Getting Set For Summer With Gudrun Sjoden

I’m having a fan girl moment for Gudrun Sjoden once again. I honestly believe that when the weather turns brighter, there is genuinely nothing better than turning to their eco-cotton creations that look stylish and keep you cool. Gudrun’s Summer creations are made for packing in your suitcase, they weigh next to nothing, feel cool and lightweight when you are wearing them, and yet still look good enough to take you from the beach to sightseeing around the city.

The dress I am wearing here totally illustrates this point. This is the Monsun eco-cotton dress which has a loose flowing style and, hurrah! is a dress with pockets. This dress is a dream to wear as it is in a very thin cotton, but it is not see-thru, as some cotton dresses tend to be. The fabric has a slight pleat to it, and a wonderful floral pattern that reminds me of aboriginal art.

This dress is super comfortable to wear, another reason why it is such a great holiday choice. The sleeves are not tight, the dress does not cling, and it has pockets – always a favourite feature for a day dress. The style is best worn loose and flowy, with the hippy-sh, Marrakesh style vibes that Gudrun is famous for, but could be adapted into a slightly more formal look with heels and a smart blazer. When the weather turns cooler, you could add a denim jacket, or even wear this layered over leggings in order to make it earn a place in your wardrobe. The dress really is versatile.

If you visit the Gudrun Sjoden website right now you will be in time for the early bird prices for the brand new Summer ranges, this time inspired by the wonder and design of Japan.

 

 

 

Gudrun Sjoden Belem Dress

I will never stop being a fan of the wonderful Gudrun Sjoden. Whilst the rest of the High Street is embracing minimalism and neutrals, Gudrun takes one look and says ‘no, not for me’ and instead treats us to a riot of pattern and colour, in high quality organic cottons that allow us to stretch, move and breathe. A fashion maverick in the vein of Westwood, Betsey Johnson and Pam Hogg, Gudrun’s slice of Scandinavian style is one to love and embrace.

I’ve been a fan of Gudrun since I discovered the brand at a Varg press day a fair few years ago, and each season I add a few new pieces to my wardrobe. My latest piece is the stunning Belem dress, a dress that, on first appearance, may seem a gorgeous casual piece for daytime, due to the loose fitting style, the use of tencel/elastane to give it a soft and stretchy feel, and the addition of…wait for it…POCKETS on the dress. But despite it being the perfect day dress, I put an evening spin on it for a night at the theatre, to show that Gudrun’s pieces can be as glamorous as they are functional and practical.

 

Belem Dress £65 Click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Gudrun Sjoden say of the dress:-

Our “Belem” print comes into its own in this dress with its slightly looser-fitting style, short sleeves and practical side pockets. Works just as well with leggings as with pants.

But I felt with the addition of heels, and a belt to create a shape to the dress, it could well be adapted into something perfect for the evening. Plus there was that stunning green shade that is both rich and eye catching, making it perfect when teamed with classic black accessories.

Taking my Gudrun Belem dress for a night out

The dress is so easy to wear, stretchy enough to allow for a food baby if you are going to over indulge, and yet classy enough to elicit lots of comments and praise. Add in that it washes like a dream and you have the perfect go-to dress for night or day. Do you want this in your wardrobe – it’s a no brainer really.

Dress Gudrun Sjoden Belt Autograph (Charity Shop Find) Shoes Bally Vintage

 

 

Gudrun Sjoden Organic Knit Tunic Review

I often review truly beautiful items of clothing on the blog, stunning dresses that are worthy of a party or a red carpet event. I love doing this, who doesn’t enjoy wearing something exquisite and princessy? But, my wardrobe is full of other things, the sort of clothes I wear every day, for shopping, football practice and the school run. These pieces are just as important for me, I still like to look and feel stylish, even if I am working from home. I genuinely believe that if you look good, you feel better and totally up your game in whatever you happen to be doing.

Gudrun Sjoden is a brand I often reach for. I fell in love with it at a Varg press day quite a few years ago, and the love affair has never ended. The brand produces brilliant quality separates that are both classic and fun, with a great use of pattern and print. Gudrun brings a no-nonsense Scandinavian style to everything, and frankly, if you want a stripy top, there are no better ones than Gudrun’s.

This season, the one item from the Gudrun Sjoden collection that I have been loving is the Organic Knit Tunic. This is totally a hero piece, easy enough to be worn with jeans or leggings for a stylish every day look.  It is a part thin knit sweater, one part slouchy tunic, designed to be worn relaxed and lose, and the sizing is generous, I probably should’ve sized down in all honesty, but it is a gorgeous, totally wearable piece that I have worn lots this Winter, whether watching WBA to doing the school run.

 

Organic Tunic £69 Click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Gudrun shows this styled with a skirt for a sort of Art student look, but I prefer this with tighter trousers to highlight the different proportions. The tunic comes in a range of colours, I opted for the rose pink shade, but have to say it is much darker and richer in real life – not a problem but something to remember if you are looking at the pink.

This tunic has a very attractive boat style neckline which means it sits nicely for a statement necklace, and the three quarter sleeves will allow this to be a piece that will work as a transitional piece well into Spring. The hemline has a draped style that also gives it another stylish element.

If you are looking for a hard-working, wearable piece that you will be able to wear again and again, check out the new Spring collection from Gudrun Sjoden here.