Shopping Trips and Playsuit Tips

Ah Debenhams, you pearl of North-side shopping goodness. How I so easily forget thee. Two things made me head over there this morning; 1. the size 16 mannequins the company have begun to use this week, which have received copious press coverage and 2. The ridiculously low price-point of the H! by Henry Holland range, which I found so hard to believe. So off I trotted  heading straight for the first floor and the H! collection.

Well it’s not subtle that’s for sure, it’s a massive range of pink and purple neon. From cycling shorts and cropped tees, to denim and leather gillets; from floral dresses to checked bikinis, topped off with pretty good accessories.

I always find that the accessories in high street / designer collaborations leave a lot to be desired. The shoes and totes in particular in this collection are definitely worth a try.

I ended up trying on a really lovely, not too bright and garish romper / playsuit (€54) which I have to admit I can’t believe I actually really liked.

I wasn’t hesitant because of the style or anything, I was purely hesitant because it was a playsuit. Quite frankly, they usually look awful on me. If you haven’t got a perfectly proportioned torso then a well-fitting playsuit, or jumpsuit for that matter, is about as easy to find as a golden fleece. A lot of high street stores compensate the fact that we are not generically sized, by adding a gathered / elasticated waistband. All this usually ends up creating, is a lovely lumpy-looking hip area and a crushing sense of defeat. As I said, not in this case and I think it’s because there is a really fitted section right around the middle (where the print becomes smaller) and makes the whole thing feel more like a dress. Plus the shorts part of the suit is, how shall I put it, quite loose. There is one peril of trying on playsuits that every girl knows about!

Trying this on reminded me of an absolutely gorgeous playsuit that I saw in the window of Maven Boutique on Georges Boutique last week. The romper in question made from ivory silk by New York designer Samantha Pleet and is a bit out of my usual price-range at €280; but with my newly discovered confidence in discovering the right playsuit, I headed over there.

The layers are gorgeous and really unusual, it’s old Hollywood meets Faye Dunaway-glamour meets NYC cool. Amazing. Plus the House of Harlow necklace goes with it perfectly, even the jewellery knows I need it! What’s more, that’s 2 out of 2 or a 100% record in trying on jumpsuits. Niiice. A good day’s window shopping I would say.


8 Responses to “Shopping Trips and Playsuit Tips”

  1. March 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    AH…the first playsuit is gorgeous! I haven’t found one that suits me yet..I have a weird shaped body! But it was your shoes that caught my attention…LOVE them!

  2. 2 ams
    March 31, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    loving the House of Harlow necklace!

  3. March 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I have had THE most frustrating search for the perfect playsuit…I saw one I loved in topshop that fitted perfectly but was of breaking-the-bank cost so I looked elsewhere but no such luck 😦 Still, I’m not going to give up! Lovely post!

    Love love love,



  4. April 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I like both but I ADORE the first x

  5. April 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Oh wow you have renewed by faith in rompers! Those are fab! Your boots are amazing, where are they from!?

  6. 6 whisty
    April 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Ah ladies, how can I thank y’all enough! I don’t know what I’d do without all your lovely comments! They make my flippin day you know!
    So the first, (and cheapest) one is a goer then?! Yipee. I shall go for it.
    @Eimear & Soooali boots are Dorothy Perkins! I posted about them last month (…? possibly) If you search in the side bar there for that shop you should get to the post. If not just holler!
    @ams, me too. It goes with bloomin’ everything! How lucky is that?! 🙂
    @Erin, let us know if you have any success! Good luck! xx

  7. April 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I love Maven boutique but the Debenhams playsuit looked much better, more flattering on you. Just goes to show that you can find reasonably priced clothes. The playsuit isn’t a trend I’d recommend spending a lot on anyway even if you have the money.

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