High Street Filtration


This is my favourite part of the style year…watching as the Spring Summer looks we were treated to last year filter down to the high street. It’s a worrying time for me, when some SERIOUS spending could occur, snapping up multiple imitation items, instead of  one luxury designer piece.  I keep reading in magazines that the current trend is extremely juxtaposed to my personal pattern – saving to buy one stand-out, authentic piece as opposed to lots of High Street equivalents.

(A tangent tale – I speak and teach French and was mildly shocked to find there is no one word or phrase that conveys the English meaning of High Street. High Street to us means affordable and on-trend clothing. “La Rue Principale” just means the main street in a town. The nearest equivalent I could think of was, “Des vêtements à bon marché et à la mode achetés des magasins d’une chaîne” cheap and fashionable clothing bought from a chain-store. Let me know if there is a better equivalent! TANGENT OVER)

Each item on my wish list is catered for best by a different High Street store. Richard Nicoll’s catwalk colour block dresses are beyond my means but a maxi-dress from his Topshop fusion range is within my reach. Chloé’s pastels are definitely 3 price brackets too far but Cheap Monday’s skinny lemon jeans are a bargain at £50. I could go on and on… So which tribe do you divide into – save for a single item splurge or multiple spend for less? Let me know. Also I had little response to my multi-lingual posting; if you’d like me to continue, drop me a line.

Sass & Bide


The ubiquitous legging. Lindsay Lohan sells them, everyone seems to own some and some have more kudos than others. Some have gained fame, namely the Black Rats legging by Sass & Bide. I now face a moral dilemma, of the spending kind – buy these almost £100 pair of leggings or ignore their existence and acknowledge the ridonculous price tag? Any thoughts? See or buy at Net-a-Porter. (I know that if I do ignore…just a little longer, they’ll be sold out and my dilemma will be solved, to be replaced by incessant yearning!) Para español, clique aqui. Pour lire en français, cliquez ici.

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