What to Buy: February

Happy February Readers!

Although I do hate to wish time away, as I feel it speeds along so fast at the best of times, I’m glad we are now firmly in to 2015, and thoughts can be turned to Spring, and all the new-ness that comes with it.

The January sales seemed to last forever, and it’s really nice to see the new season stock coming in, especially when the trends for SS15 are not only beautiful, but really quite wearable too.

It’s a tradition of mine since I was at school to buy a copy of Vogue for my Mum twice a year for their Catwalk Report, and this still continues 20 years later! When I was living at home, I used to earmark the pages for Mum who would then make me something from the season (she’s a Bio-Chemist but loves to dress-make in her spare time), and she still uses the pages for her inspiration now.

This issue didn’t disappoint, and here is a round up of my favourite trends of the season.

Denim with a Difference

ASOS Dress / H&M Girlfriend Jeans

This take on the Denim trend takes me back a little to my late teens, when I LIVED in a Denim pinafore dress that Mum had actually made me. There’s an M&S Full Skirt that I’m waiting to come into store which looks perfect, but in the meantime, I love the easy look of this ASOS White dress and the patchwork pattern really lives up to the “with a difference” tag. H&M are also on fire with their jeans selection at the moment. If you haven’t tried their “girlfriend” fit I urge you too. Skinner than Boyfriend, but a slightly higher cut (something I prefer now I must admit!) and not too tight on the leg, the silhouette they give is great with flats or heels. This distressed pair would look great with a sweatshirt now, or strappy cami come the warmer weather.

It’s all about the Stripes

Next Skirt / Boden Top / M&S Shoes / TopShop Dress

I really never do tire of a stripe, and they are set to be big this season on everything from clothing to accessories. Bold colours, monochrome or the classic Bretton, anything goes really. This is good news for me, as a LOT of my wardrobe is already stripes, but I am drawn to these M&S shoes (sold out in my size, BOO!) and also this Boden top is very like the Karen Millen dress I’ve been living in this winter. I also love the way that some stores have styled stripes with other prints in this summer – Next, I’m looking at you πŸ™‚ There’s lots of choice out there so just go for a colourway and size that you know suits you.

Fancy Florals

Next Shirt / H&M Trousers / Boden Trainers / TopShop Trousers

As the Vogue supplement suggests, flowers are big news in SS15 and what I really love is that it’s not just one particular print. From big and bold cartoony type prints, to the more chintzy Liberty-esque styles, again, there is something to suit everyone. I personally think the bolder the better, but I think I’m in the same camp as Rebecca here – having grown up with Rainbow Bright as a style icon πŸ˜‰ I love this Next shirt, especially teamed up with the stripe pencil skirt, and these Topshop trousers, although not strictlyΒ floral, really drew my eye in the iciness that was NYC last week. I may just have to get these and store them in my post-baby box to wear come the late Spring.

On the Fringe

J.Crew Top / H&M Bag / Zara Boots / ASOS Bag

Fringing was around last season, but it’s not going anywhere fast, and you can now find it not only adorning accessories, but clothing too. Although I’m not what you’d class as a hippy chick, there are ways to nod to this trend. These Zara boots are a nice way in, as is this J.Crew top, which when worn with slim trousers or jeans, gives just enough movement to satisfy that swish. For something a little easier to wear, the blogger-favourite H&M bag is now back in stock, and although I know this isn’t actually fringing per se, the ASOS clutch has a gorgeous tactile look to it.

Jump to it

H&M / Zara / Mango

It’s so much more commonplace now to see a Jumpsuit in your favourite shop. Actually really easy to wear (although granted, NOT that easy when nature calls) they can be dressed up or down depending on the look you are going for. These three jumpsuits really stood out for me, mostly down to the print on the first two, and the shape of the third. Personally, I prefer a jumpsuit that looks less like a boiler suit, but that’s because I’ve not found a “boiler-suit” one that suits me. I’d be interested to know if any of you guys have.

Now, this is a fashion column I know, but I wanted to just touch a minute on a couple of beauty buys I’ve found and wanted to share, hope you don’t mind. I’m not saying they are must buys, but I’ve certainly found them revolutionary. First up with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I bought this on a flight back from the US towards the end of last year, and have used it nightly, give or take a few misses, ever since. It smells wonderful, and really moisturises my skin. I’ve found with about three months use, texture is better and I do actually look less tired and worn out without make it – a big achievement!

The other is the lip products by Bite Beauty. Now Rebecca mentioned these a while ago on this blog and I bought a couple then (when Cocosa was selling them) and ever since, I’ve picked one up in the US (they are sold in Sephora) when I’ve been there. You can pick them up on eBay, and Sephora now ship to the UK, but my favourites are the High Pigment Pencils (Zinfandel is my go-to) and the Matt Creme Lip Crayons. The colours are mostly bold (which I love) but it’s the fact they are made with natural ingredients, and don’t make my lips feel dry at all that I like the most.

So that’s my tips for February readers. I’d love to see if you bought something from here, or from one of the trends above. Do share if you do, by using #ffWTBFeb on Insta or Twitter.

Until the end of the month… πŸ™‚

Erin xxx

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11 thoughts on “What to Buy: February

  1. ooooh I like all of this. I have been swithring over a nice pair of light denim distressed jeans (I haven’t worn a pair of trousers in 5 years) also in a search of perfect denim shorts like my Zara shorts of ’08 haha πŸ™‚

    Also I have planned a spring capsule wardrobe made up almost entirely of Boden stripy tops and shoes, floral shirts and dresses. I am well and truly on board with bloom through the gloom!

  2. I like the look of H&M’s girlfriend jeans! Nice with a summer tan (what I’m dreaming about these days πŸ™‚ ) I’ve currently got my eye on the M&S jumpsuit featured in Vogue, not available yet either. I can’t decide if I can do the dungaree’s look though, it’s a bit of a ‘man repeller’ look to me at the moment but I’ve seen some great styling of them.


  3. Totally loving this months round up (and the Beauty bonus – how much do I love BITE too!) and had spotted something from nearly each of your image round ups! Great minds πŸ™‚
    This is exactly why I asked you to do the fashion for FF! πŸ˜‰

  4. I have actually just tried on the GF jeans (and looked ridiculous with bump) but I wanted to see what the leg fit was like. They are really nice and a great amount of distressing. The post-maternity box is getting bigger!

  5. Flipping love this post! I’m digging out the boiler suit I got end of summer last year! It does need heels which slightly restricts how much I wear it but I’m determined! Going to look into the girlfriend jeans too.

    Very tempted by the fringed bag as well. Bags like that work so much better in spring I feel when I don’t need a huge coat!

    Great picks as usual Erin!
    Rachie xo

  6. I’m seriously addicted to stripes. Take one look at my style Pinterest board and it’s clear I have a serious problem! I practically live in Boden Breton t-shirts. They are a year round favourite!
    I second you on how amazing the Kiehls Midnight Recovery is. I love it! I have been using the matching eye cream for a couple of weeks. I’m yet to notice a real difference, but hopefully it’s just one of those things that works over time. The serum lasts ages as well as you only need a tiny bit, so it’s actually quite good value.

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