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How To Measure Yourself

You may want some help when doing this.

Height

1. Stand straight with your feet together

2. Start at the top of your head and pull the measuring tape down to the floor (you may need some help with this)

3. Don’t wear shoes

Waist

1. Your waist is usually found 1inch above your bellybutton

2. Wrap the measuring tape around your waist, not so tight so allowing you to breathe comfortably

Hips

1. Your hips are generally about 7” below your waist (depending on your size)

2. Looking in a mirror, find the widest part of your hips

3. The measuring tape should brush across both of your hipbones

Shoulder

1. You start by measuring at the back, from one edge of the shoulder socket to the next shoulder socket

Bust

1. Relax your arms

2. Keep your bra on, as you’re not measuring your bra size

3. Pull the tape around the back across the shoulder blades, then under your arms and across the fullest part of your bust – take measurement

The Scrunchy – It’s back to stay!

This fabric covered elastic hair tie, huge in the 80’s. This fascinating accessory was commonly used to fasten long hair. You could find them in lots of shops in many elaborate styles, colours, fabrics and designs.

They sadly (and I mean sadly) started to fade out though when the bobble came along, with a ‘move out of the way’ sort of attitude. So as a nation we seemed to ditch our beloved favourite coloured scrunchies, and made way for this almost none apparent hair elastic.

Some may say these little hair bobbles were a factor for our damaged hair. As they were tied so tightly around our precious little strands of hair, it was only a matter of time before hair started to break off. Not helping was the hourly routine of taking both hands to separate the ponytail into two parts, and pull with force away from each other with one swift movement, and ta-da your pony was fixed for another hour or two. Inevitably breaking a few more stands each time.

But, I must admit, I am a self confessed hair elastic user for my some what fine head of hair. But after reading an article in the ever so excellent, Stylist last Wednesday, I saw that the scrunchie had made not only an appearance, but featured in its own article. To my happiness I went straight out that evening and bought some scrunchies from M&S – 2 for £5.00, one plain black and one leopard print, for when I’m feeling a bit more ‘And what?’ sort of day.

I love the scrunchie and I’m on a mission to buy bigger and more brightly coloured ones. And I shall also succeed in bringing back the scrunchie to The King’s Road – watch this space!


Dress Etiquette Tips for Women

* Remember, wear clothes that suit your body shape.

Shoulders: Broader shoulders should try and avoid shoulder pads and cap sleeves.

Legs: If you’re wider around your thighs, try to avoid tight-fitting trousers.

Shoes: It’s very important that the shoes fit you. Otherwise you’ll incur a lot of unwanted pain.

Painted toes: If you’re wearing open toe shoes, remember people see your feet, so make sure they’re painted!

Open-toe shoes: Not to be worn with nude tights. Wear a closed toe shoe if you must wear tights.

Hems: Make sure the hem is neat and there aren’t any stray stands. This can look messy.

Boobs or Legs?: You either opt to show your legs off or flaunt your chest, but it’s never both.

Low-cut Tops: It’s not very lady like to show too much of your chest, it’s distracting and can make people feel uneasy also.

Brightly Coloured Bras: Only should be worn in the right situation, not at work under a sheer shirt.

VPL: If you’re not a fan of the G-String, and would prefer slightly bigger smalls, but worry about showing your VPL. Why not opt for seamless knickers, they’re perfect for wearing under most garments and very comfortable too.

Animal Print: Can look cheap and dated. If you insist on wearing it, then make sure it’s strictly keep to one piece on your person at a time.

 

Hipster Jeans – Have They Ruined 21st Century Women’s Figures?

When you were younger, did you wear your jeans too low? Or found that your knickers compared to now, were a lot more snug? And you look now, and you notice it seems to of created this indent in the side of your hips? If you answer yes to this questions don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

Victorian Corset

I discovered this years ago, when frankly I was standing in front of the mirror naked, when I noticed this hideous dip where my trousers usually sit, I didn’t think to much about it and forgot about it for awhile. Then I mentioned it to a friend on holiday and she too said she had this ‘Indent’ where her trousers sit on her hips. After we chatted about it for while, we came to the conclusion it must have been due to too many years of wearing hipster jeans (low rise). After trawling the internet, forums etc, I found that other women too like me have these little dips in their hips.

So, what can we do about it? Liposuction? Maybe spend an hour each night massaging the dents to plump them up again? Umm.. I reckon a change in clothing is the answer. Start by wearing underwear that’s not as tight, plus wearing it above your hips, so it sits nearer to your waist. I know this may look a little funny and somewhat unsexy at first. Also, try wearing high-waisted jeans too, they will give you that peachy shape again. And I believe if this is done properly, we may retain our once was ‘hour-glass’ shape back.
Remember the corset, famously worn by the Victorians. This garment was worn by women, and some men to create this desired feminine figure, historically made from whalebone. Women would go to the extreme corsetry involving ‘tight-lacing’ meaning when the corset laces are pulled tighter & tighter on a regular basis, you were to eventually achieve a smaller waist.

