outfit.

Layers of embellishments

Layering and embellished clothing were other top trends found across multiple catwalks at September’s LFW. Take Temperley London’s show, which featured models dressed in boxy jackets decorated with shiny metallics, dresses enhanced with tulle layering, and skirts featuring bird and leaf patterns.

Sequins, shapes and colour reigned supreme at the Temperley London show — make the look into your style! Go for something with beaded embellishments or nature patterns in a lime green, electric blue or tangerine orange for a stand-out outfit that’s ideal for SS19. When it comes to choosing a skirt or dress, keep your eye out for mesh and tulle — a satin maxi skirt with a cream netted fabric over the top looks beautiful. Since colour is an important part of this look, choose an umbrella from this Cath Kidston collection.

Edwardian styles

Our final top trend of LFW is the revival of Edwardian fashion. With lace dresses featuring chic high necklines to double-breasted blazers with a check pattern, Edwardian styles really did take over at the Erdem show.  Want to follow suit? Keep your eye out for trouser suits, long skirts, frilled embellishments, puffed sleeves, and ultra-feminine frocks in soft, demure shades. Pair these with somesimple court shoes and an umbrella from The National Gallery featuring a scene of a former, quintessentially British way of life and your style will be flawlessly in vogue!

These are the highlights of September’s London Fashion Week. Browse Fulton’s collection of quality men’s, women’s and kids’  umbrellas to complete your look.



5 Fantastic Bags for You to Buy This Autumn

For any woman bags are important. Choosing the right one can make your outfit pop while choosing the wrong one can easily make you feel poorly dressed.

Bags are also important from a practical point of view. When it is very cold and wet having a nice belt bag to pop items like your keys and phone into is ideal. Belt bags are small enough to keep you organised so that you do not have to take your gloves off on a freezing cold day to find what you need.  

This style of bag is also very secure, which makes them ideal for taking with you for your holidays or using in crowded places. The good news is that these small, stylish and practical bags are very much back in style.

Box bags

An interesting trend is the box bag. It has taken a while for boxy looking bags to come back into vogue, but now it has happened a lot of designers have included them in their collections. Most of them are not really right for casual use, although the smaller versions could work for this. If you are someone who likes power dressing these sharp looking bags could be just what you are looking for.

Textured bags

Texture always adds interest to an outfit, so this year’s animal skin bags are a bit of a boon. Expect to see a lot of crocodile and snakeskin being used.

But, if you do not like buying products that are made from animal product or look like they are, do not worry. You will still be able to treat yourself to a textured handbag.

This year, the Savile Row look is set to be very popular. There are some really nice clothes being made from tweed and old-school houndstooth fabric. The perfect way to finish off these outfits is to buy a handbag that features these patterns. Some designers, for example, Chanel, have gone as far as to make handbags out of the same fabrics used to make their dresses and other items of clothing.

Drawstring bags

With the party season just around the corner, now is a good time to start keeping an eye out for the right bag. Last year, it was all about the clutch. For 2018, the drawstring bag or pouch is set to be the must-have party bag. There are already some really pretty ones available, especially the ones that are made from satin or silk.

But, there is a bit of a problem with these bags. As you can see from this post they are very easy for pickpockets to steal from. You just need to be aware of this and take the necessary steps to protect your property.

Retro logo bags

Over the years, some iconic logo bags have been made by the world’s biggest fashion houses. The good news is that some of these classics are once again available. If you have the budget, look out for the latest Fendi and Gucci logo bags.

So, there you have it five stylish bags that have the potential to work for any woman. They are all very current, so you should have no problem finding them in the shops or online.


Taking A Look At The Most Iconic Dresses: Getting The High Street Look With River Island

Throughout the worlds of clothing and celebrity, there have been some incredible moments of flawless fashion. From the red carpet to famous scenes, world-renowned ladies have made their mark with a selection of unforgettable women’s dresses that have never left us — but which are the most iconic?

From Cher to Meghan Markle, we’ve selected the most inspiring and famous designer dresses ever to hit the headlines — and showed you how you can get the high-street version today to enhance your wardrobe.  

