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Urban Outfitters Unique Take on Floral

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Urban Outfitters Printed Floral LeggingsWe know floral prints are a big deal this summer, but generally the high streets are limiting the flowers to dresses and tops. Over at Urban Outiftters though, they’ve turned the trend on it’s head, with these Printed Floral Leggings.

With a cute print of pink and purple flowers and green leaves on a black background, these are a great way to nail the floral trend without splashing out on an expensive dress. Keep it simple by teaming them with a black or white vest, and heels, flats or sandals.

The leggings are full length so perfect for the changeable weather, and 100% cotton so lovely and comfy.

They costs £24 and are available from the Urban Outfitters website or in stores.

Great Trend-Ticking Dress for Summer

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

ASOS Ra-Ra DressThis is a great little dress for the summer! It hits the eighties revival trend with it’s ra-ra tiered skirt, and the stone wash denim trend with it’s bodice, so ticks lots of boxes and is really cute looking too!

The sweetheart neckline adds to its girly appeal and I love ASOS’s styling suggestion of teaming it with sandals by day and rope wedges at night.

At £38 it’s not bad – most likely cheaper than a top and skirt put together!

You can pick one up over at ASOS by following this link.

All Saints Dabble With Colour

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

All Saints Leila DressAll Saints are known for their neutral colours – beiges, gun metals and blacks and whites give their stores that industrial feel. However, as summer approaches, they’re branching out and introducing a few splashes of colour across their range.

This Leila Dress is a more subtle take on this season’s bright coral trend, with a more faded, washed-out version of the shade. It’s made of 100% cotton – the perfect summer dress material, but the scalloped edging along the bottom and embroidery detail around the straps mean it can be dress up or down, striking the perfect balance. It’s also got a racer-back and, in true All Saints fashion, an exposed zip.

If you’re not quite ready to branch out into summer colours though, All Saints are staying true to form, and the dress is also available in black, white, and graphite

It costs £120 and is available from All Saints in store and online now.

A Great Dress for the Sportswear Trend

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

M&S Silk DressSportswear will be a popular micro trend this summer and Elle Magazine has hailed this pure silk belted utility dress from M&S as one of their ‘most wanted’ items as it is so reminiscent of Stella McCartney’s sports inspired collection.

At £59 it makes the perfect investment piece for this trend and is a lot kinder on the pocket than the designer alternative!

Team with leggings or jeans for a laid back feel or with gladiator heels and a clutch for an edgy and sophisticated evening look.

You can pick it up over at M&S among their Limited Collection or online here.

Topshop Summer Essentials

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Topshop Summer EssentialsI love Topshop’s online Summer Essentials page… lots of inspiration for those summer beach holidays!

Use it as a checklist for your holiday packing or just snap up what you need.

I love their appliqué horse tote bag in coral. It’s got the seaside theme and is bright and cheery – a nice change to those corporate work bags we’ve been lugging round all winter! Plus it’s really roomy for all your beach bag goodies and costs £35.

Next on my wish list is their multi plait trim trilby hat – perfect for snoozing under whilst protecting your face form those rays. It comes in at £20.

I couldn’t step off a place without some great shades and these animal print ones will go with anything and are nice and cheap at £15.

Obviously swimwear is an essential and I just love this vintage floral bikini in blue for £25.

Lastly you need something to pack it all in and lug it about and Topshop’s animal print trolley case is perfect for the job and will stand out nicely on the carousel and will only set you back £60.

Hit this link to shop Summer Essentials yourself!

ASOS’s Less Than £20 Dresses

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

ASOS Summer DressesASOS have set up a handy link on their homepage to all their summer dresses priced £20 or under – very handy indeed for the focused summer shopper!

They’ve got lots on offer and here’s my top picks:

Firstly this gorgeous cotton shirred back drawstring bandeau beach dress in green. Features a stretch back and cut-out detailing and also comes in black and coral. At only £18 it’s a great looking bargain.

