I was recently invited by the lovely team at intu Milton Keynes to take part in a Bloggers challenge. I met the PR team and my fellow MK Bloggers outside Karen Millen where we were talked through our assignment sheet and got given a goodie bag full of lovely things.
Thank you again to all the brands/stores that contributed! We were well and truly spoilt.
Without further ado, lets have a look at the task in hand…
“SS17 has arrived and Spring is in the air. Get ready for blue skies, sunshine and most importantly a summer holiday you’ve been dreaming of. You have been selected to attend a SS17 staple wardrobe event which will make up a blog post filled with must haves for the new season”.
After taking some inspiration from the S/S trend mood boards, I was ready to hit the shops!
“A white shirt is a must have for any wardrobe. Karen Millen have reinvented the white shirt with an amazing new campaign which is a must have for this season. Head to Karen Millen, speak to the girls in the store and find your perfect Shirt!”
Karen Millen recently launched a new campaign with a capsule collection of white shirts, re-imagined in their London atelier. All the shirts within this collection are absolutely divine! Whether you tuck it loosely into your favourite pair of jeans or style it a pencil skirt for work, there is nothing comparable and as timeless to a classic white shirt.
“There are a few wardrobe pieces more perennial than a white shirt”- Karen Millen.
Admittedly i had my eye on quite a few of their shirts! but i managed to narrow it down to three.
The Pleat Hem Shirt features an adorable rounded collar with concealed button fastenings and a flattering peplum-style waist. Great with a pair of cropped trousers and red pointed flats (for that pop of colour). Perfect spring/summer work attire!
“Head to five retailers and select ten items which you think are key for SS17.”
First up, Miss Selfridge.
Miss Selfridge is bang on trend with their new Spring/Summer range! Lots of Ruffles, florals and 80’s vibes. The items i chose from this retailer were:
The Ivory Blazer – A must have staple item for the warmer months. Great dressed up for work or down for a casual date night, or evening out with the girls.
One Shoulder Cutwork Top– This light and airy top is a super cute addition to a new season wardrobe. Rock both the one shoulder and ruffle trend all at once with this staple item.
Ruffle Denim Dress– This gorgeous denim cold shoulder ruffle dress is the ultimate day dress. Great to wear with tights in the spring or bare legs and sandals in the warmer summer months! To complete the look, why not pair with classic brown salt water sandals and a simple over the shoulder bag.
You can almost guarantee as soon as the Spring/Summer months make an appearance, so do the wedding invites! Thats why one of my S/S staple items had to be a wedding guest dress! and where better to purchase from than Coast.
Picking out the perfect wedding day outfit is made simple with their gorgeous wedding guest day dresses range. From delicate, light materials complete with soft floral patterns to bright and bold statement pieces. Their range has something to suit everyone’s personal style.
I chose the May Frill Top and the Anessa Floral print Skirt to recreate the below. The elegant pencil skirt features a beautiful contemporary floral print that injects the perfect amount of colour to this crisp white skirt. Finished with an on trend ruffled hem.
Their Tan Leather Biker Jacket is a softer take on the black biker-girl jackets. This beautiful staple is versatile and robust. It is crafted from light tan, butter-soft leather complete with luxurious gold trims; Although this item is at the higher end of the price scale in comparison to some of its competitor products, it is well worth the splurge as its quality is second to none.
Complete the look by pairing this fabulous jacket with jeans and heeled boots, or for a more feminine look, why not opt for a chic tea dress.
Next from Karen Millen is this Asymmetrical Midi Dress. Cut with a flattering sleek bodice and an asymmetric skirt that falls slightly longer at the back, this striking yet elegant, mustard-hued dress is a season must have!
My initial thought when i was assigned this task, was that Topshop would make the list someway or another. Topshop jeans are my go to staple item for any season. They are a reasonable price, made with sturdy material and fit like a dream.
Their MOM Jeans range come in all styles and colours and (having owned a pair myself) are super comfortable and easy to style! They are crafted from pure cotton and come in an authentic rigid-look denim. Majority of them are high waisted and have a tapered leg.
I chose the light-washed denim as it perfect for S/S! Style these with a cute stripped tee during the day, or style it up with some chunky wedges and an oversized shirt tucked in for a more edgy evening look.
My other pick from Topshop is the Moto coated high waisted skirt in white.
Another brand that had to make my list!
Firstly, I’d like to call out the store manager-Jamie. She was a total gem, very friendly and accommodating! She tidied the store especially for my photos and talked me through their key S/S range including their new Orange tab collection.
Levi’s Orange Tab collection features clothing born in ’69, remastered for today. It has a retro/vintage feel to it, which i instantly liked. The entire range felt effortlessly cool with a great variety of staple items, including jeans, denim jackets, classic T-shirts and dungarees.
My chosen staple item from this range had to be their adorable Orange tab Shortalls. Crafted with a premium quality cotton, these playful dungarees have a vintage look denim that is complete with rolled short hemlines and iconic snap clasps and button fastenings.
Perfect for sunny Summer days with a classic white tee, bare legs and converse!
“Head to Two accessory retailers and find five killer accessories which will transform any outfit. Think gorgeous footwear, magpie worthy jewels and perfect bags for night and day.”
When i came across these yellow slingback shoes, i had to make a cheeky purchase. I have been after a pair of pointed flats for a while now but everywhere seemed to be super expensive. This pair were a steal at £14.99! Super comfortable and perfect footwear for Spring!
I also picked a pair of wedge-heel sandals in Khaki green. A must have pair of shoes for any S/S wardrobe! Ideal with a midi day dress or styled up with skinny jeans and a blazer.
H&M also have a great range of jewellery in at the moment, including their Coachella range that boasts quirky statement pieces. I chose the Gold star earrings and the super cool hippy-esq heart-shaped Sunglasses for my S/S staple list. Both accessories are bold, playful,and perfect for festival goers!
I found two different styles of bags in the Nine section of Debenhams, that were quickly added to the staple list!
For anyone who hasn’t heard of Nine’s clothing, its by Savannah Miller. The range offers a chic and stylish urban style that will effortlessly take you from day wear to evening attire. My first pick was their Tan scalloped suede saddle bag. A chic over the shoulder handbag that wholly captures the bohemian style of Nine.
My second pick was a Multi-Coloured beaded clutch bag. It’s bright floral design and glitz and glamour created by the sequins, makes it the ultimate clutch for a night out!
“For the finishing touch. Gorgeous, healthy hair makes a huge difference to your look. Head to the team at RUSH to discuss must have summer hair products which will keep your locks glossy and shiny all season”.
Last stop on the agenda was a trip to RUSH hair salon. Not many people realise this (me included before this task) but their salon is actually upstairs, and my goodness, its beautiful!
The girls on reception went through a few of their most popular hair products with us and highly recommended their Kerastase range. If you’re after a new hair care routine/product i’d definitely suggest giving this brand a go! Its got a great reputation for nourishing and repairing dry, dull hair, giving that glossy, revitalised feel!
Milton Keynes intu Shoppers have style!
Check out these lovely shopper’s who are bang on trend with their outfits.
What’s your favourite S/S trend?
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that you feel inspired by all the beautiful new S/S clothing!