SS14 capsule wardrobe must haves.

With the weather greatly improving, we are packing away our winter clothes and dusting off our t-shirts and shorts ready for the summer months. So we thought it was time for a post about must haves for your SS14 capsule wardrobe.

Prints – Prints are a major trend this season, with everything from florals, spots, stripes, animal prints and novelty prints such as digital vintage cars and bicycles. In the studio, we are especially loving printed trousers, our favourite are these stunning snake print in blue. These trousers are definitely a statement piece, but they are extremely versatile and you can style them with many items! We have a gorgeous collection of printed trousers available in the studio, check out our website to see more of our collection. blue snake print trouser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If printed trousers are not for you, we also have a stunning collection of silk digital printed tops, in a range of colours, prints, and sleeve length. Our must have, however, is the gorgeous roses printed top with lace sleeves and back, this top is bang on trend with the floral print and the see through lace, we love this top for a casual day look, teamed with light wash jeans, or shorts during hotter months, and a chunky wedge heel! DSC_8340-copy DSC_8343-copyFor a statement evening dress, this Dolce & Gabbana inspired roman coin dress in emerald green is definitely a head turner! Keep hair either big and bouncy or in a top knot with a contrasting deep red lip for extra wow factor! dolce & gabanna inspired dressPastels – Pastels are huge this season, in every hue from candyfloss pink and baby blues to light tans and beige to all white looks. Pastels are one of our favourite trends here at the Love Niche studio, our favourite colour being light pink shades. We adore these lightweight soft suede material jackets with the waterfall front, they are very flattering and versatile. You can dress them up for an evening or a chic daytime look with ease. We love this all pink look for a late afternoon with girlfriends, the printed trousers are extremely flattering with a higher waist fit, the light pink vest keeps the look softer instead of bright white. Team with tan or nude accessories to keep the look fresh, try to avoid black as it can be too harsh against pastel outfits. DSC_8218-copy

Leather – During hotter months you wouldn’t expect leather to be a key texture to your capsule wardrobe, but we love it! When we say leather, we don’t mean heavy leather biker jackets. Leather has had a feminine overhaul, with lightweight leather jackets with waterfall fronts, or in pastel shades! In the studio this season we have a small collection of summer leather, including a stunning two piece pencil skirt (faux leather) and real soft leather waterfall front jacket with silver beading details. Team this two piece with a plain white vest to keep it fresh and light for spring, the perfect work wear outfit. You can also team this jacket with your classic little black dress for an evening look or white skinny jeans for a daytime look!biege ensombleDropped waist – The dropped waist style skirts and dresses are making a big come back this season, and we love this trend, it is very 1920’s chic! Our Love Niche dropped waist skirt has been very popular so far this season, it comes in either black or cherry red. It is very flattering as it hugs your curves in the right places. We love this skirt teamed with a blouse and one of our statement leather waist belts which cinch in your waist perfectly. These skirts are definitely going to be a big hit this season! peach top with black peplum skirt

To view more of our SS14 collection, please head over to the website http://www.love-niche.com

What trends will you be adding into your summer wardrobe?!

Love team Niche xox

 

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Love Niche SS14 Collection preview

Over the past few weeks we have been posting about SS14 trends, and have shown you images and inspiration pictures from the SS14 shows. The Love Niche SS14 collection has started to come into the studio, so we thought we would give you a little sneaky preview of what trends we will be introducing this season!

First we have this lightweight cotton twin set, perfect for summer, white is a must have colour during hotter months and the beautiful striped colour block in neutral tones is bang on trend, especially with the golden metallic tone. photo 1 (47)Yellow lime is a big colour this season, we have these gorgeous fine knits in the studio in either the vest (left) or cardigan (right). Metallic stitching and stud details on the vest top. These are perfect for layering and adding texture to summer looks. photo 4 (35)This beautiful white blouse is also combining major trends with the jewelled panel down the sleeves, the light fabric and slightly boxy silhouette, can easily be dressed up or down. A must have versatile piece in any wardrobe. photo 2 (49)photo 3 (39)This jacket is possibly our favourite piece in the entire collection. The super soft leather, the waterfall open front and the silver jewel bead details, just make for a beautiful summer leather! Available in tan and pastel pink! photo 5 (22)One of our favourite trends this season is pastel leather, and this amazingly soft lightweight leather oversized collar jacket is definitely on our wish list! Perfect for summer layering and again can easily be dressed up or down depending on occasion.photo 1 (46)Pastels and prints, what a perfect combo! This fine knit printed striped jumper is a must have for S/S, ideal for those breezy summer days with skinny jeans and jewelled flats! photo 4 (33)As well as pastels being a huge trends, bright neons are also a must have, especially during the summer months! This fine lace knit layered jumper is ideal for a summer look teamed with light wash jeans. photo 3 (41)Pastel blue is one of our favourite colours of this season, we love this light chiffon blouse with v-neck. We have this blouse in another 2 colours; white and pastel pink. Very versatile to be worn with many looks! photo 2 (51)This evening dress combines lace and cobalt blue perfectly! We absolutely adore it, ideal for a glam event! photo 1 (48)

What are your favourite trends this season?!

