A couple of weeks ago I went shopping to pick something up and immediately noticed that 3 or 4 shops had transitional collections featuring yellows. Everything from pastel to acid to chartreuse to bright to mustard, it felt like such a breath of fresh spring time air in the gloomy depths of winter. It really does feel right now like it’s darkest before the (spring) dawn.
Some of the items I have picked here are full on, out-and-out yellow, but quite a few are mixed in with much more subdued colours that make them a little more appropriate for the still gloomy season and also better for yellow-shy skin tones to try out.
Happy Friday readers, go on and brighten your day 🙂
Recently, I’ve seen a real trend for Aztec prints and patterns on the high street and I really love it. You all know I’m a sucker for a print, but I also love a drapey knit to cocoon myself in and so when I saw this Aztec Cape I was sold.
When I read all the feedback on Friday about fashion posts, a few of you mentioned missing seeing what various items look like on me, a real person, not a model. I haven’t done an outfit post for a while for various reasons, but it made me think it was time to bite the bullet and get them going again. I wanted to wear this as soon as I bought it so immediately dragged Pete into the garden to snap it and share with you all.
Aztec Cape, Warehouse // Jersey Top, M&S (old) // Skinny Jeans, New Look // Belt, GAP (old) // Boots, Office (old)
It’s an absolute steal at £30 and perfect for layering on in colder weather over a jersey top as I’m wearing it here or a blouse or shirt. I even think a heavier polo neck (making a comeback this year) would work in colder weather. I also think it’s a great transitional piece if you’re pregnant or post-baby and wanting something to wrap around a bump or tummy.
I hope you like it readers, and enjoy the return of What to Wear 🙂
It’s been rainy this week in Manchester and I feel like Autumn is in full swing. I spotted this dress a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be perfect for kicking leaves with a coatigan and scarf on an autumnal sunday and I’m thinking it could do my favourite double duty trick and work hard at work too.
The colours are spot on for autumn, the florals keep it sweet and the black lace shoulder panels mean it could work for night too. It would look lovely with darker red suede vintage style heels…
This season, leather is one trend I am determined to get on board with, as it has passed me by for several seasons past while it has been building it’s fashion credentials. Leather is often an investment but the fact that it has been persisting through the last few years (even into summer seasons,) is backing up it’s promise of longevity and so I’m ready to make the leap. I thought I’d round up some of my favourite pieces on the high street now, both budget bargains and higher end luxe items. One last thought for you; If this is a trend you want to try, then buy now as you’ll get your wear out of the piece throughout the season and really feel the cost per wear.
I’m totally in love with that burgundy Reiss jacket, but for a more affordable take on the trend and a double check in the fashion boxes for the blush shade too, you can’t go far wrong with a Topshop ‘box effect’ Tee. Warehouse also wins for wearable style with it’s waterfall style soft looking jacket. What I really want however is a skirt, and again, I’ll be trying to find that Topshop number up there for affordability and style in one.
Have you got any leather items or have you seen any you’re lusting after?
It’s white hot out there folks and as a result I’m going a little left field. Not a frock today but my favourite alternative, the playsuit…
Jacquard Playsuit – Warehouse, £40 (from £60)that Mango dress I posted? Well, I had my heart set on that floral number but it had sold out everywhere. I even resorted to looking online for a larger size to have altered and had my sister scouring Birmingham and Mum in Liverpool. Once I resigned myself to the fact it was gone, I had about a week to find something else and no time to do it in. I spotted this on the Warehouse website, walked into store and found it had been reduced that very day. Even better, it fit like a glove. Apologies for the indoor rubbish photo but I was having too much fun to get a proper one while we were out! 😉 (Jessica’s dress, entirely hen appropriate I thought, was from French Connection in case you’re wondering.)
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend readers – I’m off to Glasgow!
In the gorgeous weather we have been having I’m all about the summer dress right now. Something cool and comfy that takes you from picnic to BBQ to pool party (yeah, I wish,) to strolling through the fields.
One of my criteria for such a dress is that it’s not too precious. In my experience summer activities can be a bit messy, sitting on the grass for example or having a ketchup related incident. I hate wearing clothes that I have to worry about and get in the way of just enjoying the moment, so for all the above reasons this Warehouse dress is a winner.
I used to have a gorgeous embroidered French Connection dress that was cream and similar to this but it’s gone off and is a little tatty now so this will replace that one. It’s shorter and flirtier but mid-shred the thighs are looking presentable and thanks to the weather a little more golden, so I say get ’em out ladies!
I’m looking forward to the most relaxed weekend too. Pete is away on Dan’s stag so I shall mostly be reading in the garden, tending the allotment, making poms poms with Jess for the wedding and my Mum is coming to help me finish the spare room curtains.
What is everyone else doing and wearing this weekend? Hope you all enjoy it wherever you are. 🙂
I spotted todays frock a week or two back and was instantly drawn to the soft pink leather top. I’m a sucker for a pale dress and this one is so romantic with the frills yet the cut at the back, leather and tough zip all give it a little bit of edge to prevent it looking saccharine. I particularly like the way it is styled here with black courts too as a contrast – nude would stray into WAG territory, but I’d go for an oversized studded clutch and chunky heels to balance it out even more.
Hurrah! Friday Frock O’clock is back. I was debating whether to revisit friday frock after the brief hiatus that was January Joy, but then I flicked through a magazine and spotted this fabulous striped number and fell in love. I think it’s an appropriate return to one of my favourite features 🙂
Vivienne, I’ll drop you an email and put you in touch with the lovely Emma Bridgewater team over the weekend so you can get your hands on your mug – send us a picture when you have it!
Now, on with Friday Frock…
I had actually chosen a different frock for today as it’s almost firework night and I was taken with a sparkly dress that reminded me of the colours you see in fireworks. However, it didn’t look great online and I found this Warehouse lattice back dress instead which I love. I don’t have anything with this high-low hem as yet, despite it having been a big trend for many a month now, but I particularly liked the lattice effect top and back, which is strikingly graphic, yet subtly sexy. For those of you worrying about bra’s for backless or low-back items like this, this one is my go-to for sticky situations. 😉
And, wait for it, you could always layer with a jumper in the day time or cooler weather. Well, it wouldn’t be a friday frock if I wasn’t thinking about all the things you could do with it would it?!
This weeks frock was prompted by my sister who was shopping and suggested a metallic green jacquard paisley dress from Warehouse that she had her eye on. I went for a little nosey round the Warehouse site and instead fell for this one, the snappily named ‘multi adorn paisley wrap dress’. Regardless of the name, it does tick all the boxes with a flattering waist band and wrap hem, and in one of THE hot colours of the season, purple.
Paisley is set to be a huge trend this season and whilst I’m torn between getting huge flash backs of the eighties and a velvet paisley dress I had around that time, this feels up to date enough and the colours are stunning.
If on the other hand you prefer more of a structured shift, perhaps you would like my sisters choice 😉 (Feel free to fuel the sibling rivalry by casting your vote in the comments box this week!)