Kimono Love from F&F Clothing

In recent years, the Kimono has become an essential part of our summer wardrobes. This versatile item is beloved of festival fans who love the boho vibe it gives an outfit, while kimono’s also prove to be a great way of accessorising beach wear, looking fabulous when worn with a floppy hat and simple black bikini. I have a quite a few kimono’s in my wardrobe, which I usually wear layered over jeans and vest tops to make casual daytime looks a little more special.

A couple of my favourite Kimonos

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375149_530866660288436_473569414_nNow, I wear kimono jackets a lot, I love the beautiful printed versions and the slight touch of the oriental they bring to my wardrobe. But I have to admit I don’t really think outside the box when it comes to styling them – it is always a case of jeans, jeans and more jeans. So, when the lovely folks at Maverick PR sent me an exquisite lace and fringed Kimono jacket from the latest F&F True range, I set myself a challenge – could I style the jacket in a way that didn’t involve jeans?

F&F True Fringed Lace Plus Size Kimono £28.00 click to visit F&F

F&F True Fringed Lace Plus Size Kimono
£28.00 click to visit F&F

The F&F True fringed lace kimono is from the plus size range at F&F, and comes in a slightly longer length than many kimono jackets, covering the bottom and hips. It has a style that gives hints at both retro, using a vintage style lace pattern, and also boho, with the long fringing on the hem. I wore this jacket in size 18 and felt that the sizing was generous. I chose to style the jacket two ways, with block colour, and with a dress that would tie in with the boho style to give this a 1970s look.

Look 1 – Block Colour

The first way I decided to style the kimono was with a simple, block colour dress in a lovely, jeweled jade shade. It was a super hot day, so the kimono provided a little coverage for the shoulders. I loved the effect of the jade popping through the black lace, and this look got a lot of positive comments, which is always a nice thing when you’re wearing an old dress!

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Look 2 – 70s Boho Style

The second look was influenced by 70s boho style, by Talitha Getty and Marakesh, and by Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks. 70s style Clarks sandals, a sundress picked up at a now defunct Welsh boutique, and my much-loved straw basket were combined with the kimono to give an eclectic mix of patterns, fabrics and prints. I absolutely love this outfit and can’t wait to wear it again.

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DSCN8413[1]F&F has a great range of Kimonos, both in the True range and the regular range. Click here to view the current range.

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Reviewed – F&F True Supersoft Skinny Jeans

This is a bit of a departure for me when it comes to writing review posts. This is because, in nearly four years of blogging, I have only ever once posted a review of a pair of jeans. The reason for this is quite simple – I don’t generally like jeans, and so I don’t really wear them that much.

I find jeans problematic. I have long legs, but a jelly belly. I like my jeans to sit on my waist, or even higher if possible. I’m not a huge fan of boyfriend styles – I don’t think they do anything for curvy girls, and had always opted for bootcut as I believed these were the best jeans to balance out and flatter curves. Finding a great pair of jeans for me had been somewhat elusive.

And this is why I got a little excited when I was asked if I wanted to review something from the new and improved F&F True range of plus size clothing from Tesco. Quite simply put, my favourite pair of jeans of all time came from Tesco (you can read that review here), and the new F&F collection has quite a few pairs of jeans that instantly took my eye. I had no hesitation in choosing a pair for review.

F&F True Supersoft Plus Size Skinny Jeans £14 click to visit F&F

F&F True Supersoft Plus Size Skinny Jeans £14 click to visit F&F

The jeans I chose were the F&F Triw Supersoft plus size skinny jeans in classic blue. I liked these from the picture, the blue was a nice dark indigo shade, and I liked the fact that they sat upon the waist. I was also drawn to the fact they were both soft and stretchy – I’ve never worn skinnies and was just a little worried about getting them on easily…

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Jeans F&F
Top Warehouse
Lace Jacket TU (similar here)
Shoes George at Asda
Necklace Primark

DSCN6288These jeans are really impressive, and an absolute bargain for just £14. They sit nicely on the waist, and are totally easy to get on and off (phew!). The length of the leg was perfect for me, sitting neatly on the ankles and so allowing me to wear flat pumps without treading on the leg. These are comfortable, stretchy skinny jeans, but not drainpipes, and I think they are quite leg lengthening – always a bonus!

The stretch makes these really comfortable, and also practical – I spend a lot of time playing on the floor with my five year old son, so I don’t want jeans that are stiff, or dig into my waist. I also love the fact that the indigo is as rich and dark as it appeared on the website. I think dark denim are a smart choice that can take you from day to night wear. These jeans are versatile enough to be teamed with heels for drinks at the pub, as well as wearing for a shopping trip.

I have been really impressed with my first piece from the new F&F True collection. Next up, I will be reviewing a dress from the range.