Autumn Trend – Plise and Pleats

When you take a look at the key Autumn trends for 2016, pleats and plise seem to just jump out at you – they are everywhere! From fluid style 70s metallics and crinkling, to more elegant chiffon styles that could also work for day wear, the two ‘p’s are something well worth adding to your wardrobe.

The pleated skirts are just divine. They made a return a few years ago when both Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo were spotted wearing them, and a particular design by Whistles became the ultimate in cult buys. Since then they have been a steady part of each season’s looks, varying in length and fabric, but there, in some shape or form all the same. My own wardrobe is just full of them, and, as they were a mainstay during the 1970s, I often look for vintage versions in charity shops – my most recent was a M&S St Michael label that cost a grand total of 50p. But for those who don’t like the idea of someone wearing their clothes before they do, I would suggest a trip to Topshop – they currently have a brilliant range in super juicy colours and metallic options.

Plise is another throwback to the 1970s, this time to the disco era of Studio 54, Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall. I also think this slinky, tiny pleated fabric is the nearest us mortals will get to a Fortuny pleat, and it is an ultra glamorous look that really lends itself well to evening wear, hence making it perfect for Christmas party season. New Look, Topshop and Miss Selfridge all have some great plise pieces this season, making it very easy to do modern vintage styling.

Here are my key picks, along with some inspiration from the celebs.

Celebrity Inspiration

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Get the look

Jersey Pleat Midi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Jersey Pleat Midi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

 Animal Pleat Midi Dress £85.00 Click to visit Topshop


Animal Pleat Midi Dress £85.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Pleat Midi £55.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Pleat Midi £55.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Wrap Front Midi Pleat Dress by Oh My Love £45.00 Click to visit Topshop

**Wrap Front Midi Pleat Dress by Oh My Love £45.00 Click to visit Topshop

PETITE Belted Plisse Jumpsuit £39.00 Click to visit Topshop

PETITE Belted Plisse Jumpsuit £39.00 Click to visit Topshop

Plisse Lace Cold Shoulder Dress £38.00 Click to visit Topshop

Plisse Lace Cold Shoulder Dress £38.00 Click to visit Topshop

Black Sateen Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Sateen Pleated Midi Skirt £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Pleated Wrap Front Bodysuit £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Pleated Wrap Front Bodysuit £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Grey Foil Pleated Bardot Neck Top £17.99 Click to visit New Look

Grey Foil Pleated Bardot Neck Top £17.99 Click to visit New Look

Red Satin Pleated Skirt Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red Satin Pleated Skirt
Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Plise Cropped Trousers Was £24.00 Was £15.00 Now £13.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Plise Cropped Trousers
Was £24.00 Was £15.00 Now £13.50 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Colour Block Pleat Skirt £55.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Colour Block Pleat Skirt £55.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Burgundy Pleat Maxi Dress £59.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Burgundy Pleat Maxi Dress £59.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

 

 

June Outfit round up – Part 1

The usual monthly outfit post has, for June, been split over two posts. The reason for this is that I spent the second half of the month on holiday in Portugal wearing a lot of outfits which I will share at a later date. So the outfits featured here are from the first part of the month, which was busy with football tournaments, shopping for said holiday, blogging events and my birthday (the outfit of which I featured on the blog here.)

As ever, I have featured the item and links to it in the post if it is currently available, but some of the clothing featured are old pieces from my wardrobe, whilst others are charity shop finds. This month is also a great time for sales bargains, so some pieces are now reduced, which may mean you get a better bargain than I did. One key piece in question is the blue dress in the first picture, I got this at 30% off the full price, but you can now get it at 50% off, which I think is a real bargain. As they also do this in a black and white version, I may well be heading back to House of Fraser to add that one to my wardrobe too.

Other pieces that come in different colour choices include the Topshop pleated skirt (an absolute favourite of mine) which also comes in silver (on the blog last month – check it out here) and also in a glorious new red shade that is currently top of my shopping list. The LK Bennett shoes are Kate Middleton classics, and I am also thinking of investing in a navy pair as I think they are timeless and elegant, and, for a heel, surprisingly comfortable.

What did you wear in May? Did you head out anywhere special?

