Some transitional pieces to see you through the next few months…

For the first time since the New Year, today I was back in the shops, shopping for an event which is on Saturday. There were some great sale pieces which I picked up, so I’ll try and share those with you in day or so.

I’ve also taken a look online finding some new, and some sale, pieces that appealed. These are things that could be worn now and which will also go through into the spring – so nothing too dark (other than the black dress I have included!) and nothing too heavy – but rather things that can be integrated into a wardrobe pretty easily.

Still on the theme of sweatshirts which, for their warmth, I prefer to fine knit jumpers, there’s this Floral jacquard sweatshirt from J Crew (£148). Quite often I will spot the things that I like and then file them away in my brain, waiting until I find a similar, but less expensive, alternative – so I’ll let you know if that happens! Being a girl who has lots of navy in her wardrobe, something like this would slot in quite easily.

I love the vibrant colours on this Paisley silk T, also from J Crew (£98) which I filed in my brain only for a day or two before I came across…

…this alternative in Zara (£22.99). Granted the colours aren’t as vibrant but neither are they as pale as the picture shows. Clearly the Zara one won’t be silk either but it will do the same job as the J.Crew one and for a quarter of the price, it’s definitely worth thinking about.

Predictably this Fluoro pink bag by Zatchels at Atterley Road (reduced from £60 to £29) also caught my eye. It’s the type of bag that would work well now against darker coats but also on into the spring and summer. Being a cross body bag it’s a brilliant style and great price too.

I think that it’s fair to say that these metallic heeled loafers from Jigsaw (£84 down from £169) are quite “Marmitish”. I look at them from the perspective of them having a heel (good) which is sturdy (good) and not too high (good) all of which works for the hours that I spend walking around town. I wouldn’t wear them with skirts or dresses – they are more of a trouser shoe – but I do like the fact that they are an alternative to boots come the spring, that they are metallic and that they were designed in conjunction with Patrick Cox -that loafer designing genius of the 90’s!

As you know, I currently have my eye on bomber jackets and this one from All Saints (£91 down from £228) is a good starting point. The sleeves and trim are burgundy, rather than brown, but I’m waiting to see whether it gets reduced any further.

GAP has a few bombers which are new in and I’m waiting to see their floral one too, which I think might be a hit.

I liked this dress so much that there’s one on its way to me. As you can see, the bodice on the Atle dress from All Saints (£68.50 down from £98) is quite fitted but the skirt is a jersey fabric so it’s soft and not too structured. For anyone tempted, a word of warning – this style comes up tiny, so it’s necessary to go up a size. I have an evening out coming up soon so I am hoping that this will do the trick. It can also be layered up for the winter and then on through into the spring and summer.


Finally, these shoes from Faith, reduced from £60 to £30 are a really good buy for anyone after a mid height leopard print court shoe. Oh, that would be me then!

For anyone heading into the sales – good luck. The stores are marking down again so now is the time to find some real bargains. If they don’t have your size, don’t be put off – ask about inter-store transfers, postal sales or get friends on the case for you. Where there’s a will there’s a way!


  1. Carol Li
    January 9, 2014 / 8:46 am

    The All Saints Dress is my favourite!

    • StyleGuile
      January 15, 2014 / 9:42 pm

      Hellooo! I'll be wearing it on Saturday night so hope to post pics sometime afterwards. Lovely to hear from you!

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