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A love letter to Matalan’s A/W designers

I’m a big fan of Matalan for clothing (and homeware, for that matter) but this season they seem to have really excelled, with so many great pieces that I just had to buy. They’re great value, good quality and very wearable; what’s not to like?

A plethora of tops are now hanging in my wardrobe; the selling point for a lot of these, for me, is the sleeve shape. I love a good bell sleeve top! Along with new skirts and boots too.

Black and white check – £14


Also in navy and plum


Flare sleeve smock with neck tie


Long shirt; love the colours in this


Off shoulder ditsy print


Not sure if this is a dress or long shirt, I love it regardless


Leather look skirts; £14 each (so I bought three colours, obvs) These genuinely don’t look like fake leather, which can be horribly plasticy and shiny.

Suede touch buckle boots – (a “take” on a designer style, I love the western buckles)


In truth I could easily have bought more (and may well do in the future!)

Are you a Matalan fan?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x


Hat-urday (see what I did there?)

I love a good hat. Great for a bad hair day, good hair day, feeling cool day, hiding away from the world day, roots need doing day, haven’t washed my hair hair day and everything in between.

My love affair with hats started when I was young, and would go shopping with my Mom. We’d head to C&A (remember them?) for our summer holiday wardrobes, and we’d look at all the fancy wedding hats – mostly big satellite dish affairs with feathers and net in the 80s – and sometimes Mom would let me try some on when there were no assistants around to glare at us, knowing damn well that a 10 year old girl wasn’t going to be buying the peach taffeta and lace number.

I always said I would have a collection of hats when I got older.

We’re off to a festival later today and tomorrow, and I wanted to wear my new straw cowboy hat, which was a steal from Peacocks at just £8 (the floral band’s a bit naff, I need to take it off and replace it). But it doesn’t look much like festival cowboy hat weather outside, which is a shame.

Peacocks straw cowboy hat

My current favourites are fedora style. I bought this grey felt one from Peacocks a couple of months back; not particularly summery but I did wear it at Download as the weather was pants, and it did me proud (£8).

Grey Peacocks hat

So I then bought the same style in beige (Peacocks, £8)

Peacocks beige fedora

My black one got dropped in the mud at Download, but a dusting down with a make up wipe got it back in service! (£8, Primark last year).

Black fedora 2

This burgundy one is slightly floppier (oo-er!) but I like the contrasting band. I might stick a jaunty feather in it (H&M, last year, can’t remember the price). Pang for longer hair.

Burgundy H&M hat

Bowler hats were my thing a couple of years ago.

Bowler hats

Trilbies are very easy to wear – I have a few! Can’t remember purchase details on these though; it’s been ages since I bought them.

Black spotted band

Black and white spot trilby

A pimped up leopard print number (never worn outside of our home!)

Leopard print hat

Straw striped trilby (H&M, ages old)

H&M stripe trilby

And 2 more acquisitions of the straw variety this summer.

On the left, £10 from Download (for when I got caught in the rain, I know, even the stall holder looked at me like I was demented buying something that would likely disintegrate on my head to protect from the downpour), and on the right, brown straw trilby, £8 from Matalan’s men section.

Straw hats from Download and Matalan

And then there are the 70s floppy hats – black, Birmingham market last Christmas (£8) and beige, Boohoo, £10 (I think)

Floppy 70s hats

I’d love to get to grips with them more but always feel a bit too OTT/look at me.

Me 70s floppy hat animal print coat Christmas

You can tell that by how I teamed the black one with an animal print fur coat!

Are you a headwear person?


Let’s have a (New) Look at sandals

All this sunny weather and feet prettifying is making me think about sandals (although do note, good people of Birmingham and beyond, that just because the sun shines it IS NOT summer, and the unusual yellow thing in the sky does not mean you should be wearing shorts and vests. Be patient, your time will come).

New Look seem to be quickest off the block of my usual suspects, with a veritable smorgasboard of sandal action.

Starting with animal print (because that’s always a good place to start), these are £24.99 each. Now I already have both zebra and leopard sandals, but they are looking a little tired, hmm…. Personally I wouldn’t pay that price for sandals (because I’m a cheapskate) but NL often have a discount code knocking around.

New Look zebra £24.99New Look leopard £24.99

Fringed, at £27.99 each – the lighter ones are spoilt (for me) by the colour of the studs

New look brown fringed - £27.99 New look black leather fringed - £27.99

These probably aren’t for every day (but then again, why not) and perhaps a bit too dainty for me, but they’re very pretty, especially the coral, at a more palletable £17.99 each.

New Look gem embellised £17.99 New Look gem 3 - £17.99 New Look gem 2 - £17.99

Again slightly dressier, trimmed with pearls, £22.99.

New look pearl £22.99

I like the hippy vibe of these; I’d probably go for the white and bright coloured ones, £24.99 each.

New Look 2 £24.99 New Look £24.99

Again very dainty, and probably not offering a lot of support, but a great price of £12.99 (leather too) and I love these colours (they also come in gold, white and pale tan).

New Look Leather plaited 3 - £12.99 New Look Leather plaited - £12.99 New Look Leather plaited 2 - £12.99

I’d be all over these, if only the trim was silver instead of gold (£24.99)

New look disk sandalds - £24.99

And finishing with my probably favourites, as I’m a fan of a more substantial chunky sandal to wear with summer dresses, and especially ankle detail.

These hippie beauties, at £34.99, cough splutter.

New look cuff - £34.99

Lace up, £22.99, offering slightly more coverage for less sunny days.

New Look lace up - £22.99

T-bar ankle strap, £15.99

New Look black t-bar £15.99

Roman gladiator, with leg laces, £22.99

New Look Black leather caged £22.99 New Look Black leather caged 2 £22.99

Traditional gladiator style with added suede tassel detail (the perfect match for my suede bag), AND silver hardware, hurrah! £29.99

New look suede tassel - £29.99

It’s slightly too early to be buying any yet, not knowing what my other fave stores will come up with, but I can definitely see the last pair as part of my summer wardrobe (and I’ve just remembered a New Look gift card I have, yay!)