Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry HollandBristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry HollandBristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Every September, The Mall in Bristol is the place to head to if you are looking to gaze upon a catwalk of high street trends to suit every age, style and budget. TV stylist Mark Heyes is joined by a different celebrity co-host every season, and this year we were both particularly excited to hear that it was going to be Henry Holland. We are big fans of Henry’s hip label House of Holland, and are always terribly sad not to be invited to his London Fashion Week shows (hint hint Henry), as they are consistently colourful, expressive and fun, which is what fashion is all about to us. Because of our passion for the (ever so) slightly flamboyant, some of the trends seen at Bristol Fashion Week, such as Military and Gothic, are a tad chic and sophisticated for us colour lovers.

Nevertheless, we were really pleased to see She and Hem favourites Cath Kidston feature for the first time in the Mismatch trend, starring many items we already own. Lovely stuff! Also, the pink and yellow combo, seen above, as part of the Animal trend from John Lewis really floats our boat. Although Bristol Fashion Week is now finished for this season, we picked up a few tips from Mark and Henry that will hopefully see us all through until next September. For instance, if you can’t wait to try out the military trend, be subtle, as you don’t want to look like you’re actually marching into battle. You could also soften the trend with romantic frilled blouses, which we spotted in the Opulence section of the show from Marks and Spencer. Thanks for having us BFW. See you next year!

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Bristol Fashion Week A\W 2016 with Henry Holland

Did you attend a BFW show? If so, what was your favourite trend?

V&J

 

Double Thumbs Dresses #36

Hello and welcome back to Double Thumbs, our bank busting roundup of frocks we consider worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. I’ve been a bit slack on the DT front of late due to LIFE and STUFF. Anyway, as a result there will be two Double Thumbs lists this week! Three cheers for that.

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Creme Cafe Print £74.95 from Joules
Creme Botanic Print £69.95
Creme Botanic Print £69.95 from Joules

We start with not one but two pretty dresses from Joules (aff). Both feature charming prints, with a hand drawn vintage inspired cafe/picnic scene and botanical design respectively. Does the second dress remind anyone else of a Britannica Encyclopedia entry? Just me then. It’s lovely though, right? Both dresses are so summery and cool. Get in my wardrobe!

Printed Dress with Wide Straps £59.99 from Zara
Printed Dress with Wide Straps £59.99 from Zara
Elastic Waist Dress £39.99
Elastic Waist Dress £39.99 from Zara

Another double entry! This time from Zara who are also nailing the summer dress. Both look to be my favourite sort of frock in that you could simply throw either of them on with a pair of sandals and be ready to party. Never let it be said that I’m not ready to party.

Pineapple Crush Tea Dress £55
Pineapple Crush Tea Dress £55 from Sugarhill Boutique

I’m a big fan of the brightness of this lovely fitted sundress from Sugarhill Boutique! If people are going to wear sunglasses, you may as well dress as loudly as possible eh? Has anyone else noticed the sudden prevalence of pineapple prints? Surely the fruit print of 2014.

No Peep™ Heart Print Shift Dress £45
No Peep™ Heart Print Shift Dress £45

Marks and Spencer are really bringing the pretty at the moment. If Fifties pastel loveliness is your thing (hi), then I would suggest you go take a gander at their website. My current crush is this lovely apricot shirt dress which M&S describe as not being overly feminine. Whatevs, guys.

Multi Stripe Viscose Dress £45
Multi Stripe Viscose Dress £45 by Oasis from John Lewis

This Oasis dress is super sweet! I love the candy cane colours, the slightly drunk looking stripes and that lovely nipped in waist. I couldn’t find this particular dress on their website but it is available from John Lewis.

Designer Navy Sunglasses Print Dress £32
Designer Navy Sunglasses Print Dress £32 by H! by Henry Holland from Debenhams

Henry Holland is always a good bet for a novelty print and this adorable sunglasses adorned frock is no exception. You can find this retro inspired dress at Debenhams.

Jx

Weekend Doll

She and Hem| Weekend DollWay back in She and Hem history, Double Thumbs Dresses #14 to be precise, we featured a wonderful company called Weekend Doll! We quickly fell in love with their vintage inspired pieces, especially their modern take on 40s tea dresses and twirly 50s frocks! Heaven! We were therefore delighted when they got in touch to see if we would like to choose a dress each to feature. It’s a hard life sometimes.

