Fashion for all the family at Tu Clothing

One of the greatest things about the clothing sections that now appear in most supermarkets is the sheer convenience of being able to pick up an outfit as you do the weekly shop. If you need something quickly, or suddenly discover you need a certain colour t-shirt or cardigan, there is no longer a need to pay a visit to the High Street, you can simply throw whatever you need in the trolley with your bread, milk and pasta.

Tu clothing, the range available in Sainsbury’s supermarkets, is a brand that always impresses, both with the variety of styles on offer, and the quality of the pieces. The season’s collection has been of a particularly High Standard and has featured heavily in fashion magazines. I have already reviewed one of the dresses from the collection in a previous post that you can read here, and now I’m going to turn my attention to the second dress that the lovely people at Sainsbury’s sent me.

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Tiger dipped hem dress £18 click to visit Tu

The Tiger dipped hem dress is described as a ‘laidback’ type of dress, and I couldn’t agree more. This is the sort of soft, easy to wear dress that can be worn casually with sandal or flat pumps, or dressed up with strappy heels. The style is loose and stretchy, which makes it a really comfortable piece to wear, making it the perfect dress for hot days and summer holidays.

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Dress Tu
Sandals Mango (click here to view)
Necklace New Look (Similar here)
Bag Bon Marche (click here to view)

I wore this dress for going out to dinner and then for a few drinks and found it to be comfortable as well as looking attractive.  It also got positive comments from the people I was with, which is always a nice bonus.

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Enjoying a Strawberry Mojito at Goody Goody in Menorca.

I have been really impressed with the quality of the ladies clothing on offer at Sainsbury’s, along with the pretty affordable price points. But Sainsbury’s Tu actually offers good value clothing for all the family. I often stock up on things for my five-year old Joe when doing a shop, and was delighted when Tu sent Joe a couple of pieces to add to his holiday wardrobe too.

DSCN7982We were sent a lovely pair of denim shorts in size 5 years for Joe. These had a thick, elasticated waistband, perfect for independent little boys who like to go to the toilet by themselves, but struggle with buttons and zips. The waistband was a little wide on Joe, who admittedly has a tiny waistband, but not enough for the shorts to fall down, and the length was perfect. These are what I would call a smart pair of shorts, nice for evenings out on holiday. Of course, they would also be fine teamed with a t-shirt for everyday wear, but I loved them worn with the smart cotton shirt we were also sent.

DSCN7980The shirt was a lovely grown up design in cotton, it featured an unusual rolled sleeve detail and was a button through style. Like all Tu pieces, both the shorts and the shirt have washed really well, and I have no doubt Joe will get lots of wear from both pieces.

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Joe dancing in the Mini Club.

With thanks to Tu Clothing and Charley at ExposureNet for the products for review purposes.

Family Fever


 

Reviewed – Zebra Print Dress from Tu at Sainsburys

The next review in my series celebrating life beginning at 40 is from Tu, the range of clothes that are stocked in Sainsburys. I’ve been a fan of Tu for years, I believe they offer exceptionally good quality for a supermarket brand, with style very similar to Boden, but at a great budget price range.

I really enjoyed looking at the current collection, which offered something a little different to the summer brights I have been wearing. Natural and neutral shades, with more than a nod towards the ‘Out of Africa’ and safari styles that always work so well in summer, make up an important part of this collection, with animal prints also featuring heavily. Brown, black, orange, khaki and natural are the star colours, and shapes range from buttoned safari dresses, loose stretchy sun frocks and even a variation on a prom style, with a  1950s silhouette.

The dress I chose to review is the ‘zebra print dress’.  This is a 1950s style dress in a linen/viscose mix. Fully lined, with a full skirt and a thin belt on the waistband, this is another dressy dress that would be suitable for a number of formal occasions this summer. But add sandals and it would also make a lovely summer dress, with the linen fabric making it a cool, comfortable option.

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DSCN7747[1]This is a lovely dress which has a very glamorous feel. The mixture of linen and viscose means that the fabric of the skirt has a stiff feel that enables it to keep that 1950s shape, and the lining works in the similar way to the net skirts of the 1950s, adding a little volume to the skirt. The dress fastens with a zip up the back, and I must admit that the material is not stretchy, which makes it a little tight on my bust. However, as someone who hates having a large bust, this almost made the top of the dress work like a minimiser – I felt elegant in this dress which is something I rarely feel. If you happen to love your bust, and like a super curvy look, this isn’t the dress for you!

The little belt is a great way of pulling in the waist, again adding to the overall femininity of the dress. You could also add a much thicker belt for a more dramatic look – one in red would be a great contrast to the zebra print.

DSCN7748[1]I teamed this dress with red ultra wedged shoes that I picked up in a charity shop, and some gold accents were added through the earrings and bracelet, both of which came from Peacocks. I would also love to see this teamed with yellow or orange for a citrus summer splash.

This dress makes me very excited for the launch of the Tu online offering which I believe will be happening this August.

Watch this space for more from Tu.

Exposure Press Day with Dr Martens, John Smedley and Barbour

Exposure held their press event a few weeks ago in Central London, and I popped along to check out all the collections that will be hitting stores later this year. I love many of the brands that Exposure represents – they are the epitome of great British craft and design, and are a veritable who’s who of British fashion.

I’m talking brands like Dr Martens, who just seem to go from strength to strength (I’m guessing as long as there are students, there will be Doc Martens!). There latest collaboration is with another icon of British culture – the Beano, and these are sure to be popular since they are just so much fun, even if you are not a Dennis the Menace or Beryl the Peril. Pretty floral designs add a feminine touch to another new collection – I would’ve so loved them when I was 18.

John Smedley is another brand that screams ‘Rule Britannia’ with every collection. The Mod influenced knitwear is particularly strong next season, I love the use of stripes, and pattern within the jumpers and cardigans. The traditional knitted polo tops are both modern and retro – and seem so perfect for the year Britpop celebrates 20 years. I look at these tops and immediately think of Damon Albarn.

There were lots of other great pieces on display. Supermarket chic was represented by Tu – surely the most classic of the fast fashion collections carried by the supermarket giants. I loved the mustard wool coat, and the cream and lace blouse will also be hitting my shopping trolley come Autumn. Other lust after items included floral wellies from another classic British name, Barbour. And I really feel no well dressed traveller should take a plane without investing in some of the gorgeous blue luggage from Globe Trotter.

With all this, plus Cutler and Gross, Christopher Raeburn, Nike and Levi’s – this really was an eclectic and stylish press event.

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