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The Shirt (that is neither blue nor white)

Anyone looking into my wardrobe will spot that my current favourite item of clothing is the shirt and this season is set to lure me in a little further as shirts are everywhere.  Well, I would be lured in if I could find a shirt that was neither blue nor white!

So of course the frill and ruffle is a big thing, the addition of bows, ribbons, badges, the bigger the sleeve the better; all trends that have been hanging around and are set to stay.  But 90% of shirts in the shops are either blue or white!  So I’ve been on the hunt to see what else is available.  And here are my top picks…

Okay, pink we know is huge for the incoming season so I found it hard to narrow down my preferences here and I may have snuck in a blouse too but they are too good to miss out;)

pink shirt

New Look / Vero Moda from asos / River Island / Mango

Which shade of green do you suit?  It’s a hard one to wear but when there are so many styles for spring, it’s worth a try!  Stripes are always easy but I especially love the sleeve length and detail of the linen shirt from Next.

green shirt

Next / H&M

Everyone needs a military shirt in their wardrobe – I love the open look to soften for spring.

green printed shirt

Superdry / Mango

If I was to buy one shirt from this selection, the Stradivarius one would win, but I also find it hard to resist a star print (we can look past the navy blue and straight to the stars?!).

print shirt

Stradivarius / Topshop

Meeting the cold shoulder and the gingham trends, this shirt from Asos ticks every box but at £9, the Matalan shirt would be hard to pass!

gingham shirt

Asos / Matalan

Stripes!  If you find it hard to wear shirts (many females find them too structured, less than flattering around the bust area), a chiffon shirt is the perfect alternative.  Again, I’m always one for breaking style (or post title!!) rules, but look at the back detail of this Topshop shirt!

stripe shirt

Boohoo / Topshop

My actual favourite colour, but not an option in my wardrobe.  The sleeve detail on this one from Warehouse sets it apart!  An easy to wear addition from New Look – the frills are placed perfect to suit most shapes.

yellow shirt

Warehouse / New Look

So it appears there are many shirts out there that are neither blue nor white, however I have no need to add any of these items to my wardrobe (no matter how much I convince myself they are necessary!).  So instead I will be taking the items I already own and updating them for the season…and this little snippet is my next plan!  Watch out for more;)



Updating your S/S17 Wardrobe

The new season has begun (well close enough!), your are beginning to see your wardrobe in a brand new light, so let the try on session begin.  It’s time to sort and clear again…and then off to the shops you go!

1. Make your list
Look at what you have already, what pieces do you need to complete an outfit? What trends have you fallen for?
Think about your day-to-day lifestyle; there is no point buying clothes that are completely impractical. You have to get the balance between what are you comfortable wearing for your daily activities and what makes you feel good.

2. Set your budget
Do you buy all in one go, or do you like to buy over the course of a few weeks? Be mindful of this as you select your pieces – how much have you got to spend altogether, is each piece worth the money you are spending?
Also, if you are buying on trend pieces, will these carry you into next season, or this time next year? If not, don’t spend too much on these items!

3. Wait out for discount codes and vouchers
Bank holiday weekends are a key time for discount. For online shopping, often you fill your basket, but don’t go straight to buy. Sometimes (if you are lucky!) the next day the company will e-mail a discount code, or alternatively check voucher codes online before you buy. Bringing bags of old clothes to H&M or Oxfam will earn you £5 off your shop.  Downloading apps, signing up to emails, following stores on social media are always good sources of finding a bit of extra discount.  The money is definitely better in my pocket!

discount code

4. Don’t be fooled by a price tag
Sometimes you pay more but when you actually look at the item it is not worth the extra money.  Check the fabric, the cut, matching prints at the seam, stitching and zips or buttons – these are a give away if the item is really worth the money!

5. Take risks
Bring styles/colours into the changing room that you like, but have never tried before.  They may not work but if you don’t try, you will never know.


6.  Be aware of changes
Your shape and your skin colouring changes, even your hair may have changed since last spring.  The cut of clothes changes, sizes change, styles change.  Be open to making some changes in your wardrobe – simple or drastic!

7. Be prepared to return some items
If you are not sure, bring the item home, try it with things already in your wardrobe, and then make your final decision. It’s better to have it with you than take the risk of leaving it behind – you may never find it again!  But always check the stores returns policy before buying!


Now the real test – how many outfits can you make out of your new S/S17 wardrobe?

*images from Pinterest


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?


Sharing My Story With & Other Stories

My silverbrogues story started around 5 years ago.  At that time I had recently become a mummy and after many changes, the one change I found most difficult was the new stay at home issue.  The chance of nipping out to the shops, heading to see friends, a spontaneous dinner out…that time had passed, for the time being.  So I had to find something new to keep me busy while the evenings were spent at home.

And so silverbrogues was born.  An interest in fashion, a passion for personal styling and the love of a challenge.  Many thoughts, and many posts written and deleted…until finally I decided one day to press ‘Public’ and so it became.  Since that time, there have been times when silverbrogues has kept me very busy, and times where I have set blogging to the side to put the everyday life as my priority.  It has been a pleasure, an escape, and most of all an opportunity to delve into a world that always captured my attention but I didn’t have the confidence to explore.

And I love to look back and see where my story all began…until one day I discovered the dreaded!  Within my old posts, many of the photos had disappeared.  And it was only when I began this post and research what I had written before, that I noticed it.

Before heading to London to complete a course on Fashion Styling, I (of course) had to research shops to visit in my spare time.  And the shop I had my eye on was & Other Stories.  Diverse fashion, attention to detail, and affordable prices with collections built around inspiring fashion stories.

I certainly wanted my fashion story to begin!  And now, & Other Stories are opening their first store in Ireland.  It may be Dublin rather than Belfast, but sure it’s just a quick jaunt down the road!

In the heart of the city, right on Grafton Street, covering 3 floors – you will definitely begin your story here too;)  The store is due to open Autumn 16, just in time to brighten up your wardrobe for the new season.

In the meantime, hold off, please don’t search.  Those posts that were the beginning of the silverbrogues journey will be restored and the full life story will be in place again.  Head off instead to & Other Stories and find your Autumn/Winter story.


& Other Stories’ ateliers in Paris and Stockholm have designed
two collections for the AW/16 season that reflect their different
aesthetics and ideas.

Thanks to Rebecca at Baluba for the images:)


The Trends to Carry You Through – Summer to Autumn and Beyond

After a busy month in work, I’m getting back to the world of fashion as I enjoy my two months of rest, not to rub it in or anything;)  I may not have been writing the last month, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my little space here and where it will end up, so watch out for some changes – the time frame is completely weather dependent (i.e. if it rains, changes will come much faster otherwise I’ll be out enjoying some Northern Irish sunshine with my little boy!).

So for now, lets look at a few trends I think are wearable from this season to the next so you should definitely keep your eye out for in the sales!

When do metallics, lace, monochrome and print ever go out of fashion?  Some treats from Victoria Square, Dunnes Stores and Peel.

I’ll leave you with this oh so summery look – let’s dream of days without rain in the hope that they appear!


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