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J: I loved this blue chiffon Peter Pan Posey* collar dress from the moment I set eyes on it. It’s exactly what I look for in a dress in that it looks like the grown up version of something I would have worn when I was 7. Perfect. I’ve already worn it a few times and each time it has received numerous compliments – and not just from girls! I say! I’ve taken to wearing it with black accessories in my latest bid to look as much like an angry Alice in Wonderland as possible but I like teaming it with white tights and pastels too. The belt is from ASOS (the dress does comes with a red tie belt), the spot tights are from Oliver Bonas and my stomping boots are H! by Henry Holland. My heart sunglasses are an Amazon bargain.

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She and Hem| Weekend Doll

V: I chose the delightful coral Maisy* dress. With it’s minty piping and beautiful big bow, it really stood out on Weekend Doll’s website. I had planned on wearing this as a day dress during the summer, but after slipping on some nude heels to take the photographs, the dress felt far too special! I’m now going to save it for a friends upcoming wedding. I kept my accessories really simple, wearing two pairs of sunglasses from Primark, as this pretty dress is definitely the star of the show!

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Thanks Weekend Doll!

J&V

Double Thumbs Dresses #24

Oh hello Friday night, where have you been all week? What better way to celebrate the arrival of the weekend than with a cursory glance at this week’s round-up of dresses deemed worthy of the highly coveted Double Thumbs seal of approval? Perhaps accompanied by a big glass of wine. Treat yourself!

Bike Stripe Smock Dress £50 from Sugarhill Boutique

Perpetual She and Hem favourites, Sugarhill Boutique, have come up trumps once again with this beautiful illustrated bike print dress. The smock style should flatter all frames! In fact, you might say they’ve wheelie hit the nail on the head with this bespoke frock. (I think I’ve actually used that bespoke joke before but when you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll)

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In the Key of Chic Dress in Tea Time $124.99 by Bea and Dot from Modcloth

This Modcloth dress is covered in tea bags. I repeat. THIS MODCLOTH DRESS IS COVERED IN TEA BAGS. I’ll admit that from here they look a bit like luggage tags but I assure you, on closer inspection, it contains some pre-tea great illustrations. Sadly, your tea will need to be rich in order to bag this beauty as it doesn’t come cheap at $124.99. Modcloth are currently offering free international shipping when you spend $150 though, if that makes things more tempting.

Cath Kidston Grove Rose Dress with Collar
Grove Rose Dress with Collar £70 from Cath Kidston

I warned you last week that the Cath Kidston SS14 pieces were set to take over Double Thumbs and I am nothing if not a woman of my word. This week features this gorgeous floral relaxed fit dress, which also has pockets! Wondrous.

Heart Dress £39 by Kimberley for Very

Well hey there Kimberley! As a fan of Girls Aloud (and proud!), I was pretty excited about Kimber’s foray into fashion and I have not been left disappointed. I love this long sleeved heart print dress. The colours are fab and the little white heart detailing helps make this print stand out from the crowd. You can grab the full range from Very! Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #24

Double Thumbs Dresses #19

Well, it’s Monday again (boo) but that means it’s time for Double Thumbs Dresses (yay!). That’s right, I’m back once again with a round-up of dresses considered worthy enough to receive the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs seal of approval. It really is highly coveted, you know. This week is a bit of an odd one in that I seem to have been attracted to very similar dresses. We begin with three rosy numbers, continue with three sparkly affairs and finish off with something completely different. Just to keep you on your toes…

Hearts & Bows Floral Romario Smock Dress £26.99 from Ark
Hearts & Bows Floral Romario Smock Dress £26.99 from Ark

Rosy frock #1 comes courtesy of Ark. It’s a gorgeous smock shape with beautifully detailed roses, which I find rather Alice in Wonderlandesque. Off with her head! As always, I’m a big fan of the Peter-Pan collar and those lovely short sleeves.

50s Prom Dress £20 from Peacocks
50s Prom Dress £20 from Peacocks

Rosy frock #2 is this dapper 50s number from Peacocks, who have consistently been producing wonderful dresses in this shape for a while now.I bought this one from Double Thumbs #13 and it gets no end of compliments whenever I wear it. Thumbs firmly in the upward trajectory.

Elise Party £85 from People Tree
Elise Party £85 from People Tree

And rosy dress #3 is this twirly wonder from People Tree. A bit more expensive than the other two but surely a dress worthy of a special occasion. Plus, it has a big bow. I’ll spend anything on a big bow.

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Sleeveless Spangle Dress £58 from The Whitepepper

Time to glisten now with sparkly dress #1 Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #19

Double Thumbs Dresses #12

Hello hello! I’m back with another round-up of the dresses worthy of the highly coveted She and Hem Double Thumbs Up seal of approval. It’s all gone a little bit autumnal outside so I have gone a bit sleeve crazy with all but one dress up for the job of keeping your arms cosy. I would also like to include the warning that this edition is not for penny pinchers! Enjoy!

