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August 21st 2014
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FASHION FLASH: BANK HOLIDAY STYLE

Make sure your closet is ready for the August bank holiday with our edit of must-have looks…

At last the bank holiday weekend is finally upon us! Whatever dates you have in the diary, dress for any occasion with our fashionable edit of go-to tran-seasonal looks. Whether you plan on catching up with friends and family or you’re arranging an exciting weekend away, make the most of the long weekend in style…

 

Country Stroll

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Chrysanthemum Print Cotton Knit Cardigan / Slim Leg Trousers / Woven Pocket Detail Top / Khaki Parka Coat / Cube Bracelet

 

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and set off for the countryside for an afternoon of exploring. Keeping it cosy and chic, the khaki slim leg trousers are a key piece for smooth transitional styling, especially when paired with our pretty floral print cardi, which offers an injection of bright hues. Don’t forget to throw on the pink lined parka for any unexpected showers!

 

Brunch Date

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Spot Print Tunic Top / Sterling Silver Bracelet / Tapered Trousers / Swarovski Square Studs / Leather Shopper Bag

 

A spot of brunch with the girls is a must-have date in the diary come the long weekend. On the menu is laid back luxe with the rich forest green polka dot tunic, teamed with the versatile tapered trousers and classic black leather tote bag. Add a hint of sparkle with the crystal stud earrings for an elegant touch.

 

Dinner & Dancing

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Long Sleeve Floral Top / Slim Leg Coated Jeans / Nude Leather Court Shoes / Pearl and Glass Chip Double Strand Necklace

 

For a night of dinner and dancing, up the style stakes with this delicate floral print blouse and team with the leather-look coated jeans for a sophisticated twist. Pair with nude leather courts and layer on a dainty necklace to complete the look.

 

Summer Fete

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Silver Grey Cardigan / Rust Slim Leg Jeans / Pebble Spot Print Blouse / Tan Tote Bag

 

Perfect for a day out at your local village fete or farmers market, be comfortably pretty in our pebble spot blouse and relaxed rust slim leg trousers. Channel casual cool with our earthy toned inspired outfit and accessorise with the tan tote bag.

 

Do you have any exciting plans for the August Bank Holiday? We would love to know! Leave us a comment below or tweet us at @LauraAshleyUK – don’t forget to let us know your favourite look… 

August 13th 2014
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MONTHLY BLOGGER CRUSH : AUGUST

Introducing Rock My Style, the lifestyle blog that offers a daily dose of all things stylish…

Now that the month of August is in full swing, it’s now time to reveal our blogger crush of the month. As devoted readers of Rock My Wedding, one of the UK’s biggest wedding blogs we were delighted to stumble across their lifestyle sister blog Rock My Style. Taking us on a whirlwind journey of interiors, style and good food, without further ado let’s jump into our August blogger crush…

 

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Penned by a wonderful team of dedicated ladies, Rock My Style is our one-stop-shop for expert advice and tips on everything from interiors to fashion, with a good measure of delicious recipes and travel guides in-between. With fresh innovative content and pin-worthy photography, RMS is our daily dose of all things lifestyle. Covering the latest trends and discoveries, not to mention their cracking DIY section, RMS also touches on personal everyday life. From being a mama to taking the next step in your career, editor Miranda and her team have fast become our trusted internet pals with their personal recommendations and thoughts – RMS delivers well written and discussed topics in a refreshing personal tone. Also, did we mention they have a mouth-watering recipe for sweet & spicy popcorn.. need we say more?

 

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Talking to the leading lady herself, we sit down with editor Miranda to hear all things RMS….

 

How did Rock My Style come about?

 

Rock My Style is the sister blog to Rock My Wedding, the hugely successful UK wedding blog. Rock My Wedding has 200K regular readers, but the readership, although loyal, is essentially transitional and so it made perfect sense to create a site covering areas of long-term interest such as beauty, fashion, food, interiors, DIY, motherhood and wellbeing for our community. Rock My Style is the next chapter, if you like.

