Very sporting

6 Feb

It’s news to no one that sportswear-inspired fashion is huge right now. As I sit here writing this I’m wearing my jazzy rose-gold Puma sweatshirt – something I never would’ve worn just a couple of years ago – and my trainer wishlist gets longer by the day.

But sportswear isn’t just about Adidas Stan Smiths and Nike Cortez.

I’ve noticed a more refined side to athletic clothing. From cricket jumpers and tennis whites to equestrian chic, these pieces are very English and ever so slightly refined. I’m in!

I love this cricket jumper from Topshop…

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£39, Topshop. It’d be perfect right now with navy trousers or jeans, worn over a crisp white shirt or even a roll neck. Then, come spring, swap your trousers for a trusty denim skirt and bare legs.

And this Asos dress has Wimbledon written all over it…

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£59, Asos. Ok, so you might not see Serena Williams racing around in it, but it’s ideal for a spectator. And while it might look like a spring/summer dress through and through, throw a jumper on over the top and you’ve got yourself a goes-with everything midi skirt!

Riding boots have long been a fashion favourite, but now it looks like jodhpur trousers have left the manege and hit the streets…

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£40, River Island. Such a useful neutral colour. These are just crying out to be worn with a denim shirt or navy cashmere jumper. Then style them up for an evening out with a bang-on-trend camisole top.

The silky bomber jacket is well and truly no longer the preserve of athletes heading to the track…

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£49.99, Zara. Gorgeous silky bombers are undoubtedly the jacket of this spring. They’re already hitting the shops and selling out like hot cakes. The floral and embroidered styles are super pretty, but I like the minimalistic vibe of this silver number. Very Isabel Marant ss16.

Topshop’s got a great range of ballet-inspired pieces…

From £17-34 at Topshop. The waist-cinching styles are pretty, flattering and very versatile. Try them over a sleeveless dress or jumpsuit, or just add a bit of interest to jeans and a white T-shirt.

And no shoe fan can have missed the rise of the ballet-shoe-inspired block-heel courts that are taking over the high street. Started by Celine, this is a trend that just won’t quit…

£59, Topshop. As always, Topshop is front and centre of a trend, selling these Juno pumps in five colours. I’m not normally a fan of red shoes (not sure why, I bloomin’ love Wizard of Oz), but if I succumb to these babies I definitely want the ruby red ones!

And finally, fancy a little high-end Judo styling?

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£190, Joseph at Farfetch. It’s pricey, but it’s a staple, and will be perfect for all those spring weddings on the horizon. All you need is a black belt!

Bethan x

Make mine a mule

30 Jan

In a recent post about Zara’s new collection, I mentioned an amazing pair of orange mules that I’d spotted (read the post here).

Those particular little numbers are still not online, but since then I’ve spotted a few other pairs of cool mules that I’m coveting. Let me introduce you…

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£32, Asos. These are top of my list. Gorgeous spring-like colour and a relatively sensible heel. So pretty.

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£29.99, Zara. These are definitely the most sensible option. Which doesn’t mean they’re dull. I just mean the brown colour is great for the seasonal transition and will go with everything. And they’re a bargain.

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£25.60, Office. The party mule. Too high for everyday wear, but a super chic option to the traditional going out stiletto.

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£55, Clarks. Bit of a statement snakeskin number from Clarks. I like a lot.

Will any of these turn my head from those amazing Zara orange numbers? Well, once they bloomin come into the shops, I’ll be able to make a decision!

Bethan x

 

Jazzy jackets

23 Jan

As we emerge from a week or so of bone-chillingly cold weather, I’m starting to look forward to warmer months and specifically spring jackets.

I love my warm winter coats, scarves and gloves, but I’m also excited about some of the new light jackets hitting the shops. There are two types I’m particularly taken with: the classic blazer and the funky bomber. But one thing unites them both: I need a statement. After months of navy, I’m ready for colour and pattern!

Here are a few jackets I’m considering investing in now and storing up for spring…

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£39.99, Zara

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£39.99, Zara

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£25, Asos

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£48, River Island

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£29.99, H&M

Are you ready to cast off the winter woollens?

