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6 Style Tips – The Secrets of French style

French Style is recognised the world over and remains a huge influence on fashion.

But have you ever wondered what a French woman’s secret is to looking so chic in the simplest of clothes? After a stint of living there, a friend of mine picked up some key french style tips and I’d like to share them with you.

French Style Heteroclite Shearling at Vida Moda

French Style Tip 1: Buy well, buy twice.

French women may not be known for having the most exciting wardrobe in the world, however, because they invest in good fabrics and cuts, garments often look timeless. You’ll often see ladies with two piece suits and beautifully tapered blouses. This is french style, it’s subtle and noticeable because it is quiet and understated, but totally unmissable.

French Style Tip 2: Classic saves money.

We have all, at one time gone for the impulse purchase of a piece that we wore once and it’s been sitting at the bottom of our wardrobe in a bag ever since. There are ways to adjust your look around staple garments without feeling drab. Picking classic styles and colours, such as black, charcoal, ivory and other neutrals could be the smartest move you’ll ever make. This summer will present a fabulous opportunity to add to your options. Colour is very important this for this summer as colour blocking is fashionable at the moment. Careful colour choices will work together and then can worn with the classic colours previously mentioned to create a different look.

Paying close attention to the care instructions of your most worn items makes them look as good as new and last longer. My friend noticed noticed that the most chic French ladies had lint-free and well pressed outfits for almost every occasion. The same goes for shoes and bags, keep leather well nourished, away from wet and polished. Simple but effective presentation is a key part of achieving a look that reflects french style, it is not just about the garments.

French Style Tip 4: Grooming.

It seems a little over the top to do your hair for the supermarket but it’s not unusual to see in French cities. It is quite common to see French ladies with very diverse styles and all ages making the effort on finishing touches, such as manicured nails, flawless skin and neat hair, french style is about paying attention to detail.

French Style Tip 5: Accessories.

French are wonderful at choosing and using accessories to complement their outfits, often in a subtle way. Artful use of jewellery, handbags, belts, scarves and sunglasses can often accentuate a look and make it stand out but without being loud! Again colour can play and important part here along with texture.

French Style Tip 6: Wear appropriate sized clothes.

This is one of the most important tips. You must wear garments that are the correct size for you. Tight garments will look awful even if they are very expensive. If you wear a dress that is the correct size, you will look fabulous, and yes you will look slimmer! If you wear a dress that is a size too small and is tight, its lines won’t look good, it won’t flow properly and you will look larger than you are.

Vida Moda has a some french style collections, they are quite different to each other, one is quite subtle (Heteroclite) and the other is a little more contemporary (Anathea). Heteroclite is perfect for adding some a dash of casual french style to your holiday and everyday wear. Anathea is a little more dressy and if you are going on a cruise it is comfortable and easy to wear french style for being on a ship and it doesn’t need lots of ironing, so it is perfect for traveling!

French Style icon Coco de Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

Coco set a benchmark for french style that is perhaps unsurpassed and will remain an influence on designer for generations to come.

At Vida Moda I believe that women with curves should have the same style choice as thinner women and we are constantly encouraging designer to design in sizes that suit us, and I hope you like the two collections we currently stock to represent french style.


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Vetono Chocolate Tunic at Vida Moda

Chocolate Tunic Dress – Your New Best Friend

Every woman needs a great jersey dress, and our Chocolate Tunic by Vetono is a perfect example and is available up to a size 22.

It’s super stretchy and perfectly weighted to drape beautifully for truly effortless chic.  Add this little beauty to your wardrobe and you’ll soon realise how flexible it is – dressed up or down, it’ll always look bang on trend.

Vetono Chocolate Tunic at Vida Moda

For a daytime look, keep it simple, team with your favourite jeans or leggings, some great boots; add a chunky beaded necklace & an oversized shoulder bag and you’re good to go.
For work, just add opaque tights and some patent court shoes.  For a splash of colour, style with a bright scarf – left loose or tied in a quirky pussy bow depending on your style.  Choose a bold Aztec style print to tie in with one of this season’s big catwalk trends and you’ve got instant office-chic.

