It’s been a while, I know, but this time I won’t hit you with the same lame role call of excuses. The last edition of LPA Styles It may have been an absolute age ago but my favourite feature is BACK with a vengeance! Summer is here, in theory at least, and there’s no better time to hit the streets in lightweight fabrics and lashings of floral print. As you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve never really worn vast amounts of Next clothes. If I’m honest, I never really gave the brand much thought. But frequently I’ve complimented blogger pals on their fabulous shoes or dress, asked them where it’s from (obvs) and their answer has been Next. So, I thought, this brand must be worth a gander and promptly set about checking out their SS14 collection. And do you know what? There are some real gems in there. Admittedly not everything was to my tastes but those that were… Well, see for yourselves!
Umbrella print sundress, £25, click here to buy
Two part pointed shoes, £22, click here to buy
Cross body satchel, £7, click here to buy
White enamel cat eye sunglasses, £15, click here to buy
Good God I love a drop waisted dress. There’s something about the swooshy, silkiness of them that both exudes carefree nonchalance and allows for big lunches, both good traits in a frock. The second I clapped eyes on this umbrella print cutie I knew it was going to be look numero uno, I can never say no to a quirky print. You know how I feel about matchy matchy accessories so these adorable lemon suede flats and satchel of the same shade obviously had to get involved. White sunglasses and a simple gold bangle add to the pulled together feel of the outfit. Best of all, despite it’s chicness the look is genuinely very comfortable and requires basically no effort whatsoever. Perfect for holiday nights (especially if you’re a little burnt) or sweltering city days, I think I might have to recreate it for when I’m next in New York.
Grid shell top, £12, click here to buy
Printed midi skirt, £24, click here to buy
Black round sunglasses, £12.50, click here to buy
Shoes available in store only
Holly and I certainly turned a few heads shooting this in the middle of Bond Street on an overcast Friday morning! Never one to shy away from an in-your-face print, I fell hard for this skirt. My view on brights is very much “more is more” so I added an adorable tangerine crochet top and matching sandals. This outfit is simply made for cocktail hour, be that overlooking a white sand beach, in a five star members bar or at whatever drinking establishment happens to be nearest to wherever you are. If you’re not quite so
attention seeking brave then the skirt would look stunning pared back with a crisp white shirt or cotton tee. Similarly the colour pop top is just the thing to spice up simple sandals and distressed jeans. Oversized sunglasses optional but strongly recommended.
White crepe jacket, £38, click here to buy
Woven camisole top, £14, click here to buy
Navy umbrella flippy skirt, £22, click here to buy
Silver sandals, £42, click here to buy
Long bar clutch bag, £14, click here to buy
Polarised black square sunglasses, £15, click here to buy
Having just waxed lyrical over hot house blooms, I’m now going to do the same for delicate chinoiserie prints. Evidently, I’ve never met a pattern I didn’t like… Maybe don’t quote me on that. I’ve always felt that, as an English rose (read: glow in the dark pasty) white was not my friend but recent seasons have made me reconsider. While there’s no denying that icy hues look fantastic with a golden tan, I think it can look equally stunning on super pale skin too. Between the intricate prints and flowing fabrics, there’s something wonderfully delicate about this outfit that I think works really well paired with structured accessories for a slicker edge. Metallic footwear is E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E this summer and these two strap sandals are perhaps the most elegant way to wear the trend. Sci Fi and Chinoiserie don’t sound like the most comfortable of sartorial bedfellows but I reckon this totally works. I would wear this for a work-to-play day, possibly with the help of an oversized tote that can be stashed in a cloakroom along with the jacket.
Floral sleeveless fluted dress, £38, click here to buy
Denim Western jacket, £35, click here to buy
Polarised tortoiseshell sunglasses, £15, click here to buy
Black microsuede clutch, £15, click here to buy
Shoes available in store only
It’s really when I write this post, a week after shooting, that I realise how much I love these looks! Throw in a great pair jeans, a couple of tees and a tote and you’ve got yourself a summer capsule wardrobe. I ummed and ahhhed a bit over how to style this final frock. As someone who feels most comfortable in killer heels and is permanently – and might I add, quite happily – overdressed for everything, my initial idea was to team it with stiletto sandals and a statement necklace. Well, I kept the statement necklace but decided to give the rest a bit of an everyday spin. You see the genius of this dress is not just that it’s bright orange and covered in flowers, it’s also very versatile. Everyday appropriate with plimsolls and a denim jacket, party ready with the aforementioned accoutrements… Not sure I could have leapt quite so high if I’d gone for that option though.
And now for the moment of truth… Which outfit do you like the most? I know I always say it, but I’m really torn. Currently leaning towards either look one or two.
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn