Heels are great but few women are willing to wear them day in and day out; high heels are certainly attractive but they can also be very painful and are generally very impractical. For everyday wear a girl needs a pair of shoes in which she can both walk and run and flats fill our need for wearable, everyday shoes. Flat shoes are easy to walk in but have long been viewed as somehow less desirable than heels but no more; from trainers to loafers flat are very much ‘in’. There are plenty of fashionable flats available for the style conscious woman and so, here at Lux-Fix, we thought we’d take a look at some our favourites.

Let’s begin with these laid back and slightly masculine Oxford’s by Fred’s Shoes. Boyish Brogues are very much in style at the moment but if you’re after a softer flat then a pair of Oxford shoes could be the thing for you. British brand Fred’s Shoes produce this attractive, easy to wear shoe in a variety of different colours and even prints. This is a shoe you could team with a dress to add a little hint of androgyny or with a pair of chinos and a white shirt for a relaxed look.

If you’re after a more feminine flat try one of the British Flat Shoe Company attractive designs such as this pair of bright, bold pink flats. The British Flat Shoe Company manufacture all their shoes right here in the UK and their simple but stylish designs are ideal for everyday wear. Combining this pair of pink beauties with matching accessories could easily transform any outfit from dull to chic in a heartbeat.

Flats, however, don’t just have to be stylish, or effortlessly chic; they can also be fun. These sparkly, glitter covered pumps from La Paire prove that flats can be as unique and fun as their heeled counterparts. La Paire’s Stardust flats could add a touch of instant sparkle to a day ensemble but would also be ideal for a night out on the town.

Of course today’s dream flat would combine effortless style with up to date design, practicality with desirability and, with that in mind, these pumps from Cleo B pretty much hit the mark. Their pastel blue colour and metallic heel are refreshingly contemporary making these pumps perfect for fashion savvy woman but they’re also functional enough to be worn regularly. These flats may look demure but, in reality, they present the wearer with a variety of styling options; these are shoes you could wear with a summer skirt or a pair of jeans the choice is yours.

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Jersey is a fabulous material; it’s comfortable, flattering and, above all, versatile. At first glance jersey’s tight-fitting properties may make it a daunting prospect but in reality the seemingly clingy fabric can flatter women of all shapes and sizes. Various brands and fashion designers have used jersey in their designs but few would call themselves ‘jersey specialists’ yet British brand CeMe London do claim to be just that. Their contemporary, creations are all made using soft, pliable jersey making them incredibly easy to wear and could comfortably fit into the wardrobe of any modern woman. Jersey allows CeMe to make form fitting, flattering clothing; CeMe’s dresses are designed to make women not only feel feminine but look it too. To celebrate this wonder material, and CeMe’s stylish designs, we thought we’d give a quick round up of the jersey specialists’ best pieces.

The little black dress is a wardrobe staple and jersey makes an ideal LBD fabric; CeMe make some truly attractive LBDs. This particular black dress is modern but elegant, modest and wearable but also flattering and feminine. This is a dress you could wear to the office, the bar or even to a special event.

Jersey is also very good for draping as this stylish grey dress proves. CeMe use draping in quite a few of their designs and this technique helps to flatter the body without drawing attention to unwanted lumps and bumps. With its trendy cowl neckline this dress would look great simply teamed with a killer pair of heels.

Many of CeMe’s designs come in simple block colours and many of us often think of Jersey in terms of plain, classic colours. CeMe, however, also use bright, modern prints in some of their dresses; this not only adds interest but also presents a contemporary take on jersey-based design. This appealing print dress has a classic silhouette, like many of CeMe’s jersey designs, but its abstract up-to-date print gives it a decidedly modern air. This is a dress you could wear with a leather jacket or a blazer, to work or on the weekend; in short this is a versatile, contemporary dress.

The occasional print aside, CeMe’s designs may seem a bit minimal at times but that’s not to say they couldn’t cause a stir. This white asymmetric dress may look simple yet it’s also incredibly glamorous. This is a dress that flatters you in all the right places; really it needs only a pair of heels and the right accessories and it’ll be ready to hit the town. This is a dress that proves that less really is more and that’s the wonder of jersey; with this wearable yet figure hugging fabric even the simplest designs become extraordinary.

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Like the classic shift and the sexy sheath the wrap dress is iconic style that everywoman should have in her wardrobe. A wrap dress is flattering, feminine and easy to wear; this simple form flattering style can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes making it a modern classic. Over the decades there have been many different versions of the conventional wrap dress but some designers use traditional wrap-dress shape to create unique, new styles. This approach allows designers to utilise the flattering ‘wrap’ silhouette and tweak it to suit their own aesthetic and vision. One such designer using the ‘wrap’ to create stylish pieces is Katya Wildman. Katya’s brand, Bombshell, is known for producing sensuous figure hugging dresses and, as such, the brand’s designs often feature a ‘wrap’ style shape. It’s very hard to resist Bombshell’s sexy designs and their sarong/wrap style dresses are particularly desirable. As such we thought we’d give you a quick round up of some of our favourites…

This sensuous red dress looks fit for a 1950s screen siren; it combines an enticing red print with a warp dress style profile. This is a dress that was just made for hourglass figures and, these days, very few clothes are. Yet for all its sensual glamour this is a versatile little red dress that could take you from office to bar.

