Oh wowz, I appear to have come over all ladylike. Ok, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but I’ve recently found my footwear interests turning to sensible height court shoes, as opposed to either flat loafers or skyscraper heels. I think it goes back to last weekend, when a mix of A LOT of cheap alcohol, an inviting looking stage and standard 6 inch platforms saw me nearly break my ankle several times in one night. This made me forgo mahoooosive heels for my graduation two days later in favour of 3 inch black courts, for fear of falling on my face on stage.
I have since dug out the courts I have purchased over the past year, and to be honest haven’t worn, to try and mix in with my AW wardrobe. Yes, they do look pretty cute paired with a fur coat and wool tights. Yes, they do make high waisted skinny jeans dressier when I’m going out from work. And yes, the chances of breaking my neck/ankle/dignity are significantly lowered. BUT, they’re really not that comfortable, the lack of cushioning and pointy toes manage to kill my feet off by the end of the day, which is the main reason I avoided them in the past, and they don’t do any particlar wonders for the derriere either.
Will I still wear them despite the pain? Whilst I’m going through this little ladylike shoe phase, yes. Here are a few high street pairs I’ve been eyeing up…
Dotty Bow Court Topshop £60
Green Triangle Heel Court New Look £25
Dries Van Noten Look-a-likes-at-less-than-half-the-price Kurt Geiger £120
Plain Purple Suede Court Office £58
Black Glittery Court Dorothy Perkins £32
I usually try and give a whole lot of info on the brands I post about, but that’s proving a little difficult with The Ragged Priest, so I’ll tell you what I know.
a) I’ve been stalking their reworked vintage pieces on eBay for agesss
b) I just found out they had a website too, and they’re stocked at Topshop
c) There is no way to describe their knitwear other than absolutely BEAUTIFUL
d) I’m pretty sure they’re from Essex
e) Their blog is pretty good too
Hmmm, five facts, that wasn’t too bad. Here are some of the lookbook pics I’ve been lusting over…
I planned to clear my wardrobe as soon as my exams were over, however the celebrations went on a little longer than I expected, but I finally got around to it this weekend! I’ve put 40 items up, some have never been worn, many have only been worn once or a few times. Most of them are high street brands (can’t bring myself to part with designer at the moment) including Topshop, H&M, River Island, American Apperal and ASOS, and there are a few pieces of vintage. Also, everything except one item starts at 99p, so they are definitely worth a look! You can view all of the items here.
Here are a few of them…
Posted in Fashion, High Street, Online, Vintage
Tagged American Apperal, Annie Greenabelle, Asos, eBay, F&F, H&M, J.Lindeberg, Katie Eary, Mina, Next, Primark, Ralph Lauren, River Island, Topshop, Vero Moda, Vintage
Prints, prints, prints, oh how they brighten up my day, week, year. As far as prints go it can be difficult in terms of what’s in, what isn’t and how to wear them right. This makes Hawaiian prints are a must have in my eyes this season with two simple rules. 1, if it’s hawaiian, it works. 2. Just pair it with something simple. Dresses with plain shoes, shirts with denim shorts and jackets with pop colour dresses. There are some great pieces on the high street, but have a rummage through your nearest vintage store for the better, unique pieces.
A few favourites include:
Topshop Hawaiian Print Dress, £25, in-store only.
Motel Emilia Dress, £52.
Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry, Hawaiian Print Short Sleeve Shirt, £82.
Sugarhill Boutique, Hawaiian Tropic Shorts, £18 (Was £35)
Beyond Retro, 1990’s Short Dress, £24.
Beyond Retro, Must Have Casual Coat, £20.
T-Bags Tropical Print Jersey Dress, The Outnet, £77.50 (Was £155)
Oh and here is one I put on eBay earlier…
Vintage Hawaiian Print Cotton Jumper
Posted in Designer, Fashion, High Street, Trend, Vintage
Tagged Beyond Retro, eBay, Fred Perry, Hawaiian, Motel, Prints, SS11, Sugarhill Boutique, T-Bags, The Outnet, Topshop
Recently, maybe because it’s two degrees warmer, or maybe because I’m getting a bit bored of winter, I have found myself longing for the chance to wear flowing clothes. As I am trying to avoid the whole boho vibe (I tried, I failed, I’m just too clean a person) flowing clothes aren’t too easy to find, however I seem to have found salvation in pleats.
That neat little detailing is cropping up on garments everywhere, with the high street incorporating them into trousers, shirts, skirts and dresses they are an elegant update that will still leave you with that free feeling. Now whilst I’ve only put a few items from them, I recommend you head to the ASOS and Topshop websites for more pleated beauties.
Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:
ASOS Pleated Bust Jumpsuit – £50
ASOS Pleated Sleeveless Maxi Dress – £65
Love Label One Shoulder Pleated Dress – £48
Motel Sally Pleated Skirt -£12
Peacocks Ladies Pleated Skirt – £18
Purple at Dorothy Perkins Pleat One Sleeve Dress – £38
Theory at Liberty Fuchsia One Shoulder Pleated Dress – £152 (was £380)
Robbie Bee at TK Maxx Pleated Dress – £19
Topshop Pleat Collar Blouse – £38
Topshop Tobacco Pleated Wide Leg Trousers – £48
Posted in Fashion, High Street, Trend
Tagged Asos, Dorothy Perkins, Liberty, Love Label, Motel, Peacocks, Pleated, Pleats, Purple, SS11, Theory, TK Maxx, Topshop
Now although they have been back in fashion for some time, long boots have never really captured my heart. This is partly due to my muscular calves, which don’t leave me with many styles to choose from, and partly down to the Pretty Woman connotation that I can never seem to forget.
However, about a month ago, after seeing them looking gorgeous on customers at work, I tried on Acne’s Knee Length Pistol Boot. They fitted like a glove, looked absolutely gorgeous and I fell in love.
Since then have I started looking around at more styles that are on offer this season, and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. Now although I could only dream of wearing most of these, due to my calf dilemma, but I just had to share them!
Firstly, of course, the Acne Pistol Boot, which I still do not own:
These beauties from Billi Bi, I have the ankle version and I love them:
Next, the most practical, Folk’s Antoine boot:
The warm, on-trend pair, from ASOS:
Swedish Hasbeens Knee-high clog boot looks pretty tasty on too:
Topshop’s gorgeous Panther Boot:
And finally, for that true British weather, Hunter’s Regent:
Posted in Designer, Fashion, High Street, Shoes, Trend
Tagged Acne, Asos, Billi Bi, Folk, Hunter, Long Boot, Swedish Hasbeens, Topshop
Anybody who knows me knows that I am not exactly a denim enthusiast, I’ve begrudgingly pulled on my black Topshop Baxters about 4 times in the last year, and all of these occasions were due to being hungover or ill. However, I recently came across a denim brand that make me look twice, Californian based brand Current/Elliott, founded by CEO and Creative Designer, Serge Azzio,
Their cuts, colours and details stood out instantly, with my first thought being how versatile they are, and I don’t just mean you can wear them with all of your flat pumps and pretty tops, this combined with the amazing quality means they will be taking you from season to season. My absolute favourite is the Skinny Crop in Rust, which would look gorgeous paired with everything from sandals and a cropped tee to wedged desert boots and a tailored shirt. Not to constrict themselves to jeans Current/Elliott also sell a range of other gorgeous garments including jackets, shirts and leggings.
If you’re thinking European High Street clothing giants two instantly spring to mind, H&M and Zara, but this isn’t their only similarity, the second being that neither of them have an online store… yet! Yes, whilst the likes of Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Next and French Connection, to name a few, have been long fulfilling our need to buy lunchtime pick-me-ups or that last minute outfit for an impromptu night out, H&M and Zara have held back.
However, Zara, who already have an online homewares store, will be launching their clothing range online on September 2nd. H&M, who currently have no UK online operation, will open their online store two weeks after, on the 16th September. As well as their womens, mens and childrens ranges, they will be selling their new range of homewares too. With both of the stores launching just as you have mentally finalised your A/W10 key pieces, its perfect timing, and if you order more than you can fit into your current wardrobe, well you can just buy another one!
Posted in Fashion, High Street, Homeware, Online
Tagged AW10, Dorothy Perkins, French Connection, H&M, Next, Topshop, Uk, Zara
I don’t mean to wish the summer away, but like most people interested in fashion I’ve been looking forward to winter since the AW10 shows in February, and one of items that is at the top of my “to buy” list is a cape. There is something incredibly regal and chic about wearing a cape, plus they hide a multitude of sins that may appear over the winter months, especially at Christmas (yes I just cursed myself for mentioning Christmas).
Although it is only July I have already noticed many capes coming into the high street in a range of styles, cropped, hooded, patterned, trench and I can guarantee that by the time the temperature drops there will be a lot more. Also, if you don’t want to risk bumping into somebody in the same one, you can always go vintage; capes are a garment that wavered in and out of fashion over the decades so with a little bit of searching you’ll probably find something gorgeous!
Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites (so far):
Posted in Fashion, High Street, Trend, Vintage
Tagged Asos, AW10, Capes, cropped, French Connection, Fur, hooded, Love Miss Daisy, patterned, Topshop, trench, Whistles
Australian brand One Teaspoon was the creation of Jamie Blakey 10 years ago, and I am kicking myself that I only discovered it recently. Starting off with a 10 piece collection in 2000, One Teaspoon soon developed and now they have a huge selection of garments that are distributed world wide. The styles are edgy, the cuts are obscure, the prints are refreshing and the prices are reasonable; a much needed change to what is cloned throughout high street shops or presented in designer boutiques. Also, they are now stocked in the Oxford Circus Topshop, so what are you waiting for?
Here are (quite a few) of About your Dress’ favourites: