Shopping: 3 things I’m not buying any more

The fashion industry has become much more aware of sustainability over the last few years and it’s got me thinking about my own shopping habits. I can definitely see a change in how and what I spend my money on, especially in the last couple of years.  There are 3 things that really stand out to me that I’ve stopped buying which I am going to talk about in today’s blog post.

High Street Handbags

I have a real love for handbags and I would say they are probably my favourite fashion item to shop for. As well as designer bags, I used to buy pieces from the high street as well but this is something that I have moved away from over the last couple of years. No disrespect to the high street, but they just cannot compete with the quality of leathers and hardware featured on a designer handbag and I would much rather spend more money on a quality luxury piece that stands the test of time all day long.

Certain designer bags are considered an investment and you can re-sell them on the pre-loved market if you decide you no longer get the same amount of use for it. You can actually get some money back on them which you can put towards your next designer handbag purchase! This isn’t the case for all designer bags on the market, but certainly for classic pieces such as an Hermes Birkin, Hermes Kelly or a Chanel Classic flap bag for example you can always re-sell for the same price or even higher than what you paid for it originally if you’ve kept it in a decent condition.

It’s a good idea to invest into the classic carry over styles that the luxury brands continue every season. The seasonal pieces, although are often cheaper, are not always a great buy as the following year they can look really dated and very specific to the time they were launched. However these can often, in years to come, become little gems to resell and become quite covetable again. Look at the Dior saddle bag which has come back into fashion a decade later, as well as the rise of the Y2K inspired looks that are all over Instagram right now. That one seasonal piece you buy now might become very handy in 10 years time and look just as fresh as it did when you first bought it.

Seasonal trend led pieces

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love to keep up with the latest trends as I work in the fashion industry and it’s my job. However, the last few years I have definitely taken a step back from buying into every single new trend that pops up each season. Now days I will really consider if I want to get on board with a trend led piece or not.  This is both for high-street clothing as well as designer items. For example, when Prada launched the re-edition handbag or Dior launched their canvas book tote, everyone went crazy for them and rushed out to get one. However these were not styles that I wanted to get involved with as I know in a year’s time they are going to look really dated. Look at Celine for example – they have had some major hits with their handbags in the past but then they only look good for a short period of time. If you wear it a year later or more, everyone knows what collection it was from and it just doesn’t look quite right any more.

If it’s not a classic seasonal piece or something that I can pull out year after year to wear, I’m not as keen to make that purchase any more. I would rather spend the money on something I know I will love for a longer period of time. 

Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is one of the main culprits when it comes to sustainability in the industry. For a long time I felt that I needed a new outfit every time I went out and there was such a huge explosion of online brands appearing that update their websites with new items daily. The throw away fashion culture is definitely not helped by social media which fuels this constant need for newness and having the next latest thing all the time.

The thing that I find the most disappointing about a lot of these online retailers is the quality of the clothing. I am more interested in spending that little bit more money for nicer fabrics and styles that I know I will get a lot of wear out of now days. My wardrobe is not bursting at the seems like it once was and there is something really nice about building a casual collection of pieces that you can easily mix and match and get a lot of wear out of each season. This is something I aim to be a lot better at and really want to work on.

Outfit featured in today’s blog post:

Check knitted cardigan DLSB 

Jeans and Hat: Zara (last year AW20)

Necklace: Heart Figaro chain in gold from Abbott Lyon

 

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also like to read THIS about Parisian style and how they always get it right when it comes to shopping

Pregnancy Fashion – how to style a growing bump

 

It’s week 27 of my pregnancy and I have really been enjoying styling my growing baby bump. Up until around week 20 there wasn’t much of a bump there and I was dressing as I usually would, but now it seems to be getting bigger by the day and I’m looking at how to dress in my usual style but just including this little extra addition!

Bumps out and proud!

Gone are the days where people hide their baby bumps and women today are much more confident to dress with their bump being on show and I am personally here for this! We are seeing more and more fashion retailers starting to incorporate maternity wear into their product categories too which is great. We have a much wider choice available out there and we can still be wearing fashionable pieces throughout our pregnancies these days.

As my bump has been getting bigger, and trousers have become tighter, I have really not liked the feeling of waist bands against my stomach. This is a personal choice as I know some women like to wear trousers over their bumps but for me, I really don’t like the feeling of it at all. So how have I been getting around this? Well luckily we have had some warmer weather lately and I have been loving wearing dresses and all in one jumpsuits which are so much more comfortable.

2nd trimester styling

Here are some of my favourite outfits that I have been wearing during my 2nd trimester.

