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LABELS FOR THE GROWN-UP GIRLS’ CLUB

Something’s happened, people! I’ve started a serious romance with some Grown-up Girls’ labels and already I’m in love! You just know, when you KNOW. Innit?!

And this. feels. so. right!

OK, there might have been a bit of pondering at first, after all, these labels are luxury and cost more than my usual hauls in Hennes and Sainsbo’s but now that I’m in, my (credit) cards are on the table and I’m head over heels. It’s the perfect match.

I won’t waffle.

There are three brands I want to tell you about… And lucky for you, everything I’m about to show you here is now IN THE SALE!

Let’s go!

1 WHISTLES

WHISTLES SATIN PLEATED SKIRT £110 from £139

Need I say more? This skirt is hypnotic, right? While I did initially procrastinate – wondering whether sun-ray pleats had peaked – I then tried it on.

GAME CHANGER!

Grown-up Girls’ rule #1. When something fits you perfectly, when it feels as if it’s been made bespoke by your very own glitter-dust-trailing Fairy Godmother, then I have two words of advice for you, BUY IT or REGRET IT!

Once I tried it on, it felt comfortable on the hips and yet looked slimming. Pleated skirts don’t often do that because it’s tricky to get one that sits in the right place and skims down. A good trick, I find, is to sometimes go up a size for it to fall better. I didn’t need to do that though with this sweet, darling skirt. And luckily Santa picked up the price too. HUZZAH!

2 LILY AND LIONEL

A/W15 saw this British brand come to the fore. Named after  creator director, Alice Stone’s grandparents, this luxury label is synonymous for it’s hand-painted digital prints and fine fabrics. Stocked in Liberty, Harvey Nichols and on asos.com to name a few (where Mr. Husband bought this celestial print maxi dress for me at Christmas)  Lily and Lionel embodies grown-up-girls rule #2…

It’s OK to embrace that flirty and feminine side but this time Ms. Ethereal has experience and edge.

It’s not simply whimsy without any wonder. And like all brands that fall into this Grown-up Girls’ category, the fit of the clothes are key.

LILY AND LIONEL TIERED PAIGE MAXI DRESS IN CELESTIAL PRINT, £90, asos.com

Once again, the fabric flatters and the cut in turn gives such a fluid shape that the dress moves comfortably with your every movement.

Plus this deep V-neck back is understated elegance.

Grown-up Girls’ rule #3. Stop buying things that don’t fit or worse still, a size too small because that’s all that’s left (admittedly, I have fallen to this lunacy before but in the long run, it’s zero fun. Especially with shoes *face palm).

Avoid buying things because they’re ‘trendy’ when you look and feel uncomfortable.

Being happy in your own skin and knowing what makes YOU feel good is the third step in being a Grown-up Girls’ club graduate.

This brand in particular makes me feel like I’ve got my forties mojo back (not that age should ever dictate what anyone should wear, though). Remember, it’s always about YOU. Innit!

3 RIXO LONDON

Last and by no means least, is RIXO London. A bit of background for you first. Ex-ASOS buyers, Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey are the brains behind this luxury label which champions hand-painted prints and I love the fact that you’re buying into something special, something exclusive  and totally unique.

Grown-up girls’ rule #4. You don’t need to follow the fish. Be unique. Be you.

By searching out more exclusive pieces – a bit like buying art – they’ll be sure to stand the test of time for design and craftmanship alone. Have you ever noticed how lots of high street brands all end up having the same print but in different styles? Then before you know it, everyone is wearing it like a uniform?! Well, not with RIXO London.

RIXO LONDON PRINTED SILK CREPE DE CHINE BLOUSE £105 was £175

This blouse makes me so happy. I know that sounds somewhat wanky but I’m not going to lie and it was Crissy cash so well spent IMHO.

Back to the blouse, it’s silk crepe de chine (“mange tout Rodders, mange tout”) and feels ridiculously luxury and very grown-up. The large collar and low neck line together with the coral pop and cream palm and flamingo prints does give it a slightly 70s feel. I’m not one to look too over-done though, so to get that perfect balance of ‘high-low’, team with denim and simple sling-backs.

Remember when I blogged about ‘no spend ’til spring’ and how after having any kind of wardrobe detox, I’d usually follow it up with an empty promise to buy less, re-wear and buy investment pieces – well I think I’ve finally grown-up, girls!

These pieces, I reckon, are the beautiful beginnings of creating and curating a more sturdy, sustainable wardrobe. And I reckon I’m big enough to admit that, OK, I STARTED IT!

Right, the first one to comment gets to sit in the front!

Thanks for reading, as always.

F.T.

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