Looking towards Spring and Summer with Bonmarche

It has been the coldest of weeks, but as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Spring is definitely in the air. Today we have a warmer feel, blue skies, and I’ve put the jeans away and opted for a skirt again. I love the coming of Spring and the effect it has on our wardrobes, with lighter colours and fabrics taking the place of chunky knits and wall to wall jeans and heavy coats. But before we get to the beautiful days, we have a transitional time when the days can still pack a punch when it comes to chills.

Bonmarche have started to introduce Spring looks to their collections, and they have some great pieces that can be classed as transitional. By this I mean you can wear them now in one style, and then wear them again when the weather is warmer by changing the styling and the accessories.

Here are some of my key picks from their new collection, and ways to wear them now and later.

The Tea Dress

This stunning pink dress is an absolute fave of mine. You could wear this now with boots and a chunky knit 1940s Land Girls style (or like The Edge of Love style – love that film and its fashion). Then, as it warms up, ditch the cardi and add a kitten heel.

Ditsy Floral Tea dress £25.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

 

The Embroidered Quilted Jacket

This jacket has Chanel written all over it. The style could look super chic now worn French style over a black polo neck and skinny jeans. (I’m thinking Ines De La Fressange as inspiration). Come Summer, maybe take inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld. In recent campaigns he subverted the image of the jacket and pearls style by teaming it with shorts and hot pants on model Alice Dellal.

Embroidered Quilted Jacket £35.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

The Signature Lace Shift Dress

Heading to a Spring Wedding? This dress would be great. Team it with a tuxedo style jacket now, or maybe a velvet smoking jacket for a more evening friendly look. Then, in Summer, you can wear it with bare arms and a bit of a tan.

Signature Lace Shift Dress £55.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

Paisley Print Blouse

This blouse is so multi functional. You can enjoy wearing it now with a thick Arran cardigan worn over it, but this will also be brilliant as a holiday piece. The ethnic print gives it a Marrakesh, Talitha Getty hippy feel. Layer it with love beads, add a thong sandal and a pair of denim cut offs and you are ready for sightseeing in the sun.

Paisley Print Blouse £26.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

You can view all the new in selection from Bonmarche here.

 

Reviewed – Clarks Aldwych Wood Boots at Cloggs

Since it was founded in 1979. Cloggs has been a great place to find branded shoes and boots at really great prices. Currently it has a fabulous range of shoes for men, women and children from the likes of Fitflop, Birkenstocks, Converse, Joules and, my personal favourite, a range from Clarks that includes shoes from the iconic Clarks Originals. Recently Cloggs got in touch to see if I would be interested in a review post, and of course, the brand I was drawn to immediately was Clarks.

The Clarks Aldwych Boots are truly the best of both worlds. I have an addiction to suede boots, always buying suede when I need new boots. Unfortunately, as pretty and stylish as suede looks, it is not the most practical of fabrics, particularly when faced with a very wet Winter/Spring like we have been this year. (As I write this, it is raining again.). That is why I love the Aldwych boots design, which incorporates a partial suede upper for a style effect, with more practical and durable leather for the rest of the boot. This boot is just gorgeous, and is a perfect match for a couple of Vivienne Westwood bags I currently have my eye on.

Clarks - Aldwych Wood - Black Combi Leather £36 Click to visit Cloggs

Clarks – Aldwych Wood – Black Combi Leather £36 Click to visit Cloggs

The VW bags on my wishlist that I want to team the boots with…

 Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake 6571 Small Cross Body Bag £95.00 Click to visit Garment Quarter


Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake 6571 Small Cross Body Bag
£95.00 Click to visit Garment Quarter

 Vivienne Westwood Frilly Snake 3655 Small Evening Bag £90.00 Click to visit Garment Quarter


Vivienne Westwood
Frilly Snake 3655 Small Evening Bag
£90.00
Click to visit Garment Quarter

 

The Aldwych Wood is an ankle boot with a chunky 7cm heel. This makes it easy to walk on and perfect for shopping trips or the school run.  I love the durable rubber sole with Cushion Soft layers, it makes the boot extremely comfortable, even for me (I’m currently suffering with a problem ankle so comfort is extra important.) The zip fastening makes these easy to get on and off, and even when new in the box, the zip wasn’t stiff or hard to move. The boots are fairly true to size, I chose a size 5 and would probably have gone for a half size if available, but these are breaking in nicely for me.

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Ankle boots are great in that they are possibly the most versatile of looks. I will always pull these on with jeans or trousers as it is a no brainer, they look great and work so well with pretty much any trouser shape. But I also love this particular boot with a skirt or dress, it toughens up the look and can also give Summer dresses a lease of life for Spring, just add opaque tights and these boots.

Worn with jeans

Worn with jeans

With a Hotsquash dress

With a Hotsquash dress

With a coloured jersey dress

With a coloured jersey dress

The Aldwych Wood boots are currently reduced to £36 from £59.99 so you can get a really big saving at the moment, making these a must buy if you are on the look out for a transitional pair of boots that will last right through Spring, and can be picked up again in Autumn.

 

*I was gifted my boots by Cloggs.