If you would like to read about my pregnancy journey so far I will link my previous blog post HERE and keep posted for my next blog post which will be my top maternity picks from the likes of Asos, Booohoo and more!

All in one – unitard

Strictly speaking this is not a maternity wear item as this is an existing piece in my wardrobe but it has been perfect to wear during my 2nd trimester! It has a lovely stretch to it and is seamless so there are no annoying waist bands getting in the way. I’ve been wearing this with a little cardigan as pictured here, with an open denim shirt over the top, with a tied shirt over the top of the bump and also with denim jackets.

You can pick up a similar unitard style from Boohoo HERE.

Pregnancy fashion

Cardigan – NastyGal & Trainers Pink Nike Air Force One

Pregnancy fashion

Jacket ASOS & Trainers Adidas Originals

Pregnancy fashion

White Shirt Boohoo & Sliders Primark

Broderie Anglais 

I wrote a blog post last Summer HERE about Broderie Anglais and it’s just as popular this year! I love this material and it’s really easy to style. You can pair a Broderie Anglais dress with cute summer straw bags and sandals, or you can even toughen up the look by adding a leather jacket with biker boots.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Asos

Drop hem dresses

A dropped hem dress is perfect for a growing baby bump as they have a bit more give to them. They are not clingy and are lovely in cool, loose, cotton like materials for hot weather. Recently we have had temperatures high into 30 degrees and this style of dress has been a saviour for me!

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from DLSB

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Smocks

Smock style dresses are not just for pregnancy. I really love a smock style dress personally as think they are really flattering and easy to wear. They often come in a variety of designs too from polka dots, sailor stripes, leopard prints and more so there is always a great selection available.  Asos, Boohoo, Missguided – all of the usual online retailers are my go to places for these every year. Zara and H&M also usually do a good selection of these on the high street. 

Here are some of my favourite smock dresses that I have been wearing during my 2nd trimester.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from NastyGal & Topshop sandals

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pretty floral dresses

It’s the perfect time of year for wearing pretty floral print pieces and I like to style these with Summer sandals or slides, finished with cute hair accessories to tie the look together. I love dresses with ruffles at the best of times but they are also great for those days when you don’t want your bump out on show quite as much.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from NastyGal & Topshop sandals

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Pink Blush Maternity

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Wednesday’s Girl & Jimmy Choo Heels

Long length dresses

Again, a longer length dress is perfect for keeping cool in the Summer, but I also love a more body con, tighter style which I plan to wear in the transitional period when we start to move into Autumn, with boots and a blazer or leather jacket over the top.

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Boohoo

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from DLSB

Pregnancy fashion

Dress from Pink Blush Maternity

So that’s my round up of the sort of styles that I have been wearing the last few months during the 2nd trimester as my bump has been getting bigger.

What is your favourite look from this selection?

How to dress like a Parisian

Parisian styling

Parisian style is so timeless and French women always look amazing. One of the best things to do in Paris, is to sit outside a cafe people watching and soaking up the whole atmosphere. It’s one of my most favourite places in the world visit. Typically whenever you think of French styling, it will be  classic, minimal and just effortlessly cool. 

Karl Largerfeld once said “You don’t have to be French to be a Parisian” and this was a pretty generous statement from him as in my opinion the French have that certain ‘Je ne sais quoi‘ that the rest of us can only dream of, but I do have a couple of tips to help you master a Parisian inspired look.

Keep it simple

Simplicity is key. Parisian women never over accessorise. Instead, they tend to add one or two accessories per outfit only, such as a silk scarf, or a fabulous hat and jewellery is often kept minimal and chic. Think a classic string of pearls or a pair of chunky gold hoop earrings.  Coco Chanel said herself “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” and this is a key tip to French styling.

Try Missoma for a great selection of simple gold jewellery that would work well for a Parisian inspired look.

Be discrete with labels and logos 

Parisians tend to keep away from clothing that is covered in logos or large branding as it’s seen as slightly tacky. They will choose their clothing from brands that focus on high quality materials, that are well tailored and fit the body well. They will spend more money on these quality pieces also with the knowledge that they will last and stand the test of time as well as being able to style them in various ways. If you think about it, this is actually a really sustainable attitude to dressing.

Stick to a uniform 

The Parisian woman is not interested in trends or fashion fads. Instead she will focus on classic, chic clothing that she knows suits her and feels comfortable to wear. They will tend to stick to a more basic colour pallet such as black, white, camel and grey which can be worn easily every season. You won’t find any neon yellow in their wardrobe even if it is the latest colour to be seen in, and you won’t see them investing in the latest jean silhouette that will look dated the following year. Instead, they will stick to a classic style formula that works and oozes style consistently.

