Statement necklaces from Miss Selfridge

July 29th, 2014

One of my favourite books of all time is by the jewellery editor of British Vogue Carol Woolton. ‘Fashion for Jewels’ is, if you allow me the pun, a treasure trove for anyone who has a love of jewellery, from pieces that have belonged to royalty, to those that littered the love story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Filled with exquisite images of priceless gems, this book is a wonderful tribute to the most beautiful pieces of jewellery that have ever been created, and their endless power to enchant and bewitch.

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These days, you don’t need a king’s ransom to own a beautiful piece of jewellery. Statement pieces are all over the High Street, and although these are paste jewels rather than the real thing, they can still transform a simple outfit into something special. These days there are as many pieces of costume jewellery on the Red Carpet as there are diamonds, with the Duchess of Cambridge a huge fan of wearing pieces from Zara for special occasions.

The great thing about costume jewellery is that it looks fabulous, but is often reasonably priced, even for real statement pieces. This means you have none of the fear of wearing and losing it, or worries about packing it in your suitcase for your holidays. Currently I have been drawn to the collection from Miss Selfridge, which actually contains a section called ‘statement jewellery’. These are big, bold and bright pieces, with coloured glass and intricate patterns. These are the pieces that are crying out for a little black dress to decorate, or a simple pair of jeans and a white t-shirt to transform for a night out.

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection, but I highly recommend you take a good look around the Miss Selfridge website for yourself, or check out the current in store sales. Jewellery is a sale bargain that rarely goes out of fashion, so it is always worth picking up when it is on offer.

Multi Chain Stone Necklace     Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Multi Chain Stone Necklace
Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Collar     Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Collar
Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Baguette Stone Collar     Price: £40.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Baguette Stone Collar
Price: £40.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Rhinestone Flower Collar     Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Rhinestone Flower Collar
Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Flower Collar     Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Bright Stone Flower Collar
Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Stone Flower Necklace     Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Stone Flower Necklace
Price: £30.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Bar Collar     Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Green Bar Collar
Price: £14.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Triple Section Necklace     Price: £12.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Triple Section Necklace
Price: £12.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Chunky Blue Flower Collar     Price: £25.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Chunky Blue Flower Collar
Price: £25.00 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Large Flower Collar     Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

Large Flower Collar
Price: £16.50 click to visit Miss Selfridge

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Vintage Love for This Old thing

July 29th, 2014

My summer television treat has been ‘This Old Thing – the Vintage Clothes Show’. Presented by Dawn O Porter, ‘This Old thing’ is a delve into the world of vintage fashion and how to shop for it. I love anything shopping related, and this series shows some of the beautiful items that can be found if you have a magpie’s eye. But as much as I have loved the series, I do think it has uncovered some of the major problems of shopping vintage.

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This Old Thing has shown that when you look into the past for your inspiration, you can find something that is unique, beautiful and well-made. Unfortunately, it is, more often than not, also very expensive. Items that come from places like Lucy in Disguise, Gingermegs vintage and the Portabello Road are often more expensive than even High End High street, enough to frighten some people off the idea of wearing vintage, especially in our more frugal times. In addition, the idea that vintage will look like a costume is not really helped by Dawn O Porter. She looks amazing, a stunning looking girl. But her inspiration comes quite literally from the 1960s, with Dawn the epitome of a swinging London dollybird. For those who think vintage means fancy dress, Dawn sort of proves the point.

But Vintage fashion doesn’t have to be expensive, nor do you have to look like an extra from Scooby Doo! (unless you want to of course). Nor does it have to come from Vintage shops if your budget won’t stretch to that.  Charity shops and car boot sales can also have rich vintage pickings, and you can mix and match them with pieces already in your wardrobe to create modern looks.

Here a few looks I created with a few ‘old things’ that didn’t break the bank.

Look 1 – The Vintage skirt and the new bag

This is a look that combines a vintage silk skirt with pieces from the High Street, and a fabulous new bag from Spanish label Desigual. Desigual is my latest style crush, I also have my eye on some very pretty sandals from their range, and I may be able to afford them due to the saving I made on this skirt! The skirt is not labeled, and I feel it may have been handmade, but it is in a really beautiful coffee shade, and it is not see-thru, despite being unlined. I teamed it with simple separates, a vest from select, a long pendant from Next, and gold flip-flops from Dorothy Perkins.  The skirt cost just £4, a total bargain for something that can be worn again and again.

