Bright Young Things – Pieces to brighten up your Wardrobe (and a dull day)!

It was such a dull and rainy day today that I wanted to show you some brighter pieces. I’ve tried to keep them fairly plain so, surprisingly for me, there isn’t any brocade, camouflage or leopard print, and there aren’t any spots or sequins in sight – OK so there are a few stripes and some winter florals – but I allowed them to sneak into this post because they are cheery.  I’m not going to say a lot about each piece (famous last words). Instead they can do the talking!

If you have some trousers, a pencil skirt or a blazer in black, grey or navy which needs a “pick me up”, this Cara silk vest top from Whistles (reduced to £30 in the sale) could just be it.

A simple style in a fantastic colour, the Elfin shift dress from Topshop (£42) would look great with a statement necklace and sparkly heels, or for work with a black patent, or leopard print, belt and black heels.

This cable zip back jumper from Warehouse (£42) would do me, my jeans and my ankle boots just fine on a cold winter’s day, thank you very much!

Oh how I love this striped sweater from Ted Baker (£99) – apart from the price. But it’s definitely one that’s on my sale list. I would wear this come rain or shine….

This box pleated skirt from Cos £59 is just a little bit different from lots of things on the high street. “Technical” fabric, great colour, good length and some (but not too much) volume. I would wear it with high, high, heels and a pretty sweater with sparkles on.

In need of something to up the style stakes of your LBD? There’s no need for the Fairy Godmother’s magic wand, these Cinderella Slipper style courts from Topshop (£60) will make a real style statement. At the other end of the spectrum, wear them with boyfriend jeans and a denim shirt.

For anyone after a dress with sleeves, a good length and some figure flattering ruching, the Opus Dress by Damsel in a dress at John Lewis (£119) could be just what you are after. The colour is fabulous and a great change from black.

Take these Oil painting trousers from Ted Baker (£109) add in the Topshop pink shoes above, a simple top and black blazer and you have the perfect outfit for an evening out.

I saw this fuschia moto jacket in GAP (£69.95) for the first time today. It’s bright. Very bright. But lovely!

This Tinna Velvet dress from Ted Baker (£149) is so beautiful you will just want to stroke it. Don’t be put off by the length shown on the model on the TB site – well unless you’re 5ft 10″ or more like she is. On the rest of us, it’s a good length. The wider neckline and kick flared skirt do a great job of balancing hips and despite the drop waist, it’s still fitted. I’m really feeling the love for this dress!

The Ella skirt by Hobbs (reduced to £62 from £89) would be a great addition to a winter work wardrobe in the run up to Christmas. The A-line shape is uber flattering and with a fitted black top, black opaques and heels it could look knock out.

As you know, I love a bit of colour. Hopefully this will spur you on to have a little play (or buy) and see what cheery combinations you can come up with on a rainy day.


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