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Girlie gingham – under £50

11 Jun

There’s something exclusively summery about gingham. More than even florals or nautical stripes, which both have their winter incarnations. You just don’t really see gingham done when the weather is rubbish and the nights are darker, as demonstrated by the stylish ladies of Pinterest…

Perhaps that’s because gingham just looks so right with sunglasses and white jeans – both high summer staples. Or maybe it’s because it reminds us all of outdoor tablecloths in the summer!

Whatever the reason, I’m embracing this summer staple with my pick of high-street gingham pieces under £50. Feast your eyes…

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Shirt, £34, Topshop

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Trousers, £39, Topshop

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Cami, £14.99, New Look

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Wrap skirt, £39, Warehouse

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Dress, £45, Asos

My top tip? Wear it head to toe – I’m thinking the pink trousers and cold-shoulder blouse worn together would be a winning look. Be brave!

Bethan x

Leather skirts and sweatshirts

21 May

Yesterday I made a sneaky little purchase of this cool tie-front sweater from Missguided…

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It was only £20, plus a bargainous £1.99 for next-day delivery. It turned up at 8.30am this morning – I’ve never had better service from an online mail order company – will definitely be shopping with Missguided again.

Anyway, I’ve decided what it really needs is a leather (or leather look) skirt to go with it, and then some cool slip-on trainers to finish the look (weirdly, in spite of all the shoes I own, I currently don’t have a pair of slip-on trainers in the closet, something I’m keen to rectify asap!).

M&S has this khaki wrap-style skirt for £35…

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It’s also available in real leather for £129. I think this is a great option for the tall girls and those that don’t want to show off their knees. I also really love the colour, and I think it’d look great dressed down a bit.

For the classic black pencil skirt, I love this one from Zara

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As it’s faux leather, it’s a bargainous £25.99. I usually find faux leather a bit lighter than real, too, especially in the summer.

Or, for something a bit shorter and more fun, which would look really cute with a sweater and trainers, how about this pleated mini from Asos?

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At £18, you can’t really say no!

Topshop also has some really cute and fun real leather styles…

The button-front is £85 and the bright pink is £75.

As for those trainers, you can have pretty much anything your heart desires.

From slogans…

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£19.99, from Pull & Bear,

To sparkles…

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£22, River Island

To whacking great flatforms…

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£120, from Kurt Geiger. (They’re expensive, but I love them!)

How will you wear yours?

Bethan x

 

 

Hot colour combo: pink and red

14 May

As much as I love classic neutrals like white and grey with denim, sometimes you just need a super bright and girlie colour combo. And right now I’ve completely obsessed with pictures I’ve been seeing on Instagram of red and pink outfits. Check them out…

There’s a clear style formula here, and this is a look that’s perfect for wedding guests, especially if you’re looking for something a bit more modern than a dress.You’ll need:one full skirt in bright pink, red or a floral; one pair of killer statement heels in bright red or pale pink; one simple top, from a white shirt to a cami to a lace body – tuck it in to keep it sleek; and finally, for the most glamorous of looks, finish it off with a statement pair of sunnies.

Here are some bits I’ve found to recreate the look…

The skirts

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Skirt, £54, Closet

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Skirt, £79, Monsoon

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Skirt, £30.12, Chic Wish (also comes in red…)

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The tops

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Body, £17.99, Cameo Rose at New Look

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Top, £24, Oasis

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Jumper, £19.99, Uniqlo

The shoes

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Shoes, £24.99, New Look

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Shoes, £49, Office

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Shoes, £69, Office

And finally, the sunglasses

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I can’t get enough of these kooky, retro sunnies, £22 from Topshop. Cool enough to make a statement, but because they’re monochrome, they won’t fight with the pink and red.

Prefer a classic?

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These classic black aviators are a winner, and only £18 from Topshop.

Do you love this pretty look?

Bethan x

 

Jackets, jeans and trainers

30 Apr

As it’s the beginning of a beautiful bank holiday weekend (hallelujah!), this post is all about the casualwear. And, though the rain, hail and snow finally seems to be giving it a break, it’s still not exactly balmy out there. So my focus is jackets, of every shape and size.

I’ve noticed that jackets are having a real moment right now – particularly the printed silky bomber. You can’t move in Zara for them. And what better to pair them with than your favourite jeans and trainers. Here are three looks to try…

1 The Bomber

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As I mentioned above, if you’re a fan of a printed bomber, you need to head to Zara. My favourite is this one…

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It’s £39.99, which is pretty reasonable. I just love the blue.

Or if you’re feeling a little print shy, how about a sleek black number?

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This one’s £29.99 from New Look.

It’s pretty clear from the ladies in the Pinterest pics above that what the bomber needs most is skinny jeans, and I particularly like the way Poppy Delevingne has styled hers with ripped knees and white trainers.

I think these jeans would do the trick with both of these bombers…

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£42, Vila at Asos.

Then finish the look with some bright white Converse.

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I love the Chuck Taylor All Stars II style, which are £59.99 at Office, but we all have our Converse preferences, so go with yours!

2 The Blazer

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These light-coloured blazers are looking super fresh for summer (and I love the rolled cuffs on the black blazer).

This blush blazer is really pretty and simple…

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£65, Oasis

Or, if you’re feeling a little alternative, I love this pyjama style number…

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It’s £65 from Topshop.

I particularly like blazers styled with boyfriend jeans and slip-on trainers. It’s a nice way to dress down a more formal jacket.

I think Uniqlo’s slim boyfriends are a great style…

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A bargain at £34.90, and not so baggy that you lose the tailored-ness of the blazer.

Then I’d add a blast of fun to the look with these printed Vans…

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Now reduced to £31 on Asos.

3 The Leather Biker

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The final style is an enduring classic. I’ve had my black leather biker from Oasis for five years and I always look forward to the weather finally being warm enough to wear it.

I think Mango’s range of classic leather jackets is great.

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This black one’s £119.99 – very reasonably priced for real leather.

Or, if I was feeling the need to make a statement, I’d choose this green faux-leather style…

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£49.99 from Zara. Hello Kermit jokes! I think it’d be worth it though – I love a bit of bright green.

The big appeal of leather jackets is that they look great with everything, but I’m particularly fond of them worn with a true black skinny jean and New Balance running-style trainer. I think it’s a classic look, and you can add a bit of colour with your NBs if you want to avoid wearing all black.

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I have these Ridley high-waisted jeans from Asos, which are £25, and they’re basically as comfortable as leggings. They wash really well and they’re keeping their true black colour, so win win all round.

And my choice for trainers would be these grey ones…

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£65 at Asos. But then I might also be tempted by a bright blue or purple pair.

Hmm, decisions decisions.

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

 

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

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