Whenever a brand offers to send me something I’m usually hypnotised by anything earning the response “oh-my-god-look-how-pretty“ - despite the fact it’s probably impractical and will get little wear – and when Next said I could choose a piece from their SS12 collection there was indeed plenty of bright shininess to distract from more sensible options (the mumsy brand of yore is gone, though there are enough practical pieces to keep longtime customers happy).
In the end I managed to be logical-ish with these lovely floral trousers; classic enough to ensure they’ll be worn often, the print makes them perfect for spring/summer and adds something extra.
Of course, wear cropped trousers and/or florals in early-March and what does it do? It pours with rain. The curse of the optimist. They are super-versatile though so add a pair of ankle boots, a light jacket and an umbrella (all must-haves during a British spring) and I think it’s a shower-friendly outfit.
Another new wardrobe staple is these pointed flats I was sent by Wallis. I’ve been on the hunt for some more summery flats than my fail-safe dark-coloured ballerinas/brogues/loafers and these are just perfect. Admittedly they were (surprisingly) a bit painful at first but now I’ve broken them in they barely leave my feet!
Next sent me these trousers as part of their Aussies vs. Brits styling challenge so have a look at the other bloggers’ outfits: I’ve linked to everyone who took part below. Thanks to Next for asking me to join the British ranks (I’m in pretty amazing company)!