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New Look: My Summer Wish List

June 24, 2013

New Look is one of my go-to high street shops. It’s rare that a woman with curves can get on with high street clothing, as often the cut is so straight that the clothes do not lend themselves well to a variety of shapes and sizes (ehm, Topshop I’m looking at you…)

However, New Look is one of those exceptions. For me at least, I can definitely find pieces in their collection that are both flattering and can fit over a big bust or hips. That’s not to say everything they sell will, but that wouldn’t be the case with any clothing company anyway, specialised or high street.

Looking through their current summer range has got me thinking about all the things I would like to try. Despite their clothes being very reasonably priced, I still can’t afford to have them all…obviously. 🙂

So without further ado, here are my top picks for summer from New Look:

I’ll start with dresses as we all know I am very much a dress loving girl!

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Monochrome Paisley Print Sun Dress

Whether you’re going to the park on one of those rare sunny days here in the UK, or you’re headed somewhere wonderfully warm on holiday, this paisley sun dress is a perfect day time dress for hot weather. Not only is it pretty, but it’s light and airy, and 100% cotton to boot.

Blue Demin Pinafore Dress

Blue Denim Pinafore Dress

Blue Denim Pinafore Dress

Ok, I’ll admit it, I love that denim dungarees-style dresses are back in fashion. I loved dungarees as a young girl and I still love them now. This lovely mixture of dungarees straps on a short cute denim dress is awesome – it’s a casual look that is both cute and fun too.

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

Closet Green and Blue Oversize Polka Dot Print Dress

This elegant dress has the ability to look both summery and smart at the same time. It’s the type of dress you could just as easily wear to work as you could to a day out with friends. I love the big green polka dots, I’ve always found it hard to resist a polka dot!

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

Mela Red Folk Tapestry Print Maxi Dress

This Red Folk Tapestry dress is one of my favourite dresses I’ve seen so far. The pattern is a sort of Paisley-Aztec mixture, and those lovely reds and blues go so well together – it looks like the perfect summer dress.

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Apricot Blue Tie Dye Folk Maxi Dress

Another maxi dress that I really love right now. This one is the type you can dress up or dress down, making it suitable for both day and evening wear. I love the block black combined with the tie dye pattern on the bottom.

For more Summer New Look Dresses click here

Skirts are always a necessity during summer.

My favourite type of skirt is a maxi skirt, and New Look do have a wonderful varied range of them. In the UK when the weather can be so unpredictable, a maxi skirt can be a lifesaver. They not only keep you cool in the warm weather, but ward off any strong winds when the weather starts to turn. 

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

Chestnut Brown Pleated Voile Maxi Skirt

This chestnut brown skirt is great and particularly versatile. It looks smart without being overly formal, and the colour and style means it can create quite a wide variety of outfits.

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

Cameo Rose Nude Belted Maxi Skirt

This is the ultimate ‘hippy’ skirt, it’s a lovely neutral colour and has the ability to make you look like you don’t have a care in the world. The style gives it a slight vintage-feel, and I really think it’s one of those timeless skirts that doesn’t go out of fashion.

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

Pink and Blue Scarf Maxi Skirt

I often buy beautiful scarves and think ‘this would make a great skirt’. Lo and behold…the scarf maxi skirt. Its floaty construction combined with the stunning pattern makes this one of my absolute favourites.

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Fuchsia Thick Belted Maxi Skirt

Similar to the cameo rose nude skirt, this fuchsia version gives the same lovely style but with a more modern twist. The bright colour stands out and makes it much more of a style piece.

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

Parisian Light Blue Pleated Belted Daisy Print Skirt

The one non-maxi skirt I picked is this gorgeous Parisian daisy print skirt. It is both cute and summery, and just perfect for warm weather.

For more Summer New Look Skirts click here

Now for some essential summer tops:

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

White Butterfly Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse

This lovely casual blouse is great if you’re not feeling in a t-shirt sort of mood. I often look for breathable clothing that simultaneously gives me a break from the harsh rays of sun. With my fair skin I tend to burn quickly, so finding a pretty blouse like this is an absolute must for me. There is also a sleeveless wrap version of this top here.

