Broderie Anglaise: The style to be wearing this Summer

This Summer is having a major moment with Broderie Anglaise. Neons, Tie dye, satin skirts – there have been a few things to be seen in recently and these are the sort of trends that don’t stay around for long and you end up sick of the sight of them. However, Broderie Anglaise is something that will equally be as wearable for future Summers to come which makes it something to invest in. It’s a classic and stylish fabric that is just perfect for the warmer months of the year.

What is Broderie Anglaise?

Broderie Anglaise translates as ‘English Embroidery’ and is a material that has a real history to it – from as early as the late 1800s and it still looks amazing today. It incorporates embroidery, cutwork and needle lace to make delicate, romantic pieces that are lightweight and effortlessly stylish. It’s a really pretty, feminine material which I’m loving wearing at the moment and I’ve been seeing some amazing pieces on the high street.

It’s also the perfect fabric to dress up an outfit, as well as being worn in a casual relaxed outfit so its a really easy style to get involved in.

Shopping for Broderie Anglaise clothing

ASOS and Topshop have some excellent Broderie Anglaise pieces this season, from puff sleeve blouses to pretty dresses, playsuits to jumpsuits and gorgeous skirts or shorts. Its a material that works well in so many silhouettes so you are guaranteed to find something that is perfect for your own personal style.

The majority of the stores are starting their Summer sale periods so now is an excellent time to pick up some pieces for a reduced price.

Mix it up in your wardrobe

Don’t just think of this as just a white or neutral material. It looks amazing in bright shades, pretty pastels, as well as black or navy and I’ve even seen some gorgeous colourful Broderie Anglaise items that will look fabulous on a sunny day. It’s also something you could wear easily to work, or for a day out in the City, just as easily as going for a casual weekend brunch.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan already. I’ve done the shopping for you and picked out some of the best favourite Broderie Anglaise items that are available at the moment, from both high street budgets to some more high end pieces.

H&M – top 3 looks

Net-a-Porter: top 3 looks

Asos Broderie Anglaise Edit

Neon Rose plunge front midaxi dress with tie waist in broderie
ASOS DESIGN Tall PREMIUM broderie maxi dress with pep hem and fluted sleeves
ASOS DESIGN broderie cropped suit blazer
Miss Selfridge linen tee in ivory at ASOS
ASOS DESIGN orange sundress
ASOS DESIGN sleeveless mini dress in embroidered floral broderie
Pretty Little Thing lilac mini dress at ASOS
Parisian off shoulder white dress at ASOS
Pretty Little Thing belted shorts at ASOS
Neon Rose plunge front midaxi dress with tie waist in broderie
ASOS DESIGN Tall PREMIUM broderie maxi dress with pep hem and fluted sleeves
ASOS DESIGN broderie cropped suit blazer
Miss Selfridge linen tee in ivory at ASOS
ASOS DESIGN orange sundress
ASOS DESIGN sleeveless mini dress in embroidered floral broderie
Pretty Little Thing lilac mini dress at ASOS
Parisian off shoulder white dress at ASOS
Pretty Little Thing belted shorts at ASOS

Are you loving this trend at the moment?

What is your favourite piece from this trend report?

Leave a comment below and thanks for reading! xx

Baby it’s cold outside! The perfect winter coats that you need this season.

white coat by Nasty Gal with snake print bag

The UK is never known for it’s amazing weather, but in the last couple of weeks it has suddenly turned absolutely freezing! So, it’s time to invest in that perfect winter coat to keep us get through the sub-zero Winter temperatures!

Here are my top tips for finding the perfect coat this season.

1. Shop around

Whether you prefer online shopping or actually buying directly from stores, it’s important to have a good look around at what’s available out there first of all. I personally prefer to try clothes on before I buy them as you never really know what you are going to get with online shopping. Plus I like to have my new items ready to wear straight away! However, there are usually a lot of online flash sales which are good to take advantage of and get yourself a bargain. A lot of stores on the high street now allow you to return items you bought online now which is also really handy. Shop around and get a feel for what you like and it will help you to make your final decision.

white coat by Nasty Gal

2. Choose a classic style 

Heavily printed or bright colour coats will tend to be a ‘fast fashion’ item and you are bound to get sick if it after a short while. These are not always easy to style a full outfit with either. If you stick to a classic colour coat, you will get so much more use out of it and it will be so much easier to wear on a regular basis.

3. Invest

With certain items it’s better to spend slightly more money to make sure you get a better quality, and coats definitely fall under this category. You will be getting a lot of use out of a coat during the Winter and so if you work it out, the cost per wear will end up being value for money in the long run. Cheaper coats tend to not be lined and are made of a thinner material which is to be avoided. After all, the whole point of a coat is that it actually keeps you warm!