Love team Niche xox

Trend of the week – SS14 textures

Textures are a big deal when styling during all seasons. A lot of people associate textures mainly with A/W for layering, however textures during S/S months are a MUST. S/S14 is a season full of texture, some you would expect, such as; lace, chiffons, lightweight linens and cottons. But this season we have also been introduced to Summer leather and lots of heavy embellishment which are definitely heavier textures.

LACE – This SS14 lace has been a favourite of many designers, varying from all over lace to slight feminine lace trims and details. We are big fans of lace here at Love Niche too, so this trend is a favourite of ours. Burberry has shown lace is every way, from all over pastel blue and lilac delicate lace dresses to sheer candyfloss pink lace pencil skirts to lace blouses. Tom Ford showed a daring lace ensemble with black barely there lace in a 3 piece! Dolce & Gabbana wowed us with their SS14 collection, the black lace dress is a winner in our eyes with statement pleated sleeves teamed with high-waist hot pants and bandeau.ss14 lace

SHEER – Sheer fabrics and S/S are a must have combination, and this year it is no exception! Sheer has been shown in abundance this season, everything from silks, chiffons and gauze. Vera Wang layered her colourful sheer fabric looks for a summer chic look. J.W Anderson created some interesting folk style sheer maxi dresses with elasticated bands. For an evening look take inspiration from Tom Ford with stunning sheer length dresses.SS14 Sheer

 

LEATHER – An unusual texture for S/S as we generally associate leather with A/W and keeping warm. However leather has had a S/S overhaul, every thing from leather trousers, maxi skirts, jackets and dresses! Tom Ford is one of our favourite collection for leather inspiration this season, we are loving the white biker jackets and tan leather dresses! J.W Anderson has shown leather maxi skirts with sheer crop tops, texture at its best! We are also loving Dolce & Gabbana’s deep maroon leather dress with boxy 3/4 sleeves. For safari chic we love the mustard yellow croc effect leather tie skirt from Hermès. SS14 Leather

JEWELS AND METALLICS – The glitz and glam heavily jewelled looks are normally a favourite during A/W running up to the festive season, however this S/S just had a bling makeover! We have seen crystal and sequin covered dresses, heavily embellished pencil skirts, crystal and beaded trousers and jewel mosaic two pieces! Burberry has again mastered the embellished crystal look with jewelled skirts and pastel tees. Lanvin is all about the metallic fabric this season with a stunning collection. We love Isabel Marant’s fabulous jewelled trousers, perfect for an edgy summer evening outfit!SS14 Jewels and metallicsImage credit to style.com

What are your favourite textures this SS14?!

Love team Niche xox

This week’s styling tip.

photo 1 (1)This is our second post in the body shape series, where we are focusing on the fabulous ‘Hourglass’ figure! The hourglass is classed at the ideal fantasy figure for a woman, with equal proportions, gorgeous curves, ample bust, slender waist yet still with hips, thigh and a good bum! This body shape might sound easy enough to style and think that with the good proportions they would suit everything, however it can actually be one of the most difficult shapes to dress right!

If you are an hourglass you may find that when you go into some stores, especially the higher end stores that it can be a challenge to find clothes that suit your shape, and this is because designers tend to make clothes for a straight up and down figure. If you like to wear luxurious clothes you will find it easier to shop in a luxury boutique/fashion studio.

This season every hourglass should have in her wardrobe; a fitted crisp white shirt ( the fitted shirt was made you!) a pencil skirt to show off those curves, either a wrap or an a-line skirt dress. Some killer jeans, steer away from a flare leg, however if you like bootcut jeans go for a dark wash and make sure they have large pockets on the bum. Straight/slim leg trousers and jeans work best for you as they show off your curves and legs, try to stay away from light wash jeans. The a-line skirt paired with a fitted top with flatter your figure to no end, wearing a dress or skirt with a slight peplum will also show off your curves however do not go over the top with the peplum as one with too much volume will just make your hips look larger than they are.

If you are a petite hourglass try and find slim trousers and jeans which are slightly high waisted as they will elongate your legs as well as drawing in your waist. Avoid clothes with no shape and definition as they will do nothing for your figure and if anything they will just make you look frumpy. Also avoid hip pockets as this will make you look disproportionate.

For the colder months when choosing your a/w coat, go for a coat which has a belt or a define waist, a mac is the ideal coat for you. Also try a cropped jacket/biker leather jacket (totally on trend!) by wearing a cropped jacket it will draw in your waist and show it off. Stay away from boxy jackets even if they are on trend this season!!

