Ah, coat weather! Don’t you just love it? We were incredibly excited (there were squeals) when these two AW15 beauties from Boden landed on our doorstep. We are always totally obsessed with Boden’s coats! They just consistently nail the colours, the shapes and the patterns. Naturally, not much time was wasted before we threw them on and set off for an Autumnal stroll. Oh my.
In a break with tradition, we’ve gone for some bright colours (yeah, right) with two of the most technicolor dreamcoats around. Victoria is single handedly representing all of the primary colours in her gorgeous striped Tilly*. Those stripes are seriously stunning and the drop shoulder and boyish frame are surprisingly flattering – we are both usually quite scared of anything that isn’t fitted but any fears of this looking too boxy were quickly allayed. My (Jo) obsession with all things pink has continued with the a-line shaped Karlie* which has a beautiful jacquard print and Victoria was a big fan of my trim. I will be wearing this throughout the colder months thanks to it being 100% wool.
So, how exactly to style two such statement coats?! As a couple of girls who wear a lot of patterns, we did struggle with our wardrobes at first but thankfully soon discovered that an Autumnal colour scheme of berries, browns, navy and greys worked a treat for both! Victoria wore a navy t-shirt from Primark with the Hayley Spot Jacquard Skirt from Sugarhill Boutique*, ribbed tights from Boden, and Chelsea boots from Yumi* whilst I went for a jam jar print dress from Book of Deer, grey tights from M&S and grey Pointed Loafers (former gophers) from Boden*. We accessoried with five thousand colourful leaves.
Frock horror! Welcome to a spooktacular edition of Double Thumbs Dresses! Our roundup of the frocks deemed worthy of the highly horrific coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval. Read on….if you dare!
(insert moderately evil cackle here)
First up we have these two ghoulish delights from the wonderful Silly Old Sea Dog! Both dresses are 1950s in style with lovely full circular skirts – perfect for popping a petticoat underneath and having a good twirl. The first frock features a rather adorable ghost print which, hold the lantern, actually glows in the dark! Amazing. More dresses should be visible in the darkness. The second features a fine display of terrifying zombie posters, sure to give the shivers to all you see.
You can always trust Modcloth to get on board with a theme and this Halloweentastic dress is no exception! With a thrilling selection of pumpkins, ghosts, cobwebs, and ermm kittens, you’ll look more treat than trick! Also, purple and orange! What a fabulous combination.
This ameowsing Lindy Bop frock has a touch of the Bewitched about it, dontcha think? That retro black cat print is truly wicked and set against that gorgeous blue the whole thing is rather stunning.
If you’ve been thinking of vamping up your Halloween wardrobe, it could be a sign that this glittery Zodiac print from Motel should be yours! I am loving the glitter against that luxurious velvet and, oh my, I am just bats for those sleeves! If you’re currently reading this and thinking ‘if only they’d slasher the price’ then perhaps have a little look in our sidebar, I see a discount code in your future……
This Lazy Oaf dress from ASOS is surely the cats whiskers with that puuuurfect bit of embroidery! I’m not sure anyone would object to you crossing their path in this number! I love the stretchy velvet material and the exaggerated collar but my favourite thing about this dress is that it has hidden pockets! Perfect for stashing your sweets.
It’s almost like I see Halloween as an excuse to wear as many cats as possible! This Brat & Suzie number from ASOS is perfectly fangtastic and those scaredy cats are actually pretty adorable.
This is a fiendishly fun dress from Hell Bunny at Tiger Milly! Set in a 50’s diner, it features a whole host of zombie pin up waitresses holding ice creams with eyeballs, brains and fingers.Oh my! Perfect! Love the shape and halterneck too.
If you are reading this in Australia (and by golly I would love to know if you are) then you should definitely check out the fabulous Pigtails and Pirates! So many great dresses! This Zombie Apocalypse print is just the ticket for Halloween as it features some rather cute zombies (one of them is even wearing a rather fetching green bow) take over their town. They do ship internationally so don’t freak out!
Why did the skeleton go to the party alone? Because he had nobody to go with! Well, Topshop have sorted that old conundrum out with this skeleton print midi dress. There’s no bones about it, you would probably only wear this dress once a year but I think you’ll agree it’s head and shoulders above the rest. (sorry).
And if you want to go the extra mile this Halloween and dress as me after one too many gins, then Very have got you covered.
Shoes glorious shoes! We were super pumped when the lovely folk at Clarks got in touch to ask if we would like to style some shoes from their new collection of shoes&boots for AW15! We couldn’t resist their latest collaboration with Orla Kiely, which we first saw in all its fabulous retro glory at the gorgeous #allquietinthelibrary London Fashion Week AW15 presentation. They are fun, quirky and playful! Basically, we like to think of them as the ‘She and Hem’ of the shoe world. That works for everyone, yeah?
