Clarks Originals – still a style classic

When it comes to a shoe that is also a design classic, you would have to look a long way to beat the Clarks Desert boots. This year, the iconic boot is celebrating 65 years since the first pair went on sale, and they are looking as good as ever. This is the shoe (ok boot) that was beloved of the Mods, the Rudeboys, and claims to be the world’s most traveled boot. It can never be anything but the height of cool.

Clarks_vintage_Desert_Boot_advertIn celebration of this most iconic of footwear, I was asked if my better half would be interested in reviewing a pair of Desert Boots from the current Clarks collection. This was a bit of a silly question. Pete just happens to be a Desert boots aficionado – they are his footwear of choice and he currently has around 10 pairs (and counting). He has leather pairs, suede pairs, beige pairs, brown pairs, even a pair of blue suede shoes (I mean boots…Elvis just popped into my head for some reason there.). This time around, Pete decided to try a nubuck option, in the Stone option that seems so fresh for Spring/Summer.

 Desert Boot Stone Nubuck Mens Originals Boots £95 click to visit Clarks


Desert Boot Stone Nubuck Mens Originals Boots
£95

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I have to say these are a glorious pair of boots.The colour is super unusual and the nubuck suede is very soft and pliable which makes it a comfortable option, even during warmer days or if being worn for a long period of time. The design is the classic boot cut, but with the addition of a cute dotted lining which adds a touch of interest, and makes the boots stand out from the Desert Boots that are now imitating the originals all over the High Street.

DSCN6862[1]How would you style them? We decided to go with retro inspiration from the Mods and early 1980s by teaming the boots with a Fila Classic polo top from Terraces, and retro Wrangler vintage jeans. This is a great smart/casual option, but you could also opt for lighter coloured denim or cords with these, and they could be made more formal with a shirt and jacket.

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DSCN6852[1]Clarks Desert Boots are amongst the most hard-wearing boots you/your other half will ever wear, and they look pretty good too. I’m guessing they will still be around in another 65 years.

 

 

 

Spotlight on JD Williams

One of the main problems with being a blogger based outside London is that you sometimes get invited to fabulous events that you just can@t attend. Such was the case last year when I received an invite to a special dinner with Lorraine Kelly from JD Williams. Lorraine was launching a fabulous collection with the online catalogue brand, but because of how late I would be arriving back to the Midlands, it was an invite I had to decline.

Lorraine’s collection is just part of the great offering from JD Williams, a company that has a range that goes from sizes 12 – 32. JD Williams has tackled all those issues that women think about when buying clothing, so they do stock dresses with sleeves and skirts and dresses which are not pelmet length, but have knee length, midi and maxi lengths giving the choice to make your wardrobe both versatile and divergent. The brand also has a range of collections from the likes of Joanna Hope, Joe Browns, Together and Ava by Mark Heyes, as well as a dedicated holiday shop for all your beachy needs, and a selection dedicated to beautiful looks for the Mother of the Bride. Clearly, if you think of an occasion, or a particular piece of clothing that your wardrobe is lacking, you can probably find it, no problem, at JD Williams.

Here are some of my current favourite pieces from the collections. Let me know if there is anything that catches your eye, and whether you have ordered from the brand before.

LK printed Textured dress Product Code: WF492MY £49.00 click to visit JD Williams

LK printed Textured dress
Product Code: WF492MY
£49.00

LK Shell Top £30 click to visit JD Williams

LK Shell Top £30

LK Zip Dress £59 click to visit JD Williams

LK Zip Dress £59

Stripe Jersey Dress 39in £26 click to visit JD Williams

Stripe Jersey Dress 39in £28

Maxi Dress £39 click to visit JD Williams

Maxi Dress
£32

Crepe Shift Dress £38 click to visit JD Williams

Crepe Shift Dress
£38

Jewel Skater dress Product Code: WF375MY £49.00 click to visit JD Williams

Jewel Skater dress
Product Code: WF375MY
£49.00

Mac With Contrast Piping Product Code: JE816MY £60.00 click to visit JD Williams

Mac With Contrast Piping
Product Code: JE816MY
£60.00

PU Biker Jacket £32.50 click to visit JD Williams

PU Biker Jacket
£32.50

Animal Print Parka Product Code: WF212NE £16.50

Animal Print Parka
Product Code: WF212NE £16.50

To view the complete range from JD Williams, click here.



