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Elegance is Minimal

I blame the Duchess of Cambridge.

She is solely responsible for the situation that we find ourselves in.

No longer do we want to wear a body con mini, over-knee socks, thigh high boots, flat or otherwise – not all together! We’re not on the game! Instead we want to glide with poise up the frozen aisle in Tesco wearing sensible nude court shoes and flattering coat dresses cut on the knee. A-line is the name of the game, pretty & prim shirts and smart jackets.

Harper’s Bazaar have paid homage to this trend which is steamrollering over our Punk Rock Princess urges, instead opting for Park Avenue Princess instead:

Harper’s Bazaar does Ladylike prim at High Street prices.

“There is a return to elegance right now. Silver and patent accessories add just enough attitude to the prettiness”

Harper’s Bazaar may have selected “The Best of the Highstreet”, many of the items here are still over £100, but if you look in charity shops you can find this look for a lot less. Remember this is classic, think Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Seek these pieces and ye shall find, there’s nothing new about true style:

Next white dress with nautical inspired collar, size 8, £7.50, Cancer Research UK, Rosemount Viaduct Aberdeen

This ladylike linen dress is exactly the sort of thing that will tick all the boxes of this minimalist ladylike style, all one colour, prim neck line, slight V detailing to the back which shows off sexy shoulders in a conservative manner.

You will see from the spread in Harper’s Bazaar that pale pink has made a few appearances. I wasn’t sure about these trousers, but low and behold the colour appears to be right on the money this month:

Coast straight leg trousers, size 10, £4.25, Shelter, St Andrews

The Duchess of Cambridge has been seen a few times in floaty shirts, these are much smarter than a t-shirt, but still casual enough to be paired with a jacket and jeans:

Gap silk shirt, size small, £4.99, Oxfam, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen

And finally, you’ll notice in the original Harper’s Bazaar image that there is a pale blue shirt, the staple of any lady like wardrobe. They show a Jigsaw shirt for £79, but why spend the value of a family weekly shop on one shirt. I found a great Gap version, which would still carry a decent price tag:

Gap shirt, size 10, £3.95 found in Debra, Scott Street, Perth

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