What to Buy: August

Morning Readers!

So far August has been a bit of a disappointment weather-wise. I guess the typical British Summer is “shining” through although we do have the promise of warmer weather in the coming week. Fingers crossed!

The cooler days though have got me thinking about the Autumn and with it the drops of new season stock that are coming into the shops.

The items on this months list consist of some that I’ve posted before (but are still great buys if you haven’t indulged yet) and also some final sale buys which will see you into Autumn.

The Boyfriend Shirt

 Topshop / Boden

Specifically in blue, these shirts feature heavily on press images into Autumn. Worn over slim trousers to balance out the volume or easily tucked into a skirt, their versatility is great. I love the pale blue versions and the Topshop one here has added interest with a hip pocket. I’ll be wearing with Skinny trousers and flats.


 Leather / Black

Huge for this current season, the culotte is a modest way to wear a skirt – no flashing here!

A leather pair like these Autograph ones will see you nicely into the Autumn but are equally wearable now with sandals. The Warehouse pair are a bargain. Limited quantities on line but plenty of sizes in store at both Warehouse and John Lewis. I’ve also seen them in House of Fraser for £15. Still a deal at under £20 and the weight of the fabric is just right.

For something a little different and a bit more for now, this jumpsuit is a find. Lovely fabric and print, and very easy to wear.

Suede Skirt

 Jaeger / M&S

This trend isn’t going anywhere and I am still favouring the Midi style. The M&S version is my go-to here but there are other versions to be had. The Jaeger one above is good for the discounted price.

For something even more achievable and for a nod to the trend in a different way, this New Look button through version is great and comes in three colours. Size up to get the fit right so the buttons don’t gape. This style reminds me of being in Year 10 (or Fifth Year as it was called when I was at school). I had a black version back then ;) I know it may be tempting but do try and get a real suede version. The faux one can end up looking a little cheap.


 Sequin Jacket / Skirt / Coverup / Shirt

You may think that embroidery needs to be kept just for summer. By and large this is true but I’ve spotted some very grown up, autumn appropriate embroidery in the shops. Whilst the White “jacket” from Zara above is a summer piece, there’s hope we may have an Indian Summer so this would act as an excellent coverup. The colours are stunning. For true Autumn though, the H&M Trend skirt is lovely – K.I.S.S (can you tell I’m a marketer?!) it with a black polo and boots (the jacket in this sold out immediately!) The magpie in me also loves the Sequins on the Mango trophy jacket. Again, something to throw over even the simplest of outfits for that WOW factor.

Statement Flats

 Studded / Snake / Red

Hurrah! The flat shoe is big for A/W15 and the more statement the better. Here are some that are a nod to that trend in that they can multitask for you – not too out there but still something a little different. I like the Aldo ones as a nod to the Valentinos I covet every year. Another good option are the Russell Bromley Chester Loafers. I picked up a multi-coloured suede bargain in the sales after covering for ages and can’t wait to wear them!

Enjoy the rest of your Month readers. Do share any purchases you happen to make!

Erin xx

What to Wear: Modern Florals

I may or may not have gone a little bit mad in Zara recently. My excuse is that my wardrobe needed some new season life injecting into it… with a holiday, 2 afternoon teas, my birthday, a couple of big nights out and wedding all on the horizon, I’ve been all about finding the right outfit.

I wasn’t looking for this dress when I stumbled across it. I went into the changing rooms at Zara with about 4 times my allowance of clothes and this was one of the 4 items I left with.

Zara dress // French Connection Jacket // M&S Autograph Shoes (old) // Kate Moss for Topshop clutch (old)

I love floral prints, particularly the kaleidoscopic graphic take on them that we’re seeing this season, a completely bang up to date and grown up version. This dress is super flattering with the focus on the centre of the silhouette, which gives the illusion of narrowing your curves.

The other flattering part of it is the racer-esque cut-away neckline. Remember Kate Winslet wearing this Stella McCartney dress last year and the athletic and toned silhouette she cut on the red carpet? Aside from her mind-blowing curves it was down to the dress, so when I spotted this one, I thought it might be just as flattering.

Obviously, I wore mine with my go-to jacket of the moment from French Connection , and some really old heels that I have from Marks and Spencer Autograph of all places. With racy straps and a zip front in sexy snakeskin, they seemed an appropriate match, without too much of a pattern clash.

The dress is a bargain £49.99 and an a super comfy stretchy cotton, perfect when you’re heading out to stuff your face for dinner ;)

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