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

Navy Button Up Boyfriend Cardigan

It’s rare that I go anywhere without packing a trusty cardigan with me. You never know when you’re going to need one. This useful long navy cardigan is one of my favourites – I tend to go for blue and black cardigans quite often as they go with most of my outfits and colour choices.

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Misumi Mint Green Butterfly Kaftan Top

Another butterfly patterned item – I do adore butterflies so this suits me very well! This kaftan top is an elegant look for almost any casual occasion. The pattern is both pretty and interesting which makes this a great top to have on-hand.

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

Parisian Cream Lace Mesh Longline Waistcoat

I’m not 100% sure why this is called a waistcoat, it looks more like a short-sleeved lace cardigan to me. However, I do love it. All you need is a basic tank top underneath and this ‘waistcoat’ turns it into an outfit. Definitely one for the list.

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Red Vintage Coca Cola T-Shirt

Whilst I think this t-shirt is brilliant, and I love the vintage coca cola print, I do struggle to find t-shirts with enough room in the bust. I haven’t tried this t-shirt myself so I cannot tell you what sort of bust size it fits. However, I thought it deserved a mention as it is fab, and will no doubt be a popular item this summer.

For more Summer New Look Tops click here

Now it wouldn’t be right for me to skip New Look’s fabulous maternity range, being pregnant myself and all. I am always pleased with any high street shop that makes an effort to stock a decent maternity range, as no one wants to forgo their favourite items just because they are expecting! I have discovered that there are a number of maternity clothes that can actually be worn by anyone whether you are pregnant or not. They usually just have extra stretch, but can be just as useful unstretched – many maternity dresses fall into this category.

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Maternity 2 Pack Black and Blue Crop Leggings

Now this is a basic, but it’s an absolute must for any pregnant woman (or in fact, any woman) during the summer. Leggings are great to go with anything, and they can turn a long top into an acceptable dress on occasion. The last thing you want is anything tight and restricting, so I wholeheartedly recommend leggings, or cropped leggings for these warm months.

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

Heavenly Bump Blue Bird Print Tunic

White birds on a blue dress, so pretty! Now, depending on how big your bump is, you can either wear this as a tunic or a dress. All you need is to pair it with the aforementioned leggings and you have yourself a very cute outfit.

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec maxi Dress

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec Maxi Dress

Maternity Black and Purple Aztec Maxi Dress

What’s that you say? An aztec print maternity dress? Yes please! So often we pregnant ladies are left with the plain boring clothes because it’s just assumed we don’t care how we look because it’s only 9 months. Not true. I always want a beautiful dress, whether I’m expecting or not. This super dress would be my alternative to the tie dye folk maxi dress I mentioned earlier, if indeed I didn’t fit into that one anymore. 🙂

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Maternity Navy Ruched V Neck Dress

Having just pooh-poohed plain clothing, it does make sense to have at least one plain (yet nice) dress to hand. Whether it’s just to go to work in or because you don’t feel comfortable dressing up, this very nice looking navy dress is a winner in my opinion. It’s another basic like the leggings, but it’s an important basic.

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

Heavenly Bump White and Pink Floral Malibu Maxi Dress

One more maxi dress for the road; this very pretty summery dress is another favourite. It looks great while still covering up those swollen ankles you want to hide away, and even if they are showing, this gorgeous floral print will take all eyes away from ankles and keep them on this fabulous dress!

For more New Look Maternity Wear click here

Accessories:

Black Retro Sunglasses

Black Retro Sunglasses

Black Retro Sunglasses

You can’t go all summer long without a decent pair of sunglasses. These blue-tinted wayfarer-style glasses are my personal choice – the tint just gives them a little something extra.

There are two types of bag I like to have to-hand during the summer – a big bag and a tiny bag, both are essential:

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

Grey Chevron Stud Fold Over Clutch

This clutch is a great neutral colour that will go with numerous outfits. Always a good idea not to go too bold with the bag choice, in my opinion anyway. 

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

Tan and Cream Crochet Winged Satchel

However, when you really do need a big bag, make sure it is big enough to carry all your essentials. Again, I prefer the understated colours, but I feel that this bag has a little something extra. It’s not plain and boring, it’s nicely made and stylish. 

