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Bershka Spring 2010

17 May

I often think that Bershka, one of the youngest brands owned by Zara’s parent company Inditex, is overlooked and not given the credit it’s due. The brand is aimed at a slightly younger demographic than Zara, which is why I don’t think it’s given the attention it deserves, but I love their clothes. They are a lot more casual and not as ‘fashion’ as their big sister brand. Actually, they’re more similar to the more casual brand under the Zara umbrella (I forget the actual name) than say Zara Women. A couple of years ago I bought some amazing high-waisted bleached hotpants from there which I wear to death!

Here are some images from the Spring/Summer 2010 lookbook. I think Bershka is more than ready to come out of it’s big sister Zara’s shadow. What do you think? Do you shop at Bershka? 

I love the print, I’m not normally a print girl but I’m definitely going to give it a whirl this Summer!

Denim, tick. Jumpsuit, tick. 

When (if) it really starts heating up, I turn into a bit of a lazy slob. White is my go-to colour and there’s nothing easier than throwing on a dress. That’s why I love this look.

I need a better look at those jeans, I hope they aren’t jeggings! Really like the slash detail on the back of that tee. 

Along with white tees, I live in battered denim shorts in Summer.

Delicious fringing.

Perfect outfit for a day at the beach. Is it me or does it have a very ‘Topshop’ vibe? 

* Source Bershka

Frock Me with TK Maxx: Underwear as Outerwear

8 May

I’m not normally one to sit and watch telly all day, truth be told I usually half watch a show on my laptop as I blog or eat. But this weekend I’m spending the rainy weekend in Hampshire, which means telly galore! This morning I caught a repeat of last Sunday’s Frock Me with TK Maxx, with Alexa Chung, Henry Holland and Gemma Cairney, which was the Underwear as Outerwear episode. Regular readers will know that this is one of my favourite trends – here’s my blogpost on it.

Here are a couple of behind the scenes videos from this episode:

Henry Holland’s take on underwear as outerwear

Frock Off

Here are my top five picks from the high-street:

Topshop zip lace slip skirt – £25. Looks like a vintage slip but it’s toughened up with the exposed zip. 

Rare floral cropped top – £26. This little top is so versatile, I would wear it with rolled up trousers, a slip skirt or even over a tshirt or dress. 

New Look lace panel bodysuit – £16. Bodysuits are my absolute essential for this trend, and a little touch of lace makes this one absolutely perfect for layering showing off. 

Miss Selfridge lace cami – £25. A very subtle take on this trend, you really can’t go wrong with a pretty lace cami.

Henry Holland for Pretty Polly tights – £12. I know some people have already started wearing suspenders with shorts and tights but I don’t think I’m quite there! That’s why I absolutely love these tights.

Frock Me with TK Maxx is on Sundays on Channel 4. For more information check out

The Search for Longline Bras and Bralets

30 Jan
My post on Underwear as Outerwear has been niggling away at me. I have this sudden interest in bras which are too pretty/hot/interesting to be kept under covers. I managed to grab this one in pink in the Topshop sale, and have worn it a couple of times, mostly under lace tops or low cut tshirts. 

It’s really, really hard to find bras which you can wear out of the house without fear of getting arrested. Topshop have a little selection and there are a couple of viable options from the Sonia Rykiel for H&M collection, but I’ve fallen head over heels for the Alexander Wang bralet.

* Source, Alexander Wang

Spring 2010 Trends: Underwear as Outerwear

11 Jan
Lingerie as outerwear is a trend which does the rounds, and it’s about time it came around again! I’m not normally one to quote celebrity trends, but the likes of Rihanna and Lady Gaga have been championing this look for a while. It’s been bubbling under the surface, lace and over the knee socks have been around for a couple of seasons now. But the underwear as outerwear trend is really going to blow up this Spring, lingerie inspired looks have been all over the catwalk from Dior to Proenza Schouler.

L – R: Dolce & Gabbanna, Fendi, Felder Felder x 2, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior
          Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier x 2, Hannah Marshall, House of Holland, Proenza Schouler

It’s not all about having lots of flesh on show, bras were on show under sheer fabrics at Fendi, while House of Holland prefered bralets worn over the top. The brave amongst you can simply wear them along or with a light jacket over the top, a look seen at Gaultier which is one of my favourite looks. Of course, longline bras aren’t the only way to wear this trend. Let’s not overlook exposes suspenders and highwaisted shorts/knickers, the latter has been around for a couple of seasons now. I’m fan of the shorts/knickers, any leg lengthening tricks are very welcome by me! Exposes suspenders will be a bit trickier to wear, but I never say never. An easier way of adopting this trend are the House of Holland faux stocking tights. Rumi of Fashion Toast pulls them off absolutely effortlessly. 

Will you be wearing your underwear as outerwear this Spring?

Surviving the Boxing Day Sales

26 Dec

It’s Boxing Day morning and the house is as quiet as a mouse. You can’t hear a peep….except…for me sneaking out the door at an ungodly hour. Yep, it’s sales time. Boxing Day sales are one of my most favourite rituals and I’ve been going to the sales for about 7 years now. There are two rules I swear by: be organised and shop smart.

Being organised

Know where you’re going and how you’re gonna get there – Check trains/tubes are running!
If you’re outside of London, double check what time the shopping centre opens
It pays to arrive early, most people can’t be bothered!
Comfy flat shoes and comfy clothes are a must

Shop smart

It’s so easy to buy current trend pieces which you will only wear for a couple of months. I prefer to shop next season’s trends now, and very occasionally I shop for classic items. The trends I’m going to be keeping an eye out for are:

* Neutral colours – Peaches, ice blues, dove greys, creams
* Texture – Lace, chiffon, very light fabrics and Grecian draping
* Shoulders – One shoulder or strapless dresses or jumpsuits. Though I think I might steer clear of dresses, my wardrobe is overflowing!
* Shrinking hemlines – short shorts, shorter skirts and the shortest dresses
* Embellishment – Sequins, beading, studding, anything. Extra points for anything with military or tribal influences

Spring 2010 Trends
L-R Jil Sander, Lanvin, Balmain, Balmain, Fendi, Christopher Kane

* Images