Posts Tagged ‘SS17’

Metallic v Gingham

One of the biggest issues I come across when styling people is a confusion about what their personal style actually is.  And one of my favourite ways to teach them, is to show that items we automatically strike off the list, can actually be added to our wardrobe; we just have to integrate the look in a slightly different way, a way that suits us, trial and error is key.  Ultimately personal style is what you want it to be – it’s personal, the clue is in the name;)

Obviously metallics are a favourite style of mine; I also encourage this look for others I style.  Metallics (which remember include gold, rose gold, silver, bronze and sparkly embellishments) are versatile, they add an edge to your outfit and whose day does not get a little brighter with an added sparkle?!

Gingham on the other hand…well, there isn’t one piece of this print in my wardrobe, so that maybe says it all?!  But of course it’s everywhere (that gingham skirt is an Instagram favourite!) so I want to give it a chance, but anytime I see a top, or skirt, or even shoes, I just pass them on by.

But why add it to my wardrobe just because it’s on trend?  Well, I am forever on the search for a print I am comfortable in.  And as a lover of the plain and simple, this checked look should work well.  And should I not try to mix up my style?

So I’ll begin by having a look at the options…not a great start I might add, I think I’m still swaying towards my usual;)

Metallics easily found to wear from head to toe…

And so to my top gingham pieces.  I would definitely try the blue gingham dress from Primark and the top from Mango.  But as I searched I did discover it is just a bit busy for my style, it’s something I would probably buy and maybe wear once or twice; I’d be trying this style just for the sake of it which is not how I like to shop.

So I can comfortably say, gingham is not my chosen style and it is a trend I will allow to pass me by.  For now, I’m happy to stick to metallics as I know they work for me.  And on that note, have you seen my recent Facebook styling post to see how to integrate metallics into your wardrobe?


On Trend Bargains

Styling Tip for today…don’t spend too much on on-trend pieces, as often they can be worn this season but do not carry well into another.  Thankfully over recent seasons we have seen many trends stick around, moving smoothly into the next season with an added touch, but ultimately meaning we can re-wear and still keep up with the trends.

Our wardrobe is generally filled with a mixture of basics, workwear, dressy and casual styles, and a selection of pieces that were bought on a whim, fitting in with a seasonal trend, but that we no longer really wear.

My worst shopping habit is that I never plan to buy.  I am that person who buys things on a whim – but as soon as I buy, I integrate the piece into my wardrobe (labels straight off and worn the next day!!).  I am proud to say I have worn everything in my wardrobe at least three times (many pieces have been worn hundreds of times *see my 15 year old shirt on Instagram;) ).  I also do not spend a lot of money on any one piece, I often seem to get lucky with my purchases.

And so to a few on trend pieces introduced to my wardrobe over the last month or so.

First up…my new trainers, bought in the Next Outlet minutes before our movie was about to begin in the Omniplex;)  I eyed up the Stan Smith version when they first came out but I didn’t have a place for them in my wardrobe then, so paying over £70 just wasn’t worth it.  I recently saw them on a pre-loved site I follow for £50 but still couldn’t do it.  They are a velcro close, something I knew I may fall out of love with.  So at £10 (from the Next Outlet), I happily made a brand compromise!

Next, my new trousers.  Wide legged trousers have always been a favourite of mine, even though I spend most of my time now in skinnies.  So whenever they are revived on the catwalks, I happily pick them up.  But these are sports luxe so have to be carefully styled.  These are also from Next and purchased on the sale for £12!

Worn dressy with my Gucci style loafers (bought in Topshop for £7 in the New Year sale).

Or casual with one of my favourite printed t-shirts made by local designer, Gordon Donaldson.

And finally for now, on a wander around Forestside I dandered into Warehouse to have a look at their final sale items (always look out for this sign!).  I noticed this cold shoulder top, the perfect transitional piece as the weather brightens up.  Marked down to £8, an extra 20% off.  A bargain!  You may notice in the photo that the straps are a little long for me (I am quite short between neck and bust) but this didn’t stop the purchase – a quick stitch will easily fix this!

Any bargains you have got lucky with recently?


All The Shoes from Next

Horrah for spring! It’s my favourite time of the year, the colours, a little more heat, every one just has an extra lift in their step!  And what better way to enjoy the change than in a new pair of shoes from Next.

I wrote a post recently about how Next were keeping well and truly on top of the trends and this smoothly follows through to their footwear collection.  From bold colours to different proportions, finer details to stand out style, they have got it all!

My idea was to choose a pair of shoes that filled a gap in my wardrobe.  So I was looking for one thing – a block heel, and I had plenty of choice!  But after lots of trying on (a lot of my try on time was with flats but I resisted!), I kept coming back to these…

Next Footwear

Admittedly, I was put off by the black.  I don’t often wear dark colours on my feet (light coloured shoes are essential for flattering leg proportions!), and it was spring I was shopping for – black is not the first colour you think of in spring!  But the suede and leather contrast, the simple bow to the side, the peep toe ticked the other boxes, making it hard for me to resist.  And I actually already had the perfect outfit in my head anyway – they fitted the brief.

I was due a night out for dinner and drinks.  I don’t usually get too dressed up for these occasions but the heels generally come out.  If you follow on Instagram, you will see these trousers feature a lot for both dressy and casual occasions and I planned to team them with a pre-loved t-shirt from Deja Vu (originally Cos) and my new boots.  A perfect nod to the ongoing monochrome trend!  And here is the final look…

Next Footwear Next Footwear      

Unfortunately I cannot find the link for these lovely peep toe boots online but I spotted them instore today…

And this will be the look for another outing…once I get the fake tan back on my legs again;)

Thanks to Next for the shopping inspiration and for my lovely new boots:)


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