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

Silver and Turquoise Teardrop Necklace

As blue is one of my favourite colours, and in a lot of items I’ve picked, this lovely teardrop necklace would be a great addition to many of these outfits.

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

Silver Coin Drop Earrings

I adore dangly earrings, and these are no exception. Definitely my style for summer.

For more New Look Accessories click here

Last but not least, shoes!

I have spotted some great shoes for summertime, and these are my top choices:

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

Tan Triple Buckle Ankle Boots

I like boots, even in summer I need a casual boot. These tan ankle boots are perfect and just the right amount of heel to be comfortable.

Cream Crochet Sandals

Cream Crochet Sandals

Cream Crochet Sandals

Sandals, especially flat sandals are a must-have, particularly if you are headed on a beach holiday. These crochet sandals are my favourite and they look pretty comfortable too!

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

Blue Cross Strap Cork Wedges

If you’re feeling daring, then why not go for these uber-cool giant blue wedges. I find wedges are a tad easier to walk in than narrow heels, and they look more summery to boot.

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

White Cut Out Ballet Pumps

Ballet pumps are practically all I wear at work during the summer months. The great thing about these is that they’re cut-out, meaning your feet can breathe a little easier than when they’re fully encased in leather.

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

Blue Abstract Print Heel Strappy Sandals

I had to pick something with an interesting print, and abstract is the right word for these. I think these sandals are just great for summer evenings when you’re fed up with wearing flat shoes. A great alternative. 

For more New Look Footwear click here

I am definitely pleased with New Look’s summer offerings; their collections are both interesting and versatile which is great to see from a high street store. While a lot of busty girls look to Polish clothing companies like BiuBiu and Urkye, you can’t really beat finding something beautiful and wearable from a store that’s just round the corner.  

Love

Sophia xxx

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Vintage Style

June 14, 2011

Partly due to my busty and bottom heavy shape, and partly because I like to pretend I’m in an episode of ‘Mad Men’; I wear a lot of vintage-style clothing.

I try and pick things up wherever I can; this usually means vintage stores, eBay, charity shops, and of course, well known companies that make or sell vintage clothes (two of my recommendations being Vivien of Holloway and Pin Up Girl Clothing – well worth having a browse).

I thought I’d take a little break from bra reviews, and show you a select few of my favourite vintage dresses. So, delving into Sophia’s wardrobe…

The first thing I’m going to show you is a lovely little peach tea dress that I picked up on eBay, for a grand total of £3. It’s label-less and brand-less, but to me that doesn’t really matter. It’s quite a loose size 14, so it was a bit big on me to begin with, however, a quick waist-cinching belt later, the size doesn’t matter so much.

Peach Polka Dot Tea Dress - eBay

Believe it or not, this (I think) is the only peach-coloured item of clothing that I have ever owned. It’s not a colour I would usually go for, but I actually really liked it. I’m a sucker for polka dots, so I loved it immediately….it also has lots of boob and bottom room 🙂

White belt – also from eBay.

Navy Dress - Jaeger

This next dress, is actually from Jaeger (somewhere I couldn’t exactly afford to shop regularly). I bought it for a special occasion, and remember being astounded by how silky it was, and what great material it was made from. I can only describe it as being something you know is expensive as soon as you put it on. This picture doesn’t do it justice at all – because of the dark colour, I had a lot of trouble getting the camera to focus, but believe me, it’s a fabulous dress.
It’s one of my smarter dresses, but it’s also very sexy too because as it does up at the front, it gives a sort of split-type thing when you sit down. It skims the curves and is such a flattering style (although, not necessarily in these pictures). It’s a very loose size 12, so feels a lot more like a 14.

Poppy Dress - Dorothy Perkins

Here is a dress I bought a couple of months ago from Dorothy Perkins. I really like this one particularly because it’s very light and great for summer. I really love my dresses to have sleeves, so this was a great find for me. Sometimes I have bad luck with Dorothy Perkins, as occasionally their dresses just don’t have enough boob room – but this, is a lovely stretchy poppy dress in size 14, and it has lots of space.
I know strictly speaking this isn’t a vintage dress, but the fact it has sleeves and I’ve teamed it with a red vintage belt from eBay, made me want to include it.

