Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Get the A/W 2015 look

Update your Autumn/Winter 15 wardrobe with the key trends:-

Blanket wraps are everywhere in different colours and lengths.

Look out for textures - suede, teddy, fur and leather

70's and 80's are back with us - carefully pick pieces to complement your exisitng wardrobe

Pussy bow blouses

Fringing and extreme embellishment adds a modern look

SHOES - are quite masculine and peep toed boots and sports shoes

BAG - are functional and minimal

JEWELLERY - graphic

Colours - rich berry shades, monochrome, all white

For help with wardrobe updates call Jane on 07860 136455

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


Having worked on cruise ships in the past as a dancer and this year I have been invited on a couple of cruises to instruct workshops I thought I would share this with you.  Cruising is a wonderful way to see different countries and to have a real rest.

Clothes to Pack
Modern trends towards more casual cruising, airline weight restrictions and limited wardrobe space in cabins suggest that you pack as light as possible - unless you are travelling first class and have a suite booked onboard. However you will need more clothes for a cruise than any other type of holiday. Your cruise line with give an outline of the dress code as some of the traditional ships do not promote jeans and like men and women to have coverup when leaving the deck area to go inside.   

DAYTIME ONBOARD   -  The daytime dress code on board is always casual:
For men - shorts, jeans (but check the ship's policy), chinos, T-shirts and sports shirts.
For ladies - shorts, casual trousers and skirts and sundresses.
Around the pool swimsuits of course, but you will need footwear and a cover up when you go inside the ship.

ASHORE - Some destinations are more formal than others and smart casual is more appropriate in Bermuda, Europe or the Far East that in the more relaxed Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexican Riviera.
Some countries have struck dress codes and ladies may need clothes that will cover both legs and shoulders.  You will generally be more warmly welcomed in restaurants and shops if you are dressed widely.  On active shore excursions ultra casual is OK.

EVENING - There is now a trend towards more casual cruising and a choice of dining options with different dress options.  Cruise ships assign daily dress codes - casual, informal (smart casual) and formal.  The dress code takes effect in public rooms and restaurants from 6pm onwards.

On traditional cruise ships, you can expect two formal nights, a couple of casual evenings when the ship has been into port and the rest informal on a weeks cruise.  Black tie is the usual form for men on formal nights, though increasingly a smart suit will suffice  Women can wear anything from a classic little black dress to a ball gown.  On some ships you can rent formal attire.  Do not forget smart shoes.   For men a sports jacket and smart trousers worn with a shirt and tie or a polo shirt will meet the informal evening requirements.

For ladies smart casual is the common dress code for evenings other than formal.  Dresses, tailored trousers and smart separates but not shorts.  If formal evenings are not your bag then try the buffet dining or one of the alternative dining spots where the dress code does not apply.

GENERAL - Pack clothes and accessories you can mix and match.  Pack shoes for walking ashore and a wrap even for a cruise in the sub as air conditioning onboard can be quite cold.

You will be provided with a bathrobe for the duration of the cruise on most luxury lines and in suites on the bigger ships.

Most ships have laundries so you can have you clothes washed or dry cleaned as you go, but this can be costly.  Some ships have self-service launderettes.  

Save some room in your suitcase for your shopping and souvenirs.
I offer a service where I come and help you pack taking into consideration airline weight restrictions, the length of your holiday and where you are going.  


Monday, 3 August 2015

Plumpton Racecourse Wedding Photoshoot

I worked with Plumpton racecourse to put together a photoshoot to advertise their wedding venue.

We had a brilliant day to do the shoot and the run of the racecourse, paddock, event rooms and marque.  The brochure has been produced and looks stunning.

We had a great team - Craig Payne was the photographer,  Jo Jo Blackwood did the model's make up and Debbie from Artisan Hair House the model's hair.  I put forward a selection of models for the client to choose, I sorted Sarah's dress and veil and Luke's outfit.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

FLASH MOB FASHION SHOWS – Saturday 11th July 2015

Jane Busby styled and staged more fashion flash mob shows last Saturday for the third year running.

After finalising the outfits with the shops, sorting the music with Jonno Cox from Fickle Events and working out the schedule, Jane met the models on Saturday morning to rehearse.  Jane went over the routines with the models for each of the 4 shops and Jayne Vanessa Read worked on the model’s hair and makeup.

At 12.00 the 6 girls burst out of Rock Lobster in George Street, Hove to the music ‘Dancing in the Streets’ looking stunning in the boutique’s outfits.  After just over 3 min the girls disappeared back into the shop with several of the audience following in to try on what they had just seen the models wearing.  Owners Michael and Debbie said it was brilliant – ladies were buying the whole outfits from the catwalk.

The team then took taxis to Eyesite on North Street Brighton for their next flash mob.  This time it was 4 girls and 2 boys looking very sophisticated and cool in the designer sunglasses from Eyesite.  After a second flash mob outside Eyesite the group moved onto Pretty Eccentric in Bond Street.  The 6 girls changed into the gorgeous 1920’s dresses and come out of the shop and performed a Charleston dance.  It was not long before the crowds gathered to see the girls transformed into flappers and showing off the beautiful dresses.