Bethan x

Zara’s new collection

17 Jan

It’s been a bit of a busy weekend, which has meant very little time for blogging, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity for one of my favourite (but admittedly rather lazy) posts: a little look at the new Zara collection.

The stores themselves are still full of sale stuff, and frankly look such a mess I can’t even go in there right now. But the website is brimming with positive opportunity and collections to come!

I know what you’re thinking: spring collection equals pastels, flowers and floaty fabrics. Probably with a sprinkling of nautical chic. Well, according to Zara, you’d be wrong. What a dark and moody spring you’re predicting for us, Zara! Just take a look at this gothic collection…

On the plus side, it means you won’t have to wait till the warmer months to rock the collection. These pieces are all perfect for the cold winter months. And, there are a sprinkling of hits of yellow and orange throughout, promising brighter things to come as the months go on. Win win!

On another note, many of the new looks have been style with these awesome orange mules…

They don’t appear to be on sale on the website yet, so I’ll be checking back for them because I need these babies in my life. Even if they do look ankle-bendingly high!

I’ll see you all in Zara!

Bethan x

 

Girlie chic

9 Jan

When the weather outside is dreary and there’s still two-thirds of January to get through, we all need something lovely to give us a bit of cheer.

Which is why I’m voting for super-pretty girlie dressing this month.

It might feel like the perfect time to cosy up in jeans, trainers and sports sweaters (and believe me, I will still be doing that on some days), but the rest of the time I intend to make an effort with feminine frills, ruffles, lace and lots of pink.

Here’s a bit of ss16 catwalk inspiration from Balenciaga, Gucci and Luisa Beccaria…

And here are a few gorgeously girlie pieces I’ve spotted on the high street…

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This Rosie for Autograph camisole from M&S, £35, is too pretty to be saved for underwear. Paired with skinny blue jeans and thick cable-knit cardi, it’s perfect for the weekend.

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This blouse has a lovely Victoriana look, and is a bit of a bargain at £24.99, from H&M.

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I like the subtle ruffle on this dress from Vila, £38 from Asos. I think some ruffled dresses can look a bit stiff, but this one is quite minimal, and therefore very chic. The blush colour is also flattering on lots of skin tones.

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Oasis usually does a good line in florals, and this season is no different. This shirt, for £38, is just one of many seriously pretty flowery numbers it has in at the moment. See also this embroidered top…

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£32, Oasis

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Not a fan of pink? I’ve got a bit of a penchant for this green suede-style skirt from River Island. It’s just a soft and feminine, without the candy-coloured cuteness, and only £30.

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Ladylike dressing needs a midi-heeled shoe, and I think Topshop has one of the best selections out there. These silver strappies for £49 are prim and proper, but lend the look a nice futuristic vibe.

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Zara’s cute top-handle bag, for £29.99, is the perfect budget-friendly finishing touch for this look. And even if you’re having a grey day and can’t be bothered to throw on a floral dress or lacy skirt, add this little number to your jeans and jumper to look instantly a little more Elle Woods.

Bethan x

My 2016 buys

2 Jan

I know, we’re only two days into 2016, but I’ve already got a shopping list as long as my arm. Some things never change.

A few of the things on my wishlist are geared around ss16’s trends, and others are just little things that’ve caught my eye while I’ve been browsing the sales.

The lingerie trend is a big one for ss16. Remember back in the early noughties when the go-to outfit for a night out was a little camisole top and jeans? Well, those tops are back in a big way…

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£25, Reclaimed Vintage. I think this is so pretty, and the perfect weekend piece worn under a big cardigan with skinny jeans and ankle boots. I think the key is to dress it down rather than up to stop it looking to, erm, boudoir?

And, linked to this trend is the whole pyjamas as daywear thing, which I’m still totally coveting. I just can’t seem to track down the perfect pyjama-style shirt. I think I’m going to have to find an actual pyjama top that I’m not embarrassed to wear out…

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£70, Bodas. Do I have the guts to go out in it?

I’m also very into luxe sportswear at the moment. I mentioned an Adidas t-shirt in my last post (which I’ve now ordered!) and I’ve also recently clocked a new Puma collection at Asos…

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£32, Puma. This rose gold sweatshirt’s already in my basket.