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Look 2 – Vintage, High Street and charity shop finds

This is the outfit I wore for my Father-in-laws birthday meal. The skirt is Betty Jackson Black from Debenhams, but the rest of the outfit is pre-owned and pre-loved. The lovely top is a 1970s Marks and Spencer, St Michael label, and was £2.25 from a charity shop in Shrewsbury. I found the early 1960s bag on a tabletop sale held at a local church, a bargain for just £1. The shoes are early 1990s Roberto Vianni and were the perfect way to finish this outfit. I love this outfit and think it is quite classic and timeless.

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Look 3 – Pretty vintage sun dress

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This is a pretty vintage dress that I tried on when shopping for my holiday. Vintage clothing always needs to be tried on, the sizes are totally different. So, if you like the look of something, ignore the label and head to the changing room!

Look 4 – A modern trend with a vintage touch.

This season, pastel lace was a huge trend that was all over the catwalk, and then the high street. This pink lace jacket is a 1960s original that was picked up for £4.99. It has the most incredible buttons, but these are a detail that I could’ve changed if I hadn’t liked them.

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Four different outfits, all with a vintage touch. Here are a few more finds, and a couple of things I didn’t buy.

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1960s evening bag

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I love vintage trinkets. Add paste brooches to a black evening dress for a 1940s look.

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1960s Jackie Kennedy style boucle suit.

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One of my favourite bags – a 1960s box bag.

I really liked this blouse, but it needed to be tailored to make it more fitted - maybe buttons added down the back?

I really liked this blouse, but it needed to be tailored to make it more fitted – maybe buttons added down the back?

Wish I had got this now...

Wish I had got this now…

This was incredible, it still had a child's name on the inside in ink.

This was incredible, it still had a child’s name on the inside in ink.

1980s Bally heels in gold - love!

1980s Bally heels in gold – love!

I upload all my vintage and charity shop finds to instagram – you can follow me here. http://instagram.com/fashionmommywm

I also have a section on my Facebook page for Charity Shop finds. https://www.facebook.com/fashionmommywm

 

 

 

Kimono Love from F&F Clothing

July 27th, 2014

In recent years, the Kimono has become an essential part of our summer wardrobes. This versatile item is beloved of festival fans who love the boho vibe it gives an outfit, while kimono’s also prove to be a great way of accessorising beach wear, looking fabulous when worn with a floppy hat and simple black bikini. I have a quite a few kimono’s in my wardrobe, which I usually wear layered over jeans and vest tops to make casual daytime looks a little more special.

A couple of my favourite Kimonos

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375149_530866660288436_473569414_nNow, I wear kimono jackets a lot, I love the beautiful printed versions and the slight touch of the oriental they bring to my wardrobe. But I have to admit I don’t really think outside the box when it comes to styling them – it is always a case of jeans, jeans and more jeans. So, when the lovely folks at Maverick PR sent me an exquisite lace and fringed Kimono jacket from the latest F&F True range, I set myself a challenge – could I style the jacket in a way that didn’t involve jeans?

F&F True Fringed Lace Plus Size Kimono £28.00 click to visit F&F

F&F True Fringed Lace Plus Size Kimono
£28.00 click to visit F&F

The F&F True fringed lace kimono is from the plus size range at F&F, and comes in a slightly longer length than many kimono jackets, covering the bottom and hips. It has a style that gives hints at both retro, using a vintage style lace pattern, and also boho, with the long fringing on the hem. I wore this jacket in size 18 and felt that the sizing was generous. I chose to style the jacket two ways, with block colour, and with a dress that would tie in with the boho style to give this a 1970s look.

Look 1 – Block Colour

The first way I decided to style the kimono was with a simple, block colour dress in a lovely, jeweled jade shade. It was a super hot day, so the kimono provided a little coverage for the shoulders. I loved the effect of the jade popping through the black lace, and this look got a lot of positive comments, which is always a nice thing when you’re wearing an old dress!

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Look 2 – 70s Boho Style

The second look was influenced by 70s boho style, by Talitha Getty and Marakesh, and by Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks. 70s style Clarks sandals, a sundress picked up at a now defunct Welsh boutique, and my much-loved straw basket were combined with the kimono to give an eclectic mix of patterns, fabrics and prints. I absolutely love this outfit and can’t wait to wear it again.

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DSCN8413[1]F&F has a great range of Kimonos, both in the True range and the regular range. Click here to view the current range.

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