In true Leelee style, I am probably uber late to the party with this one but thought I would share it anyways, as its puuurty! I go into Matalan every so often and usually always find something gorgeous (and I'm happy to say it's been happening more and more recently!) but when I stumbled across their Spring 2014 look book it was love at first sight and I know I'll be venturing in a lot more often, if this collection is anything to go by.
There were so many good ensembles in the lookbook, but I have picked a few of my favourites to share and chat about.
I love the grid print top in Look 1 (above) with its simple pattern chiffon it would be easy to dress up or down. In Look 2, my eye caught the structured shirt with ribbon tie straight away, I am a fan of the whole androgynous look but with a girly twist, and like the subtle leopard print on the skirt too. The look is smart, so perfect for work or play, but with enough quirk that it isn't boring. Both of these looks capture the monochrome and neutrals trends that seem to be everywhere at the moment.
Wow! What a great pattern in looks 3 and 4. Bright and powerful, these pieces knock the monochome trend on its head, with that vibrant electric blue, but whilst still being wearable. I like both forms of the pattern in these looks, whether paired with a simple blazer or layered pattern on pattern to pack a punch. I would happily wear either of these outfits and would love to buy the leggings, skirt and top, as I feel they would work wonders with most items already in my wardrobe! You can never have too much of a good thing and this pattern is amazing - that blue!
I am a big fan of the ol' polkadot so both outfits went straight on my wishlist. Out of the two, I think Look 5 is more me and I love the oversized spots on the blouse and think it works really well being paired with the pastel skirt and neutral bag. Throw on this blouse, thick tights (well it is Scotland pals! haha), add a chunky statement necklace and a bowler hat and you are basically good to go. In Look 6, I love the polkadot on polkadot and pastel on pastel that's going on and it doesn't seem too much. Although I am not really a pink person, I really like the dress and think it looks great with the shirt underneath - something I'll need to try myself at some point!
Last but not least, shoes, shoes glorious shoes! If I had my own way, I would buy all three pairs of the little flat shoes with the ankle strap, as they are all gorgeous, particularity the cobalt blue pair - what a fantastic colour! They are such cute shoes and would be so comfortable for day to day running about and would get me out of the shoe rut for work I'm currently in. Although I'm not as much of a heel person as I used to be (give me a pair of comfy flats that I can dance in all night anyday), there is something about these high heels that I like, especially the blue and tan coloured pair. They would look great with jeans or my peg trousers and would dress up even the most simple outfit. Always nice to get your toes out as well, although saying that, given the Scottish weather they may be relegated to just holiday shoes as cold tootsies ain't a joke!
I will definately be keeping an eye on the Matalan website over the next few weeks to try and get my paws on some of these lovely things!
What do you think of the clothing in Matalan's Spring/Summer look book? Do you shop in Matalan already? Will you be going to buy any of these pieces?