Category Archives: A/W

Sale of the century? Maybe not.

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Happy new year, fashion friends.

I am sorry, specsfiles has deserted you for quite some time now. This is mainly because most of my money has gone on buying Christmas presents and I’ve had even less than normal to buy clothings! (I know)

But I’m back, baby and ready to go. The sales this January, I have to admit, have been disappointing at best. It seems that as stores are making more and more mid-season drops to keep us on our toes, it also means that crud enters the sales rails and the little list of things-that-we-were-thinking-of-buying-but-didn’t-and-were-waiting-for-the-sales-for draws a total blank when you actually hit the shops.

Nonetheless I have hit the web instead, and managed to bag myself these little beauties, which are winging their way to me as we speak.

First up is this cute swing dress from Warehouse. I had my eye on this, but for £70 I didn’t think it was worth it at the time. But at a much more reasonable £25, I thought I’d give it a shot. I am lead to believe that pastels and sorbet shades are going to be big in Spring/Summer 2012, so get in there early.

Any top heavy girls would be advised to steer clear as the high neck and straight-cut will a) make your boobs look huge and b) make you look like your the same width as your shoulders all the way down. Pears on the other hand would be advised to steer towards this dress as the high-neck and straight but will a) make your boobs look huge and b) make you look like your the same width as your shoulders all the way down.

I went for a little potter around Topshop, just to see what was on offer (not much, it turns out) except I found a pink version of these French Sole pumps tucked away. I love French Sole, but refuse to pay the swear-word-enducing RRP for a pair, which can be anything from £95-£150!

These babies were £40 down from £95, which I think is most excellent. French Sole are well made, comfortable and made from real leather. Considering you’d pay the same for a pair of synthetic pumps from the likes of Oasis or Zara, I think it’s an investment. They also will look cool with my new dress!

Whilst we’re on shoes, I always think that sale time is the ideal time to buy boots. Back in the day when I were a lass, and bought my first pair of knee boots they were £50. Real leather and everything. Nowadays you’re lucky to get a cheap PU pair for that. Boots now are pretty much all £100 and up, even on the highstreet. So leap on the opportunity to buy a good pair of boots in the sale. They will last you for years. I have taken my own advice and purchased these lovelies from Dolce Vita, reduced from £155 to £62. Unfortunately they were massive on me, so I sent them back.

My other tip, and my last purchase, is to buy your brands in the sale. Department stores are ideal for this sort of thing, as they have lots of brands and tend to do decent discounts. I always buy a Wonderbra or two in the January sales (overshare? Not sure!). Elle MacPherson Intimates are very pretty too. I’ve bought a purple jobbie from Debenhams this year. Undies can be a difficult thing to buy online as lots of places won’t refund underwear bottoms for hygiene reasons. But if you’re lucky enough to be near a department store that does deliveries in store, then go for that. When you go to pick the parcel up, you can leave the bottoms with them whilst you try the bra on, and if it doesn’t fit you can get a refund straight away for the whole set as they know you haven’t tried the knickers on!

Anyway, there we have it! Happy sale shopping! x

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I got love for you if you were born in…

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…the 80s, the 80s.

I have conjured up an outfit that I want want want in my fashion mind. It’s sort of a toned down 80s look (for toned down read ‘not neon’). Fear not fashion friends, the cycling short is not coming back and I will not be wearing a visor.

But I’ve gone and fallen a*se over t*t for Illustrated People’s range of sweatshirts (available at Topshop). Look, look at these little beauties! They range from £40-50, dependent on the style, but I would very much like one of these (BUT WHICH ONE?!)

 

Once I’ve actually managed to make a decision on which one to buy, I had a little thunk in my head that I would wear them with some cut off shorts and black tights. And it just so happens that (after being sucked in by a 25% off voucher) I am currently waiting for these beauts from H&M – £19.99 without a discount – to come in the post:

As soon as I got the idea in my head about the sweater/short combo I spent ages thinking of an appropriate shoe to put with it. And then it came to me. You can’t get more 80s retro cool than a pair of high tops. It’s going to be another tough choice, as I have found all these  and yet again, I am struggling to choose!

Left to right – Adidas Attitude Mid ST (£52 at Adidas online); Converse AS hi ii (£48 at Schuh); Vans Callie hi (£60 at Kates Skates); and Adidas Honey Mid Stripes (£47 at Schuh)

Little help??? x

Lady in (deep) red

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Anyone else noticed how burgundy is having a bit of a moment? It makes me very happy as it is a shade of red that my pale little complexion can handle!

So make like Jessica Rabbit and grab yourself a little red dress! (Dying hair ginger and marrying a cartoon character optional.)