4. Pay attention to the fit

When trying on coats, it’s always a good idea to test them out with a couple of different style tops underneath to get an idea of the fit. Check that it does up easily and that you have room to easily move around. Also consider the practicality of the styles you are looking at. A longer length coat is always stylish but if you drive a lot and are in and out of a car all day, it will not be the most practical option. You also need to be able to move your arms easily. This might sound like a funny thing to mention but I have tried coats online before that fit well in the body but have had crazy sleeve lengths. This links back to my point above about investing in a better quality item to try and avoid this sort of issue.

white coat by Nasty Gal

white coat by Nasty Gal

Coat: Nasty Gal £85 – HERE

Handbag: Mango sold out, similar one £29.99 – HERE

Shoes: Jimmy Choo £550 – HERE

Winter  Coat Edit – my favourites

Belted Plaid Trench Coat
Topshop Corduroy Puffer Jacket
Zara faux shearling coat
Pretty Little Thing Camel Borg Pocket Front Coat
Topshop Luxe Faux Fur Coat
Nasty Gal cream faux fur coat
Belted Plaid Trench Coat
Topshop Corduroy Puffer Jacket
Zara faux shearling coat
Pretty Little Thing Camel Borg Pocket Front Coat
Topshop Luxe Faux Fur Coat
Nasty Gal cream faux fur coat
Belted Plaid Trench Coat
Topshop Corduroy Puffer Jacket
Zara faux shearling coat
Pretty Little Thing Camel Borg Pocket Front Coat
Topshop Luxe Faux Fur Coat
Nasty Gal cream faux fur coat

The animal prints to be wearing right now

Leopard print is a classic that continues to be in style year after year and no matter what the season is, it always looks amazing. I am personally a huge fan of animal print, and when worn well, it can look really stylish and expensive. Now there are other animal prints that are starting to really catch my eye and are appearing in all of the shops and Topshop in particular are killing it right now with the animal print selection.

I have picked out my favourite zebra, snake and ditsy cheetah print pieces that I am obsessing over right now from Topshop.

Zebra Print

Choose between traditional black and white stripes or go for a beige and black version for a stylish and simple way to inject some animal print into your wardrobe. I love zebra print and this can really liven up a simple outfit without looking like you have over done it. Experiment with this print in faux-fur accessories, or try out a maxi dress, skirt or blouse and you will feel instantly fabulous I guarantee it!

Snake Print

This is the animal trend of the moment that I really want to start wearing and plan on investing in. This trend will be rolling over into Autumn/Winter so I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this style. Snakeskin prints work really well with 70s-inspired styles like flared trousers, patent coats or A-Line mini skirts as well as gorgeous leather accessories. What I love about this print is that there are loads of really cool colour options available to experiment with. I am seeing acid yellows and greens, bold oranges and reds as well as the traditional grey/brown shades and I love the look of all of them!

Cheetah

If leopard print is a bit too much for you, then cheetah print would be a great alternative way to ease yourself into the animal print trend. It is more of a subtle print and a mixture between leopard and polka dots and is extremely easy to wear. Go for bright colours to really make a statement or keep it classic with beige and monochrome shades.

Blouse: Topshop

All of the above looks are available from Topshop – Leave a comment below if you are loving the animal print trend or plan to try a new print style this Pre-Fall season!

Online shopping – is it worth the money or is the high street better?

Image: Pinterest

In the last few years online shopping for clothes has really boomed. I remember when Asos first launched and they were actually called ‘As seen on screen’, selling clothes that were inspired by what celebrities had been spotted wearing. Now days they are a multi-billion pound global success selling womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery, beauty products and a huge range of well-known brands. They continue to grow every year and since then there has been a surge in other online fashion sites such as Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, Missguided, and Misspap which are also following the same pattern of success.  

The appeal of these sites is mainly for the price which tends to be a lot cheaper than the high street stores such as Topshop and they are also very trend led, leading the way with the latest fast fashion styles and marketed in a way that make you want to spend your money with them. They often send out discount codes, newsletters and emails on a daily basis to get you back on their site looking at what’s new. It certainly works for me so they are doing something right in keeping hold of our attention!

These online fashion companies have grown with the help of celebrity collaborations such as Paris Hilton, Kourtney Kardashian and Pia Mia, as well as social media platforms such as Instagram. The rise of the influencer on social media has also really boosted the popularity of these online retailers. Pretty Little thing have even started selling clothing covered with their own brand name which has been selling really well for them.

Image: Pretty Little Thing

However, with the plus points there are also the negatives. Personally, I have been really disappointed with shopping online lately and I have sent back 90% of what I have ordered. This is what inspired me to write this blog post as it makes me wonder if everyone else is experiencing the same as me? Is everyone else spending hours queuing in the post office returning their online purchases or are the clothes working for everyone else and it’s just me finding it a palaver? Here are a few of my biggest nightmares with online shopping:

The quality

A lot of the items ordered online seem to be of a lower standard in terms of quality. You can tell as soon as you touch it that the fabric is not going to last long and doesn’t always look or feel the nicest to wear in real life. I find a lot of the white clothing, particularly trousers tend to be transparent and no one wants to walk around with their pants on show – that’s an outfit killer right there!

