Your Five – fashion and beauty at Bullring

Your Five is a special fashion and beauty showcase and preview organised by the Bullring shopping centre twice yearly. The idea is a personalised, one to one appointment where you are able to talk about the key trends for the season, and are shown a range of pieces that fit the trend and are available from Bullring stores. The items chosen scan a range of budgets and stores, with Ted Baker, Oasis, New Look, Reiss and Miss Selfridge all represented this time around.  You can choose your favourites from each catagory and they are photographed and then sent to your email address, with stockist details and prices so that you can always shop for them at a later date.

I was feeling very ropey this weekend, suffering from a cold and streaming eyes, but I made my way to look at the key season trends that Bullring had selected. With Winter clearly in mind, coats were a big talking point, and I loved so many of those selected, with beautiful wool coats in soft shades from both Reiss and Ted Baker, but my favourite was the Crombie style coat in animal print from New Look – definitely added to my shopping list. Ankle boots were the shoe focus, with metallics being very popular, but I was more drawn to the coloured suede versions from Clarks and New Look.

The trouser trend is moving away from skinny fits and into stylish wide leg styles that evoke the 1930s and 1970s. I loved the Topshop bottle green cropped versions that I think would look stunning worn Jane Fonda ‘Klute’ style, with a skinny polo neck and knee high boots. The skirt selection was also just stunning, with pleats, net, tulle, leather and metallics all available in beautiful abundance. I love that so many of the skirts are knee and midi length, and just loved the elegance of the full skirted variety.

As well as fashion, Your 5 also looks at beauty, with a focus on a red lip. This is something I tend not to wear as I never think red suits me – as much as I love it. However, I was really pleased with the colour chosen for me, red with a more coral tint from Chanel (148 I think) and it certainly made me look again at my aversion to lip pencil and red lips.

Your Five Fashion

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 SAFIERA Long wrap wool coat £329 Click to visit Ted Baker

SAFIERA Long wrap wool coat £329 Click to visit Ted Baker

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 ELIAS COLLARLESS COAT Oatmeal £350 Click to visit Reiss

ELIAS COLLARLESS COAT Oatmeal £350 Click to visit Reiss

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Brown Leopard Print Coat £49.99 Click to visit New Look

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Oasis Knitwear

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 BEALI Checked roll neck jumper £119 Click to visit Ted Baker

BEALI Checked roll neck jumper £119 Click to visit Ted Baker

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 Zip Front Cropped Wide Leg Trousers £40.00 Click to visit Topshop


Zip Front Cropped Wide Leg Trousers £40.00 Click to visit Topshop

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Black Wrap Tie Waist Sleeveless Jumpsuit £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Wrap Tie Waist Sleeveless Jumpsuit  £24.99 Click to visit New Look

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 ONDRA Juxtapose Rose tutu skirt £199 Click to visit Ted Baker

ONDRA Juxtapose Rose tutu skirt £199 Click to visit Ted Baker

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TALL Metallic Pleat Skirt £68.00 Click to visit Topshop

TALL Metallic Pleat Skirt £68.00 Click to visit Topshop

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Cutabout Stripe Midi Skirt £50.00 Click to visit Topshop

Cutabout Stripe Midi Skirt £50.00 Click to visit Topshop

Oasis Skirt

Oasis Skirt

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My Choices

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Your Beauty

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Your 5 at the Bullring

Last Saturday saw the Bullring, Birmingham host ‘Your 5’, a fashion and beauty event that promised to help you revitalise your wardrobe, or update your beauty regime, in 5 easy steps. A simple 10 minute consultation with a Your Five stylist gave customers an insight into key pieces for your face or wardrobe, with your final five pieces being sent directly to your email. I went along to check out the style picks.

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The Your Five Consultants had picked out a range of clothing available at Bullring stores to illustrate the key trends, which they had highlighted as culottes, silk, the blouse or shirt, jackets and footwear, specifically pumps and trainers. I was talked through the pieces and the sorts of occasions they would work for, along with how they could be styled and accessorised. From this, I selected my favourite pieces, which were photographed and sent directly to my email, along with information about the cost and the stockists.

My favourite culottes.

My favourite culottes.

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I was pleased to see that all price points were covered in the selections, and that allowances had been made for different ages, body shapes and sizes. From each collection I was able to choose a key piece, with only the footwear a difficult choice – just because I don’t really wear sports shoes. The culottes in particular were lovely, coming in a range of beautiful fabrics which made these a lovely alternative to skirts or trousers. I also totally fell in love with the Miss Selfridge scuba style skirt with the delicious floral print which is something I will definitely be adding to my wardrobe.

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This blouse is so beautiful.

It was interesting to see that the sessions were fully booked up, and that people were also coming along on spec, hoping to get an appointment for a little free advice. The Your 5 staff were really accommodating about fitting all the extra people in, and were able to answer all fashion and beauty dilemmas with ease.

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*With thanks to Bullring Birmingham and Frank PR for the invitation.