BHS new season dresses – from casual to glamour

In recent years, BHS has really upped its game when it comes to clothing. No longer the place you visit for homewares and bedding, BHS now has a great range of fashion looks, as well as concessions in store that stock other Arcadia brands, Wallis and Dorothy Perkins.

With the new Spring/Summer ranges now just appearing in stores, now is a good time to examine what BHS has to offer. I’m pleased to say that the collection is really lovely, offering a dress for all occasions. There are some very pretty, retro inspired sun dresses, the candy striped shirt dress in bubblegum pink is a lovely piece that will be cool on warm, sunny days. I love the denim shirt dresses and simple, short sleeved shirt styles – I have featured the black, which I think would look fabulous with tan or gold gladiator style sandals, but this also comes in crisp white and navy.

There are also some lovely prom styles, full skirted dresses that are feminine and gorgeous. Happily, some of these have been designed with petite ladies in mind, which I know from speaking to a good friend, is often a bugbear, seeming to be a forgotten part of the female population. There are also simple shift styles, like the Ochre shift dress. These would be perfect for work in the summer, again looking fabulous with sandals on those lovely warm days we are sure to be looking forward to. (Fingers, toes and everything else crossed on that front.)

Here are my top ten picks from the current collection – what do you think?

Coral Stripe Cotton Sun Dress     Price: £26.00 click to visit BHS

Coral Stripe Cotton Sun Dress
Price: £26.00 click to visit BHS

 

 

Navy Scalloped Lace Dress     Price: £45.00 Click to visit BHS

Navy Scalloped Lace Dress
Price: £45.00 Click to visit BHS

Printed Denim Shirt Dress     Price: £28.00 click to visit BHS

Printed Denim Shirt Dress
Price: £28.00 click to visit BHS

China Blues Prom Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit BHS

China Blues Prom Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit BHS

Petites Champagne Border Prom Dress     Price: £55.00 click to visit BHS

Petites Champagne Border Prom Dress
Price: £55.00 click to visit BHS

Black Short Sleeve Shirt Dress     Price: £26.00 click to visit BHS

Black Short Sleeve Shirt Dress
Price: £26.00 click to visit BHS

Ochre Pocket Crepe Tunic Dress     Price: £25.00 click to visit BHS

Ochre Pocket Crepe Tunic Dress
Price: £25.00 click to visit BHS

Blue Spot Prom Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit BHS

Blue Spot Prom Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit BHS

Pink Organza Floral Shift Dress     Price: £55.00 click to visit BHS

Pink Organza Floral Shift Dress
Price: £55.00 click to visit BHS

Navy Embellished Shift Dress     Price: £49.00 click to visit BHS

Navy Embellished Shift Dress
Price: £49.00 click to visit BHS

To view all BHS dresses, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BHS A/W 13 – Fifty shades of Grey

Continuing with my trawl around the new Autumn/Winter ranges arriving in shops every day, I’m now turning my attention to BHS. Once the domain of little old ladies looking for twinsets and sensible skirts, in recent years BHS has seen Dorothy Perkins and Wallis concessions hit stores, as well as developing its own range in Sophie Grey. It is now most definitely a place to add to your Saturday shopping list, and if you are online, you can make great savings with a BHS promo code.

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The striking thing about the current BHS collection is the use of grey as a great base colour for the range. Grey is always a popular choice in Autumn/Winter, from the pale shades that look great with denim, the charcoal shades that make a neat alternative to black, and, of course, the silver shades that look perfectly glamorous at Christmas. The BHS range has teamed grey with black to make a winning combination, and has also made it a focal colour for a fabulous range of Winter coats.

Grey/Black Belted Colour Block Coat   £65.00 click to visit BHS

Grey/Black Belted Colour Block Coat
£65.00 click to visit BHS

Grey/black Textured Collar Coat     Price: £65.00 CLICK to visit BHS

Grey/black Textured Collar Coat
Price: £65.00 CLICK to visit BHS

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Grey Herringbone/Lace Dress
Price: £38.00 CLICK to visit BHS

Also available in petite. Click here for details.