After Pretty Eccentric it was on to Movel shoes to put the final touches to the shop’s opening day with a Brazilian flash mob dance.  The 8 models wore the Brazilian inspired trainers.  The statement on the shop window says ‘Let your ginga out - trainers designed to let the feet move freely, fluidly and with confidence’.  The models certainly showed the trainers off and they made the trainers irresistible to the crowds that stopped to watch.

See the flash mob videos on facebook – Brighton Fashion Shows page and Jane Busby Styling page.  Follow on twitter - @janeforstyle

Friday, 12 June 2015


Tittle Sussex launched their first issue in May featuring a fitness fashion shoot photographed by Erika Szostak and styled by myself.

 I organised all the outfits and props and discussed with Erika the 'look' we wanted to create for the shoot.  We decided we would go into a studio rather than use a location and wanted the photos to be modern but with a pop art feel.  As the shoot was all about fitness we wanted to keep the mood fun and energetic and enhanced this by using bold block colours. The backgrounds are bright and contrast with the outfits to make them stand out. Our models, Amy and Aleksey were great, interacted well together and perfect 'look' for this sporty fashion feature.  We created a fun, on trend set of photos which look great printed in the magazine and very inspirational.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Photos from the 3rd Brighton Thistle Fashion Show

Laundry Boutique
What a successful day.

During the week I met all the models for a fitting at the 12 shops involved and we all met for a rehearsal the evening before.  

On the day the 15 models went to Alex at Ciscos Karma hairdressers for their hair then went to the Thistle Hotel for the fantastic Aveda girls to do their make up.

Simon Carter Menswear and Jacu

We had another rehearsal at midday at the Thistle Hotel so that our hosts Guy Lloyd from Juice 107.2 and Sophie Corbett could see the format.  

Get Cutie

The girls and boys modelled brilliantly in the 3 shows during the Saturday afternoon showing the Spring/Summer fashions that Brighton has to offer.  The audiences then made their way to the shops to see more of the stock and buy pieces from the catwalk.

Rock Lobster

Pretty Eccentric

The models
Other shops showing on the catwalk were Eyesite Opticians, MatchBags, Tegen Accessories and The Fair Shop, Four Candles.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

FREE Fashion Show at Thistle Hotel Brighton - Saturday 18th April

Come to a FREE show at the Thistle Hotel, Brighton to see what is happening in the local shops and what is trending this Spring/Summer.

15 gorgeous girls and boys will be showing outfits from 12 local shops.

Come and grab a free goodie bag and a seat and start putting together your Spring/Summer wardrobe and see ideas for holiday outfits.


Monday, 23 February 2015


The Pure fashion event at Olympia last week was bursting at the seams with all the design houses offering their Autumn/Winter 2015 stock to the buyers of the stores and boutiques.  

Key Items for next Autumn/Winter
Trench coats are in all colours, pattered and florals
Leather trucker jackets are now the new biker jacket
Sleeveless coats - following the trend that has already been around this season
Kimono shapes in dresses, blouses and coats
Unstructured oversized coats will continue to dominate the high street
NEW the Yetti jacket in different colours and very furry - fun and young
Tunics and tabards for a business look to casual
Long sleeved long shirts in soft and sheer materials
Polo neck jumpers with white dominating
Culottes - very flattering wide leg to the calf
Tapered trousers as we have been seeing over the last few seasons
More aline skirts and dresses
Blanket wraps become bigger and bolder

Autumnal colours, burnt oranges, browns, cranberry etc
Bright colour i.e. orange to brighten up black and greys

Print and Pattern
Checks are getting bigger
Large panels of block colour on pieces
Tribal/ethnic prints

Fabrics and Detail
Teddy texture
Extreme embellishment
Over large turn-ups on trousers
Shorter fringing that these last seasons

Pointed, flat 
Peep toe boots
Sport shoes

Functional with pockets for devices etc
Minimal in colours and interesting designs


Thursday, 5 February 2015


What do you want to succeed in?

How would your clothes make a difference?

In business, you want people to notice you are efficient, passionate and good at
your job. 

In some industries such as law and public relations you need to dress in accordance with your 
income level.  |This is crucial for your chances of promotion.

You can look styled, confident and professional by the clothing and accessories you wear:
  • tailored suits 
  • elegant styles
  • good quality fabrics 
  • polished grooming
  • relevant accessories that are not too over powering

If you're looking for a partner or going for job interviews, you want to make a great first impression. 

You have just a few seconds to impress with the clothes and accessories that you choose.

Understanding style personality is a powerful tool.

For help on personal styling and shopping see www.janebusby.co.uk

Sunday, 11 January 2015


Renew your confidence and self esteem with a look at your wardrobe

The sales are coming to an end and new season's clothes are appearing in the shops.

This is a great time to look at our image and our wardrobes to make sure we have the best selection of mix and match and dress up and down outfits for every occasion.

For business it is important to dress for the job you want.

Having the right shape outfits in colours that suit us gives us renewed confidence and boosts our self esteem.

I took Carol out for a wardrobe update and in 3 hours show bought 15 pieces and with these new clothes alone she can make 55 different outfits. Carol already has a pair of knee high boots and a selection of heeled and low shoes to change the look for different occasions.

Further information about my service see my website www.janebusby.co.uk or to have a chat how I can save you time and money ring 07860 136455.