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Winter florals and spots

1st January 2016

You needn’t wait until spring to crack out those floral prints – this year those darling buds are coming out much earlier than May…

Polka dot cardi - H&M, T shirt - Vogue, skirt - vintage, boots - Ted & Muffy

Polka dot cardi – H&M, T shirt – Vogue, skirt – vintage, boots – Ted & Muffy

Winter can be a dull time for fashion if you stick with muted colours and knits all the time, so I like to mix it up a bit and use clashing prints to bring a ray of sunshine back to my wardrobe. This outfit was inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s SS15 shows, where dark-based florals and polka dots came together in perfect harmony.

Florals and polka dots

Of course, I didn’t have Dolce & Gabbana levels of cash to spend, so this skirt was plucked from the rails at one of my favourite Bristol vintage shops, Bohemia on Picton Street, which I believe has now moved to another location – if anyone knows where it’s gone, please leave me a comment and let me know, it’s one of my faves! I love rifling through their rails as they have some real treasures and, for some reason, I find vintage styles tend to fit slightly better than today’s high street fare.

Polka dot top and floral skirt

Those of you with an eagle eye might notice I’ve added a slim leopard print belt to this look. For me, leopard print is the new neutral – this belt goes with pretty much every outfit I own! This is leopard print belt version 2.0 – the last one got worn so much I had to replace it and no doubt the same will happen to this one eventually, but you can never have too much of a good thing.

Will you be working those florals this winter? Tweet me some of your fab floral looks if you can on @GDyer! 

Polka dots and fruity shoes

10th June 2015

Monochrome is a big trend for Spring/Summer 2015, but add bright accessories for a pop of colour this holiday season.

polka dot dress, Oliver Bonas

You know when you get back from holiday, you’re really broke, and you tell yourself ‘that’s it, I am never going shopping ever again’?! That was me a week ago. Unfortunately I found myself in Cabot Circus at a loose end for an hour (I was on a top secret filming mission which I will be able to tell you about soon). Being left unattended next to all the lovely shops resulted in the purchase of this dress (£59) from Oliver Bonas.

polka dot dress from oliver bonas

It looks like a simple shift dress from the front, but it’s got this lovely cut out detail in the back, which makes it a bit more special. There’s something a bit French about a pretty polka dot dress – it looks like something my style crush, Rachel Khoo, might wear!

Polka dots are very much my go-to print, as they’re flattering and easy to wear with other things like florals and block colours. They were all over the catwalks at Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2015, who showed it with a Spanish inspired twist, combined with some bold florals. I decided to work mine with fruity coloured accessories because I love a taste of the tropical on a sunny day.

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I picked up these colour block heels from Primark (£12) this week. Not only are they fabulously bright, but they’re wide fitting with super comfy padded cushions that sit on the ball of your foot, making them really easy to walk in. I’ve worn them so far with this fab polka dot print, but they also work well with turned up jeans and a bright tee.

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After adding them to my shoe rack, I realised that this wasn’t the only fruity pair of shoes I own. I just love pink and orange footwear! You might think they’re not as versatile as black or brown shoes, but I love a contrast shoe, so these have all gotten a lot of wear.

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How will you be wearing your polka dots this season? Leave me a comment and let me know! 

Style crush: Rachel Khoo

28th October 2012

It’s no secret that I’ve been a lover of Parisienne style for ever and ever, so I was really excited earlier this year when I came across a programme on BBC Two called Little Paris Kitchen, starring a petite English girl with a penchant for French style.

Rachel Khoo has since become my go-to girl for fashspiration when I’m feeling a bit dull – her perky, demure, vintage inspired look (like her cooking) is simple, elegant and a breath of fresh air.

She’s frequently seen in polka dots, which is one of my all-time favourite prints, and she’s great at making the most of her curves with belted styles.

I’ve put together a little look inspired by Miss Khoo below.

Dress £25, Yumi; coat £65, Miss Selfridge; Lipstick, £6.49, Rimmel; bicycle £206.99, All About the Bike (thanks Hayley at Ceriselle for the bike link!)