We love how the famous stem print design is incorporated on to the sole of all of the shoes in the collection. It’s the little touches like that, the detailing of the straps and the exciting colours which make this collection so shoe-purb! All of Orla’s collaborations with Clarks have been pretty dreamy so far, but this one is definitely our favourite. From sparkly gold flats to groovy 70’s platforms, they are all blooming perfect! And comfy too! So very comfy.
Victoria plumped for the oh-so-sparkly navy and gold Orla Abigail* which, judging by the amount of times we have spotted these beauties on Instagram, are the must have shoe of the moment! It’s not hard to see why as they really are beautiful with such a lovely shimmer and, thanks to their perfectly formed chunky heel, are going to be just the ticket for party season! Victoria let her shoes do the talking and embraced a Sixties vibe with her black and white Primark dress, which is currently available in store if you fancy finding it. She looks so chic!
I (Jo) chose the Orla Angelina* because red and pink is my absolute favourite colour combination at the moment and with those lovely pink buttoned flowers, they were just too cute not to have! I couldn’t wait to wear them with my favourite Boden* skirt (seriously, I live in this skirt now) and, once I’d added some jazzy purple spotted tights and a pink pompom, I decided to try and tone down the madness by wearing a ballet dancer print blouse from Zara. That sentence makes complete sense in my head, anyway.
These shoes really are just fabulous and look so much more expensive than they are! Please carry on these fantastic collaborations, Clarks! We don’t want this to be the last.
Brrrr it would appear it’s time to layer up, as despite still being Autumn, the temperature seems to have suddenly dropped! Never fear though, as it gives us the perfect opportunity to wrap up warm and keep toasty in this season’s must-have winter coats! We’ve searched high and low for our favourites, and we think these Yumi.co.uk lovelies are two of the best that AW15 has to offer. With check patterns and faux fur galore, both coats are effortlessly on trend and are just so blooming cosy. Just look how snug we are! Mmmm, snug.
I (Victoria) am wearing the Oversized Cheversizedck coat*, which just had to be mine as I am obsessed with all things yellow and grey. I was a little worried about it’s loose shape, as whenever I’ve tried on oversized coats before I’ve felt swamped, but I’ve had so many compliments about this one. The colours are much more vivid IRL, and it’s honestly the warmest thing I’ve ever worn. It’s definitely going to see me through winter. Underneath my woolly cocoon, I’m wearing the jazzy Contrast Stripe Shirt Dress*. I love it, it’s like all of the colours got together for a groovy abstract bender. There is no better way to compliment any dress and coat combo than with a pair of classic brown Chelsea Boots*, so that’s exactly what I did.
Jo’s rocking the lush Faux Fur Collar Swing Coat*, in a beautiful shade of blue. Unfortunately, the smaller sizes are currently sold out, but don’t feel blue, it’s also available in black! Hooray! I love the coat’s 1960’s inspired shape and think it looks perfect with tan lace up boots and the Building Block Day Dress*, which is a dress we’ve had our eyes on since Double Thumbs Dresses #60. The apartment print features babies in prams, dogs, cats, bunting, and even teeny tiny satellite dishes! It’s definitely in the running for AW15’s ‘Best Novelty Dress’. A highly coveted accolade.
Look out for our outfits coming up on Yumi’s blog soon!
Hello dress fans! It’s time once again to take a gander at the frocks we have deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval! There’s plenty of new A/W arrivals happening at the moment so I have been slightly spoiled for choice! Frock on…
This Lazy Oaf dress is simply ridiculous. Whoever decided to put cartoon cookies, cola, peanut butter jelly and, wait, is that a watermelon? on a bright blue dress is my new hero. Just imagine rocking up to basically anything in this dress! You’d look pretty darn cool. Best print ever.
I really do have to take a deep breath before I visit the Boden website as I know I am going to want EVERYTHING and usually end up having a tab opening frenzy as I weep uncontrollably about how pretty it all is. Don’t even get me started on their new party frocks! But that’s enough about my private browsing, as among the new arrivals I spied this delightful new London print which is right up my street with its pretty houses, lampposts and bicycles all set against a gorgeous colour pallet of greys, yellows and pinks. I need.
This a-meow-zing dress from not Countdown’s Rachel Riley is the perfect combination of a delightful 50s shape (always a big fan of a matching belt too) and a super fun print. I really like the tan colour too which I can see looking rather lovely with blonde hair. Convenient that…
Well that’s a flippin’ excellent cat collar isn’t it? Miss Patina really do know how to make my bank balance fearful and their latest feline filled collection hasn’t helped in the slightest! This dress offers the best of both worlds for pet lovers everywhere with it’s combination of cat and dog(tooth)! Purrrfect! This one truly has me hot under the cat collar.
