Ten or so years ago, in what we shall now refer to as my ‘Wedding Years’ you couldn’t as much as go to a wedding or a hen do without bumping into someone wearing a Whistles dress. Quite possibly you were wearing one too. Probably with a nipped in waist and tulip skirt, they were incredibly flattering, beautifully cut and – this became the problem – EVERYWHERE. It was probably one of the reasons why during the ‘Wedding Years’ and then in the early ‘Bump Years’, I found myself going off Whistles. The style always used to be the same (not much in store for bumps and post-baby mum tums) and with a small baby and reduced salary, the prices were a bit out of my budget. And so, I got used to swerving Whistles, preferring instead the cheaper, headier thrill of Zara and then the delicious curveball designs of Cos and Stories. But, recently – and we’re talking the last few months – both Natasha and I have started to fall in love with Whistles again….
Whistles’ style has changed and it’s no longer just about the tulip dress. There are dress shapes and lengths for everyone, not to mention jumpsuits and beautiful tops that I loved when I popped into a store last week. Natasha wore this dress for her party last week and it looked FABULOUS. So flattering and stylish – more than one person mistook it for designer. If you have a party or wedding or smart event coming up, then it would be a brilliant choice. I also plumped for Whistles with this jumpsuit. I hadn’t been planning to buy anything new, but I couldn’t resist it and have convinced myself that I will wear it for parties and meetings all summer! (I paired it with a neon pink bag from Accessorize, mad pink and leopard print heels and big blue tassel earrings from H&M.) Whistles are GREAT with jumpsuits, this navy one with a cut-out back, this beautiful floral one and this strappy navy one are all ones I love. If you also have a party or wedding coming up then I think this lace insert maxi dress (below) would be stunning. Or there’s this pretty floral dress.
Less dressy, more day-to-day or holiday options include this cute olive green tie front dress (great with metallic flats) or this Crosshatch print dress, which isn’t dissimilar to Cecilie Copenhagen’s designs. If you’re heading on holiday this green maxi-dress should be in your case or you could take this long-sleeved dress with MASSIVE pockets or this white dress (quite Isabel Marant in feel), both of which would also work really well for weekends at home.
I don’t tend to wear off-the-shoulder tops (I wish I could, they just don’t suit me), but this one (above) could convince me to try again. Whistles has been putting out some great logo tops recently (such as this one that I think Natasha has), this retro ‘vacation’ tee is another goodie. I also like this light blue blouse, which epitomises low-key chic. If you’re looking for a cover-up with edge, then this black fringe cardigan is for you – it would be perfect for smartening up jeans and a top or throwing over a dress at night.
I love this outfit above – a skirt and top, it looks amazing. Such a good date night outfit (if your date night involves swanky bars and fantastic restaurants – not sure my local pub would be the right spot). And on holiday? Knockout. I also love this skirt. Throw on a simple tee or a black top and it would look amazing. Dress down with trainers (if you like that high/low look) or go for heels, I think it’d work as well for day (albeit probably not on the school run) as it would for night.
Above is also a great look. Remember the side stripe trousers that were a hit over winter? Well, these crops are a great summer update. I’d probably wear exactly as the model is wearing above! These also look super-comfy – an all-black wardrobe staple. And finally, I’ve been after a leather jacket for a while, this one might tempt me!
Ps. this is not a sponsored post (we wish!) we just genuinely both went into Whistles and came out raving about it!