Okay, so it’s not a shopping secret per se. But it’s doing a fine line in stealthy creeping up on us. So, does this sound familiar: you haven’t so much as thought about a particular shop for ages, and suddenly rediscover it. And it’s good. Really good.
Alex texted me the other day, with news of a striped she had just bought (why, yes this is vital stuff). She knew I would love it (we had both hankered after something similar – but waaaaay more expensive – from a.n. other shop). Of course she was right, and I promptly bought it the very next day (you can too – it’s right here). Whilst I was there I came over all ‘what the jiggins has happened here? It’s FAB.’
Reader, I was in Warehouse. Which has suddenly become rather brilliant. And it will get even more so: Alisdahair Willis has come on board as brand consultant and Emma Cook as designer (her first collection is this AW). Here’s eight (or so) reasons to shop there right now. Little wonder it’s fast-becoming the fashion insiders’ secret destination.
I saw this in store on Monday (I’ve also seen it on one of my friends) and very chic she looked, too. It’s one of those deceptively simple dresses which is very hard to do well on the high street. It will take you almost anywhere. This linen skirt has a very similar pared-back vibe.
Off the shoulder top, £32 (also in navy and black)
Very much the top of the season, but this one has a preppy, workwear twist on the formula, for which I commend it.
Another dress, for which I make no apology. How great is this for the weekend/hanging out with small people/holiday? And the price! I think it’s a case of need…. Alternatively, this ruffle-shouldered denim dress is another fabulous basic.
I am convinced that this jumpsuit could be the answer to your summer wardrobe queries. it would absolutely work for day (worn with a blouse if it’s too strappy for you), night, weekend (with a tee underneath). I also love this chic little number. If jumpsuits fill you with a vague sense of alarm, then try a block colour (or, um, black or navy) – far less intimidating than print.
Cropped wide leg trousers, £45
Now bear with me here. I know (some of) you (might be) thinking, eek. But I promise you this style of trouser is incredibly wearable. Honest. (You can see me sporting my version – by Alexa for M&S – on our Instagram.) Too much? Try these in khaki (one of the colours of the season). Too little? Try the palm print. And I adore this.
&Other Stories always does an excellent summer dress in both black and white. If you missed out on it this year, then look at this one. I can see, well, not myself (we’re off to Cornwall) but you, maybe, drifting around the cobbled streets of an Italian village in this. Also available in white.
Floral jumpsuit, £45
P.S. This isn’t a sponsored post (we always tell you when that’s the case). We just really love Warehouse’s collection!