Following a week where we have encountered a 35 degree heatwave and a thunderstorm all at once it's no wonder none of us know what to wear. Our mornings are now spent obsessively checking the almost-always wrong weather app and pulling our wardrobe on to the floor in exasperation. We can't be the only one's struggling surely? So we've compiled 5 easy tran-seasonal trends to make your mornings all the more easier.
1. Fine Knitwear
A light layer is your wardrobe essential. Don’t pack away those summer dresses quite yet. Why not wear a fine knit roll neck jumper under your sleeveless dress or over a plain maxi? Style either with bare legs and ankle boots or skinny jeans and sandals. We recommend these Part Two lightweight roll necks in three neutral shades that will go with everything you already have!
2. The Wrap
Wraps are the perfect mid season accessory. They are lightweight so can be carried without hassle and then flung over your shoulders when the evening gets chilly. They look great paired with a day or evening look, making for a layer that can go over everything with ease. We recommend our Kris-Ana reversible versions that actually do have sleeves. It means you have two colour options, they won't slip off your shoulders and the fringing is bang on trend.
3. The Lightweight Top
The lightweight top is ideal paired with denim or chinos for mid-season dressing. When the sun's out you'll still be cool but when it disappears you can just throw on a coat and still look stylish. We recommend the Braintree Bamboo tops as bamboo has qualities that will cool you down when hot and vica versa. This Brax one is great if you forget your coat as it has fine knit sleeves but an easy breezy silk body.
4. The Scarf
Scarves are a great all year round piece. Wrap around your shoulders, wear with a dress, or a simple top and even with your bikini, the possibilities really are endless. If you're looking for luxury we recommend our Laura Orchant silk and cashmere scarves with their explosive eye catching prints. Braintree do lovely bamboo versions that are oversized and feel great against your skin. Come in store anytime and we can show you new and interesting ways to tie your chosen scarf!
5. The Bag
If you're like us you seem to carry a lot less during the summer, maybe it's all the alfresco lunches and beer gardens? We've spent summer with smaller bags in punchy colours but it's now time to trade them in. The bag of the season is the leather shopper, the bigger the better. It's the quickest way to add a splash of autumn to a summery outfit. We recommend keeping it in natural or pewter shades, slung over the shoulder. Why not try our 'fold over' version from Kris-Ana which gives an effortlessly cool feel or treat yourself to our Part Two deep brown leather version?
They were a winning couple combo last season so it's no wonder Tommy Hilfiger have called upon Hailey Baldwin and morman model Lucky Blue Smith once again to star in their Autumn Winter 2016 campaign. The sought after duo have just been named two of Instagrams most influential users with a combined following of over 8 million.
The campaign shot by Devyn Galindo is a '24-hour adventure captured through Los Angeles' and was shot over a 24 hour time scale. We join the couple for morning pancakes, a road trip around L.A that includes impromptu shots and finally we land in bed with the gorgeous couple who are very nearly naked. (see above)
The collection includes frayed denim, jean jackets, black and white stripes and slim fit silhouettes. We love seeing our new season pieces come to life as well as reminding us here at Grace why we still love double denim.
If Hailey Baldwin can't persuade you to experiment with our wide variety of denim then, no one will.
Shop our Hilfiger Collection here
We have a hot topic here at Grace and Jepsons of Nantwich at the moment, all things vegan and it doesn't seem like we're the only ones. With vegan restaurants popping up everywhere and brand new vegan menu's being placed in our favourite food destinations we're not the only one's trying to embark on a healthier diet with a conscious. You only have to scroll down your Instagram news-feed or Facebook timeline to be inundated with pictures of colourful plates that tickle our taste buds. With the likes of Ella Woodward AKA 'Deliciously Ella' becoming a household name and Thug Kitchen 'Eat Like You Give A F**ck' cook book continually being at the top of bestseller lists, them and amongst others are doing a great job of proving that a vegan diet doesn't mean a bland diet and consists of more than just 'rabbit food.'