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Beatrice Dress in Cocoa £149 from Poppy Children
Beatrice Dress Chocolate Shop in Plum £149 from Poppy Children
Beatrice Lollipop in Orange £149 from Poppy Children

Holy incr-edible dresses, Batman! Look what we have here! A trio of tasty delights! You may remember way back in Double Thumbs Dresses #4 I stumbled upon Poppy Clothing who base all of their collections on the stories of Poppy and her dog Fred. It’s an adorable concept and one which was duly deserving of the Double Thumbs crown. However, when checking out their new Autumn Winter collection I hadn’t anticipated that Poppy and Fred’s adventures would take them to a chocolate shop! A CHOCOLATE SHOP! This just got serious! I simply couldn’t pick between the lollies, chocolate and more chocolate on offer (what normal person can?) and so decided to do the unprecedented and present you with three dresses.

I adore everything. The lovely shapes, the beautiful colours, the gorgeously playful prints and the really brilliant way that Poppy themselves style their dresses with jazzy tights and cute cardigans. I’m going to have to begin saving my penny sweets as sadly the prices, although surely justified, are currently slightly beyond my reach. I seriously recommend checking out the website as they also sell some lovely, and affordable, accessories.

Navy Belted Panda Dress £30.40 (reduced from £38) by H! Henry Holland for Debenhams

You’ll cause pandamonium in this wonderful dress from the beautiful H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams! He’s never one to shy away from a novelty print, not unlike myself, and has certainly excelled himself with this one.

Silk Long Sleeve Dress £69.90 from Celia Birtwell for Uniqlo

Continue reading Double Thumbs Dresses #12

Hem and Away: Osiris Launch


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Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to London to attend the launch of the vibrant new collection by Osiris eyewear, in collaboration with Paris based fashion designer Jørgen Simonsen. Simonsen’s A-List clientele includes Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and now, She and Hem! The event was held in Searcys on the top floor of The Gherkin, so with the sun setting in the background the views were absolutely phenomenal and it was the perfect place to celebrate both the glasses launch and the eve of Jo’s birthday! 

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Jørgen, seen above with Dame Mary Perkins, representing Specsavers and two models, gave a warm welcome speech and described how the glasses are designed in mind for ‘people who like to dare’, as the designs are modern and empowering, using contemporary shapes and materials. They certainly make a statement. Jørgen was on hand all night to offer styling advice, which was lovely to see and very informative too. We had great fun trying on the range, and deciding which frames were our favourites. As part of the fantastic goodie bags, we were both given the chance to go to Specsavers and choose a pair of glasses from the new range once it hits the shops on August 14th. We cannot wait!

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The Osiris 2013 range comprises three key collections; Colour Pop, Frosted Hi-tech and Super Translucent, which all stand out from the crowd. We found the collection to be really sleek, fresh and minimalistic. The glasses felt incredibly light, without losing any of their quality. Jo was a big fan of the white frosted hi-tech, and I have my eye(s!) on the super translucent frames Jo is modelling exceptionally well below. I think the glasses have a beautiful shape and would be suitable to wear to work, and to play!

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What could be better than a launch party in a lovely location with the food and drink flowing you ask? Well, how about 2 awesome DJs in the form of top fashion designers Henry Holland and Giles Deacon. I’m sure all guests at the event will confirm what great fun these two were, and their musical choices were spot on, making the event even hotter. Literally…it felt like a greenhouse in there! The stunning Pixie Geldof was also on hand to support her friends’ japes on the decks.

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Jo –  I wore my new pink organza prom dress from Topshop that I picked up for £15 in their sale! I own the dress in green too and just love the pretty shape and texture. It’s only available in one size on the website now but I’ve seen plenty in store. I felt that a special occasion warranted special shoes so I broke out my most treasured possession, my Miu Miu shoes that I bought from My Theresa. I love them so much, especially the beautiful curved heel, and they set the dress of perfectly! In a bid to try and make my outift look a bit less girly I added my gorgeous Rachel Loves Bob necklace that we received when we went to the Objets De Désir Pop Up! I did feel like a bit of a Princess, although granted a Princess who regretted wearing her hair down on one of the hottest days of the year to a building made entirely of glass. Whoopsie!

