It’s Monday the sun is shining and I am looking forward to spring. I have recently been arguing the case for trainers as a fashion shoe, 90’s style, to be worn with dresses. As we saw a few weeks ago Chanel’s Couture show featured Cara et al wearing trainers on the runway.

This is my inspiration for my new early spring wardrobe.

Look at these two from Massimo Dutti, perfect partners I think. The dress is £54.95 and the trainers £69.95.

These two are from &Other Stories, the trainers Nike £70 and the dress £65.






When shopping the sales it is always a good idea to think ahead to what the new season coming up is offering. Rather than picking up something that was huge trend in the season we are leaving, look for the pieces that evolve into the next season.

Alberta Ferretti is a good place to start. Pre collection.


Cos, jacket £87

Coat Massimo Dutti £115

Whistles £185

The weather is rotten out there so why not nurse your hangover with a bit of on-line sale shopping.




Back in the office


Well I have had an extended break away from Frockcontrol and it has been a busy one. A boy’s birthday, visiting relatives, parties, and of course Christmas. This year I was planning to not buy a special outfit for Christmas Day as I have a wardrobe crammed with fabulousness that hardly ever gets touched. However I succumbed to a beautiful jumper from Cos and the slip skirt I blogged about from Zara. They looked perfect with my Penelope Chilvers velvet boots.

The photographer (husband) didn’t do a great job of showing the ensemble in its full glory, but you get the idea.

So now it is New Year’s Eve which is another excuse to get dressed up. I have only ever been to a handful of New Year’s parties as I am usually well over partying by the time it comes around. I have to say I do feel a bit like that this year too. We have a guest from New York over and so there will be some celebrating, but probably the gossiping over wine type of affair. What will you all be doing? I am always envious of those that can pull another party feeling out of the bag. Are you all going to hit the shops today for a new dress? Or do you plan way in advance?

The sales are in full swing and I have to say they are impressive I have managed to check out a few here and there.

Fenwick has some great stock and the sales bring many of the pieces I would normally bypass suddenly into my price range, like this lovely dress.

Moschino Cheap and Chic £250 from £499

I cannot tell you enough how much I love this dress. The simple shape, the perfect length, the print…..

Mother of Pearl £290 from £579 have an amazing up to 60% off sale on too. Obviously these won’t get to you in time for tonight, but these pieces will work for you through spring.

Day Birger £199 from £299

DKNY £124 from £312

I think I will be seeing in the New Year in a navy blue Massimo Dutti shirt dress that is simply perfect. Just above the knee with the buttons undone to camisole showing level and not cinched in, just left loose.

This is the exact one, I bought it in the spring and I think it was around £60, I have worn it and worn it. However I have never worn it with Ugg slippers, as I will tonight around my open fire.

Happy New Year everyone, wishing you a stylish 2014.




Love the High Street


Let’s face it we all love it when the High Street imitates a design from the runways, but sometimes it is just too obvious and everyone buys it and suddenly we don’t love it anymore.

I have picked out a few items that remind me how brilliant our stores are at taking inspiration from the big boys and creating something (sshh) even better!

This long line jacket with echoes of Valentino is amazing. I could see this being worn as a cover up for a summer wedding as well as wearing it casually as above. Zara £79.99.

Also from Zara is this Stella McCartney looking outfit. The fact that they are separates instead of being a jumpsuit means that you don’t get the baggy bum syndrome when you get up from sitting down.

The blouse is £39.99 and the trousers are £35.99.

This black dress from Boden £89, looks like a dress shown on the Chanel Couture runway earlier this week.

This jacket from Massimo Dutti is on my wish list. An amazing price for the quality, £225.


Belt up!


I always use belts to change the look of an outfit. Whether it is to pick up an accent colour or change the fit of a dress.

Massimo Dutti £29.90

This is cute, it could make a simple shift dress look a little more quirky, over a crisp white shirt would look great too.

Topshop £18

Really great belt would go excellently with yesterdays Marks and Spencer dress.

Esprit £29

Wear this belt over your spring jackets to cinch in your waist.

Add a splash of brightness to your outfit with a bright skinny, like this one.

Esprit £15

If money is no object then check out Azzedine Alaia at Matches belts. Very nice.

Azzedine Alaia £900

May day


May Day 1911

The bank holiday is here, hooray! What will you be doing with the three day weekend? When I was a child, in the village that my Gran lived, there was a May Day fair and it always had a Maypole that all the children would dance around. In fact come to think of it, I seem to remember learning Maypole dances at primary school. My children have no idea what a Maypole is!

Whatever you have planned for the weekend, take inspiration from the old traditions and follow the new white trend!

Jil Sander SS12

Celine SS12

Lovely white dresses as seen on the runways of the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion weeks, suitable for any May Queen!

Zara embroidered dress £89.99

This dress has a dropped waist and has an ethereal feel. Perfect for a weekend away in the sun.

Massimo Dutti Jacket £125 Trousers £64.90

This look is perfect for a day out shopping or a lunch date.

Ted Baker dress £169

Pretty dress for a night out!

Unlikely style icon? – David Essex


Denim shirts, how to wear them now.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2012

Lovely huh?

Massimo Dutti denim shirt £54.90

Topshop denim shirt £46

Take inspiration

Topshop sleeveless demin £32

Zara denim shirt £25.99

Zara again £25.99

Looks like these are  ‘Gonna Make You a Star’!!

Today I am wearing…


…plum Monkee Genes Jeans and a Maison Scotch jacket on a sunny day in London Town.

Massimo Dutti basket weave brogues,

Farhi pink jumper, up-cycled necklace and Massimo Dutti scarf.

Dream Weaver


A trend that I have noticed coming through in the Spring/Summer collection is the weave. Whether we are talking yarn or basket weave the home-spun look is having a fashion moment. When out shopping with a client last week I spotted a few interesting things on the High Street.

Gascony Tan shoes £79 Jones the Bootmaker

These are fab little shoes from Jones the Bootmaker and would look great with some ankle length skinny pastel jeans.

And these from Massimo Dutti are lovely…..

Braided Blucher £79

Woven Ballerina shoes £69

This dress from Jigsaw has a basket weave print!

Basket Print dress £139

With Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey gracing the fash-mag covers this month in either Vuitton or Valentino you can hardly have missed the current crush we have on lace and broderie-anglaise.

New Look £17.99

A great little find at New Look  – just change the belt!

Georgia Dress £48 Topshop

Crochet Shirtdress Topshop £50

Trust Topshop to have this look sussed.

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