Khaki kool: Military meets utility, girly-style

The stores may be filling up with off-shoulder blouses, spring-like dresses, vests, shorts and other warm weather pieces, but I’m still shivering despite my full armour of puffer coat and furry hat. So, with temperatures edging up just a bit, at this time of year I’m looking for transitional product, not full-on sunshine looks. And the…

New-in comp shop: The Bardot top

The Bardot top was big news on the SS16 runways and crept into the high street offer as early as party season 2015. It’s set to hit big for warm weather deliveries over the next few months as part of a general trend for shoulder-baring tops. Come sunnier weather and you won’t be able to move…

Wishlist: 70s retro print maxidresses

I have issues with printed maxi dresses as ‘women of a certain age’ embraced them as a summer holiday cover-up option a few years back. To me, they’re very middle-aged and being middle-aged myself, I avoid them. But this season feels different. The 70s cuts don’t make me think ouzo, but Ossie (Clarke, that is).

Comp shop: Party 2015’s dark side

Is it just me or has the fashion industry’s love of the little black dress (and little black jumpsuit/top/trousers/skirt) gone into overdrive this year? Yes, store windows are also full of sequins but if spangles aren’t your thing, it looks like black’s the way to go. So what’s on offer? Well, the ubiquitous Kendall and…

Comp Shop: Metalllic pleated skirt

The metallic pleated skirt is a perfect example of slow-burn item trends meeting faster-moving colour/material trends head-on as retailers and brands add newness without scaring the customer off with anything too radical. The pleated skirt is a keeper – popular for a while, it’s also set to be a biggie for SS16 (that Gucci leather…