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September 25th 2014
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Fashion Fix: Autumn/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Step fashionably forward into next season with our guide on how to build your autumn winter capsule wardrobe…

As we wave goodbye to the last few days of summer, we can’t quite hide our excitement at the prospect of new season fashion! From cosy knits to stylish separates, the hunt is on to create the ultimate autumn/winter capsule wardrobe. A edited collection of classic and on-trend pieces that will both effortlessly suit any occasion, let us guide you through our top fashion rules for nailing A/W style…

 

Rule 1: Find your perfect coat

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Wool Rich City Coat / Wool Mix Leather Panel Open Front Coat 

 

The foundation of your wardrobe, outerwear will fast become your most worn piece over the chillier months ahead. With many different styles to choose from, when hunting for the perfect coat think classic colours and timeless cuts. Opt for a shape and style that will not only be flattering and versatile, but an investment piece that will last for years to come! From cocoon to masculine, duffle to wrap coats – our selection of coats has a style to suit everyone.

 

Rule 2: Create a stylish combination

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Blush Pink Basket Stitch Jumper / Cream Jersey Lace Trim Shirt / Leather and Ponte Panelled Pencil Skirt

 

Piece your wardrobe together with stylish separates, striking the balance between trend-led pieces inspired by the catwalk and fail-safe basics. Mix and match versatile styles like the Lace Trim Shirt with key statement pieces such as the Leather Skirt to build a collection of go-to outfits. If like us, you gravitate towards timeless pieces, don’t be afraid to introduce stand-out styles with a bold injection of colour and prints. It’s all about creating the happy medium between comfort and style, building up an array of outfits that offer a fresh, modern, fashion-forward take.

 

Rule 3: Invest in your knitwear

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Floral Print Cardigan / Pale Lavender Wool Mix Jumper / Pink Lady Dog Jumper / Cable Knit Jumper / Pebble Grey Jumper / Dogstooth Check Cardigan

 

Another key A/W wardrobe necessity is knitwear, aim to build a collection of stand-out knit picks that will keep you toasty all season. For sharp 9-5 business style mix and match tailored pieces with delicate lambswool jumpers with a hint of embellishment like the Faux Fur Collar Cardigan. For off-duty style come the weekend, wrap up warm and think casual-cool with the chunky Cable Knit Jumper.

 

Rule 4: Finish your look with on-trend accessories

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Icon Pretty Check Scarf / Grey Turnlock Pocket Tote Bag / First Class Bar X Body Bag / Burgundy Suede Chelsea Boots / Pink Wool Pashmina Scarf / Statement Collar Necklace / Burgundy Leather Brogues

 

While your capsule wardrobe may seem to play it safe, it’s time to break the style protocol and take your style to another level. Complete your look with trend-ticking accessories, whether you step into the season wearing our trusty chelsea boots to adding a pop of colour to your outfit with the  Pink Wool Pashmina Scarf, transform an outfit from zero to hero in a matter of moments. We’re all over the statement necklace trend, so much so that we can’t stop paring our Statement Collar Necklace over our plain knits and blouses for a touch of embellishment!

 

Who said creating a capsule wardrobe was hard business? Following our style savvy rules, start today and prepare your autumn wardrobe with ease to create a look for any occasion.

 

Tell us, what’s your most coveted piece for the next season?

 

Browse the new Laura Ashley fashion pieces online here.

September 22nd 2014
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TRANS-SEASONAL STYLE WITH SADE

We catch up with Sade from In My Sunday Best for some tips on how to dress for the tricky trans-seasonal stage…

The first day of autumn is upon us! It’s time to wave goodbye to summer dresses and sandals, and say hello to chunky knits and brouges! No stranger to layering, Sade from In My Sunday Best knows a thing or two about trans-seasonal style. Her blog highlights her fashion finds and daily adventures, always sporting a oh-so-stylish ensemble. With autumnal dressing like a pro well and truly under her belt, we caught up with the lady in question to give us some tips for dressing for this tricky ‘in-between’ stage…

 

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Loganberry Pink Cord Collar Tunic 

 

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The weather over here has been incredibly turbulent lately, sunshine one minute and then gusty wind another. That being said, I think it’s so important to build a good trans-seasonal wardrobe to see you through the in-between stages! A good starting point is finding a great coat, one that isn’t too heavy nor too light and one that can take you from day to night with ease. The Wool Rich City Coat is a good choice for trans-seasonal styling.

 

 

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Next up are shoes and a good pair of brogues are a timeless classic, they work well dressed up with a nice dress or dressed down with a casual pair of jeans and a well made pair will see you through many a season. Layering is one of my favourite ways to jazz an outfit up and I usually do this by throwing on various scarves, hats, socks and jumpers. It’s a good way to stay warm and turn whatever you’re wearing into something a little more interesting. I added a faux fur stole to my jacket as it was a tad chilly that morning and a pair of emerald socks to keep with the jewel toned theme.

 

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The piece de resistance? A jewel toned sixties style fit dress from Laura Ashley of course! There are so many thing i love about this dress. The shape, the floral cuffs, the folded collar, and the rich purple I find is such a flattering shade, definitely something you’d want in your wardrobe this Autumn and Winter!

