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I love pretty clothes, but I hate shopping, so much so that when I attended the Cosmo Awards last year my Mam chose my outfit (thanks Mam!). Yours Clothing looks fab online, so I popped into my local branch in Bristol to see their latest collection. As an unenthusiastic shopper, and because I wanted to avoid going for my usual tried-and-tested style choices, I asked each member of staff to each choose an outfit for me (thanks to Paris, Jade and Tess!).
Black, white, and a strong red lippy – all you need for a bold, clean, polished look.
The Yours collection is peppered with similar little twists and edges that lift their pieces without compromising on practicality or comfort. Take this stripy top, with the elasticated piping don the sides adding a sophisticated final touch.
Stylist's Choice: Dungarees
Like many of us I haven’t worn dungarees since the late eighties, but shop assistant Paris recommended I give them a go (I would recommend an upsize for girls like myself with longer bodies than legs!). My belly is my own personal Area 51 (I’m pretending it doesn’t exist), but the sidey buttons draw the eyes to the hips, while the bib (is it called a bib? I’m calling it a bib) draws in at the waist. Paris paired these with a cute stripy tshirt with detailed sleeves and an elasticated waist (again, small details that make Yours stand out from standard high street fodder).
Pastels, Lace and Florals
Dusky, muted pastels to compliment a broad range of skin tones, and soft, sensual, irresistibly stroke-able fabrics make these casuals a wardrobe must.
If your new year’s resolution was to experiment with colour, try this knitted number in a flattering pale blue, for a subtle change that will match many of your wardrobe staples.
Stylist's Choice: Nude Pink Knit Jumper
Jade loves this butterfly top, now I do too! The fabric is gorgeously soft, and the beaded butterflies are perfect for girls like me who know that sparkles aren’t just for Christmas! (I would recommend upsizing as it’s a bit clingy at the hips).
If you’re not a fan of pink (or, like me, you’re a bit hip-and-tummy conscious), this stars-and-stripes-and-sparkles number is made with the same beautiful fabric, and has pulley-bits at the side for a cute ruched effect.
Now, I had my doubts about this collared jumper. I love masculine styles on other women, but any time I’ve tried it I ended up with rugby player shoulders and a monoboob. After a nudge from Paris, I tried it on. And it works. I loved it. The lush material with contrasting linen panels is cut to compliment curves, not fight them.
Stylist's Choice : Cold-Shoulder Top.
Tess recommended this sheer art-deco inspired cold-shoulder top (she suggested pairing it with leather look leggings, but I stuck with sheer black tights). It’s just sheer enough to be a little bit sexy on a night out (it would also work with a slinky black vest for extra coverage), but it could be dressed down for the office – it works very well with the cross-back jacket I told you about before. Again, this is something I wouldn’t have picked up myself, but I'm so glad I kept an open-mind - thanks Tess! Yours have an online customer chat too – take a chance, you might find something you love!.
The brand’s biggest seller (excuse the pun) is underwear, and it’s easy to see why. They’ve a gorgeous range of luxurious undies, at prices decent enough to make every day a matchy-matchy day. Far too many women wear a poorly-fitting bra (I myself wore a B-cup for years, before recently getting fitted and finding out I’m a D!). Yours stores provide a full bra-fitting service, and a range that provides for different body shapes, from babydolls to this long-line number (perfect for less busty girls). With Valentine’s Day coming up, they’ll be adding much more to their lines too. I can't wait!
I love this set. The bra has four hooks and a wide back for extra comfort and support, and the matching knickers have a comfy waistband, a cheeky sheer back, and come with removable suspenders. Guaranteed to brighten up any grey January day!
I’ll never love shopping, but the lovely ladies at Yours Bristol made it so much easier and more fun, and with a wider range available online, there’s no reason not to give them a go!