May’s Hot Topics…

After accumulating a very long ‘what is hot and what is not’ list over the past couple of months (dissertation set me behind a bit) I promised an extra long May ‘OFF THE RAILS’ posting. However there has been a lot going on outside of the uni-work-bubble which I felt should make it on the main-page, and so I cut the list in two and decided to create a best-of May post for the more important topics.

GOSSIP GIRL FOR MISS.SELFRIDGE DRESSES FINALLY LAUNCHED   

Back in the March 2010 ‘OFF THE RAILS’ I mentioned how Miss.Selfridge was going to team up with Warner Bros to launch a selection of dresses based on our favourite characters – and finally they have been launched.

The dresses include – Effortless by Serena, Classic by Blair, Rocker by Jenny and Tribal by Vanessa.

As soon as I heard the news of the launch I hit my local Miss.Selfridge store and tried on all the dresses for reviewing, albeit looking rather like a Gossip Girl obsessed freak in the process – two sizes of every dress, and no other Miss.Selfridge stock in hand probably didn’t do me any favours when entering the changing room.

My favourite, and the one I finally decided to buy was the black mesh-insert bodycon at £49 for Serena: sexy, elegant and figure enhancing – the mesh insert dress has also been making appearances on the high street ever since Cheryl Cole sported a cut out leotard with split harem pants on the X Factor last year. Although rather dubious of investing in a black number for the summer, the mesh insert breaks up the heavier fabric – it is not your simple everyday black LBD. It will also take you from summer, to autumn, winter and back to spring – a true investment. Pair with statement jewellery and heels for a classic going out look – but avoid any chunky necklaces or beads as not to draw attention away from the mesh detailing. If it is too warm to wear black opaque tights, and if you do not feel comfortable in going bare-legged then opt for some skin coloured tights – these also add a natural looking tan if you are sun deprived and do not enjoy fake tanning, but remember to choose the tone nearest to your own skin complexion – you wouldn’t want to go out with tanned legs and white arms.

The second Serena dress is an embellished waist dress for £39. The lighter floaty fabric does allow freedom for movement, however the heavy waist detailing meant that the dress was a little ‘weighty’ to wear, I feel that girl’s with a slightly bigger bust size would be able to pull off the dress better than myself – I am a typical pear shape and while the bodycon dress gives the illusion of a bigger bust, this dress would probably better suit a pear – hour-glass figure to balance out the waist belt.

Blair’s two dresses boast classic preppy, vintage, baby doll sweetness. The first is the 2-in-1 floral number for £45 – brooches, ruffles and bows galore. No need for mixing and matching – just add pearls, and perfect for a day out shopping, at the office, a restaurant or a bar – pair with flats or heels to suit the occasion. As noted before florals and ruffles are big for the summer, the white blouse and patterned skirt also means that it can be worn with bare legs or skin coloured tights, and the black waist belt matches black opaque tights for between seasons.

The pink baby doll Blair dress, £45 is another of my favourites – however I must say it grew on me. Although slightly low-cut it did give me that extra needed cleavage. The short length also means the dress when paired with heels will add instant sex appeal, avoiding looking like a ten-year old at a kid’s party. The bright pink will also get you noticed, but I am not going to lie I did feel it was slightly ‘too bright’ when I first saw it – but now I can’t seem to get the colour out of my head. Again you can easily dress it up and down, with flats, heels, tights, bare legs, clutches or strap bags for casual summer – night wear.

Again Jenny’s two dresses fit her grungey rock – chic image perfectly. The black and silver tiered necklace dress for £45 is sure to make a statement – I can’t say I have spotted a dress with a built-in necklace anywhere recently, however the tiered layers, I felt again made the dress slightly ‘weighty’ to wear. The cream vintage lace strapless prom dress for £49 however has the potential to be a wardrobe night – out classic, with elegant lace fringing adding a bit of girly glamour to the usual – black/ metallic rock – chic scene. Pair with your favourite going out accessories for a special occasion or a night out.

And finally Vanessa – the gold coin trimmed dress, £39 is my favourite out of the two – mainly because although maxi dresses are popular for the season (as well as tribal animal print), I do not have the height to pull them off – but a potential wearer of the Vanessa maxi, £59 would look great in sandals or heels for a summer day out, beach, holiday or night out. I also love the gold detailing on the coin dress – I am a bit weak when it comes to gold trimmings, it would look great with my gold gladiator sandals or some heels for a summer night out, and the black base also means it could be worn in the winter with black tights.