Sticking more closely the tried and tested traditional wrap dress this dress has all the style of the original iconic piece but with a twist. The dress has a concealed zip on the front which allows the wear to bare as much or as little flesh as they like. In essence here is a dress that possesses both the professionalism and free spirited sexiness that everyone remembers from the wrap dresses of the 1970s. Bombshell have just brought the 70s dress up to date and added an extra dose of sensuality.

Wrap dresses aren’t just for daywear, the style’s sexy silhouette works equally as well at night too. Bombshell’s elegant evening dresses, like the brand’s daywear, also draw on the ‘wrap’ shape. This feminine and ladylike little number uses a wrap outline to subtly flatter the female form. Like all of Bombshell’s designs this dress is sexy but here the sexuality is muted and restrained making this a dress fit for even the most sophisticated events.

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It’s January, it’s cold and spring seems far, far away. It’s the time of year when you just want to wrap yourself up in something warm. Dressing for comfort rather than style may seem like a big fashion no-no but at the moment, with temperatures set to plummet, we all need something warm and cosy to wear. On the other hand, as we’ve seen time and time again on the Lux-Fix blog, comfort and style are not mutually exclusive; there are plenty of fashionable brands that produce clothing that is both attractive and practical. With that in mind we’ve searched high and low to find the warmest, most stylish winter-ready pieces available on Lux-Fix.

Knitwear is a must for winter and here at Lux-Fix we stock a variety of trendy, wearable knitwear brands. Needle is one such brand; their modern but relaxed designs are easy to wear, functional and just a little bit luxurious. This colour-block jumper from the brand’s aw14 collection has a fresh, contemporary feel; simply pair with jeans and ankle boots for warm but fashionable casual look.

Those looking to channel a more ladylike look this winter should check out Faux England; specialising in faux fur Faux England create furry clothing and accessories with all the glamour of yesteryear but none of the expense and controversy of real fur. Their outerwear is particularly glamorous and this lovely Orelle coat would make an extremely chic winter cover-up. This is a coat you could wear to the office or throw on over an evening ensemble with equal ease making it a must-have for the lady about town.

Similarly, glove brand Cornelia James create ladylike gloves that are, literally, fit for a queen. These are gloves that could keep even the daintiest fingers warm but can also a touch of class to any wintery outfit. These leopard print gloves are practical enough for day to day wear and stylish enough to fit into any elegant wardrobe.

 

As we’ve seen before on the Lux-Fix blog there seems to be a lot of faux fur around at the moment. Some brands, such as Faux England, produce vintage inspired faux pieces but other brands reinvent and reinterpret faux fur staples for a modern audience. Charlotte Simone is one such brand and Helen Moore is another; both take different approaches to furry accessories but both create pieces that are fun, contemporary and ever so trendy. Inspired by Parisian style Charlotte Simone designs scarves around which a woman can build her entire outfit; this stripy little number has a cool but light hearted feel and would be perfect for injecting a fun into a dour winter look. Helen Moore’s creations are a tad more sophisticated but still trendy and are also beautifully crafted here in the UK. This inky blue pillbox hat is pretty irresistible and could add a touch of modern day glamour any trendy, fashion conscious winter wardrobe.

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With cold, wet winter winds hitting the UK the style conscious woman is faced with a problem; how does one stay stylish in the rain? Fortunately Lux-Fix stocks a variety of stylish and practical outerwear and footwear that is ideal for the wet weather. A well designed waterproof Mac or traditional grungy parka can be your best friend in a shower or storm; whether you’re a smart dresser or a casual fashionista there’s a waterproof coat for you. Similarly by ditching the wellies and investing in a pair good quality boots you will be able to face any puddle in style. In short rain doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to take a hit; with a bit of planning and some wise purchases you can look as chic is wet weather as you do in the sunshine. So, without further ado, here’s a quick roundup of the most stylish wet weather fashion Lux-Fix has to offer.

Let’s start with UK based design collective Protected Species; Protected Species use technically sophisticated but functional outerwear that doesn’t compromise on style. Case in point their fashionable West End Waterproof Mac which combines timeless styling with cutting edge design. This traditional looking Mac is actually made of Fluid Intelligent Fabric making it a modern and practical twist on a classic. This coat may be waterproof but you can style it in much the same way as any Mac or trench; in short this is a raincoat that you could wear office in pride.

The parka is the ultimate practical but stylish coat; a good parka should be robust enough to shelter you from the elements but also have a rock ‘n’ roll inspired cool all of its own. Just about every high street store comes up with a parka each winter but British brand Parka London’s coats are a cut above the rest. Their designs are simple, classic and hardwearing with an undeniably British feel; their pieces are simply designed for the British climate. Their Freja Parka (above) is loose fitting enough to fit over even the chunkiest of knitwear and also has a water resistant finish making it ideal for cold, rainy days

A good pair of boots is a must for winter, wet weather or no and a hardy pair of riding boots can make a great alternative to wellies. The Spanish Boot Company creates classic, practical riding boots inspired by traditional Spanish boots. The brand’s boots are certainly functional and perfect for equestrian enthusiasts but they are also well designed and beautifully crafted making them also fit for day-to-day use. Their Polo Boots for example could be used for riding but they would also work just as well as fashionable city footwear. This combination of style and practicality make The Spanish Boot Company’s boots a very stylish wet weather option indeed.

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