Spring 17: Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis Edit

I’ve long admired Alice Temperley’s feminine, slightly boho designs (and her much-lesser known, but fantastic tailoring). Back in the day, I used to sneak into sample sales and even got married in a Temperley dress, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan. I was also very pleased when she launched Somerset by Alice Temperley, a diffusion line exclusive to John Lewis, several years ago. Full of the kind of designs that have made her name (think tailored jackets and trousers, great prints and pretty dresses), but at a much more affordable price, it’s a slam dunk for Spring 17 style…

The Shirts

Let’s start with what we both fell in love with: the shirts. If there’s one thing Alice Temperley does well, it’s shirts. The cut and the detailing is great (I really liked the delicate buttons on this shirt I’m wearing above), and they are really great quality for, a what is essentially, a high street line. Obviously, I love the blue and white shirt (the print is really flattering and fresh) above, and Natasha adored the white Broderie top, but we also liked this gorgeous ruffle sleeve blouse (the sleeves!) and this peony neck tie shirt, which we’d team with black jeans and boots.

Skirts and Trousers

You can’t beat a good pair of black or navy trousers. Even if you don’t work in an office or wear them all the time, it’s always worth having a pair in your wardrobe. These high-waisted military trousers tick all the trend boxes and would look gorgeous teamed with the Broderie blouse (the side detailing on the waist is gorgeous). We also like the look of this midi skirt, which is a very fashionable shape for this year. The key is to dress it down with a simple tee and trainers, maybe even throw on a denim jacket or a leather jacket like this.

The Dresses

If, like Natasha, you have a thing for Little White Dresses, then you will love this beautiful Broderie dress (also available in black). Pictured here and in the top photo, it is the most gorgeous piece. Perfect for summer days, holidays and lazy weekend afternoons. This button-through dress in the gorgeous blue and white print would look great teamed with white trainers and layered necklaces or if being worn to a wedding or smart event, funked up with hot pink heels and a waist belt. Also, if you’re going on holiday or to a wedding and suit off-the-shoulder styles (sadly, I don’t) then the Peony dress is a stunner (see picture at the bottom).

The Bags

Finally, don’t forget the bags. This leather satchel has a fabulous ’70s vibe, whilst a cross body, studded saddle bag is always a good idea.

This post was in collaboration with John Lewis.

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