For AW13, there hasn’t been a bigger trend, more talked about within fashion circles and beyond, than the pink coat. Debuted on the catwalks of Carven, Mulberry and Celine, (see here) it was inevitable that they would filter down to the high street. Pink will be everywhere this season and if you want to stay away from traditionally dreary winter shades, this is the trend for you.
The real style is oversized, pale, candy or dusty pink, longer in length than we’re used to in recent seasons and either masculine or cocoon in shape, some with a belt. However, if these styles don’t tickle your fancy (they’re not universally flattering,) i’ll be surprised if the colour doesn’t spread to nearly all styles if it performs well in stores early in the season. This Ted Baker version is proof already.
This entire post was really an excuse to share the M&S Duster Coat – universally hailed as one of the best takes on the trend and at £89 considered to be a bargain. It went on sale yesterday online and instores and is likely to be a massive sell out, so get in quick if you want it or be prepapred to scour eBay! I have to say, through the miracle of styling in the picture above it looks fabulous, but skip through to the images online and typically M&S have managed to make it look terrible… I wouldn’t have been encouraged to buy. I know at least one of you has already though so I’d love to hear how it looks and feels in the ‘cloth’!
So can I tempt you readers? What do you think of the pink coat trend and M&S’s version particularly?
After yesterday’s post on my bedroom, a few of you commented on my new print above the bed. Helen asked how I find lovely things on Etsy and really, as I replied to her, I find a lot on other blogs or Pinterest. I have a Patterns and Prints board on Pinterest where I put all my favourite prints for the future 😉
I was also explaining to her that you can refine your searches on Etsy – It has seem overwhelming to trawl through the site otherwise. I find that as my taste evolves and I know what I’m looking for, I can choose to search in ‘Art‘ for example then ‘Watercolours‘ and the selection of prints returned is much more likely to be up my street.
These three prints are all from Etsy and were found easily within minutes of me checking the navigation before I told Helen. I love the chevrons for a nursery or office space, the herbs would look beautiful grouped in a kitchen and oh my, that abstract piece is stunning.
Art is so affordable and such an easy way to brighten your home and make you happy every time you look at it, that Etsy is a pretty fun place to internet browse/splurge.
Have you found anything gorgeous on Etsy recently? I’d love to see!
Recently I’ve been thinking about swim wear. I’m a firm believer that those who are young (and old if you feel like it!) should wear a two piece bikini, for no other reason than that you can! After all, as with many other fashion items, it’s one of those situations where you might feel self conscious at the time, but in 5 or 10 years time, odds are that you’ll look back and wonder what you were worried about.
However, this summer we’re spending a week in Cornwall with Pete’s family. There will be lots of beach time and the possibility of quite a bit of beach activity, body boarding, surfing and generally running about. As a result I’ve been thinking that for practicality’s sake (and in the interests of not flashing my in-laws,) a one piece might be the best way forward. Whilst these may not be the most sports appropriate, they have erased all feeling that swimsuits are not stylish with their digital prints, mirrored embellishment and my personal favourite, the red on pink colour block.
This week I got a newsletter from ASOS about a spring event – 50% off 50 key pieces. I’m not usually inspired by the selection but this time I clicked through and found 2 items I loved at total steal prices. Even better I could totally see them together so I decided to included a third item (the shoes) and create a triple temptation outfit.
My love affair with metallics and pastels shows no signs of waning so this outfit is right up my street. The sugary pastel tones in the shoes and trousers are given a futuristic edge by the addition of the mirrored metallics and the copper foil tiger tee is just the right amount of quirk to give some necessary cool factor.
*Apologies for the delay with today’s post folks! Unfortunately WordPress as a platform has been attacked by a large botnet (I know, it’s greek to me too!) recently and as a result there has been some disturbance to some sites. I’m just letting you know in case you notice problems elsewhere on the web today or in the coming days. For now, on with Friday Frock!
Wednesday saw me dashing from work straight down to London for the launch of Annabel’s book, Style Me Vintage Weddings then meeting Rachie, Rachel and Gemma yesterday for a long overdue catch up. As a result today’s frock(s) come in the form of Triple Temptation and not one, but three daring styles. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think today readers!
