Friday Frock O’clock

Despite the fact I have more than enough house stuff on my to-do list, my wardrobe is also something I’m having to pay some attention to. In spring I had a massive wardrobe clear out, thinking that I would update all the autumn/winter pieces I gave to charity in the coming season. Little did I know I would move house and be flat broke! Both my casual and work wardrobe have suffered and I’d usually turn to Whistles for a few reliable work dresses but can’t find much I like, particularly at a good price point. I did however stumble across this one from French Connection.

French Connection Fast City Block dress

I like my work clothes to be fairly covered up so there’s nothing to distract from the matter in hand, so the speak! My room is perpetually cold and something comfortable is a bonus, so this jersey number fits the bill whilst remaining flattering. I often spend 10 hours at my desk and this will look as good as it feels.

Where do you get your work clothes from readers, and does anyone know when the next French Connection discount event is?

Happy weekend readers,


The Fash Flash: 8 items for AW13

Is it me, or is the weather unseasonably warm? I’m not complaining – the longer we don’t have to crank up the heating in the new house the better as far as I’m concerned and it’s also giving me extra time to really think about the best choices to update my wardrobe that are really going to work hard and go the extra mile. I’ve put together a list of my must have items for the new season.

Statement Jacket
As the temperatures drops, even at indoor events you’ll want an extra layer. Perfect for lunch, shopping, work or over a dress for dinner, this is a hardworking piece, worthy of a bit of investment. Day Birger et Mikkelsen Jacket.

Statement skirt.
Skirts are taking centre stage this season in many shapes and forms, but if you want to feel on-trend, try the wrap origami skirt to stand out with a minimal twist on the ever faithful pencil skirt. Whistles Wrap Skirt.

Track pant trousers
Still the trouser style of choice, I resisted calling these jogging bottom trousers. Just as comfortable, look to make them smarter by choosing luxe silk fabrics and bold prints then pair with heels for maximum impact. Abstract animal trousers – Warehouse

The modernist bag
Bags this season are boxy and modern with clean lines and perhaps a hint of a colour block in some. Choose a square shape with square clasp or hardware and you’ll be bang on trend. Messenger bag – Zara

Day dress
After a rather over zealous wardrobe clear out earlier in the year, I’m in dire need of work and day clothes for autumn. As I dress quite casually for work, I’m thinking a great day dress might do double duty with flats for day and boots at the weekend, then even heels at night. Jersey Dress – Whistles at Atterley Rd

The go-everywhere blouse
It’s official, after the reign of the shirt/blouse, buttoned up chic is over in favour of a pretty blouse. Front pattern blouse.

Delicate jewels
More and more, I’m craving delicate feminine jewelry. Choose thin wire-like designs and stacked thin rings for a delicate touch. Tusk necklace – Baukjen

The evening dress
It’s way to early to be selecting a party dress, as this years is going to have to work hard for me, although I do love the lace on this Whistles failsafe number.

What do you think of my selection readers… have you got any must-haves yet this season? I’d love to hear what you’re all buying!


Friday Frock O’clock

I’ve always thought that people who go for a tough look in their fashion tastes are trying to cover something up… some insecurity or self doubt that studs and biker boots might cure. That said, there’s always a day when we need a little extra armoury against the world, like fashionable cotton wool to protect ourselves against life’s daily stresses.

One of those items that everybody needs in their armoury is a little black dress and whether you’ve got a bit of a cold and have to attend an event, or you’re feeling mentally under the weather this is the dress that will have you looking fierce and fabulous, whatever is on the inside.

Taka Darwin Dress, Tresori Matinee necklace, Tain heel and Indra bracelet,all at AllSaints

Being black of course it will be flattering (and I even suspect this is a transitional dress that would work equally well in pregnancy or in the months following having a baby,) being knee length and suitably covered up across an expanding chest area. Ok, it’s not the most summery of dresses but you could make it more seasonal with a nude jacket and shoes or work a monochrome look for an event. More importantly, it gave me a good excuse to highlight the AllSaints sale which has now started and to whip up a bit of a kick-ass outfit, in case you should be requiring one. I have totally got my eye on that necklace.

There’s a few other sales that have started late, notably Monsoon, Accessorize, Zara, MANGO and The White Company.

Happy shopping this weekend readers and do share what you have bought on the Florence Finds facebook page, Tweet me @FlorenceFinds, or pop on here and leave a comment.


Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday Frock is from a shop that I don’t think I have featured before on Florence Finds, but for one reason or another I was browsing online recently and spied this bright and breezy summer dress.

When the weather is as bad as it has been recently there’s only two options when it comes to fashion. You can snuggle down in extra layers and sink into a depression about the falling temperatures, or dream of summer days, picnics, seaside trips and country walks. This dress belongs to my preferred option, the latter.

Jersey print and spot dress – Wallis £40 (now in the sale at £32)

I’m imagining it with wedges, a cross body bag and a bicycle, with an ice cream balanced in one hand and a vintage camera in the bike basket… Oh summer, where are you?


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