[Outfit] The Triumph Magic Wire Bra

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen a couple of weeks ago I went along to a lovely breakfast with Triumph to hear all about their new Magic Wire bra collection (here is a little video I did whilst there). I was a little "on the fence" about it as underwear certainly isn't something I blog about that much. In short, it takes a lot to get me excited about something, my own underwear is very, very simple.When shopping, if anything is marketed as sexy I quiver inside and steer well away from it, even my more expensive pieces are quite straightforward. I would never go into one of those more risqué shops, I'm way too prude...

I have a rule that nothing stays on in my drawer longer than a year, or if there is any fraying then it goes straight in the bin - but aside from that, not much more can be said about my underwear collection other than "playing it safe." Any way, enough about little old me... I arrived at the Ham Yard Hotel for a morning of unexpected education.  For a start, as I rarely shop in-store for underwear it means I've skipped being fitted for over a year. Mistake. I was a cup size bigger and a waist size smaller, and as soon as I put the Magic Wire bra on I instantly felt like I could walk a little taller.

The fact it is super comfortable didn't massively surprise me as I wear Triumph bras a great deal. What did massively surprise me was the price - the Magic Wire comes in at a very reasonable £36 (to be honest I expected it to be double that). The bra doesn't dig in, the straps don't fall down - all in all, a great success. 

The concept of the Magic Wire bra is really simple - it's a "wireless" bra with a piece of silicon inside that is incredibly flexible. You can scrunch up the bra into a ball if you so wished. However, it is what my anonymous close guy friend would call a shepherds bra (rounds them up and points them in the direction). They come in lots of different colours, I went for this one - and there is a red one coming out closer to Christmas that's super cute too...

I've been wearing mine loads with all sorts of outfits, the fabric is gorgeous. Here is me strutting my stuff (read: cringing slightly trying to pose with a pint of orange juice) in Maida Vale last week with Nancy.  I've got the bra on (which you obviously can't see) but hopefully you can see how damn comfortable I am in it. It really is love, one isn't going to be enough - and thank you Triumph for inspiring me to give my topic drawer an overall clear out/upgrade!

This post was written in collaboration with Triumph and Halpern PR. Photos by Nancy H Gibbs 


[Essentials] The White Tee

My all time favourite piece and biggest style lesson has been the white tee. Previous to the blog I had all of the below. Now having learnt about my shape I only own two. An oversize and a high neck. The other shapes, despite how much I love them just aren't right for my shape.  I wear mine constantly - with everything from jeans to my pencil skirts.

I trialled all of the styles with cheaper brands like ASOS and then invested when I has mastered what worked well - a tip I'd always recommend before trying something for the first time!  If someone had told me three years ago I'd now gladly part with over £100 for a t shirt I'd have laughed in your face. Now however, I really do get why you would. Here is a little styling/shape guide to help you pick the ones right for you...

The V Neck - Great if you are bigger busted or pear shaped as it draws your eye to your smallest point (your waist) and away from your larger features. A stylist friend told me that you should work out the depth of the V by drawing (an invisible) line from the top of one nipple to another. Having seen friends do it, I can confirm it works (try James Perse, J Brand, Reiss and Helmut Lang for good options).

The High Neck - This has to be my favourite for my shape, but not good for over a C cup so when I had put on a little weight I really found myself looking a lot bigger in mine... Buy a slightly thicker material for this one so it holds its shape, and also make sure it isn't too tight on your stomach as it isn't the most flattering. The best shapes pull in under the bust and then flow out... (try The Row, Toteme and this Valentino was is a beaut if you are really investing...)

The Scoop Neck - This a good all rounder and it's almost more important what bra you have on underneath as it will impact how the tee sits on your body. Makes sure your humps are supported so the tee can fall properly and you don't have a loose boob making an escape through your neck line... (try Alexander Wang, Frame Denim, Nike and Topshop) If you're testing this style for the first time, this ASOS one is a good starter...

The Oversize Fit  - Everyone wants to be that street style girl with the "nailed off duty model" look that so many do so well.  It can be done, but takes some practice. Don't be tempted to buy something that could double up as a teepee. Your boyfriend's tee isn't the answer either. Find a style that is meant to be oversize rather than going 4 sizes up - it will still "fit" you then. (try Rag and Bone, The Elder Statesman and this lovely one from 3.1 Phillip Lim at The OutNet)

Hope that all helps you a bit - if you're still struggling for styling ideas have a look at my Pinterest board which is packed with ideas - I've become a total Pin-nerd and use it to help me dress in the morning, geek! (I do honestly do things other than pin to Pinterest, I promise).


[Competition] Win £250 Hobbs Vouchers

Possibly the most hectic few weeks of my life, so apologies for the slightly hap-hazard series of posts - am over the bulk of it so am very pleased to bring you a little collaboration with Hobbs, photos shot by my lovely friend Nancy on her rather swish terrace...

It's most definitely autumn now, for the record.  The nights are getting darker already (and thats before the clocks even go back), and I've been reaching for my autumn basics over the last couple of weeks.  This is when I needed a bit of an upgrade, as I fear I went a bit overboard on the clear out stakes moving house.  It seems I chucked out / sold / gave to charity far too much. So when Hobbs asked me to pick out an outfit for their new season, I couldn't have been happier.  Better still, they're offering South Molton St Style readers the chance to win a £250 voucher to spend on their own new season wardrobe!

A few seasons ago my wardrobe definitely wouldn't have had any Hobbs in it, but their collections in 2013 and 2014 have been super strong and there is nothing I love more than surprising someone in saying my top/skirt/trousers/coat are from there. I picked out this skirt from their Invitation collection, and a classic white shirt here (that I have been wearing to death with jeans and leather leggings as well as skirts). This "look" is a tad more formal than my normal day-to-day, but when I am consulting in an office I find it really useful as a happy medium!

So on entering to win the voucher (below) you can bag yourself some of the following  (I went along to their press day over the summer and literally squealed at some of the pieces):
  1. Their red teddy fur coat is just amazing, imagine yourself all curled up in this in a wintery pub somewhere with a glass of red (or a bottle, no one judging here)
  2. This borderline breton jumper would look super cute with jeans or even a shirt and a leather skirt...
  3. If you work in a more corporate office then these culottes are lush, and love confusing the opposite skirt with a pair ("is it a skirt, is it trousers, we're confused" type looks)
  4. Speaking of leather bet you never thought you'd be craving a kick ass leather biker from Hobbs did you? Click here and think again, my sweet!
  5. If you've got a winter wedding/event to go to, this pastel pink dress is a winner. I'm one very proud owner of it and absolutely love it. Actually put it on top of a short sleeve shirt and put a belt around it the other day - sounds like it shouldn't, but it totally works!
  6. Last but absolutely not least, these biker boots need no further endorsement, beautiful.

To win a £250 shopping spree, you need to click this link HERE and pop your details in the competition generator.

A winner will be selected at random on Monday the 6th of October. To be clear (no nasty small print) your details will not be passed on to any third party and Hobbs will not use your details without your permission (you may receive an email asking if you would like to sign up to the newsletter). Wishing you the very best of luck, may even enter myself ;) ...

This post was in collaboration with Hobbs. Photos by Nancy H Gibbs Photography