When you’re looking for more glamour, the tunic’s gorgeous chocolate brown shade lends itself beautifully as a blank canvas to accessorise with this season’s Afrocentric trends.  Think chunky ethnic style jewellery, earth tones, wooden bangles, and of course, don’t be afraid to throw a splash of animal print into the mix.  Fashion’s long standing love affair with playful prints shows no sign of ending any time soon, so why not invest in some leopard print pumps or heels to really set off the look.  Add a coordinating clutch to stash the essentials and get ready to party!
This great little dress will soon become one of your wardrobe staples – have fun experimenting with it!

This designer tunic is available at Vida Moda now in 3 sizes catering for size 16 to 22.

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Green Sweater by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida Moda

Designer Knitwear To Wear In Winter Weather!

It goes without saying at this time of year, knitwear is a wardrobe essential! When it’s freezing outside, and staying at home under a duvet isn’t an option, a gorgeous chunky knit is the best way to keep yourself warm while staying stylish too.

Green Sweater by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida Moda

Green Sweater

White Sweater by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida Moda

White Sweater

Long Jacquard Sweater by Vetono at Vida Moda

Long Sweater

This gorgeous green sweater by Bitte Kai Rand, is like a great big knitted hug.  The large knit stitch gives it a lovely texture, great for snuggling into, and there are two panel pockets too, just in case you forget your gloves!  The colour looks great with denim, or equally good with neutral coloured long skirts/trousers/leggings – whatever your style, this classic design sweater will slot in nicely. If you prefer a monochrome palette, this contemporary Danish design is also available in white (both sweaters are currently in the sale too – so why not treat yourself to one of each?!)

For a more glamorous take on knitwear, have a look at this long sweater from German fashion house Vetono – the colour blocking and fine rib knit make it sleek and flattering, while the floral detailing keeps it bang on trend too. Perfect teamed with a long black skirt, or leggings – throw on some sparkling jewellery for a stunning evening look that won’t leave you shivering in the cold!

Bitte Kai Rand Chocolate Merino Skirt Vida Moda

Chocolate Skirt

Bitte Kai Rand Beige Merino Skirt Vida Moda

Beige Skirt

Bitte Kai Rand Black Merino Skirt Vida Moda

Black Skirt

Our 100% Merino wool skirts also by Bitte Kai Rand are timeless pieces you can dress up or down in so many different ways.  They are available in black, chocolate or beige and look fabulous with tunic tops, sweater, heels or boots. If you have hips then these skirts are going to look amazing on you! Style them with coordinating neutral tones, or team them with bold tops for a splash of colour – the possibilities are endless.

It looks like summer might still be quite a way off, so for now, invest in some great knitwear and wrap up warm in style!

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Gorgeous Long Purple Cardigan by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida Moda

Cardigan Chic – Definitely not just for grannies!

When it’s as cold as it has been these last few weeks, every girl needs a cardi – or two!
Forget any misconceptions about ‘granny style’, or looking too ‘mumsy’, a well chosen cardigan can be as flexible as your favourite little black dress, and with the right styling, is a wardrobe staple for many a fashionista!


This gorgeous wrap by French label Parakian is the sort of ‘must have’ piece we’re talking about.  The classic black colour way means it will go with everything and the waterfall shape makes it super flattering to all figures.

Cardigan Wrap from Anathea By Parakian Wrap at Vida Moda

For a daytime look, team it with jeans, layer on a couple of bright vest tops for colour and interest, add the wrap for warmth and extra style & rock some cosy chic.  For the office, it’s a great alternative to a more formal suit jacket, and will look great over a simple shift dress with opaque tights and boots.  Try adding an over sized brooch or corsage to the lapel as a fun, colorful twist.  When it’s time to hit the town, the beautiful sleek fabric lends itself perfectly to a more glamorous look too.  Think it’s too chilly for a strappy frock?  Add your wrap and you’ll look fabulous while still keeping warm.


Gorgeous Long Purple Cardigan by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida Moda If you like to stand out in the crowd, have a look at our fabulous long cardigan by Bitte Kai Rand, in a stunning, vibrant purple.   Again, this perfectly proportioned piece will go with just about everything, and happily take you from day to night.  For a day out shopping, or lunch with the girls, why not keep it simple with jeans, a plain tee, and some cute leopard print pumps for a playful pop of pattern.
In short, to keep you on trend and snug at the same time, a cardigan is what you need – the only problem, is which is your favourite?!

