Thursday, 30 October 2014

Wishlist: Jane Norman

All Items: Jane Norman

When I was a student everyone used to shop in Jane Norman, it's on trend yet affordable pieces were always top of mine and my friend's wish lists and every Saturday afternoon was spent rummaging through the rails and recreating fashion shows in the fitting rooms. Here I am many years later, still lusting after pieces from the brand. I have to admit, I wasn't so sure that Jane Norman was still around, but it is... and it's better than I remember. Looking back with a probably/hopefully more fashionable head on my shoulders I think of Jane Norman back then as being fast fashion, on the cheaper side and the things I wore back then I wouldn't actually wear now, but they've definitely moved on with the times.

The first thing, and probably top of the 'needs' for me is the black and white coordinate set. I really like the thick, almost messy check design, being black and white it will go with anything and the styling options become endless. I have a few matching sets with shorts, so this being trousers makes it more desirable, plus tapered trousers are always really flattering, I don't necessarily need another co-ord set, but due to the fact that pieces like this are so easy to wear together or alone, I think that's a good enough excuse to pick up this set!

I love jumpsuits at the moment, and with a friend's engagement coming up, plus a work's Christmas party, I have been keeping my eye out for the perfect one and this might just be it. Every year I become obsessed with burgundy clothes, so I loved this from first glance. The back is cut out around the bottom of the back with a cross over design which is really pretty and quite subtle due to the covered up front of the jumpsuit, it's a nice contrast. With chunky wedges or strappy heels this would make a lovely outfit.

Following on with my love for burgundy, I'm really drawn to this faux fur jacket. This would be perfect to wear over a cami and skinny jeans or wet look leggings for a night at the pub or going for a nice meal. It's the perfect kind of luxurious cover up for Christmas time and the colder months.

Another coat I have fallen for is the amazing monochrome eyelash knit coatigan... If there's one thing I love when it comes to Winter fashion, it's textures in my outfits and another thing I love is black and white, so this is really to my taste. Patterned coats are always a staple for me, they're a real statement piece and ideal for layering with simpler shapes and styles.

Last year I bought my first ever fluffy jumper and loved it so much, so I definitely want more. This pretty coral one is going to be super warm for the colder months but really different due to the brighter colour, I've only really seen fluffy jumpers in neutral or dark colours. This would add a lovely pop of bright into my Winter wardrobe.

The final coat is very similar to one I have seen in another High Street store for over £100, and at less than half the price this is a real bargain. It's classic and chic but the two tone grey design adds a modern look to the design. I can imagine this being a really flattering style and a coat that you can bring out year after year without it going out of fashion. It's an ideal middle of the road coat, it's not too smart and not too casual, great for everyday wear with dresses or jeans.

The accessories section on the Jane Norman website is really vast, with jewellery, bags, shoes and more... there really is something for everyone. My top picks are the black shoe boots which have a split down the front, making them really unique, they would look brilliant with a dress to rock it up a little or with jeans to smarten up a simple outfit.
The bag is lovely for Autumn/Winter too, I love the block colours and that it has lots of compartments, it would make a really good everyday bag.

Have you shopped in Jane Norman recently?
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Grid Print & Spots

 Pinafore: Primark
Shoes: Primark

I loved this pinafore when I bought it, but now looking at these pictures I'm not actually so sure. I've worn it a couple of times, styled this way and with a fluffy jumper underneath... both outfits I have liked but maybe it just doesn't photograph well, I'm not sure?

I am a fan of pinafores though, I find them quite easy to wear, just throw them on with a cute shirt and you're good to go. Speaking of cute shirts, this is easily my favourite at the moment, it's really pretty and girly, sheer with silky white polka dots. I 'spotted' (boom boom!) this online but it had sold out in my size so spent ages trying to track it down. Luckily I found it in my local Outfit store and snapped it up before it was too late. I really like the contrasting prints in this outfit combo.

With accessories I went quite simple, black shoes, black bag and my beautiful Olivia Burton lilac watch to add a dash of colour to the outfit. 

How do you style your pinafores?
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Monochrome Wishlist

coat / skirt / jumperdress / bag / necklace / boots

I'm a lover of monochrome all the time, but Autumn/Winter season just means I get to embrace it even more! I've been doing a little but of online window shopping now that payday is looming, and there are (as always) so many lovely things I feel like I need for the upcoming months.

I do have a slight addiction with coats and the one I have my eye on at the moment is quite a statement but it's still really smart. Because it's black and white, it will go with so many things, dressed up or down I think it will be really versatile. I love the large houndstooth check pattern and the big collar - it will fit right into my wardrobe! Here's a plus size alternative from One Stop Plus, if you're curious.

One thing I don't have many of is skirts, I'm usually more of a dress girl but the little leather number has really caught my eye. I love the quirky drawstring which gives it quite a casual feel, I'd style it up with a chunky knit jumper, some thick tights and boots.

Speaking of chunky knit jumpers, how perfect is this patterned one?! I've actually been and eyed this one up in real life and it's even more amazing up close. It's really thick but still soft and just looks so cosy - ideal to go with the skirt!

The dress I've included in the wishlist is very 'me'. A really easy to wear, day to night kind of dress. I love the check print and think this would look amazing with a leather jacket and ankle boots for a night out with the girls. For a plus size option , try this one from Dbeth.

Onto accessories, I'm loving this tote bag so much. The mixture of fabrics and textures is very in this Autumn and I like that it has silver hard wear rather than gold. Not only is this beautiful, it's a great size making it really practical - I think I need this in my life!

When it comes to jewellery I think you need to go big or don't bother, and this beauty is a real statement piece. It would really bling up a simple outfit like a white tee with the leather skirt and completely change how the outfit looks. 

Lastly, the boots are one of my favourite things in this wishlist. I'm always drawn to big, kind of ugly shoes, I think they're really flattering because they make your legs look thinner and they're usually super comfy. The thick sole and chunky heel are ideal for the Winter - there won't be any slipping in the snow in these.
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