So it’s that time of year again, when we get to show the world just how great we are. Such is our greatness, we even have our own colour! But just because it’s St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, it doesn’t mean you have to deck yourself out in the Carroll’s Spring/Summer 16 collection! Whether you want to go all out, or add just a touch of green, get some inspiration for your Paddy’s Day look with some of these gorgeous sartorial picks in the many shades of green:
LASER CUT MINI-SKIRT BY JOVANNA, TOPSHOP €60.00
AZUNI LONDON GREEN ONYX DROP EARRINGS €45.00RIVER ISLAND CREW NECK SPLIT SLEEVE T-SHIRT €25.00TOPSHOP WRAP FRONT BODYCON DRESS €32.00
RIVER ISLAND GREEN SATCHEL POMPOM BAG €33.00
Yes, we know it’s nipsydoodles out there, but spring is apparently on its way! And just to remind you, those kind retailer peeps have stocked up already on all the new season collections, full of frills and pleats, and fabric so light, it will freeze your bits off, but hey, it’s fashion, dahling! Here are 5 picks from the high street, all under €50, to give your wardrobe a little refresh!
ZARA LEATHER EFFECT YELLOW A-LINE SKIRT €29.95
This versatile faux leather skirt can be dressed down with biker boots, or dressed up with heels. Perfect for injecting a pop of colour into your wardrobe. The skirt is also available in light blue and black.
ZARA PATCHWORK SHIRT DRESS €39.95
Get this season’s 90s grunge look with this patchwork dress from Zara. Wear now with black tights and biker boots, and in summer with a pair of Converses.
H&M PADDED BOMBER JACKET €39.99
Bomber Jackets are absolutely everywhere this season, and every retailer has their take on it. The H&M version, with its quilted sleeves is available in black, khaki, and mustard.
OASIS WHITE FRILL TOP €40.00
You’ll be bang on the frill trend with this lovely vintage-style sleeveless top. Team it with denim for a more casual look.
MANGO FAUX LEATHER BUCKET BAG €39.95
This bag picks up on this season’s tassle trend, and with a removable longer strap, allows you to wear it in multiple ways. Also available in black.
You have to hand it to Marks & Spencer, they sell great food! And tights. And knickers that wash well in all sorts of temperatures. And did I mention the tights? And then it’s a bit of a struggle. While their food business has seen increased revenues each year, sadly their clothes side has not. But bless ’em, it’s not for the want of trying! However starting this spring, they are creating a series of M&S &… collections which will see them inviting a range of designers and trendsetters to create capsule collections. Much in the style of the H&M collaborations, but without all the hair-pulling, kicking, and eye-gouging one has come to expect at a H&M launch.
First up to the podium is the ridiculously cool Alexa Chung. I’ve seen Alexa a number of times in the flesh, and she has indeed an undisputed something (or je ne sais quoi, as they said in the 80s), coupled with an effortless style, which will always turn heads. The Archive by Alexa Chung collection consists of 31 pieces taken from the M&S archive, but with a particular focus on the 1940s to 1980s. The pieces have been given a more modern perspective using different colourways and fabrics to give them an “Alexa” feel. The collection features beautiful mini-dresses, wide-leg trousers, a sharp khaki-coloured trench coat, and delicate camisole tops. With prices starting at €29, there’s something for everyone’s budget.
Here are some of the key pieces from the collection, which will definitely feature on my wishlist. The collection will be available in stores and online from April:
Photos courtesy of Marks & Spencer
Well the Twitter hashtags were flying all over the place today as the announcement came that one of the H&M posse, & Other Stories, was coming to town! In fairness, it is great news, not only because they have a great line of reasonably-priced accessories in addition to their clothing line, but it also sees the occupation of a long-time vacant spot on Ireland’s supposed premier shopping areas, Grafton Street. The spot previously housed A-Wear, and HMV for a while, but now it has been saved from the fate of a calender pop-up shop by the Swedish superstars! Skoll to that, I say!
So on to the shop itself. Well, as a little background, the opening of its London Regent Street branch in 2013 was greeted with hysteria not seen since the Beatles (little fabrication, but you get the gist). & Other Stories is your basic one-stop wonder shop stocking women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, jewellery, bags, shoes and beauty. Its focus is on sharp tailoring or simple and chic items, so perfect for picking up some wardrobe staples, rather than throwaway fashion. ‘Tis somewhat Scandinavian in feel (it being Swedish n’ all), so the designs are simple and fresh, but the prices are lower than its more mature sister, Cos.
The store is due to open around September time. Until then, you can hop on over to their website and pick up your fashion fix there.