 

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What’s your favourite part about running the blog?

 

I love the immediacy of working online, both the speed with which a feature can go from idea to published post and the feedback from readers. I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve created a really positive community who are very generous in sharing their thoughts and recommendations.

 

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What inspires you to write?

 

The places I go, the things I do and the people I meet along the way. Since I started working on the blog I’ve found myself saying yes to things thinking, “Ooh, that could make a good blog post.” There are four of us working on Rock My Style, living in different parts of the country, but we get together as often as possible to plan future posts and shoot images to go alongside them. Blogging can be quite solitary and so I really look forward to the days when we get together, which always leave me feeling thoroughly inspired.

 

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What are your bookmarked blogs?

Just Opened London – for keeping up to date with the latest restaurants and bar openings in London.

Sincerely Jules – for outfit inspiration and a dose of Californian sun.

- Deliciously Ella - for healthy eating ideas.

- Beach Tomato - for travel escapism.

 

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What’s your must have item from Laura Ashley?

 

There’s nothing I love more at the end of a long day than a soak in the tub and so I love the delicately scented bath products, and the candles, to give as gifts and to light and fragrance my own home.

 

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Citrus Blossom and Nectarine Box Candle / Rhubarb and Vanilla Gift Set  / Citrus Blossom Hand Wash and Lotion Gift Set Mulberry & Damask Rose Boxed Candle 

 

Be sure to bookmark Rock My Style – we promise you’ll be in for a treat!

July 31st 2014
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WAYS TO WEAR: THE FLORAL PRINT TROUSERS

One Challenge – Two Fashion Bloggers – Seriously Stylish Inspiration

Now that the sunshine is set to stay, we are fully embracing our summer wardrobes and ticking off key trends for the season. What better way to celebrate the warmer weather than with an exciting styling challenge? Enlisting two of our top fashionista bloggers, we invited Deborah (Bang On Style) and Rebecca (Cinnamon Slippers) to take part in our Ways to Wear challenge.

 

The Challenge 

 

Ticking off one of summer’s biggest trends, our fabulous Floral Print Jeans (available in store) are a stylish choice for any occasion. Featuring a delicate pastel rose pattern in a figure flattering slim-fit style, we asked two trusty fashion bloggers to showcase how they would style up an outfit wearing our jeans…

 

Ready, set, style!

 

Deborah, blogger at Bang on Style

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Floral Print Jean (available in store) / Ivory Cotton Mix Crochet Front Jumper 

 

The floral trousers are so pretty and just perfect for summer, they are my top choice for a daytime barbecue or a trip to the seaside as they are so lightweight. Despite the balmy summer heat, you can never go wrong with a good quality piece of knitwear, so I styled the trousers with this gorgeous white cotton jumper; it’s crochet style front keeps it suitable for summer and I love to roll the sleeves up slightly to soften the look. Layered over a thin lilac vest, it creates a great colour-pop contrast against the white. I’ll certainly be be wearing it layered over a white shirt or long sleeve top come autumn! For accessories I’ve added a gorgeous pastel statement necklace which picks out the colours in the trousers beautifully and some vibrant lilac sandals for that final summer finish.

 

Rebecca, blogger at The Cinnamon Slippers 

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Floral Print Jean (available in store) / Lobster Print Cardigan (available in store)

 

When people say that a brand has been a constant presence in their lives, it’s often either exaggeration or nostalgia. Laura Ashley on the other hand has without doubt been one of the most unwavering and much-loved british brands for
the last 60 years, adored equally from one generation to the next. My mum was a massive fan of the brand and I was lucky to be dressed in the famous dresses and matching Alice bands as a young girl.