Jennifer Lopez

The green, silk chiffon gown Jennifer Lopez wore at the 42nd Grammy Awards brought the world of fashion to its knees in 2000. Designed by Donatella Versace, this stunning dress featured a jungle print and a daring, plunging neckline that opened all the way to the singer’s navel — secured with a sparkling green brooch.  All over the world, people went wild for this innovative gown. According to former Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, it was the most popular search query ever and even led to the launch of Google Image Search! Described as a turning point in Versace’s career, emulating this flawless look is simple.

Silk chiffon dresses deliver a beautiful, flowing silhouette that flatters all body shapes. Select a style with a long-at-the-back hemline to show off your legs and recreate the daring-but-sophisticated appeal of the famous jungle dress — asymmetric cuts will also look good and make sure you choose a bold, eye-catching colour to stand out from the crowd. Tropical prints are popular this fashion season — although check and animal patterns also work well — while long-sleeves help create an elegant balance of exposed skin. Don’t feel you have to go as low at the front as J-Lo, though. Plunging necklines certainly inject a touch of glamour into an outfit, but you can get the same effect by going for a simple v-neck and enhancing your dress with statement jewellery and high heels to make sure you’re ready for a special evening.  


Well known for creating an impact, Cher did not disappoint when she stepped in front of the cameras at the 1986 Academy Awards. The legend of music and film was asked to present the Best Supporting Actor award and made sure she wouldn’t be upstaged by the winner in a black, jewel-encrusted gown with matching plumed headpiece designed by Bob Mackie. Split into a hip-hugging skirt and criss-cross bralet, the outfit was captivatingly daring for an Oscars event and has gone down in film industry history as one of the most famous outfits ever.

To capture the essence of this stunning look, you must exude confidence. Show off your curves by pairing a black cami bralet with a long, side-split skirt or opt for a midriff cut-out maxi dress. Swap the plumed headwear for a diamante headband and add to the glamour with a pair of embellished, slingback heels. Cher wonderfully made her bold outfit perfect for the sophisticated Academy Awards by complementing her exposed midriff with a loose-fit jacket — get the same effect with a chiffon kimono.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is a pop culture icon, revered today for her beauty, talent and off-screen endeavours — but which of her renowned outfits beats them all to be the most iconic? For most of us, seeing Monroe playfully pushing down the skirt of her white cocktail dress in the film, The Seven Year Itch, is an enduring image that sums up the actress’ spirit and appeal. The backless, sleeveless dress, designed by William Travilla, featured a below-the-knee skirt and halter-like bodice with a plunging neck — risqué for the 1950s. Striking the perfect balance between elegance and seductiveness, this outfit is still inspiring designers today and even sold at auction in 2011 for $4.6 million!

When choosing a high-street dress that embodies the Monroe appeal, go for the ‘vintage party’ vibe.   This dress style has a distinctive time-honoured elegance to it, yet, it looks ideal for a fun girls’ night. Go for a pleated midi skirt or lace embellishment for a beautiful retro appeal, then update the look in the upper section. Monroe makes up for the modest skirt hemline by showing more shoulder and arms — do the same with a Bardot or plunge neckline and polish off your 1950s-inspired look with mid-heel sandals and a pretty, floral hair slide.

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This music icon is always one step ahead when it comes to her art — and fashion is no different. We couldn’t get enough of the sheer, bejewelled dress that Beyoncé wore at the Met Gala in 2015. Designed by Givenchy, the fitted, backless gown was awash with strategically-placed multi-coloured crystals and before slowing elegantly around her heeled feet.

Although few occasions call for a see-through, crystallised dress; there’s no reason that you can’t enhance your wardrobe with something similarly extravagant. Concentrate on the embellishment of your gown to emulate the Beyoncé look — styles such as a diamante bodycon or metallic maxi dress will offer a similar, stand-out look that’s perfect for a night out. Instead of sheer or see-through, why not opt for a nude gown that you can pair with complementary bag and heels?

Julia Roberts

Oscar-winning actress, Julia Roberts, is one of the most celebrated women in film, starring in a list of blockbuster films for decades. Obviously, the actress has donned many outfits during her on-screen time, but perhaps one of the most iconic costumes is the red, off-the-shoulder dress she wore with long, white evening gloves in Pretty Woman. Created by designer, Marilyn Vance-Straker, this scarlet column dress, featured a sweetheart neckline and sat elegantly off the shoulder to create a beautiful silhouette that looked innovative, yet timeless. So, how do you get the high-street version?

