Spotlight on: Oasis Fashion
One of the nicest things about setting up this blog and writing weekly posts is the interaction with friends, old and new, discussing all things fashion-related. Not Givin In really has re-awakened my love of fashion, which you can probably guess!
I love it when someone suggests that I check out a store, or a brand I don’t know or haven’t looked at for a while. I get tunnel-vision quite easily. Isn’t it easier to stick to stores you know? Of course, it is, but it’s also limiting. It does us good to venture out, open our eyes to new styles.
So, when a friend asked me to try Oasis this season I was in there like swimwear. I used to shop in Oasis stores in my twenties and thirties all the time. After that I’ve just stuck to their jeans (still love and wear Jade Stretch Skinnys), but that’s it. To be honest, I felt like I’d outgrown the store.
To me, it’s quite twee. Very pretty, dainty and feminine and I wouldn’t use these words to describe myself, so felt like I didn’t fit in. On my first trip back in, in quite a few years, I still felt the same. I had to look hard for clothes that I really wanted to try on, but I could see the appeal for others.
The current collection is a riot of pattern. There are lots of floral, tropical, and bird prints to choose from. Pastels seem to be key for Spring, with more richer colours featuring in the new fashion coming through. I absolutely love the pencil skirts, they look so smart and they have some smashing dresses, but not many with sleeves, so for older readers, like me, this might not work.
I went in with an open mind, but I had spotted this blouse online that I really wanted to try on. Ooh and sorry for the poor quality of the following shots. Lighting in Oasis at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway was not great. Perhaps its flattering to have it low when purchasing (!), but not for capturing clothes in a pic.
It’s fresh, isn’t it? It’s their Parrot Print Shirt (£38). I think I like the zesty addition though, over wearing parrots, so I didn’t buy it.
I moved on to this dress. I am on the hunt for a dress to wear to my Sister-in-Law’s wedding in June. Again, I like the print (Topaz Bird) and it has a flattering cut, showing some cleavage and a little leg (there is a discreet fasten at the bust so all is not on show) and it’s available for £45.
I’m in love with yellow this Spring. Absolutely love it. So I was keen to try on this dress, but it’s too girly for me and at 48, it’s pushing it! Yellow Lace Skater Dress, priced at £48.
Heading to the tropics section and I picked up the next two pieces, either to wear separately or wear together. If you like these, they are priced at £42.00 (Tropic Bird Wrap) and £38 (Tropical Cuba Crop Wide Leg)
The last items from my visit are these two, both of which I really like. You can’t go wrong with a blue strip Bardot top and the midi skirt is just lovely and I would buy for work wear, as it is a very flattering length and the belt is a great additional detail. Priced at £29.00 and £45.00 respectively.
Without hours to spare, these are the items I pulled off the racks, but there is more, much more. The store was bursting at the seams with ideas, so below are more pieces that I would like to try on, another time. The pretty skirt below has been worn by Holly Willoughby very well and I might yet try on the Tulle Midi dress, which comes in a few colours, including the beautiful pale blue below, to see if it is wedding-worthy.
Are you a keen Oasis shopper? Would love to hear what you think?
Have a great weekend.