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Spring Florals, Texture & Colour

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

My “Railing my wardrobe” project has been reasonably successful, this last week was a bit of a disaster due to carpets being fitted and all of our belongings being essentially stored in my home office – i.e. where my rail is.

Excuses Excuses.

But I’m back on track now and having donated a few more items that were hanging around that I seemingly never wear to charity or friends.

I’ve decided it’s time to invest in a few Spring like purchases, my birthday treats (the Topshop dress in the header and this super flattering fit and flare skirt from Sandro) have made me consider alternative colours and interesting patterns/textures that I can mix and match with my existing pieces.

I had myself a mooch in Oasis on my way back from a meeting in London the other day and as per their excellent knitwear offering from winter, their pretty prints are equally as lovely (and good value). I currently have the Leila embroidered mesh Tee and the flute sleeve jumper (love this bright shade of mint) sitting in my virtual basket.

On the subject of fit and flare skirts I’m having a bit of a moment with them right now, I’m loving how the high waist style works with a shirt tucked in but can also be glammed up for evening with a cami and jacket. The Ella mixed texture skirt by Reiss gets my vote. And even though I really don’t suit a midi length due to my short legs and long body situation, I would absolutely love someone to buy this floating floral skirt from Warehouse. I’m thinking picnics in the park or just flouncing around because you can.

Last but not least can we talk about this Needle and Thread blouse? I am determined NOT to buy it because it’s spendy and no matter how hard I try I just can’t quite pull off the whole Gillian Anderson sexy/cool whilst-wearing-blouse vibe. I’ve tried. And failed. On numerous occasions.

How is your more capsule approach to your wardrobe coming along? And what has been your favourite most recent purchase? You know I love some dirty enabling action in the comments section.

And if anyone can recommend an amazing Spring coat (I’m thinking colour rather than black or grey) then you will be my best friend forever.

P.S I was sent a sample of the shade Miranda May by Charlotte Tilbury and it’s the PERFECT shade lipstick for brightening up your complexion during the warmer months – a kind of red meets pink meets coral love affair.

  • Needle and Thread Flowerbed Blouse
  • Ella Mixed Texture A Line Skirt
  • SANDRO Pleated ribbed-knit mini skirt
  • Floral Flute Sleeve Jumper

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20 thoughts on “Spring Florals, Texture & Colour

  1. Ooooh I love a bit of floral action from Topshop! I tried this blouse on the other day and loved it but it didn’t suit at all. Big boobs may sound like a blessing but actually throw a ruffle into the mix and you just end up looking dumpy and fatter than you are…:-( Also I know exactly what you mean about trying and failing to channel your inner Gillian. I just feel like a little girl dressing up in my mum’s clothes! x

    1. Nancy I know what you mean, I don’t have a huge chest by any stretch of the imagination (32 C/D) but with my small frame even I can look a bit erm….matronly (!) with a ruffle in the wrong place! The dress I’m wearing in the pic has them at the back so winning πŸ™‚ x

  2. I have got the Oasis flute sleeve jumper and it is even more beautiful in the flesh!! And you have just answered my spring lipstick dilemma/prayer of yesterday – thank you Charlotte – Miranda May just purchased – ooops πŸ™‚ x

  3. I’ve just updated with the topshop shirt and monsoon blouse (in black and white! They do a blush too which in the shop is nowhere near as pink as the online pic makes it!),mon_1.4/1433950114

    I’ve got my eye on the boden dress more for summer/holidays in the red stripe. The flamingo print is soo tempting!

    I really like the monsoon jacket but can’t decide if it’s a bit ‘too’ embellished/military! If any one has any ideas for a spring jacket let me know too!!????

    1. LOVE all of these Vicky – especially the Boden dress. Lauren has the Monsoon top in the black! When we went to their Spring launch one of the Monsoon PR girls had it on and it was so chic.

      Spring jacket wise – I nearly put one of the Needle & Thread bombers in the post as there are a few which are amazing……don’t hate me if you now want to buy one.

  4. Ooh love this. I am curating a virtual spring basket at the moment. Currently inside are a pair of pastel colour Adidas Gazelles, this white shirt from Topshop ruffle (everyone needs a white shirt in spring right?) and I am also frantically waiting for this dress to come back in from Zara (!)
    I’m always so eager to add new season pieces but then also resist buying too early incase there is loads of new stuff which comes in that I want. Last year, I held off buying summer stuff and then by the time I started shopping there wasn’t much around so this year I will be investing a bit earlier to get my full wear out of everything πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Sarah that Zara dress is beautiful!!!!
      I know what you mean about trying to hold off and then everything selling out, I do it all the time. Especially with footwear!

  5. I know, I always get purchase regrets… I wish I’d have just ordered the dress last week when I first saw it online! I think I also need that topshop blouse too now Vicky! So pretty! X

    1. That dress is Beautiful Sarah! And I am sometimes exactly the same – I wait, even a day, and then it’s all sold out.

  6. Thankyou for the inspiration! I always struggle with how to style things, I seem to have a wardrobe full of pieces that are lovely, but I just don’t know what to wear with them? Could you maybe do a post on different ways to style one item? πŸ™‚

  7. Speaking of the suitability of ruffles and big boobs, what about a post on dressing for you shape and different sizes? Or similar? All these things are lovely but ruffles and button up shirts don’t go with size G’s!!

    1. Claire this is also an excellent idea, in fact this has given me all sorts of ideas….thanks! x

      1. Charlotte – I concur with Claire, I also have this problem! And a workwear feature would be amazing too, I’ve just got a new job where I’ll be required to dress smartly (but i still want to show my personality) and I’m at a complete loss! xx

  8. Nice picks Mrs O.

    I do love a pastel and a bit of floral but I pretty much stick to my fail safe black / grey / white / striped look. This S/S I’m introducing a bit of red in the form of new sneaks, a red camera bag and a red Armor Lux Breton. How very adventurous eh!

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