Handbags to flatter your body shape

I have been dubbed the handbag queen as I do own quite a few handbags and one of the things I specialize in is buying and selling bags, whether it be a vintage bag, designer bag, quality branded bag or a used leather bag, lets say I know a thing or two about handbags.
So I could write a blog on the different components, whether it has a flex frame or 40mm D rings or a U-shape press clasp fastening, but that’s only going to make me sound like more of a geek than I already am, and that’s not going to help you out much.
But I’ve thought of a way that might help you out somewhat…..
“How to choose a handbag to flatter your body shape”

Now we’ve all heard of making sure we are wearing the right fit dress or the right cut jeans ( if you want tips on jeans to flatter your butt then check out my previous blog HERE ) but I bet you haven’t thought too much about the bag you are carrying can make you look out of proportion. So here’s a few quick tricks on choosing the best handbag style for you.

1cd7e38105d18246833256ae73c9762f h9991471_001bodytypepear_qkqb49Top heavy  or apple shape ladies should avoid large shoulder bags that sit between your underarm and waist as this will add bulk to this area and only make this part appear wider, (instead opt for a cross body bag that will sit low on your hips) However if you are a pear shape with narrow shoulders, average bust but larger hips then the large shoulder bag will flatter your body shape by adding volume up top and balance out your hips creating an hourglass silhouette.

 

You hourglass ladies can carry any style of bag as your bodies are already balanced, but you do have something to consider…
Size…. So our plus size hour glass ladies should never carry a small bag, this will only make you appear larger in comparison, equally, our petite hour glass ladies should refrain from carrying too oversized bag as you will appear smaller by comparison.
My last little tip is try a backpack as they suit all body types, if that’s your thing!

I really hope this has helped you out somewhat when choosing your handbag, if you have and queries or would like me to go into more detail on this, please feel free to contact me

 

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Happy Birthday Chanel!

To celebrate today being the birthday of Coco Chanel
Desdemona’s got a Chanel-shaped treat for you.

Our original ’82 Rolling Stones tour t-shirt sold within 5 mins of being listed, but hopefully a few more of you will get a chance at these…. before I show you, I thought maybe you’d like to hear a bit about the creator of the Chanel fashion house, Coco herself….

Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel on the 19th August 1883.

She is known as one of the most influential fashion designers of all time

She was raised in an orphanage, where she was taught to sew, Chanel begun her career in fashion as a milliner,

she then went on to create beautiful, less restricting clothing for women during the first world war, the first “Sporty-Chic” if you will.

Her clothing became popular because of the attention to detail in her garments for example the ‘cardigan suit’ where the hem of the cardigan was weighted with chain so it would hang straight, So although I say Sporty-Chic, it was definitely more Posh Spice than Sporty Spice.

Then in 1927 Chanel launched possibly her most notorious item, her Chanel No.5 fragrance, 5 being her lucky number, and has become one of the most iconic scents ever.
Chanel gave out free bottles of Chanel No.5 to the American G.I. troops to take back home to their wives,
and got the ultimate celebrity endorsement when Marilyn Monroe was asked what she wore in bed and she replied with ” Chanel No.5, of course”

Chanels’ style is often depicted as a lot of black and white, it was Chanel who introduced black as a “fashion colour”. Before Chanel, to dress in all black was only for mourning.
Chanel designed her infamous black jersey dress (jersey was a fabric that was previously used for mens underwear) and she would often dress in all black herself, now it is considered chic and often professional to dress in all black.

Chanel was introduced to the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Richmond Arthur Grosvenor and started a ten year affair, which brought her to London, England.
It is rumored that the interlocking C Chanel logo was inspired by the very similar logo on the lampposts of Westminster. (The W is for Westminster and the CC is for City Council)

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Some coincidence, right? Who knows

There are a few rumors as to how Chanel got her “Coco” nickname, it is believed that it was taken from one of the songs she would sing back in her cabaret days as a young girl ‘Qui qu’a vu Coco!’

There is another rumor…. that ‘Coco’ threw the most outstanding cocaine parties in the whole of Paris!!
Chanel was a drug user, she injected herself with Morphine daily for about 35 years leading up to her death in 1971 in the Hotel Ritz in Paris.

So what has Desdemona got for you……. Well these are definitely sporty-chic

Vintage 1990’s Chanel flatform tennis shoes / sneakers in black and ivory leather with rubber soles

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now you can still be stylish while running errands in flats, in fact, flats have been spotted more and more on the catwalk over the last few years, and I’m pretty sure Alexa Chung would want these!!
to take a look at the listing click here  →  Vintage 90s Chanel tennis shoes

right I’m off to have a Cocoffee and start getting things ready for our pop up shop at The Rochester Flea next weekend

speak soon

xx

 

 

 

 

 

My fashionation with Chris Francis Shoes

*Splashes cold water in your face*

Wake Up! I understand the boots you’ve just seen are absolutely faintworthy but read on….

So, there I was waiting in the Post Office que scrolling through Instagram at fashion/vintage related pics (and the cute dogs, double tap, love them all) when WALLOP! these boots jumped out at me, I’m sure I felt the force of the platform up the back of my head!
I can not believe these platform boots, but they look so much like originals, I thought they had to be vintage Terry de Havillands?!
They wouldn’t look out of place on the feet of Brian Connolly of Sweet stomping around belting out Blockbuster on Top of the Pops in ’73

But no, these feet sculptures are the work of shoe designer & maker Chris Francis, in L.A

He creates one-of-a-kind shoes by appointment only, and custom-sized for every client (lucky b*stards). Including a string of celebrity customers. He finds inspiration in every aspect of his life from his favorite books, to the music he listens to, to a flea market find.  All of his shoes are handmade with no technology involved, just a few pieces of hand-powered old shoemaking equipment. “The only technology I use is my iPhone for music,” he says.

His Instagram has some great pics of the process of the shoes being made step by step in his studio @chrisfrancisshoes

Artist in Action

"Untitled" by Chris Francis. On display at Craft and Folk Art Museum. | Photo: Courtesy of the museum.

Really now?! just stop!
Google him, and if you’re ever in L.A get him to send me over a pair of the Biba-esque black and gold peep toe Mary Janes in the photo above, size U.K 5, right!

My Christmas checklist & Festive fashion solutions for this party season (for Jillzyne)

Hey! I’m going to start this off by wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

So…. what are your plans for Christmas/New Year??

We are all ready for Christmas at home here….

  • Decorations up
  • Presents sorted
  • and wrapped
  • Cards sent
  • House tidy (ish)
  • All work done and wound down for the holidays
  • Food & drink in
  • Home Alone watched (its a tradition to watch it each year)
  • Outfits sorted

……On that note what have you got planned to wear?

Here is my piece I wrote for Jillzyne, I have shared some tips and tricks on how to survive the holiday season in heels, How to avoid hat hair, and office party attire…

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I hope you have enjoyed reading, I apologize this is rather short and sweet

I’d love to see your Christmas trees/outfits/presents comment below with your URL and I’ll take a look 🙂
xxxx

Wonderful Warming Winter Fashions (Editorial for Jillzyne)

Hey readers! I hope you are managing to stay warm on this blustery November day, Brrrr!

Last month I was approached by Jill from Jillzyne to write a short article on Winter Fashion for the Jillzyne readers and include some of my top picks from the high street this season

I hope the colour palette I’ve chosen will warm your cockles and blow away them winter blues…….. So here it is……..

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Hayley’s Top Picks

“So Winter fashion….. I just love all the rich jewel & natural tones… Emerald green, Heather, Conker, Rust, Navy, Gold, Amethyst, Sand
These are all the colours that are proven to be flattering on all skin tones (and let’s be honest we all need a little help just to look alive in the cold weather, let alone healthy)
These shades are sophisticated yet fun and easier than you’d think to mix and match and somehow they all just work together.
Team navy with rust & oatmeal or emerald green with peacock blue & mustard with mushroom……… Mustard? Mushroom? Oatmeal…???? Sounds more like a recipe than a fashion colour palette!
But that’s just it….. I believe that’s why all these colours all go together and complement each other so well, is because they are found in nature together side by side, and there’s nothing more beautiful than natures own creations. Right?

