Friday Frock O’clock

I  was pretty much blinded into featuring this dress by the beautiful flat embellishment across the front and sheer back detail, looking like some kind of ceremonial breast plate ready for war, fit for a modern day Boadicia. Preparing for a party isn’t quite going to war, but you do want to stand out and this dress will certainly do that for you.

I always think of French Connection as the go-to store for embellished items, however, if you can’t afford the expense of their clothes but love the look, Miss Selfridge is the place to go. I once saw a lady wearing a fabulous embellished jacket that I was sure must be vintage and asked her where it was from – it turned out to be Miss Selfridge and they have several incredible embellished jackets in at the moment at bargain prices considering the amount of beading. See them all here, under ‘cover-ups’.

I’d love a challenge if any of you are struggling with a party dress for the coming season – just drop me a comment in the box below with the specifics and I’ll see what I can do!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Topshop SS12 Trends

I don’t know about you guys, but I am over the sales. Emailing with Gemma between Christmas and New Year, she said it first and I was so relieved. I could hardly face the thought of post after post of same-old same-old sales bargains. We want to look forward at the new season right?

Right. So here it is.

Topshop have released a little summary of the looks they will be championing for Topshop Spring/Summer 2012 and although it might be a shop you overlook if you prefer your fashion a little more sophisticated, Topshop certainly knows how to pick and then produce a trend.

Something you’ll hear me say over and over this month is how I like to prepare for the new season. I’m no fashionista but I am a list maker, so my favourite pastime is to sit with all the mags, identifying trends and working out which ones are going to work for me. Select a few key pieces to merge seamlessly into your existing wardrobe and you’ll feel right on top of the trends without shelling out much cash, or doing too much hard shopping 😉

First up, my favourite and what Topshop is calling ‘under the sea’.

Remember Florence emerging from the stunning sea-bed set at Chanel’s marine fantasy catwalk production last Autumn? Well if that wasn’t proof enough that this was going to be a massive trend then I don’t know what is. But how does it translate to you? Think little mermaid style pastel metallics, marine shades and beaded sparkles like the light catching on the sea bed. It’s your ticket to summer glitz.

Next up? Wandering hemlines and faded neons. I’ve been saying brights will be big still for a while now, but to be really cutting edge think of the faded neon of your childhood. Sorbet shades with a bit of sass. It doesn’t matter what the garment is (tops are equally popular for this trend as bottoms) but purchasing an item with a wandering hemline will score you style credentials too.

It’s a print party. According to Topshop we’ll be wearing all of our prints at once. Little mix-esque leggings hit the mark – just look for kaleidoscopic patterns. Jungle florals mix with animal prints and for good measure, top it off with this season’s must have bomber jacket, (below left).

Not sure if I’ll be brave enough to try that one at home?!

Lastly, space age sheers. Another difficult trend but it’s all about layering chiffons, with metallic sheen and modern streamlined cuts.

Want extra brownie points? Mix the trends in your own unique way. It’s not as hard as you think – look at the pictures above, the wandering hemline under the space age sheer dress. The clashing prints with the bomber jacket. The sorbet palette in nearly every trend.

It sure looks like Spring is going to be fun and what else is fashion for?

Do let me know if you love any of these looks, or if they’re the last thing you’ll be trying and I’ll keep bringing you the trends to ponder before they hit the shops 🙂

Love,

Rebecca

xo

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