When Fashion just looks ….. Weird.

Being brutally honest, I’ve never been a big fan of Keira Knightley. I don’t think she’s an amazing actress and I haven’t followed her fashion wise either BUT I haven’t disliked her for any particular reason.  When I think of her over the years, I see photos of her pouting in magazines which I thought looked really silly because she’s not a stereotypically “sexy” girl, so the pouting just looked strange on her.

Anyway, the reason for this post today, is that Keira disappeared for a little while off the big screen after getting hitched to James Righton.  But she’s back, with the promotion for her newest flick, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and wearing Chanel!

If I had access to an endless cash flow, I personally would dress top to toe in Chanel if I could.  I just find the brand to be the epitome of chic.  However, when I looked at the latest garb on Keira, I didn’t love it.  In fact, I really disliked it.  Ok, she’s always been incredibly thin and I believe she has always possessed a very slight frame but the corseted designer dress makes her look REALLY STRANGE!!!

When I looked at her I couldn’t help it but think of those ladies from the Guinness Book of Records who have held the title for the smallest waist in the world.  This TOTALLY WEIRD silhouette is achieved through wearing corsets day and night for many years

This to me is not sexy.  This to me looks beyond strange!!  I’m sorry Keira but it just means this is a fashion failure to me I’m afraid.







Think taffeta is old fashioned? You’d be wrong!!

My fashion crush of the moment, Lily Collins demonstrates just how fabulous and modern the fabric taffeta can be!  Lily was seen at the German Premiere of film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with co star Jamie Campbell Bowers in a fabulous two piece.

Generally, people perceive taffeta to be an old fashioned, bridesmaid dress fabric but how wrong you would be to dismiss this fabric choice.  Taffeta is actually extremely flattering on the figure.  With a luxurious sheen within the material and a natural stiffness, taffeta photographs extremely well and lasts for years without losing it’s goodness.

Lily is showing us just how easy it is to pair a current trend of “the cropped top” with an older concept of a fuller skirt.  Add a few bits of chunky, gold jewelry and you have an instant style hit!

When I looked into this in more detail I’ve actually been able to find quite a few celebs who have not been ashamed to don taffeta on the red carpet!  Keira Knightley, Jennifer Aniston, and Jennifer Lawrence have all showcased this fabulous fabric before.

At Belle Dress Hire, I have a stunning taffeta, mermaid shaped dress which I wish more ladies would give a chance!  This is exactly the same shape in the skirt as Lily Collin’s so it’s very current and on trend. Available to hire in a size 10, this style also comes with an accompanying wrap for around the shoulders and would look absolutely stunning at a wedding ….

Jane & Grainne

Customer on the right of photo wearing full length, black taffeta with blue bodice dress.