Back to Basics or Top of the Trends?

So just down the road, and open most nights until 10pm, are my closest clothes stores, all kitted out with everything I should need to update my wardrobe.  But I rarely shop in these stores, because up until the last few seasons, they have stocked very little that has caught my eye beside the basics.

Both Next and Marks and Spencer have a purpose for me.  Next is where I buy much of my little boys wardrobe (well, that was before he began to live in sports wear!), Marks and Spencer was my go to for hosiery and underwear.  Until last season.  Last season I began to look past the basics, and to the core collections.  Marks and Spencer began with the Alexa Collection, Next began with their advertising shots in the fashion magazines I had been browsing.

So what is on offer for this season?  Let’s take a look at a few of my favourite pieces.

First up, Next.

And beginning with the sleeve detail – a trend you see everywhere at the minute.  I love white shirts; they are versatile, usually hit a reasonable price range and can easily fit in to your dressy or casual wardrobe.

I need a dress with a dropped waist – I  don’t own any yet, I haven’t found the right one to suit me, but I fully intend try the versions below;)  Especially loving the yellow, a key colour for this season.  The print dress in the centre has the simple frill detail which hits the trend filling every store, but not so much that you look like you are trying to keep up with the trends – the perfect balance!

And again, the frill shows up again.  This key trend will carry you through until at least A/W17.

And then to Marks and Spencer.

How the finer details can change your whole look.  Sorry for the repetitive viewing of the shirt – definitely my wardrobe staple at the moment!

For any non-shirt lovers (including January’s most Instagrammed jumper – also in grey!), the flute sleeve.

I love a good dependable basic and I love this knitwear design.  So it had to come along too;)

What’s not to love about this sunny beauty – the colour, the shape (M&S also have a similar swing dress for half the price too!).

And just in case you are a fan of the print, this is just the prettiest little blouse!  Top tip for buying a print and not allowing it to date – don’t buy obvious prints, definite prints, that once you buy you see everywhere.  Subtle prints can easily blend into the crowd, and can therefore be worn time and time again:)

Any new pieces you have fallen for in either of these stores?

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