Nicely Nordic


One of this season’s biggest trends is Nordic fashion and we love the offering at The key to getting it right is wearing basic colours – think black, navy, cream and red – and opting for simple shapes. We’ve chosen some of our favourite pieces for you to feast your eyes upon. Take a look-see…

STEPH CHECKED TEE SHIRT DRESS: This simple dress hangs beautifully from the body and requires very little styling. Pair it with black ankle boots and a fedora for Nordic coolness.

GRACE LAGUNA OPEN CARDIGAN: Scandinavian styling is all about chunky knitwear, and we love this cosy number. Available in charcoal or stone, it’ll become a sought-after staple in your wardrobe.

ALLY ALL OVER AZTEC PRINT CARDIGAN: This knit may be Aztec-inspired, but it has a very similar look to the Nordic aesthetic. Wear it with black skinny jeans to inject a little colour into your ensembles.

ORIANA MID BLUE RIPPED BOYFRIEND JEANS: To create the essential casual, laid-back angle of Nordic fashion, you’ll be needing a pair of totally loose and lovely jeans. We adore this pair, which come with trendy rips and tears.

ANA TILE PRINT SELF BELT SHORTS: These shorts are positively lovely, and they’d look even better when paired with the matching shirt as shown above. With loose, flowing hair in tow, you’d look absolutely knock-out.

AIMEE SHAGGY FUR COAT: Your look wouldn’t be complete without a bit of faux fur this autumn/winter. And this shaggy design is all kinds of trendy.

Which Nordic-inspired garment from can you not live without?

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Pretty In Pastels


Look sweet as can be this summer with a pastel-coloured wardrobe. We positively adore the items offering the light, barely-there palette at French Connection – from midi dresses to mini shifts and playsuits, there’s something to suit everyone this season.

The MARQUEE PARADE STRAPPY DRESS is an absolute delight. Nipped in at the waist with a bold graphic print pleated skirt, it’s ideal for wedding season or any summery special occasion. Wear as styled here: with heels in an opposing pastel shade and little else.

Other pastel favourites at French Connection include the DESERT TROPICANA FLARED DRESS which features a flared skirt and sorbet shades, and is ideal for numerous instances. The SOLAR SPELLS PLEATED DRESS mixes a demure finish with a smidgen of cheekiness – our favourite combination. The knife pleats are stunning, while the triangle cut-out is the perfect finishing touch to this number.

Their HOLIDAY POPPY PLAIN PLAYSUIT is the ideal garment for your summer getaway – wear with sandals and a big floppy hat to show this icy lemon number off to its full potential. We also love the SWEET MIX SEQUIN HALTER DRESS; a highly embellished number which radiates party vibes.

Which pretty pastel number would you most like to call your own?

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If one trend springs to mind for spring/summer 2014, it’s sportswear. From street-inspired get-ups to full-on mesh outfits, trainer-led ensembles and hi-tech fabrics, anyone would think you were off to a truly cool gym. If that’s too much for you or you’re stuck on how to work it into your existing wardrobe, you’ll love its sister trend: typography. The two come hand-in-hand – think slogan T-shirts, sports branding and graffiti-style fonts.

While you don’t have to go head-to-toe à la Louis Vuitton (we highly recommend that you don’t) it’s a wonderful trend to sport in moderation. You can even give it a feminine spin – at Christopher Kane, pretty words were emblazoned in bold fonts across pastel-coloured garments, and a similar style was favoured by Paul & Joe and Sister by Sibling.

Ashish has never been afraid to speak its mind – words are common for the bit-of-everything brand, but we love the Coca Cola branding for SS14. Jeremy Scott went for other-wordly fashion and phrases including ‘I’m a mess’ and ‘Earth sucks’.

We adore the subtlety of the trend seen at Alexander Wang and Kenzo too – this is where you should take your leave. Wear a slogan T-shirt with a pencil skirt, a pair of printed shorts or something equally as feminine. Add in a clutch bag or your favourite pair of heels, too, to ensure you’re not a walking billboard.

What do you think of this season’s typography trend? Will you be giving it a go?

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Boohoo Winter Pastels


Pastels are so often associated with summer, but there’s something so magical about them during winter; you feel like you’re living in a fairytale. If you’re after winter pastels this new year, then head to Boohoo. With an abundance of frosty pinks, lilac, pale blue, mint, peach and more on offer, there’ll be plenty for you to choose from.

The Louise Double Layer Pleated Hem Dress is absolutely stunning – it’s midi, pleated, multi-layered, and strappy. What’s not to love? We also adore the Rosa Floral Tight which, when combined with chunky black ankle boots, can give any outfit a touch of grunge. The Amy Lace Up Chunky Welly Boot is ideal for winter walks, but fast forward to summer and you’ll find them as your festival staple.

Pastel-coloured jumpers are a great way to go. The Kadie Two Tone Contrast Sleeve Jumper incorporates two shades in one, while the Diane Beaded Crop Knit Jumper features gorgeous embellishments. Alternatively, opt for an on-trend fluffy knit in the Vera Crop Fluffy Knit Jumper

Are you loving the winter pastels trend?

