Warehouse Try On’s (& #Passion4Fashion Linkup)

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)

First up, this combo. I just wanted to plain old walk out in it.
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

Floral wrap tie dress & Tan Jacket

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.

Stripe Dress with flared tied sleeves

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?)

Bardot Red Wave Top 

Black Culottes

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.

Ok so my second little jaunt was this week whilst out shopping for my step daughter birthday present.

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.

Pink Ballet Wrap top

Emerald green.. Gosh i love this colour, i really don’t wear it a lot but i think its such an opulent looking shade, filled with character. Again this fell beautifully, and the tie sleeves are bang on trend. It could look awesome with a black biker jacket and ripped jeans, or dressed conservatively for the office with trousers and a trench coat.

Green tie sleeve top

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. 

Navy & Cream stripe  tie sleeve dress

And finally, another piece i really though i wasn’t going to like. It looks colourful here, but in real life its super bright, what i would call obnoxious pink.. but in a good way. The fabric has a slight sheen, the sleeves are perfect and it has an elasticated waist band. Paired with a biker jacket and black boots and this would be dreamy with a capital D. I honestly thought this would look naff on, turns out its pretty.. pretty much want it that is. Again for Spring: perfect, a summers evening (or summers day..Lets face it the UK is never banging hot now is it) it would be great and come winter just add black 100 denier tights and a big thick cardi.

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

An InLinkz Link-up


  1. February 17, 2017 / 7:44 am

    Now I want to go shop! Some lovely items here Rachel, I love the suede Biker. Just popping over to read your interview with Honest mum. Hope you can link up 🙂

  2. February 17, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Love the floral maxi with the tan jacket!

  3. February 17, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    My fave is the off the shoulder top. Super cute!

  4. February 17, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    AAaah you're making me really want to go shopping 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  5. February 17, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Love the green top and you simply MUST buy the red, Bardot top – it really looks great on you. As for changing room lighting, I find Topshop to be wildly unflattering, showing up every line, crease, lump and bump. Urgh. Online shopping for me.

  6. February 17, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I do like Warehouse, they always have dresses that are a bit different. I like the retro style of the ones you tried. Unfortunately though my last few Warehouse purchases had to be returned, the one thing I do find with their sizing is that they accommodate a straighter figure, and if I get it fitting on the waist then my bum is too big to fit in the bottom part! Thanks for hosting x

  7. February 18, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    ooh, i really like the first two dresses – so pretty! xx

  8. February 18, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    You tried on great pieces, Rachel! The tan jacket and the two striped dresses are my favorites.

    Thanks for the link up & have a wonderful weekend!

  9. February 19, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    That green looks lovely on you and I love that poppy print dress, I keep eyeing it up!

    Maria xxx

  10. February 20, 2017 / 1:24 am

    That Bardot top is delicious!!

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