Wallis unveil their latest W Collection

Following on from the success of previous ‘W’ Collections, Wallis have recently unveiled their latest range, and I think it might be the best yet. With an eclectic mix of floral prints and stark black pieces at it’s heart, the collection is a veritable capsule wardrobe that contains pieces that will work well this Spring, and into Summer. A mix and match collection, the hero piece maxi dresses alone could take you from a Summer wedding, a day at the races, or a country picnic with a simple change of accessories.

In comparison to the last W Collection, this is a far more feminine range, the last was heavy on utility styles and darker shades, but this one bursts with pretty jumpsuits, pale pink leather and lace skirts, and those floral prints. It also contains on show stopper of a dress, a Bardot style wiggle dress that comes in classic black and a gorgeous coral/orange shade. Another plus point of the collection are the accessories. I am obsessing over a lime green clutch bag and heeled sandals combo that could be the perfect colour pop for those who like to keep their clothes neutral and add interest through accessories.

If you love the W Collection, you can currently get up to 30% off everything, and free nominated day delivery on orders over £30 (use code NDAY30 at the checkout.)

What do you think of the Wallis W Collection? Have you ordered any pieces from previous collections? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Floral Print Wide Leg Jumpsuit Was £65.00 Now £61.75 click to visit Wallis

Floral Print Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Was £65.00
Now £61.75

Full Length Black Chiffon Dress Was £50.00 Now £47.50 click to visit Wallis

Full Length Black Chiffon Dress
Was £50.00
Now £47.50

Neutral Printed Kimono Was £45.00 Now £42.75 click to visit Wallis

Neutral Printed Kimono
Was £45.00
Now £42.75

Pink Lace Skirt Was £40.00 Now £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Pink Lace Skirt
Was £40.00
Now £38.00

Floral Tapered Trouser Was £40.00 Now £38.00 click to visit Wallis

Floral Tapered Trouser
Was £40.00
Now £38.00

Floral Maxi Dress Was £85.00 Now £80.75 click to visit Wallis

Floral Maxi Dress
Was £85.00
Now £80.75

Pale Pink Leather Pencil Skirt Was £95.00 Now £90.25 click to visit Wallis

Pale Pink Leather Pencil Skirt
Was £95.00
Now £90.25

Coral off the Shoulder Dress Was £70.00 Now £66.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral off the Shoulder Dress
Was £70.00
Now £66.50

 View large image [Pin It] Recently Viewed RemoveCoral off the Shoulder Dress RemovePale Pink Leather Pencil Skirt RemoveFloral Maxi Dress RemoveFloral Tapered Trouser RemovePink Lace Skirt RemoveNeutral Printed Kimono RemoveFull Length Black Chiffon Dress RemoveFloral Print Wide Leg Jumpsuit RemoveIvory Floral Lace Shift Dress RemoveLime Fitted Jacquard Dress Off the Shoulder Dress Was £70.00 Now £66.50 click to visit Wallis

Off the Shoulder Dress
Was £70.00
Now £66.50

Lime Envelope Clutch Bag Was £28.00 Now £25.20 click to visit Wallis

Lime Envelope Clutch Bag
Was £28.00
Now £25.20

Peach Shoulder Bag Was £28.00 Now £25.20 click to visit Wallis

Peach Shoulder Bag
Was £28.00
Now £25.20

Lime T-Bar Strappy Sandal Was £75.00 Now £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Lime T-Bar Strappy Sandal
Was £75.00
Now £60.00

Red Suede Platform Wedge Shoe Was £85.00 Now £68.00 click to visit Wallis

Red Suede Platform Wedge Shoe
Was £85.00
Now £68.00

Black Slouchy Striped Jumper Was £35.00 Now £33.25 click to visit Wallis

Black Slouchy Striped Jumper
Was £35.00
Now £33.25