why i do what I do.....

I am now Fashion Director at Glamour magazine but following on from the success of my weekly column in the Sunday Times Style magazine I thought I would bring this page to life every week and also give you the chance to comment. This page is not for me to dictate what you should be wearing but to offer ideas on how to put wearable outfits together. Its not what you wear it's how you wear it!

Sunday, 24 June 2012


This week you can win this amazing check blazer that I am wearing in the first look!  how would you wear it?  tweet me @nataliehartley or leave a comment below or on Facebook with your ideas and I will select my favourite by friday 29th june...good luck!

TIP...I have styled this jacket with a nude blouse to seperate the prints but love the hard black stripes that clash against the checks but keep the colours similar to stop the outfit looking too crazy and still stylish
jacket by baum und pferdgarten http://www.asos.com
shirt by cos http://www.cosstores.com
belt by rokit http://www.rokit.co.uk
trousers by zara http://www.zara.com
sandals by chloe http://www.chloe.com
sunglasses by chanel http://www.chanel.com/en_GB

TIP...grunge up a check shirt with a loose pair of jeans I think the levi 501's are making a come back and these are actually my boyfriends pair but have rolled up the hems to show of a pair of amazing boots go for details with buckles to toughen it up (cut the sleeves of an old check shirt for a cheap alternative
shirt by joseph http://www.selfridges.com
jeans by levis http://www.asos.com
boots by barbara bui http://www.barbarabui.com/gb
bag by zara http://www.zara.com
sunglasses as before

TIP...these trousers are my mens pyjama trousers but as anything goes I have worn them with my navy slipper shoes but kept the top half cool and laid back with a white tee that freshens it up and the silk trench gives this a more grown up look and makes the trousers look less like pyjamas!
silk trench by full circle http://www.fullcircleuk.com
tee by zoe karssen http://www.zoekarssen.com
pyjama trousers by gap http://www.gap.com
slipper shoes by penelope shelvers http://www.penelopechilvers.com
sunglasses as before

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Winner Is.....

Congratulations to Amie Kewley who wins the stripy jeans and think they look great with neutrals like her cream blouse and tan leather sandals check out her post on her blog as well...credit crunch chic

Sunday, 17 June 2012


This is one of my favourite styles of clothing relaxed casual wear that is great to dress up and feel sexy in!  This week you can win my favourite all in one in the final picture!  How would you wear it if it was yours?!  tweet me @nataliehartley or leave a comment on Facebook or on the blog and I will pick my favourite on Friday 22nd June...good luck!

TIP...if you love the sports trend then a silk bomber jacket is a key investment piece for you I have put it with a kilt inspired skirt but kept all the colours tones of white and cream as this is a fresh way to approach the trend but broken up with black to give this a tougher look
jacket by horiyoshi III http://horiyoshi-thethird.com
t-shirt by zoe karssen http://www.zoekarssen.com
skirt by vilshenko http://www.vilshenko.com
boots by new rock http://www.newrockboots.com

TIP...this is a great holiday dress and i love the grey marl use to make an evening dress perfect for daytime!  I have added high top trainers I love the studding on these which again gives this sporty look a tougher edge and the leather cap is a great piece to wear with or maybe on its own if these looks are too much for you!
dress by warehouse http://www.warehouse.co.uk
trainers by guiseppe zanotti http://www.giuseppezanottidesign.com
cap by marc by marc jacobs http://www.marcjacobs.com

TIP...for the ultimate sportlux look a silk all in one is my go to outfit it can be dressed up or down and love these wedge boots as they are simple to style against the jumpsuit and give a simple silhouette that loosely reference a sporty trend too the blue silk is a great way to get colour into your wardrobe
jumpsuit by asos http://www.asos.com
shoes by zara http://www.zara.com 

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Vestiaire ...a hidden gem

So I am going to let you in on a little secret (and probably upset those of you who have tried to stop this from becoming so well known!) but here it is vestiaire, where you will find amazing second hand luxury designers clothes and accessories for amazing value.  Everything gets looked over before it is sent to make sure it is all genuine and in the condition it was described and although this process can take a couple weeks from when you bought it it is well worth the wait!  Below you can see what I bought, a white leather jacket from Givenchy for £250 and a pair of new Chloe leather sandals for £200, and see how I wear them and then the best bit is that you as a reader can WIN £1000 to spend on the site by clicking on this link http://uk.vestiairecollective.com/inscription-part.shtml?idp=52 Good Luck!

When I saw this jacket on the site I knew it had to be mine!  However I wanted to make this leather jacket more feminine when I wear it and less michael jackson so have worn it with lighter colours but broken up the white tee and jacket with boyish loose striped trousers and the colourful big trainers dresses the look down but stil adds colour (it would look equally good with a simple stiletto heel) roll the trouser hems up for a more laid back approach a great daytime look am very happy with my jacket!
Leather over sized jacket by givenchy http://uk.vestiairecollective.com
t-shirt by zoe karssen http://www.zoekarssen.com
trousers by sandro http://www.net-a-porter.com
trainers by isabel marant http://www.selfridges.com

You cant go wrong with a pair of black leather sandals and I love that they have ankle straps to toughen them up (although make sure if you have shorter legs that this doesnt cut you off at the ankle too much) and have worn them with printed trousers (invest in some if you havent already!) and a a dark denim shirt but make sure its oversized for a more french riveria summer look the biker jacket rocks it up again and balances the leather from the sandals
biker jacket by acne http://www.net-a-porter.com
shirt by h&m http://www.hm.com/gb
trousers by rokit http://www.rokit.co.uk
sandals by chloe http://uk.vestiairecollective.com

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

An The Winner Is.....

Well done to Vievie Georgette who looks tres chic in the pyjama look!  Let me know what you think too!