The stormy miserable weather makes spring feel like a very long way off but because like all magazines, we work (at least) two months in advance, the fashion column I have just submitted for the March issue is about the upcoming trends for spring and summer.
Some are the predictable summer style classics- nautical, white, metallics and animal print, whereas others come as a surprise. Who would have thought that one of the hottest colours of the season in both fashion and lingerie is to be orange?
Of course somebody somewhere months and months back did just that. Decided that the future's going to be bright; but it's only when it filters down onto the high street that it really becomes a discernible trend.
Now I like orange but, as a fair-skinned redhead, it doesn't really return the favour, but I do have a fabulous pair of orange quilted Mulberry shoes from several years ago so I'll embrace this particular trend with a gentle caress rather than a full blown squeeze. I find that adding a few well chosen accessories is the ideal way to dip a toe into a new trend especially if it might only be a one season wonder.
Oftentimes trends traverse fashion, jewellery and interiors and at this moment in time, I can't get enough of metals of the moment, copper and rose gold. I'm on the lookout for a bag in those tones too.
I have added a copper table lamp and candle holders to the kitchen dining area at home and already, it looks more contemporary, and has perked it up a little.
The good news is, these warm metallic shades are here to stay.
Which brings me to these rather fabulous shoes.
I spotted them at the start of last season in Boden but at that time couldn't justify purchasing them. They have been reduced in the sale though and because I think they will go with a lot of things from summer dresses to skinny or boyfriend jeans, I ordered them and am pleased to report they are even more glittery and gorgeous in real life. (I have a photograph I took of them myself which I will put on Instagram which, in my opinion, shows off just how exquisite they are).
The Bow Heel in bronze glitter is, at the time of writing, reduced from £139 to £41.70.
(They fit true to size- mine are a 41 which is my usual Boden size).
They also come in black suede (suede being another trend for the new season). Black of course never goes out of fashion which is how I justified buying these too. They aren't reduced by quite as much as the copper but are still less an half of the original price at £55.50 from £139.
The Strappy T Bar comes in a variety of colours with many sizes still being available. The rose gold is absolutely beautiful and I think is a lovely warm neutral. I ordered them because I think it is the type of shoe that will work hard for the wardrobe throughout the seasons. They were only £20.70 from £69, but sadly when I tried them, they rubbed my little toe. It is very rare that I return any shoes for not being comfortable so I was a little disappointed. Do have a look though at the other colours though and give them a try. This style of shoe is fast becoming a classic and I can see these looking just as current in a year from now.
The final pair of shoes that I ordered from the Boden winter sale is from the Johnnie B teen range. These pull-on trainers in silver were £7.80, reduced from £26. I got a floral pair of these last summer also from Johnnie B and love them. I wore them throughout last summer and In fact wore them just last week with a cosy maxi sweater dress.
They are incredibly comfortable and are great for popping on with jeans, shorts and casual dresses. I would advise sizing down in this style. In last year's pair and in these I only needed a 40 instead of my usual 41 in the ladies styles.
I'm going to be adding some gorgeous new Danon stock to Lizzy O this weekend in readiness for Valentine's Day plus I'm going to write a post about Danon the brand because I don't feel I have introduced it properly (time got the better of me when I launched it just before Christmas).
In the meantime, do take a look at my accessories boutique for affordable wrap bracelets, pendants and scarves..
and at the Danon jewellery site Lizzy O for beautifully handcrafted jewellery.
Both of my websites offer free UK delivery and everything comes beautifully presented (but sent in a plain postage bag for secret shoppers!)
I am probably going to consolidate my two online businesses too so that all of the accessories I sell are available in just one place but that might take a little time!
Have a lovely weekend,
Love Liz x