How cute is this Pink Boutique polka shift? This is one for petite girls: anyone with a large bust or a boyish figure will not be left flattered by this baby. Bonus is that it’s only £25 at Dorothy Perkins. Too cute! It was sat right next to this burgundy lace number too – another bargain at £26. Loving you right now, Dorothy Perkins. Last of the shorties is this amazing mesh dress from Warehouse – loving the bodice detail. Christmas party anyone? This is great for pears or boyish figures – skimming hips on one and giving waist detail to the other. Slightly more expensive at £75, but look at the pretty!

Burgundy nails the colour palettes of AW style – it’s going to look great with all the creams and navies and browns that are de rigueur right now. So slap one of these babies with your cuddly knits and thick tights in your day wardrobe.

Nailing the 70s trend, this pussy bow shift is ace (and may well make it into my work wardrobe!) – £60 at Warehouse. Love the dipped hem of this Rare dress at Topshop, and is a bargain at £34. Chunky tights and laced ankle boots will set this off a treat. Finally, this 40s shirt dress from Motel is super cute, and nails the midi trend too. Grab one from motelrocks.com for £52. They’re offering £10 credit when you sign up to the newsletter too – I think Jessica Rabbit would agree that it would be rude not to.

You know how much I love a print, so I had to include these two in the post – I’ve made the images a bit bigger so you can see the detail a bit better. Loving the bird print on this £65 silky little Warehouse dress. Big pants required just in case for that hemline though, I fancy. Finally, what would happen if two of my faves got together and had a secret love child? This leopard print baby is what – the HoF makes sweet sweet love to leopard print and gives us this amazing Maggie and Me dress for just forty of our English pounds.

Enjoy being a lady in (deep) red…x

Pencil me in

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So, pencil skirts are a bit of a classic and a wardrobe staple, especially in black. After the swishiness of pleats and chiffon over the summer, they are having a bit of a moment as we come into autumn winter collections, which are a bit more about structure.

Also, a colleague asked me to find her a plum/purple skirt, but whilst we’re on it and there are so many beauties to choose from in so many great colours, I can’t help but add in a few of the others that I am loving.

Purple passion: Finding purple was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated! I found these two in New Look at £19.99 each, and this tube skirt from River Island at £20 (also in tres AW11 ochre.) For something a bit different (and if my friend is feeling a bit more flush) I also found this layered lovely from Coast for £78.

I have to say that my favourite is the second New Look skirt – you can’t see that well from the photo, but it has a slit on one side (v sexual), and is also availabe in black, red and jade. And it’s a bargain!

Best of the rest: There are squillions of pencil skirts teeming in all of the shops! Buy me, they shout, BUY ME! ASOS alone has over 30 styles to choose from. Phew! I’ve chosen the few that are making my eyes fat because they are so eye-candy-ful!

These are my faves from ASOS – the first two are the same style in different colours. I particularly love the cherry red – both a reasonably priced at £35. Be warned, this is a midi: it will shorten the legs of more petite girls. Avoid ankle straps, dolly bars or t-bars on your tootsies: it will shorten the leg further, no matter how tall you are. The third is a classic dogstooth, super chic, priced at £35. Although I loves a dogstooth, I’d be happier with parting with cash for this baby if it was a properly woven check, rather than a check print like it is.

I’ve also had my eye on this first Topshop number for a while – I particularly like the PU trim at the top. It gives waist definition without a belt. Nice. It comes in at £30 and is available in this turquoise colour, plus black, burgundy and mid-blue. I also spied this sweet lace number at £40 – go ladylike chic with a pussy-bow blouse and courts and you’re ready to rock and roll.

I am a big fan of independent labels, and I couldn’t possibly do a post about pencil skirts without a nod to the fabulous Vivien of Hollway, who specialise in retro 1950s style pieces. The Wiggle pencil skirt comes in classic black, navy and black satin, plus six, read it, SIX different tartan/checks. That happily ticks the heritage box! It’s priced at £35: you won’t see any of these babies in Primark, so you can stand out from the crowd for a reasonable price!

Enjoy the structured look…! x

When the weather outside is frightful…

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I just have to interrupt the wedding outfit search with autumn-ness.

It’s not like I’m pleased that we had a three day summer (thanks Britain) but I am now past hoping that we’ll have an Indian summer in September and that all my lovely summer clothes can have the tags taken out of them.

Also, loads of places are getting their Autumn drops, well, dropped, and the thought of big cosy arran jumpers and thick tights is making me feel much better about the cruddy weather.

So to H&M, who have a (much improved) fitting room now, where you can create outfits online and save them. I created this little beauty, all of which I intend to purchase:

I especially love the hat and scarf. The only item I might replace is the boots, as I have found these brogue wedges in River Island that I saw a few weeks ago and can’t stop thinking about!

End of autumn/winter dribble session. x