One of my pet peeves with Evans is the quality of their shoes. As someone with super wide feet there really aren’t many places on the high street where I can buy stylish shoes that fit so Evans is always my first stop. Just yesterday I breezed through my local store with the singular intention of checking out their shoes, and I really did blow through like a gust of wind as nothing grabbed my attention. My problem is their lack of real leather footwear. Evans always do great leather boots in winter but when it comes to sandals and shoes they fall flat. We all love a bargain but I’m sick and tired of cheap PU shoes that often just look- well- cheap. Where are the quality on trend leather shoes? My feet want to breathe, as well as look good- is that too much to ask?
Someone must have read my mind as this afternoon I saw these on the website…
Stylish shoes in real leather- I almost fell off my chair. I’m hoping this new focus on quality footwear isn’t just a temporary thing. We need more.
Last week Evans took over part of an empty shop unit in the Pavillions Shopping Centre in Birmingham, and created a one day style advisory where they were inviting people in for styling advice mixed with a little pampering in the way of a free hand massage or manicure.
So in I popped and was introduced to a lovely young woman called Sarina who took my measurements and found my shape category.
Despite being busty I hadn’t accounted for my big belly (can’t see it over my boobs) which makes me slot into the “apple” category rather than “busty” which is where I thought I was. Sarina was great and talked to me about items from the range to best suit my shape and about what clothes I like to wear, etc. As you already know, I don’t really follow fashion rules but it was interesting to hear someone else’s advice on what suits me best. Looser shapes that skim rather than cling, and detail around the neckline. Like this….
After my consultation I was handed a key ring with a diagram of my shape on it to remind me, escorted to the beautican who gave me a hand massage and then taken to the store a few doors away and given a 30% discount off my purchases. The service was good and if you’re someone who never knows what to buy I would really recommend using the in store advisory to help you out.
Armed with my key ring and discount I went shopping and bought these…
After all Sarina’s hard work advising me on what works best for my apple shape I still went ahead and bought clothes designed for an hourglass figure. There’s no telling some people.
Do you have clothes that you don’t wear much because you don’t want to wear them out too quickly? This dress falls into that category. I don’t wear it often enough. This is the second time I’m putting it on, and I wore it to the same venue both times- church. At church it won’t be under much stress and will last much longer than it would if I wore it to work. Its machine washable but I still hand wash it just in case I accidentally ruin it, and I don’t drink blackcurrant or eat anything in a sauce while its on. I really ought to just stop being so precious about it- its just a dress after all- but its one of my favourites of the year so it deserves special treatment.
Boots- VERY Old Evans
Belt- ASOS. Yes, that belt AGAIN.
Clements Riberio for Evans is BACK! Last Thursday I hot footed it down to London to preview the latest Clements Ribeiro collection for Evans and mingle with other bloggers. These preview events are always a lot of fun and this one was no exception. Evans kept us watered and fed and were on hand to listen to comments and feedback about the collection.
This seasons range features a more sombre colour palette which is to be expected from an autumn winter collection, but its certainly no less stylish or print heavy. As with the last CR collection there is something to suit everyone whatever your figure type, age or personal preference. Mainstream trends were evident with lace inserts on tops and dresses, an all over lace skirt, peplum dress and Great Gatsby inspired details.
The fitted “Adele” style dress as I heard it called, was included again and its not hard to see why the shape was revisited. Fitted silhouette, good length and subte sexy styling- 100% winner in my books.
Other stand out items……..
I fell for this cardigan instantly. I am DEFINITELY getting me one of those.
Blogger Katie from Toodaloo Katie / Les Piteries de Vanoue, looked chic trying on this coat that I am also ear marking for myself. Its got short sleeves which may seem impractical for a winter coat but I am already visualising the contrast colour detachable sleeves I could add to it. Love it.
