Here is my new bird print blouse from Mango, which I’ve styled by tucking a chunky gold chain underneath the collar, which I think gives a great smart casual edge!
I had a little look around the sales and found a few bargains along the way…
This pretty bird print blouse from Mango was a bit of an impulse buy, but the colors and print really stood out! Plus, I’m justified in buying it because it’ll look just as pretty come Spring!
Another from Mango, this isn’t normally a print I would go for, but after seeing it all over the runways (especially at Christopher Kane) I was automatically drawn to it, and it’s actually a really cosy knit that’ll look fab with black disco pants!
I’ve already got a pair of plain black disco pants, but I’ve been trawling the sales for a more textured pair and this crocodile effect pair from Dorothy Perkins was just what I was looking for! I’m a little bit fussy when it comes to leggings, and disco pants are great because of the button and pocket detail which helps give them more shape!
To be honest I’ve been a little restrained over the sale period and if I could afford to I probably would have bought so much more! At the moment I’m still on the hunt for some reasonably priced velvet disco pants ( then I’ll stop with the disco pants, promise!!), a pair of really well fitting blue skinny jeans and an over sized woolen coat!
Until then, I’ll just have to keep obsessively trawling the sale rails until I find those few products that meet my fussy ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ standards…
The runway shows for SS14 had some standout designers for me this year, but my absolute favourite show has to be Alberta Ferretti, simply for it’s colour, femininity and playful charm. The styles weren’t too complex, but instead gave pretty and youthful looks that are easy to wear (and copy, for those of us who can only dream of buying the real thing). Maybe I was more drawn to her collection, because of the way it reflected glorious summer days through white broderie anglaise, brightly coloured embroidery (and ribbon), pretty florals and candy stripes-an absolute dream for the ultimate ‘girly girl’ like me!
So, below is a run down of the main elements of the show- a must read, because it was such a beautiful show- so, enjoy!
White and Brights
White chiffon and broderie anglaise dresses, blouses and skirts were mixed with brightly coloured embroidery, ribbons and florals in a rainbow of colours, giving a pretty, youthful glow.
From fiery reds and oranges to leafy greens and cobalt blues, these chiffon dresses, bright sandals, and ruffle skirts were reminiscent of summer evenings, especially with that gorgeous floral embroidery (a lovely thought on such a drab December morning).
Think candy stripes and pretty florals in skirts and dresses, both long and short, cropped blouses and bralets in silks and chiffons. Although this all sounds like a playful take on Spring/Summer, the patterns at this show gave polished and feminine finish, but still managed to keep it’s youthful edge!
Black is Back
The darker side to SS14 is of course the colour black in the form of silky ruffle skirts, lace dresses and sheer materials, with Ferretti’s added twist of coloured floral embroidery. Although I try and steer clear of black during Spring/Summer usually, Ferretti has changed my opinion a little. If it’s teamed with a colour pop of embroidery or a pair of bright sandals then it can really transform a look, although that doesn’t mean to say her all black lace ensembles are any less beautiful!
White may seem a bit scary for those of you who think this color is best kept for the warmer months, sure, its fresh and crisp and brightens up an outfit but what about during the AW months? White can actually be worn in a really cozy way, but if you’re still not convinced, read on for my top five ways to wear whites this winter!
White mixed with cool grey shades can be an underestimated color combo, but actually gives a very soft and feminine feel to a look! These colors are at their best when textures like soft cashmere and silks are mixed together- think a soft, white, cashmere sweater over the top of a knee length, cool grey, silk slip or even a gray vinyl skirt? Absolutely gorgeous, and great for work or play, too! You might even decide to incorporate grays into your look by adding a pair of grey ankle boots or a squashy clutch, as seen at Celine, to dress up the look even more!
It’s no secret that pastels are one of my favorite trends this season, adding a feminine, but playful, charm to any ensemble! It may be that you go simple when adding such colors (think a pair of ice blue cocktail earrings against a soft white sweater or silk blouse) or you may choose to go a bit bolder (how about a silk, mint green blouse against a silky soft, white pencil skirt?), but whatever way you decide to incorporate pastel shades it is safe to say that a little pop of color can go a long way in bringing an outfit to life!
The Metallic Edge
Well, mainly silver, but a little gold or even metallic burgundy shades can also work wonders! Personally I do think silver looks a little better than gold as it simulates that icy feeling we get during the colder months (and look a lot classier), but then adding a pointed, platformed gold shoe to a look can also be a great touch to a white dress! This way of wearing white is quite well suited to the more dressier of occasions, and what better way to start that by trying it out during the best party season of AW-Christmas!! One tip though, keep metallic touches to a minimum, because too much and it may begin to look a little tacky- try adding it through jewelry, clutch bags or shoes for a classier look!
Navy and white contrast against each other brilliantly and definitely add an element of class to any look. Navy is such a strong, bold color that it offsets well against the sharp, crisp edge of white. This is great for work attire (although this doesn’t mean it is not as versatile as the other color combo’s), try teaming a fitted white dress with a navy pea coat or a pair of smart white trousers with a silky navy shirt or sweater!
And, of course, we all know the classic black and white combo, so if you’re not bold enough to try the other looks then at least give this one a try! And this requires the most minimal effort, because you can grab a monochrome print in dresses, sweaters, pants, anything really!
So you have no excuses not to try white this season, in fact, you’ve probably already tried it out without even realizing, but don’t let this deter you from further experimentation!
There have been some real gems on the catwalks this season, but like most of us I only look to high end designers for inspiration due to the huge price tag that comes with them. Sometimes, though, we get lucky and the high street will release amazing, and affordable, interpretations of what we have seen on the catwalks.