Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Whistles – and bells

Whistles has received a lot of press in the last year, as its creative direction was commandeered by Jane Shepherdson, the woman credited with bringing Topshop to the top of the high street stakes, and with good reason: its latest …

Mon, Aug 16, 2010, 12:30

   

Whistles has received a lot of press in the last year, as its creative direction was commandeered by Jane Shepherdson, the woman credited with bringing Topshop to the top of the high street stakes, and with good reason: its latest offerings have combined slick tailoring with gorgeous patterns and flattering shapes and, despite the seemingly hefty price tag, are still well-priced in the upper high street section (yes, Reiss, I’m looking at you).

Loving the acid brights of this dress. It’s a rare occasion when I long for a wedding, but this dress has brought the love out in me: someone, please get married so I can wear this, paired with lots of gold jewellery and a pair of navy ankle boots . . .

Simple, office-appropriate (lately I’ve found myself searching for office-appropriate clothes that aren’t too officey, and failing miserably – meaning I’ve also found myself returning items, one after another, on the basis that I’m not a secretary in the civil service) and, above all, cute. There are few sartorial woes that a good navy print can’t fix.

Ah, the harem trouser – the bane of 2009/2010. Pairs purchased? Four. Pairs worn? Zero. Pairs returned? Three. Pairs donated to charity? I’m sure you can work that out yourself. Harem pants are not, I repeat not, everybody’s friend. They require a certain length of leg and a very particular flatness of stomach that my love of cheese is never going to facilitate. But still . . . swoon. And, on the upside, that print top looks like it would forgive an entire weekend’s indulgences.

Another cute print, with the extra colours adding an element of whimsy that one can’t help but appreciate. Plus! A puffed shoulder! How adorable!

If you want to buy, check out the website, Asos, or head into Brown Thomas, try ‘em on and then purchase in sterling. (I’ll encourage people to buy in Ireland when prices match; for now, no level of patriotism will mean my spending more than I have to.)

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