Ella Woodward ; Follow her on instagram @deliciouslyella for daily recipe inspiration.
Stella McCartney made the unusual decision for a major fashion house and fashion designer to not use leather or fur in her clothing or accessories. Citing the statistic that 50 million animals are killed every year for bags and shoes, McCartney instead directs her company to find or develop new eco-friendly materials like faux leathers. The brand also uses as much organic cotton as possible in collections.
You've probably already heard but here's a quick sum up of what Veganism is;
'Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. From 'junk food vegans' to raw food vegans, and everything in between, there's a version of veganism to suit everyone. Yet one thing we all have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey - as well as products like leather and any tested on animals.' Taken from vegansociety.com
So you've overhauled your weekly Tesco shop and are making a conscious effort to buy cosmetics that are free from animal testing. We've been recommended LilyLoLo by one of our members of staff who use it religiously and can't rate it enough. But now what about your clothes? Sourcing ethically made clothing is one thing but what about clothing suitable for vegans?
So to make that mission all that more easier for you, we've decided to put together all our 'suitable for vegan' pieces in one place. You can discover our environmentally conscious and animal-friendly collection of clothing, here. Meaning you can stay true to your values, feel as good as you look, and champion sustainable fashion in a contemporary, timeless way. Our clothing is made up from eco-friendly fabrics, including hemp, organic cotton, bamboo and lots more. Because we realise while looking good feels great, protecting the planet feels even better...
Here's some highlights from our 'Suitable For Vegans' range.
Last but not least, once you've dressed to impressed you'll need somewhere to go and show off your new clothing with a conscious. So if you're in the Nantwich/Cheshire area here's a few places worth trying for some delicious vegan treats!
Enzo are regularly winning awards. From being named Best Barista by the Italian Awards and Best Cafe by the Food and Drink Awards so you know you'll be in some good hands. They mark each vegan option on their menu with a 'VG' logo to make menu scrolling so much easier and have a wide variety to offer. (44 High St, Nantwich, Cheshire East CW5 5AS)
O'Joy in Shrewsbury is a vegan coffee bistro and restaurant that also offers treatments such as reflexology, yoga and hypnotherapy. Nick Knowles loved it so much when he visited he decided to invest to make it even better. A MUST for anyone, not just vegans. (1 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UT)
At The Hollows in Chester it's all about social and relaxed eating. With a whole menu dedicated to vegan and vegetarian diets and menu's being updated seasonally you're bound to want to try something new everytime you visit. (20 Charles Street,Chester, Cheshire, CH2 3AZ )
We think we've found the perfect bag that can go from work to play in a snap. The bucket bag has a universally appealing shape: It's structured, but not too structured, can be thrown over your shoulder with ease and it's the happy medium between a too-large tote and a too-small clutch. This season the bucket bag has been all over the catwalks but has had a fierce makeover for summer, in bright primary colours with contrast linings and cool shades.
Here's some of our favourite catwalk versions we've seen this season.
You know a trends here to stay when it hits the street, here's some streetstyle photo's to inspire you how to style your bucket bag.
Sienna Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gigi Hadid are huge fans of the bucket bag trend.
Whether you like the statement red, the classic tan like Sienna Miller or baby pink a la Rosie Huntington- Whiteley we've got you covered. Shop our full range of bags here.
We'd style this Aqua reversible bag with our Barbour Harewood t-shirt and Hilfiger Denim Sophie Skinny. We think our Barbour Ewan Dress would go perfectly with this pink Cora Handbag and J Shoes Karen Sandals .
Tan, the colour of the summer. We'd pair our Misteltoe Bucket Bag with our Barbour Tan Sadie Sandal, Musto Reagan Navy Short and a our white linen Musto Anabel Shirt for a city chic look. Our petrol blue Misteltoe Shopper would look great with Brax Shakira orange trousers which will compliment the clashing lining of the bag. Make a statement with a Tessa Bucket Bag in tomatoe red, perfect against Braintree's Randa Denim Dress.