Secondly we have this really pretty and simple dipped hem dress in orange. It features an uneven pleated hem and is made from a lovely soft jersey material. Will look fabulous with a some muted tone metallic caged sandals and minimal accessories, at only £17.75 you may as well buy two – it certainly comes in enough colours.. black, fluoro pink, navy, orange and grey!

Thirdly we have the criss cross back strappy sundress – perfect for showing off perfectly tanned and toned backs and great for night or daywear. Like the others it comes a great range of colours.. black, white, yellow and orange and costs just £17.75

Finally we have this neon shirred waist vest dress – really comfortable and easy to wear and available in pink or yellow it features a single front pocket, and fitted shirred waistband. You can pick this one of for £18.

All of these dresses are great holiday purchases and perfect for beachwear and have credit crunch friendly prices. You can check out all of their £20 or under summer dresses here.

Latest Fashion Craze: The Jegging

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Topshop JeggingIf you wished your skinny jeans had a bit more give to them then the latest craze of ‘jeggings’ may be the answer!

Half jean, half legging, (ie they look like denim but the material is actually stretchy like a legging) these creatures aren’t for the faint hearted, and in my opinion are best suited to the lucky long-legged and lean ladies out there!

However, the more petite and curvaceous can defiantly get away with them if paired with long smock top and heels.

H&M have a good selection all around the £15 mark, but for something a little more special I love this pair from Topshop, they are indigo blue and cost £35.

Summer Bags

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Marsk and Spencer and ASOS Summer BagsBags have been a bit overlooked this season, in favour of statement sky high shoes, but they’re still an essential accessory for finishing that summer outfit.

A spacious day time bag is a must, whether you’re round town or at the beach, you don’t want to be cramming everything in to a tiny bag. This Marks and Spencer Chain Straw Weave Shopping Bag on the right, has a great summer feel, and the chain detail gives is a sophisticated edge. Perfect for getting everything in and out of, and the light, natural colour will match anything. It costs £25 and is available now.

For the evening, the clutch is still the number one bag to be seen with, and this Half Moon Clutch from ASOS is incorporates lots of summer trends, including nude colours, a hard casing and a shell motif. there’s a strap in case you don’t trust yourself to hang on to it, and it’s also got a vintage feel to it. It costs £22 and you can get it from ASOS now.

Marks and Spencers 125 Years Collection

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Marks and Spencer 60s Inspired Mirror Mini DressMarks and Spencer is celebrating 125 years of trading, and they’ve released a special vintage inspired collection charting styles and fashions over the last 125 years.

There are a selection of dresses each inspired by a different decade, and given a modern twist to bring them up to date. This 60s inspired shift dress is definitely one of my favourites, and balances old with new perfectly. The shift shape is timeless, and the mini-dress is perfect for this season;s short hem lines trend. The reflective mirror detailing is most definitely eye-catching, and the loose fit is perfect for summer. Team it with leggings and ballet pumps for a daytime look, or add heels and a clutch for the evening. To fully embrace the 60s look, go for some big earrings, big hair, and dark eye makeup with light pink lipstick.

The 60s Inspired Mirror Mini Dress is available now for £49.50, and remember to check out the rest of the collection for some great pieces.

The Ultimate Mini Skirt

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Topshop Monochrome Sequin Mini SkirtThis summer will see hemlines go to extremes – we’re talking floor length or short enough to be a belt. We’ve already looked at maxi dresses – so here’s the other end of the scale – the mini skirt.

If you’re looking for a real statement skirt then look no further than Topshop. This Monochrome Sequin Mini Skirt is made up of individual black and white big sequin discs that’ll ripple when you walk, and have a great shiny, lacquered finish. This is definitely not a skirt for day time wearing though – team it with a simple black or white vest top to keep the monochrome theme, and some patent heels would look brilliant too to keep the shiny theme.

At £65 it’s a bit of an investment piece, but monochrome is a classic timeless look, and when hemlines change again next summer you’ll still be able to whip this one out of the wardrobe.

It’s available from the Topshop website now.