White tops and denim shorts

23 Apr

Last week’s post was all about throwing on the colour. This week, I’m saying the opposite. What can I say – I’m fashion fickle. Because, while I do truly love beautiful bright clothes, the other look I’m coveting for summer (if it ever comes) is classic denim shorts and white tops.

Here’s a whole lotta inspiration from Pinterest…

Chances are, we’ve all got a well-loved pair of denim cut-offs in our wardrobes, so there’s no need to rush out and buy anything there. Though, if you are in the market, you can’t go wrong with a classic…

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Levi’s 501 shorts in Echo Park wash, £45.

Or, for a budget option (and a little more leg coverage), New Look has a great selection of denim shorts…

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These turn-ups are £19.99. And I may have to buy them right now…

Now for the white tops. The possibilities and styles are endless and, what’s even better is that you probably already have at least three white tops in your wardrobe. But if you can’t resist a chance to shop, here are some of my favourites in the shops now…

The shirt

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Staying with New Look for this one. This linen shirt is £14.99. I was in New Look the other day and was so impressed with their range of lovely linen shirts at brilliant prices. This is such a lovely simple style, and there’s no fabric that says summer more than linen. Wear it with your denims, and then take it on holiday to wear as a beach cover-up – very Kate Moss!

The sweater

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This brilliant cotton cable knit is just £9.90 from Uniqlo in the sale. Sound the bargain claxon! I love how it’s styled here with a shirt, which would look perfect with denim shorts and white trainers for those days when it’s warm enough to get your legs out, but you still need knitwear.

The off-the-shoulder

This cute little bow-sleeve number is £29.99 from H&M. I’m a sucker for anything with a bow, and this is an easy way to pretty up your denims. Or, if you prefer something more fitted with an off-the-shoulder look, this Asos top is now just £6 in the sale…image1xxl.jpg

The cami

I love the delicate strap details on this Asos cami, for £22. It’s a nice, simple number for summer, but those pretty little crossover straps mean it will work for day and night. Just swap your denim shorts for skinnies and heels and hit the bar!

The T-shirt

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I am faithfully a Gap T-shirt girl. This crew neck number is £12.95. I love these 100% cotton T-shirts. They’re a nice loose-fitting shape, and they keep their shape wash after wash. Can’t ask for more from a T-shirt really.

The blouse

Bit of a cheat on this one, because I totally couldn’t choose between so many of H&M’s brilliant white blouse range. So instead, here’s a selection to feast your eyes on. And, at these prices, it’d be rude not to buy a few, really…

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Short sleeve, £14.99

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Lace trim, £12.99

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Fringed, £19.99

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Sleeveless with tie neck, £19.99

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Ruffled chiffon, £24.99.

I mean, seriously, how is a girl meant to choose?

Bethan x

 

 

Colour me beautiful

17 Apr

On a spring weekend that’s been so chilly I’ve resorted to putting the heating back on and retrieving my winter coat from the cupboard, I think adding a little cheer to your wardrobe is pretty much a necessity.

So I’ve been enjoying browsing online for lots of happy, colourful clothes to take the edge off the slightly disappointing climes. We all have our favourite colours and combinations (hello, 80% navy wardrobe), but I’m going to try and make my next few purchases a little sunnier, in the hope it can inspire Mr Sun to put his hat on, too.

Here are some colour combos I’m loving…

1. Ice-cream pastels

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£38, Asos. This gorgeously girlie number is good enough to eat! I’ve been eyeing it up for weeks, and I think I might need to make it mine.

I’d pair it with these cute little pumps…

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£7.99, New Look (bargain! Maybe buy all three colours!)

And, because this is England, best to top if off with a cardi…

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This one’s £24.90 from Uniqlo. I bloomin’ love their knitwear. This is 100% cotton, comes in a range of colours, washes really well, and is just generally a great thing for spring.

I’m pretty obsessed with this pastel outfit – would you be daring enough to wear pastels top to toe?

