Monthly Archives: August 2019

  • 4 Outfits That Can Transition From Day to Night

    More and more fashion lovers are looking for outfits that can work both during the day and night. After all, who wants to waste time going home getting changed when you have people to meet and places to see.

    That means versatility is key.

    Of course, these sorts of transitional outfits are also perfect for holidays, where you can only fit a few items in your luggage. To help you plan the ideal beach-to-bar or office-to-business-dinner outfits, we’ve put together this guide.

    After all, functionality is a part of our ethos and always has been.

    Here are our top four outfits available from Hampstead Bazaar clothes to get you started!

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    1. A kaftan dress

    Our range of kaftan dresses are famous, and there’s a reason why! As well as being incredibly easy to wear and comfortable, they’re perfect for almost any occasion.

    Pair a plain kaftan dress with one of our silk scarves for women to go from relaxed to sophisticated and sleek in seconds.

    We have a range of different colours and prints on offer to suit all skin tones, shapes and styles, too!

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    2. Linen trousers and lush outerwear 

    Linen trousers are a firm holiday favourite, so much so that many women are including these comfortable items in their everyday wear rotation.

    If you’d like to incorporate them into your eveningwear options, you’re in luck. Simply team a plain pant with dressy, sophisticated outerwear, such as our cashmere jumpers women’s, which are perfect for keeping you warm on those cool evenings.

     

    This is also a great modern choice to wear to occasions such as weddings and a day at the races, when worn with classic ladies summer hats, many of which can be found on our website and in-store in Bath. This is a great way to make a strong, seasonal statement with ease.

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    3. A velvet blouse and dark bottoms

    If you’d like something a little more autumnal or wintery, why not experiment with warmer fabrics? Velvet is the ideal choice, because it’s so stylish, comfortable and chic, whilst being totally timeless.

    As well as a great range of velvet dresses, trousers, coats, jackets and blazers, we also have a host of lovely velvet blouses that look fabulous in the office or at the theatre, and everywhere in between. Wear them with something dark on the bottom for a truly chic finish that you’ll be comfortable in, all day and all night.

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    4. A velvet coat or blazer with almost anything! 

    Sticking with the velvet theme, if you already have a host of dresses or skirts and tops, trousers and blouses etc. that you love wearing, why not invest in a beautiful piece of velvet outerwear? We have a number of truly stunning velvet blazers and coats that finish an outfit perfectly - instantly upgrading any look from day to night.

    Opt for a dark colour which will last you for many winters to come, and they also have a really festive, Christmassy feel which is great for the upcoming season, too!

    Ready to put together an outfit that will take you from day to night? Shop Hampstead

  • The Most Flattering Colours for Your Skin Tone

    Choosing the right colour outfit for you can feel a little daunting, particularly if you find yourself living in muted palettes or black and white all the time. However, if you stick to the same colours forever, you could be missing out on some incredible looks that can transform your style and mood.

     

    Therefore, we’ve put together a mini-guide of the best colours to choose for different skin tones, as with a little careful know-how, you can soon select amazing and interesting colours and prints that are as unique as you. And it all starts with a simple skin tone analysis. At our women’s clothes shop in Bath, we have a dedicated team to help you even further, too.

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    Dark skin tones

    Dark-skinned ladies always look their best in colours on the warmer end of the spectrum in any shade, from pastels to bright and beautiful colours and rich, darker tones as well. Remember: warmer colours will bring out the warmness in your skin tone!

    Dark-skinned women should try to avoid browns and blacks, plus colours towards the cooler end of the spectrum, such as blues, grey and silver. Why? Because if a colour is too close to your skin tone, it won’t flatter as much, and could even leave you looking a little washed out.

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    Medium skin tones

    Girls and women with more medium skin should refrain from wearing browns, beiges, caramel, oranges and very pale pastels in any shade, as they will be too cool against your skin and therefore can bring out grey undertones.

    Instead, you’ll want hues that bring out your skin’s warmer undertones - the opposite of the greying effect. We have a fantastic range of prints and shades available in our kaftan dress UK which is perfect for this. Shop now!

    Blues are a great choice for this skin tone, too, from deep navy to royal blue. Dark, dusky pinks, or bright pink and raspberry pink are also strong choices. Reds, greens and purples are also good options - basically anything really rich is perfect for you.

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    Olive skin tones

    Those with olive skin are in luck because they can pull off (pretty much) any colour! Olive skin tends to have yellow and brown undertones, so when you’re shopping for your linen trousers women or other favourite pieces, think of shades that will compliment these hues.

    The best option for women with olive skin, however, is a beautiful and girlie pink. Bright pinks will bring out the gentle red undertones in your tanned skin, and will make you look as though you’ve just stepped off the plane!

     

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    Fair skin tones 

    For those with fair skin, your garments are most flattering if they have either warm, peachy undertones or cool undertones.

    If you’re fair-skinned and have warm undertones, earth-tones will look amazing on you. Consider any shade of brown, and any shade of green, from olive to field, emerald and melon. Ivory, navy and grey will also look fabulous on you as they compliment peachy undertones.

    The brighter and lighter side of the red and orange spectrum - such as peach, apricot, light pink, rose pink or rose-red - will also work really well.

