There is very little I enjoy more than shopping and as my regular readers know, my favourite place to go shopping is the Glasgow Fort. What’s not to love? All of my favourite shops in one place with oodles of free parking and lots of bars and restaurants to relax in when you are all shopped out. Perfect!
I was recently invited along to Marks and Spencer at the Glasgow Fort to have a look at their new collection. I have read a fair bit about it with the clothes being raved about by fashion editors and bloggers so I was excited to see what their buyers had in store for us this season.
The first thing I noticed when I went into the store was the key colours that flowed throughout each of the departments. My favourites were the cool greys, the warm camels, the golden khakis and the rich rusty reds.
There were two key trends that also appealed to me. The first is described as the Romantic Explorer which is all about beautiful textures – think fur, lace, velvet and leather, and bold dramatic shapes – like high waisted, wide legged trousers and high necked blouses with frills and flounces. The second key trend I saw was Metropolis which channels effortless, minimal chic – with androgynous tailoring, ribbed roll necks, and unstructured coats.
I was particularly drawn to the footwear department where all pieces now come with insolia technology allowing you to wear the perfect shoes for your outfit without having to worry about sore feet. Design wise I was really impressed, with styles from strappy metallic stilettos and sleek over the knee suede boots, to chic masculine flats including a pair of slip on loafers which remind me more than a little of a pair of Gucci loafers I have had my eye on for years now but never been able to afford. If you fancy a look at these, they are only available online.
Situated next to the footwear were the accessories including beautiful leather goods, fabulous fedora hats and huge snuggly scarves all in the same colour ways that feature throughout.
I was lucky enough to be gifted a voucher and really was spoiled for choice. I tried on loads of pieces from the new collection and was spolied for choice but eventually settled on a faux leather pencil skirt and black lace top. I chose this outfit because of the contrasting textures and proportions but I also thought the pieces would be super versatile and work well with items I already have in my wardrobe.
It would be unfair of me to finish without mentioning the denim. I have been wearing the Top Shop Jamie jeans for years now. I have them in a variety of colours and replace them without even considering trying anything else. At £40 a pop, they aren’t the cheapest jeans on the High Street but I was happy to pay for the fit, the stretch and the styling. Until now. Because guess what? Marks and Spencer’s Super Skinny Jeans have exactly the same high waisted, super stretchy, perfectly skinny fitting shape for just £19.50. Seriously! That’s 2 for the price of 1 pair of Jamie’s. Except I bought them in black, grey and indigo. Oops!!!!