It may be because I am getting *whispers* older, but I am getting more and more concerned that a lot of the high street is just too young for me now.
I still have a lot of love for Zara, especially their coats. I buy the odd piece in Topshop and H&M’s TREND collection is always really great. But unless you want to spend an absolute fortune (Whistles, I am talking to you, when did you become SO expensive?), there is not a huge amount of choice for the fashion-obsessed thirty-something who wants pieces that are a little different.
Since having the kids, I have found my style has changed. I used to wear endless dresses, whereas now I find skirts with a great jumper work well for work – and I can mix the knits in with more casual pieces at the weekend. Cost per wear = down instantly.
I find myself drawn more and more to classics – navy blue, grey and camel rather than the black I always used to choose. I find them much more flattering – plus they all lend themselves to mixing with brighter statement pieces in a much more subtle way. Black and colour can sometimes be a bit too obvious.
A couple of weeks ago, an email popped up in my inbox from a new British company called Wishbone, who are specifically designed for the 30-plus shopper. It really resonated with me and I had a look.
The collection isn’t currently huge, but that’s OK because there is a definite wow-factor in terms of prints and colours. The pieces are all designed to work together in a really effortless way. I love the modern feel and lovely way of mixing up prints (check out the Riley woven dress with printed front and Breton back) – nothing seems too try-hard. Put simply, I could imagine wearing pieces to work and at home with the kids rather than keeping them separate.
I loved the style and shape of the Tia printed trouser, which are a pyjama- tuxedo pant in a fluid satin crepe. Teamed with the contrasting Shelley top, it’s a nod to this season’s matchy-matchy, but in a slightly less out-there way. I will be wearing this with black courts to work and – when the weather gets a lot better – metallic sandals.
Yes, I know what I said earlier about black and colour and yes, these pieces are monochrome accessorised with a cherry red bag in the pictures, but I love the print on print idea when the colours are exactly the same. The red adds a bit of interest.
If the whole look is a bit full-on, it is easy to dilute as it’s black and white. Wear with plain separates, or mix the trousers with a striped top and trainers. Easy.
There are actually so many pieces in the collection I love – definitely a label to watch.