All these hues make for great layering, Trust Me! Try it! Especially if you are anything like me and slip so easily into the head-to-toe-black rut in the winter months
The skies may be grey but your outfits don’t have to be.”

All garments above available from newlook.com topshop.com zara.com/uk & Desdemona Style & Vintage

How gorgeous are the sandy coloured suede chelsea boots, the flared jeans, rust felt hat, camel wool coat and paisley pattern pussy bow blouse… ?!

They are my #LustHaves

Its still not too late to order your own copy of Jillzyne, I’m sure if you contact Jill she will be happy to send you one

Right then, I’m off to put the kettle on

Thanks for reading, bye for now xx

Everyone’s going wild for leopard print …..

…………This is the coat that really started it! Worn by Jackie Onassis in 1962 designed by Oleg Cassini, before this, leopard print (real leopard fur (YUK!)) was worn by women as fashion in the decadent days of the 1920s through to the 1950s, usually by actresses and the very wealthy, but it was Jackie O in this coat that made mainstream women in the 60s hunt down their own copies of this coat, usually in faux fur.

Leopard Print is timeless and never really goes out of style & it demands attention
you can still pack a punch with leopard accessories if you don’t want to go full on with a coat, however I think you’ll be surprised how many outfits this will compliment, either the stylish smart Parisian look or go for the rock chic edgy look like Kate Moss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…….even I’m at it! I do LOVE a bit of leopard print

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……It just so has it that Desdemona Style has found you the perfect jacket, gorgeous double breasted, large 70s style lapels, looks just as fabulous smart as it does casual, I’ve styled it up here for you in a flat shot with vintage denim flared jeans, some tan leather ankle boots, a black felt floppy hat, a vintage 70s suede & fur bag (also for sale!) and a silver & turquoise necklace

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You can find the jacket in our eBay store now, no fighting ladies!
Click here to view the jacket

and for a bit of fun……..

…….Men can rock Leopard print too!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a more serious note, please make sure your leopard fur is faux or vintage I DO NOT condone the fur industry, it makes my blood boil and I WILL come after you like this…

Thanks for reading, bye for now  xx

Tips and Tricks on getting the perfect jeans to flatter your bum !

When shopping for Jeans one thing most women don’t look out for is the back POCKETS

The shape, size, width, height etc of the back pockets can completely change the shape & size of your butt
Here’s Desdemonas tips on getting the most bum-flattering Jeans

OK so you have a Flat / Small Butt & you want to emphasize

You are not the only one celebs like Victoria Beckham, Taylor Swift & Gwyneth Paltrow also have weenie butts

 

Victoria Beckham is the first to say she has a flat butt and started her own range of jeans (VB Rocks for Rock & Republic in 2004) because of this.

To emphasize a small butt pick jeans with Flap back pockets, embellished pockets, buttons on the pockets, high pockets to lift the butt, Make sure the bottom of back pockets never sit lower than the butt cheek, or you will be in danger of a droopy look

Flaps / Buttons / Stitching / Wide belt buckles all good for creating that bubble butt

Stay away from high waisted garments as they will just stretch out and flatten your butt further, instead opt for a well fitting lower waist jean to “squash” the butt as such

See how the height of the waist can make a huge difference

Now for you Big Bottomed girls (That as Freddie Mercury sang “you make the rocking world go round”) so you want to make it appear smaller, Now, I’m all for a big bum! But as any stylist will tell you “its all about proportions” so this is great for you juicy pear shape girls.

Celebs with larger butts are Kim Kardashian J-Lo & Kelly Clarkson

Now you girls need the opposite as before mentioned for small butts, Avoid any unwanted bulk, avoid small back pockets the smaller the pockets the bigger your butt will appear. You need big wide pockets that sit lower on the butt cheeks and the closer the pockets are together the better, as that draws the width in.

ALL WRONG!

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Much better

Another little trick is the shape of the Back Yoke (which is the row of stitching between the waistband and the pockets) this can completely change the shape of your butt by illusion

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The Butt Optical Illusion

Choose an inverted arc yoke to create volume and a V yoke to minimize volume, a straight yoke is only really flattering on a top heavy body shape as it widens the hips.

