Duchess Kate drives us dotty with Dalmatian prints

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge officially bowed out of the public eye last week, and showed her own inimitable style right up to the end. Looking absolutely beautiful and, yes it is a cliché, but totally glowing, the Duchess again returned to her beloved High Street in a fabulous Dalmatian printed coat from Hobbs, causing the inevitable sell out.

The Dalmatian Mac from Hobbs was another smart choice for the Duchess. The shape was again reminiscent of the early 1960s boxy styles favoured by Jackie Kennedy, something that Kate has worn a lot during her third trimester, and again was a simple, but totally elegant look lifted by the fun, vibrant print. Kate showed that animal print is not only a classic choice, but a classy one too, as long as accessories are kept to a minimum.

The Dalmatian Mac has sold out, but John Lewis are currently playing host to the whole cast of 101 Dalmatians, with so many great pieces in this cutest of prints. So whether you’re brave enough to wear Dalmatian as a whole shift dress, or just want a touch of animal print in the form of a scarf, there are plenty of ways to buy into this trend.

Hobbs Animal Scarf, Ivory/Black £45 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Niamh Cardigan, Light Natural Black £79 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Tia Top, Light Natural Black £59 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Niamh T-Shirt, Multi £35 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Niamh Dress, Light Natural Black £110 click to visit John Lewis

Hobbs Savannah Trousers, Black/Natural £110 click to visit John Lewis

 

 

 

 

Boden: Brights vs White Hot

When it comes to summer I always find I have a schizophrenic wardrobe. On the one hand I am just longing to add colour of any description, from citrus lemons and oranges, to shocking pinks, azure blue and apple green (I even found myself taking a picture of a blue sky with green trees against it for colour inspiration. But on the other hand, when I start to think of my holiday packing I;m drawn to the cool, crisp, freshness of white, in cotton, and linen, with natural straw bags and gold or silver sandals to offset the starkness of the palette.

This season, Boden is offering you the chance to embrace both the colour and the blank canvas in their summer collections. There are beautiful florals in mouth-watering lemons and succulent pinks, with small flowers and large blooms to decorate, offering English Country Garden and tropical forests. Then there are the soft broderie anglaise dress and 1950s style skirts, all in that most basic and yet beautiful of shades.

What would you choose?

Colour

Marcy Top WA411 £45.00 click to visit Boden

Fun Shopper AM179 £99.00 click to visit Boden

Riviera Skirt WG487 (Was £59.00 ) now £52.51 click to visit Boden

Printed Cotton Top WA420 (Was £25.00 ) now £22.25 click to visit Boden

St Lucia Dress WH517 (Was £59.00 ) now £52.51 click to visit Boden

Mosaic Flower Skirt WG483 (Was £79.00 ) now £70.31 click to visit Boden

White Hot

Cleo Dress WH448 (Was £149.00 ) now £119.20 click to visit Boden

Sleeveless Ruffle Shirt WA443 (Was £39.00 ) now £31.20 click to visit Boden

Lace Dress WH436 (Was £169.00 ) now £135.20 click to visit Boden

Full Broderie Skirt WG480 (Was £89.00 ) now £71.20 click to visit Boden

 

New Kardashian Kollection launches at Dorothy Perkins

The second collection from the Kardashian sisters for Dorothy Perkins has launched today, and I think it is even better than the first. Using a palette of black, white, creams and greys, mixed with the softest shade of baby pink, the latest collection is a combination of feminine tailoring and body hugging Kardashian dresses, showing off the individual personalities of Khloe, Kourtney and Kim.

There is a lot to admire about this collection. I love the ombre style dip dye blazer in pink merging into purple, this would look amazing with jeans or over tailored black trousers. The white bodycon dress is beautiful, making the little white dress a great alternative to the LBD. Floaty print blouses are a nice departure from the more structured looks and will be perfect for summer holiday dressing.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the collection.

Kardashian Kollection white bodycon dress Price: £45.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection black and white rouched dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection black and white gold bar dress Price: £40.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection cream metallic blazer Price: £55.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection ombre printed jacket Price: £55.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection black and white blouse Price: £32.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection blush sleeveless blouse Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kardashian Kollection black ottoman pencil skirt Price: £32.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins