Kimono Style Jackets from Gudrun Sjoden

In the way that the maxi skirt made a comeback and then never disappeared, the Kimono has had a real moment over the last few years. A traditional Japanese style jacket, the kimono was something that at one time you could only find on a trip overseas, or in a vintage shop. These days it is a key part of the wardrobe, giving an alternative to a jacket or cardigan, and proving to be a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn with jeans, over a little black dress, or even as a beach cover-up. Vive le Kimono!

Gudrun Sjoden added kimono jackets to their Spring collection this year, in both linen mix and jersey fabrics, and I was lucky enough to be sent the Hinode jacket, which is part of the Spring Japan collection. I was sent the blue option and it has been getting lots of wear in my Spring wardrobe, being pretty, comfortable and very easy to wear.

Hinode Jacket click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

Hinode Jacket 

Gudrun styled this jacket many different ways, with clashing prints and a range of dresses and trousers, but, for me, this is the classic piece for casual styling, a piece that is perfect for every day dressing. It is the sort of piece that just needs you to add jeans, a vest top and it is all ready to go. A true wardrobe life saver.

The jacket is a loose fittting, traditional Kimono style rather than a fitted version that you can also find on the high street. The sleeves are slightly longer than 3.4 length and are loose fitting. The fabric is a stretch cotton and it is generous in its fit – you could probably size down if you prefer your clothes to be more tailored.

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Wearing on a rather windy day in Wales.

Wearing on a rather windy day in Wales.

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Spring brings the Nautical look to Next

When it comes to Springtime, one trend reigns supreme. The nautical trend is an ever present in the cycle of yearly fashion, as the sun starts to appear, so do the stripes, the navy and white, and that oh so crisp cotton.

I don’t know why nautical style is such a popular trend. Maybe it is the fact that we associate sunshine with the seaside, with beaches and with swimming and sailing, and so items of apparel that reflect this particular obsession prove very fitting. Maybe it is the nature of the colours, the white and navy look both clean and smart, and seem to scream Summer? Whatever the answer is, the nautical trend never, ever goes away, and there can be hardly a wardrobe out there that doesn’t own something with a Breton stripe emblazoned on it.

This season, some of the best nautical fashion on the market is available at Next. This is, quite simply. a one stop shop for your holiday wardrobe. Those navy stripes have been added to some great spaghetti strapped sundresses, with drawstring waistbands making this a really comfortable trend. A navy striped blazer shows how this trend can be smart enough to wear for office and work wear, whilst a cool striped bag can be everything from a beach bag to an airport holdall. I love the addition of a touch of citrus lemon to the mix, this lifts the stripes into cool new territory, adding a nice (lemon) twist on the traditional.

Favourite pieces? I love the idea of wearing the woven cami with white skinny jeans. (It also comes in a gorgeous yellow too, click here to view this). I am also obsessed with the halter style maxi dress – imagine this with a white brimmed white sunhat and toe -post sandals. It would look amazing.

To view all Next stripes, click here. In the meantime, here are my favourite pieces.

Crew Cardigan £18-£30 click to visit Next

Crew Cardigan

Stripe Polo Dress £28 click to visit Next

Stripe Polo Dress

Two Layer Dress £20-£22 click to visit Next

Two Layer Dress

Tube Skirt £20 click to visit Next

Tube Skirt

Stripe Slip Dress £38 click to visit Next

Stripe Slip Dress

Stripe Slip Dress £38 click to visit Next

Stripe Slip Dress

Stripe Blazer £34 click to visit Next

Stripe Blazer

Yellow Stripe Tunic £40 click to visit Next

Yellow Stripe Tunic

Woven Cami £12 click to visit Next

Woven Cami

Compact Cotton Rich Capri Trousers £28 click to visit Next

Compact Cotton Rich Capri Trousers

Blue Stripe Scarf £14 click to visit Next

Blue Stripe Scarf

Navy And White Stripe Shopper Bag £20 click to visit Next

Navy And White Stripe Shopper Bag

Maxi Dress £36-£38 click to visit Next

Maxi Dress

Navy And Cream Stripe Strap Watch £24 click to visit Next

Navy And Cream Stripe Strap Watch

Sundress £22 click to visit Next

Sundress £22



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clements Ribeiro Swan – quirky prints and AMAZING ambassadors

The wait is very almost over. The most anticipated plus size fashion collection EVER will hit stores and online on May 16th. Of course I’m talking about the latest collaboration between Evans and the fabulous design duo that is Clements Ribeiro, the collection that has already set Twitter alight and is set to have long queues and online meltdown once it finally goes live. For this is the collection that shows that plus size fashion can be forward thinking, uniquely quirky, and a whole lot of fun to boot.

For fans of previous Clements Ribeiro collections, this one is definitely a departure. The emphasis is on holiday and daywear, rather than the seriously luxuriant tea dresses and evening wear we last saw from the duo. There are still florals, but these are now large daisy prints and acidic brights. There are still prints, but now the influence of Surrealism, of Dali and Schiaparelli is apparent, especially in the gorgeously kitsch Lobster print that is showcased so wonderfully by ‘Arched Eyebrow’ blogger Bethany Rutter and Callie Thorpe, who writes ‘From the corners of the curve’  . And there is a swimsuit, a retro shaped gorgeous object that becomes totally sensuous when poured over the pin-up girl curves of modern-day Bettie Page, Georgina Horne, the face and figure behind ‘Fuller figure, Fuller Bust’.

Bethany in the Lobster Tee £39.50 click to visit Evans

Georgina Horne is stunning in this retro swimsuit.

From 1950s style shirtwaister dresses, to candy striped t-shirts that just say ‘Seaside’, lip printed outsize t-shirt dresses designed to be worn in a slouchy, sporty way, to graphic prints and zebra’s, this is a collection designed to be noticed. But what is making the collection even more special are the ladies who have been chosen to represent it. One crititcism of plus size brands is that they are prone to using models at the ‘tiny’ end of the plus size spectrum, 6ft goddesses who are as alien to the average person on the street as Kate Moss is, even if their clothes labels do say size 16.

So it is a brilliant move by Evans and Clements Ribeiro to look at the super-stylish, totally influential plus size fatshionistas who set Twitter and the blogging world alight with their thoughts on style, and their own, pretty amazing wardrobes. Step forward the aforementioned Georgina and Bethany and Callie, and also add into the mix US über bloggers Nicolette Mason and the ‘Curvy Fashionista’ Marie Denee, and you have woman who we can identify with, wearing clothes that would also be perfect for you and me.

Callie looks gorgeous in this 50s style dress

I love this flower power shift as modelled by Marie Denee £60 

Nicolette look tres chic in this Riviera Look