Embroidery. To me, this sums up the beginning of the warmer weather, the onset of Spring, the promise of Summer round the corner and all things boho.
And that's where all the wheels usually start to fall off for me. I can't do boho. I have tried, I want to - oh I want to so much as I love it, I really really love it, but it doesn't love me back. So when I was asked if I would like to collaborate with Debenhams on a series of articles, first off (having had a glimpse of their new Designers at Debenhams ranges), I was over the moon. Then when they said, the first story was to be embroidery, I'm not going to lie to you - I did mildly panic.
How to style embroidery when you don't really do boho? I thought this was going to be a tricky ask. But, having been to the Spring/Summer Press day and been blown away by the amazing new ranges they had, I was up for the challenge and had a cunning plan. Oxford Street, personal shopping suite as a dressing room (which is beyond worth doing if you are in need of an outfit and some expert one to one guidance with no pressure to buy - email me for details) and the shop at my disposal (dream time for me), I was off.
There are some absolutely amazing pieces that I would love to wear and have total outfit envy at them not being "me".
For example - oh hello all things of an utterly divine nature at Studio by Preen. Knowing that these wouldn't particularly work on me, doesn't stop them me drooling and putting together my "other life" wardrobe (I know I'm not the only person who does that... am I? Someone back me up please?!).
Ivory Embroidered Blouse by Studio by Preen £55
Or this bardot style one.
Studio by Preen Blue Striped Embroidered Bardot Top £45
So that got me thinking - maybe embroidery doesn't have to be all about the boho.
Two more blouses from Preen which would be perfect for work or for play. Tucked into high waisted trousers or skirts or wear loose. Feminine and summery without a hippy hint to them at all.
Studio by Preen Bright Pink Floral Embroidered Top £49
Or in the red again £49 (definitely more of an orangey red).
As you can see - definitely a tomato orange red with a self coloured embroidery. I would say it's quite short in the body (despite me being tall, I don't have a particularly long body), which is perfect for over boyfriend jeans - hides a multitude of sins. On the other hand ideal to tuck into high waisted jeans, trousers or skirts as there isn't a whole bunch up of fabric to deal with (not the technical term). Size wise - like the other Preen top, I would say true to size/slightly on the large side. This is the 10.
Then we move on to dresses. This would be the perfect dress to dress up and down - with sneakers or ankle boots and a little suede biker jacket for the day. But with heels, this would easily take you out for dinner or even to a wedding or other dressy occasion you may have this season. The ideal mid length for those of you who don't like the longer maxi midis.
Nine by Savannah Miller Navy Floral Embroidered Dress £60
And whilst we're here, the dress comes in a top version but only instore. I'm always being asked for out out tops which is something I will be looking at in more detail shortly, but as a sneak peak - this one is a complete winner. It also gives you an idea of the navy being a true navy. Size wise - this is a 12. I would say it comes up on the small side so if between sizes, size up.
Hopefully gives you an idea of what the dress would look like (couldn't find it in a 12 instore!).
However it didn't take long for me to stumble across something that had my name all over it. Biker, check, embroidery in red, pink and khaki, check check check.
Star by Julien MacDonald Embroidered Jacket £75
And then, the embroidered pieces that I would happily wear were like buses. My favourite print is from Nine by Savanna Miller in the amazingly original embroidered crane. The colours of this are simply perfect for Spring.
Nine by Savannah Miller Crane Embroidered Tunic Dress £60