Boho Inspiration from Duchess Kate

The successful Royal tour of India and Bhutan is now at an end, and it has to be said that watching Duchess Kate’s wardrobe has been an absolute joy. She has moved away from her regular, classic style and embraced an Eastern inspired wardrobe which has been a veritable feast of colour and boho inspiration.

Kate’s wardrobe has been a mixture of clever High Street Pieces and designer outfits, including a red Tory Burch kaftan style dress that was worn on exactly the same day by Hollywood star Drew Barrymore. The wardrobe worked so well for this tour, looking cool and relaxed in the hot temperatures, and very modern and young. The long sleeves. midi and maxi length skirts and beautiful prints are quite a departure from Kate’s regular looks, which often embrace block colour and neat elegance, but I have to say I totally approve, loving every single look.

Boho has been a big fashion story since the days of Talitha Getty in Marrakesh in the late 1960s, and we saw a big resurgence in the style when Sienna Miller emerged onto the fashion scene.  Boho is a Summer style that always works on holiday, at festivals and (if) we get a long hot summer, as thin cotton fabrics keep us looking and feeling cool.

Kate’s Indian and Bhutan wardrobe is easily achieved online and on the High Street at the moment, with Simply Be. in particular, having a fantastic range of affordable Boho dresses of all lengths and sizes. Topshop, Wallis and ASOS are also great ports of call if you are interested in recreating this look.

Kate’s Boho Style

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Tory Burch

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In Glamorous

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In Topshop

In Anna Sui

In Anna Sui

 

Get the Look – Boho Dresses

Paisley Printed Shirt Dress Price: £38.00 Click to visit Wallis

Paisley Printed Shirt Dress
Price: £38.00 Click to visit Wallis

**Tie-Up Front Smock Dress by Glamorous £38 Click to visit Topshop

**Tie-Up Front Smock Dress by Glamorous £38 Click to visit Topshop

Floral Printed Smock Dress £42.00 Click to visit Topshop

Floral Printed Smock Dress
£42.00 Click to visit Topshop

Bandana Print Ring Slip Dress £38.00 Click to visit Topshop

Bandana Print Ring Slip Dress
£38.00 Click to visit Topshop

Frill-Hem Maxi Dress £40 Click to visit Simply Be

Frill-Hem Maxi Dress £40 Click to visit Simply Be

 

Cape Maxi Dress £65 Click to visit Simply Be

Cape Maxi Dress £65 Click to visit Simply Be

Boho Print Midi Dress £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Boho Print Midi Dress £35 Click to visit Simply Be

Tapestry Print Boho Dress £27 Click to visit Simply Be

Tapestry Print Boho Dress £27 Click to visit Simply Be

ASOS Midi Boho Dress With Border Print now £20 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Midi Boho Dress With Border Print now £20 Click to visit ASOS

 Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress £29 Click to visit Simply Be


Simply Be Paisley Print Maxi Dress £29 Click to visit Simply Be

Marsala – The colour of Autumn

It may still be the middle of summer for those of you taking your holidays, but when it comes to fashion, that season is most definitely over. The shops and online stores are thoroughly embracing Autumn, with the new season hitting shelves and rails every day as we speak. I think this is rather exciting, because, if we are honest, this summer has been a bit of a disappointment, full of muggy days which were hot but not sunny, and days like today – full of rain and storms. The new season ranges are not only stylish, they are also transitional, perfect for the totally changeable weather we are experiencing.

I am going to be looking at the new season collections over the next few weeks, and I am starting with one of my favourite stores, Esprit. They produced on of my favourite dresses last season (you can see if on my WIWT feed here) and this season they are focusing on one particular colour that is sure to be a popular choise, Marsala.
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Marsala is, of course, the patone colour for 2015, and this is the season you really get to see why. Named for a rather gorgeous fortified wine, Marsala is a deep rich colour that is also flattering against most skin tones. Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute® says “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth.”

Esprit have taken Marsala and made it into a stunning collection of dresses, linen style knits and pretty boho style tunics that you can easily wear now, and then wear all through the Autumn/Winter season. You can view the whole collection here, but I have put together an edit of my favourite pieces, the ones that are topping my Autumn wishlist.

Will you be wearing Marsala this season?

My Marsala Edit from Esprit

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soft, faux leather leggings with zips £ 45.00 click to visit Esprit

 wrap-over effect stretch jersey dress £ 39.00 click to visit Esprit

wrap-over effect stretch jersey dress
£ 39.00 click to visit Esprit

 lightweight dress with a floral pattern £ 45.00 click to visit Esprit

lightweight dress with a floral pattern
£ 45.00 click to visit Esprit

 woven cotton blend t-shirt £ 39.00 click to visit Esprit

woven cotton blend t-shirt
£ 39.00 click to visit Esprit

 open-work, lace-trim sweater, 100% cotton £ 29.00 click to visit Esprit

open-work, lace-trim sweater, 100% cotton
£ 29.00 click to visit Esprit

 100% cotton tunic £ 29.00 click to visit Esprit

100% cotton tunic
£ 29.00 click to visit Esprit

 stretch cotton basic blazer £ 69.00 click to visit Esprit

stretch cotton basic blazer
£ 69.00 click to visit Esprit

 short, drawstring detail dress £ 45.00 click to visit Esprit

short, drawstring detail dress
£ 45.00 click to visit Esprit

 

Shoezone review – Haute Hippie festival style

I first became a fan of Shoezone when Joe was small. They sold the cutest t-bar canvas shoes that had a real retro feel and were a total bargain (2 pairs for £8 as I recall.) I loved them, and of course I had a look at the ladies selection, and found it to be full of really pretty sandals and flat pumps, all of which were really affordable. I was converted and now regularly buy shoes from the brand.

I was recently offered the opportunity to review a pair of shoes, sandals or boots from their current lines. I was spoiled for choice, but decided that, as it was almost summer, I would opt for sandals, especially as I am now less than a month away from my summer holiday. One style just jumped out at me for the design which can definitely be classed as haute hippie, Marakesh Express influenced. This was the Lilley multi-bead t-bar sandal, and they are simply beaut!

Lilley Womens Multi-Bead T Bar Sandal £14.99 click to visit Shoezone

Lilley Womens Multi-Bead T Bar Sandal £14.99 click to visit Shoezone

These are just the perfect summer sandal. They would look amazing in holiday, at a summer festival, or just worn with jeans on a staycation. The synthetic gold upper is covered with gorgeous multi-colour beads which adds to the boho style, and makes them a great choice to wear for the evening too, especially on those days when it is just too warm for heels.

I think these sandals are stunning, so I wore them to channel the style of one of my fashion Icons, doomed 60s model and socialite Talitha Getty.

Talitha Style

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My Talitha Style with Shoezone

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Pretty, hippie style sandals that are comfortable, adjustable and cost less than £15. I think these are an absolute no-brainer when it comes to both style and value, and the fact that they are light as a feather despite the beads, and are just so comfortable to wear, makes them an even more attractive proposition.

To view the complete, current range of Shoezone sandals, click here.

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