Friday, 1 January 2016

My Favourite Fashion Brands of 2015 & #Passion4Fashion Linkup is Back!

I was planning on writing the obligatory 2015 recap month by month featuring some of my favourites, but instead i thought i'd mix it up a little. I was either going to do Top 5 Favourite Items, clothing wise, from 2015 or Favourite Fashion Brands this year. The latter won out, as i was scanning the last years blog posts there is a definite trend as to my favourite places to shop.
Some are new favourites, some are oldies but still goodies.

So here we have my Favourite fashion Brands from 2015

Starting with

Whistles

I've had a bit of a love affair with Whistles this past year.
I went from owning no pieces to about 10 in 12 months.
Each item i add to my wardrobe is a piece i absolutely love. The price tag of each always makes me really question before each purchase, how much i will wear it and if i will continue to love it way after the first couple of wears. Which i have to say really makes me a more conscious shopper, rather than the crazy buy-all-the-stuff shopper i have been known to be previously.
Here's a few of my favourites from the past year
 My Go-To dress this summer

 The Perfect dress for a Summer Wedding (that would be chanel lipstick on my boob.. i smooshed my  wine glass up against my chest whilst intoxicated.. thankfully it came out but i had to walk around for the entire evening with lipstick on my dress.. typical me really!)
 Jewel Tones in a Whistles Blouse
The Power Blouse

I already have my eye on two pieces for 2016. I absolutely adore The Lola dress in both Abstract and in the navy. I would wear those babies A LOT.

Warehouse

Warehouse has been my clothing weapon of choice for years. In need of a dress? I know i will always find one i love at Warehouse. This year i had a friends birthday to attend, had nothing to wear so simply popped to Outfit and found instant love with not but one two perfect dresses. Needed something nice for my birthday, found the white knit dress below. I find that they always carry some gorgeous prints in the summer months that are never too chintzy or twee. The cut always fits my height well and this year i even mastered the awkward midi length thanks to their gorgeous dresses.
 Winter Whites
 Tropical Shirt Dress
 Summer Look for Under £50

I've just bagged another dress in the sale that i'd had my eye on (coming soon) I also love this one. I do love their sales. Its not all last seasons tat, its usually the things that I've lusted after for prior weeks. And if you're in the market for a gorgeous coat, try this.. it looks divine. Alas i do not need another green coat. You and I both now that never stopped me before (step awaaay from the green coat Rachel :(...)


Hush


Hush is one of those gorgeous brands that i literally lust after everything in their Lookbook's. It's a tall statement, but if i had to choose just one brand to dress myself in for the rest of time, I strongly think it would be Hush. And because i can't buy every single item they sell, i will often taken inspo from their catalogue and do a little re-create as best i can with what i have.
This year, i've treated myself to a couple of dresses including the Annabelle below, a bright yellow jumper (not pictured), the quilted Jo dress and the gorgeous Nessa Cardigan (which is on sale to £88.00 ..But on Jan 5th at midnight their mega sale hits and i have information that it will be going down to £75.00!) Now paying over £100 may seem excessive for a cardi, but the quality is beautiful, the craftsman ship and the fabric are sublime. And also because it was a large chunk of cash, it makes me want to get my wears worth out of it. It is the cardigan i find myself reaching for every week. Since i got it in Autumn i don't think a week has passed when i haven't worn it at some point.. even if it is just as an extra layer at my desk when it gets chilly.
Its something i will be looking at a lot more in the New Year: Investment pieces and are they worth the outlay.

