WEDDING EDIT: Something Old, Something New

 

Something borrowed, something blue!  It’s wedding season and even though it’s not your special day you still want to look your best, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay the Bride’s hefty price tag.

Below are my favourite picks to suit different budgets.  From lace inserts and sheer panels to prints and pleats, these mini to midi dresses are not only on trend but classic staples that will see you through the rest of the summer and even save you the hassle of finding something for next year’s invite!  If it’s a different crowd then who will know you’ve worn it already!

L to R: & OTHER STORIES Graphic Steamer Dress £95, TOPSHOP Lace Applique A-line Dress £40, THREE FLOOR Pleats And Thank You Dress £126, ASOS Swing Dress In Pleated Stripe £75, WAREHOUSE Mesh Lace Bodice Pleat Skirt Dress £80, WHISTLES Cora Lace Dress £225

 

I wore a Whistles blue lace dress with pleats at the weekend that I first debuted to a wedding last year and nobody knew (until now obviously)!

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Patience is a Virtue

It’s not too late to find those hidden gems in the summer sale that will last for seasons to come. It’s all too easy to get enticed by current season trends at a bargain price but is it really a steal when it sits in your wardrobe untouched until chucking out time? You may think you’re saving money but would you have considered buying it full price? If the answer’s no then don’t buy it.

The sale started weeks ago so you may think there’s nothing left but new lines are being added and further reductions are being made across all your high street favourites and online designer outlets.  Now is the time to get that otherwise guilty purchase you’ve been eyeing up for months, aren’t you glad you waited?!

Here are some of my top finds amongst the sales clutter…

Clockwise L-R: KURT GEIGER Carvela Carly heels NOW £59 WAS £85, CADENZZA Anton Heunis necklace NOW £71.70 WAS £239, NET-A-PORTER Erdem Sloane silk chiffon blouse NOW £296 WAS £740, MATCHES FASHION A.L.C. Davis bleed hem sleeveless dress NOW £237 WAS £475, ZARA suede leather messenger bag with fringes NOW £25.99 WAS £69.99, REISS A-line leather mini skirt NOW £55 WAS £175, JASON WU ponte and lace flounce dress NOW £337 WAS £1125

Clockwise L-R: KURT GEIGER Carvela Carly heels NOW £59 WAS £85, CADENZZA Anton Heunis necklace NOW £71.70 WAS £239, NET-A-PORTER Erdem Sloane silk chiffon blouse NOW £296 WAS £740, MATCHES FASHION A.L.C. Davis bleed hem sleeveless dress NOW £237 WAS £475, ZARA suede leather messenger bag with fringes NOW £25.99 WAS £69.99, REISS A-line leather mini skirt NOW £55 WAS £175, MATCHES FASHION Jason Wu ponte and lace flounce dress NOW £337 WAS £1125

It’s OK to Crochet

For many the word ‘crochet’ means knitted tea cosies and jumpers your Granny made you.  When it comes to thinking of crochet as stylish, you may then be quick to regard it as anything but.  

The intricate craftmanship however can make for a covetable piece, think Missoni and you know where I’m going with this. Whether you favour designer brands or the high street (or like me a bit of both!), you will see various takes on crochet for your upcoming holidays and festival season, whether it be Melissa Odabash’s beachwear or Toms’ slip on pumps.

Looking ahead to the Autumn with some transitional pieces as crochet takes on a thicker wool, you need look no further than Topshop’s colourful patchworks which maintain the boho style but veer away from the pretty pastels associated with the Summer.  Here are some of my top picks…

Clockwise L-R: Crochet shell top £25, topshop.com; Betty crochet detail shirt SALE NOW £45, reiss.com; Crochet patch dress £60, topshop.com; Giselle short crochet dress £228 odabash.com; Baltic dip dyed women's crochet classics £41.99 toms.co.uk; Tory Burch portofino crocheted cotton shorts £130 net-a-porter.com; Missoni metallic crochet-knit bikini £280 net-a-porter.com; Loving crochet flared dress SALE NOW £52 frenchconnection.com

Clockwise L-R: TOPSHOP Crochet shell top £25, REISS Betty crochet detail shirt SALE NOW £45, TOPSHOP Crochet patch dress £60, MELISSA ODABASH Giselle short crochet dress £228, TOMS Baltic dip dyed women’s crochet classics £41.99, TORY BURCH portofino crocheted cotton shorts £130, MISSONI metallic crochet-knit bikini £280, FRENCH CONNECTION Loving crochet flared dress SALE NOW £52

The Chanel Effect

The fashion ‘frowers’ were en masse for the Chanel Haute Couture A/W14 Collection at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

The Grand Palais saw a fantastical display of clean lines mixed with Chanel’s traditional wools and the occasional tartan thrown in for good measure.  

Embellished necklines were aplenty with cross body bags and clever use of layering – peekaboo shorts under a bell shaped skirt.

The 80s made an appearance through the punk inspired hairstyles which were a welcome balance to the more feminine style reminiscent of the 18th Century.

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Chanel Haute Couture A/W14: Clean lines, embellished necklines, clever layering, punky hairstyles and cross body bags

Be ahead of the pack and ease some of the key concepts from the collection into your summer wardrobe thanks to Cos.

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69 cosstores.com/gb/

COS: Chambray dress £69, Dress with folded pleat £89, Long layered dress £69

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