Style With Phase Eight and Damsel in a Dress

We believe you should never underestimate the power of the perfect dress. ~Patsy Seddon. Founder of Phase Eight.

Patsy opened the very first Phase Eight boutique in Wandsworth, London in 1979 and now in 2020, there are 107 stores (the latest being Oxford), and 207 concessions in the United Kingdom. They have also opened four stores in Switzerland with a further 128 concessions around the world.

Phase Eight and Damsel in a Dress are the perfect choice for any woman wanting to find her dream outfit. Whether this is a look for a mother of the bride, a trip to the races or a party, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You will discover flattering daytime and evening pieces, with their stunning array of dresses, jumpsuits, and tops with tailored trousers. Something to cover each and every occasion that will become a favourite in your wardrobe. The dresses range from classic maxis, to fun minis and midis, with stunning prints and quality fabrics. They also have a gorgeous selection of jumpsuits with a choice of full length classics, to culotte and cropped styles. All in beautiful, on-trend colours and prints. Another favourite is their amazing selection of tops and blouses, again available in eye catching prints and ideal to style with their figure flattering jeans or tailored trousers.

Studio 8 is also part of these sister labels, it’s sizes 16-26 provide beautiful garments that are accessible to all women with their flattering and feminine silhouettes.

They have something for everyone and perfect for every age group. I’ve had the pleasure of wearing both Phase Eight and Damsel in a Dress and they are one of my favourites by far. Please join me while I show you just a few of my favourite pieces both current and previous designs that are still available.

Firstly, is this Sierra Linear maxi dress from Phase Eight, in a beautiful cobalt blue flower print. The tie waist gives definition and a perfect silhouette. A gorgeous dress for warmer days and relaxed holidays, whilst looking amazing dressed up or down when adding heels, a blazer, or a denim jacket with trainers.

I have to say the Phase Eight maxi dresses are a favourite of mine; they are a perfect length with fabric that flows elegantly. This Willow striped wrap maxi is another favourite this season, with it’s sleeveless, faux wrap design making it a very flattering style. The striped monochrome print and the tortoiseshell buckle that cinches in the waist, makes it the perfect dress up with tortoiseshell accessories. This beauty certainly covers all occasions making it such a cost effective, timeless investment.

Dressing it down.

I wanted to share another SS20 favourite below, this is the show stopping Daryl pleated maxi dress which featured in the OK magazine. The beautiful and vibrant floral print makes this dress perfect for any occasion. The pleated skirt and wrap style bodice gives you an elegant silhouette, flowing as you walk. One that you will bring out every summer for years to come.

Damsel in a Dress is another brand I’d recommend to anyone who loves a beautiful piece for their wardrobe. Amazing styles and prints that are very on trend, appealing to all age groups and without doubt an investment for your wardrobe.

I was delighted to wear this beautiful shirt below with its eye catching abstract print and array of gorgeous colours. It will without doubt be one you can also wear through autumn and winter by adding jeans, black trousers or a skirt along with a favourite coat or jacket. The on-trend balloon sleeves add to the show stopping design and with beautiful gold buttons. Another timeless addition to any fashion lovers wardrobe.

The Kizzie ruffle shirt is another recommendation, still available and now reduced in price. The colour is stunning, with the ruffles and pintucks as well as flaired sleeve cuffs. Another wardrobe investment that will pay for itself in compliments alone.

Damsel in a Dress also have an amazing array of classic, stylish trousers and jeans, Perfect tailoringtailored to go with the Kelis and Kizzie shirts along with many other shirts and tops. A perfect match would be the black Nina city suit trousers. Ideal paired with heels and smart enough for any special occasion, a definite wardrobe staple.

I’d love talk to you about the Damsel dresses, what can I say, they are stunning! I fell head over heels with their Lanie military dress. This style is an outstanding piece that would instantly have you heading to any occasion and have you feeling confident and sophisticated. The textured loops and metallic fastenings are a feature alone. I’m wearing the navy below, but it’s also available in classic black and also with a limited number of orange left and now reduced.

I’d love to mentioned just a handful of my favourites, take a look while I share a few more ‘love at first sight’ styles from Phase Eight and Damsel in a dress.

I’m sure the items I’ve shared with you will have given you an insight into why and clothes are favourites of mine. I’ve given you the links to have a look for yourself as there really are so many beautiful pieces for all. They currently have some fabulous reductions on their Summer items as well as ‘New In’ to have a peruse at your leisure.

I have focused on the current seasons ranges but look out for the autumn and winter ranges. They have beautiful investment pieces for the colder months. Having purchased a camel coat three years ago I can highly recommend an investment piece as it looks as good as it did the day I bought it.

Thank you for reading and I’d love to hear your thoughts on these beautiful sister brands.

Celine xx

Working from home with Baukjen

Hello my wonderful readers, well I have to say things are very different since I last posted on my blog, I hope you’re all surviving the lockdown and managing to find plenty to keep you occupied. At least we’ve been blessed with some lovely weather so the hour a day of exercise has been far more pleasurable.

I thought it was the ideal time to tell you about one of my favourite brands. Baukjen is a company I got introduced to when I started my Instagram journey and I have to say they are definitely one of my favourites. The clothes are so well made, add comfort to your wardrobe with ultimate style.

They are currently focusing on comfortable wear for working from home or home schooling and the pieces are gorgeous, comfortable but smart enough for Microsoft Teams meetings. I fell in love with their boyfriend jeans which are versatile and the cut and fit is perfect. I teamed up with their classic white Heather shirt in the photo below but they look fabulous with their Boyfriend tees and Safari shirts.

Another of my other favourites has been their relaxed cargo trousers, comfortable and easy to style casually for working from home as well as going around your daily routines. Easy to style with several of their Spring and Summer tops and they also look great with the Oralie Shacket or the gorgous Drake Utility Jacket. My favourite look was teaming the cargo trousers with the khaki Lindon Safari shirt to create the look of a jumpsuit, I added one of their black leather belts to create a waistline and matched it with black boots.

The Baukjen athleisure styles and activewear are a very comfortable alternative for working from home and home schooling along with being ideal to play a huge part in our daily exercise. Perfect for lounging around reading, binge watching our favourite dramas and sharing a pizza with the family. I’m a huge fan of the Palazzo Wide Legged Trousers that I think as well as being perfect for the new way of life we’ve all got to know would look fabulous with a pretty top and blazer for an inspired smart casual look.

Here are a few other perfect athleisure style pieces I think you’d love.

Baukjen casuals are the mix and match to your wardrobe that a pick and mix is to a chocolate lover, a small amount of items that work together will make several stylish looks. Making your wardrobe work for you has never been as easy, dress up or down Baukjen has the looks for you.

Check out the Baukjen website to see their beautiful pieces including gorgeous jewellery to complete your look to perfection. You can recycle your pieces with them by returning your items once you’ve finished with them by sending them back by using the pre-paid postage label that comes with your orders. They will donate your old Baukjen garments to charity extending their life. They also work with their factories to reuse old pieces to create new fabrics for other looks and lastly they recycle old garments in a sustainable way to help our beloved planet. You will receive a one off gift voucher for £20 to use against your next purchase

Thanks for reading and please feel free to contact me about my Baukjen experience or to tell me about yours.

Take care and stay safe,

Celine xxx