You know me, I love a good old trying on session, so when the lovelies at intu, Milton Keynes invited me to hang out for the day, do a bit of shopping and eat some lovely food, I was absolutely delighted. I’m only about 25 minutes away from the intu shopping centre at Milton Keynes, and about the same from the one at Watford, so I’m spoiled for choice. The intu at Milton Keynes has got a really good selection of shops, plus some really interesting food outlets including WrapChic, a fabulous fusion concept mixing the easily portable wrap with some delicious Indian fillings, Five Guys, Pret and more. So what are you waiting for, come autumn wardrobe shopping with me!
The window displays are full of glorious autumnal clothes at the moment – there’s lots of ochre and mustard, a ton of animal print, and a eye catching amount of brown, which all looks surprisingly wearable. As I had a whole day, I took a lazy wander first, having a look at all the window and mall displays, then zeroed in on individual shops for a proper trying on session. I decided to push myself out of my jeans and tee comfort zone too (and I even pushed myself and my hideous socks into changing room mirror selfies – what have I become?! ).
The first store I ventured into was Gap, and instantly received a very warm welcome. I think I mentioned recently that I’ve been trying to expand my jeans repertoire away from my high waist skinnies, and this fabulous Gap lady was certainly up for the challenge, talking to me about what I like and don’t like (leg, waist height, rips/no rips, etc), and giving me great advice, including ‘whatever size you think you are – go smaller, denim always stretches. If you can do the button up, buy the jeans!’. I’m a curvy size 12 and was worried about going for baggier jeans, but with her advice in mind, I downsized from a 30, and actually ended up buying a size 28 in the ‘best girlfriend‘ style. They’re SO comfy and really flattering. I’m delighted (need to work on my mirror face, though).
Clutching my new Gap purchase and feeling pretty chuffed with myself, I dived straight in to Oasis, tempted in by the divine leopard dress (it’s this one here) in the window. They’ve very handily got some key September pieces tagged, so I grabbed a handful and headed to the very sophisticated changing room. They’re SO nice in Oasis – I got loads of help, loads of friendly chat and some great tips on how to style the jumpsuit I’d chosen (which was super flattering on) once the weather turns colder too. I fell in love with the flippy skirt (I know I was autumn wardrobe shopping but I thought it would be fab with black tights, plus I have a few warmer trips coming up – can’t find that one online, sorry), and the soft raglan v-neck jumper, and now really wish I’d bought the jumpsuit, but I was trying not to go too mad.
There was more leopard and ochre in New Look in the form of these super-comfortable cropped wide leg trousers with a simple tie waist (I can’t find these online, sorry). And all these snuggly curved hem jumpers (there are loads of different colours) are just £9.99, which is great value for money. The leopard coat is soft and thick, and just a really lovely shape, brilliant value at just £39.99 too.
I was flagging a bit by now, but you can’t do autumn wardrobe shopping without lusting after some boots, and I managed to fall in love with several pairs in Topshop, including these delicious leopard ones, and this fabulous western style black leather pair, and more gorgeous knitwear, oh, and this dress, which sadly they didn’t have in my size (who’d have thought we’d all be swooning after a brown dress?):
My last stop (well, before I went to check out the food places) was Zara. I picked up these pleated wrap trousers thinking they were the snake print skirt I featured a while back in my leopard midi post, but sadly, I couldn’t do them up in a medium and they were OOS in anything larger. I loved this flowy leopard (again) dress, and this big snuggly ochre coat (I can just imagine my husband’s reaction to this one, should have I have brought the little beauty home).
So what did I learn from this little expedition? Well, several things:
- Never give up searching for your perfect pair of jeans – it turns out all you need is the right advice
- Don’t discount colours until you’ve tried them on – I never thought I’d like ochre but actually it’s kind of growing on me
- A little me-time is good for the soul. It doesn’t matter if you don’t buy it all – you can get great ideas and inspiration from a bit of window shopping and trying on
- I’m still in love with leopard. I can’t help it.
Massive thanks to intu Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes and all the lovely stores that allowed me to loiter and try things on. Very, very chuffed with my purchases!