New season trends ‘Boy meets Lady’

As August starts, and the glorious weather inevitably reverts to form, it is also inevitable that I start to look to the new season trends. August is, after all, the month when magazines pull out the big guns in the form of ‘The September Issue’, and we all start to think about what we will be wearing in Autumn, whether we want to or not.

One of the trends I really love is the one that John Lewis have cleverly titled ‘Boy meets Lady’. This season there is a definite feminine feel to our wardrobes, but one that has a masculine edge to it. Ladylike skirts are de-prettified with the addition of plain sweatshirt style tops a la Bella Freud mid 1990s. Tailored, mannish shirts are given a girlish tone by adding shoes with the sort of mid heel that The Queen favours. It’s a mixed up, slightly schizophrenic collection and I love it. And whilst our wardrobe will also embrace unisex favourites, with some seriously stylish cuts from Barbour, pieces that have a clear masculine or feminine identity will be meshing very nicely thank you, in the same outfit.

A little bit like this…

Take one leather skater skirt,

Whistles Circle Skater Leather Skirt, Black £95 click to visit John Lewis

Add one slouchy, sports luxe style sweatshirt,

French Connection New Ditton Sweatshirt, Grey Melange/Black £45 click to visit John Lewis

Add an amazing grey, square heeled shoe from Kurt Geiger,

KG by Kurt Geiger Anna Mid Heel Court Shoes , Grey £110 click to visit John Lewis

Add a colour pop clutch bag…every outfit needs a touch of colour after all.

John Lewis Sarah Oversized Envelope Clutch Bag , Yellow £39 click to visit John Lewis

So, what do you think. I love this outfit and think all the pieces could be mixed and matched to create so many other outfits.


Gok Wan for Sainsburys – Latest Collection

The latest collection from Gok Wan is set to launch in Sainsburys stores on Thursday, and it is quite a departure from previous ranges. Where past Gok Tu collections have been very body conscious, with curve hugging dresses, pencil skirts, and flattering wide leg trousers, the new range seems to have taken influence from the high-fashion,  sports luxe designs of Alexander Wang, with a bit of scuba dress design a la Philip Armstrong thrown in for good measure.

This collection is chic, but has a decidedly casual slant, with boucle bomber jackets, acres of khaki and soft grey and retro sports inspired styles all included. I think Gok has been really clever with this collection, making sure there are lots of great pieces that can be worn everyday, like the khaki parka, which is simply perfect for the school run, or watching football on a Saturday afternoon.

But Gok also loves glamour, and so we also get the very slinky black dress that reminds me of the neoprene styles loved by Philip Armstrong. whilst the slouchy styled Bardot jumper are like something the ultra glam Lana Del Rey would wear.

My favourite piece is the khaki maxi skirt, which is just so versatile. This is a piece that will look great with boots and a soft knit jumper right now, or teamed with a simple white vest and tan sandals come the summer. It is very 1990s, very Claire Danes in ‘My so called Life’, and eminently wearable!