Boden is my go-to for subtle retro styling; think cute but not-so-knicker-flashing shifts, tea dresses, colour-pop coats and kitsch prints and you’ll probably think of Boden too. But I’ve never really noticed the shoe department – until now! At AW14 press day these jewel-clad pointed pumps were by far the most ooed and ahhed over, not to mention the most tweeted and Instragram-ed, shoes on display. My only problem with them? I can’t decided which colour I want!
Pointed shoes are going to be huge for the colder season and I’m thrilled as I find wearing heels all the time tricky and there’s nothing like a little toe-point to instantly smarten up an outfit. Of course teamed with Dolce and Gabbanna-esque crystal detailing Boden’s sparkly shoes are not for the faint of fashion heart but by god will they make you feel special whatever the occasion.
SHOP: Boden Jewelled Pump, £129 each (available in gold, black and navy).
A little more expensive than the high street brand’s usual offering, I think it’s fair to see why you’ll need to part with a bit more cash to secure these bejewelled beauties and I dare you to not add more than one colour-way to your basket (I’ve got gold and navy in there at the moment but black is winking at me!).
In the market for something a little less sparkly? I’ve had a good rummage through Boden’s virtual shoe rack and found some absolute corkers, which as usual with Boden are all available in a multitude of shades and textures:
SHOP: 1. Vintage Suede Boot, £179 2. Chic Ankle Boot, £119 3. Mary Jane, £119 4. Ballerina, £49 5. Fashion Pointed Pump, £99 6. Stretch Heeled Boot, £99.
Are you a Boden fan? What do you think of my shoe choices?
I’m a sucker for a touchy-feely fabric and this marl grey quilted top from Warehouse is the perfect tactile contender. Great teamed with a slick leather skirt or tailored trousers this soft but smart t-shirt is a fab mix of casual and corporate should you be looking for a new office addition. And it’s under £40.
SHOP: Warehouse Embellished Necklace Quilted Tee, £35.
The fit is a big draw for me. It’s a bit malleable and pull-able; you can have a bit of a fat day and still get in to it and it’s not going to constrict your assets or make you feel stuffy while you sit at your desk all day. And should you be heading elsewhere after a day at the grind there’s no need for accessories as you’ve got a lovely little necklace-type-thing attached already. Usually I abhor clothing with jewellery attached – I don’t like the option to go without or go with something different being taken away from me, but this sharp little perspex detail is quite collar-like and unoffensive.
What do you think? How would you style Warehouse’s textured tee?
I’ve been eyeing up this Ted Baker peplum sweater for a while now (in cream, since you asked, though blue and coral are lovely also), but at £109 I’ve resisted. While there’s no doubt Ted Baker clothes are beautifully made and do last, more than £100 on a jumper is a bit mad IMHO. Not that that has deterred me from bookmarking the ladylike knit and checking back every couple of days, dreaming up potential outfits with it at the centre.
SHOP: Ted Baker Peplum Jumper in Cream; Bright Blue; Coral, £109 each.
Well, until I discovered this ASOS beauty in the prettiest shade of pink and with a touch more ruffle (I love a ruffle!) for a mere £35. I’m not really in to the matching skirt but if you’re a co-ord fan you’ve got the option (it’s £28 here), I think it will look fab with a really dark wash skinny jean and either pumps or soft slip-ons like these. It’s quite a grown-up, sophisticated look too, which is hard to find in knit form so it makes for the perfect wet weather day-to-night dress, with a quick switch to heels and a slick of fuchsia lip gloss come night time.
SHOP: ASOS Co-ord Aran Jumper with Ruffle Hem, £35.
I think the high neck is a really cute detail too and definitely warrants a little glitz from a statement necklace. And she’s an all-rounder when it comes flattering figures big and small, slim and curvaceous – the peplum is the ultimate waist-cincher, which the long sleeves will make you look longer, leaner and keep bingo wings at bay. What’s not to love?
What do you think of ASOS’ pink peplum knit?
Plug alert! Yep, I’m using DWP to tell you all about my own jewellery shop BUT since we’ve just hit sale season I think you’ll thank me for alerting you to the serious bargains now live on the website ;)
From pretty pastel earrings (just £6!) to Saturday night-savvy statement necklaces and look-at-me bejewelled collars (all under £14.40!), you’ll be spoiled for choice in the GEMA Jewellery sale! Perfect for a little payday treat or a gift for someone special, now is the time to stock up on our SS14 styles as they won’t be around for long – we’re intent on getting rid of the lot to make room for AW14. *Psst.. scroll down to the bottom of this post for an exclusive peek at some of the pieces coming next season.*
Left to right: Delilah, Was £18 Now £10.80; Octavia in Pink, Was £24 Now £14.40; Sardinia, Was £24 Now £14.40; Zaira, Was £24 Now £14.40.
But back to this season… a personal favourite of mine Delilah is a bold colour-pop piece and she’s just as at home poking out of a crisp white shirt collar as over a little black party dress. Oh and she’s been reduced from £18 to a purse-friendly £10.80. Then there’s Octavia in Pink. She’s a sturdy piece and guaranteed to get you noticed for your sartorial choices, which is probably why there’s only ONE left. We’ve taken a generous 40% off of her too so she could be yours for a tiny £14.40 but you’ll have to click quick. Alternatively Sardinia and Zaira are similar in style (but with a little more spike..!) and come in a gorgeous sapphire blue or chic black – guaranteed to update any outfit, any season.
Left to right: Laila, Was £20 Now £12; Verona, Was £22 Now £13.20; Violetta, Was £24 Now £14.40; Oria (now sold out).
Looking for something on the subtle side? Laila is a classy dove grey and crystal piece, which can be worn high like a collar or made to hang lower like this. If a little more sparkle is what you need look no further than Verona or for something a bit more statement try Violetta or our Oria earrings.
There’s loads more where that came from, 22 other pieces in fact, so head over to www.GEMAJewellery.com now and have a gander. Let me know what you get!
And if you can’t wait for the AW14 drop (I’m beyond excited!!) here’s a glimpse at what’s coming soon..
It’s payday, you’ve made it through the month, treat yourself. You know you want to. And with winter just around the corner (sorry, but let’s face it now, shall we?) it’s a great time to make your AW14 investments – I’m talking leather jackets, party season pieces and a fresh new make-up selection.
SHOP: Stila at ASOS Cheek Duo, £16; AllSaints Leather Jacket, £268; Anna Sui at ASOS Marble Effect Lipstick, £23 each; GEMA Jewellery Laila Necklace, Was £20 Now £12; Boden Organza Top, £99; eBay Butterfly Heels, £30.25.
I’m so excited about all of this week’s picks I don’t really know where to start! Should you feel the same I think a combination of all of them – a chic leather jacket that will see you through seasons to come, a 60s-inspired sophis lace top and matching grey statement necklace and a pair of Sophia Webster butterfly heel knock-offs (shhhh!) – make for a great start to AW14 dressing. Finish with a few bits from ASOS’ fab selection of make-up and you’re good to go. Happy shopping!
What are you putting your payday pennies towards this month?