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!