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#VeryAutumnEdit Outerwear

If there’s one thing guaranteed to put a smile on your face now the colder weather is on its way, is the thought of wrapping up in a brand new winter coat. Whether you’re a girl who loves a classic or you’re all about the biker baby, we’ve got every coat you need in your life right now.

First up is this killer biker with faux fur, edgy enough to give your autumn look some serious punch and glam enough to take along on your party nights out, this is going to be your new style best friend for the season ahead.


The art of autumn layering will be taken to the next level with this ah-mazing draped coat (this shape is being spotted everywhere right now) – we can see this being a wardrobe staple for our working days but it’ll look just as fab worn over skinnies, boots and a roll neck for weekends. We seriously love the colour too, puts us right in the mood for winter walks, and a marshmallow hot chocolate obvs!




Last up is the classic peacoat – this look never dates and it makes every outfit look like you’ve just stepped out of a vintage Hollywood movie. Wear it over some sophisticated wardrobe staples to get the polished park avenue princess look.D578P_SP005_02_6H34Ra

This is just a tiny smattering of the beautiful coats we’ve got lined up for you this autumn, the girls here at Very HQ have been seeing who can get their orders in first, we’re smitten!

Shop the full coat collection right here – happy autumn! x

How to wear summer stripes

It wouldn’t be summer without an onslaught of stripes. Every year we all embrace this nautical inspired look and with good reason – the classic stripe always looks chic, understated and works with everything in your wardrobe (including florals and animal prints).  If you’ve yet to walk the line, here are a few vintage icons showing us why stripes are always right.


Marilyn Monroe knew that a stripe can be super-flattering on a curvy frame – cinching in the waist and baring your arms helps to give a little structure – this off-the-shoulder top by Lipsy is perfect with white jeans and slick of red lipstick for summer.




No-one rocked a Breton top quite like Audrey Hepburn – the queen of understated glamour, she took the most simple pieces and styled them to perfection.  The key is to keep accessories to the bare minimum – we love this T-shirt from G-Star RAW, the perfect top to chuck in your holiday case for city breaks.




Brigitte Bardot is a styling genius with the classic stripe – this look is all about paring a laid-back style with statement eyes and voluminous hair.  The stripe V-neck top from South is the perfect day-to-night option,  give it a new season spin with black skinnies.




Switch things up with a vertical stripe, it’s a slightly edgier look but as you can see from French chanteuse  Francoise Hardy, it’s easy to wear and looks oh-so-classy – add a statement bangle and tousled hair, this monochrome striped dress from Lauren Pope’s collection is a great place to start.




The humble stripe also makes for an amazing cover up – worn over everything from a cute little dress to skinny jeans, it’s an easy way to make your outfit look more considered, Mia Farrow demonstrates this perfectly with nothing but a simplest of clutch bags.  We’re loving this oversized jacket from Girls on Film.

If this has renewed your love affair with all things stripy click here for more style inspiration – enjoy!



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#VerySummerEdit: Behind the Scenes in Miami!

Our lucky photography team jetted off to Miami to shoot the new #VerySummerEdit (jealous much!)

Here are a few snaps they brought back and some beautiful quotes about what makes Miami such a special place, just kick back and dream ….


“But this is Miami, you can’t come to Miami and not show any skin. You gotta show something. If you’re all covered up in this heat, you’re gonna make me pass out out just to look at you. It’s sweaty in Miami-but the diamonds will keep me cool.” L’IL KIM


“Miami is just really fun whenever I go there. It’s like this post-apocalyptic Barbie world: everything is pink, and there’re palm trees everywhere. But then there are also all these people in crazy sunglasses, warehouses with sick parties where all the girls are covered in spikes and black leather. It’s a very weird place.” GRIMES


“I do sing in the car. I actually sing Britney Spears songs in the car – me and a close friend of mine. She lives in West Palm and I live in Miami, and when we’re going back and forth to see each other, we sing: ‘Oh, Baby Baby.’ We sing all these 1990s songs. We’re like two 14-year-old kids just having a good time.” KELLY ROWLAND


” Miami is a melting pot in which none of the stones melt. They rattle around.” THOMAS WOLFE


“Miami Beach is where neon goes to die.” LENNY BRUCE


“I love Miami; I miss it so much. I miss the beach, the peace it brings you. I love the sound and smell of the sea.” GENESIS RODRIGUEZ


” I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba – Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue.”


