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!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

InStyle, April issue

stripes and summer go hand in hand see what you can do....

Sunday, 24 March 2013


The 90's are back this summer as most of you have probably seen and the most covetable piece to wear is the new all in one; dungarees.  This week I am am giving away a sterling silver ring by Kirsten Goss (the T bar one on the ring finger)that I would add to my collection of rings and can start off or add to your collection too!  Rings are key to my style so if they are yours too then RT the blog website for your chance to win!

TIP... dark denim dungarees are a great way to go for a smarter look or mix the shades of denim with a pale shirt add simple court shoes for dungarees that are shorter in length as this adds  length to the look instead of cutting your legs off 

dungarees by uniqlo
shirt by h&m
silk jacket by alexis barrell
shoes by office

TIP... for a more grown up way to wear dungarees let the bib front hang down and wear with a loose top or slogan jumper and have added a block heeled shoe to give this look a more glamourous edge but go for a smaller heel height for a cooler day look

sweatshirt by urban outfitters
dungarees by river island
shoes by russell & bromley

TIP... these silky pair of dungarees are your perfect pair for summer loose and laid back they look great with a simple colour shirt if you have gone for a print like these and add silver jewellery to all looks for more personality to each outfit

floral dungarees by river island
silk blouse by cos
trainers by converse
t-bar sterling silver ring by kirsten goss

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

InStyle, April Issue.....

For those who haven't seen the latest April issue of InStyle...

Taylor Swift shot by Karen Collins InStyle

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Pencil Skirts.....

The pencil skirt is a key shape for summer plus its staying throughout winter too so its worth the investment!  Plus this week you can WIN the shoes that I am wearing with each look.  Just tell me how you would wear them and leave a comment below or tweet me @nataliehartley for your chance to win deadline is next saturday 23rd march...good luck! 

TIP... contrasting prints work well when the colours stay the same so why not try monochrome with clashing print?  Peplums can be a very flattering detail on pencil skirts great to create more shape around the waist line and look for longer lengths to add height.  I have styled this look with colourful shoes and worn black socks to contrast against the colour

shirt by clements ribeiro
skirt by asos
socks by m&s
shoes by ted baker
sunglasses by jil sander

TIP... this is a great way to add a softer print but the panels at the front and back mean the blank sides create a slimming effect to the body.   I have added an oversized sweatshirt that compliments the shoe colour but a sweatshirt is the new t-shirt and can be worn with most things

jumper by cheap mondays
skirt by club monaco
shoes as before

TIP... don't think that a pencil skirt has to be worn in such a feminine way it can be made more casual by adding a hoodie and denim jacket like I am wearing where I have gone with the neutral shades in the skirt and played with those tones throughout the outfit.  A length of skirt below the knee is very flattering too
jumper by alexander wang
denim jacket by topshop
skirt by river island
shoes as before

Tuesday, 12 March 2013


TIP... Balenciaga rings are my most coveted item for spring, it's the way you wear them pile them on and cover all fingers top to bottom

Monday, 11 March 2013


TIP...want to wear white? here are some ideas I wore for InStyle break it up with print, wear head to toe or try a more masculine version its a versatile look!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Paris Fashion Week, Day 1





TIP... There is a lot of skirt action going on at the shows this season and the key style is a full circle a line shape, I have balanced the outfit by adding a crop jumper to show off the waist and knee high boots with a bare leg to show some skin. The oversized shape of the jumper gives this look a slight edge and stops this skirt shape from being to fifties and girly but my tip is to buy a dress like mine and layer tops over it so that you can get more out of one piece and wear like this or as a dress

Coat by preen, dress vintage, jumper by balenciaga, boots by chloe