Mix dressy with casual

Parisians are the masters of mixing casual clothing with an item that is a little bit more dressy. Like a classic shirt and cigarette trousers paired with a more glamorous evening bag, a pencil skirt with ballet flats, a leather jacket with masculine trousers and a sequin sweater, or even an evening tuxedo with sneakers. They love combining a casual element with a special piece – in a paired back way – not too fussy, or overthought. 

Items you will never find in a Parisian’s wardrobe

  • Huge logos or designer labels on show
  • Cheap materials – so no Nylon, Polyester, or Viscose in sight
  • Joggers or sweatpants
  • Anything too blingy or covered with rips
  • Skimpy tops with too much flesh on show
  • Fake designer bags or clothing

My top 6 French brands

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant FILIPO COAT
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant BLAKELY JUMPER
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant DEMKA BOOTS
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant BELIA COAT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT
Isabel Marant RENZIA SKIRT

Kooples

Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples NAVY BLUE FLOWING SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FLOWING ECRU SUIT TROUSERS
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FRILLY LIGHT PINK TOP WITH SMOCKED WAIST
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples FLORAL PRINTED PINK TOP WITH LACE DETAIL
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING
Kooples PATTERNED SHORT FORMAL DRESS WITH LACING

Maje

Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje LEATHER BIKER JACKET
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje POLKA DOT DRESS WITH CONTRASTING DETAILS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje KNIT CARDIGAN WITH CONTRASTING BANDS
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje SILK SCREEN PRINTED T-SHIRT
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS
Maje CARDIGAN WITH LUREX THREADS

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Ruffled tiered metallic silk-blend mini dress
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Button-detailed metallic striped knitted sweater
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Leather maxi skirt
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Tie-front zebra-print gauze blouse
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag
Saint Laurent Kaia mini leather shoulder bag

Sandro

Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Round neck sweater with rhinestones
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Crinkled leather loafer with tassels
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro Printed dress with ruffles & high collar
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro High-neck sweater and contrasting cuffs
Sandro Flared jeans with slits
Sandro Flared jeans with slits

Chanel

Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Cuff – Resin, Glass Pearls, Diamanté & Metal Gold, Pearly White & Crystal
Chanel Sweater
Chanel Sweater
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Flap Bag
Chanel  Square Scarf
Chanel Square Scarf
Chanel Sling-Back
Chanel Sling-Back

Links to shop the above brands –Isabel Marant, Kooples, Maje, Saint Laurent, Sandro, Chanel

Thanks for reading!

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also like to read my tips on buying luxury fashion HERE

Lavender: The colour to be seen in this Spring

Out of all the pastel shades, lavender is one of my favourites. Its a gorgeous cool tone that looks clean and fresh but it’s also a great way to make a bold statement with any outfit. Spring is on it’s way and it’s the perfect transition from cosy winter coats and chunky knitwear moving into lighter materials, soft pretty colours and a fresh new take on our wardrobes. I don’t know about you, but I get so excited when I see the sale items getting smaller in the stores and the ‘new in’ sections starting to take over again with new pieces to get excited about. 

Now the sale rails are finally on their way out I have been looking through the latest pieces and lavender tones have been popping up in a lot of places. It’s such a gorgeous colour that suits every skin tone and I’m really looking forward to this colour pallet for Spring! 

How to style Lavender pieces

Luckily this is an easy colour to incorporate into an outfit as it works well with other colours. I love to mix this shade with denim as the colours compliment each other beautifully. You can also mix lavender pieces with a crisp white shirt and a pair of black, leather trousers for a stylish ‘office appropriate’ outfit. Or why not go head to toe in a lavender shade suit – which is also ticking off another 2 trends in one go – colour blocking and tailoring.

Adding neutral shades with lavender is the easiest way to style this. Basic whites, creams, black or grey will let the lavender item do all the talking for your look – everyone has neutral basics that they can add into an outfit so you can take on this trend without having to buy a load of new items to try and style with it.

If wearing colour isn’t really your thing, you can incorporate it easily with accessories. Look for handbags, shoes, scarves or hats to add a pop of Lavender in a more classic, understated way.

Another thing that I really like is that it doesn’t matter if you prefer to wear gold or silver jewellery as both work really well with lavenders, lilacs and purple colours. So let’s have a look at the top pieces that I recommend to get onboard with this trend for Spring. 