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Littlewoods: The Cold Shoulder Trend


Give everyone the cold shoulder this summer – and autumn too for that matter – with a cut-out dress from Littlewoods. Undeniably on-trend and a look that’s full of cheekiness and femininity, you’d be a fool not to get involved.

The Love Label Poodle Print Open-Shoulder Dress has been reduced to £29 in the sale (originally £42) which is a reason in itself to scoop one up. On top of that, this darling number has an adorable poodle print all over it and comes in flattering navy blue. Take a look-see…

We’d pair ours with some funky shoes like the KG Macella Stud Sandals, some hair jewellery, a dash of Barry M Lip Paint – Baby Pink and bare sun-kissed legs: simple but oh-so-cool.

How would you wear this undeniably perfect dress?

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Littlewoods: The Nautical Fashion Edit


You can’t beat a classic red and blue look come summertime: think stripes, stripes… and then some more nautical stripes. You can rock the trend with ease at Littlewoods. For starters, they’ve got the amazing Superdry Super Boating Mini Dress; a feminine bodycon dress with the perfect colour combination.

In addition, there are the incredible Ravel Nautical Wedge Sandals – how good would they look with white linen trousers? – and the Modalu Riviera Nautical Shopper Bag, which would come in handy on a beach trip.

And don’t think the nautical trend stops there. How about incorporating the look in your beauty regime too? We love the Daniel Sandler Micro Bubble Lipstick – Red for a dash of classicality, while the Illamasqua Nail Varnish – Muse would provide a pop of brightness.

Oh, and we couldn’t resist this last nautical snippet – include the darling Ted Baker Turtle Pendant (currently on offer!) in your outfit for a whimsical finish.

Are you a fan of the nautical look?

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House of Fraser Sale Update


The House of Fraser sale is still going strong and, for today only, you can get free next day delivery when you spend £100 if you enter the code FREESHIPAF at the checkout. What are you waiting for…?


Our top sale pick is the Warehouse Scratchy Grunge Print Skirt. Not only is it perfect for summer, but this versatile number will see you through winter too with a pair of trusty boots. Made of soft woven fabric and featuring an on-trend monochrome print, it’s an absolute steal at just £25.

Have you had a virtual rummage through the House of Fraser sale? What treasures have you found?

* The free next day delivery offer is only valid until midnight on 20/06/2013


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Buy Them Now: Topshop Zebra Jungle Woven Joggers


Printed trousers are everything this season. As well as being super fun to style, the majority of them are really comfortable too. Why wouldn’t you want a pair? Here at Ministry of Fashion we’re particularly fond of the Topshop Zebra Jungle Woven Joggers.

They scream of a safari adventure. Wear as above with a cool crop top and a snazzy pair of heels or adopt a more casual approach with a slouchy t-shirt tucked in, a denim jacket and a pair of on-trend trainers. As long as the trousers remain the statement, you’ll be good to go.

What do you think of the Topshop Zebra Jungle Woven Joggers? How would you wear them?

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Boohoo Ways-To-Wear: Dungarees


The best fashion purchase you can make this season is a pair of dungarees. Ridiculously cool and really easy to style, the perfect pair will make your getting-dressed efforts a breeze. Boohoo have a great selection this year. In fact, their Lilibeth Heavy Weight Dungarees (pictured below) are an ideal choice. Not only are they versatile but the £25 price tag will make you smile too.

Oh-so-lovely that they are, the kind folk at Boohoo have even demonstrated how you can make them work for you and your style with their ‘Ways To Wear’ edit. Want to make them   girly? Wear them with a sheer blouse underneath and a pair of dainty heels. Does your style encompass all things casual? Involve a t-shirt, slogan jumper, cap, trainers and a denim jacket tied around your waist.

You can even make the Lilibeth Heavy Weight Dungarees shine at work. Simply add a shirt and a structured blazer and you’ll be good to go.

How would you wear these Boohoo dungarees?

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Sheer Delight | Spring/Summer Trend 2013


Anything sheer is seriously feminine. The only issue with barely-there fabrics like chiffon and organza is the difficulty in styling them because, let’s face it, you don’t want to leave the house looking like a fool. For spring/summer 2013, however, sheer fabrics were worked in a variety of ways to provide plenty of styling inspiration for this season.

At Christopher Kane and Giambattista Valli, it was all about sheer panelling. Rather than creating entire garments out of see-through fabric, both designers incorporated statement sections in skirts which looked beautiful. It was equally tasteful at Haider Ackermann with sheer cape skirts and exposed midriffs.

The Nina Ricci girls were all about the va-va-voom for spring/summer 2013. Even the see-through mac (seen below) is an absolute winner.

This season’s penchant for all things sheer is certainly escalating – along with sheer maxi skirts, sheer crop tops and totally sheer dresses (they look great with a shorts and tee combo underneath) there are even sheer accessories, most prominently in the form of clear clutch bags.

Are you going to embrace sheer this season?

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