A bit of grin and bear it

New Look Blouse // Topshop Boutique Skirt // old Primark belt

The spotty blouse which I spied at the New Look press day is in store now, which can surely mean that summer is just a week or so away. Right? In the summer I want to wear it with a bright blue or baise green skirt, but I haven’t managed to track one of those down just yet.

For now, I thought I’d make myself look like more of an idiot than usual by wearing it with a similarly dotty print. The skirt in question is this one from Topshop Boutique, which appears to have vanished entirely off the website. As ELLE astutely point out, it is a particularly modern shape – below the knee, and knife pleated to perfection. I have already decided it’s my favourite skirt – congratulations!

Crepe-soled shoes at New Look

Some people really suit creepers. Some people really don’t.

I firmly fit in to the latter category, which is why my interest has been piqued somewhat by New Look’s new Suede Lace Up Flats. All the fun of a creeper, but on a smaller scale. Considering that my crepe-soled wedges have become pretty much my most worn shoes, I think these flat-ish alternatives could happily be their successor.

Or are they hideous?

New Look Spring/Summer 2011 press day pictures

I’ve already shared a few of my favourite bits from the New Look Spring/Summer 2011 press day, but I just found the image CD which I thought I’d lost, so here are a few more. It’s a double-edged sword looking at these. Equal parts  mmmm summer, mmmm colours, mmmmmm warm air and brrrrrr I’ve got a long cold winter of hibernating ahead of me. Ho hum.

Neon lace has the potential to be horrendous, but this top takes Christopher Kane’s Princess Margaret on acid look and makes it wearable for the high street. I love how it’s been styled with the pink pedal pushers, and obviously the red belt is the cherry on tip. Pink and red! Ah! Has there ever been a nicer colour combination?

I featured this blouse in my round-up – and you can see a close up of that scribbly print here – but here’s a look at how New Look decided to style it. I think I’d probably wear it with something more obnoxious, but these camel chinos are a no-brainer, especially when you take in the candy striped wedges too. Swit swoo!

Mmm-mmm, a candy coloured twinset. Doesn’t get much better than that. A little bit Clueless, a little bit Coco going to Ice T’s celebrity golf tournament. All good things.

I know a lot of people aren’t interested in the 70s trend, and I do understand some anticipation – after all, this trend is all about luxe fabrics and lovely draping, neither of which are things the high street are particularly famed for. Still, as a massive fucking hippy who revels in floor-length skirts and tie-dye, I am all over it like a bad rash.

This Louis Vuitton-esque pyjama-style jumpsuit would probably only look good on someone at least one foot taller than me, but I love the print – it reminds me of my step-dad’s smoking jacket-ish dressing gown. Imagine this with a turban!! Fuck yeah! Speaking of which, note to self, I will photograph my beloved emerald velvet turban this week.

I think I posted this bag and shoes combo before, but I am a big fan, so here goes again. Makes me think (obviously – and I think I may have made this point too) of The Great Gatsby’s golfing legend, Jordan Baker;

Cream and tan is such a winning combination, particularly when it’s canvas and leather. Such a sporty, springy combo. I gotta feeling (token BEP reference) that those canvas shoes will be the new crepe sole wedge that me, Isabelle, and the rest of the fashion world lived in this summer.

…And then, for those days when you want to look like Princess Margaret on acid, or perhaps Babe Paley. Nothing like pastels combined with neons combined with gold combined with rafia. UNF UNF UNF.

OK, that’ll do for now. I’m daydreaming about wearing this acid green cocktail dress I got years ago, but lest we forget, it’s sub-zero outside. Sigh.

New Look Press Day II

Just a couple of extra bits… The clothes at New Look were as good as the shoes, with loads of great chunky knits and dead nice coats. I only snapped a few bits because a) it’s hard to take pictures of clothes b) I had a cup of tea that I was struggling to balance and c) time was ticking by and it was time to get back to the office. Anyway, here are three of my favourite bits. There was also a brilliant candy pink 60s-ish swing coat with black velvet collar and buttons which I will be investing in… there’s a picture of it in the lookbook but I guess I left that at work because there’s no sign of it at home.