 

For the styling challenge, I wanted to go for a relaxed summer look complete with a bardot style top from and the loose fitting Lobster cardigan. For me, pretty printed trousers are my favourite and I always favour them over plain, usually keeping the top part simple with a shirt for work or a casual blouse. The trousers fit perfectly, they have a lovely stretchy elastane finish which is the ultimate figure-forgiving fabric, perfect if you struggle with dancer calves and climbers’ legs like me! I felt so confident wearing these and have since several times with flip flops, sneakers and heels; only Laura Ashley can take a pair of trousers and make them beautiful, comfortable and timeless all at once.

 

There’s no denying that these bloggers pack a stylish punch! Make sure to bookmark their blogs to keep up-to-date with their latest fashionable looks. These floral trousers are currently unavailable online but you can still find them in store. Why not check out our Autumn pair?

 

Tell us, how would you wear our floral printed trousers?

 

Browse the new Laura Ashley fashion collections here.

July 24th 2014
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IN WITH THE NEW: STYLING THE NEW SEASON

Brush up on next seasons style NOW with our five key looks…

Stay ahead of the trends this summer and adopt our savvy fashion approach to next season’s styling. We’ve handpicked our most coveted autumn pieces and created five versatile outfits that have you destined for trend-ticking transitional style…

 

Summer Florals 

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Sprig Print Sheer Scoop Neck Dress / Cotton Knit Crochet Trim Cardigan / Tan Trim Zip Top Tote Bag

 

For around the clock style, one of our most-worn pieces has to be the classic tea-dress (floral, of course). So versatile, it can be worn with a light-weight cardigan and bare legs for summer, then teamed with tights and a cosy jumper for a layered look come winter.  Truly an investment piece, the Sprig Print Dress echoes that retro vintage feel, but features a fresh take on today’s shape and cut.

 

Pretty Modern

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Navy Side Zip Shopper Bag / Pebble Spot Print Frill Hem Dress / Grey Biker Style Zip Front Jacket

 

For fashion forward style, put a spin on your feminine pieces by toughening up your look with a biker jacket. Our highly sought after Pebble Spot dress and Grey Biker jacket is the perfect balance of pretty versus biker style !

 

 

9-5 Nautical 

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Spot Print Jumper / 3/4 Sleeve Top With Contrast Colour / Cotton Sateen Tapered Trousers / Deco Cut-Out Hinged Bangle

 

Dress up your 9-5 work wardrobe with a nod to the nautical by pairing together our navy Spot Print Jumper and bold tapered trousers. A timeless trend that never dates, this polished look has a hint of Parisian chic that we admire time after time.

 

Pink Lady

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Floral Print Pleat Neck Dress / Rose Pink Cotton Mix Smocked Shoulder Cardigan / Grey Turnlock Pocket Tote Bag  

 

As the weather starts to cool, that’s no excuse to playdown the colourful hues of summer. Bring a pop of pink to cheer up a dull day with our Rose Pink Cardigan teamed with our beautiful blooming Floral Print Dress. Update the look with new season accessories with the retro Grey Turnlock Pocket Tote Bag.

 

Biker Chic

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Flower Print Slim Leg Trousers / Tan Biker Style Jacket

 

Carry the floral trend into next season with the autumnal hues of the Flower Print trousers. For statement style, team with the iconic tan biker jacket for laid back luxe.

 

Check us out, brushing up on next season style – we’re fashion pros! Which look takes your fancy? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Browse the new Laura Ashley fashion collections online here.

July 18th 2014
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KEY TRENDS FOR A STYLISH SUMMER

Helen Johnson from Prima magazine takes us through her key trends for a stylish summer…

As we welcome this glorious heat wave, our thoughts turn to how to keep cool yet remain stylish in the height of summer. With this in mind we invited Helen Johnson, the fashion assistant for Prima magazine, to take us through her key top trends for Summer 2014…

 

Pretty in Pastels

 

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Mint Green Jumper / Printed Jean / Green Cluster Bracelet / Pink Facet Bead Necklace / Sleeveless Bow Top / Pale Pink Scarf

 

Go all out girly in this seasons sugary sweet pastels trend. The SS14 shows were a confection of baby blue, pale pink, pastel yellow and soft lilacs. A garden party or summer wedding is the perfect excuse to try out this oh-so-pretty palette.

