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, 3 August 2014

TK Maxx...the holiday wardrobe

This week I am giving you a chance to WIN £200 to spend in TK Maxx for your own summer holiday!  This is what I found with the same spending money (plus a few more pieces that include suncreams and beauty products at great prices that I haven't shown here) as I wanted to show you that you can get really great well made pieces (including designer finds in their Gold Label section that is as good as buying brand new just much better value.  If this sounds like a shopping spree for you then to enter simply leave a comment below or on my Instagram @nataliehartleywears and the winner will be announced on Saturday 9th August...good luck!

My holiday packing tip is to stick to a neutral palette is makes it easier to pack and mix your clothes to make up different outfits my new colour obsession is Caramel and the tones within so this summer I have opted for black and beige

TIP...travelling in a good oversized jumper keeps you warm on the plane too but throw it over a loose dress and you can strip off easily the other side and instantly get into the holiday mood!

TIP... adding a black shoe to beige makes the colour palette edgier

TIP...easy dressing is a shirt dress for me I love a collarless dress and the oversized shape keeps you cool in hot weather but look for a shorter length to stop the shape becoming to bulky for holiday

TIP... I always bring a loose pair of jeans and I love the rips in them which again when you are away means you can cover up but stay cool in the evening pairing them with a minimal japanese inspired top in a beige tone is fresh and light for summer dressing

TIP... for me the ultimate cover up for the beach is a loose black shirt sexier worn with nothing else but swimwear it looks great done up as if a dress or open to act as a kaftan just make sure its oversized for the most effective and stylish way to wear a shirt on the beach 


  1. Great travel tips. I love to wear shirts as beach cover ups. As I'm going on hols at the end of the month this would be perfect timing to do a little pre holiday shop!
    How did you get on in the triathlon Natalie - I thought of you when I saw it on the news!!!
    Hugs xoxo

    1. Was great to have done it but never again! swim was too much really hard work!

  2. Gorgeous outfit inspirations! I love that oversized knit - TK Maxx gold label is amaze!


  3. Fantastic tips!!
    You are so generous with all your giveaways. Such an inspirational woman, not just when in comes to fashion...


  4. Love an over-sized shirt dress for summer! Lovely post x

  5. Needless to say, I want everything (!) but especially those fab shoes, which could be rocked for A/W too with some coloured tights. TKMaxx rule for designer bargains and one-off finds

  6. Dear Natalie,
    I have found this blog of yours only recently (I tent not to follow any blogs as it takes too much of my time when I do so) and I have to admit I like it a lot. I found it looking for some of your outfits pictures and accidentally started to read it. I decided to follow your posts because of perfect combination of triathlon training comments and amazing fashion pictures or tips. I keep training myself for half-marathons and admire your triathlon challenge. I hope you enjoyed the race in the end. Looking forward to reading more and more posts of yours and fabulous fashion tips!

    1. Thank you for such a nice letter and good luck with your running too!

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