    No matter what shade of skin you have, Hampstead Bazaar has clothes (and accessories!) that will make your feel and look great. Visit our women’s clothes shop in Bath are shop online to browse our collection.

  • How to Style a Kaftan Dress ?

    Kaftan dresses are incredibly versatile, comfortable and unexpectedly chic. So it’s perhaps no surprise that more and more women are seeing the potential of this summer beach wardrobe fashion staple for all year round wear. After all, if something truly is so stylish, why limit it to one occasion or setting?

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    Choosing the right kaftan dress for you

    Taking a kaftan dress from the beach to a bar or restaurant can be an absolute doddle with a few simple tips. You need to choose the right style, pattern and material for your tastes and body shape.

    The easiest way to transform your kaftan look from day to night is by choosing a show-stopping printed style, many of which can be found on our site – Hampstead Bazaar clothing online.

    A printed rather than plain option can add an instant layer of glamour to your outfit, and you can finish the look with one of our ladies cashmere jumpers if you’re worried about feeling chilly during the evening.

     

    Tips for styling a kaftan dress

    • Opting for a brightly-coloured kaftan? Team it with a beautiful safari patterned matching head wrap or scarf.
    • Or, if you want to keep the glamorous boho vibes going from day to night, you could choose a straw hat instead.
    • Make sure you choose an appropriate length for your occasion. A medium-length kaftan is better suited for a day at the office, particularly when teamed up with a pair of leggings, while a shorter kaftan is a great choice for a casual day trip. A long kaftan can be worn at more formal functions, such as beach weddings or a cocktail party.
    • Cinch in your waist in your floaty kaftan dress by investing in a dark, chunky belt that you can utilise to show off your hourglass figure.
    • A silk or cotton kaftan top looks fabulous over palazzo trousers or shorts if you’re not a big fan of dresses, or want to keep your legs covered without compromising on style and comfort.
    • Finish the look with a chunky, statement necklace that compliments or contrasts the colours in your kaftan, for a bold, look-at-me feel.

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    Don’t forget to keep the comfort going with well-chosen shoes. Kaftans look great with a range of shoes, so it doesn’t matter whether you want to dance the night away in flats or heels. Jewelled sandals with heels will help make a chic and pretty statement and will add a little slice of luxury to your outfit.

    • When choosing a bag to go with your outfit, you’ll want to opt for something a little smaller than you may usually go for. That’s because kaftans are floaty and large by design, so you’ll want to balance out the whole look by choosing a small clutch bag, instead of a bulky handbag. This can instantly take it up a few notches on the glamour scale!
    • Wearing your kaftan at the beach? Pair it with a pair of sandals and shades and you are beach ready! You’ll also be protected a little from the sun, too.

    Which kaftan dress from Hampstead Bazaar will you choose? Shop now both online and in-store in at your shop in Bath!

     

     

  • Style Guide: What to Wear to the Theatre

    There’s an extensive and marvellous history of people putting on their best clothes to go and see a show at the theatre. The first balcony of a traditional West End theatre in London is usually called the Dress Circle, after the stunning, impressive gowns worn by the opulent Victorian ladies who once sat there.

    However, these days, there’s no requirement for top hats and tails, satin or pearls. Although a fair few people do like to wear smart clothes for a visit to the theatre, feel free to wear whatever you feel relaxed in. And in the warm summer months, wearing light, comfy clothing is a real positive.

    We’ve chosen some of our favourite pieces from Hampstead Bazaar to help you put together the perfect, comfortable yet chic and showbiz look.

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    A nice dress

    Shows at the theatre can be really long, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve got something you’re happy to sit in for up to three hours. You’ll also want to make sure you’re not wearing material that will crease when you stand up after all that sitting, for your after-show drinks, too! Avoid wearing materials that may stick to the seat or leave you feeling too warm. It’s best to not wear leather and pleather clothing, especially in the hotter summer months.

    Our kaftan dress is a great choice and comes in two stunning different materials – cotton or silk. The silk option is featured in a range of unique prints, which ooze opulent glamour.

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    An outer layer

    It can get a little chilly at the theatre, especially if you’re heading to a particularly old or big one, so it’s advised to take something to wrap around you to keep you at a nice temperature. Our range of women’s cashmere jumpers is ideal for this, as they will add sophistication to your look as well as warmth, something that’s harder to do with a chunkier knit. Why not opt for a contrasting colour to your dress, to add an extra layer of interest?

    Comfortable shoes

    If you’re heading to a theatre in London, you may well end up wandering the cobbled streets of the city, and this is pretty tough to do in high heels! Therefore, it’s a good idea to choose a thicker heel or to skip heels altogether and go for flats. There are loads of glamorous flat shoes on the market now, which will help keep your outfit looking fabulous and fancy, as you last the evening on your feet with ease.

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    Fancy accessories

    Carefully chosen accessories can easily transform your look from comfy and casual, to chic and fabulous. If you’re opting for a plain outfit, this can make choosing accessories a little easier, as you won’t have to worry as much about clashing patterns and prints. However, as a general rule, a nice thick chunky necklace, or a sophisticated and sleek scarf is great to dazzle up the top half of your body, drawing attention to your facial features.

    Now that you know what you can wear from Hampstead Bazaar to the theatre, the only thing left to do is choose a show. What West End production are you most excited to see?

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