 

 

Sade’s Seasonal Picks…
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Wool Mix Cable Jumper | Floral Print Shirt | Wool Mix Skirt | Tan Metal Lock Bag | No.1 Perfume

 

I’ve chosen this Jumper in grey as a great trans-seasonal piece, as it can be worn alone or layered with a nice collared shirt as it gets colder. This shirt as it goes perfectly with the jumper and has a beautiful floral print on it. This skirt is the perfect length for trans-seasonal styling and can be worn with or without tights, and this bag as it’s the perfect size for both everyday use and a night out! And of course nothing is complete without a good perfume.

 

Thanks to Sade for sharing her tips! Do you have any advice for Autumn dressing? Do you prefer layering or summer style? Let us know…

September 18th 2014
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INTO THE NEW: WINTER FASHION VIDEO

Bored of Summer? Our new Winter fashion video will get you excited about new season style…

A couple of months ago we spoilt you with our Autumn fashion video showcasing collections that were a big hit with lots of you, so we decided to share another little teaser video to get you excited about the Winter season. It may still be fairly warm outside, but we can’t wait for cosy knits and glamorous occasion wear to hit our nearest stores! Easing you into the new season are our fabulous new collections Forties Luxe, Icon, Arts + Crafts, First Class, Tweed Run, and New Vintage. Expect textured print, vintage inspired pieces, elegant leopard print, and iconic British tweed…

 

 

New Vintage

 

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Maxi Dress | Black Faux Sheepskin Cardigan | Floral Print Long-Sleeved Top

 

Taking centre stage in our New Vintage collection is this boho archive maxi dress. Perfect for the cooler months, this stylish piece keeps you covered but looks so elegant. Team with our faux fur black cardigan for a day to night ensemble. Check out the other pieces in this range, including this blooming marvellous floral print top, ideal for dressing up a pair of jeans.

 

First Class

 

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 Leather Pencil Skirt | Wool City Coat | Camel Pencil Skirt | Faux Fur Collar Cardigan | Burgundy and Black Stripe Dress

 

Our First Class collection might just be our favourite. With a mix of black, burgundy, and camel, this collection exudes grown up elegance and grace. We’re completely smitten with this camel coat which also comes in a pale pink colour, and this leopard print bag is ideal for adding some print to an otherwise simple outfit. Lets not forget this leather panel skirt… winter dressing at its finest!

 

Forties Luxe

 

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Sleeveless Flippy Hem Double Crepe Dress | Spot Print Blouse | Evergreen Spot Print Silk Scarf | Bird Print Tunic

 

Fans of feminine prints and bold colour will love our forties luxe collection. With jewel tones of red and green, these statement pieces would work well teamed with black trousers. Fancy adding a splash of colour to an otherwise plain outfit? Why not add this silk print scarf to your handbag for an instant chic update. This green flippy dress is the perfect occasion dress for Winter, in a thick jewel green material, you’ll be ready to hit those frosty streets with style in no time.

 

There you have it, our brand new fashion video for Winter and a few of our favourite collections. What are you most looking forward to about new season style? Let us know…

September 11th 2014
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ACCESSORIES EDIT: BAGS OF STYLE

We’ve got the accessory of the season covered…

When it comes to accessories, we feel there’s definitely one item that every woman should have in her closet: a good handbag. From the classic tote to the clutch bag, there’s more than enough styles out there to suit your needs. As well as being useful, the handbag is all about adding something to your overall look. Whether you’re off to a fancy dinner or a long afternoon walk, we’ve got it covered! We talk you through three different styles of the accessory of the season and how to wear them…

 

The Cross Body

 

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Tan Metal Lock Cross Body Bag | Mock Croc Trim Tote Bag | Tassel Bow Cross Body | Leopard Print Bag

 

The cross body bag is all about comfort and usability. The perfect accessory for a casual afternoon stroll in the park or for a spot of shopping, these styles sit comfortably over the body allowing you to be hands free. Pair with some casual skinny jeans for a comfy chic look and experiment with different sizes and colours. The great thing about this style is its versatility – if you would rather not wear them across the body then simply throw them on your shoulder instead. These mock croc and leopard print styles even come with a grab handle, and the medium size works with any shape or size. Simply throw over your shoulder and you’re ready to go!

 

The Tote

 

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Red Leather Shopper | Mock Croc Shopper Bag | Burgundy Zip Tote | Wing Tote Bag

 

Most of us are familiar with the classic tote. Popular with city workers or shopping lovers, this style is all about being roomy. With plenty of space to fit your essentials and more – these handbags can store your paperwork, files and even a tablet! If a work bag is what your after – look for a tote with plenty of compartments to organise your essentials in a colour that will compliment your work attire. For a day out shopping, team with ankle boots and a tea dress for a cool and casual look. These styles are large , so bear in mind they will make you look smaller.

 

The Clutch

 

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Burgundy Mock Croc Clutch | Floral Print Clutch

 

Popular for big nights out – from trips to the theatre to anniversary meals, the clutch is your go-to bag for occasion dressing. If your wearing black – opt for a clutch with a pop of colour, similarly wear stick to dark colours in your handbag if your dress does all the talking! This floral print option is popular for a day at the races or a summer wedding. Versatility is also an option with this style – find one with a shoulder strap so if you get fed up with carrying it by hand you can simply put it on your shoulder, problem solved! Wear with occasion dresses for a smart and sophisticated night time look.

 

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Khaki Zip Tote Bag

 

What’s your favourite handbag? What do you look for the most when buying one? There’s plenty of other styles available, have a browse on the website for more ideas or have a look at our useful handbag guide. Plus, there’s now 30%* off EVERYTHING online and in store including handbags and accessories!

 

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.

 

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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!

 

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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! 

 

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