Spotted: Iris and Ink at The Outnet

Those of you who are designer bargain hunters will know The Outnet well – belonging to the same family as Net-a Porter, it’s the internets most fashionable fashion outlet. Now they’re bringing us Iris and Ink, an edited collection of fashion forward basics to help fill the holes in your wardrobe between your fabulous designer finds.

The idea behind the brand is simple. The Outnet being an outlet, only stocks past seasons designer pieces which is great for picking out bargains and the odd classic, but not as good for creating the perfect wardrobe or for picking up that goes-with-everything item. Focusing on luxurious pieces that form the backbone of a stylish wardrobe and in seasonal colours, Iris and Ink will bring you pieces to pair with everything from one-off’s to jeans, weekend to workwear.

You’ll find cashmere jumpers, silk shell tops and shirts, leather tops and jackets, classic trenches and shearling body warmers amongst other things. I for one can’t wait to see what comes in over the coming weeks and I’ve already got my eye on the shearling jacket, never mind the cashmere selection.

Have you ever shopped The Outnet and what do you think about Iris and Inks offering?


Spotted: GAP SS12

This week, the cold, the snow, the general freezing-ness of it all has completely blindsided me. Yes, I know it’s usually like this in February but for the best part of a month now, I have been immersed in spring/summer fashion, drooling over styles for warmer weather, longing for longer days and generally needing some sunshine.

Along with the weather, I’ve just hit that point in the year when I suddenly think, ‘That’s it, I’ve had enough of winter, I NEED SOME SUN!’ And there’s one place that you can always rely upon for some metaphorical sunshine when it comes to fashion, Gap. Thankfully, alongside the cheery shades there are reliable basics for layering when things get inclement too. 😉

I think you all know I’m a massive fan of colour and a huge follower of fashion, but what I love about Gap is that it’s so darn wearable. I may love fashion, but I equally have a life to live. Things to do, you know? So most of the time I’m found dressed down in jeans or trousers with a great sweater or shirt. Right now, I’m also desperately trying to stay warm. So when I need something to cheer my wardrobe up, that’s season appropriate but nods to the coming trends, Gap is my first stop off.

Remember the GAP Parka I wore? Well, I’m loving the lighter, shorter funnel neck version Gap have for spring and it looks great paired with punchy brights like the orange tee pictured.

One of the easiest ways to feel like you’re brightening up your wardrobe is to buy a key stand out piece and then work it in to your normal outfits. The easiest for cost-per-wear is a pair of bright trousers to make a monochrome outfit wearing a top of the same hue, colour block with clashing shades, or tone down with neutrals like the khaki parka jacket above, or navy and grey for a darker nod to the miserable weather.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Gap have produced some great flats this year – I’m particularly fancying the pointy numbers in nude and hot pink for when warmer weather returns, or for comfy run arounds, how about the oxfords?

Finally, If you’re feeling a little bit unsure, not quite ready to commit to a statement like these got-my-name-all-over-them bags, just salute the trends with this super stylish and understated sporty neon edged scarf.

So, tell me, are you a Gap fan? Will you be giving them a look after seeing the spring shades here?


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