Wimbledon Special – best celeb looks and Wimbledon Whites

It’s Wimbledon fortnight, and that means a host of super stylish celebrity tennis fans have descended on SW19, for champagne, strawberries, and , with our surprisingly good weather, a little bit of tennis action too.

Fashion watchers are having a bit of a treat, with the likes of Pippa Middleton and Holly Willoughby showing off their very ladylike and elegant Wimbledon style. Pippa, in particular, was wearing a pair of Ash wedge sandals that are now available in summer sales and are sure to be another Pippa sell out.  Also on show has been Mollie King of the Saturdays, who showed that flower power is alive and well in the 21st century in a vibrant short suit from Oasis. I also liked the simple and elegant look sported by actress Gemma Chan, who showed why trench coats are a wardrobe staple that we all need in our lives.

Great Wimbledon looks 2013 and a few ideas to get the same look.

Botanical Iris Jacket Price: £70.00 click to visit Oasis

Botanical Iris Short Price: £38.00 click to visit Oasis

Mid Mia Mac Price: £95.00 click to visit Oasis

Pippa Embellished Dress Was: £70.00Now: £45.00 click to visit Oasis

Boucle Textured Jacket £20.00 click to visit Matalan

Ash Jade wedge £67.50 CLICK TO VISIT Ash

On court, it is all about Wimbledon White. White is such a great colour for summer, nothing looks fresher, or better against a suntan. With that in mind, here are some gorgeous white pieces currently available online.

Wimbledon Whites

Lipsy All Over Lace Shift Dress £68.00 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy Pleated Bodycon Dress Was £65.00Now £32.50 click to visit Lipsy

Lipsy Lace Cap Sleeve Top £35.00 click to visit Lipsy

Jaeger Broderie skirt Product code: D412467 Now £ 45.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Michael Kors Jet set travel medium tote £240 click to visit House of Fraser

Pied a Terre Laveda wedge cross vamp sandals £130 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Ruby zip around purse £49.50 click to visit House of Fraser


New Season Trends – The Midi Length at Dorothy Perkins

It was the length that everyone said was unwearable unless you were as tall and willowy as Elle MacPherson. It makes you look frumpy and mumsy the magazines screamed. But the midi has proven everyone wrong, proving to be versatile, flattering and most definitely the chosen length for Autumn/Winter 2013/4.

Midi skirts look fabulous with knee high boots for a look that evokes all the images of the fabulous and stylish 70s movie, The Eyes of Laura Mars. The Midi is a grown up look, looking great with silk blouses or worn boho style in fabrics like cord and denim. It is also brilliant, if, like me, you like your legs, but only from the knees down. You are not encased in swathes of fabric like in a maxi skirt, but also not showing off acres of flesh a la mini skirts.

Dorothy Perkins is totally embracing 70s chic midi skirts in its new season styles and I am totally smitten with the look.

Midi skirt coming soon click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Midi skirt £30, coming soon. Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

midi skirt, coming soon, Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

midi skirt, coming soon. Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Midi skirt, coming soon. Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue damask midi skirt Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Wear With

Floral ruffle neck blouse Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Navy lace collared shell top Price: £24.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Animal roll sleeve shirt Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

White gem embellished jumper Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Mint pointelle cotton cardigan Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins




How to Be Prepared for the British Summer

We are all so busy these days. Working, socialising, spending time with the family. The constant flow of emails, text messages and Facebook updates means that our worlds are changing and evolving at a rapid speed. It can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Usually, choosing clothes and footwear is something we do in a hurry, either during our lunch breaks, on the Internet on the way home, or in a rush with the kids on a Saturday morning.

Coats are one of those things that you feel you should spend a decent amount of time looking into, but which more often than not you leave purchasing to the last minute. I imagine that right now you have a heavy winter coat hanging up in the back of your wardrobe, a thin and lightweight summer jacket and probably nothing suitable for the weather we have at the moment.

Whilst summer jackets look great when teamed with skinny jeans on your way out for the night, or on very warm evenings whilst having dinner with your friends, they don’t really offer enough protection when the weather turns bad. And let’s face it, in this country that could happen at any time. Don’t you feel it when you head to work in the morning, turning your face to the sky and think ‘Maybe today will be different’? Doesn’t the thought cross your mind when you pack that picnic bag for the beach that the sky, so brilliantly blue and wonderful at the moment, could at any time change to a thunderous gathering of grey and black clouds? We are never really sure what the weather is going to do next. We British like to live on the edge.

As such, it is worth saying ‘Pause!’ to all those things you have going on in your life at the moment and reconsidering your outer wear choices for the summer. Put down the phone, log out of your emails and just have a little think. Are you really ready for summer nights out? Are you prepared for inclement weather when walking the dog in the early morning light? Will you keep dry when heading to that festival with your friends? Isn’t there just maybe something missing? Something which will bridge the gap between icy cold winter nights and the boiling hot summer days?

A lightweight, summer fit Barbour jacket is precisely what you are missing. Whether you choose the snug Summer Liddesdale Quilted jacket in a stunning selection of colours, or you prefer a touch of the equestrian look with the Flyweight Cavalry Jacket, there is a Barbour jacket to suit any girl out there. Barbour jackets are so chic, and men look great in them too. Guys can choose from any of the classic ranges, such as the Border, a Beaufort or a Bedale, and look fantastic. The jackets come in different lengths and different cuts to suit. All are waterproof and all allow your skin to breathe, so even when the weather does improve you won’t overheat.

Having a Barbour jacket makes the difference between being cold and uncomfortable or being warm and happy. They work well with skinny jeans, leggings and even summer dresses. Wear them to work with cargo pants and espadrilles. Take them out to town in your flowery print maxi dress. There really is no place that you cannot get away with wearing such a classy and traditional style of coat.

Alexa rocks her Barbour jacket

So if you’re unsure what jacket to buy to see you through the summer in a stress-free fashion, then why not invest in a stylish, gorgeous coat from Barbour and at least have one less thing to worry about?


 David writes about the changing world of how classic brands continue to offer the same range of successful products decade after decade and survive the ever changing storm in one of the world’s most competitive and fad-focussed consumer markets.