For more information please visit http://www.missselfridge.com 

PIXIE LOTT FOR LIPSY

This is another collection I have been anticipating for – I firstly read about the ‘Pixie for Lipsy’ collection a couple of months ago and after a very long wait, it has finally reached us in time for summer. The collection includes Pixie Party, and Pixie Festival.

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection…

Pixie Backless Babydoll dress £60 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-party/pixie-backless-babydoll-dress/product-is-DR03570_051

Pixie Studded Fringe Waistcoat £38 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-festival/pixie-studded-fringe-waistcoat/product-is-JT00316_011

Pixie Cutwork Racer Back Vest £38 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-festival/pixie-cutwork-racer-back-vest/product-is-TP00212_062

Pixie Studded 2 In 1 Dress £55 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-festival/pixie-studded-skirt-2-in-1-dress/product-is-JD00012_002

Pixie Denim Cropped Beaded Waistcoat £55 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-festival/pixie-denim-cropped-beaded-waistcoat/product-is-OU00425_031

Pixie Lace Frill Dress £50 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-festival/pixie-lace-frill-dress/product-is-DR03579_001

Pixie Lace Hot Pants £25 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-festival/pixie-lace-hot-pants/product-is-BT00231_011

TREND SNIPPETS

Here are some mini trend snippets to keep an eye on over the next season:

Safari

Khaki, beige, gold, and black are the key colours for this trend, with animal prints, leathers, suede, tassels, fringing and straw.

White and Cream

I have kind of fallen in love with the white blazers seen on the runway, celebrities and in the shops recently. My favourite is this cream Shawl Collar Boyfriend Blazer £65 from Topshop – now on the last chance to buy rail so snap it up quick before it’s too late – http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=193520&parent_category_rn=172663&productId=1593611&langId=-1                                                                                                                       

A crisp, fresh take on tailoring, traditional yet a breath of fresh air from all the dark monochrome – black and grey blazers we have seen over the past few months. White, like black is also a neutral colour making it well worth the investment, as it will match with nearly everything from day-to-night.

White dresses, hot pants, shorts and skirts are also great staples for any summer wardrobe – versatility means a qualified timeless investment for any occasion and season.

Gingham

Ever since the Christopher Kane S/S 10 runway back in February, high street stores have slowly begun to infiltrate some gingham into their lines.

Here are my favourite gingham investments from the high street…

Gingham Skirt £38 Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=true&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=151408&parent_category_rn=85550&productId=1682784&langId=-1

Gingham Corset Dress £40 Oasis http://www.oasis-stores.com/Gingham-Corset-Dress/All-Dresses/oasis/fcp-product/4470063465

Long Sleeve Gingham Shirt £35 Oasis http://www.oasis-stores.com/Long-sleeve-Gingham-Shirt/Shirts/oasis/fcp-product/3710014861

McQ by Alexander McQueen Gingham Dress £155.00 – available at ASOS http://www.asos.com/Mcq-By-Alexander-Mcqueen/Mcq-By-Alexander-Mcqueen-Gingham-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=758555&SearchQuery=gingham&sh=0&pge=2&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Pink

The Maxi Dress

Making a comeback this year the maxi dress returns for all out summer glory – perfect with gladiators and heels. Here are a couple of my two favourite maxis (if only I could pull them off)…

Necklace Maxi Dress £50 Oasis http://www.oasis-stores.com/Necklace-Maxi-Dress/All-Dresses/oasis/fcp-product/3170070801

Pixie for Lipsy Cobweb Back Maxi Dress £60 http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/pixie-festival/pixie-cobweb-back-maxi-dress/product-is-DR03494_021

Mix and match with bright accessories, prints and patterns.

Neons

I stumbled across this trend by accident when scouring the internet for some new heels – I never thought I would ever actually like hot pink heels, but they seem to be everywhere at the moment so watch this space for some neon action this summer to brighten up any wardrobe or outfit. If you don’t feel like investing in an actual piece of clothing or footwear try hot pink nails, lipstick or accessories as a quick fix.

Ted Baker at Office Meya Court Show in Neon Pink £70  http://www.office.co.uk/womens/ted_baker/meya_court_shoe_smu/37/8192/21809/1/

Diesel Life Patent Heeled Court Shoe at ASOS £95 http://www.asos.com/Diesel/Diesel-Life-Patent-Heeled-Court-Shoes/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=845274&cid=4172&Rf-200=9&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=200&sort=-1&clr=Pink

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