Pony Print Dress - Whistles

This is my adorable ponies dress! (In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s covered in ponies :P)
It’s from Whistles, and is a size 14. It’s nicely tailored at the waist, and pulls in tightly – but also has a zip at the side so it’s not a pain to put on. It’s actually made of silk, so it’s really soft and feels lovely. While perhaps this is a more modern dress, to me there’s still a vintage-feel about it. In the first two pictures I’ve paired it with a brown belt I had, but it works just as well without because of the tailored waist.

Purple Dress - Rokit

The next one is from one of my favourite vintage stores – Rokit (click to check out their website). There are four Rokit stores, all located in London, and they sell vintage clothes from the 20’s all the way through to the 80’s. Both I and my other half have picked up numerous items from Rokit, including cowboy boots, Levi jeans, belts, jackets, dresses, you name it. I bought this dress – which actually appears to be originally from America – for a great bargain of £20. Again I’m afraid the photos aren’t that clear.
The thing I love about this dress, is that it looks a little like an 80’s power suit. I’ve teamed it with a blue belt with gold detail, again for a few £’s from ebay.

Last but not least, I’m going to dedicate the next section to Vivien of Holloway; a really great company specialising in recreating vintage clothing from the 40’s and 50’s. They have one London store, located on Holloway road – easy to remember!
I cannot praise this place enough. When I went in to the store, I felt like my time machine had suddenly worked! All the staff were dressed up, there was some rockin’ 50’s music playing, and all around me were stunning, beautiful, brightly coloured vintage-style dresses. The staff were very helpful, and brought me all sorts of extra bits and bobs to go with the dresses I had picked out. One particular thing they brought me…which I then had to purchase, was the most incredible petticoat I have ever seen 😀

Pink Petticoat - Vivien of Holloway

If you want your 50’s circle dress to be big and noticeable, this petticoat will definitely give you that!

'Rose Garden Blue' 50's Circle Dress - Vivien of Holloway

This dress pattern is called Rose Garden Blue’ and was the first one I picked out. I was desperate to get my hands on a ‘Rosa White’ 50’s circle dress, but alas, both online and in store they had none in my size.
However, the Rose Garden Blue 50’s circle dress was more than good enough. The sizing is what they call ‘vintage sizing’ meaning you usually have to go up by one size to get the right fit. After being in store only 5 minutes, I had already had been measured round the waist for them to bring me the right sizes. Size 14 was pretty much spot on. What I adore about these dresses, is that they are lightly boned down the bust/waist area – this means that the shape just looks so perfect, and won’t budge while you’re wearing it.

'Rose Garden Blue' 50's Circle Dress - Vivien of Holloway

I was wearing the dress outside before a party a few weeks back, and my other half took a sneaky picture while I was spinning around in it – I thought I’d share it with you, so you can see the fabulous petticoat in action!

'Black Pink Polka' 50's Circle Dress - Vivien of Holloway

My second circle dress purchase was the ‘Black Pink Polka’. Having already purchased a light-coloured material, I was looking for a more ‘evening’ colour, just for some variety. I didn’t think much of this one on the rack, but after the shop assistant brought it to me as a suggestion, I loved it on. I actually got this in a size 16 instead of 14, because the material for this one had a little less stretch – made in just the same way as the other one, it is again, boned down the middle and perfectly structured.

'Pink Rose Floral' Tea Dress - Vivien of Holloway

The third Vivien of Holloway purchase was a tea dress. It was during a sale, and I hurriedly bought it without checking the size. It is one size too big for me, but I loved it anyway. It kind of gives me a little bit of a ‘nurse’ vibe, but a lot of tea dresses have that feel about them. This one is in ‘Pink Rose Floral’ and it was a size medium. Again, another nice day/summer dress with sleeves – something I am constantly searching for. For these types of vintage dresses, the prices are pretty good. Of course it’s not as cheap as general high street shops, but you wouldn’t really expect it to be. If you can’t afford a VoH dress, I suggest just going into the store to try them on anyway – totally worth it!

I hope this might give some other girls ideas on where to get some nice vintage clothing. If you have any suggestions for me, I am always keen to try new places, so just comment and let me know.
I haven’t been able to place an order with Pin Up Girl Clothing yet, but when I do, you can be sure I will be writing a post about them too.

Love

Sophia xxx