Monthly Archives: February 2016

Cut It Out! 

Gosh this erratic weather at the moment is really testing our fashion ways! One day we wake to glorious sunshine and the starting signals of spring,then the next day decides to bless us with rain and gales and we’re catapulted back into winter. 

In past years this would traditionally be the time to start transitioning to our spring wardrobes- the shops are certainly sticking to this regime. Window fronts have literally blossomed into spring, with light colours and floral patterns starting to adorn many a mannequin. 

  I’m still finding refuge in my big cosy coats, lined ankle boots and knitwear,though I long for the days where you can go outside without needing a jacket and tights on! 

I’ve recently discovered a great way to still keep warm but bring something new to my spring wardrobe-cut out clothing! 

 Not as weird as it sounds I promise. This trend has been seen on many a celebrity recently and also in both designer and high street collections. Take a traditional knitted garment and simply cut out the shoulders or parts of the sleeve. The result- a trendy twist on an otherwise fairly normal piece of clothing. 

  
  
This trend is actually very flattering for all body shapes too, highlighting little sections of the upper body body, breaking up bigger frames or showing off petite frames by highlighting delicate features such as shoulders. Sometimes just the littlest flash of flesh can be more attractive  than showing off a lot of it too! 

  
Celebrities including Selena Gomez and high street brands such as H&M, New Look and REISS demonstrate how versatile this trend can be using all sorts of clothing styles and colours. 

Selena’s simple black jumper is instantly transformed into a slick and sexy number with just a few choice slashes! Black is a great colour to go for with this trend as it can always be dressed up or down. All you would need to do to the below outfits is to add some heels to take from day to night. 

   As you can see, this trend can easily be worked into all of our everyday wardrobes, and can be used as a fun twist on the everyday knitted jumper.   
Take a look at this outfit idea for the office (or just for a smart trendy look), all from New Look:

 

And if you like the idea of cut out tops, you can transfer it to a more well-known trend, the ripped or ‘cut out’ jean. Again, a great way to keep your everyday look but add a fun twist. 

And there is no better time to buy, as sales are still going strong in the shops. You can get a cut out garment for a cut price- perfect! 

   

  

  
  

Marks and Sparks hits the fashion mark. 

Marks and Spencer is the upmarket British retailer that has brought us Percy Pigs (and friends) and luxurious ‘Two Can Dine For £10’ meals (how can I get alllll that food for only ten pounds?!)

When I’m in the mood for a culinary treat, M&S is where I’ll hastily head, ready to part with my cash.But for my wardrobe….I can’t say I’ve ever been tempted. Until recently that is! 

In recent years M&S has managed to transform itself from a clothes shop for the older lady only, where cashmere jumpers and tailored trousers were the main attraction,  to a retailer who has successfully targeted multiple markets through launching several different clothing collections.

Twiggy, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Helen Mirren, Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo (the first two having their own collections for M&S) are all high profile figures and fashion role models for various audiences.  These ladies have all helped raise the profile for M&S clothing by wearing and advertising the brand. 

  
Olivia and Alexa both modelled ‘the’ skirt of summer 2015, which sold out and had a waiting list! Who would have thought a little old skirt from M&S could create such a frenzy?! 

   
 

Through winning over hugely influential fashion figures of all ages and also using them in their advertising campaigns, M&S caught the attention of the younger fashion pack whilst still keeping the interest of their older consumers. 

  
This risky marketing move seems to have paid off. Where other companies have failed trying to target too many groups rather than honing in on one, M&S has caught and held the attention of everyone it seems! 

And their new collections have got some brilliant pieces which are both timeless and trendy at the same time. 

   
   
These pieces from the Autograph collection are right up my street and can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content. And having been featured in a Vogue edit, there may be a few more sell-outs when people see the very affordable price tags! 

  
The Limited Collection is also a new found favorite with the younger generation and is perhaps a little more trend-led and fun. This seasons collection has a great sports-luxe fused with seventies feel to it. These pieces are great for day-time wear whereas I’d say the Autograph collection is better suited for more sophisticated outfit options and work-wear. 

   
 
I’ll definitely be buying from both these collections in the future. But aside from these two, there are plenty of other collections to chose from within M&S. Why not take a look next time you pop in for your Percy Pigs?