Lavender pieces that you need to pick up now

As always with trends it’s good to be ahead of the game. The stores are just launching all of the new Spring 20 collections and there are a couple of places that have some amazing pieces in this colour pallet that you will want to get your hands on. And other Stories is fast becoming one of my new favourite shopping destinations and they have the best lilac pieces right now, as well as Zara who have also picked up on this being a hit colour of the season.

Zara

Knit cardigan with pearl beads
Knit cardigan with pearl beads
Satin dress
Satin dress
Slouchy Jeans
Slouchy Jeans
Zara cardigan
Zara cardigan
Slogan sweatshirt
Slogan sweatshirt
V Neck blazer
V Neck blazer
Knit cardigan with pearl beads
Knit cardigan with pearl beads
Satin dress
Satin dress
Slouchy Jeans
Slouchy Jeans
Zara cardigan
Zara cardigan
Slogan sweatshirt
Slogan sweatshirt
V Neck blazer
V Neck blazer
Knit cardigan with pearl beads
Knit cardigan with pearl beads
Satin dress
Satin dress
Slouchy Jeans
Slouchy Jeans
Zara cardigan
Zara cardigan
Slogan sweatshirt
Slogan sweatshirt
V Neck blazer
V Neck blazer

And Other Stories

Gingham blazer
Gingham blazer
Gingham Skirt
Gingham Skirt
Corduroy Knot Belt Jumpsuit
Corduroy Knot Belt Jumpsuit
Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
Satin cowl neck top
Satin cowl neck top
Gingham blazer
Gingham blazer
Gingham Skirt
Gingham Skirt
Corduroy Knot Belt Jumpsuit
Corduroy Knot Belt Jumpsuit
Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
Satin cowl neck top
Satin cowl neck top
Gingham blazer
Gingham blazer
Gingham Skirt
Gingham Skirt
Corduroy Knot Belt Jumpsuit
Corduroy Knot Belt Jumpsuit
Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
Cropped Mock Neck Sweater
Satin cowl neck top
Satin cowl neck top

Luxury brands

Max Mara jacket
Max Mara jacket
Gucci sparkling trousers
Gucci sparkling trousers
The Attico embellished blazer dress
The Attico embellished blazer dress
Theory cropped trousers
Theory cropped trousers
Balenciaga Printed ribbed-knit top
Balenciaga Printed ribbed-knit top
Miu Miu leather trousers
Miu Miu leather trousers
Max Mara jacket
Max Mara jacket
Gucci sparkling trousers
Gucci sparkling trousers
The Attico embellished blazer dress
The Attico embellished blazer dress
Theory cropped trousers
Theory cropped trousers
Balenciaga Printed ribbed-knit top
Balenciaga Printed ribbed-knit top
Miu Miu leather trousers
Miu Miu leather trousers
Max Mara jacket
Max Mara jacket
Gucci sparkling trousers
Gucci sparkling trousers
The Attico embellished blazer dress
The Attico embellished blazer dress
Theory cropped trousers
Theory cropped trousers
Balenciaga Printed ribbed-knit top
Balenciaga Printed ribbed-knit top
Miu Miu leather trousers
Miu Miu leather trousers

Accessories

CHANEL Small Classic Handbag
CHANEL Small Classic Handbag
CHANEL Small Flap Bag
CHANEL Small Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Waist Bag
CHANEL 19 Waist Bag
And Other Stories block heels
And Other Stories block heels
Max Mara Mini Whitney bag
Max Mara Mini Whitney bag
Prada sunglasses
Prada sunglasses
Balenciaga scarf
Balenciaga scarf
Smith & Cult nail polish in Faunt-Leroy
Smith & Cult nail polish in Faunt-Leroy
CHANEL Small Classic Handbag
CHANEL Small Classic Handbag
CHANEL Small Flap Bag
CHANEL Small Flap Bag
CHANEL 19 Waist Bag
CHANEL 19 Waist Bag
And Other Stories block heels
And Other Stories block heels
Max Mara Mini Whitney bag
Max Mara Mini Whitney bag
Prada sunglasses
Prada sunglasses
Balenciaga scarf
Balenciaga scarf
Smith & Cult nail polish in Faunt-Leroy
Smith & Cult nail polish in Faunt-Leroy

If you enjoyed this blog post, check out my latest report on the logomania trend HERE 

Shoe heaven – colour customisation by Rainbow Club

Rainbow Club heels

As a footwear fanatic, you can imagine my excitement when Rainbow Club reached out to me to tell me about their bespoke colour matching service!! I’m really excited to share this blog post with you all.

