Refresh your wardrobe with new Spring colours

Finally Spring is here. I am surrounded by a stunning array of colour. Yellow daffodils, delicate pink cherry blossom. Vibrant purple crocuses mixed with delicate white snowdrops.

I am inspired to inject more colour into my wardrobe. My basic essentials of navy, black and grey are all very well however they need perking up. I am in the mood to combine unusual tones and hues. Maybe pink with purple, green with a touch of yellow, blue with red.

Experimenting with bright colours can be a little daunting. It can be too easy to stick to the usual grey-and-navy and camel-and-black neutrals.

The Spring 2017 collections were full of colour. These colours are  now appearing in the high street and on line. There is plenty of choice available.


If you are still feeling a bit nervous of the new brighter colours you can always add a touch of brightness with accessories. Add any of these to your neutrals and it will definitely liven up your wardrobe.

PS. Good news if you were interested in the pink Mango coat I featured here. It is now back in stock Pink Mango coat.

The stunning photos of Spring flowers were taken by my friend Julie of Jafinthebox. Check out her blog and do follow her beautifully collated Instagram.



Spring layering sleeveless jacket

It is that time of year when it is in between seasons. I have not yet unpacked my lighter summer wardrobe from their winter resting pace in our garage. It can be sunny one minute then raining and windy the next. Layers are the answer. So this very flattering navy boiled wool sleeveless top by Hopefashion is just the job. I can wear it now over my navy roll neck sweater (similar) and when the weather finally turns warmer team it with a cream or white top or T-shirt.

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Tips on how to dress for Petites

Petite Dressing (all good things come in small packages!) If you are petite i.e. under 5’4” or 1.64m you are in good company. Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham and Madonna to name a few.

I thought I would address this subject as I have received several emails from my petite readers asking for advice.

There are a number of things you can do to appear taller and create a leaner and more flattering silhouette. A little heel goes a long way. Instead of splitting your body in half, think in terms of thirds. A good option might be a two thirds length tunic with leggings or narrow trousers or a shorter top with high waisted (wider) trousers. Alternatively a short cropped jacket or cardigan with a shift dress. Consider monochrome or fewer colour variations in the same outfit.

Dress Marks&Spencer  (US link) // Pink scarf // saddle bag // Wedge sandals // Lipstick //  necklace.

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Do we consider some brands too young

I had always considered Topshop to be more suitable for the young and lithe than us more mature women. I think I might have been wrong.

I had a good internet browse the other day and to my surprise found several items that I liked very much. So in the spirit of exploration and trying new looks out on your behalf I ordered a couple of coats that I consider would suit any age.

I am wearing the Topshop pink coat (Can’t believe this is also now sold out. They do have similar styles in a brighter pink). I also found one at Boden. I am wearing it with my Winserlondon cream sweater from last season similar (reduced) and Winserlondon straight black trousers. Grey felt hat some years old similar at Nordstrom and John Lewis.

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How I work the oversize look

How I work the oversize look. What do you think of the oversize trend? Definitely for the tall and well built amongst us. Also a bit 80s with the large shoulders. According to the current autumn 2017 runway shows we will seeing much more of this silhouette for autumn. Maybe we need to get our eye accustomed to the changing “look” after so many seasons of skinny jeans and leggings.

I thought I would experiment with the new silhouette. This oversize mac is from Topshop. They offer a good range of similar styles . Teamed with my NYDJ jeans at JDWilliams and Nordstrom. Plus my Stan Smiths for a relaxed look.

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