Women back then didn’t wear low rise jeans, so their figures weren’t affected in the way ours our today by certain clothing. Maybe we should revert back to our Ancestors fashion style? But for now, I’m going to try some high-waisted jeans! Let you know how it goes

 

Tulisa’s Spanx v’s The Press

The National Television Awards aired last night. Programmes such as, Best Documentary Series, the winners Frozen Planet, which I was very pleased to hear. Best Drama, of which Downton Abbey claimed the prize.

But what caught my eye, as I reached for my iPhone during the add break read to through the trashy showbiz simply to pass time. Was the lovely half Greek Tulisa Contostavlos sporting (and very well may I add) an Eggshell Grecian Draped dress.

Now, not only do we hire out this dress, so it was a pleasure to see a very well known young lady in a gown many of our customers love too! But the poor girl was ammunition for the press, as unfortunately her Spanx ever so slightly showed at the top of where the dress splits. Which of course the sharks (press) took privilege in capturing for the whole world to see straight away.

But after thinking about it, which didn’t take long, w ho cares? I’ve been dressing women in evening wear for quite some time now, and mostly every women that enters into our studio for a dress fitting, will inevitably say ‘I’m going to have to wear my Spanx’ from skinny to curvy ladies, the young to the older generation.

They’re designed to give the wearer a slimmer and more shapely appearance, which will make you feel more comfortable and confident.

So, Tulisa if you’re reading this, believe me you won’t be the only girl out there with out her Spanx on, so don’t be ashamed!!

Dressing for the winter (or should I say, preparing to step out of the door?)

We all want to look stylish and coordinated when we step out of the door each morning, don’t we? But, this may seem easier said than done once the winter creeps in. I have the greatest intentions (generally the evening before) of wearing something chic and sophisticated for the following day.

I wake up, and the first thing I do is look outside to see if the weather has suddenly & miraculously turned into a full blown summer, which of course it hasn’t. So inevitably, my inner senses tell me to look for the nearest and biggest (looks the warmest) jumper teamed with my lifesaver UGG boots.

‘Is there a way for me to style out wearing joggers to the supermarket? I’m too comfy’ commented a friend today on Facebook. Most answers were playful, yet ideal in this utterly bone chilling weather. My suggestion was to role up her joggers and put on a pair of those hideous heeled boots people seem to be sporting at the moment, clearly joking of course!

Back to our problem; Dressing for the Winter? Through, what looks to be a long bleak winter this year. Our aim, keeping warm, whilst remaining dapper at all times. Whatever the weather this season, snow, rain, wind and storms – here’s 5 stylish items one must never be without:

1. My Tartan scarf: very soft and perfectly matches my Barbour wax jacket (and it was only £1.99 from a shop in the West End!)

2. Chanel hydrating conditioning lip balm http://bit.ly/WKYWN0 Rouge Coco Baume – silky heaven in a stick, plus protecting my lips from the weather.

3. Black cable knit socks from Topshop http://bit.ly/10IBGEW perfect with ankle boots over normal socks (as my feet freeze!)

4. A nice thick jumper, I rarely leave the house without one on. See an example from Scotweb’s collection in Cashmere http://bit.ly/WL5drR

5. A decent pair of wellies. Harrods stock some amazing boots, like these Hunter Regent Savoy Wellies http://bit.ly/XxIcaA

BAFTA Awards – treat yourself: why not hire a beautiful evening gown, instead?

So, you’ve got the coveted invite to the BAFTA’s,  only a matter of weeks away. If it’s not a gleeful “yippee a chance to show off my Valentino” it may be that panicky feeling: ‘Oh, what am I going to wear?’ We all get that feeling don’t we? You might go shopping for something in a rush, repenting later or you could come and rent one of our perfect evening dresses.

We’ve been styling nominees and guests for over 30 years and are expert in dressing you up. It’s a long evening, so as well as looking the part in an outfit you can comfortably sit in you’ll need comfortable shoes too!

Tip: you might need a colourful, possibly jewelled wrap to keep you warm also.

 

What’s your New Years Resolution?

So, how was your Christmas? Isn’t there just so much preparation and organization for that one special day?! Or, unless you’re like me, and you roll both Christmas Day and Boxing Day into one so it’s like one of those long weekend you just long for, like a Bank Holiday.

