February 2012 is Fashion Week time in London and Paris, so expect heels, glamour, cutting edgy style, new trends, new lines and plenty of celebrities and whitened teeth.
But you can also expect more eco fashion pieces being introduced to the photographers, journalists and buyers.
Ethical clothing is one of the big things on the catwalks this month for Autumn 2012, so here is a recap of the Spring 2012 trends and how to work them into your wardrobe.
Colour blocking – this one can be confusing when faced with a rail full of bright colours, but you can make it work with existing pieces you already own – check out this short video by Kitty Cotten from Minneapolis, for a great tutorial.
Bold prints – it’s going to be difficult to escape the riot of colours and busy prints in the shops this season.
Partly due to the Turkish fashion designer, Erdem, who was an early developer of this trend, and partly due to the relative ease of digital printing on fabric, modern prints will be everywhere this Spring.
Go orange – don’t let B & Q put you off. Their trademark colour will be big this season and you’d be mad to miss it.
Whether you choose saffron, burnt orange, tangerine, or bright orange, if you’re looking for a simple way to be on trend this season, then here is your answer.
Pastel shades – if bright colours, strong patterns and bold prints aren’t your thing, then don’t despair.
The top designers have come up with some feminine and pastel pieces that will have you gliding around in comfort, reaching for the pearls.
Pink shorts suits – no-one will miss you in one of these. They’re office-ready, comfortable, and look amazing, so when the weather starts to warm up again and the clocks spring forward, you may want to consider investing in one of these shorts suits.
Which is your favourite trend this season? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Picture the scene – it’s morning, you’re showered and ready to get dressed into something comfortable but stylish. You attempt to slide your clothes hangers along the rail to get a better look at what’s in your wardrobe, but they resist.
There isn’t room to move.
There are pairs of dusty shoes in the bottom of the cupboard, many of which you don’t remember buying.
Your poor wardrobe is so packed that it’s struggling to breathe – you’re struggling to see what you’ve got in there, and your partner has less than a foot of space to hang his clothes.
So make 2012 the year of the clear-out and the restyle – here are some top tips on getting rid of the old to make way for the new.
Give your old trainers a new lease of life
You won’t be surprised to hear that charity shops aren’t keen to take your stinky old trainers…
But you may be surprised to hear that shoe company Nike is.
Their Reuse a Shoe project turns old running shoes into running tracks and other sports surfaces.
So however mouldy and rotten your runners are, there is life in them yet.
Refresh your wardrobe in ten for 2012
Malaysian fashion label Ultra has introduced a capsule wardrobe for the modern woman, featuring ten essential pieces that will see you through the year in style.
Made from recycled and natural-blend materials, the collection can be returned to the company at the end of the year for upcycling – then you’ll receive a discount off next year’s fresh collection. What better excuse to update again next January?
Not only is retro back in, but clothes from the 50s, 60s and 70s are often good quality and still look amazing.
Why not inject a shot of vintage into your wardrobe and invest in a couple of pieces from a bygone era?
You could also try your local charity shops as they are a treasure trove of hidden gems.
Give your motivation a boost with some new sweats
Following festive over-indulgence, many of us make January the month when we dig out our old joggers and pound the pavements to shift those extra pounds.
Give yourself some extra motivation this January with some new exercise clothes – check out this Fairtrade cotton sweatshirt from WOMbat or these organic cotton leggings from our very own Daisy Hill (both in the sale!)
What changes are you making in 2012? Share them in the comments below or come and tell us on the Facebook page.
Your partner may still have just a few inches to hang his clothes, but the clothes you have are ethical, stylish, on trend, and superb quality, so they deserve to dominate the wardrobe space.
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As we count down the final few hours of 2011, Daisy Hill Living wishes you a Happy New Year and can’t wait to start 2012 in green style!
I’ve finally given in and switched the heating on – seeing my own breath while sitting in the living room in the evenings was the clincher for me – but now it’s gone a bit cooler it’s not all bad – it’s also a good excuse to refresh the Winter wardrobe.
Don’t settle for last year’s Winter coat (with last Winter’s used tissues and an unopened cough sweet stuck to the pocket’s lining).
Instead, recycle any clothes that have seen better days, drop them into a local charity shop or if you’re a dab hand with a needle and thread, turn them into something completely different, then restock your clothes rail with some of these little treasures:
Clockwise from top left:
Then when you’ve got your outfit sorted, or if you’d rather go for something more affordable in the lead-up to Christmas, why not accessorise with one of these ethical gems:
Clockwise from top left:
Before you go, to say thank you to our lovely customers and readers (like you), we’re launching a Daisy Hill loyalty points scheme, where you collect points every time you spend with us.
Then use them to treat yourself or a loved one.
For details of how you can start collecting yours, (as if you need any more encouragement) head over to Daisy Hill now, and read all about turning your points into prizes that will give you a warm glow, however cold it is outside (or in your living room…).
What did you do last weekend?
At Daisy Hill we made the most of the unexpected October heat wave and spent Saturday and Sunday marvelling at the sunshine, strolling along the sands at St Ives, and trying to decide whether to publish this post or not.
