Wallis new in – 40s tea dresses, draping and blue.

The new season drops continue to pour into stores, and my latest focus is Wallis. I always love to see what the new season brings to Wallis, knowing there will be stylish quality items in a range of colour options.

Wallis is bringing us Spring slowly, with 1940s style fit and flare dresses in the great tea dress tradition, featuring floral and dotted designs. There are also tunic style dresses for those who like a more streamlined shape when it comes to frocks.

Tops have draping, knot details and feature faux layering. There are some great, block colour options, as well as patterns that range from watercolour style flowers, to very summery palm tree prints.

In terms of colour and shade, there is one that stands out. From subtle navy to cobalt, blue is a big story, a great alternative to black as well as a way of adding brights to your wardrobe. Favourite pieces include a beautiful blue zip detail blazer, and a lovely navy spot wrap top that is part of the petite range.

These pieces have given me a taste for the new range, and I’m excited to see what else Wallis has in store for us for the coming Spring.

Tea dresses

Red Daisy Fit and Flare Dress Was £40.00 Now £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Daisy Fit and Flare Dress

Navy Blue Polka Dot Dress Was £38.00 Now £36.10 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Polka Dot Dress

Black Daisy Fit and Flare Dress Was £38.00 Now £36.10 click to visit Wallis

Black Daisy Fit and Flare Dress

Tunic style dresses

Lime Green Floral Print Tunic Dress Was £42.00 Now £39.90 click to visit Wallis

Lime Green Floral Print Tunic Dress

Blue Floral Print Dress Was £42.00 Now £39.90 click to visit Wallis

Blue Floral Print Dress

Tops

Coral Long Sleeve Drape Top Was £25.00 Now £23.75 click to visit Wallis

Coral Long Sleeve Drape Top

Stone Floral Top Was £28.00 Now £26.60 click to visit Wallis

Stone Floral Top

Navy Blue Daisy Print Top Was £28.00 Now £26.60 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Daisy Print Top

Blue

Navy Blue Shopper Bag Was £26.00 Now £20.80 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Shopper Bag

Navy Blue Feather Print Top Was £28.00 Now £26.60 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Feather Print Top

Blue Zip Detail Blazer Was £40.00 Now £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Blue Zip Detail Blazer

Navy Blue Petite Spot Wrap Blouse Was £33.00 Now £26.40 click to visit Wallis

Navy Blue Petite Spot Wrap Blouse

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The final Summer sales; What to choose?

The Summer sales signs are everywhere, designed to enticing and seducing us with some amazing bargains. Sales are great and you can pick up some real bargains, but, if like me you’ve recently been on holiday and money is tight, you may need to have a sort out to sell some unwanted stuff before you start buying even more.

And this is definitely worthwhile, as when the sales are almost over, the savings get bigger. We are now coming to the end of the summer sales and the Autumn collections are now hitting the stores.  But there are still some bargains to be had, and if you follow a few simple hints and tips you may find yourself a real bargain.

1. Look for sale items that are out of season. I often buy knitwear sales, knowing I will get far more wear out of this than swimsuits. Many companies bring out last season items, to pad the sale out; hence you can pick up jackets, jumpers and cardigans even in summer.

Colour Block Cotton Rich Cardigan

Gold Thread and Sequin Open Front Cardigan

2. Avoid anything that is obviously ‘fashion’. Many sales are selling those horrible Harem trousers that look like rejects from MC Hammer’s wardrobe – but listen to his advice and ‘Don’t touch this’. Fashion mistakes from this season can never be an investment buy and are best avoided.

3. Look out for items marked as special purchase.

One example of this is Debenhams, who are selling many beauty sets and fragrances at 50% off. These can be stored away as birthday and Christmas gifts for loved ones.

‘Glow’ -ho-ho Gift Set

Moschino Pink Bouquet 50ml Eau de Toilette Gift

4. Think ahead. I look for toys and electrical gods that can be kept until Christmas. I always used to buy beach bags, kaftans, sandals and sundresses as Christmas presents for my mother-in-law.

She spent every Christmas somewhere hot and really appreciated things she couldn’t buy in the middle of a British winter.

Evans Pink Diamante Flower Wedges

5. Stick to classics. Leather handbags, simple flip-flops, plain t-shirts and maxi dresses seem to always be in style, so you will use them again and again. For men, look for plain coloured polo tops that can be worn under jumpers when the weather turns cooler, and thin knits that can be layered in autumn, are good buys.

6. Ask yourself – Am I buying this because I love it, or am I buying this because it’s cheap? Be honest with yourself – you will thank yourself later.

If all else fails, set a budget, shop with just cash and leave the credit cards at home. Look around first, until you decide what you really want. Then you might actually enjoy your purchases when you get home.

 

Super luxe maxi dresses from Selfridges

Question – When is a maxi dress not a maxi dress?

Answer – when it is a super luxe maxi dress from Selfridges of course!

Selfridges currently has a range of maxi dresses that are enough to make you seriously drool. From a host of designers who read like a who’s who of fashion, there are designs that are just made for the poolside bar from Michael Kors and Mara Hoffman and printed versions from Diane Von Furstenberg that show that she has lost non of the iconic talent that made her wrap dress so successful.

I love the Angelina Jolie style black draped dress from Helmet Lang, a classic look that requires no adornment, whilst Cavalli and Stella McCartney embrace colour in showstopping designs using the flamboyance of florals and lace.

Classic maxi style

Olivia Munn

Dita Von Teese

Jessica Alba

Vanessa Hudgens

Cressida Bonas

Sienna Miller

These dresses are all just exquisite – what would you choose?

Roberto Cavalli Printed maxi dress £905 click to visit Selfridges

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Samson maxi dress £410 click to visit Selfridges

FREE PEOPLE Film Noir maxi dress £130 click to visit Selfridges

STELLA MCCARTNEY Panelled embroidered dress £4,415 click to visit Selfridges

M MISSONI Metallic knitted maxi dress £710 click to visit Selfridges

HELMUT LANG Kinetic jersey maxi dress £165 click to visit Selfridges

MICHAEL KORS Batwing maxi dress £200 click to visit Selfridges

MATTHEW WILLIAMSON Cobra drape dress £475 click to visit Selfridges

MARA HOFFMAN Luau beach dress £202 click to visit Selfridges

Click here to view all maxis.