What to Wear: Tribal

One of the big trends I haven’t really dabbled in so far this season is the tribal trend, mainly because I haven’t seen anything I really liked. That was until I spotted this skirt, in Marks and Spencer.


Skirt, Marks and Spencer Limited Collection // Tee, French Connection // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs // Necklace, Zara // Jelly ballet flats, Jimmy Choo (old)

Despite the fact that I don’t feature Marks and Spencer very much, that is mainly because of the online image quality, not because I’m not a staunch supporter of the brand. I wear M&S underwear, love their interiors products and buy several pieces from the Limited and Autograph collections every year. I think this summer has been a bit dry if I’m honest but when I popped in last week I left with three different clothing pieces and 2 sets of underwear. Very happy with myself indeed.

I can see how a skirt like this, all pattern and colour might scare some of you and I say, if in doubt team it with neutrals. I love fresh whites with brights like this – it just feel so summery and I actually wore this last Friday to work with a crisp white shirt (incidentally also an M&S Autograph purchase) with tan and yellow heels.

Of course, me being me, I had an abundance of brights to team it with, but kept the whole look grounded with a simple white T’shirt, tucked in to streamline the look. It dressed the smarter shape of the skirt down and then I picked out and complemented the bright palette with my coral neon edged straw bag and a yellow neon necklace. Perfect for shopping with my sister and an evening cocktail.

Incidentally, the print is also available in a dress if you’re looking for one. Will you be wearing tribal this summer?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash: Three trends to look out for…

I thought after my talk of Sale Steals, it was also time to focus on what you might look to pick up either in the sales if you’re particularly lucky, or in preparation for the new season. I get sick of the current trends round about this time of year and look for items that work now but will also work with my autumn wardrobe and I’ve got three items for you to invest in now that you won’t regret.

First up, accessories with the new shape of bag…

Boxer bagsInspiration: Celine (Image via Atlantic Pacific)

  • Aila Cobalt blue bag, My-Wardrobe.com (Look out for this designer – first spotted street style at LFW in Spring, she’s now stocked at My-Wardrobe and sure to be hot property.)
  • Boxer bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs at My-Wardrobe.com
  • Violet Cooper leather tote, Smythson at My-Wardrobe.com
  • Red Mini Satchel, Phillip Lim at My-Wardrobe.com

The key thing with this bag is the shape – note the side panels are folded out, creating a triangular shape. Celine’s bags have gained cult status in recent years but now the iconic shape is filtering down. Look out for it on a high street near you soon.

Wedge heeled high topsInspired by: Isabel Marant wedge heel high tops

Sometimes a single piece is enough to spawn a thousand copies and spark a trend. Capturing the cash pack imagination last season were Isabel Marant’s wedge heel high tops and this season you’ll be seeing them everywhere. Ash is my favourite incarnation and after initially hating the trend, now I’m loving it and plotting a purchase…

The Statement Knit Inspired by: Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer has been making his quirky knits with embellished fronts for several seasons now but the high street is catching on and his fun take on luxe (cashmere is his thread of choice,) means weekend down time never looked quite so cool.

I hope you’ll forgive me – as emerging trends for the coming season these are all high end choices that are starting the style races, but you wait, they’ll be filtering down to a high street near you very soon, just make a note of those key styles and you won’t go far wrong.

Let me know if you like them readers, or if you’re making any key purchases soon for the coming season?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Neon

So, I’ve been talking a lot about neon fashion lately. First the Fash Flash a little while back, then I got all excited about neon skirts. Today I’m sharing probably one of my favourite looks so far,and what do you know, it’s neon!


Shirt, French Connection // Shorts, Reiss (old) // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs // Wedges, ALDO // Sunglasses and Bangle, Banana Republic

Clearly it’s a holiday look, and massively helped by the weather and slight tan. I totally fell for this longer back silk shirt from French Connection (Shhhh! It’s in the sale!) a while back and figured it would be perfect for holidays. It’s cool and comfortable but obviously has a touch of fashion about it in the colour.

I’m not going to lie, Neon is a hard cookie to crack and I think I like it best with neutrals. It depends on the neutral of course and in this case I think it went particularly well with my city shorts. (Yup, they’re the same pair I wore all around Yosemite – that’s double duty dressing for you!) A bit of height from the wedges stopped my legs looking too short and of course, I had to wear my neon edged Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

Looking back at the photos I love the whole look. Summer in the city eat your heart out. Not feeling so brave? Whack on a whopping great pair of sunglasses 😉

Tempted?

love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Whistles Wisteria print…

Today’s what to wear is really just an excuse to share one of my favourite frocks this season. Already featured as a Friday Frock of course, Florence Finds fashion and these ‘What to Wear‘ posts in particular, are just about showing you what they look like on a real person, not a stick thin model. Hopefully you’ll find them useful as Whistles themselves use very slender models indeed for their promotional and online stock shots.


Whistles Wisteria print dress // French Connection Connie Jacket // Shoes – Mulberry (SS’11) // Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs (AW’10)

A long time fan of Whistles, I fell in love with this print instantly and was delighted to see it adorning something other than one of their signature dress styles. I love this shape of dress, it’s flattering and super easy to wear, plus it’s perfect for those occasions when you want to live a little in your dress and I don’t know, eat or something. 😉

On this particular occasion I wore it to dinner on my 30th birthday, which was a Thursday and Pete and I headed to Australasia in Manchester. Because of the glorious yellows and lilac’s in the print I accessorised with my yellow Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag with the strap tucked in to make an oversized clutch and some fabulous Mulberry wedges that I picked up in the My-Wardrobe.com sale last summer. I like the retro T-bar style with school shoe-like buckles teamed with a very grown up sky high wedge. Of course as it was absolutely freezing, I threw over my ‘goes with everything’ nude French Connection Connie Jacket.

The Wisteria print is available in a Jacket (love), trouser, (double love) and top as well as this dress. And while we’re on the subject, there’s a £15 voucher for Whistles in this month’s Elle magazine too.

Lots of floral love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Spring Pastels

This weekend, after the hectic dash I made to London for the Florence Finds meet up (more on that later), Sunday was about being a day of rest. We headed to the allotment in the morning then I spent the afternoon blogging, tidying, and just enjoying being at home. Come the early evening it was still balmy and light so we headed off to the local pub for a drink outside.

These pictures were as much about my outfit as the backdrop, the Magnolia trees being out on my local streets literally stop me in my tracks every day, just to stare at the shell pink flowers and the cherry blossom is out in full-on fluffy force too.

One of the nicest things about the weather getting warmer is peeling back the layers or getting to wear lighter ones after the winter, so it was lovely to be able to step out in just my lightweight French Connection pale pink jacket. (Also seen here and here.) I teamed it with a new t-shirt, possibly a future ‘find’ from Zara – a lovely soft grey in organic cotton that isn’t ridiculously see through.


Neutral accessories were the order of the day and I wore my nude ballet flats with my jeans and for the first time, swapped one of my winter bags for this cream Marc by Marc Jacobs tote. I’ve had it for probably 5 years now and it still looks great. Perfect for warmer weather.

The thing that tied it all together though? I think it was the scarf. Another old item, it had all the pastels in that I was wearing on a cream backdrop but with the blue, just tied in my jeans nicely 🙂 I love it when an outfit comes together!

So what were you wearing in the sun this weekend?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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