And, speaking of sportswear, I’ve decided this is the year of bright trainers. 2015 was all about the clean, white Lacoste Showcourts, but I think 2016 will be about colour. Top of my list is these…

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£70, Adidas. How nice is the colour?

Stripes are huge for ss16 – when are they not? – and this season they’re bolder than ever.

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£18, Vero Moda. This dress is last season and now in the sale, but I’m hoping to see much more like this in the shops, because I will be buying it. Just add black tights and ankle boots now, then flip flops in summer.

H&M’s having a moment for me right now. I had a scroll through the new items yesterday and found myself adding dozens of things to my imaginary basket. First up is these ‘treggings’ (there’s still something about that word that I hate, but it seems an accurate description in this case!)…

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£12.99, H&M. I definitely want to see them in the shop and try them on through. H&M’s sizes can be very weird!

And while I’m there, I’ll be seeking out this cool shirt…

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£29.99, H&M. Looks more like Cos than H&M doesn’t it. Very cool.

And finally, check out the tassles on this cute dress…

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£29.99, H&M. I love the styling here with the socks and boots, and I think it’d also look lovely with grey cable knit tights.

Well done H&M, you’re winning 2016 so far!

What are you hoping to buy in 2016?

Bethan x

The best of 2015 fashion

30 Dec

With just one more full day of 2015 remaining, I thought this would be a nice chance to look back at some of my favourite trends that I’ve blogged about over the past year.

These are the pieces that I’ve been loving, with a few suggestions for new ways to style them up for 2016…

In October, I featured these sparkly shoes from Boden.

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The glitter version have all sold out, but these chic black ones are new, and reduced from £89 to £62.30.

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I think I’d go for the full Audrey Hepburn look with these – slim black trousers, a black roll neck and a swingy black ponytail. What could be classier? Or step into January with a splash, by teaming them with trusty black opaques and a loud, proud fuchsia swing dress

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This is reduced to just £10 at Asos.

Not feeling the girlie vibe? Swap the black roll neck I mentioned above for a sporty tee

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£22, Adidas at Asos. The monochrome palette and slim-fit shape mean this is a safe option for the sports-luxe-shy (aka me).

In September, I became obsessed with pompom shoes, and in particular this pair, which are now sold out…

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Thankfully, Topshop still has a few pairs of this very similar style left, which are in the sale for £15…

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For 2016, I’d embrace the geek chic popularised by Gucci and style them up with a pleated midi skirt, tank top and roll neck. You couldn’t fail to feel cheerful on your first day back at work dressed like that!

Topshop’s grey/silver skirt will add just enough sparkle to a grey January day…

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And at £30, it won’t hurt that post-Christmas bank balance.

In May, I went crazy for ghillie shoes – along with the rest of the world. I bought this blue pair from Asos…

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They’re now long gone, but there are millions of other pairs (or so it seems!) still for the taking. And on a practical note, I didn’t think these would be the comfiest of shoes, but they actually are. I did a day-long shopping trip in these the very first time I wore them and I was blister free.

For a 2016 take, I like this chic, minimalist pair, which are reduced to £39 in the Asos sale…

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I think they’d make the perfect trans-seasonal outfit with this grey jumper dress from Whistles, which is down to £85 in the sale…

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I was up for all-denim-everything in April, with this Zara midi skirt leading the pack…

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I’m so pleased that denim’s still going strong for 2016, and I’ve currently got my eye on this pinafore from Asos…

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Looks just like my favourite skirt in dress form! I’ll wear it for work with a pussybow blouse and ankle boots, then at the weekend with a ribbed knit and trainers.

And finally, back in January, a whole year ago, I was mad for suede in all its forms, but particularly jackets. This red number from Mango was at the top of my wishlist…

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But, for 2016, I think I might be swayed by the simple shape and attention grabbing colour of this cobalt version, down to £54.99 in the sale.

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Whereas I’d wear the red one with a dreamy boho dress from Zara, I think this blue one needs strong shapes and clean lines. So a white t-shirt and these striped wide leg trousers from Asos, which are now just £24, should do the trick…

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I wonder what style choices 2016 will bring? Happy new year!

Bethan x

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