I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that this is my favourite of the new Cath Kidston prints! I love love love those gorgeous swans and I am excited to try out the new shirt dress style. I managed to miss out on the penguin dress earlier in the season so I will be snapping this one up quick sharp!
Yep, you read that right! This beautiful mustard frock is indeed from Tesco! It’s sheer perfection in every way from the colour to the vintage shape and holy moly can we discuss those sleeves? See you all in aisle seventies.
This balloon print dress from Sugarhill Boutique at House of Fraser was obviously going to catch my eye due to that fabulous print! I do love any opportunity to wear a fiesta and those balloons are particularly pretty. I’m also really loving the ease of wearing tunics at the moment as they are so fab for layering and now that it’s getting colder (brrr) I’ll soon be cracking out the chunky tights and knitwear.
Last but not least we have this beautiful pink babydoll dress from my loves, M&S. I find you can’t go wrong with a good ruffle or two and that neck is pretty special isn’t it? The blush colour is such a gorgeous shade and, well, do I even need to mention my love for those sleeves?
On Thursday I popped down to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with my friend, fashion icon and fellow M&S appreciator Kelly to catch one of the runway shows of Bristol Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 15. This was my third BFW and it was definitely the best so far thanks to the brilliant movie theme that was embraced from start to finish! It was such a nice touch to be welcomed with popcorn and Kelly and I had a great time admiring the movie posters as we drank our delicious fruity drinks.
The first thing to catch our eye on the catwalk was the ‘High Shine’ collection from John Lewis! You can’t beat a bit of glitz and glamour and I suddenly became all about sparkles, faux fur and sunglasses! What a combination! Plus, how much do I want to be the sort of girl to rock up at the work Christmas party wearing an actual crown?? I also loved the 70s injection courtesy of M&S during the ‘Nomadic’ segment. I can totally see myself trying this look out come the colder weather and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between that pink hat and the one from Accessorize I fell in love with in our last post! I may have made a sneaky purchase after the show!
As someone who likes to dress in as many bright colours as possible, the large amount of grey and black on the catwalk (the grey coat appears to be this seasons staple) didn’t really do it for me although, once again, I was really feeling the faux fur accessories! I’m going to be a big fan of this trend I can see! Both Kelly and I also enjoyed the liberal use of colourful tights which gave everything a bit of a Gossip Girl vibe and is certainly something I will be happy to embrace!
The two stand out pieces for us were the black sequin jacket (which was spectacularly hard to photograph) from M&S, naturally. It’s absolutely stunning and a brilliant take on the biker jacket. Imagine throwing that on top of your dresses come party season! We did several laps of the store after the show but sadly couldn’t find it (probably just as well as it’s £89) but it is available online should you be feeling flush. The other was the gold and purple fringe dress of dreams from Phase Eight at John Lewis which had Kelly shouting “MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF THAT!” at me as it came sashaying down the catwalk, fringe all over the shop. What a stunner.
Did you go to Bristol Fashion Week? What was your favourite piece? And how are we all feeling about crimped hair??
Jo wears – Floral Print Ruffle Dress from Topshop, bag and tights both past season from M&S, Pointed Loafers from Boden* and heart sunglasses from TkMaxx
Kelly wears – Dress from Primark (available in store), bag from Joy, a scrabble necklace (similar available from Not on the High Street) and a watch from Urban Outfitters
With Bristol Fashion Week AW15 kicking off in traditional style here in Brizzle, we headed to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway last week for a little flavour of what’s in store! We spent a jolly ol’ evening with our fellow local bloggers in Accessorize who kindly let us indulge in a lot of of fashion/wedding chat whilst drinking all their wine, eating all their cake and fawning over their novelty bags. Seriously, so many novelty bags.
When they managed to drag us away from the cake, the lovely manager talked us through the new collections as well as giving us an insight into what is going to be big over the next season. One thing is for sure, Accessorize have embraced a rather luxurious vibe, with an opulent colour pallet of gold and berry tones creating a bit of glamour in everything from ponchos to pom poms! We are seriously all about a pom pom! The festive season is also sneaking in with lots of sparkly accessories appearing on the shelves! We love all that glitters so some real restraint had to be used but we will no doubt be back for a cheeky Christmas clutch come December! It was also no surprise to learn that the 70s are still big news this Autumn and tassel lovers will be pleased to know that they are well catered for with lots of Moroccan influences appearing too!
But of course for us it was alllll about the novelty bags! Ever since that camera bag Accessorize have just been nailing the novelty! How adorable is that robot bag? NEED. Perhaps more sensibly, we also became rather smitten with a rather smashing boxy red satchel and a pink fedora which we are expertly (stop laughing) modelling for you below.
Bristol Fashion Week runs from Wednesday 30th – Sunday 4th of October with tickets starting at £8.95. With 17 catwalks to choose from, it’s always an excellent time with plenty of energy on the catwalk (no poker faces here!).