2. Yellow and blue

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This zingy number from Oasis, £50, is the perfect way to wear colour if you’re a bit scared. Yes, it’s loud, but it’s a chic, simple and flattering shape. You could tone it right down and wear it with opaque tights and a black or cream blazer, but in the spirit of this post, I’m going for primary colour perfection…

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These loafers are £62 from Office and I think they’re pretty spectacular. Worn with the yellow dress they’re a beachy, sunny dream, but they’ll also be perfect with skinny jeans and a simple Breton top for those days when you’re feeling a little less ‘look at me’.

3. Teal and orange

This slightly unusual colour comco is inspired by this image, taken from the Rock My Wedding blog, and shot by Marianne Chua…

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Just how great do these colours look together?

And, brilliantly, M&S has gone and made a dress in some pretty damn similar colours…

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It’s £39.50, and a serious mood lifter on a dull day. I’d play up the orange and wear it with these…

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£14, Asos.

4. Hot pink

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I couldn’t resist the opportunity to showcase this brilliant blouse from Asos, £32. The perfect remedy to any dull day, this is just so fun and pretty.

It’s jazzy enough to wear with any staples – jeans, black work trousers, white linen trousers, a denim skirt, but I think pink and khaki are a great and underrated colour match.

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These are just £14.99 from H&M, and come in a whole load of other colours if you’re feeling adventurous.

So there are my hot tips for spring/summer colour, even if the sky remains decidedly grey. How will you wear yours?

Bethan x

Luxe espadrilles

2 Apr

Happy April everyone!

It’s lovely to feel that the weather’s finally getting warmer and the days are getting longer. My knee-length boots are back in the cupboard, and this week I finally braved bare ankles and open shoes. The sandals aren’t quite out of their boxes yet, but it’s only a matter of time!

Which leads me onto thoughts of a different type of summer shoe: the espadrille.

For such a shoe fanatic, I’m surprised myself that I’ve never owned a pair. I’m not sure why – they look super comfortable and chic, and are usually pretty affordable. Here’s a bit of inspo I’ve picked up from Pinterest…

They come in all shapes and sizes, but I’m particularly drawn to the slightly more luxe styles: I’m thinking black leather, silky ribbons, neutral colours. I’m usually such a fan of patterns and embellishment, but for my espadrilles, I think I want to keep things chic.

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These are £28 from London Rebel at Asos. I like the chic black leather look, and the flatform sole makes them a bit sturdier than some of the flimsier single soles.

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These Zara numbers, which are £39.99, also win on the sturdiness front. There’s a bit more to them than the previous pair, but the colours are muted and chic, and I love the black ankle ties.

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These satin lovelies from Penelope Chilvers are at the top of the luxe scale, at £129. They’re super cute, with their satin upper and Mary Jane style fastening. An investment buy for espadrille fans.

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These Steve Madden espadrilles are half price in the sale at Dune, now £27. The nude colour is great for pairing with dresses and making legs looks longer, and there’s that trusty flatform for sturdiness again!

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And finally, for those heel fans out there, you can’t miss Russell & Bromley‘s lovely range of espadrilles in lovely neutral colours. So pretty with a summer dress. These are £115.

Happy summer feet everyone!

Bethan x

Sensible summer dresses

26 Mar

Sensible dresses. Two words that probably couldn’t sound less sexy if they tried. But they’re exactly what I’m coveting for spring/summer.

By sensible dresses, I’m referring to midi length or longer, and often in shirt or wrap styles and breezy fabrics. The kind of dress you can throw on with any summery shoes (or trainers) and not worry about whether your legs look OK, or whether it’s too tight/too see-through etc. See, sounds pretty covetable when I put it like that, right.

H&M is coming up trumps in this category at the moment. Here are a few I’m loving…

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£39.99. This pretty dress has almost sold out online (it’s only available in a 6), but it’s definitely still available in a range of sizes in stores. I know this because I bought it! It’s a beaut. In fact, I’d highly recommend a trip to an H&M store near you, because there are a few things in store that don’t seem to be online (I also bought a really nice pinafore dress that I can’t see on the website).