Below- Emma from fashion-mommy. Can you believe this woman doesn’t like her legs?!! Emma has superb pins and this fancy beaded 20′s inspired number framed them perfectly. Katie also tried on the same dress though I don’t have any photos. It was good seeing the same frock on two completely different figures. You can see Katie in this dress on the Evans Facebook page.
OK here we have it, the getup of much controversy. Truly the outfit that has split opinion on the Evans FB page. No, its not a jumpsuit, and yes, I do look like I’m wearing my PJ’s and am ready to retire for the night. I suppose I didn’t help matters by posing in my bare feet. All I need is a cup of cocoa in one hand and a teddy bear in the other to really punctuate the off to bed look. As comfortable as this ensemble was, I’m not brave enough to wear the top and trousers together outside the Evans press office. Fashion is fun, is it not, so I thought I’d have my own little hootenanny by wearing the print from head to toe. Turns out I don’t like this full on effect on me, but Bethany looked fantastic! Separately yes, together- too loud even for me.
One of my favourite pieces was this Art Nouveau inspired jersey dress that I really was not sure I would like. Turns out I don’t really like it- I love it. I even love it worn over my grey pleated skirt which is a styling accident borne from me being too lazy to completely undress before trying the dress on. I like a successful styling accident. The gold belt isn’t part of the dress, it’s mine and I just put it on with it to see how it would look. Emma is wearing another dress from the range and looks fab yet again.
Oxblood boots. WANT
Blue suede shoes. WANT.
And no, they’re not part of the collection but they bloody well should be.
The poll for the winner of the Evans Blogger Challenge has now opened on the Evans Facebook page. There are five bloggers taking part, all you have to do is vote for who you think styled the snake print skater dress the best by clicking the “like” button for that photo, and that blogger wins a £100 gift voucher. Vote now! (I’m not saying you SHOULD vote for me, just take part and be honest- its just a bit of fun. I promise I won’t hold it against you if you vote for someone else. Geez, I would make a RUBBISH politician wouldn’t I?)
Click image below to see all the styling entries on Facebook
I’m always up for a challenge so when Evans set me the task of styling this snake print dress for their blogger challenge I jumped to it. It’s only recently that I’ve made friends with animal prints as I used to avoid them. Now we have come to a mutual understanding- I’ll embrace you into my wardrobe as long as you’re not too loud and attention grabbing. So here we have snake print in monochrome tones. This I can do. I decided to err on the side of caution and not wear much jewellery apart from a pair of my favourite earrings. I think this busy print is all the accessorising I need. I really dislike wearing black or grey from head to toe so I thought I’d break it all up with burgundy tights and a vintage clutch with flashes of burgundy on it. If you ever catch me wearing head to toe black you know I definitely woke up in a bad mood and you should bring me cheesecake. Immediately. Where cheesecake is not instantly available chocolate is an acceptable alternative.
This is my second foray into animal print territory and I’m liking it more each time I try. The dress is comfy, stretchy and the snake print has the added bonus of disguising any creases so it doesn’t need much ironing- what more can a girl ask for?
Waistcoat- Very Old New Look
Tights- We Love Colours (I think)
Two days til launch!
This week I attended the blogger preview for the new Evans and Clements Ribeiro collection, Swan and finally got to see, touch, feel and try on this eagerly anticipated range.
…. understanding different proportions and different needs behind a desire for fashion that is not different from the high fashion consumer…..
- Inacio Ribeiro
The striking thing about the collection is the bold use of colour. Prints feature heavily and there’s a print for all tastes whether you like your patterns subtle, quirky, bold or bright.
I tried on a few of my favourite pieces and I especially liked the look of the coat over the striped floral dress, although I have not photographed this combo. It clashed but it somehow worked really well.
LOVE the dress
LOVE the trousers
The coat- *drop*.
Fellow fatshion bloggers!
The collection is available online from Saturday March 31st and in selected stores from Monday April 2nd. Sizes 14- 32, prices £25- £99.