From time to time an occasion arises which is maybe out of your comfort zone. Having a great outfit can really boost your confidence and calm your nerves. We've chosen three events and gathered our top tips to help!
1. Job Interview
It’s important to look smart and professional, whatever type of job you’re going for. So a jacket and skirt or smart trousers or a suit is essential – well-fitting and comfortable. Colour wise, black navy or dark grey can be teamed with a coloured blouse underneath, with shoes to match. Keep jewellery to a minimum. This is a time for smart and understated - you want to be remembered for your credentials and suitability, not for your clothes!
2. Parents Evenings
Parents evenings can be as nerve racking for the parents as it is for the pupils! Talking to teachers can seem a bit daunting, especially if your own school memories aren't great! There’s no need to look frumpy but equally not like you’re on the way to a party afterwards! Choose a simple dress or separates - a look that shows you consider the event important. Keep your look smart and simple, not too casual and just thrown together.
3. Wedding Guest
Whether it’s a formal wedding or more relaxed, rule number one is don’t upstage the bride! This means choosing an outfit that’s smart and flattering and is definitely not white! Take into account the season and dress comfortably as it’s a long day. Forget low necks and minis- simplicity is key Match colour with hair and skin tones and take a shrug or jacket as evenings can be chilly. As for shoes wear new shoes in first and if you opt for heels, pop a pair of ballet pumps in your bag for dancing in the evening. Talking of bags, one large enough to hold a comb, mobile phone emergency make-up and wipes and those pumps. Then relax and enjoy!
Remember – for special events first impressions are made on the way you look and knowing you look good gives you that extra confidence boost.
At last spring has arrived with summer not far behind. So its time to sort out your wardrobe and pack away those dark winter colours and fabrics and lighten up for warm days and evenings, time to splash out on some new outfits!
Here are our top four looks to wear right now.
(1) Military Look
Khaki and shades of blue and green in soft flexible fabrics are used for wide-legged trousers, and for shirts and shirt-dresses. Styling is fitted but not tight - comfortable and versatile as you can dress up or down with accessories.
(2) Ornate Oriental Look
Kimonos and kimono style dresses are still big news – so pretty and wearable and available in a variety of floral and oriental style prints and in soft muted colours. Dresses can be worn over tights or leggings until the heatwave arrives when kimono jackets are ideal to drape over beachwear.
(3) Denim Look
This season denim is not just for jeans - it’s everywhere! The new look for jeans is wide legged or flares. As well as jackets there are shirts and shirt dresses, both of which can be dressed up or down and teamed with our next top look…
(4) Nautical Look
Crisp white shirts are lovely for summer – loose and comfortable, yet stylish and perfect to wear over vest tops and with shorts and cropped trousers. Try French navy and white stripes for dresses and tops. Complete the look and top with a navy or white blazer for chilly evenings.
As you can see from our tips to look great this season the choice is great, whatever your style and shape. So enjoy your curves, knowing you look good in these beautiful new looks.
Photo (c) Josh Elms Photography
Whether we notice it or not the colours we choose to wear can really affect our moods and the way we feel. Choosing the right colours can make us feel happier and even boost confidence – so dare to experiment! Rather than keep to a set palette of neutral and safe shades try our top five tips to show you just how fabulous you can look and feel when wearing bright and strong colours. Obviously take into account your personal hair and skin tones.
When you are a mum of a small child it can be difficult to find time to make yourself cuppa let alone put together a great outfit every morning! And it’s not always practical to get too dressed up if you are going to be spending a lot of your day crawling round the floor after a baby. But if you love fashion and would like to find a balance between practical and fashionable, we've got five top tips.
A few weeks ago we had a very exciting day, taking loads of photos for our new spring summer collection. It was especially exciting as it was our first ever proper shoot for Apples and Pears.
Our beautiful models, Emily Blake, Cara Maris Betts, Claire Haynes and Nikki Haylett did such a great job. As did our creative team - photographer Josh Elms, Kelly Ward our hairdresser, Amy Brett-Iveson our make up artist and stylist Katie Devlin. Thanks everyone!
We really hope that you like all the pictures we are adding and that they help bring the collection to life. We're also doing lots of work on the website at the moment too, to make your shopping experience with us even better. We would love to know what you think!