There's something about kimonos that I just can't get enough of during the summer months. Thrown over a t-shirt, bikini or cami dress, the styling options for them are endless and I'm especially loving their versatility with the bump. Long or short, printed or embroidered for me it's a life long love affair rather than just a one season fling.
As you're all probably aware by now Wendy and I both love a good jumpsuit. It's our go-to wardrobe staple at this time of year to take us from day to night and is the instant throw on piece when you want to look like you've made more of an effort than you actually have.
Although sandals might be the last thing on your shopping list with the weather right now, it couldn't be a better time to buy them. We can't tell you how many times we've waited for the weather to warm up only to find our favourite styles have already sold out. So to help you get a head start we've rounded up our top 10 favourites from the high street right now.
As my waistline continues to expand I'm looking for more ways to express my personal style without caving in to maternity wear which seems to instantly transform me in to a pregnant Charlotte from Sex And The City. Cute and feminine but not very me. One trend this spring that I'm loving is the patent vinyl jacket.
Take one wardrobe staple and style it up in a new way.... it's as good a policy as any for spring and this is exactly what the designers were doing on the SS/18 catwalks with the humble trench coat. It also became one of the star pieces of the street style battles outside the shows too. So if we could all pretend that it's not currently baltic cold and snowing outside let's look forward to the new season and the perfect cross over piece to carry us through.
Winter is always a season that Wendy and I welcome with open cashmere adorned arms. But as we approach the end of January our daily uniform of snuggly jumpers and denim is feeling a little repetitive and dull. A great way to get out of that sartorial rut is to dig out some of your summer pieces from the back of the wardrobe and layer them up.
It's a seasonal trend that comes back year after year and I'll be honest it took us a little while to get on board with it. But velvet is unavoidable right now and it's just about making it fit your personal style. For Wendy it's all about the blazer but I knew when I saw this Finery London jumpsuit that this was my silky soft calling.
If there's one thing taking over our Instagram feeds at the moment it's blazers. Be it velvet, check or heritage tweed they're a big deal this Winter and we're loving the versatility they bring to our most basic of basics.
There’s nothing I love more than when a trend that I’ve bought in to lasts for longer than a micro fashion season. What started with a boot obsession last winter has transcended in to a full blown colour obsession. Red is well an truly here to stay and is currently occupying around 50% of my wardrobe.
As much as we enjoy discovering a new brand we also love it when an old flame gets a shake up and attracts our attention all over again. Massimo Dutti had slightly dropped off our radar in recent years, feeling like Mango's slightly stuffy older sister.
As we head in to Autumn and begin to pack away the summer dresses both Wendy and I love to start thinking about what new season trends we'll be coveting. At the moment our virtual shopping baskets are filled to the point of bursting so we thought we'd share with you some of the pieces we've got our eyes on.
It's definitely fair to say that jumpsuits are my go-to item for most occasions and I may have just found my pièce de résistance. A masterpiece in the jumpsuit genre if you will, this Free People beauty is possibly the best thing I've ever worn.
As you're probably well aware by now, basket bags are having a bit of a moment. Having taken over our Instagram feeds for the last two summers, the all natural bohemian effect is now taking over our feet too.
As the summer sales are now in full swing, what better time than to try out some new brands. With online shopping now becoming the norm and money going in to the quality of products rather than bricks and mortar, it's making way for so many more great labels to shine.
When it comes to swimwear we like to keep things fairly neutral at TGUE. There will be no Love Island worthy diamantes or tassels to be seen here but we are branching out in to some colour this season. Red and khaki are by far our favourite hues for showing off a tan so we thought why not step away from our black and navy comfort zones and try them for the beach too. Both of these colours work great on all skin tones and can really accentuate your summer glow.
As two self confessed breton addicts it's often hard to break us out of our stripy comfort zone and in to a different print. But recently we've been finding ourselves much more drawn more to spots than stripes.
If there's one colour we can't get enough of this summer it's red. Slightly daunting at first but once you get the right shade for your skin tone it's a huge tan enhancer and feels like the ultimate summer hue.
Here at TGUE we're firm believers in investing in high end handbags but when it comes to shoes the high street is producing such great quality now that you really don't need to spend a huge amount to get your fix.
With the fashion industry still fighting it's way out of a deep dark recession, we love nothing more than hearing about a new brand launching. When said brand prides itself on affordable, wearable, fashion forward pieces well then that's even better. Introducing Kitri, a new womenswear brand that aims to produce well made classics with a playful twist.
Over the past year there's been a huge shift in our high street pit stop of choice and Mango is now officially reigning supreme. Whenever we're in need of a quick holiday shop or general weekend sartorial pick me up, the Spanish brand is beating the likes of Zara and Cos in the race for our attention.
Is it just me or have M&S really upped their game this season? Every time I pop in store to grab some pea and wasabi dip I'm leaving with a new sartorial purchase in tow. First it was the red trousers which you can now purchase online here, and now it is the statement sleeve top that has kicked the ass of all other statement sleeve tops currently occupying my wardrobe.
As the clocks move forward and the sunshine has finally arrived we're peeling off our cashmere and thermals and giving our day to day looks a little spring update. We're loving a lot of the trends for the season ahead but there are three that have been winning the race lately and slotting in to our daily wardrobes perfectly.
If you had told me a year ago that I'd be wearing red trousers during the day I'd have said you were crazy. But following on from my obsession with the Mango red boots, I have been loving the surprising lift a splash of poppy is giving to my every day wardrobe.
As you probably know by now Wendy and I are usually more than happy to live in our little monochrome world of black, white, grey and navy but this season there's one colour that can't be avoided and that's pink. As someone that considers khaki to be an injection of colour in to my wardrobe you can imagine how hard this one has been to digest but I've literally become borderline obsessive of late.
As we enter February and the promise of spring is fresh on the horizon I'm always on the look out for a few final pieces to make the jumper, coat and boots combo feel a little less monotonous. The sales are a great time to do this as you can experiment with trends that you may not have felt brave enough to attempt whilst full price and in turn they can serve up a fresh new feel to your every day outfit choices.
As the shops begin to fill with new season pieces and the temperatures outside feel near Baltic, it can often feel too soon to make a spring/summer purchase. This is a lesson I’ve learnt the hard way as so many times I've decided to hold on only to find that dream dress has sold out come spring.
The festive season is well and truly upon us and as a result we’re required to dust off our vintage wash jeans and don something a little more fancy. When it comes to dressing up Wendy and I like to keep things simple and chic, much like our day-to-day looks and this is where the LBD holds the crown. Just like a good pair of shoes or a bag, a black dress or in my case a jumpsuit, is an investment piece that will earn its keep over and over again.
The festive season is always a tricky one for Wendy and I as we’re often required to attend events straight from work so need some go-to pieces that can work a double shift. Luckily this season Hush have come to the rescue with a gorgeous selection of star print shirts and dresses.