Cut out Sundress, £36 // Crop Top midi body con dress £29 // Limited Edition strappy dress, all TOPSHOP
When I was growing up, I remember looking down my nose at girls who were daring enough to bare their mid-riff. It was the nineties but that didn’t make it ok in my book 😉
Cut outs have been making a slow come back in recent years, first for glamour (and still reminiscent of my teenage opinions) and now for cool. Somehow the look has transitioned to edgy in a single season and of course depending on what you’re baring, it can be sexy too, (shoulders, I’m looking at you.)
I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the high midriff that’s generally the subject of exposure and there’s not a belly button in sight that these seem suddenly acceptable. It’s a brave look and needs suitably brave accessorising (I’m thinking graphic or geometric block colour and brights or metallics) but come warmer weather, or holiday time, I might just take the leap.
If I had to give my biggest piece of advice to those wanting to make their wardrobe or fashion budget go further, it would be to wear your clothes more. What? ‘Are you mad’ I hear you cry? Of course I don’t mean layering up underneath your pyjama’s, I mean wear your clothes out of the situation you planned to wear them in. Layer a jumper over a dress and voila, a new skirt. Put a shirt under the same dress and make it work appropriate. Accessorise with a crossbody bag and flat sandals for a day time look, then pile on a chunky statement necklace and pointed heels for night time elegance. I completely understand women who can’t justify an expensive dress for a single wedding they’re attending that summer, but when you’re wearing it over and over combined with other things, you get miles more out of your wardrobe and more importantly, you cut back on the wast and dubious morals of throw-away fashion. And lets face it, saving it for best just relegates a dress to the back of your wardrobe only to be over looked next summer when something you prefer comes along.
Each of these dresses caught my eye for their easy to wear, flattering shape (the central dress is less cocoon looking when worn,) hitting at just the right length to showcase your legs in heels, yet play them down for day. The patterns are incredible, the colours muted enough to not look out of place if the weather won’t play ball this summer, and I think they’ll all do double duty in early/mid pregnancy and while you’re getting back into shape post-baby too, should you require it. 😉
*I’ve had a bit of a play around with the design of Florence Finds this weekend, installing a new header and some new blog buttons on the right, so you can easily find me in all my usual social haunts online. I really felt like I wanted a more cohesive feminine yet modern colour palette, that better represented the blog. Have a click around and let me know what you think – I hope you like it!
For a long while now, I’ve been coveting these Ash ankle boots. I knew I would get tons of wear out of them and (ignoring that the suede isn’t all that spring appropriate,) they are perfect while the weather remains chilly. I wanted to find that perfect mink/greige shade too that would work with greys but not look out of place with warmer toned items. I almost ordered them online but really wanted to try the fit so went in search of them this Saturday. I was unsuccessful but stumbled across 2 other takes on the trend that I loved.
The Whistles pair above I bought and actually returned, as they were a little too smart for what I wanted them for. They were however ridiculously soft and comfy. Office eventually came up trumps with a great take on the Ash pair at less than half the price. I’m wearing them with my coloured skinnies this spring and later I’ll be pairing them with a summer dress for a festival vibe. And at a high street price I won’t be precious about treating the suede with a scotch guard then getting on with wearing them whatever the weather, instead of worrying about potential rain!
I’ve noticed tribal inspired embroidered panel details cropping up everywhere recently and although at first glance it seems to be more of an autumnal feel, I’m imagining it channelling South Western America with Native American Indian details against a desert backdrop and teamed with faded t-shirts, skinny jeans and tasselled bags. I totally fell in love with this Mac but in actual fact, I can see the boots having massive longevity worn all through summer with cotton sun dresses, at festivals and the like, and then with warm toned knits through to autumn. (There’s also a great navy jacket at a lower price point right now in M&S with shoulder panel detail like the first one here.)
I’m debuting a little mini-feature today, Triple Temptation. I often spot similar items that I love, at different price points and often with small distinguishing features that make one so much more covetable than another. So I have decided to group them and share the love as they crop up.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a yellow coat, specifically for spring showers. It just seems so suited to the cheerful mood that a bit of spring sunshine brings and of course retains its cheer when the sun goes in and rain inevitably takes over. Rainproofing would be an added bonus. 😉
Do you wear a rain coat?
PS Thanks to Jessie at Sweet Thing for the post inspiration.