So there you have it, we hope we've inspired you on a number of ways to bag the perfect summer accesory.
There are few things that are as classic and versatile as denim. You can wear it a million different ways for almost any occasion, so whether it's in the form of a classic pair of jeans, a dress, or a jacket, you'd be hard to find someone who doesn't have denim in their wardrobe. It's hardwearing and unlike us only gets better with ageing and distressing. So here at Grace we know the importance of finding the perfect pair as they become your trusty fashion friend. With over 10 different fits in store we pride ourselves on finding denim that works for YOU and YOUR body. So we've decided to show you some of our best fits and showcase some of our favourite summer pieces that have given denim a twist!
First up is our German brand Brax, who specialise in great denim and perfecting the best in trouser fits. Their key is designing fits that offer support in various different places, catering for your body shape. Once you pick your fit from Brax, you can then indulge in their ever expanding seasonal styles with confidence, knowing they will be a great fit.
The Shakira is probably our most popular jean as it can work for any body shape and promises to make you look 'one size smaller' and it does just that. They are crafted from their Free to Move denim which is a super stretch denim, high in elastic, extremley soft which offers maximum comfort. They are a high waist with a super slim leg and slim in the thigh. We offer them in a washed blue, indigo and black. Aswell as numerous seasonal shades, including a cropped white denim version this summer. We also do a 'Shakira Sharp' which gives you the option for a narrower ankle, same fit just trimmer at the bottom.
Mary are cut with an extra slim thigh featuring a slightly wider waist making it perfect for a lady with a rounder tummy but slimmer hips. There is extra support in the tummy area and are again crafted from Brax's trademark super soft, comfortable jean. We stock them in a clean black, mid denim wash and a perma blue. This season we also have them in a white,cream,coral and many more summer shades.
Part of Brax's 'Legend Denim' collection the Carola is the go to curvy girl denim. They are a high rise straight leg in a 'feminine fit' meaning they are specially cut to flatter your bum and hips. The high rise waist narrows to nip you in at the right places creating that perfect hourglass shape. We have them in a black denim, blue denim and a perma blue as well as a selection of summer weight trousers.
Next is the champions of all denim Tommy Hilfiger, if the original denim pioneers can't make great denim then who can? They are the denim wash giants and we like to give you as much variety as possible when it comes to their washes.
All skinny in the leg, it's only the rise and washes that differ. We range from a low rise which is cut just above the hips, a mid rise which is just below the tummy button and a high rise which is just above the tummy button. Hilfiger use waist inches rather than dress sizes which is perfect for the women out there that are a 'size' 9,11,13 and so on, those tricky in between sizes can now be catered for. Our leg ranges from a 30", 32" and a 34" so once you've figured out those, all you now need to do is pick your favourite wash. We range from a black that can be dressed up or a light denim wash perfect to see you throughout summer.
So once you've sussed out your preferred denim you can now explore all the seasonal denim trends. From white denim jackets and skirts to ripped shorts and denim tunics, we've got it covered this summer.
It makes everything look fresh and we're yet to find a colour you can't put white with. From a denim jacket, to a pencil skirt and a classic crop, we've even been digging an all white denim look. Just be careful about what you eat/drink around your fresh whites as it can be very dangerous or should we say staingerous?
The Denim Dress
Probably the easiest way to wear denim, just throw on one of these dresses and go. We'd style this Braintree Kara tunic with our white Hilfiger jacket. The Barbour Hackamore dress looks great with a Barbour Bowline boat shoe and the Braintree Randa dress paired with Braintree's Janika coral knit is the perfect addition to chilly summer evenings in the garden.
