I wasn’t too sure when to do a Mango round-up as their drops come in thick and fast for months in the lead-up to Spring. But keeping an eye on the site there are definitely enough gems you need to know about now available to buy… and my favourites…

The denim midi-skirt. Perfect to wear now and right through to the hottest Summers day. Dress up and down, tuck in a loose tee and throw a jumper around your waist. Love the detailing!

The pinafore dress. This is seriously cute, would look amazing with a band tee and heels at night, or converse and a cap in the day. The detail on the straps is that girly froufrou I just LOVE.

Leopard print courts. Need I say more?

Chain detail slides. Seems early to buy slides but Mango’s best sandals always sell-out fast. The amount of times I have fallen in love with a pair on IG in May to find they sold out everywhere in March… sad times.

That single gold earring. Statement jewellery at its best – and cheapest!

Ashley x

 

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At eight months pregnant this is one look I can’t experiment with right now and is probably one of the reasons why I am totally obsessing over it.

Oh how I lived in my Levis denim mini last Summer – right through to the end, wearing it higher and higher on my waist as the bump slowly grew below. I can’t wait to squeeze back into it this Spring. But as I wander around the shops now and look at all the SS17 drops – one item keeps popping up in many guises – the mini skirt. Pleather, vinyl, denim, cord, velvet, satin… embellished, distressed and detailed. There are so many gorgeous designs around right now.

As I hold the skirts up to admire them in the shop the question of age appropriate-ness does rear its ugly head. At 33 am I too old to wear these? Is there ever a ‘too-old’ for age?

I think like anything with fashion the same rule applies – if you like it wear it. If it makes you feel good wear it. If you put it on and feel a fool knowing you’ll be tugging it on it all day long and worrying you look like a wannabe teenager then put it down and step away. But if you put it on and feel awesome in it then its meant to be.

If you’re on the fence you can try a few clever styling tricks…

10 Styling Tricks

  1. Remember the rule of opposites – don’t pair your skirt with a tight top, instead opt for a casual top, a baggy jumper, classic t-shirt or a loose shirt.
  2. Play with textures – if you want your skirt to look more casual then opt for a denim, cord or knit fabric – leave the finer fabrics behind.
  3. Pair it with a longer-line cardigan to give a bit of modesty at the back. A long knit also creates that opposites effect as they’re so casual and loose.
  4. Mix leather, denim and cotton. Leather mini – denim jacket and cotton jacket. Denim skirt – leather biker and cotton t-shirt…. etc etc.
  5. Pull your hair up for a more un-done french-chic look.
  6. Be adventurous with woollen socks, hold-ups, patterned and knit tights, long-length socks and OTT boots to give you that added warmth.
  7. Keep the make-up simple and fresh – leave the lipstick at home and opt for a sheer gloss instead.
  8. Don’t buy too tight!
  9. Look in the ‘Tall’ sections for a slightly longer length version of your favourite piece – I have included some below.
  10. Pull on your trainers for a more sporty feel or go Parisian androgynous in some Gucci style loafers.

 

THE EDIT

(…and take a look below for some beautiful inspo)

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Shopping in Oasis always takes me back to being about sixteen and saving up to buy a bright pink pair of trousers with a diamante belt buckle on the hip… they were bootcut and I wore them to the local pub with a sky-high pair of black and white zebra print pony-hair boots I had bought from Selfridges in London and were also my pride and joy. Actually they’d be amazing now, shame I didn’t keep those! But wow – I must have looked horrific, and totally overdressed… I felt good though! And after all isn’t that what fashion is for – making you feel good.

Fast forward a couple of decades and I still shop there, but more recently for classics such as my favourite soft leather biker jacket. The quality is usually very good, and they do a breton top so well. Having popped into a store recently there were a few new pieces that caught my eye and I’ve been keen to share. The scalloped hem on this pleather skirt is so feminine and would look great now and through to Summer with bare legs and converse. I love the detail on the breton top here and the floral dress would look amazing with a biker and boots throughout Spring. The jumpsuit is on my wishlist for Spring, I’d wear with trainers for day and heels for the evening. And I love the simplicity of the white jumper, so chic.

Let me know if you buy anything – and if anyone else ever had those pink diamante buckle trousers I’d love to know!

Ashley

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Second instalment in the new SS17 drops and todays edit is via Zara’s little sister Stradivarius.

I have the breton top and LOVE it. So easy to wear, even with bump, and can’t wait to wear it with my Levi’s post-baby. The lace-up jeans are gorgeous, I have two pairs (Mango and H&M) that I bought early last year – another style I can’t wait to wear again. I’ve included a few other tops with some beautiful detailing. The ruched sleeve details, back bow detail and gathering around the bust make the most simple style interesting and update an otherwise simple look of jeans and top. And the prices – not a single piece over £30. Love it!

 

 

Ashley x

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