“Miami is one of these great places that is a really sensual, physically beautiful place.” MICHAEL MANN


“Second only to the sea, the Miami sky has been the greatest comfort in my life past 50. On a good day, when the wind blows from the south, the light here is diffuse and forgiving.” IGGY POP

#VerySpringEdit – Modern Seventies

The decade that style forgot (allegedly, and unfairly) never seems to be far from designer’s minds, every few years a new resurgence occurs and we’re singing to the tune of ‘let’s go round again’!  This season’s offering harks back to the best of the 70s boho icons with flares, floaty frocks, hot pants and skater skirts, but all done with a modern twist so it avoids looking like a night at the local 70s theme bar.




First up is possible the mightiest of all retro style buys and that’s the flare – leg-lengthening, easy to wear, and a welcome change from skinny-ville these have got to be the starting place for any seventies inspired wardrobe.  Let Jane Birkin be your guide and pair your flares with a boho-luxe white top like this one from Denim & Supply and natural ‘I woke up like this’ hair. The ripped detail gives them a modern edge, just add a trilby and these beautiful Clarks tan block-heel shoes.




The next piece to add to your look is a flirty little skater dress, the paisley print gives this one a real sense of decade, switch out high boots and add a more contemporary twist with ankle boots and it’s going to help you transition right through the season. Ali McGraw from the epic romance Love Story is our muse here – this Ossie Clarke number shows just how much staying power the skater dress has.




A seventies trend needs a pair of super-short shorts – I refrain from using the term hotpants, but you get the picture.  The trick is to add layers and texture to stop them looking too high-summer and then pare it back for when the sun’s shining.  An open stitch cardigan is the perfect foil, and ankle boots make them feel relevant for right now. Just add a slouchy bag.




Last up is an ethereal, floaty dress – we’re looking at you Stevie Nicks, Charlotte Rampling and Cher.  This one ticks all the boho boxes, the ruffles tap right into the Flamenco detailing seen on the catwalks and it’s perfect with a little denim jacket, a fringed bag and tan heels.

Hope you’re as excited as us for a little retro injection and don’t forget to check out our other spring trends right here!



Photo credits as follows:

Jane Birkin

Ali McGraw


Charlotte Rampling

Spring denim update

If you’re suffering from post-christmas blues maybe a little denim update will put you in a brighter state of mind (lets face it – there’s nothing a little splurge can’t cure!)  We happen to have put together an amazing little Spring ’15 denim collection and the best news is the prices are pretty sweet too, so it’s the perfect excuse for a guilt free shop.


The ripped boyfriend jean will mix perfectly with basic pieces for weekends, keep the leg rolled up and wear with flats or take them out for evening with a blazer and killer heels.  Distressed denim is key right now so invest once and wear them all year round.


Ripped jeans look amazing with a simple black top, the back detail keeps it looking interesting – this is the sort of outfit that’ll work just as well for evening as it would for weekends, just switch up your shoes, add a slick of bright lippy and you’re done.


This long-line blazer is the perfect update for your Spring look, wear it over a basic slouchy tee and add some nude heels – this would even work for the office and the colours are a lovely refresh after all the muted shades of winter ( I told you these boyfriend jeans would be a good investment!).


Distressed jeans and a biker are one of our favourite power pairings – this blue biker is the best antidote for dull winter-mornings or the classic black looks good with absolutely everything – dresses, skirts, jeans, it’s probably the most versatile piece a girl can own.


If you like the look of our new denim collection head to the shop where you can find all our latest updates and lots more amazing pieces that wont blow the budget – happy 2015 everyone!


Dreaming of a Vintage Christmas

When the chaos of Christmas gets into full swing it’s nice to take some time out and remember how they did it in the good old days. There’s definitely something magical about the old festive movies and starlets, whether it’s the sense of calm serenity, the slush-free snow or the sing-a-longs there’s nothing quite like them for bringing back the sparkle (especially if you’ve been wrestling bags in a rammed shopping centre, enough to make anyone Grinch like!). The best bit for me is the costumes, no onesies, no Pug jumpers with flashing lights, just some good old fashioned vintage dressing.

So even if you haven’t got a sleigh bell, roaring log fire or bottle of egg-nog to hand, settle back with this little look at festive style icons and let the yuletide glow surround you, altogether now “I’m dreaming of a …..”


Behold, the leading ladies from the ultimate Christmas film ‘White Christmas’, proving firstly that lace is always a Christmas party winner and secondly that it’s good to rock a little colour. If you want to don something a little different for the Christmas do this year, this lace dress from Definitions is going to make you stand out amongst all the LBD’s and sparkle.




