16 Spring Kaftan Dresses To Wear Now

 

The current state of mind isn’t good. Understandably, our minds are full of worry.  There’s no shame in wearing pjs or sweatshirt and trackie bottom options day in day out, but what about the weekend?  Surely we need something different to switch up the mood.  I’ve found my trusty kaftan an absolute game changer when it comes to putting a spring in my step, so I’ve researched and found 16 spring kaftan dresses that you can buy online.

 

A kaftan is easy to wear.  Tick.  Its length normally falls to the floor, thereby eliminating a need for any other garment.  Tick.  You can wear it with flats or heels.  Tick.  A kaftan is mostly made from lightweight material (cotton or linen) and often comes in vibrant prints that can lighten any mood.  Double tick.

 

I bought my kaftan a few years ago in River Island.  It’s pretty loud, and I love it all the more for that.  It makes me feel like I’m on holiday, where I would normally wear it, but that won’t be happening any time soon.  It also makes it a good buy, because you can wear it around the house and in the garden now, then take it to foreign shores when the time comes.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses You Can Wear Now

Kaftan and cocktails!

 

So, have a look through the options below.  I’ve found some solid-colour spring kaftan dresses that have great detailing, ones that you can waft around in, floral hits, graphic prints and even a tie-dye option.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses

 

 

 

Statement jewellery goes well with this type of dress.  Large hoops and eye-catching pieces that dangle, or wrap a gorgeous cuff around your wrist.  You can go Grecian with tan leather thongs, or race it up a little with metallic heels.  The choice is yours and fun can be had.

 

Have a great weekend and don’t forget, if you would like a more personal, bespoke shop please let me know.  Here’s what some of my clients say about the services I offer.

 

Gail xx

Dressed for Sunny Weather

 

 

Getting dressed for sunny weather, who knew that was coming.  Yes, we’ve just been experiencing the sunniest April since 1929!  Mother Nature came good and boy did we need some joy in our lives the past few weeks.

 

As I write this, it’s raining outside…come on it is England after all, but the forecast isn’t all bad.  Some more sun to come and while we may not get the high level of heat it’s a good idea to get ready for those rays of sunshine.

 

Were you caught out last week when the sun was absolutely bursting in the sky?  Got the strap marks to prove it!

 

Tan lines are a pet hate of mine.  I like to mix up sleeves and straps on tops and dresses and there’s photographic evidence of when I’ve got it wrong in the past.  I am quite pale and take a long time to tan, the halfway pink and red marks are something I work hard to avoid.  As well as using better SPFs nowadays, I also have a bunch of strapless bikinis so that I can wear whatever I like during an evening on holiday.

 

The same applies at home.  If I get a chance to sit in the garden, I have three dresses that I alternate, all strapless so that I have no marks around the neck, shoulders or arms.

 

The dresses are lightweight cotton, are elasticated at the top and round the boobs and then simply flow down to my knees or are full length.  They are about eight years old and I bought them in Accessorize.

 

Here’s a couple of what the brand is currently offering.

 

 

Would you like to see more dress options that help you get dressed for sunny weather?  Here’s a selection from John Lewis, which includes brands such as White Stuff and Mint Velvet.

 

 

Feel like wearing trousers, but want to catch some rays on your shoulders?  It’s okay,  I’ve found some nice tops. These are all available from H&M. Please note that some of the tops are in sale, so not all sizes are available.

 

I hope these are all helpful for some online shopping.  I can’t wait to get back to personal shopping with clients in Bristol and Bath.  Until then it’s the easiest, safest option to pick up hot weather essentials.

 

I’m also going to be offering my services online!  Look out for a bunch of NEW hour-long personal styling services.  This will include helping ladies and gents with a one hour service to identify the hero pieces in their wardrobes.

 

Until then, stay safe and well everyone.

 

Gail x

What To Wear If You Don’t Fancy Puff Sleeve Tops

 

Puff sleeve tops.  The trend has been around for a little while and they seem to be everywhere right now.  Personally, I’ve tried them, because I love the oh-so feminine touch they offer to your outfit, but I don’t find them that flattering on me.   Professionally, it’s got me scouring the net looking for alternatives, because I need to know where I can find great alternatives.  Following the trends doesn’t work for every body.

 

Unsurprisingly, as a personal shopper I’m on the high street a lot. I’ve been looking for weeks for new tops.  A great top and jeans is a fail-safe combination to lever you out of the house post-winter.  Like a lot of people, I’ve been feeling the sinking feeling of this never-ending winter so I’ve been looking for a new top to lift my own spirits.  It can be the quickest and easiest piece to find and add to your wardrobe.  However, I’ve found it really tricky.

 

Everywhere I go however, there are puff sleeves and they just don’t suit me.  I  carry my weight on the upper half of my body, so all I’m doing is adding more width.   Call it inverted triangle, strawberry, or whatever, this body shape doesn’t suit a puff top that well if you want balance in your body shape.  I don’t think it’s that great if you have a short neck either #justsaying.

 

Of course, go for it if you are strawberry and you are aiming for a dramatic look.  Go all out Lady Gaga-like if you so choose.  You can really make an entrance and New Look has an abundance of puff sleeves that are ‘well-puffy’ if you’re interested.   But what if you want a bit more balance to your overall appearance, like me.

 

Well don’t worry, my conundrum has led me to do some searching online and I thought I would share what I found with you.

 

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I absolutely adore these shapes, particularly the utility blazer that you don’t even need to wear a top underneath.

 

Blue is a fantastic colour for spring, and it’s the colour of the year, so why not go all out.  I’m partial to a pussy bow.  It draws attention to the neckline, away from the shoulders and this top comes in a few colours.

 

Here’s a selection from Cos


I am a fairly new fan of Cos, but I’m liking what I see.  I think their sizes can come up quite big, aimed at taller folk, but I’m going to try some of these on soon.  There’s a large in Cabot Circus if you live in Bristol.

 

I think adding simple cuts to your wardrobe can extend the use of some other pieces you might already have. Bold colours and prints can brighten up a blazer, or wear with simple wide-leg trousers and bright heels for more impact.

 

There’s a wash of colour in Boden

These are great for adding some colour to the top half of your body.  Worn with denim, linen or cotton trousers they can really elevate an outfit.  Taking you from the dark neutrals of the winter into a much brighter spring.

 

N.B.  Hold coloured fabrics up to your face and look for a lift in your complexion.  Get the glow, it’s green for go!

 

If it’s a light knit you’re after, then head to Mango.

Perfect under a blazer or biker jacket now, these thin knit layers softly drape the body and can carry you into the summer with ease.  Feeling brave?  Whip out the fake tan and don’t forget to add some jewellery.  Layers of fine pieces will work well with delicate these, or simply a statement pair of earrings or ring.

 

That’s it from me.  Just a quick Saturday morning post.  Hope you like the ideas and if you’ve seen some pieces while you’ve been out shopping do share them  in the comments below.

 

Gail xx

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