We have styled 3 outfits, 1 look with a pencil skirt, 1 with a dress and cropped fur and 1 trouser look, to show you how we would style your body shape during this season!

First we have a work wear look with a pencil skirt, which will hug your curves and show off your waist. This skirt is in a must have colour of the season; berry! We have teamed it with a fitted white shirt which has unique box pleat details around the neck and on the cuff of the sleeves. By adding one of our new belts that have just landed in the studio for A/W13 it has taken this look from day to night, finish this look off by adding a clutch, some heels and a berry lip.photo 1 (40)photo 3 (32)Next up is our autumnal dress look. This lightweight jumper dress is an extremely versatile piece to have in your wardrobe, you can dress it up or down, we have added a cropped berry fur bolero jacket which is gorgeous for your shape. We would finish this look with some earrings a slick ponytail and a heel. This dress has no waist definition so we have added a tan belt to draw in the waist to give more shape. Just because a dress has no definition at the waist does not mean that you can’t style it to suit your shape. photo 4 (28)photo 5 (18)Last is our trouser look. These casual trousers come in black, maroon, navy and a light brown and are perfect for hourglass and triangle shapes, they skim over the hips, are ever so slightly high waisted and are a straight cut so they don’t cling to your ankle. The faux leather waist band adds texture. We have dressed this look up slightly with a gorgeous black jumper which has beautiful embellished shoulders, everybody loves a bit of bling! Again to take this look to an evening we have added a clutch bag, also team with a heel, a red lip for a pop of colour and let your hair down. photo 2 (42)photo 3 (33)Which look do you like best?! Next week we will be doing a post for inverted triangles!

Love Team Niche xox

 

 

Spring/Summer13; the Love Niche lowdown.

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Image Credit; leblow.co.uk

As the weather is gradually getting better and the sun is trying to break through all the clouds, we have been excitedly planning our spring/summer13 wardrobes at Love Niche by lusting over all the latest trends! This season has so much to offer, with so many eclectic styles for everybody’s tastes.

First off colour. It is a major trend in itself this season, think everything from Macaroon pastels in baby pinks and blues, lemon yellows and pale greens. To fluorescent hues of neon in fuchsia, grass green, red, cobalt blue, canary yellow and bright burnt orange. Even though all of these colours are huge this s/s, don’t forget that every ladies favourite colour combo of black and white is still in style with monochrome dazzling on the runway! Looking for some outfit inspiration on how to wear colour or monochrome check out some of our outfit posts!

alice and olivia pre pastel carlos miele orange balmain pastel

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Image credit: vogue

Patterns are covering the runway this season in all different ways! We have spotted checks (which have made a HUGE comeback this year!!) stripes, Spirographic prints, spots, bows, Asian influence with oriental prints and lots of floral designs from printed fabric to 3d applique flowers in daises, poppies and luscious roses. Exotic animal prints have also been heavily used by designers this year, snake skin, cheetah, leopard are just to name a few. Love Niche tip; Don’t be afraid to clash your prints/patterns, make yourself stand out from the crowd and be adventurous, fashion is only what you make of it!

givenchy oriental

cavalli green animal print

dior floral

Image credit; vogue

Silhouettes and shape is a key factor to every season, this year silhouettes are heavenly influenced by the 60’s, from feminine lines of tailored ladylike chic or menswear inspired Avant garde ensembles. On offer are Bermuda shorts, tuxedo, slouchy box shaped suits, bell bottoms. Or If you are the daring sort, why not try a cropped bandeau top showing off your bare midriff for a full on peekaboo effect. However ladies the MUST HAVE item which is suited for most, is the Precious Pencil skirt. They are versatile and a staple for every season. They can be classy and sophisticated, demure to sexy, ladylike to flirty with thigh high slits or even more seductive with double slits, take your pick!

balmain suit stripe

cavalli high waisted shorts

dvf colour blocking

Image credit; vogue

Texture – Say goodbye to shiny disco balls and say hello to high shine. Iridescence sheen, metallic, lustrous foils and holographic will make any outfit radiant and make a gleaming impact. On the contrary featherweight sheer materials, like chiffon organza mousse-line & lace will bring lot of freshness & fun to any spring wardrobe. Also a big hit this season are silky satins that contract beautifully with sheer fabrics. Denim, with every s/s is huge; jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, jackets but get it right this spring/summer and wear your denim in dungaree form, yes you heard us right, dungarees are here to stay and we are proud to say we love them and you should too! (embrace your inner 90’s child!)

chanel lilac emilio pucci sheer givenchy high shine derek lam dungarees

Image credit; vogue

Thanks for reading! Let us know what your key pieces are for this spring/summer13!