Only this is different, there’s enough Roast Turkey to feed the 5000, an excessive amount of Bucks Fizz which could fill an Olympic size swimming pool, and let’s not forget there’s more children’s Disney films than you could shake a stick at. And of course chocolate, copious amounts of chocolates to over indulge in over the festive period, which at time you say to yourself “it’s fine, it’s Christmas” My diet’s starting after the New Year J

But, all good things come to an end, and we must resume back to normality and get ready for a New Year. Will you have any New Years resolutions? Maybe to stop eating chocolate? Or even give up smoking? Possibly even to clean the bathroom more often. Mine is to start drinking more water each day (must try and stick to this one). But aren’t New Year resolutions a good idea? They really do give you that feeling of accomplishment when you see them all the way through. A goal to beat, achieve something you thought you couldn’t – it can only make you a more positive stronger individual!

Why not tell us your New Year resolutions for 2013? You never know, you may inspire others to do the same.

 

Need something for the New Year?

We are open the usual time of 10am – 6.30pm, the closed Friday 21st December and then re-opening back up on the 28th December normal time. See below:

If you require anything for the New Year, fear not we will be open for a couple of days before the New Year so you have a chance to get yourself something glitzy!

Opening Times & Dates:

Friday 28th December 10am – 6.30pm

Saturday 29th December 10am – 3.00pm

Then closed from the 30th December and re-opening on the 3rd January.

Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love,

One Night Stand x

 

How to dress for the Diplomatic Ball at Buckingham Palace

Every year Buckingham Palace holds their Diplomatic Ball. The Dress code? White Tie.

This event is where jewels, gloves and the-less-black-the better are de rigueur.

Buckingham Palace

Alternatively, ladies can wear formal National dress, but as you can imagine quite a few prefer to get beautifully gowned and coiffed. It’s a buffet: lots of standing around albeit in glorious surroundings so remember comfortable shoes are important –

White Tie ballgowns have a certain fullness and must reach the floor, but leave the trainers at home!

A helpful tip from the ladies at One Night Stand: golden ballet pumps work really well.

Christmas time – ways to stay covered up at formal events

December brings more formal events than at any other time of the year.

Christmas time – ways to stay covered up at formal events

There’s a plethora of black tie Army and Navy dinners, where your shoulders must be covered as you dine. We advise using a shrug, or even a shawl in a light fabric such as tulle or chiffon, it’ll also stay put whilst you eat!

Alternatively, why not fix it in place with a small diamond broach, this will add some colour and light to the wrap.

Tips to you on evening shoes

Tips to you on evening shoes

1. Don’t wear tights or stockings with an open-toed shoe, but remember to get those tootsies polished!

2. Cocktail dresses call out for beautiful shoes – but, for a long dress, the shoes are less important, they should always be pointy with a delicate heel, not some clumpy round toed Mary-Janes.

3. If your shoes are heavily embellished with diamonds, sequines or brocade they may catch on the hem of a long gown, so be warned!

4. You could dress up a court shoe with some shoes clips, or a pair of inexpensive diamante clip earrings, they work just as well. BUT…they are easily lost on the dance floor, hence the advice on getting something whose loss you won’t regret. You could always super-glue them for extra strength.

Planning to accessorise? Read some of our useful tips

Planning to accessorise? Read some of our useful tips

Brrrrr – It’s cold out there: If granny won’t lend you her mink stole, there’s plenty of faux fur that does the job, not quite as warm, but certainly adds a certain glamour to an evening outfit. Alternatively, a dark winter coat around your shoulders, cape-like will work just as well. Evening pashmina’s are a good accessory if you are being dropped and collected right at the entrance, otherwise you’ll need something warmer when standing around late at night searching for a cab.

Handbags at dawn: Nothing will ruin you outfit more than a handbag that’s not fit for purpose. Invest in a simple black evening clutch with a shoulder strap.  Why the shoulder strap?  Because you can’t put your bag down and you may be holding a glass and want to nibble a canapé; a difficult manoeuvre with purse clutched in your arm pit.

Jewelled evening bags are gorgeous, but often so tiny that they’ll only hold your house key, lippy and the all important £20 note for emergencies. Forget the phone and the fags!  Worth a thought beforehand, no?

To bra or not to bra: Tonight’s the night…..you’ve got the strapless dress lined up and go to the office wearing your usual soutiengorge – (I love this French word for a bra – literally meaning hold-under-throat). The you remove your bra later in the day whilst getting dolled up you notice the indentations on you shoulders – not a good look with a strapless dress. So always remember when getting up in the morning – strapless dress means either no bra or wearing a strapless bra during the day.

Spanx versus support hose: I’m not a great advocate of heavily fortified undergarments. That extra flesh has to go somewhere and you need to be careful that it doesn’t just spill out ruining the line of a close fitting dress at mid thigh or giving a back roll. We advise just simple hold-in tights resulting in no VPL and gives a super smooth silhouette. Tip: always wear a new pair (Wolford are best) as once worn they lose their elasticity.

Jewellery tips: Watches – don’t wear one, unless you have a delicate evening watch,.

Bracelets: Diamante bracelets, beware! They are often sharp and will catch on satin or chiffon ruining the evening dress.