Bold, stand-out, smack-you-in-the-face print… It can be pretty scary to master if colour isn’t always your thing, but to miss out on the power of a beautiful, wardrobe-boosting graphic is fashion nonsense. You’ve made best friends with breton stripes and embraced the slogan t-shirt, now it’s time to move up a level to the main event.
The new star print gracing the rails at Whistles, now that’s what you call a headliner. Because you see while all the autumn/winter 2017 coats, boots and knitwear begins to trickle into the stores now the summer sales begin their wind-down, in the real world we’re still holding out for that balmy British summer. So I’ll take the flippy frock that can be styled with sandals on the fine days, a pair of smart trainers when there’s August showers and some fancy tights for party season, thank you very much.
Ok, admittedly I’ve gone for the full-blown top-to-toe star print. I just couldn’t resist the charms of this expertly cut frock. The nipped waist and ridiculously flattering hem just ticks all the boxes. Plus, the skirt reminds me a little bit of a tennis skirt and that whole prim, preppy thing is hard to find in a grown-up frock. Wish I had a swish wedding or event to wear it to, but in reality it’ll be worn out for a pub meal with a leather jacket thrown over or when visiting friends at the weekend.
That’s where the cross body bag injection comes into play. I wanted something to tone things down and the bohemian feels of a clip-on guitar inspired strap definitely does the job. This one’s an Asos find. Buy the strap alone and clip it straight onto your favourite bags. Genius idea and something relatively low-cost and simple with maximum wardrobe power. Available in a folk embroidery as well as the glitter and stars design. I’ve also seen a few in Stories.
Accessorise with clashing prints to really make a statement. A block heel leopard number is always a good idea, plus you’ll use them to make simple jeans and tee combos sing. While I’m getting an extra dose of fun via these retro baby pink frames.
Whistles, I’m smitten.