The item doesn’t match the image online

OK, so I know that the models are there to make the clothes look the best that they possibly can, but so often I see an outfit online that looks incredible and as soon as I try it on it looks nothing like how I imagined which is so disappointing. This can be anything from the colour not matching how you hoped or the fabric being too thick/thin/stiff etc. When you shop in a high street store, though you have the chance to try the clothes on and test them before you buy to see if you look good in them which saves you so much time and money, which leads me onto point 3.

The fit

I have literally given up ordering trousers online now as I am not blessed with the longest of legs, but the length of some of these trousers makes me wonder who all these tall people are as I never seem to see them walking around!  Also, I find that I can be a size 8 with some items right up to a 12. This is because the clothes are cheaply made and from a variety of factories so the standard of sizing is usually all over the place and often hard to judge.

Waiting 

If you are impatient like I am, when I buy something new I like to take it home with me straight away. Deliveries have improved for a lot with the bigger named online retailers, and they often offer free next day delivery deals, but even still, you need to wait and if you are not home when the delivery man arrives, this could also mean an extra trip to the post office. I think I am on first name terms with my postman and local post office now!

Returns and refunds

This is one of my biggest hater points of online shopping. You might get a good deal with free postage when you place that order, but you will have to pay to return items the majority of the time – apart from ASOS who have a fabulous 28 day return policy for absolutely free.

I also find the length of time you have to wait to get your money back can be frustrating and you could easily forget if you are due a refund if you have had to send a few things back in the month. This makes me wonder how high the return rate is for some of these online retailers. I know that a lot of YouTubers that film fashion hauls do not keep all of the items they order online, and a lot of people are starting to do these type of videos.  I personally love watching them and often get really good inspiration for outfit styling watching these.

Talking of YouTube, a lot of the well-known influencers are gifted the items that they show and haven’t had to pay for them. This could also be the reason why they speak so highly of everything they show usually and I would love to know if they really love the items they have received as much as they say that they have.

The high street stores have really been suffering in the UK over the last few years and many have been going out of business which is a real shame. I really enjoy shopping in stores and would hate for that to disappear completely and everything to become purely focused on online shopping.

Image: Pinterest

What are your thoughts about shopping online? Do you prefer it to shopping on the high street now? What do you think about the quality and service you are getting from online retailers?  I would love to know your thoughts on this!

My top 5 sassy Topshop shoes you need in your wardrobe this summer

Summer clothes are personally not my favourite as no matter what I put on makes me feel like I am melting and uncomfortable. For me, nothing beats cosy winter knits, or a stylish coat with a pair of boots, however I am completely shoe obsessed and love footwear no matter what the season, weather or occasion! I am a believer that you can never have too many pairs of shoes (that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it) and I do really love a pretty summer sandal, especially when worn with a fabulous tan and freshly painted nails.

For quick trends that I know are not going to be around for more than a season, I tend to buy more high street versions but for classic styles that I know I will be able to wear time and time again, I like to invest in more premium or luxury brands which I know I’ll be long lasting and good quality. Saying that, just because something is designer and comes with a high price point, does not guarantee that it will be comfortable to wear. Far from it in some cases especially with shoes! But if I have a night out where I can get a taxi and not have to run for the train or night bus on the way home, then I can overlook the pain factor for the outfit!

Topshop have such a great selection of Summer footwear shoes dropping in the stores and online at the moment and I had to share with you some of my current favourites. I am really impressed with the selection and the range of prices and there are some really affordable styles so here we are with my top 5 picks currently:

Pretty little details

I love the cute studded frill detail on these heels. They would look great with a black straw bag which is a huge trend for Summer 18. These look really expensive and not a they don’t look like they are straight off the high street. At only £39 these are a real bargain. Find these here

Stylish leather mules

Mules are a great way to dress up any outfit and instantly make you look more chic and expensive. These are another little bargain find from Topshop at £29 and are a classic style that can easily be worn with a dress, skirt or trouser. Find these here

Colour block sling backs

I love the colour and block heel of these green suede sling back heels. I have a similar pair from Topshop pictured at the beginning of this blog post, which I love and have been wearing a lot lately. A bright  heel is a great way to make a simple outfit pop, or a nice addition to a full colour block outfit. These are at a slightly higher price point to the others at £49 but they would be a great transitional shoe when we move into Autumn. Find these here

Summer woven chic

Woven footwear styles are everywhere at the moment but these Topshop ones are my favourite that I have come across. How pretty will these look with a little summer dress for a day out! The heel isn’t too high either so these will be easy to wear and a stylish addition to your wardrobe. These will also keep your feet cool on a hot day. Find these here

Gold Gucci style sandals

This final pair on my Topshop wish list has to be these gorgeous gold sandals that are really similar to a pair at Gucci that I love. Gold or silver heels are equally as good as plain black as they literally go with everything. I love the slightly textured leather of these and these would take you from the office to a night out. Find these here

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