But don’t let the idea that this collection is grey make you think it is boring, this would be totally misguided. There are lace panels that add interest to slinky shift dresses and pencil skirts. There are jumpers emblazoned with pretty birds and cute doggies that make perfect casual winter attire. And there is the most wonderful pea coat that has already taken pride of place on my wish list, for its bold buttons and gorgeous, soft colour.

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Grey Herringbone/Lace Skirt
Price: £25.00 Click to visit BHS

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Silver Grey Dog Jumper
Price: £28.00 CLICK to visit BHS

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Grey Pea Coat
Price: £40.00 CLICK to visit BHS

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Charcoal Long Sleeve Swallow Jumper
Price: £28.00 CLICK to visit BHS

So, if you’re looking for a snug and cosy Autumn/Winter wardrobe with pieces to take you from work to bar, from week day to the weekend, take a look in BHS.

Back to School with BHS

With the final bank holiday of the year now in sight, and the summer almost over, all the thoughts of parents everywhere turn to getting the little ones (and bigger ones come to think of it) back to school. This means turning to the subject of school uniform. There is a lot of choice these days when it comes to buying school uniform, with almost all supermarkets now stocking very cheap items. But, I think that we need to look closely at quality when it comes to choosing the uniform, and that is why I would overwhelmingly choose BHS when shopping for Joe, both now, and in future.

Click to visit BHS

BHS have really come up trumps with their school uniform offering this year.  I was asked in June if I would be interested in test driving some of the boys pieces for the remainder of the school year. Joe was to wear the uniform that had been sent each day with the quality being assessed for wear. In addition, wash would also be examined – how many pieces of uniform have you purchased in the past that looked amazing on first wear, only to go all bobbly once it had been washed a couple of times?

Black Great Value Junior Boys Adjustable Waist Trouser Price: from £3.50 click to visit BHS

I was most impressed with the school trousers. In a lovely shade of jet black, Joe wore a pair in  aged 5. I often have a problem with trousers for Joe, who has long legs but a tiny waist, even adjustable waistbands often don’t adjust enough for my little tin-ribs. These were perfect, with a little growth room in the legs too. Additionally, I loved the mock fly detail, looking very smart, but without a fiddly zip for tiny finger to struggle with. A true zip is available on sizes from aged 7, but I think mother’s of younger children will understand why I love the faux zip aspect. The trousers washed extremely well, with no instant fluffing or loss of colour. Joe looked very smart in these and enjoyed wearing them too.

Unisex White 3 Pack Polo Shirt Price: from £4.50 click to visit BHS

I think the three pack of white polo tops is an absolute steal at £4.50. My son can wear either white or blue polo tops under their school jumper, but I opted for classic white, and the thicker cotton of these tops just shows the great quality. These polo tops are also great for P.E., and again, I cannot fault the quality on washing, the colour remains bright and the fabric soft and virtually perfect.

Formal Velcro Shoe Price: from £13.00 click to visit BHS

All the most stylish of little feet need a smart pair of school shoes, and the formal Velcro shoe are ultra smart and very reasonably priced. Velcro fastenings are a godsend for children who have not yet learned to tie tricky shoelaces, and are also a godsend to teachers of reception classes for precisely the same reason. The BHS shoes are both smart and comfortable, and Joe found them easy to put on and fasten.

All in all, I was really impressed with the BHS uniform, it washes well and looks great, and the price is truly reasonable. So if you have yet to kit out your little ones, I would pay BHS a visit.

 

And for girls…

Grey Junior Girls Pleated Pinny Price: from £12.00 click to visit BHS

Junior Girls Black Great Value Skirt Price: from £3.50 Click to visit BHS

Black Patent Mary Jane Shoe Price: from £14.00 click to visit BHS