I didn’t shop at all in January.
It was a conscious effort on my part to avoid the sales and to also try to cut down on my general weakness for clothes. I’m trying to be a more conscious shopper, so falling back in love with items I already owned was necessary.
However, I still love fashion. It was the whole reason I started this site in the first place. And I’m not planning on giving up shopping, I’m just being more conscious about it. There’s some great trends in the shops at the moment which I wanted to share with you guys. Where possible, I’ve provided links so if there’s anything you like, you can shop to your hearts content!
Trend 1: Valentine’s Day Jewellery
Valentines Day is just a few days away. One of the easiest ways to give a nod to this trend is through simple jewellery. There’s no need to deck yourself out in pink or red when a simple, but sweet necklace will suffice. Lots of great options available, but this adorable heart necklace from & Other Stories is a favourite of mine.
Trend 2: Swimwear
What’s with the swimwear in February?! It’s freezing out! I don’t even want to look at swimwear right now. Unfortunately, Penneys and H&M didn’t get the memo, as they have tonnes of options in store at the moment. If you have a trip booked, do yourself a favour and get your swimwear now, as we all know they run out as soon as the weather turns nice.
Trend 3: Bright Suits
I’m a big fan of a bright suit, owning two pinks ones. Yes, two. The suits I’m currently lusting over are from Zara and & Other Stories. Perfect together, but also can still be worn as separates, suits offer you a myriad of great options when it comes to creating outfits, and they never go out of style. A great option for any big event you may have coming up rather than a skirt or dress.
Trend 4: Bias Satin Skirts
We’ve all seen that Reformation skirt all over Instagram, but now Topshop have joined in with their own, way more affordable, range of bias cut satin skirts. In plenty of gorgeous colours, these skirts are great for dressing up and down. I wasn’t loving them on me, I think the bias cut might be a little too extreme for my shape, but at €40, it’s definitely worth trying one on to see.
Trend 5: Utilitarian / Boiler Suits
I feel like this trend cycles around more frequently than other trends, but when you see it done so well, why not. I’m a big fan of this trends for it’s no fuss, throw it on and you’re ready to go vibe. Which is how I like to live my life clothing wise. Normally you see this trend in different shades of green and khaki, but H&M and & Other Stories have switched things up with dove grey and striking rust colours respectively. One to check out for sure.
Trend 6: Funnel Neck Jumpers
Funnel neck jumpers are a great option if you’re not into polo necks, but also don’t want your throat exposed to the harsh winds out there. Funnel necks look great on a blocky, more masculine cut jumper, so lean into the look with slouchy trousers, and a cute loafer or chunky trainer. You will be comfy and cosy, which is basically the dream.
Trend 7: Dog Jackets
Ok, this clearly isn’t a human trend, but I did see dog jackets for sale in the middle of H&M. Like, right next to the jewellery, which makes no sense to me. Unless H&M are suggesting that a dog is a tiny accessory (how Paris Hilton of them). Only for little dogs such as pugs it appears, but definitely worth checking out.
What I bought
As I mentioned, I’m trying to be more conscious shopping, so I really thought about each item and what I already had at home. Apart from one item which was a disaster.
I’m a big polo neck fan, I think they look chic and cosy, and this Zara number was perfect. Originally I was going to get it in grey, but I stopped myself as I already have two grey polos. This beige colour is very out of character for me, but I need to step outside my comfort zone a little more, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.
These earrings from Mango are a cute alternative to hoops and will dress up a simple outfit for events. Mango are always a good go to if you’re looking for great gold jewellery, especially earrings.
The dress I bought from Penneys, shown in the video above, was promptly brought back the next day as it reminded me too much of my college days when I lived in patterned dresses and wore mens t-shirts as dresses too. Not a good look for me.
Finally, this imitation suede shirt dress was a great addition to my wardrobe (despite it being black). It’s one that can be dressed up or down with a simple change of shoe, I’m thinking Dr. Martens for day my favourite Topshop sock boots for night. Extra points also for a Jane Fonda approved (I’m presuming) stiff collar that stays open just the right amount for you to showcase some cute necklaces. Win.
Let me know if you’ve seen any other trends in the shops that you think I should check out, preferably warm trends. I currently can’t feel my toes!