Next up is Loretta Young in The Bishop’s Wife – this Christmas classic features Cary Grant as an Angel (or is he?) sent to help raise money to build a Cathedral, it’s pretty schmaltzy stuff but it’s got that feel-good innocence about it that makes you feel all warm inside.  Plus the fact that Ms Young looks dazzling with perfectly coiffed hair and a beautiful wardrobe – luxe outerwear is always a game-changer when it comes to winter dressing and you can find your perfectly chic cover-up right here.


You’ve got to be in awe of these costumes in ‘It Happened on 5th avenue’ – I take my hat off to anyone who can pull off that much leopard print, and I can’t be alone in thinking that the world would be a much better place if our gents still wore classy coats and hats! This film is a classic tale of rich versus poor, and happiness prevailing over sadness, and of course a few lovely Christmas songs along the way.

If you want to add a fierce fur to your winter look, check out this little lot!

Finally here are a few other Hollywood Icons getting into the festive spirit, proving that no matter how glam and fabulously rich you are, no-one can resist Santa’s charms!







Hope you all have a VERY merry Christmas and that Father Christmas brings you everything on your list. I have it on good authority that you’ve all been well behaved!) x


Thanks to Lynn Johnson for the graphic design


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The Bishop’s Wife

It happened on 5th Avenue

Audrey Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe


#verypartyedit Razzle Dazzle

This party season there’s no such thing as too much bling – we’re talking sparkle, sequins, unexpected brights and a whole lot of colour love.  These are my favourite picks from the Razzle Dazzle trend , it’s time to start dreaming of a ‘bright Christmas’!


Be your very own disco ball with this gold dress from xxxxxxxxx, the dress makes enough of an impact without overloading the accessories, just put your hair into some model-eque soft waves, add a coral lip and some black killer heels. The body con shape is perfect for enhancing your best bits, especially if you’re blessed with a curvy bust.




Some classic looks get a serious revamp here – the jumpsuit is a little bit studio 54 with the shoulder detail and the black keeps it looking sleek and if you fancy a bold punch of colour you can’t beat a two piece short suit as a cuter-than-cute dress alternative, very Taylor Swift.  Pick out some statement jewels and add a clutch – party perfection.




Never considered brights for your works do? These dresses are guaranteed to make you stand out in a sea of LBD’s,  I love the richness of the red animal print dress – still festive looking but with twist, it’s a shape that’s going to suit everyone with its cinched in waist.  Mix the yellow   dress back with black accessories to stop it looking too summery (but it’s definitely a piece you can re-work when the sun comes back out to play!).




When you’re planning your party look you can’t forget about the cover-up – you want to look just as good when you’re shivering in the taxi queue after all!  I love this combination of emerald green (click here for more green pieces)  and citrus yellow and the sequins are so on trend for this party season.  Keep the shoes neutral so the look doesn’t get too matchy-match.




My final pick is this outfit – yes, it’s black but the little metallic jacket over the top gives it an AW14 twist.  The look is so cute, a little bit tomboy, and also a bit of a french influence going on.  Keep make-up fresh and natural and add some strappy shoes.

For more Razzle Dazzle inspiration check out this clip:

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks and look out for lots of festive and party related goodies coming soon! x

#verypartyedit – behind the scenes!

If you’re anything like us at Very HQ you’ll be starting to think party – the hair, the nails, the shoes, the bag, yep – it’s the most wonderfully dressed up time of the year.  Our party edit is completely devoted to all things party this time with four big trends to choose from, and here is a little look at what went on behind the scenes!



Season of the Witch

As well as being the scariest day of the year, Halloween is a time to celebrate the dark side of glamour – never mind your warty witches and cackling crones, over the years there have been hundreds of magical ladies on the big screen and beyond who have created some seriously hot hocus-pocus, forever putting to bed the notion of the scary old hag who forgot to use her Nivea.

To celebrate witchy women everywhere I’ve put together a who’s-who that’ll have you reaching for the nearest broomstick – fly my pretties, fly ….


Owner of perhaps the most perfect hair in old-school Hollywood, Veronica Lake starred as a witch hell-bent on revenge in 1942 rom-com I Married A Witch.   Unfortunately she failed to bewitch her co-star and on-screen romantic interest Fredric March who had said of Veronica that she was ‘a brainless little blonde sexpot, void of any acting ability’. Turn that man into a toad!


