The peplum is pinching and pleating the waistlines of many dresses. This style is essentially a tier of extra material which frills or drapes over the more simple lines of a skirt or jacket, giving it a feminine edge.
Corsages have been adding flower power to dresses, hair and wedding wardrobes for centuries.
In the 1700s it was thought wearing flowers on the body would ward off evil spirits and disease.
One of the first considerations for choosing the perfect outfit is colour. Do you choose your shade carefully and cautiously or parade in a palette of primary colours?
A design detail involving folds or pleats of material – why not give your outfit a swoosh with ruche.
Lighter than light, like a mousse, the ruche is an ancient sewing technique which comes from the French word to plait and is a stylish silhouette-enhancing detail on outfits at Compton House.
The fashion world has flirted with lace and lace-edged garments throughout history but until fairly recently the decorative fabric has often been hidden in the underwear drawer or confined to white brides’ dresses.
The sash has been cutting a bit of a dash around the waists of men and women throughout history.
The term actually describes a ribbon or a band which hangs either over one shoulder or runs around the waist and really adds a bit of pomp and elegance to your wedding outfit or special occasion dress.
In the fashion world we have been coming to bows as a trimming treat to dresses and hairstyles throughout history.
In fact bows have always been quite fanciful finery. In well-loved fairytales the heroines such as Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland would often be seen with a dainty bow in their hair. They are girly-twirly as well as flouncy and fun.
The bolero jacket, originally a Spanish short coat worn by men, is now firmly established as a cover-up to complete an outfit, as well as an ideal way to keep stylishly warm when there is a nip in the air.
This dainty little cropped coat, which is, if you want the proper definition, actually a short, open jacket which doesn’t reach the waist, has been gracing the female form for well over a century. Back in the 19th century there were a few similar short jackets making their mark, known also as a Zouave or Eton.
One spring morning I was exercising my favourite horse Joker when my husband Christopher phoned me to say that we had been invited to a “very special wedding”. When I asked him whose wedding he said “William and Kate of course! “- I couldn’t quite believe it!