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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sacre Bleu, it’s Summer Time!


There’s nothing like a good spring clean, so why should you leave your wardrobe out? Adopt a philosophy of out with the old and in with the new and you’ll soon be able to see your wardrobe clearly. Even if you then just fill up the free space with new clothes.

With summer fast approaching there’s no better time to shake the moths from the shelves, bin those fashion faux pas’ and see exactly what’s on trend this season. But while you’re cutting things down to size, don’t forget there are some numbers that will stand the test of time. Here in the fashion world we know that trends come and go, designers fall from grace and some things have more comebacks than we’ve had hot dinners.

Some designers and brands continue to stand the test of time, year after year. Always on trend French Connection dresses never seems to lose their charm with classic, well-made and high quality designs that make you look and feel your best.


Summer 2012 is no exception. With beautiful and well thought-out clothes in this season’s hottest colours and shades, it’s easy to find something to fit and flatter. We all like to feel a little special sometimes (like we just stepped off the Paris catwalk when really we’ve just popped out to get some milk) and with French Connection there’s no getting away from that fabulous feeling of being right on trend.

Looking for that special maxi dress that will floor the others at a big event? A faithful t-shirt that stands the test of time, or a pair of super skinny jeans to hug your curves? You name it, they’ve got it. And it doesn’t there; French Connection’s fantastic range of bags, shoes and accessories will add a touch of timeless style to your look.

How do they do it? We have no idea, we just know that they do and we love them for it! So if you have a fashion problem you can’t fix, just FCUK it.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How to revamp your look with a retro twist


This season, take a step back in time with fashion that nods to eras gone by. From a Mad Men inspired vintage hourglass figure to cute and playful colourblocking for a cool retro style, this season we’re turning up the wow factor and turning back the clock.

Vintage dressing is a top trend, but it’s how you pull it off that earns you top style marks. Lace promises an authentic vintage look that’s feminine and intricate while fabrics like velvet remind us how gorgeous retro dressing can be. A vintage look is all in the detail, and brands like Yumi have got this down to a T. Pretty buttons, quaint brooches and stunning floral detail give your vintage look a unique finish.

Rare clothing is a popular fashion brand in the UK, and we suggest you head on over for a browse of their colourblock trends. Colourblocking is a statement style this season and the colour contrasts are striking. Mustard yellows and dark chocolate hues result in a 70s inspired style while soft pastels offer a more subtle style.


For a disco look that channels Studio 54, go for a little glitz to perk up your look. Brands like Forever Unique, Rare clothing and French Connection have a collection of glamorous dresses that add a touch of luxury to your evening look. Go all-out with a bodycon sequin dress or keep it chic with sparse sequin detail to the neckline or cuffs.

When looking at a retro revamp you can’t get away without exploring prints. Bird print gives your outfit an instant vintage twist while a contrast polka pattern pulls you back to the 60s. We love ditsy prints and island inspired florals, and the more unique the print is, the more the style pack will appreciate your vintage efforts.

From classic vintage to quirky retro, a look that takes you back will always put you ahead of the fashion pack. Go for lace or velvet, or pick a pretty and unique print that shows you’re serious about being playful this season.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Clearance Couture

With a new year comes a fresh start. Over the course of the past year, it was growing clear to me that the name "Orphaned Apparel" wasn't exactly a perfect match with my bargain-obsessed aesthetic. In December, I decided to was time for a change. First off, I'd like to assure you that Orphaned Apparel is not going anywhere. Eventually, I plan on using this blog as headquarters to shop my closet for clothing and accessories in need of new homes. But at the same time, I am starting anew. From now on, I will be blogging at my new home, Clearance Couture. It is my sincere hope that you will follow me there and once again bookmark me so we can keep in touch! Clearance Couture will be fairly similar to Orphaned Apparel, in that I will focus on posting my daily outfits and sharing my money-saving tips, only I will be updating much more frequently than before. For starters, I'll be adding about a week's worth of posts from Orphaned Apparel to Clearance Couture; a "greatest hits," if you will, of my favorite outfits and most successful shopping trips. I'll also be using Twitter to instantly inform you of amazing sales and discounts as I find them. Let's get to saving!

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