I wasn’t 100% sold on Mr Wang’s velvet reinvention, but when I saw this red velvet maxi skirt… I dunno, it did something for me. I can’t imagine wearing this as velvet isn’t the most forgiving of fabrics and with a maxi skirt one has to be careful but I wanted to take a picture of it anyway because it’s the first time I’ve been sold on velvet this season. Stage left we see Isabelle in her blouse that matched my dress so nicely. Thanks Iso, good clothes hanger holding skills.

Ooh hello, this is a bit Christopher Kane a few years ago isn’t it? I love this and it’s a lot more realistically doable than the maxi. Nice little party dress with corset top and flippy skirt in the perfect Christmas shade of red. Mmmhmm. I don’t like dressing thematically but at Christmas I always like to wear something FESTIVE. Such a nice 90s babydoll shape, I can already envision this with the belt that I wear every day of my life;

*Full disclaimer; that’s not me.

And now for something completely different… Cliché but true, there’s nothing better than a nice frock worn with a big khaki parka in winter. This will be this winter’s overcoat of choice for me. It’s the perfect shade of army green and has all the requisite bells and whistles but with the bonus addition of a huge furry hood. It’s faux of course, but so soft and silky and all furry all the way through, not just as a trim. Love the tie waist too; these coats tend to look best belted but I hate wearing a normal belt over a jacket. Much as fashion magazines like to do it, it’s a right pain in the arse to have a belt to keep hold of on a night out or when you go to some press do and have to take your jacket off and hand the bemused assistant your separate belt. This will be mine and the only question is whether to put the stoner smiley face badge that I mentioned in my last New Look post on here or on the velvet backpack…

New Look AW10 press day

Along with the rest of the Internet, I went to the New Look press day this morning. Luckily for me, your friend and mine Isabelle was on hand to shepherd me around the swanky studios and she even took the time to dress in a matching outfit. I think evidence in the form of a gross photo will emerge soon but seriously, more shops should take the time to get their representatives to dress as their favourite bloggers, it’s a nice touch.

Obviously New Look’s shoe game is the best on the high street so that’s where I kicked off my browsing. Seriously good for winter… want it all now…

These look like the perfect office shoe for autumn — lovely heel height and my absolute favourite colour for wintery shoes. It goes so well with everything and now I’m in possession of a suede brush (thanks mum, how did I make it to 25 without one?) they can stay looking perfect all season. There’s no price for these in the lookbook but this being New Look I’d hazard no more than £40.

Obviously shearling is big news for this winter and New Look have a huge array of woolly shoes that make me want it to be winter already. If we’re not going to have a proper summer with a minimum base temperature of 25c every day then I’m not interested. These are brilliant apart from the heel which is a little on the spindly side for grandma arthritis over here.

A shearling clog, of course! There’s no escaping clogs and I don’t really get the hate for them. How can you not want to slip this on and feel the toasty warmth enclosing your toes? Mmmhmm lovely. Nice heel on these too, much more appropriate for those of us with geriatric joints.

More toastiness in the form of a snug little ankle boot. Pretty sure NL did something similar last year without the shearling? These remind me of shoes I had as a kid and, again, are making me wish for winter before summer’s even started.

This is kind of a wintery version of the crepe sole NL wedges that I have worn every day for the past three months. Iso was also wearing hers this morning, as was another NL bod. Best shoes of the season, hands down. Anyway here’s the winter offering and it looks as comfy as the summer option. Nice hiking boot laces.

A truly wondrous little shearling bag that I can tell you will cost an extremely reasonable £18. This is so squidgy and lovely; we’re talking pug levels of smoosh. Nice and big too and there’s a toggle on the front. Say no more.

Alright that’ll do for now. These velvety pom pom shoes are ludicrous but love them, of course. The bottom shoes are insane, like something you dream of finding in a vintage shop. Kind of tapestry/courd floral paisley wedges..?? These remind me of something I’d kill for when I was 11 and lived in my velvet bucket hat and tie-dye maxi skirt. I’ve ditched the hat, but otherwise… wow, what went wrong? I’ll leave you with possibly the best thing about the event:

Yeah crushed velvet backpack. Oooooheeee that’s why I call a goodie bag. Iso suggested I tippex band names on it but I think I might try and dig out the stoner smiley face patch I’ve been holding onto since I was about 12 and add that.

All in all, awesome work New Look and I cannot wait for this line to hit in autumn. Much as I claim to be a sun worshipper, the truth is that shoes are just better in winter. Sigh.