 

How to wear it: Many designers styled these sorbet shades head-to-toe, but for a more subtle way to wear pastels try adding them one-piece at a time. A statement dress, a lightweight jumper or coloured jeans are all ladylike ways to try out the trend. Or instead you could add some pastel accessories, this statement necklace will look stunning over a white shirt, and a lilac scarf is great to have on standby for chilly evenings.

 

Nod to Nautical

 

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 Striped Cotton Jumper / Tan Trim Tote Bag / Triple Stone Necklace / Coral Collarless Long Sleeve Top / Map Print Scarf

 

From breton tops to anchor prints, designers were inspired by all things maritime this summer. One for your holidays, this is a trend that comes back year after year, and is one of the Prima fashion team’s faves!

 

How to wear it: The key colours are red, white and navy, but for a modern update we’ve added green to the palette this season. Focus on prints and use them as your base. Stripes are classic, or marine motifs like sailing boats and anchors look lovely too. Team these printed pieces with neutral tones or denim to keep the look grown-up.

 

[Style tip!] A simple striped top like this one is a fuss-free summertime staple you can wear with everything from denim shorts to a pencil skirt!

 

Modern Monochrome

 

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Spot Shift Dress /  Monochrome Top / Black Lace and Ivory Ruched Dress / Vintage Style Necklace

 

Graphic black and white is having a fashion moment! The simple palette is sophisticated, versatile and supremely flattering. Plus, it’s a trend that will work all the way through to Autumn!

 

How to wear it: Keep things simple, stick to black and white and don’t be tempted to mix in other colours. If you want to add a little interest choose a pattern like stripes or polka dots, or some detailing like lace or embellishment. I love this trend-ticking dress the lace panels are super slimming, and it will work for your 9 to 5 and for special occasions too.

 

Helen Johnson, Fashion Assistant, Prima Magazine.

 

Items available in store and online now with up to 70%* off! What’s your favourite key trend? Browse our fashion here

July 15th 2014
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FASHION FIX: SUMMER HOLIDAY PACKING TIPS

Pack like a pro with our summer holiday packing tips…

Whether you’re jet-setting off to an exotic destination or an exciting city-break adventure, our thoughts soon turn to the dreaded holiday packing woe. A mightily stressful task that normally involves a last minute sit on our suitcase, as we try and cram in that extra pair of shoes that we really might need. Sound all to familiar? Mastering the art of packing lightly is a skill that takes fine tuning over the years, but with our simple top summer holiday packing tips you’ll be on your way in no time..

 

Capsule Wardrobe 

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Pink White Mint Lace Trim Cotton Vest Top / Pink Cotton Embroidered Cutwork Blouse / Broderie Front Jewelled Top / Bamboo Cotton Chino Shorts / Ditsy Rose Print Swimsuit / Pale Pink Embroidered Tunic

 

Stuck in the habit of being a chronic over-packer? It’s time to take things back to basics and create the ultimate capsule wardrobe. Starting with the essentials, divide your holiday pieces into piles and create a mixture of outfits depending on your travel agenda. From beach to bar, with a spot of sightseeing in between, determine a neutral colour palette with splashes of colour that can easily mix and match. Versatile pieces like the pink cotton tunic can be thrown over your bikini for a beach cover up or worn as loose blouse on a day trip. Choosing savvy fashion pieces that will carry you from day to nigh will create a variety of stylish options. Don’t forget that being comfortable and feeling good is an important factor too, so don’t bother packing those extra pair of troublesome heels ‘just in case’!