The Denim Skirt/Short
Are you a fan of your Daisy Dukes or prefer how your legs look in a skirt? Whichever you prefer this season the denim skirt and shorts have had a makeover. Braintree's Kara Shorts are a lightweight pleated version which can be cinched in at the waist. Hilfiger's Boyfriend Short have gone distressed for that all american vintage look, think Madonna in American Pie. Hilfiger's Naomi skirt is a super stretch, super comfort fit with a high rise. Braintree have kept with their laid back style with their Randa A-line wrap around. Whichever you choose just throw on a tee and you're ready!
So there you have it, the best of our Denim this season. If you'd like to shop our full denim collection just click here!
This week was the start of the infamous Cannes Film Festival. A celebration of cinematographic art, Cannes previews new films and documentaries from a wide range of genres from all over the world. Attracting some of the most famous faces in cinema as they all come together to celebrate the magic of film. It has always been a fashion crowd favourite and a place to showcase the best of the best in designers. Unfortunately if you're like us and your ticket didn't arrive in the post this year, that doesn't matter you can join us instead while we scroll through our favourite Cannes looks from the past seven decades!
French beauty Brigitte Bardot sitting on the beach during The Cannes Film Festival in 1953
George Harrison of the Beatles and his wife, model Patti Boyd arriving at Cannes Film Festival in 1968
We couldn't not post this gem! Arnold Schwarzenegger on Cannes beach during the film festival with girls from the Folies Bergere in 1977.
Who could forget the beautiful Princess Diana in striking blue in 1987.
We couldn't include anyone but the power couple of the 90's, Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in 1998.
Diane Kruger never gets it wrong and this was no exception wearing Vivienne Westwood in 2012.
This was everyone's favourite in 2013, Cara Delevigne in Burberry.
And last but not least Blake Lively who over the past few days has been dressing her tiny bump in an array of amazing dresses and we can't wait to see more from the 2016 Cannes fashion extravaganza!
Design icon Barbour was born over 100 years ago in South Shields, England and is still based there to this day. Not only is it a British brand soaked in heritage it also has one of the biggest and diverse fan bases ranging from royalty to rock stars. Prince Charles has had the same Barbour re-waxed numerous times and the Classic Beacon Heritage Sports jacket sold out worldwide when James Bond aka Daniel Craig sported his on screen in Skyfall. Kate Moss is seen regularly modelling hers at Glastonbury while Alex Turner is up on the stage rocking his waxy, corduroy collar jacket.
This season we have launched the Barbour Seafarer Collection in store and online. So you will be seeing a lot less of the classic wax and a lot more lightweight, nautical branded items. Barbour has drawn inspiration from their rich maritime heritage. Picking out the bold and vibrant colours taken from original catalogues in 1916 and giving them a modern edge. Many of our customers have commented on the 'new direction' Barbour has taken with this collection but in fact they couldn't be returning to their roots more. The ethos behind the original ever Barbour jacket was to make reliable all-weather jackets and trousers for sailors, fishermen and shipyard workers at the turn of the 20th century.
While naval blues and yellows reinforce the maritime feel to the collection, marigold orange is the new pop of colour that is splashed on t-shirts, dresses and parka coats. Making for a collection that we feel is ideal to take you through a very British summer but then what else would we expect from a thoroughly British brand? Shop the full Seafarer collection here;
Tommy Hilfiger has just hotted up their Denim collection with a brand new campaign starring model of the moment Hailey Baldwin and her best friend Immy Waterhouse.
This has to be one of our favourite summer campaigns here at Grace, we can practically taste the summer just by looking at it. The girls pose in Los Angeles, California, rocking jeans ranging from distressed pants to 90's throwback, overall styles. Captured in a Dodge pick-up truck, the duo are joined by denim clad male models in the sun-drenched snaps.
The fashion brand was the go-to for denim back in the 90s, and with retro fashion trending for SS16, the preppy American brand has made it big all over again.
