Topshop bring out the Riviera Style

With the Cannes Film Festival in full flow, I have decided to dedicate today’s fashion post to the style of the French Riviera, the effortless, glamorous looks that first came to prominence with Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s, and have then been embraced by every style icon since, from Jane Birkin and Audrey Hepburn to Diane Kruger and Michelle Williams.

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Breton stripes, straw hats, classic white cottons and gingham peddle pushers, Riviera style has been a classic look that has little changed since the days of Brigitte and Audrey Hepburn.But this season, Topshop has decided to put its own spin on Cannes style staples and have created a collection that gives a refresh to the looks of La Croisette.

So what spin has Topshop added to the mix? Well, there are Breton stripes on jumpsuits rather than confined to Beatnik chic tops a la Jean Seberg. Bardot tops are not just to be worn with jeans, but can be teamed with this season’s 1970s style denim skirts in midi length, or wide legged palazzo pants that bring Wallis Simpson to mind.

Accessories are metallic or classic white, including a rather gorgeous pair of clogs that have a definite Alexa Chung look to them. All in all, this is a great holiday wardrobe look, whether you are lucky enough to be heading to Cannes, or just enjoying a staycation.

Riviera Style

Striped Bardot Bodycon Dress     Price: £32.00 click to visit Topshop

Striped Bardot Bodycon Dress
Price: £32.00
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Palazzo Trousers     Price: £55.00 click to visit Topshop

Palazzo Trousers
Price: £55.00
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Striped Jumpsuit     Price: £45.00 click to visit Topshop

Striped Jumpsuit
Price: £45.00
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Bardot Top     Price: £14.00 Click to visit Topshop

Bardot Top
Price: £14.00
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MOTO Denim Button Through Midi Skirt     Price: £30.00 click to visit Topshop

MOTO Denim Button Through Midi Skirt
Price: £30.00
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Seersucker Striped Bikini Set     Price: £30.00 click to visit Topshop

Seersucker Striped Bikini Set
Price: £30.00
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Ruched Spot Swimsuit     Price: £36.00 click to visit Topshop

Ruched Spot Swimsuit
Price: £36.00
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Side Split Throw-On Coat     Price: £75.00 Click to visit Topshop

Side Split Throw-On Coat
Price: £75.00
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Striped Cut-Out Midi Dress     Price: £35.00 click to visit Topshop

Striped Cut-Out Midi Dress
Price: £35.00
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Polka Dot Bandeau Bikini Set     Price: £34.00 click to visit Topshop

Polka Dot Bandeau Bikini Set
Price: £34.00
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Happy Cat Straw Clutch     Price: £20.00 click to visit Topshop

Happy Cat Straw Clutch
Price: £20.00
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GLAM Toe Loop Mules     Price: £68.00 click to visit Topshop

GLAM Toe Loop Mules
Price: £68.00
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HELIOS Lace Up Sandals     Price: £26.00 click to visit Topshop

HELIOS Lace Up Sandals
Price: £26.00
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HANOI Clog Sandals     Price: £28.00 click to visit Topshop

HANOI Clog Sandals
Price: £28.00
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Crochet Trim Floppy Hat     Price: £22.00 click to visit Topshop

Crochet Trim Floppy Hat
Price: £22.00
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To view all the Topshop Riviera collection, click here.

Happy birthday to the Gudrun Sjoden Stripy Top

It has been 35 years since Scandinavian design legend Gudrun Sjoden first produced her classic striped top. That first order consisted of an order for just 30 tops in 3 different colour ways, a test to see how well received the garment would be. Since then, the design has become a total classic, with over 300,000 tops being sold around the world. It is an integral part of the Gudrun Sjoden story, whatever the season,  and shows how true, good design is able to stand the test of time.

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As a huge fan of Gudrun Sjoden for quite some time, I was recently asked if I would like to review the most recent version of the classic striped top, the long-sleeved, eco-cotton striped.  This is available in a great range of colour ways, including a variety of blue and pink mixes, but I went for a classic Breton style in ecru and black.  I was really happy to review this piece as I have some varieties of Gudrun’s stripy tops in my wardrobe and have always found them to be everyday luxuries, something that you can wear every day, but looks so luxurious in  the softest of cotton that you actually feel good when wearing them.

DSCN5241[1]The top is fabulous and I’ve been wearing it to death since it entered my wardrobe. The first thing I love is the fit, the soft cotton stretches beautifully making it oh so comfortable to wear. It is also warm , a total godsend on the school run on chilly mornings.It is also non-crease, so yes, on one morning when I overslept, it was just lifted from the bedroom floor where I’d tossed it and it still looked crisp and stylish.

DSCN5243[1]The top is very versatile, it looks great teamed with jeans and skinnies for a cool, everyday look. I added a statement necklace and lippy to dress it up slightly for a family meal, but I think you could also wear this tuck into a pencil skirt and belted for a more elegant evening look. The top looks great under a biker leather aka Madonna in ‘Papa don’t Preach’ and also under a smart black blazer for a nautical, yacht club look.

Essential striped cotton top £45 click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Essential striped cotton top £45 

This top is also a really great fit. Arms are the right length and not too tight, Top is slightly below waist length for those, like me, who hate their tummies. The neckline is flattering with a slight scoop, not cleavage flashing, not sitting too high up the neck. All in all, perfect.