Big, Bold and Stripy

So the last of the clearance rails have been riffled through, all the bargains have been snapped up and new season is arriving – All hail the new season!

With the long awaited January pay day on our horizon you may be thinking about a little Spring splurge.  Although the weather has taken a turn for the worse and we’re likely to be wrapped up to our eyeballs for the foreseeable, I personally have already started to collate a few key pieces that will only be making an appearance once the suns out.

One of the big, key SS16 trends is stripes (see below catwalk inspo), now I know that may not sound like anything new, we know the fash pack love a Breton stripe, it’s a classic and everyone has one in their wardrobe, but for Spring/Summer your stripes need to be big and bold.  I can already hear cries of how stripes only work if you’re skinny, well fear not because worn the right way, and I’m talking vertically as opposed to horizontally, you’ll find that they can actually elongate you – so don’t rule them out yet.

(All images from Pinterest)

It’s also a great buy now wear all season trend, hunt out the primary colours for this transitional period, then as soon as Spring is sprung you’ll be able to find pastels and brights galore.

Still not convinced? Take a look at some of the High Streets hottest, available right now (or very soon)!


Bring Me The Biker.

Happy New Year you lovely lot, I hope Santa had you on the nice list and New Year was full of excitement.  Unfortunately for me I caught the most rotten cold and was in bed with a lemsip by 9:30pm.

Anyway, the best and most exciting past-time post Christmas is not hitting the packed, sweaty gym, I prefer sharpening my elbows and hitting the high street to bag a bargain in the sales, which is exactly what I did the day after Boxing Day, oh and then returned my purchase again 3 days later…let me explain.

I was desperate to find myself a beautiful leather biker in the Jan sales, I even started to scope out styles before Christmas.  Luckily for me, my Mother-in-Law is very generous and I received a gift card ripe for splurging in Whistles…Whoop!

When it comes to the Whistles sales you have to be quick off the mark and unfortunately you can’t use their gift cards online, this meant I had to head into town and of course purchase, I mean browse, all the other sale goodies whilst I was there.  As soon as I walked into the store my eyes were drawn to a gorgeous cropped leather biker, the price tag, £350 down to £145! How could I resist?  I popped it on, a size 12, but something wasn’t right, the shoulders looked a little big, it was quite that shrunken Kate Moss look I’d been envisaging (see below), oh I wanted to cry!  ‘No problem’ said the lovely sales girl, I’ll just track down a size 10 for you – only problem, it had actually sold out the whole way through the company and online.

I bought the size 12 anyway, for me it’s that whole fear of missing out, or tracking down something that basically doesn’t exist anymore, it always makes you want it more.  On getting home, away from the nice mirrors and Instagram worthy lighting I realised my errors and knew it had to go back – hey it’s basically giving the opportunity to some else, right?

Back I go to Whistles and just one last check with the sales girl that there is definitely no size 10’s anywhere in the UK, whilst she’s searching I have a browse in the ‘New Season’ section..Uh Oh!  Here we go again, my eyes fall upon the most beautiful, butter soft (Kate Moss inspired – obvs)  black biker, but at another £200, on top of the gift card I just couldn’t justify, or afford the divorce.  So, I’ll be waiting for another sale or a Grazia 20% at Whistles before I’m splurging on this beauty.

To save you my dilemmas here’s a selection of the coolest bikers out there at the moment.