Last tip! Never buy jeans with no back pockets, they do not flatter any body shape, and need abolishing !

Hope this has given you ladies a tip or two when buying your next Autumn/Winter jeans
Thanks for reading

Any enquiries feel free to comment below or contact me at  desdemona.style@hotmail.com
Hayley xxx

A Bit About: Jeremy Scott

You may know Jeremy Scott for his recent work as Creative Director at Moschino like his McDonalds & Sponge Bob Square pants designs, which have been splattered all over the fashion blogs, heres a quick reminder..

C. R. A. Z. Y !!

Before he became C.D of Moschino, Jeremy Scott (Born in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S) studied Fashion Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2004 Jeremy designed the futuristic flight attendant costume worn by Britney Spears in her ‘Toxic‘ video and in 2011 he designed the denim two piece worn by Rihanna in her ‘We Found Love‘ video

Then in February of this year he designed 4 costumes for Katy Perrys’ half time performance at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX
Katy Perry Superbowl 1  If you would like to read about the 4 outfots in more depth, then its all here for you on   www.redcarpet-fashionawrds.com  ♚

I liked his collaboration with the French luxe brand Longchamp, where by he injected his unusual iconic style into the classic Le Pilage tote bag.
The ghouls bags where a favorite with celebs, stylists and fashion bloggers the world over.
Personally I like the Postcard bags

In 2008 Jeremy Scott Collaborated with Adidas, the most famous piece in this collab was his wingtop trainers worn by Nicki Minaj & Cara Delevingne,  (Love her! Nutter!)
There was some controversy over some of his designs, which I believe ended his relationship with Adidas, so there will be no more 😦
However, Desdemona style is auctioning off a (very rare) Jeremy Scott x Adidas piece
its his Superstar Peplum jacket as worn by Gwen Stefani (another one I love! she is so inspiring, and I may have had a small girl crush on her since my indie days in the 90s)
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to view this item click HERE

I hope you have enjoyed reading my piece on Jeremy Scott, what do you think of his designs?
I would definitely wear that red dress Rihanna has on above
Thanks for reading….
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Trend Alert: “Don’t Pull The Short Straw” you do not want to miss out on this Summer trend: Straw hand bags

Straw hand bags are often made of plaited raffia, cane,
dried grass or rushes.
In the mid 1950s straw hand bags appeared on the arms of all the fashion movie elite, in the south of France such as Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor & Jane Birkin.

Elizabeth Arden went on to create a high-fashion take on a shrimp basket in 1956, outfitted with a compass!!
By 1958 woven basket bags were staples of high fashion magazines, and still as stylish today as they were then,
With designers such as Kate Spade, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Lulu Guinness & Bottega Veneta designing their take on this classic bag

Here’s how some of you fashionistas rock yours….

Left: Instagram  Missrougenz
Blog www.missrougenz.wordpress.com
Right top: Instagram  Florcitamuffin
Right bottom: Instagram Kittehinfurs
Blog www.curiousfancy.com

Are you feeling like your life (ok, maybe not life but definitely, wardrobe) is incomplete without one of these bags? well, lucky you, Desdemona has done all the hard work for you, and has found a couple of beauts..
(click on link under the picture to go look at the bag)

Thanks for reading

The Secret to Wearing High Heels Without Pain

So this a repost from Fashion Stylist Leslie Christen I will definitely be trying this out…
If you’ve ever hobbled home after a long day or night in heels, this is the tip for you!
Tape your third and forth toes (counting from the big toe) together – We recommend nude medical tape for a low-profile look, but Scotch tape works in a pinch- to alleviate pain in the ball of your foot.
Sound crazy?
Here’s the reasoning:
There’s a nerve that splits between those two toes, which causes pain when pressure is put upon it, (a.k.a. when you wear heels). The tape removes the strain on the nerve, allowing you to dance the night away.
You’re Welcome!
Let me know if any of you try this out and if it works for you, or have you already tried this? what do you think?