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Review: Love Label belted mac from Very

7 Sep

There’s a reason why trench coats are so iconic: aside from the classic design, they’re versatile and absolutely perfect for the in-between seasons. At the moment, it’s a bit too nippy to go out without a nice piece of outerwear to keep you toasty but it’s not cold enough to warrant the big thick winter coats which seem to have prematurely invaded shops. I think you can go one of two ways with a trench; either very classic and masculine or modern and girly. I opted for the latter with a fitted, dipped hem belted mac from Love Label at Very. The little details gave it a bit of personality and caught my eye; it’s such a distinctive shape.

The a-line shape is very flattering and with the buttons done up and belt tied, it gave me a lovely hourglass shape, accentuated by the fluted dipped hem.  One of my pet hates with coats is that the sleeves are usually a little too short but the sleeves of the Love Label mac were perfect – no cold wrists for me! The collar is nice and high and the pockets were absolutely huge, easily accommodating my two phones, headphones and big bunch of keys.

One of my favourite details was the polkadot lining, just one of the little details which makes this a fun, girly coat. As the back is slightly longer than the front, you get a wee flash of polkadot from the front; it’s a clever little detail. I’ve had a couple of coats which have a lovely lining but sadly they hardly get seen/appreciated. I dressed it up with heels and a floral dress as I was at work, but I’ve worn it with flats and it’s still looked great. I think the shorter length at the front stops it from looking frumpy which can be the danger of wearing a trench coat with flats.

The mac costs £59 and is available from Very. I was really impressed with the quality of the buttons and fabric. I’ve been caught in a few showers while wearing it and thankfully the rain didn’t soak through the fabric like it did with my old ASOS trench. I absolutely adore this coat, it’s made the transition into Autumn a little less traumatic. In fact, I love it so much I’m adding the stone version to my wish list!   

Oriental inspiration from Katy Perry to the high street

31 Aug

There is only one person I look out for at music awards ceremonies – Ms Katy Perry. This girl plans meticulously and goes the whole 10 yards with her entire head-to-toe look, she really commits. And the girl has enough chutzpah to pull off any look. Take her Oriental-inspired get up at the 2011 VMAs, par exemple. The baby blue Atelier Versace press is absolutely stunning, with it’s embroidered cherry blossom shaped crystals and cut outs. Most would draw the line there but Katy accessoried with a cute matching, killer Jimmy Choos and candy pink hair. She sort of looks part Harajuku girl, part anime babe and totally awesome. 

If you feel inspired by Ms Perry and her oriental look, the high street is full of oriental-inspired prints to help you emulate a much more toned down version of her outfit…

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Phase Eight Orient print dress – £98 in the sale

Review: Love Label at Very blue lace dress

16 Jun
Having recently posted about the trend for brightly coloured lace dresses, when the Very site contacted me to do a product review I picked this pretty blue dress by Love Label. The colour was quite unusual and the shape looked good, fit and flare shapes are always flattering plus the low back was a nice detail. I like that the lining is slightly shorter than the lace overlay which shows off the pretty fabric. There were also some good reviews, it had four stars our of a possible five overall which is very promising. 

When I received the dress, I noticed that the colour was a bit more vibrant than the pictures. I had been expecting this as one of the reviews on site mentioned it and I actually preferred the zingier colour. It fit absolutely perfect but the length was a little longer than the images on the site which suited me as that means it’s suitable to wear to work too. When I did wear it to work, I got so many compliments, more than with any other item of clothing! Due to the colour, it’s a very eye-catching dress so make sure you’re prepared to turn heads in it!

The dress costs £38 and I was very impressed with the quality. The dress zips up fine with no snagging whatsoever (I hate it when it’s difficult to do up a dress) and the fabric feels nice and is comfortable to wear all day and well into the evening. I would definitely recommend this dress, in fact if they did additional colours I would buy them. I think it looks a lot prettier in person. 

A super huge thanks to Niran of Yin & Yang for taking these outfit post snaps. 

Dress – c/o Very
Belt – vintageShoes – c/o Medwinds

From catwalk to high street: Bright lace dresses

9 Jun
Lace went from wearable to wow in the time it took Christopher Kane to send models down his runway in neon Princess Margaret inspired lace pieces. Plain black and white lace pieces have been around on the high street for a while now, long enough for it to get a little boring, so thank goodness for an injection of colour to brighten things up. White lace dresses and blouses are a wardrobe staple for me as they’re cute, girly and demure but the allure of contrasting pretty lace with a bright shock of colour is growing. At first, I did worry about the practicalities of neon lace, what the hell one would wear with a highlighter pink dress anyway?! I imagine it would take a lot to dress it down enough not to be at the receiving end of bemused looks on the 

Thankfully, Issa launched a capsule collection of covetable, flirty little lace dresses on Net-a-Porter; a bit of a departure from the label’s signature slinky 
style.The limited edition collection arrived online about a month ago and features chocolate box shades of bright colours in six different styles, ranging from demure full-sleeve lace to more sexy one shoulder and strapless varieties. This collection is the epitome of something classic being reinvented with a contemporary, cosmopolitan spin. 

The high street of course, is on the ball and has plenty of colourful options for those who want to buy into this trend without breaking the bank. My favourites were from fashion department store Very, who stock a colossal amount of brands online. My favourite bright lace dresses were from Rare Fashion’s sister brand Paprika and Love Label. I would experiment by accessorising with clashing brights as well as nude colours to dress it down a little – so many possibilities. Are you going to experiment with bright lace this 

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