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Victoria – Having worn glasses for the last 17 years, I was super excited about attending this event, so decided to buy something new. I choose this eye catching quirky dress by Voulez Vous, available at Debenhams. I had shortlisted a few dresses in store that I liked, and although this was the cheapest of the bunch, when trying them all on, this was the clear winner! I was worried it may be too casual for the event, but it just felt comfortable and very ‘me’. I decided to be brave and wear my highest heels, which definitely made me feel more confident, especially when surrounded by all of the glamorous guests (and fellow bloggers of course!) They are from George, who as you may remember from a previous post, I love because they do half sizes. My silver clutch  is from Topshop, and is a life saver as it can hold a spare pair of shoes and my SLR while still looking glam.

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Thank you to the beautiful Gina for asking us along.

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Follow up blog post to come once we choose our smashing new specs!

V & J

Liebster Award 2013

We recently received a lovely tweet from Christina at Just So Fashion to say that she had nominated us for a Liebster Award, and had sent us 11 questions to answer. After a little bit of research we discovered that it is a fantastic way to discover more about bloggers and their blogs, with under 200 blog followers. Sorry if you have more and we’ve included you, it’s often hard to find out! Anyway, what a great way to spread some blogging love!

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So, here are the rules

1. When you are nominated you have to answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you. The questions will be on their blog.

2. Then you choose 11 blogs to pass the award onto and tweet them to let them know you nominated them.

3. Choose 11 new questions for them to answer.

4. Put all this in your blog.

Here are our answers to the questions Christina asked us –

We completed our answers separately and we were really interested to see how similar they were. Enjoy!

Q1. What is your earliest memory of shopping for clothes?

JD – I remember my Mum taking me on lots shopping trips once I hit secondary school and letting me pick out new outfits for myself, no doubt in a bid to make me hip and trendy. I remember getting very excited in Tammy Girl and Pilot over all the tops but I was always slightly too small for Topshop, which was very distressing at the time! Regardless, I loved (still do!) going shopping with my Mum and she is no doubt responsible for making me the shopping addict I am today!

VT – On my 11th birthday my brother took me to Sole Trader to buy me some Kickers to wear to secondary school. He thought I would get bullied if my mum chose a pair for me. Bless.

Q2. Who is your celebrity style crush?

JD – There is nothing I wouldn’t do to get my hands on Taylor Swift’s wardrobe.  I want everything she wears! The music video of her cycling around Paris in a floaty skirt and cat shoes was too much for me. What Would Taylor Swift Wear?  (www.wwtaylorw.com) is my favourite corner of the internet.

VT – Taylor Swift (post 2011!) for sure. I also love what Mollie King wears during her down time. I’m not a fan of the The Saturdays styling, but then I don’t think I’m their target audience…

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Q3. Marmite – Love it or hate it?

JD – Hate.

VT –It’s the only food I dislike. I absolutely hate everything about it. The smell, colour, consistency and taste. Gross!

Q4. If you could only take three items of clothing to a desert island what would they be?

JD – That’s so tough! I would probably take a really fun swimsuit so that I could take full advantage of the sun and sea. However, that means I would have to take spare underwear too, wouldn’t it? No one wants to wear their cozi after a day in the sea. I haven’t really thought this through, have I? Hmmmm I’m assuming it’s super-hot so having a swimsuit and pants would probably serve me well. I’d also take my ice lolly print dress from New Look because it’s fab and would look good thrown over a swimsuit AND underwear. Winner!

VT –I’d take really fun dress. I’d probably choose something from Modcloth, probably with cats on. An Orla Kiely ruffle bikini is surely a must. Topped off with the new Tatty Devine eyelash sunglasses. A complete mismatched #hotmess!

Q5. Primark or H&M?

JD – Primark all the way! I managed to get my hands on their yellow smock dress recently and it’s just the best.

VT – Primark. I find H&M a bit hit and miss, but I can pretty much always find something I like in Primark.

Q6. Favourite catwalk model of all time?

JD – Oh no! This is tough too! It would probably have to be between Gemma Ward and Miranda Kerr, I think they are both so beautiful! Oh, but I am also loving Daphne Groenvald at the moment – that face! Yeesh!

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VT – I would say David Gandy, but ever since somebody highlighted his similarity to Dean Gaffney, I just can’t take him seriously. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Sophie Dahl.

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Q7. Velvet, Fur or Lace?

JD – Lace, it’s ace. Fur is always a no no.

VT – Don’t do fur. Can’t do velvet. Lace!

Q8. How did you become a Fashion Blogger?

JD – I blame Whatsapp for the whole thing

VT – We love fashion and have similar styles, and we would often spend our evenings chatting about fun frocks we had seen and interesting blogs we are fans of. One afternoon we suddenly thought, why not turn our interests into a hobby and create a blog to share our thoughts and ideas.

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Q9. Which three fashionistas would you have to dinner?