New Dress from House of Fraser

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 Therapy Harriet High Neck Midi Dress now £17.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Therapy Harriet High Neck Midi Dress
now £17.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

Menu tasting at Chaophraya

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Shoes Evans

Tall Orange Crepe Bardot Neck Top £9.00 Click to visit New Look

Tall Orange Crepe Bardot Neck Top £9.00 Click to visit New Look

Khaki Elasticated Back Culottes £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Khaki Elasticated Back Culottes £9.99 Click to visit New Look

 

Afternoon in the park with my boys

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Top Peacocks Skirt from boutique in Menorca Necklace Zara Taylor London Sunglasses Superdry (review here)

Joe’s football tournament

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Top Primark Jeans New Look Cardigan Kaliko Necklace Zara Taylor London shoes ASOS

 

ASOS LEONIE Square Ballet Flats £14.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS LEONIE Square Ballet Flats
£14.00 Click to visit ASOS

Shopping morning

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Dress Peacocks

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Wolverhampton Grand

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Top Mango Belt Primark Skirt Boohoo Shoes Biba at House of Fraser

Boohoo Plus Plus Phoebe PU Midi Skirt £12 click to visit Boohoo

Boohoo Plus Phoebe PU Midi Skirt £12 click to visit Boohoo

Biba Deneuve brooch open courts now £45 Click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Deneuve brooch open courts now £45 Click to visit House of Fraser

School Run and Working from home

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Top Primark Skirt vintage

Shopping for my holiday

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Playsuit Store 21

 Chevron Playsuit Was: £10.00 Now: £6.00 Click to visit Store 21


Chevron Playsuit
Was: £10.00
Now: £6.00 Click to visit Store 21

Joe’s football presentation at The Albion Foundation

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Jumper Gap Culottes New Look Shoes Clarks Necklace Primark

Black Elasticated Back Culottes £9.99 Click to visit Boohoo

Black Elasticated Back Culottes
£9.99 Click to visit Boohoo

Shopping and school run

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Top M&S c/o Charity shop Jeans New Look Bag DKNY Shoes LK Bennett

Black Supersoft Super Skinny Jeans £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Supersoft Super Skinny Jeans £19.99 Click to visit New Look

Sasha Fawn Patent Leather £175 Click to visit LK Bennett

Sasha Fawn Patent Leather £175 Click to visit LK Bennett

A birthday party and Cosmo lunch

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Top Primark Necklace Frank Usher Skirt Topshop Shoes Givenchy vintage

Jersey Pleated Midi Skirt £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Jersey Pleated Midi Skirt
£32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Ladbrokes Bingo Fashion Week – Vote for me.

London Fashion Week is almost upon us. Yes the venues are being set up as we speak, and excitement amongst the fashionista’s, the front rowers and the bloggers is almost unbearable. Fashion Week is the most gorgeous and glamorous event to hit London and I am very pleased to say that, this season, I have a small role in it through a competition that I am taking part in with Ladbrokes Bingo.

I have been tasked to create a perfect outfit for London Fashion Week with a virtual budget of £200. The outfit can come from any online/High Street store, but must not exceed the budget. Everything else is down to personal choice and inspiration, so I set about putting together an outfit that I would wear, something that reflects my style, which is feminine, grown up and slightly retro.

I took my inspiration from socialite and DJ Harley Viera Newton because I, quite simply, love her style and have never seen here get it wrong. She is girlish and elegant, but can add an edge of fun – whether than be in cats eye sunglasses or pretty prints.

The Inspiration

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Cute glasses and ladylike heels

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Pleated skirts and a clutch bag

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More pleats and heels – a winning formula

I knew I wanted a statement pleated skirt for this project, but something in a darker shade to reflect Autumn. I founf the perfect skirt at Topshop in beautiful bottle green, and then built the rest of the outfit around this. A simple white top from ASOS

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My outift.

My inspiration.

My inspiration.

Now I need your help. I would love it if Fashion-mommy readers would vote for my outfit. It is very simple and easy to do, no registering is required. You simply need to visit the page http://bingo.ladbrokes.com/en/news/bingo-fashion-week  find my photograph (as shown below) and click on it. This will reveal the outfit pictured above. Then simply click on the vote button. And that’s it – all done.

Vote for me by clicking the image on the right.

Vote for me by clicking the image on the right.

Thanking you all in advance.

16866540641_d82f61d8b8_o*This post supports my entry for the Ladbrokes Bingo Fashion Week Competition.