This weekend I’m taking Pete to CarFest – he is obsessed with cars, old and new, so it was a good birthday present for him when I was stuck earlier in the year. I’m looking forward to watching The Feeling in the evening and eating lots of festival food. So when I spotted this dress, I had festival style on my mind and I can’t think of anything more perfect to wear with boots or wellies, a throw on raincoat and cross body bag. I love the ikat-esque print and blue is a real staple in my wardrobe, all for under £30!
What are you doing this weekend readers? I hope you’re planning a good one wherever you are.
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.
First though, your final bit of delicious style for the week and my chosen Friday Frock. This week, it’s from Whistles, firstly because I LOVE the Whistles wisteria print and am THRILLED that they have reworked it into a dress that is different to the signature Whistles style. I was ready for something fresh and different and this is it.
Secondly, I’m looking for a few frocks myself at the moment. I have not one, but two Florence Finds Afternoon Teas coming up, it’s my thirtieth in just over 6 weeks and I have a wedding to attend shortly after, so I’m pretty pleased to have found a solution to at least one, if not more of those!
And thirdly, the most important bit for all of you reading. It’s the biannual 25% off at Whistles discount in association with Grazia. Go out, pick yourself up a copy and get choosing your favourite pieces with a fabulous discount. Or shop online with whistles.co.uk by using the code WH20SS12. I wait for this one every season, so will be doing some serious damage this weekend!
Every single season, whilst devouring the fashion pages of the magazines and picking out the trends that I want to wear, I stumble across things that I initially think I won’t ever try. Sometimes that remains true but more often than not I end up falling for the trend. Today’s Fash Flash is quite out-there, high fashion if you will and although I didn’t need my arm twisting because I fell for it at first sight, I think a few of you may need more persuading. The printed trouser.
Seen in wide legs (for the tall people,) of-the-moment pyjama pants (a step too far even for me I think,) and my favourite incarnation, the slim straight leg cigarette style capri pant, these trousers were printing the pins of everyone at the various fashion weeks around the globe, from fash-types on the street, to celebs and editors. Just in case you’re feeling dubious, I rounded up a few examples of how you can work the look in a totally wearable fashion…
For riviera chic and a more subtle nod to prints – Ditsy floral print trousers – Oasis
And Florence’s favourite? It’s going to be a short lived trend when it’s this powerful and this omnipresent, so pick up what is not only my favourite of this selection but also the biggest bargain – black and brights oversized floral print – H&M (12.99!)
Time to share your thoughts on the trend – can the street style images convince you this is a trend worth taking notice of? Or is it too much for even Florence’s fashionistas to take on?
Sometimes Friday Frock has to be a flight of fancy and whilst I’m pretty sure not many of you would be rushing out to purchase this Issa dress it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy looking at it. Doesn’t it just make you dream of tropical beaches and Caribbean glamour?
Issa, famous amongst fashionistas for many a season before The Duchess of Cambridge immortalised one of their dresses in her engagement announcement photocall, have used their classic wrap waist here in a gorgeous fresh tropical print. I’m having a real thing about orange at the moment and I love it teamed with this cornflower blue and imagine the wrap waist will be infinitely more flattering (if that’s even possible,) in the maxi length.
Do you like readers? What are you craving this Friday?
PS Don’t forget to come back and take part in tomorrow’s Saturday Survey again over the weekend and thank you so much to all of you who took part last week.