This lovely linen dress from Warehouse is also currently waiting patiently in my Asos saved items until I can pluck up the courage to splash out £55 on it…

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Well worth it, though, don’t you think? This is the kind of easy breezy number I want to wear with Ancient Greek Sandals all summer long.

And, as always, the Asos own label has just the thing…

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Another linen mix dress (looks like linen is my fabric of the season), I love the wrapover style and lapels on this. It’s £40, though there’s usually some kind of offer going on with Asos – they’ve currently got £10 off if you spend £75. So, what’s a girl to do? Oh, I know, buy two dresses!

And finally, confirming my linen-as-fabric-of-season theory, I’m quite taken with this Zara number…

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£39.99. I love the stripes, particularly the fact they’re a little more muted than some of the striped offerings I’ve seen in Zara this season, which have been a tad too shouty for my liking.

Got space in your wardrobe for one more? Oh OK then, this one’s too pretty not to share…

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£39.99, also from Zara.

Will you be joining the sensible summer dresses brigade?

Bethan x

 

 

 

 

Trouser looks for weddings

20 Mar

It’s officially the first day of spring (apparently – feels a bit chilly!), which can mean only one thing: let wedding season commence!

I love choosing wedding guest outfits and, nine times out of ten, I go for a dress. But what about those fashion fans who are less than keen on getting their legs out? The solution: trousers and jumpsuits!

There are some gorgeous spring co-ords, trousers and jumpsuits out there that I’d love to wear to a wedding. Perfect for early spring weddings when it’s still pretty chilly, and also lovely if you’d like to stand out from the prom dresses and fascinators (without upstaging the bride of course!).

Here are a few favourites…

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This Asos suit is £28 for the trousers and £42 for the blazer. The best part? You can wear the pieces separately after the wedding – I think the trousers would look great with a white t-shirt and trainers for downtime, and with a polka dot pussybow blouse for work. Meanwhile the blazer is ideal to throw on over a summer dress.

But, for the big day, I’d pair it with this floral cami…

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It’s £14.99 from New Look, and includes the shorts.

Prefer your outfit to do the work for you? You need a jumpsuit…

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£65, Warehouse. Easy peasy. The beautiful bird print means there’s no need for any other accessories than a simple clutch and shoes.

Prefer to cover your arms?

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The kimono sleeves on this jumpsuit from Asos, £45, are perfect for anyone who’s forgotten to do their tricep dips (erm, me included).

Ps. those mules are a dead ringer for Gucci, at about a tenth of the price…

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£29.99 from Daisy Street.

Not a fan of jumpsuits? Why not let the trousers take centre stage?

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I love these from H&M for £29.99.Crying out for a yellow blouse don’t you think…

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This one from Boden is pricey at £63.20, but it’s 100% silk, and you’ll wear it all summer long after the wedding. Pretty with an A-line skirt for work; equally good with denim shorts and a cardi for weekend brunching.

Looking to make an even bigger statement with your trousers?

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Voila! With these Zara trousers, at £29.99, a statement is just what you’ll make. The matching top’s £25.99. Very Dolce & Gabbana 2016.

So, are you tempted to ditch the dress for upcoming weddings?

Bethan x

Ready for spring!

13 Mar

What a beautiful weekend it’s been in London! Sun shining, blue skies, a bunch of tulips on my coffee table… I even went out without a coat yesterday and today (I was wearing a bodywarmer, but still – no sleeves! Didn’t freeze!).

All of this inevitably means my thoughts are turning to my spring wardrobe. But I’m determined not to get ahead of myself this year. I’m not rushing out to buy summer dresses, sleeveless shirts and shorts. Let’s not kid ourselves – it might never get that warm!

What I am thinking of is a few little ways to tweak my winter wardrobe into something that makes the most of the ever so slightly warmer weather.