'Reminiscing on the ’90s reminds me of some incredible memories – from our first collaborations with musicians and celebrities to our continued passion for pop culture,’ said Hilfiger, in a statement about the new collection. Which is full to the brim with classic and timeless denim pieces, as well as logo driven tops. Other streetwear signatures include dungarees, light-wash jeans, cut-off shorts, denim skirts and that logo bikini everyone is after, all resulting in 90's perfection that we want to wear all summer long.
Fancy a little more 90's in your life? Shop our full Hilfiger Denim collection online now and follow @haileybaldwin on Instagram for daily pictures of what Hilfiger Denim pieces she loves!
If you've ever purchased one of our Braintree pieces you will see the quote 'Thoughtful Clothing' printed across your swing tag. Braintree was imagined back in the heat of Australia in 1995, when the desire to wear natural, cool clothing marked the start of their story. So what does make their clothing so thoughtful?We've decided to look at the top 5 most popular materials used by Braintree to craft your beloved pieces;
1. Breathable Bamboo
From vests to tights to briefs we love the feeling of Bamboo against our skin and so do you. Strong, yet silky soft to touch, bamboo boasts a wonderful ability to recognise your needs; cooling you down or warming you up when you need it most. Did you know that Bamboo fibre is made by pulping the grass until it separates into thin threads of fibre, which can be spun for weaving into cloth. Bamboo fibre resembles cotton in it's un-spun form, a puffball of light, airy fibres.
2. Helpful Hemp
This is where Braintree originated from and their first collection was actually hemp only. China was the go-to place for the best quality hemp fibres. Over time, China continues to innovate its eco fabrics and offerings. Hemp is grown and woven with every effort to protect the planet, it's super-strong, yet soft on your skin. (Just one of many reasons we love it!). Over time, it becomes softer still, so the more you wear it, the more you’ll want to. As fabric, it’s stronger than cotton. Perhaps that’s why the explorer Christopher Columbus used hemp for the ropes and sails of his boat. Ships aside, Braintree have been using hemp for over 20 years for exactly the same reason – its strength.
3. Wool with wanderlust
Apart from being 100% natural, wool has many wonderful benefits. We love it for its long-lasting, luxe feel and how cosy it keeps you when you need it most. It’s all down to its thermal insulation properties – meaning that this naturally smart fabric will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer just like Bamboo.
4. No ordinary cotton
Before it’s even planted, the seeds of non-organic cotton are usually treated with genetically modified pesticides and chemicals where as organic cotton seeds, are not. This means that right from the beginning, the seeds can grow naturally. Compost and manure are used to help the plant grow as nature intended. This also helps enrich soil quality – a far cry from the synthetic fertilisers and toxic pesticides used on conventional cotton, which inevitably find their way into rivers and wildlife. After it's harvested, the yarn is spun with great care to create a super-soft finish that’s kind on skin as well as the planet. Braintree are proud to share that all of their cotton is 100% organic.
5. Tree-friendly Tencel
Responsibly sourced wood is collected from sustainable tree farms and broken down into fibres to make Tencel. Once harvested, the wood is processed into chips, pulped and dried into sheets ready for processing. Next, the sheets are then broken up and dissolved in a non-toxic amine oxide solution, turning into a clear, viscous liquid. The long Tencel fibres are created by forcing this liquid through spinnerets dotted with tiny holes. After drying, the fibres are lubricated and combed to remove any tangles before being compressed using a crimper to give the fibres their bulk and texture. The fibres are then ready to be dyed, spun, and woven to make beautiful garments that feel great on the skin.
If you found this post interesting or would like to begin leading a more thoughtful fashion life yourself, then check out the Soil Associations ongoing campaign 'Small Changes, Big Difference' to learn more. Another handy tip is when out shopping look out for organic cotton symbols on labels such as 'GOTS' or 'OE' so you can learn more about where your clothing comes from. Or shop our full Braintree clothing range online now!