Widely debated

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If you buy one thing as the phrase goes, then it should be wide legged trousers this season. You will see them appearing everywhere. Yesterday I was ‘researching’ on Oxford Street and Regent Street and I saw lots of lovely wide legged Palazzo style trousers. Floral ones, cropped versions, you name it they are definitely the leg shape of the season.

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These images are the inspiration behind the high street offerings, above Tommy Hilfiger, House of Holland and Tom Ford. Below, Viktor and Rolf.

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River Island have it down, these lovelies are around £35!

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The following are from Zara, I almost bought the floral pair for myself, but they were so long I knew I would have to have them altered. I am still considering it though!

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Are you ready to moth-ball the skinnies?

Born Slippy

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I can’t wait for summer and we have been given a little glimpse of it over the last few days.  As soon as the kids get back to school next week I have a client’s holiday suitcase to shop for and high on my list is a slip dress. She is in her late 20’s and it is perfect for her shape. Slim with curves.

The first dress is from Haider Ackermann, available at net-a-porter.com, £745. It has that Kate Moss 90’s look. The second is Haute Hippie available at matchesfashion.com, £525. Styled perfectly here, I would copy this completely.

In the 90’s when we wore these slip dresses in the spring we wore white t-shirts under.  Although I will be teaming mine with a longer length cardigan or slouchy jumper.

Urban Outfitters have this perfect 90’s check dress, £48. Of course you would expect Topshop to have this trend down. They have a few mini and maxi slip style dresses. This grey one is my favourite at £18. Simplicity is the key, don’t over embellish. The straightness of the style won’t suit everyone, so have a look at these as an alternative.

Topshop £35

River Island £30

Adding some shape to the waist can help hide your tummy or create balance for pear shapes.

Hell for leather

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Ok so it is a tricky trend for ladies my age, but I love the leather trend coming through in next season’s offerings.

Calvin Klein Autumn/Winter 2012/13.

I certainly could not pull of the hair scraped back look. Not with my skin showing signs of the tanning years in the 1980’s.

So how would I soften it up?

This peplum top from Zara (£39.99) has an embroidered pattern which I think breaks up the harshness. I am not sure the high round neck would be too flattering so I would wear a shirt underneath. I certainly wouldn’t wear it with the leather trousers as shown. Far too much leather!

This leather-look skirt from River Island is a bit of alright! Priced at £25!

An easy to wear shape, I would team it with a berry coloured jumper and heeled ankle boots. Add a tweed overcoat in the winter, now there’s a look.

Class of ’85

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My usual Monday morning routine is to head over to the gym first thing before work. I spent the weekend lazing around in my Mum’s garden and you would think my body would be so rested that my workout would be easy. Not so. Despite the air-con and the fan directed straight at me whilst running on the treadmill, it still felt like really hard work. So to stop myself from thinking about the run I tuned into one of the MTV screens. It was the ‘Class of…’ program and today it was 1985. I was firstly cringing at Elaine Paige and Barbara Dixon’s hair, and then transfixed by the youthful and beautiful Madonna dancing all over the screen (already I had forgotten that I was running).

That is when I spotted the similarity between her look back then and the current fashion season. So this week my muse is the 1980’s Madonna.

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It is a very grainy image but she is actually wearing neon green socks under yellow high heeled sandals!

Christopher Kane dress sale price £348 Matches

A huge saving on this dress, 80% off in fact!

River Island printed denim skirt £30

Cropped black top also River Island £16

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan

Thomas Sabo pendant £119

Diamante cross necklace New Look £4.99

 

Reiss sandals £169

Ray-Ban Wayfarer £120

If only I looked as fresh faced as I did back then!

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

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This year fronting up the campaign are Pixie Geldof and Georgia May Jagger. The campaign has been going for 16 years, originally set up by Ralph Lauren after losing one of his friends to breast cancer. As this year is a big year for us Brits with the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, it is not surprising that this is the inspiration for some of the pieces. How lovely are these images photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth.

Here are a few of my favourite things.

Debenhams £20

Everything stops for tea!

Marks and Spencer £19.50

Very Burberry inspired I think.

River Island £15

Marks and Spencer £12.50

Great T-shirts to wear with our denim shorts, if the sun ever comes out!

Today I am Wearing….

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Zara jacket, River Island jeans Boss orange T, and Repetto heels.

Printed trousers problem

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I have seen lots of lovely young ladies walking around in the current trend for patterned trousers. I love them too, skinny printed jeans or leggings look lovely and fresh for spring. I am desperate to wear this look. It does become more difficult as you get older to not look scarily cougar-like. So I have researched a few options for the over 35’s.

River Island Cream floral trousers £22

I think the genius is not to wear them skinny. This River Island pair would look great with a plain low-key black or cream t-shirt and a tailored jacket. Slip on some pumps for a laid back feel.

Whistles Wisteria printed trousers £125

Head-to-toe print may be a great alternative to a printed dress for evening. I would be inclined to break the pattern up in this outfit from Whistles with a contrasting coloured belt and heels. How lovely would it look with a faux fur jacket just shrugged onto your shoulders.

Lanvin sequin-print trousres £855

These Lanvin trousers are really lovely and easy to wear as the pattern isn’t too ‘in your face’!

The Clash

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Don’t play matchy-matchy this spring, make like a mixologist mix it up and clash your prints.

Prada SS12

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Proenza Schouler SS12

Wear this from River Island….

Pencil Skirt £25

Add this from Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge £20

Or if you happen to be over 35, wear this from Oasis….

Floral Print Pencil £45

Add this from Oliver Bonas….

Vera Moda Bird Print £21

Just make sure you wear these with a lot of attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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