New season focus – BHS

In recent seasons BHS has seen a style revival that puts it right at the top of the list for stylish, yet affordable clothing. In addition to housing Wallis and Dorothy Perkins concessions, their own branded clothing has become something that is definitely worth looking at. Last year I wore BHS dresses to two major Midland fashion events, the Harvey Nichols fashion show, and Style Birmingham Live after party, and both dresses got lots of compliments, and a few shocked looks when I said ‘It’s from BHS.’

This season, a few pieces have already been appearing in the press and eliciting really positive comments for the style, cut and colours used. With black, white and red being the key colours, it is sort of fitting that they have been gaining some column inches (I can’t be the only one who remembers that old joke – what’s black, white and read all over am I?). There is also a lot of grey, not quite 50 shades, but still enough to add that always useful blending shade to your wardrobe, and a lovely contrast colour for the red.

In terms of influence, I love the Bella Freud style of the ‘Love’ jumper, while the fit and flare coat is something you could imagine the Duchess of Cambridge wearing. The black and white funnel neck dress is very 1960s in style, and I could well imagine Alexa Chung loving the sexy, yet covered up look.

What are your thoughts on this latest collection from BHS?

Red Zip Back Pleated Skirt     Price: £25.00 click to visit BHS

Red Zip Back Pleated Skirt
Price: £25.00 click to visit BHS

Red Colourblock Grab Bag     Price: £19.00 click to visit BHS

Red Colourblock Grab Bag
Price: £19.00 click to visit BHS

Red Fit and Flare Belted Coat     Price: £60.00 Click to visit BHS

Red Fit and Flare Belted Coat
Price: £60.00 Click to visit BHS

Checked Cowl Neck Tunic     Price: £30.00 click to visit BHS

Checked Cowl Neck Tunic
Price: £30.00 click to visit BHS

Black Textured Coat     Price: £50.00 click to visit BHS

Black Textured Coat
Price: £50.00 click to visit BHS

Black Heart Jumper     Price: £25.00 click to visit BHS

Black Heart Jumper
Price: £25.00 click to visit BHS

Textured Drop Waist Dress     Price: £30.00 click to visit BHS

Textured Drop Waist Dress
Price: £30.00 click to visit BHS

Dogtooth Hem Tunic     Price: £22.00 click to visit BHS

Dogtooth Hem Tunic
Price: £22.00 click to visit BHS

Black Collarless Crepe Coat     Price: £65.00 click to visit BHS

Black Collarless Crepe Coat
Price: £65.00 click to visit BHS

Purple Printed Belted Skirt     Price: £18.00 click to visit BHS

Purple Printed Belted Skirt
Price: £18.00 click to visit BHS

To view all BHS new in, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed – Graphic Print Dress from Planet

I’m a huge fan of Planet and their range of dresses. I always feel sophisticated and grown up when I wear one, the classic, elegant designs are timeless and seem totally designed for women with curves. Recently I was asked if I would like to review something from the latest collection, and, as I had a very special occasion coming up, I decided to choose a dress that I thought would be both appropriate, and eye-catching.

Graphic Print Dress now £69.00 click to visit Planet

Graphic Print Dress
now £69.00 click to visit Planet

The Graphic print dress is certainly eye-catching, in a zesty yellow and navy blue mix print. It has a thin navy belt, and a faux wrap detailing on the skirt. It is 100% polyester (so non stretch), and is fully lined. It is also machine washable, and is currently reduced from £99 to a bargain price of £69.

I decided to wear this to my niece’s christening, where I was thrilled to be one of the godparents. I wanted something elegant and comfortable, and also cool, as it turned out to be rather a warm day. This dress turned out to be perfect on all counts.

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The dress has a back zip fastening, but it is quite generous in size, and once again I could put this one by pulling it over my head. The fabric feels like an expensive crepe, and the lining is substantial – no pants showing through this one. I liked that the v neck is flattering but not too low, you could easily wear this for work wear if you added a navy jacket and court shoes. I also really like that the wrap detail is faux, the skirt is not going to be blowing open and revealing too much.

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Renee’s christening.

DSCN9101I think this dress is totally appropriate for a special occasion, and that the fabulous print means it really doesn’t need lots of accessories and adornment. One point I would make is that the block print is definitely navy, but does look black under artificial light, so be careful if you are trying to colour match accessories.

The dress does come in a second colour, if the yellow is too bright for your taste.

Coral Graphic Print Dress now £69.00 click to visit Planet

Coral Graphic Print Dress
now £69.00 click to visit Planet

To view all current Planet dresses, click here.

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