 One navy Dress styled 2 ways

 Instaoutfits


Great Plains


Great Plains (French Connection's sister company) has been on my radar for a couple of years. I love their timeless, modest silhouettes that always appear chic and effortless.  The other thing i love about their clothing is the comfort levels. Its like each piece is designed to be worn by real women. You know, no teeny tiny short skirts, no crotch riders, just practical wears but stylishly done. I wore the Intergalactic dress on Christmas day this year as its sublimely comfy, but makes me feel like a lady too, which is always nice;) The checked trousers are also up on my favourites list this year, perfect for those days when you just don't want to wear jeans.
Also on my ever growing striped clothing front.. i added the Red & Navy stripe top and the grey stripe dress which is my casual go-to dress for sure. All these pieces are now on sale, so some absolute bargains available.
 A Break from Jeans
 Stripes & Bobble Hats


Boden

Boden shoes got me good this year. With my first pair being the navy lille lace up flats. These shoes were like butter. I wore them so much that i decided to get them in the orange also. 
I then splashed out on the Alice heels for an evening out and finished the year with the Boden Embellished jumper
This is another catalogue i just love to peruse and be inspired. Very much looking forward to the next seasons offerings! 



That sums up 2015.. another year done and dusted, can you believe it? 

I would just like to so say a huge thank you for visiting, becoming friends and supporting this blog. I love doing this and it just wouldn't be the same without you (kind of like a crazy lady just babbling about pretty shoes to herself.. they've committed people for less i believe)
A big thank you for making me not look like a total crazy lady.

Wishing you and yours all the very best for 2016!
Here's to a fantastic year!


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23 comments

  1. You've shared some great outfits from your favourite brands! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you have a happy new year!

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  3. Lovely outfits. Happy New Year, Rachel!

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  4. There are many, many things to like in that collection! Love the lace up shoes - especially the orange the show-stopper heels. Love the tropical shirt dress and the black and white one from Whistles. Thanks so much for hosting! Happy New Year.

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  5. Happy New Year! I absolutely love reading your blog and share your love for Warehouse! You look beautiful in all these outfit posts, definitely inspired me to become more adventurous with my wardrobe on my way to target (fellow SW member) all the best for 2016 xx

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  6. Happy New Year! I own clothes from all of these brands apart from Hush, as I find these brands do some nice vintagey styles now and again. One of my new favourite '60s style dresses is from Whistles. Happy blogging in 2016 Rachel! x

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  7. Being from America, I have never hear of Whistle or Hush, but Boden sounds familiar. Love all your outfits. You have such an amazing sense of style.

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  8. Such lovely choices for favorites! Looking forward to what you have in store for 2016!

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  9. Your recap is absolutely gorgeous! I love your style. Those purple, blue, and aqua tassel heels are to die for! I totally see why you fell in love with Boden. Happy New Year!

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  10. Happy New Year, love your style. I am still waiting for it to be cold enough to wear my pink Boden coat! Love the lace up flats, the embellished camel top, you look great. Wishing you the best in the New Year!!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  11. Happy new year to you Rachel. This is a fantastic re cap on the past year, love the Warehouse tropical dress and those Bodenham shoes, in fact I would wear any of the outfits you have featured here. Love your style!
    Laurie x

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  12. Oh Rachel where do I start?!!! Going through a round up of your amazing outfits when I'm sitting here looking a right uncoordinated mess is, like, so unfair, haha!! I remember how much I loved the palm print Warehouse dress at the time and I honestly think you look better in a jumpsuit than anyone I know.

    Can't wait for another year of incredible style from you, here's wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2016!

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

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  13. Wishing you all the best in 2016, Rachel! Looking forward to many more awesome outfits!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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  14. Wonderful summery article! You look gorgeous in each photo.

    Wishing you happy new year!

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  15. Your style is flawless! The navy dress and jean jacket is awesome and the floral midi dress! I need it all!
    -Linds

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  16. Love your amazing camel jumper, thank you for sharing, you look stunning too. ALL THE BEST 2016 !!!

    xxx

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  17. I too have been impressed with Warehouse this year and have bought quite a few pieces from them. Great round up of outfits. Happy New Year to you Rachel.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. All of these are gorgeous! I especially like the floral midi dress!

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  19. I bought the Boden Alice heels in the pink spot print - I haven't worn them yet though because the weather has been so awful! I very nearly bought them in purple too in the sale but had to exercise restraint! (I wish I'd bought them now!) Happy New Year Rachel xxx

    Emma
    www.style-splash.com

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