One of my all-time favourite witches has to be Jadis from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – played to perfection by the ethereal Tilda Swinton.  Never has pure evil looked so good – her costumes (that I would happily kill for) were designed by Isis Mussenden who tried to move the character as far away from the classic idea of a witch as possible. The iconic dress was painstakingly crafted to look as though she had covered herself up in a bit of Narnia.  Amazing!


The Craft starring Neve Campbell is a cult teen-movie horror classic, and there were some seriously spooky unscripted goings on in one scene that they shot at the beach. A colony of bats appeared and lingered on the set, the waves rose up and extinguished the candles being used for the scene and when Nancy was calling for the spirit to “fill her” the power went down on the set – chills or what!

HW3When you’ve got Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon and Cher in the cast (plus Jack Nicholson who is always welcome) then you know it’s going to be pretty magical. Although apparently Cher was originally told that  ‘You can’t be in the movie because Jack Nicholson doesn’t think you’re sexy.'”.  You’d be pretty gutted hearing that, but good old Cher took it in her stride, got the part anyway, and looked just as fab-u-lous as the other girls!


Anjelica Huston (who has also played Morticia Addams so is obviously a pro at being a bad-gal) brought an amazing performance to the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.  Determined to turn all children into mice, Anjelica played it sultry in a vampy back dress, dripping in jewels and rocking a serious statement lip with her trademark blunt-cut bob.  Obviously post-transformation she looked pretty ‘tired’ thanks to Jim Henson’s wizardry, but top marks for bringing some glamour to the role.




I don’t think Helena Bonham-Carter can be beaten when it comes to her portrayal of death eater Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter movies – she came ready armed with a back-catalogue of kooky roles and the extra bonus of being married to Tim Burton so the part was made for her.  She’s by turn sadistic, demented, childish and anarchic and I’m particularly jealous of her wild hair (damn my fine, straight locks!)




Okay, so the wicked witch of the west isn’t winning any beauty competitions, but she’s definitely the scariest witch in film ever – I still remember the first time I watched the Wizard of Oz (melting, meeeeeelllltiiing!).  Who’d have thought that the actress that played her, Margaret Hamilton, was originally a primary school teacher – talk about a change of career!  She was also badly burned during her final screen when her green make-up ignited – ouch.  I’m going to leave you with possibly the most iconic movie witch ever – Angelina Jolie’s version was all very nice, but the original Disney Maleficent is queen of them all. Devious, demonic with the best nasty asides and an incredible cackle but yet ever so elegant too – we could all learn a thing or two from this bad-ass!

If you fancy having yourself a little witching hour for Halloween check out our costumes and black-magic accessories, plus look our for scary make up ideas  – have a wicked one! x


The Eagles – Witchy Woman
Santana – Black Magic Woman
Donovan – Season of the Witch
Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
Hole – Softer, softest
Queens of the Stone Age – Burn the Witch
Kate Bush – Waking the witch
Marianne Faithful – Witches Song
The Kinks – Wicked Annabella



Thanks to Sasha L King for the scarily good graphic design and the following sites for photo credits

Veronica Lake

Tilda Swinton

The Craft

Witches of Eastwick

Anjelica Huston

Helena Bonham Carter

Margaret Hamilton





Enchanted Fairytale #verywinteredit

Once upon a time the fashion designers needed some inspiration, so they read up on Grimm’s fairy tales and then sent models down the catwalks looking like they’d just stepped out of an enchanted forest.  We’ve all had our heads in a book of fairy tales at some point (or been captivated by The Little Mermaid or Frozen on film), and whether we’ve rooted for Rapunzel in the tower or slept for a hundred years with Sleeping Beauty, it’s always a joy to see fashion take a cue from something magical.

Some of the designers that are feeling the fairy tale vibes this season are (left to right) Etro, Valentino and D&G, it’s all about Folksy inspired  prints, naive woodland motifs and plenty of princess-worthy opulence. We also saw sheer florals and hints of the Germanic with a beautifully rich mix of golds, greens and reds.  And with a nod to Little Red Riding hood there were a plethora of capes and ponchos – it’s like playing dress up all over again (bagsy being Cinderella!).


So with that in mind, allow me to introduce you to our version of the trend – Enchanted Forest.  Obviously a fox embroidered cape coat may not be quite the thing for your night our with the girls, so we’ve put together pieces that are simple to put together, very easy on the eye and definitely sprinkled with fairy dust.