 

Roll With It

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Green Leaf Print Cardigan / Bloom Print Cardigan / Rose Pink Notch Neck Cardigan / Cream Linen Mix Crochet Cardigan / Linen Wide Leg Drawstring Trousers

 

Avoid those dreaded wrinkles by rolling your clothes rather than folding. A cheats tip for a smooth crease-free appearance that will give you extra space, make sure to line your suitcase with bulkier items such as shoes with delicates on top. Don’t forget to pack a plain cotton bag or tote for your dirty laundry, that way on your return you can separate your clean from your worn pieces straight into the washing machine.

 

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Darcey Spot Large Wash Bag / Darcey Spot Small Cosmetic Bag / Darcey Spot Jewellery Roll 

 

Packing toiletries can tricky business especially with your checked in luggage. The pretty Darcey Spot Large Wash Bag will keep your lotions and potions neatly tucked away, with the added benefit of having a handy hook to store on the back of your bathroom door – genius! Keep treasured jewellery items out of harms way in the matching Darcey satin pouch, as there’s nothing worse than a tangled web of necklaces.

 

Accessorise All Areas 

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Ombre Pashmina Style Scarf / Tassel Charm Bracelet / Pink Facet Bead Statement Necklace / Straw Floral Trim Basket / Pale Pink Wool Mix Pashmina 

 

Whether you’re adding a splash of colour or making a statement, polish your holiday style with a range of bright accessories. Our must-have travel companion is cheerful coloured scarf like the coral ombre pashmina, perfect for beating the chill on the plane or wrapping around your swimsuit as a make -shift sarong – a well chosen scarf will soon become your holiday essential. Why not bring a glam feel to your look with a statement necklace or amp up the arm candy with the tassel charm bracelets? Choose a study yet stylish beach bag like the straw floral trim basket for carrying all your beachy essentials, we like to tuck our important necessities like our  phone and purse in a smaller bag like the small cosmetic bag so we can find our must-haves with ease.

 

The Essentials 

 

-  Make sure to pack lightweight layers such as a loose fitting cardigan and linen trousers for cooler evenings and doubles up as the perfect plane attire.

- If you are flying long haul, the silk eye mask will ensure a restful snooze.

- Before you start make a list of everything and anything you will need, ticking and checking items as you pack.

- Don’t forget to pack a warm pair of sock in your hand luggage, theres nothing worse than cold toes on the plane!

 

What must-have rules do you abide by when it comes to packing… share your tips below! 

 

Browse the Laura Ashley summer fashion sale and stock up on your holiday wardrobe essentials…

July 11th 2014
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INTO THE NEW: AUTUMN FASHION VIDEO

Lets take a peek into next season’s fashion offerings with our A/W style film…

We may be in the throws of summer, but we can’t help feeling a little excited for next season’s style. Here at Laura Ashley H.Q we’ve been busy brushing up on the latest trends and styles for the ultimate transitional wardrobe. For all our fashion forward fans, we are delighted to share with you a sneak peek into what you can expect for A/W 14 in the form of our behind-the-scenes video from our lookbook shoot…

 

 

 

Bridging the gap between summer and autumn, transitional style couldn’t be easier with our two new fashion collections Carousel and Day Tripper. Including key trend-ticking pieces, both collections have a flattering colour palette and styles that will ease you into the cooler months.

 

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Pebble Print Dress 

 

Taking a soft approach to relaxed glamour, our Carousel collection is centered around a palette of corals, with peaches and cream tones with warm toffee shades. With delicate lace detailing, the feminine cream blouse offers an understated elegance, meanwhile our must-have tea dress featuring the pretty pebble print, has been re-worked with a fresh modern cut for figure flattering style.

 

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 Red Jumper With Batwing Sleeve / Heart Print Blouse / Navy Striped Skirt Flower and Spot Print Scarf 

 

With light-weight knits and sharp tailoring in mind, our Day Tripper collection is a timeless collection with classic red and navy hues. Wear your heart on your sleeve with the elegant heart print blouse and don’t forget to update your wardrobe staples with the breton striped t-shirt.