Yes it’s Autumn, but it was also unseasonably warm and all the sunshine didn’t quite fit with the new season’s collection……
Unfortunately (or fortunately for our post) the ‘proper’ October weather has returned and today is grey, misty, damp and generally a bit miserable.
So here are eight good reasons to love the distinctly cooler weather:
August collection, clockwise from top left:
Kimono-style teal jumper: Hand-knitted from 100% wool in Nepal
Rock n roll purple dress: Made from organic cotton
Patchwork autumn palette skirt: Handmade with upcycled materials, appliqued with a single flower
Retro sixties tea dress: Made from vintage 1960s yellow flower cotton
Autumn eye candy, clockwise from top left:
Grey winter cape: Handmade to order from 100% wool, in the United States
Investment piece: Winter jacket, designed by ecological designer Camilla Norback
Vintage skirt: Harvest brown high waist skirt, made with vintage fabric
Grey felted slippers: Made from natural New Zealand wool
And if you need more good reasons to celebrate the arrival of Autumn, head out your front door tomorrow and find some leaves to scuff through – you’ll feel six years old again – I promise.
What do you love most about Autumn? Help get us in the mood for the new season by sharing your comments below.
What makes 12-15 million spectators travel an average of 80 miles to stand at the side of a road for over 6 hours?
The annual Tour de France cycling race is here, with colourful riders pedalling their way up, down and through the French countryside.
We don’t need much more of an excuse here at Daisy Hill to bring together some of the best cycling clothing and accessories for your viewing pleasure.
So even if you’re not into chasing the yellow jersey for yourself, take a minute to enjoy the wealth of gorgeous cycling accessories and gifts we’ve found.
Clockwise from top left:
- Let’s go ride, Letterpress print from One Canoe Two;
- I want to ride my bicycle, organic pillow cover from EarthGroovz
- Recycled bike tyre belt, from Catherinette
- Retro bike necklace, from Dori Jewellery
I want to ride my bicycle! Or do I?
Think I’d rather lounge around on a grassy bank gazing at the sky while laying on that beautiful Catherinette pillow (this gal sure likes bikes, so if you travel on two wheels, be sure to check out her other products).
But if you’re slightly more energetic and fancy pimping your ride, take a look at these beauties:
Clockwise from top left:
- Stylist vintage cycle bags made from recycled materials, by Basil
- Spangly little bell for the handlebars – ting ting! You don’t even need a bike to have one of these – I fell in love with the yellow Electra Daisy bell and have ordered one to put in my kitchen
- Designer saddle cover from Bobbin Bicycles
- Finish off the look with a cycling helmet by architect Sawako Furuno – there are loads of designs to choose from so give yourself the edge as you hit the cycle lanes
PS And if you’re planning on watching the latest stages of the Tour de France from the comfort of your sofa, make sure you don’t break a sweat as you cheer on your favourite rider in this cool striped linen top from our eco-friends at Daisy Hill’s store.
Get ready for the overpriced strawberries, the Chanel sunglasses and a youthful Cliff Richard singing on Court 1 while the rain falls over SW19 – Wimbledon fortnight is here.
What better reason to serve up a touch of chic to your Summer wardrobe than the annual tennis tournament?
To get you in the mood, here’s a snapshot of Wimbledon fashion since 1884 to present day – not sure Serena would be so agile and impressive in a corset, full length skirt and boater hat…. (see bottom row, centre left): you cannot be serious.
At Daisy Hill we’ve had fun pulling together some of the best Wimbledon inspired fashion around, from eco-fashion and organic stores that you will love.
PS See Wimbledon fashion through history, for more nostalgic photos and details of tennis history.
I’m a big fan of the capsule wardrobe – the ‘take-anywhere, work-with-anything’ essentials that are more flexible than your credit card and that coordinate like a dream.
But how do you make sure that you get the right pieces?
When choosing your signature jacket, look for natural fabrics with high thread counts, which will add style without the weight. An elegant cut is important – in caramel, white or dust grey, a jacket with relaxed tailoring is a must so no excuse not to look dapper.
2. Second, the top
Right now it’s raining over Daisy Hill in St Ives, Cornwall, but we’re hopeful that it won’t last – so we’re in the market for a lightweight top.
When the sun does return (and it will), we’ll be ready with a versatile smart white shirt that creates a perfect foundation for any Summer outfit.
3. Next you’ll need a skirt
Look for something that will skim the body and give you a great silhouette, day and night. A butter soft cotton A-line skirt is a future classic that you’ll wear year after year.
4. Then the trousers
Sharp lines work throughout the year, and Summer is no different. Go for a pair that give you work-to-play flexibility; a wide leg linen is a great staple.
Blocks of bright colours can liven up any outfit, and this pair of cute little poppy ballerina pumps from Camilla Norrback will raise the bar on your chic look.
So there are your five essentials that will have you stepping out blinking into the Summer sun in style.
Are you ready to sparkle? Don’t forget the glass of champagne.
PS Finally, accessories – keep that edgy look going by teaming your sharp neutral outfit with a blast of colour – this necklace from Karilea Glass on Etsy is perfect for a firey look.
Our top sales pieces this week:
Check back next week to see just how ace tennis fashion can be with our Wimbledon special.