With the beginning of May comes the latest ‘Monthly Favourites’ post!
I decided April’s post would be centred around my huge London shopping trip, because I fell in love with so many fashion pieces and would love to share the best with you. It’s great being able to read about beautiful clothing pieces available on both the high street and in high-end shops as it always makes your own Spring/Summer shopping that little bit easier!
I was surprised to find that the shops I expected to spend huge amounts of money in actually turned out to be the shops I found nothing in. I had so many expectations as to what I’d find in each shop and it turns out I was absolutely wrong! Having said that, I still managed to find some really pretty pieces without breaking the bank in quite a range of places.
I’m a big fan of Hollister’s Spring/Summer collection every year. They release some gorgeous beach-worthy pieces that are both comfortable and girly – my favourite combination.
This off-the-shoulder white smocked top caught my eye within a minute or two of entering the shop. I adore the half-length flared sleeves and the floral embroidery (which you can almost see on my right arm – click the link in the caption for some more pictures). The off-shoulder design adds a casual, feminine vibe and, although this top comes in a number of prints and colours, I think white is definitely my favourite.
I like to pair this with some black skinny jeans or a white denim mini skirt for a comfortable look. To smarten it up, you could pair the top with some white skinny trousers and pretty heels.
I also picked up a gorgeous white linen dress for a really great price. I’m trying to incorporate some more prints into my wardrobe rather than block colours, so I was very pleased when I came across this piece. The chest has some pretty little buttons down the front, too, which I think add a lovely detail to the whole dress.
The length is perfect for my height (5’4) as it doesn’t drop down to my knees, making me look shorter, but doesn’t show anything I don’t want to be shown either!
A square neckline isn’t something I’d actually bought before as I didn’t feel as though it would suit me. This dress did manage to change my mind as it sits really nicely across my chest and doesn’t dip or dig in under my arms. It’s definitely one of the comfiest dresses I’ve ever invested in – the linen contributes to this, too. It’s a hugely popular material trend this year; it’s a lovely, light material making it great for the beach or sunny walks through a town.
Another beautiful dress I picked up was from Topshop and I absolutely fell in love with it. The pastel pink is my favourite shade of pink and it’s also a very light material, like the Hollister dress. It’s a soft cotton that is fitted in all the right parts, making the dress feminine and flattering.
The button-down design is my favourite thing about this dress: pieces like this are very on-trend this year. You’ve probably seen a huge number of skirts, dresses and tops with pretty little buttons running down the front! The buttons on the dress in particular are subtle and give it a bit of a 60’s style vibe which is definitely my favourite dress era.
It’s quite easy to style this both up and down – it works well as a pretty beach cover-up but also as a more formal, summery dress that can be paired with wedge heels or mules.
Can you see the colour theme yet…?
I picked up a pretty little shirred bandeau top because these always come in handy during Summer. They’re a happy medium between showing too much and showing too little when it’s too hot to wear anything else. This white bandeau top is super stretchy and comfy – I was very pleased with the price as it seems to be a great quality piece of clothing, too. It can be worn on its own or also underneath a pretty kimono top.
I’d been looking for a pair of white jeans for months (literally) and it wasn’t as easy as I though it would be. I like my jeans to be skinny and high-waisted but also comfy enough that I can actually bend down without feeling as though they’re about to rip or slice the backs of my knees open. I tried these Topshop Jamie jeans on and I knew I’d finally found ‘the pair’. They are super-stretchy and seem to adapt to the natural curves of your body really nicely (that’s my way of saying they are perfect for the common struggle of having a small waist and a bigger behind). I’m definitely going to be buying more jeans from Topshop in the future.
I also found a beautiful snake-skin belt from River Island that styles very well with the white jeans. The double-ring style is very popular at the moment thanks to the gorgeous Gucci belt we’ve been seeing everywhere. A big struggle of mine is being able to find a belt that actually fits my waist without me having to create extra holes and typically ruin it. I was so pleased to find that this belt fit me perfectly, even in high-waisted trousers, so I bought it straight away. For just £14, it was a no-brainer. It’s my new favourite belt.
I thought I’d have a look in New Look despite the fact I rarely find anything in there. I was so surprised to find a few things I really liked and that were a great price!
This pretty pink bell sleeve top is one of my favourite purchases EVER – I adore the sleeves and the crop design. The ruched tie creates a lovely shape to the top and a really girly effect (as if it wasn’t girly enough). I styled the top with my white jeans and the white bandeau I mentioned above. Along with some pretty jewellery, you’ve got a gorgeous summery outfit.
I also bought this floral cover-up from New Look and have already worn it so many times. I seem to have developed a bit of a thing for flared sleeves without even realising…
The print is my favourite thing about this top; it brings so much life to the outfit! It’s ideal as a beach cover-up but I also wore this to a river cruise a few days ago as a formal style. I paired the outfit above with some khaki block heels and created a feminine, pretty outfit that was ideal for the weather. A top like this comes in very handy in warm evenings when the flies come out and, like me, you’re prone to being bitten. It’s a light and airy piece to thrown on to avoid any bites without over-heating.
The back of the top has a pretty peplum-style design, making it work with a whole range of trousers, shorts and skirts. I believe it’s also on sale!
I did pick these trainers up a week or two ago (you may have seen them on my Instagram), but I HAD to include them in my monthly favourites as they are so beautiful! Not only are they my favourite colour, they’re the best trainers I’ve purchased in a long time, if not ever.
They’re great for casual-wear on a Summer town-walk – the sole of the shoe is very cushioned, making them incredibly comfortable and adaptive to your feet. The trainers are also perfect for heavier exercise thanks to the stretchy material on the top. It’s very easy to move your feet around and you don’t get too hot!
And the best part: they’re my favourite shade of pink! Every pink-lover’s dream trainers!
I had to save the best until last! This was my favourite purchase of them all.
I was in desperate need of a new everyday handbag and this Michael Kors tote stood out the second I walked through the doors! I couldn’t resist and I truly think that a handbag is an investment piece because it’s used every single day and needs to be durable yet stylish!
It’s the newest version of MK’s classic tote bag and has a pale mink/pink-type leather finish along with the branded logo on the front. The keytag detail adds a pretty finishing touch to the whole piece.
There is plenty of room inside the bag, including a tablet-sized compartment to keep your fragile things safe! It’s an ideal size to use as an everyday essentials bag – I take it to work with me and it easily fits everything I need inside.
I hope you enjoyed reading my list of favourite purchases this month, just as much as I loved shopping for them! I was so pleased to be able to find some gorgeous high street and high end pieces both for Spring and Summer – my white and pink colour preferences certainly shone through but there is a huge range of style and colour trends available in stores right now. Zara have some particularly pretty broderie pieces and Ted Baker some lovely satin lounge wear. I wish I could have bought it all!!
Which are your favourite places for shopping Spring/Summer fashion?
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