 

If you fancy a closer look, our brand new collections have already dropped on the Laura Ashley website – it’s never too early to be one fashionable step ahead, right? Not there yet? Check our our Summer Sale for some fantastic summertime offers.

 

What trends are you looking forward to wearing this A/W? We would love to know in the comments below.

June 18th 2014
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DRESSED-DOWN TAILORING WITH MY MIDLIFE FASHION

Jane from My Midlife Fashion shows us how to dress down our tailored pieces…

Dressing down tailored clothing can be a tricky one, especially in these warmer months when dresses and skirts are automatically your go-to pieces and structured jackets are long forgotten about in the back of your wardrobe. However, there’s something oh-so sophisticated about casual tailoring which we love for all kinds of events, from alfresco dining to family occasions. With this in mind, we were keen to put the challenge to the test, so we invited Jane from My Midlife Fashion to style up some of our favourites for Spring / Summer…

 

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Navy Stipe Jacket / White Cotton Smock

 

As a lover of all things tailored and fashionable not to mention the owner of the odd jacket or two (I daren’t count the true total lurking in my wardrobe!) I was simply blown away by the simple, elegant and understated pieces that were on offer at Laura Ashley. My only problem was what to choose. From simple elegant wide leg linen trousers to a classic chambray shirt in my favourite shade of blue, not to mention an elegant lace shift dress, which would look amazing, teamed with a denim jacket & pumps. I was literally spoilt for choice.

 

In the end, after much deliberating I decided to pick something I wear all year round come rain, sun or snow – a tailored jacket. Great for teaming with Capri pants and sandals in the summer as well as dressing down for a weekend or the school run with some distressed denim and ballet pumps. Not to mention teaming with a heavy scarf come the cooler months or layering under a trench coat when it rains.

 

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For me a jacket is the prefect way to bring together your whole outfit and this stunning striped blazer just oozes elegance with it’s classic cream and navy stripes with the woven texture and fit taking it up a further notch or two.

 

Of course a jacket like this would look amazing teamed with a classic white shirt or camisole, not to mention worn over a simple shift dress but I wanted to show how easy it is to dress down a tailored item that you may have lurking in your wardrobe and have written off for wearing as part of your weekend/dressed down wardrobe as it just feels to ‘office’ based.

 

So to create my casual look I teamed the jacket with this stunning cotton smock top with beautiful navy stitching. A lovely simple top that looks amazing when worn on it’s own and teamed with some denim shorts for a stylish beach to bar outfit for a wonderful bohemian feel but also when teamed with a fitted blazer helps to soften the formality of the jacket. To finish I added some distressed ankle length jeans for a more dressed down feel and a splash of colour from a simple cross body bag together with quilted ballet pumps to keep the outfit simple and understated.

 

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Needless to say the quality and fit of the clothes from Laura Ashley you just know are going to be of a high standard and well made.

 

Have you found any new ways to dress-down tailored pieces? What do you pair with a tailored jacket to keep it on trend? Do share your ideas in the comments!

 

May 27th 2014
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A POSTCARD FROM NEW YORK: SOPHIE’S STYLISH ADVENTURE

Fashion blogger Sophie shares her stylish outfit snaps from her recent trip to New York…

As we turn the corner into summer, our thoughts instantly turn to planning the perfect holiday! Whether you plan on jet-setting off to a relaxing sandy beach or exploring a new city, we are certainly feeling inspired by fashion blogger Sophie’s trip to New York. Sharing with us a few snapshots of her adventure to the big apple, Sophie reveals her stylish frock for a day-trip to Central Park…

 

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Map Print Cotton Fit and Flare Dress / Pale Grey Scallop Trim Cardigan (now in-store, see our similar Cotton Rich Cardigan)

 

Forever daydreaming about my next adventure, planning another holiday is always on the cards! Whether it be a sight-seeing city break in Europe or globe trotting to a far off exotic destination, my list of places to visit is as long as my arm. Eager to visit the city that never sleeps, the bright lights of New York soon became a trip of a life time when I visited last month. Blessed with beautiful sunshine, our friends and I headed on over for a picnic in beautiful sprawling grounds of Central Park.