First up, it’s nearly time to ditch the winter coat for something a little lighter. I’ve decided I need to invest in a classic trench coat this year. Here’s some inspo from Pinterest…

I don’t want to spend a fortune, as I’ll only wear it for a couple of months before it’s no-coat weather. But I want a classic style that I’ll bring out later this year and for years to come.

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This wrapover style is a very reasonable £39.99 from H&M.

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I also like the buttons on this bargainous £29.99 double-breasted style from New Look.

Once the coat is sorted, I’ll be swapping my cashmere scarf for something lighter and sunnier…

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Accessorize has some lovely pure silk scarves in pretty designs…

This lovely lot start at just £12 for a skinny scarf, £25 for a square scarf.

Spring definitely isn’t time to cast aside the jeans and trousers, but it does mean one thing… Bare ankles! I’ve loved my jazzy sparkly socks this winter, but I am excited to cast them aside and get back to bare feet. There are just certain shoes that don’t work with socks or black tights. And to celebrate, it only seems right to treat myself to some lovely new flats to keep my bare ankles company (never mind all those flats I have that are already happy to do the job – there’s always room for more).

I was in Clarks yesterday and I loved so many of the new spring styles in there. It was super busy, too – I think Clarks is having a major resurgence in popularity. Here are a few styles I’m coveting…

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These new Trigenics, £65, are hugely popular and look so comfortable. Some of the other styles in this range have looked a little ‘utility’ for me (I’m a sucker for a girlie shoe), but I’m loving the light colour and open style of these. I can practically feel the cushiony comfort calling me.

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While we’re talking comfort, these chic Sillian Fern slip-ons, £45, are from a range called Cloud Steppers. Say no more.

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These Taylor Spring shoes, £50, are super smart. So perfect with skinny jeans and one of the trench coats above.

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Finally, Clarks has gone big on silver shoes this season, like these Damara Rose brogues, £65. Ever the magpie, these are calling to me. And, according to the online reviews, they’re heaven to wear.

Last on my list of handy hints for transitioning into spring is culottes worn with ankle boots. So there’s no need to give up your favourite winter boots yet. Just reveal a little calf to let in a little breeze. More inspo from Pinterest…

I love the raw hem on these culottes…

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£28 from Fashion Union

And these striped numbers will also look great with white trainers…

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Boohoo is genius for budget printed styles…

Some pairs cost as little as £4 – perfect for trying a tricky trend.

So there you have it. Let’s step boldly into spring (with bare ankles!)

Bethan x

 

Pick up a pinny

6 Mar

I’m having a major back to school moment (sartorially, anyway), because I’m finding myself drawn to all things pinafore. Back in the day, aged five, I love a grey pinny with a white polo shirt and a red cardigan and, frankly, I think I’d happily sport that combo again right now…

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Pinafore, £11, New Look. Bargain alert! I also like the styling here with the roll neck. Perfect if it’s still a bit chilly before you bring in…

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A natty little polo shirt. This one’s Lacoste for J Crew and is £49. It’s a summer classic, so I think the little splurge is justified, but you can find much cheaper versions from Asos, Uniqlo and the like.

Finish the look with a red cardie…

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This Uniqlo cashmere one is reduced to £59.90. And there you have your modern day school pinafore look. I’d steer clear of patent T-bar shoes – that might be a step too far – and add black tights and ankle boots for now, then white Stan Smiths or Converse and bare legs in the summer. Even better? All of these pieces are versatile enough to work with umpteen other things in your wardrobe.

Got the taste for pinafores? Here are some others I’m loving…

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£38, Asos. Is it strictly a pinny or is it a dungaree dress? I don’t know, but it must be mine! Anything frilly is top of my wish list right now.

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£38, Topshop. Wear with a roll-neck or silk blouse by day, then go it alone with heels for a gorgeous evening dress. Also – great price for Topshop!

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£25.99, Zara. Grown-up colour, plunge neckline and textured finish. A very cool option from Zara, naturally. Love it dressed down with the trainers.

Are you going back to school?

Bethan x

 

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