First up is this sweet as a sugar-plum-fairy little outfit including a Lipsy fur jacket (coloured fur was absolutely everywhere at the recent fashion weeks) matched up with a Girls on Film dark floral skirt and finished with a Definitions PU and Lace boxy top.  This is how to tap into the look for daytime, with a mix of textures, bold prints and shapes that tell an interesting story.




This look is made for night time glamour – shimmering metallics, beautiful leafy motifs and of course a hit of fur (seriously, it’s everywhere!).  Be a little match girl with a bonded lace top and skirt combination or go for the beautiful fitted shape of the high neck jacquard prom dress, the key is to let the fabrics shine through and keep your accessories to a minimum – saying that, a pop of bright lipstick will be a good contrast and stop it all looking too dark-side.




There’s a lot to be said for this digi-print day dress, it’s taken the folksy elements from the catwalks, but it’ll be a little ray of sunshine when the colder months hit – just layer it up with tights, boots and a fur gilet for a super-cute day look.  This kind of folk-esque print was spotted at Hermes, Tory Burch and Burberry Prorsum.




I love Autumn/Winter dressing – while everyone else is praying for the sun to stay a little longer, I’m always the first one back in my layers.  This trend gives you lovely ways to create a story with layered pieces.  The ubiquitous biker is a perfect foil to the prettiness of the paisley print dress, which is in an amazing shape by the way – one of those dresses we all love that you can just throw on and go.  Add a fur stole and bag to up the luxe factor and you’re done.




And finally, here are some real inspirations – beautiful fairy tale artworks by Arthur Rackham and Milo Winter of Little Red Riding Hood (the ultimate cape wearer!) and the Snow Queen who was probably the first slightly-evil diva to rock a fabulous fur in literature!

Thanks to Nicola Baines for the header design and I would like to credit the following sites for the images used – see you soon for some hubble, bubble, toil and trouble … x

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Arthur Rackham image

Milo Winter image

Behind the scenes we took the #verywinteredit to London

We headed to Old London Town for our latest chapter of the Very Edit – our stylist kindly grabbed some behind the scenes snaps so you can see where we shot, who was there and what the team got up too (I for one am very jealous of the pie shop!).  Don’t forget to head over to the #verywinteredit page (coming soon) to check out the trends and read the shoot diaries – hope you love the new looks, there’s plenty of early inspo for the big festive glam up!

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Sixties Siren #veryautumnedit


The sixties trend for #veryautumnedit looks like it was made for Paris – maybe it’s the combination of autumn leaves, houndstooth and the Francoise Hardy fringe on our amazing model!  The 60’s mod is a huge trend for Autumn/Winter – first seen on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Valentino, we’re gearing up for a season of A-line shifts, boots and mod-esque prints.  It’s a really easy trend to pull off too – nothing particularly scary, it’s all about looking polished with the focus on clean structured lines.

The houndstooth jacket from Vero Moda is a great starting piece (and was also a favourite of Audrey Hepburn for all you vintage addicts), if you only buy one thing this is the killer piece that’s going to fast-track the trend.


The South collar knit dress is such a versatile piece. It’s going to work with every body shape because it’s not too A-line, and it’s very Mary Quant looking – wear with big Twiggy lashes, nude lips and a full-fat fringe.


I love the combination of the eyelash knit striped skirt with a honey-mustard coloured top – this amazing colour is not only completely seasonally appropriate, it also makes the outfit look a little bit found-in-a-thrift-shop, and the combination of the eyelash knit with a leather biker makes it even more interesting.  Contrasting textures is a huge trend for AW14 so this look is a good all-rounder!


My personal favourite from this sixties collection is the French Connection Kazan check coat – what I love about this is that it works as part of the trend, but also as a stand alone piece. Invest once, and you could get years out of it – wear it now over a mustard coloured dress with knee high boots, but because it’s a little bit punky it’d also look just as good with black skinnies, a beat-up band tee and ankle boots.

And finally, where would any sixties throw-back be without the iconic black knee boot – this version is slightly slouchy which gives the look a more relaxed feel and they haven’t got a huge heel to stagger round on which is always a bonus when winter hits and you’re just praying to stay upright (gotta think ahead girls!)




So there it is, the sixties trend from #veryautumnedit – you can shop all the pieces right now, also don’t forget to visit the Shoot Diaries page for some more inspiration and have a look at the behind the scenes blog to see what went on in the city of lights.

Enjoy! x