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!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Ragging Red.....

This week I am wearing RED its a colour that I feel suits most people and so want to give you the chance to get into this trend by entering to winning the red boots from my first look! ( NB they are a size 7) all you have to do is explain how you would wear them yourself, leave a comment below or tweet me @nataliehartley and I will pick my favourite answer!  deadline is friday 31st august...good luck!

Red has been considered a key colour for most autumn winter collections over the years but wearing it head to toe mixing up shades and textures is the most up to date way to wear it just look for strong simple silhouettes 
carpet top by neil barrett
skirt by new look
boots by zara

With this outfit I have mixed hints of red like the fur trim on the coat (look for separate fur pieces to update an old coat) and the red detail in the trousers I have styled both pieces with an old stones tee and worn red lipstick (the perfect finishing touch) this look is all about clashing styles but red is the continuous theme that pulls it all together
coat by carven
tee my own from beyond retro
trousers by chloe
shoes by h&m
lipstick rio by topshop

This winter its all about a great coat and great boots wear with bare legs to break up the solid colour look for these great coat shapes as this could also be belted to create more shape
coat by wallis
boots by christian louboutin

photographs by matthew smith

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Key Pieces.....

I have picked out 3 pieces from the new collections that I think will take you through the season; the printed trouser, all in one and the suit and here is your chance to win the printed trousers from the first look.  All you have to do is tell me how you would wear them vis twitter @nataliehartley or leave a comment below and will pick my favourite answer and announce the winner on Friday 24th August.  Good Luck!

Get yourself a pair of printed trousers this winter look out for strong geometric prints (seen at prada and miu miu) and if head to toe print isn't for you then wear with muted block colours like khaki which also hits the military trend too finish with loafers for a boyish twist
jacket by h&m
shirt by cos
trousers by zara
shoes by river island

The all in one is fast becoming a wardrobe staple and this is my favourite one so far in a mix of velvet and silk this can be seen as a more evening piece but wear with a loose blouse and a chunkier shoe it can be a great outfit for the day (look out for steel toe caps on shoes too)
dungarees, shirt and shoes by topshop
sunglasses by the row 

My final piece would be to invest in a great suit I love this pale grey one and the double breasted detail gives this outfit a more masculine twist it is also great for this time of year and wear with a great knit (another must have investment statement knits have been seen everywhere!) the chelsea boot is a key style as well and love the tassels and buckles to toughen them up
suit by carin wester 
jumper by miss selfridge
shoes available at asos

photographs by jessica buttress

Sunday, 12 August 2012


White is the perfect blank canvas for most outfits but be brave this winter and wear it head to toe and to start you off you can win the jacket from the second outfit!  So leave a comment below or tweet me @nataliehartley and let me know how you would wear it and my favourite idea will win! You have until Friday 17th to enter good luck!

The kilt is a big skirt style try it in a longer length and wear with a sporty inspired bomber jacket but I have added black boots to bring the white trend up to date go for lock heeled knee boots for the latest update nd we will all need a pair of winter sunnies!
jacket by mother of pearl
skirt by maison martin margiela
boots by chloe
sunglasses by miu miu

Why not take a pair of tux trousers and wear them for the day they look great with a simple jumper and this boxy white jacket is the perfect cover up as a short jacket shows off the peg leg and high waist then add these creepers in black and white for that mod twist
jacket by raoul
jumper by 3.1 phillip lim
trousers by dkny
shoes by underground

Its going to be a big hit the puffa jacket will be seen in all styles and colours but play with textures and wear with a simple knitted pencil skirt practical and I styled it with flat 60's minimal boots another big shape for winter shoes
jacket by uniqlo
skirt by tzegoh
boots by tibi
hat by marc by marc jacobs

photographs by matthew smith