JD – Alexa Chung, Tennessee Thomas (totally a close second to Taylor) and Zooey Deschannel so that they will finally realise that I am the perfect addition to their, quite frankly, intimidatingly cool friendship group. Actually, now that I think about it, what on earth would I wear to dinner with those three? They all look perfect. All of the time. 

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VT – Victoria Beckham – hopefully she would bring David or one of her amazing cat dresses along for me, I’m not too fussy which. Henry Holland – we met him at the Osiris event last week and he was absolutely lovely and I’d love to chat to him some more. He seems like he would make a top pal! Tyra Banks – She seems like a riot and could teach me how to smize!

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Q10. What is your favourite item of clothing right now?

JD – At the moment I can’t be seen without my Topshop Martie T Bar Geek shoes. I literally wear them every day! I own them in blue and white and they go so perfectly with everything and are the most comfortable shoes ever.

VT – Probably my Cath Kidston train dress. I had wanted it for ages before I was given it as a birthday present. CK featured my blog post about the dress on all of their social media sites, which resulted in a lot of lovely blog hits.

Q11. If you could choose any city in the world to shop in where would it be and why?

JD – Bristol of course! It’s the greatest place in the world! We have the perfect mix of high-street shops from New Look, Topshop and Zara all the way up to Harvey Nics! But we also have a fantastic amount of independent and vintage shops all across the city!  A little stroll down the Gloucester road never fails to throw up a few gems. I think it’s wonderful and if by chance you don’t find something to float your boat, beautiful boutique heaven awaits you just down the road in the form of Bath.

VT – I’ve been to Paris a couple of times and have always thought to myself how amazing it would be if I could afford to have a shopping spree there. It’s so pretty and romantic and there is so much to see and do. I’m even more eager to go now I have discovered they have some amazing vintage shops, such as Omaya Vintage, Bric-à-brac Emmaüs and Goldy Mama.

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We would like to nominate these blogs for the Liebster Award

For the Love of Thrift

Petit Dora

Across the Universe

Love from Kelly

Eclectic Threads

Love in Modern Life

Let Me Go

Mismatched Knitwear

Callie Rose

Beautiful Plumage

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Here are the questions for the nominated blogs to answer

Q1. When did you start your blog?

Q2. How do you feel posing for photos for your blog posts?

Q3. If you could have anyone’s wardrobe, who would it be and why?

Q4. How do you find time to work on your blog?

Q5. What has been your favourite ever blog post you have written?

Q6. Have you ever met anybody famous?

Q7. Where is your favourite place to buy dresses?

Q8. What has been your biggest sale bargain?

Q9. What do your friends think of your blog?

Q10. Jelly shoes. Yay or nay?

Q11. What’s your top blogging tip?

Can’t wait to see your blog posts. Tweet us at @sheandhem to let us know where to find them!

V & J x

Brace yourself

‘Sup, guys! The 90’s called, they want their fashions back. And quite frankly who can blame them with trend-setters like these.

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Clarissa, Cher, Alex Mack (!), Blossom, Topanga, Kelly Kapalski…..mega babes the lot of them. Man I loved those girls growing up  (heck, I still love them now) but I can honestly say that I don’t look back on the fashions of the 90’s and think “Oh wow, we looked all that and a bag of chips, I wish Hypercolor t-shirts and dungarees would make a comeback“. But it shows what I know as the high-street is currently bursting with 90’s inspired get-up. Pinafores, dungarees, jazzy prints and headache inducing accessories are whipping up a storm. The surprising news is that when done properly it can look really good, even on people over the age of 25! I’ve seen plenty of ladies ACTUALLY PULLING OFF DUNGAREES, and not in the literal sense. I think the key here is to not take it too far; I’m looking at you Little Mix. Boo ya.

I decided my first foray into this 90’s renaissance would be the pinafore. I’ve noticed some really lovely ones around recently and they seem slightly less intimidating than dungarees and, dare I mention, crop tops.

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The pinafore is from Miss Selfridge, the shirt is from Gap and the tights are from M&S.

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Pretty slammin’ right guys? I’m not so sure. I really like it but I think I would feel a little self-concious out in public! I really want to embrace this trend so if anyone has any good tips as to how to wear the pinafore publicly then please leave a comment. One could say this isn’t my pina-forte

Once you’ve gotten over that terrible terrible pun, you will be pleased to learn that I’ve had a little look around for some other tip top pinafores.

Black Floral Pinafore Dress £19.99 from New Look
Navy heart print pinafore dress £35 from Henry Holland at Debenhams
Maria Denim Look Jersey Pinafore Dress £25 from Boohoo.com

Ta ta for now. I’m off to watch Clueless. On repeat.

Jx