Have you ever found the most perfect pair of shoes but the colour of them wasn’t exactly what you were looking for? It can be so annoying when you have an outfit that you want to wear for an event or a night out and you can’t seem to find the ultimate matching pair of heels to go with it. Customisation or bespoke services are not something that you’ll find easily on the high street, unless it comes with a premium price attached, and so whatever is available in the store at the time is kind of your only option. That is, until I discovered Rainbow Club and what they offer.

Rainbow Club customisation..

Rainbow Club heels

Rainbow Club have a selection of different heel silhouettes to choose from and they offer a dyeing service in a variety of colours. If you have a specific shade in mind, you can send them a swatch for them to colour match or you could even send them a Pantone colour reference and they can dye your chosen heels to that exact shade. Footwear magic.

This would be a perfect idea for weddings if you have a particular colour theme planned, or you would like all of your Bridesmaids to have heels to match the colour of their dresses.

Your chosen shade is hand mixed by one of their colour experts and they work on getting the exact match for you. They then apply the dye by hand and then leave them to dry naturally before they are inspected and packed up ready to be sent back to you. They also apply a protection spray before they are sent to you to make sure the heels are kept in beautiful condition.

Choosing my heels

I couldn’t wait to get started and to choose my pair of heels and there are 41 options available in a variety of heel heights. There are open toed strappy styles, courts, peep toes, Mary Jane heels and even a couple of flat pump options. Some styles have sparkly trims or embellishments and there is also a pretty lace pair available. Rainbow Club also cater for wider fits so they literally have everyone covered. After looking through all of the options, I chose a Mary Jane style called Hana – well I just had to go for this pair really didn’t I! Priced at £79, this is how Rainbow Club describes the heels that I chose:

Crafted from beautiful ivory satin, these retro-inspired bridal shoes feature a softly-pointed toe, a sexy stiletto heel and are finished with a delicate strap and stylish silver buckle. Vintage inspired but with a contemporary touch, brides looking for height and glamour will love these simple but chic wedding shoes.

I really liked the classic style of these and knew that they would go perfectly with dresses just as much as a pair of jeans or with some smart trousers. Plus they reminded me of that Sex in the City episode when Carrie finds her perfect pair of Mary Jane Manolos.

After choosing the style, Rainbow Club very kindly sent me a pair to try on before they dyed them just to check that I was happy with the fit. The next part of the process was to choose the colour of my new heels. As they are satin, I didn’t want anything too pale in colour. I think satin always looks so gorgeous in bright, bold colours.

Rainbow Club heels

I had a look through my wardrobe to see what shoes I already have – which took a while I have to admit! I was tempted to ask for the Pantone colour of 2019 which is a gorgeous coral colour but I finally decided on an acid yellow shade. The exact colour reference is 600 if you love them as much as I do and want to order yourself a pair too!

The verdict

A few days later, my newly dyed heels arrived in the post and I couldn’t wait to see how they turned out – and they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You can’t tell that they had been dyed since the last time that I tried them on when they were a blank canvas ivory satin. There were no dye marks or any imperfections and I’m seriously impressed with the zesty acid yellow shade. It was the exact colour that I wanted. The heels are lined with padding to make them more comfortable to wear which is great, especially if you are wearing them to an event where you will be on your feet for a long period of time.

Rainbow Club heels

Before…the blank canvas

Rainbow Club heels

After…the final dyed pair

Rainbow Club heels

Another really sweet little touch to mention about these heels is that on the sole, there is a little blue crystal within the Rainbow Club logo. This is just perfect for brides looking for ‘something blue’ to add to their wedding.

Rainbow Club heels

Additional Items

Rainbow Club also offer a selection of evening bags which can be colour customised to match your heels, as well as some stunning embellishment clips that you can add to your heels, to make them even more bespoke and individual to you.

For the quality and service, I have to say this is excellent value for money and a really exciting treat to be able to create your own bespoke footwear. I will definitely be ordering more pairs and I’ll be adding some of these pretty additional details as they can really add a little something extra. I just LOVE this. 

Head over to the Rainbow Club website HERE to view their full collection and enjoy customising the perfect pair of heels for yourself! Let me know what you choose, I would love to see your heels!

Here is how I have styled my new heels with an acid wash pair of mom jeans. Dressed down denim paired with these heels are just the perfect combination:

Rainbow Club heels

Rainbow Club heels

Rainbow Club heels

Although these heels were kindly gifted to me by Rainbow Club, all thoughts and opinions are as always completely my own.

What Rainbow Club style do you like the most?

What colour would you choose and why?

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