Now who doesn’t enjoy a nose around the house you’ve been invited to? Well, recently I was invited to the House of Next. Situated in sophisticated Mayfair, naturally I accepted the invitation. It was afternoon set-up for chatting about all things fashion, then a tour around the house to see their Christmas collection. My big take-way from the panel discussion was, dress to suit your holiday destination.


The Panel

I arrived at the house just in time for the fashion panel discussion. The panel comprised of:

  • Angela Scanlon (host),
  •  Lynne McKenna (Fashion Editor Fabulous Magazine),
  • Katherine Omerod (Formerly of Grazia Magazine, now Editor of WorkWorkWork)   and
  • Julie-Ann Sloane (Next Womenswear and Buying Manager).

It was a fun and engaging panel discussion. Angela was an exceptional host. The panellist shared their pearls of fashion wisdom.  Everything was covered from capsule wardrobes to cab heels (if you’re not taking a cab don’t wear those stilettos) .

My top 5 take-away fashion tips

The tips that stuck with me were:

  1. Vacations- Dress to suit your holiday destination. Think stripes and a beret for Paris
  2. 90’s Inspo- Jeans and a pretty top are back (hooray I could live in denim).  For better fitted jeans and durability opt for 98%:2% of cotton to Lycra
  3. Weddings- Trouser suits and jumpsuits are trendy alternatives for a wedding guest. If you petite crop trouser may give a better fit
  4. Animal Prints- They are neutrals and can be worn all year around (thank heavens for that because I have a few animals in my wardrobe that are dying to get out!)
  5. Winter Occasions- Occasion wear during the festive season is all about the sparkle and glitter.


The House

The panel discussion I did my tour of the house.  My favourite room was the bedroom. It was giving up instaglam #bedroomgoals: large bed, lots of pillows, faux fur cushions and rug, large bedside table lamps, all in soothing shades of grey and millennium pink. Autumn /Winter fashion was also on display.  There’s so much I’m looking forward to seeing on the shop floor for Christmas 2018 festive season, bold coloured knits, strips and animal prints, sparkly shoes (perfect for the Christmas a shin dig), as well funky camou for kids. … here’s my question, how does one dress when holidaying in Pembrokeshire for the summer…  Any suggestions?


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