Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Pretty Peplum

Back in 2004 at the not-so-trendy age of fourteen, if any item of clothing contained lycra, a Jane Norman label, or a delightfully tasteful Playboy logo, then you could guarantee it would have a place in my chavtastic wardrobe. Through the years I've just about managed to ditch the Jane Norman obsession and successfully bin the pink Playboy garments, but unfortunately the cling-tastic lycra continues to play a dominant part in the world of fashion. This primarily comes in the form of the highly sought after Body-Con *shudders*. Unfortunately, I wasn't blessed with the physique of a shop mannequin, so squishing myself into one of these delightfully snug garments would look more Miranda Hart than Miranda Kerr. Luckily, this season has introduced us to the beautiful creation that is the peplum; it's elegant, it's feminine, it's flattering, and it's more than welcome in my spring/summer 2012 wardrobe. The deliciously favourable peplum has the figure-hugging qualities of a body-con, but gracefully skips the parts of the figure that perhaps shouldn't be hugged. Comfortable enough for a night on the town, smart enough for work and absolutely perfect for a heavy meal out; this seasons peplum is the perfect addition to any fashionistas wardrobe. Here are a few cheeky pieces that I particularly enjoy!

Lace Peplum Top
Warehouse - £35.00

White Polka Dot Bandeau Dress 
River Island - £40.00 

Seamed Top With Frills 
Zara - £29.99

Peplum Skirt 
Warehouse - £45.00

Pink Ponti Button Back Scallop Top 
River Island - £25.00

Pink Motel Print Peplum Skirt 
River Island - £14.00

Innocence Striped Peplum Top 
New Look - £14.99

Textured Peplum Skirt 
Topshop - £34.00

White Peplum Midi Skirt 
River Island - £20.00

Lemon Peplum Dress 
Dorothy Perkins - 48.00

Orange Peplum Top 
Miss Selfridge - £25.00

Peplum Mini Skirt in Broderie Anglaise
 ASOS - £30.00

Lace Top Peplum Dress
 Closet at House of Fraser - 48.00

Pink Heart Print Peplum Top 
Dorothy Perkins - £22.00

Peplum Dress
Oh My Love - £45.00

Blue/White Top 
 H&M - £12.99

Debe Peplum Detail Dress 
Ted Baker - £99.00

Mint Textured Peplum Skirt 
Topshop - £34.00

Black Top 
H&M - £12.99

Embellished Peplum Dress 
Aqua Lobster - Now £75.50!

Limited Collection Floral Peplum Skirt 
Marks & Spencer - £32.00

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tribal Gathering

With the Mayan tribes and their funky calanders insisting that the world is going to blow into tiny smithereens this winter, it's probably quite appropriate that tribal is one of the most prominent trends this season. With any luck, it will remain in fashion until the fatal day in December so we can at least look the part. I am of course hoping that this day is non-existent, and the dear Mayans just got a tad confused. A simple misunderstanding of glyphs perhaps. I can see it now, I just manage to scrape together the final pennies needed for the Mullberry Bayswater and that's it. The calendars have spoken...

On a slightly less morbid note, I am overjoyed that the classic Autumnal tribal trend has made it through to the spring/summer months. Sometimes, I'm just not feeling the flouncy florals and pretty pastels. I need something a bit more wild; something outrageous yet tame in comparison to the flamboyant UV neons that I really can't pull off. Here are just a few of the many, MANY tribalicious goodies that I have my beady eye on for the summer, regardless of how crap the British weather is.

Cream Tribal Earrings
Miss Selfridge - £5.00

Aztec Patch Backpack
ASOS - £30.00

Aztec Racer Back Mini Dress
Topshop - £28.00

Ethnic Style Braided Bracelet
Mango - £14.99

Silver Oval Aztec Ring
Miss Selfridge - Now £3.50!!

Silk Tribal Trouser
Karen Millen - £140

Black Aztec Embelished Tunic Top
River Island - £100.00

Feather Ear Cuff
Topshop - £16.50

Alamo Intarsia Sleeveless Jumper
Wildfox - £150

Amsterdam Western Ankle Boots
ASOS - £70.00

Ethnic Style T-Shirt
Mango - £14.99

Wrapped Tassel Collar
Topshop - £25.00

Sparkle & Fade Aztec Print Maxi
Urban Outfitters - £40.00

Curve Geo Band Ring
Topshop - £8.50

Ikat Jumper
Mango - £22.99

Aztec Flat Front Shorts
Tophop - £30.00

Triangle Hoop Drops
Topshop - £10.00

Blue Aztec Shirred Maxi
Miss Selfridge - £33.00

Nail Rock Tribal Print Nail Wraps
Urban Outfitters - £6.70

Navajo Backpack
River Island - £40.00

Tribal High Waisted Denim Short
Miss Selfridge - £32.00

Printed T-Shirt
Mango - £19.99

Grey Aztec Print Sweat Dress
River Island - £20.00

Embossed Skinny Jeans Belt
Warehouse - £20.00

Coral Aztec Print Leggings
River Island - £18.00

Navajo Print Vest
Denim & Supply by Ralp Lauren - £45.00

Safari Sandal
Office - £50.00