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Bitte Kai Rand Merino Wool Skirt At Vida Moda

Snuggle up in a sweater

The weather continues to vex us in the U.K. but instead of hiking up the thermostat, put the seasonal archiving on hold and hang on to your woollies.

There’s nothing more comforting that snuggling up on the sofa in a large thick warm jumper. Cup of tea in one hand, remote in the other. While it’s too cold to motivate you to venture outside, keeping our knitwear around can actually help keep the heating bills down. Garments with big roll necks, stretching down to our thighs, envelope us in cosiness. Continue Reading →

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Tulip Winter Coat by Bitte Kai Rand | Designer Plus Size Clothing at Vida Moda

Brrrrr. Where’s my winter coat?

It’s been a mild winter so far but with a cold snap in our midst, it is never too late to invest in a timeless winter coat for all occasions.

Tulip Winter Coat by Bitte Kai Rand | Designer Plus Size Clothing at Vida ModaFinding a coat that will serve a few seasons means you get value for money but always look well groomed. A coat with a good cut will not only look smart but flatter all shapes and sizes, find one that enhances your best features and wonderful curves. Shorter ladies should avoid long coats, stick to a style just below your rear. Tall ladies can obviously wear longer coats but try shapes that can pull in at right places on the torso but be generous and comfortable around the hips.

The trick to keeping winter coats looking fabulous is to clean regularly according to the manufacturers instructions. Garment brushes and lint rollers are excellent to have handy in order to give your coat the once over before going out. All in all, with your coat looking so pretty and clean, you won’t want to take it off.

Classic colours such as black, grey, taupe or camel will always be in style but if you are depressed by a lack of brightness, liven up with a large, colourful, enamel broach with a motif symbolising your personality. Or you can use scarves to add colour to your coat. You can use soft scarves, long or short to great effect add an extra dash of style to your coat, plus they’ll help keep you warm!

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Go glow! Complete your look with spectacular skin

The secret to a great look is healthy looking skin. Winter is a cruel season, icy winds, central heating and fatty comfort food. Spring is round the corner, so here’s some tips to kick the winter look and bounce into a better season. Continue Reading →

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Knitted Scarves at Vida Moda | Jungle Loopy Scarf

Ruffle Scarves and Loopy Scarces at Vida Moda

Add a ruffle scarf or a loopy scarf from Vida Moda to accessorise your outfit.

At this time of year a lot of the clothes we wear are darker colours, but scarves can add colour and interest your winter outfits. Vida Moda stocks handmade designer ruffle scarves and loopy scarves. Both of these knitted scarves will add texture to your outfit and of course colour for a touch of vibrant expression. The ruffle scarf is longer and can be worn in two ways: looped round your neck or hanging straight. Wearing it straight will also help to visually lengthen your body shape.

The loopy scarves are are made from the same yarns as as the ruffle scarves but the knit is looser and little freeform to give these knitted scarves a lovely texture which is a little abstract and quite modern. The loopy scarves are shorter than the ruffle scarves and are best worn round the neck.
Knitted Scarves at Vida Moda | Jungle Loopy ScarfKnitted Scarves at Vida Moda | Exclusive Snow Flake Ruffle ScarfKnitted Scarves at Vida Moda | Exclusive Rose Ruffle

I love these scarves and three of them, shown above, (Jungle, Snowflake and Rose) are exclusive to us at Vida Moda, they look fabulous, their visual texture is different and the colours I’ve chosen are exciting and can be worn with a variety of clothes. The yarns used in these knitted scarves are 100% acrylic so they are easy to look after, very fashionable, light to wear and snug.

Our range of knitted scarves for women are perfect for making your own fashion statement this winter and will break up your dark winter colours. Our ruffle scarves and loopy scarves are handmade in the UK and if you’d like to see us stock them in further colours please do let me know and we’ll discuss it with the lady who makes them!

So don’t delay, visit Vida Moda to see our select range of knitted scarves for women today!

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