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Such an occasion called for the perfect spring-time dress, luckily I had just the frock in mind. As soon as I spotted the stunning Map Print Dress, I couldn’t snap it up quick enough! Such a striking and unique print, the skirt features a swish, feminine full skirt with the perfect 50′s style length. It simply called my name! Scattered with pinks, blues, greens and grey hues, I opted for the latter to pick out. A massive fan of matchy matchy styling, the grey cardigan was perfect accomplice to the dress, bringing out the pastel shades without distracting from the gorgeous print. After all, that’s the best thing about the dress! I kept accessories simple and finshed with some white heels.

 

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Such a special dress deserved a special location to shoot so it was the first thing packed in my bag when I jetted off to New York. It certainly fits into it’s surroundings don’t you think? I just need to tick off some of the countries on the dress now!

 

How fabulous does Sophie look in our Map Print Dress? We love the vintage feel of her look. Be sure to bookmark Sophie’s blog to read more on her New York adventures, we’re oh-so-jealous!

 

Browse our latest fashion pieces here.

May 19th 2014
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5 TIPS FOR TRANSITIONAL STYLE

Our top tips for transitional dressing….

We all know how unpredictable English summertime can be. One minute we’re having picnics in the park and think we’re finally free from jackets and boots, and the next the heavens open. Luckily, the last few days have been wonderful, but with rain forecast for the rest of the week we’ve still got our cardigans and umbrellas at the ready! Let’s face it, we’re in fashion limbo. With this in mind, we offer our 5 top tips for a smooth seasonal wardrobe transition…

 

1. Light Layers

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Bloom Print Cotton Cardigan / Paisley Print Fine Spun Poncho / Linen Mix Scallop Caridgan

Layering is often a term you would associate with winter dressing, but it actually works surprisingly well for spring / summer too. Ditch the jacket, but invest in a couple of cardigans or kimonos to throw over a t-shirt or summer dress if it gets cool. Plus, if it’s small enough you can also put it in your handbag if the weather does warm up! Hurrah!

 

2. Top Trousers

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Cotton Chino Trousers / Linen Wide Leg Trousers / Floral Print Stretch Cotton Trousers

Swap your dark blue and black jeans for lightweight chinos and linen trousers. Light trousers keep you covered, but ensure you’re not too hot. Chinos are the perfect choice for summertime in the office; smart, comfortable, and light. How perfect are these floral pair for day to evening wear?

 

3. Beautiful Brights

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Cotton Chino Trousers / Spearmint Green Dress / Rose Red Silk Blouse

There’s one foolproof way to welcome summer; colours! Wave goodbye to black and brighten your wardrobe with hues of pinks, greens, and blues. Even if it’s dull and grey out, we can inject some colour into our clothing and keep our fingers crossed for the sun to come out…

 

4. Summertime Scarves

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Silk Butterfly Print Scarf / Yellow Wool Pashmina Style Scarf / Embroidered Flower Pashmina Scarf

We’re not talking heavy woollen scarves, but light pashminas and silk scarves in summer colours, think pastel hues and bright shades. Throw them over your shoulders in the evening or on a cool afternoon and update your handbag when they’re not needed by tying a bow around the handle.

 

5. Pretty Prints

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Linen Mix Sleeveless TopBlue Archive Print Skirt / Striped Cotton Cropped Sleeve Jumper

It’s the season to embrace print. Floral print and stripes are great for adding some detail to your outfit, whilst lace adds some texture. Experiment with mixing prints but ensure the colour palette remains the same. We love this midi skirt; the ideal length for that awkward transitional stage.

 

So there we have it, our top 5 tips for transitional style. Do you have any advice for us? How do you adapt your winter closet for spring / summer? Let us know in the comments below…