It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Warehouse clothing. Many of my favourite pieces in my capsule through out the last year have in fact been from Warehouse. The dress i wore out on my first date with my husband was the most terrific striped wrap dress, from, you guessed it, Warehouse. Weddings attended and my dresses have been from Warehouse. If there was ever a go to shop for me, it would be without a doubt Warehouse. (It's worth noting here that this isn't sponsored in the slightest)
For me they bring practical, fashionable and wearable. Three main things i'm looking for when making clothing purchases. We all know that things straight from the runway may not be practical for everyday life (ie the school run, supermarket shop or a play gym in my case) but I also don't want to have to forgo style in order to be practical. I think this is why have a love for this brand, and no matter the occasion, I always find what i may need (and sometimes just damn well want) in their shops or online.
I don't know about you, but I'm completely and utterly over the winter weather (say i'm not the only one?), I'm looking fully in to Spring territory. I want florals, i want nautical i want nice things that i can wear now and also when these frigid temperatures finally do one.
Transitional Spring pieces are what I'm looking for. And let me tell you, Warehouse had an abundance.
The lovely staff in the Cardiff branch informed me that there is a new head designer in Warehouse HQ and it really shows. There are varied patterns, avant-garde cuts and something for every occasions and every shape.
I found the sizing to be more consistent than previous years, i've fluxed from an 8-12 just to get the right fit previously, but everything I tried on is a UK size 10 and was pretty much perfect(and that's with my dreaded winter weight, which i wish would just magically disappear along with the frigid temperatures!)
I picked out some of my favourite pieces on a couple of shopping trips lately. (please excuse the lighting.. Warehouse changing room lighting was my only bugbear.. Terribly unflattering harsh lights that made my face look ghastly.. you're forewarned.. about my face that is, not the lights)
(have also found a sneaky 20% off, so be sure to scroll to the bottom. Its due to expire, but definitely not to be sniffed at)
The bias cut wrap maxi is just a delight on. Flattering cut in the wrap waist, v-neck and length. It would work like a dream in your wardrobe as a pretty much all season piece. Now with boots, even a fine knit turtle neck underneath, then come spring summer, bare legs and sandals. An all season dress is not to be sniffed at. The floral is just the right all season print, as it isn't overly summery or wintery.
I would have bought this, but I already have my Mango floral maxi dress and felt i would be doubling up.. But alas, i would buy this in a heartbeat if i didn't
Next up was my actual reason for starting the changingroom-athon. I'd seen this dress online and thought it could be perfect day to night dress. You all know that i love a workhorse of a dress, a piece that can work for dressy(as dressy as i get) or casual. I love that this dress is a. stripey (big tick in the love list box there) b. a maxi dress (no need to show off my not summer ready legs) and c. Has on trend sleeves (tick for fassshun dharling). I really liked it, like really liked it, still debating whether to buy it-liked it. The only thing for me is there is an open back/tie back situation, which isn't abig deal, a black top could be worn underneath, but its also clingy around my midriff which is not my most favourite assest to say the least. I was tempted to size up, as, although the fit was perfect, the feel is just as imporatnt to be, and maybe with a little extra fabric i would feel a smidge more comfy.
A wild card for me, a clingy little bardot number which i utterly and unexpectedly fell in love with (see, it sometimes serves to try things on that you wouldn't usually pick up). The fabric is thick on this top, thick as though its pulling you in, in a good way! It left me feeling a million bucks (quid? British equivalent?). I was actually going to go back and buy, but we ran out of time.. still contemplating this now.
Really love the idea of it with jeans, culottes like below, under a denim pinnafore style dress and with skirts.. (i really need to go press buy don't i?)
The culottes were also dreamy, and are sublimely comfy. The length on me (5ft6") was perfect and the skimming light fabric was extremely flattering on these birth bearing hips. Perfect for pear shapes like me.
I love the idea of a ballet wrap top. So pretty and elegant and bang on trend. Great with culottes, trousers or jeans. Notewothy point here. I'm smaller on top than my bottom half and this was a size 10.. I could barely get it to cover both my boobs and to say i'm not well endowed would be a massive understatement. Size up if you look at this pretty pink top.. it is worth it though as the tie waist can create a lovely soft siloutte.
Stripe dress number 2. Short this time, as opposed to the maxi. This was very flattering. Figure hugging in all the right places and comfy without being sack like. It is a navy and cream which was very lovely colouring on a thick stretchy fabric. The tie sleeves are a great way to modernise this classic piece.
Poppy Printed Dress
So there we have it. Some of my favourites, and oh there was more, far far more, but
changingroom-athon is tiring and this was all i got.
Which seeing as i want it all, is plenty.
What are you loving for transitioning in to Spring?
Are you a fan of Warehouse's range this Spring?
Oh and 20% off ends imminently, code is :WARE20FEB