Everything about this gown says feminine elegance. If you have a special occasion coming up, this style is ideal. Stick with the sweetheart neckline but opt for a shorter hemline or even an asymmetric skirt cut to tone down the formality. Pair with wrap-round heels and keep jewellery to a minimum — chokers look particularly good with this neckline and a simple, neutral-shade clutch will finalise the look perfectly. Wearing your hair up will help show off the outline of the dress, too.

Meghan Markle

The wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle was watched by 18 million viewers in the UK, with many tuning in to catch the first glimpse of the bride’s wedding gown. But in fact, Markle’s second outfit choice also got people talking. For the evening, the new bride opted for a silk crepe, sleeveless, high-neck gown designed by Stella McCartney that fell flawlessly over her petite frame — and it’s a style that many of us would love to have sitting in our own wardrobes.

The halter-neck, sleeveless look lets you elegantly show off your shoulders and works best when the skirt of your dress is midi or even maxi, to get the ideal level of skin exposure. Of course, you don’t have to stick to white. Purple is a big colour this fashion season and slipping on a pair of simple, mid-heels and only a few pieces of jewellery — perhaps droplet earrings and a small selection of matching rings — will let you harness the chic, understated vibe of this style. If you have a more casual event, go for a shorter skirt or one with a high/low frill hem.

Britney Spears

Who could forget the denim dress that Britney Spears wore to the 2001 American Music Awards? Back when Britney and Justin were possibly the most famous celebrity couple, the singer’s every fashion movement was scrutinised — and this is perhaps her most iconic. Styled and shaped like a ball gown, Spears’ sleeveless, floor-length dress featured a fitted bodice, metallic belt and even short train to give the impression of jeans-inspired formality. If you love denim or just like alternative takes on standard outfits, try getting the high-street version of this.

Tone down the formal side of this iconic look by opting for a pinafore or shirt-style dress in light-blue denim — use a waist belt to nip you in for a flawless figure outline. Get the ‘dressed up’ look on your next night out by selecting a fitted, mini style that you can pair with stilettos and accessories, or go for a black-denim, shift dress with thin straps for an alternative blend of low-maintenance denim and high-fashion style.

Bring the glitz and glamour of music and film to your outfit choices this year.


Getting Prepared For A New School & Work Year

Summer is such a busy and expensive time. Not only do you have to spend six weeks keeping your children entertained but you are also spending out constantly on that entertainment – and just when you think you can start saving your pennies again, you realise you now need to get their wardrobe prepared for their next year at school.

Jack is constantly in need of new stuff – new uniform for school, new sports kit, new school shoes, new sport shoes, new shoes in general as he’s wrecked the other pairs he owned during the summer. I’m always looking for the perfect pair of kids shoes that are super affordable too.

This is where Engelbert Strauss are great. Not only do they have a great range of winter work clothes but they provide a fantastic range of children’s footwear and footwear for adults too. They even sell tools and equipment and office supplies too. A real one stop shop. For those of you who don’t know much about Engelbert Struass, they are an 100% family run independent business, run by fourth generation family members Norbert, Gerlinde, Steffen and Henning Strauss. They have ten national subsidiaries in Europe and also a serve a large number of commercial international customers.

Now with me always looking for affordable and good quality footwear for the whole family, it is little wonder that a brand like Engelbert Strauss comes to mind. The company produces good quality products at great prices and who can argue with that? You can order from them online or through their catalogue and it doesn’t matter if you are a private customer ordering or from a company, you are both welcome to order items from the company. Quite often you will find businesses catering to one or the other of these so it is great to see that their products are available to everyone.

With school shoes already sorted, I’ve been looking for a decent pair of wellies and pair of trainers for Jack to use for school. He does a lot of sport so needs a good pair of trainers for his feet. They also do something known as ‘forest school’ down at the pond at the bottom of the school field – he is in dire need of wellies for this as his others no longer fit! Those offered on the Engelbert Strauss truly fit the bill – durable, good quality, easy to see thanks to the bright yellow colour, lightweight so they don’t put too much pressure on your child’s feet and a great price too. They’re perfect.

With Steve also starting a new job at Jack’s school, suitable footwear is a must so it is great to see an extensive range of products for him too. With our work and school wardrobes needing to be drastically updated ready for September, I definitely know where to look.

Have you bought from Engelbert Strauss before?

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