12 Ooh Là Là meets Montauk Pieces to Update your Summer Holiday Wardrobe

Written by Sally





French Connection is a brand that I know well from growing up in the UK  but I have to admit had kind of forgotten about it for both myself and clients until this year. But in 2016 they have upped their game – in a big way !

First piece to catch my attention again was the reversible polka dot bomber in Autumn which I ended up buying and have worn a lot and will continue to.
See 5 Ways I wore it here 

Anyway – this time of year is always a challenging one for many of my clients who find it hard to find summer pieces that can fit into their everyday lifestyle – can be dressed up or down that are fun, cool and not dull or a sea of stripes.

Who else has been looking for a pair of shorts that were flattering for effin ages. It is like the holy grail. seriously !

When researching for a client – working mum and in her 40s – I found these pieces and I must say they delivered a high hit rate at the checkout.

This is the perfect holiday dozen that will add a bit of pep to your wardrobe for many years to come – the quality is great. I Could use this as a capsule but if you are not a print clashing lady just add some toned in basics(black, white grey) Maybe some pop colours (pastel T-shirt and maybe a bright colour – coral and a metallic top )

Plus I tell clients to Curate don’t Consume and there is no reason these pieces will not stay in your holiday summer wardrobe for many years – nothing too “trendy” that it will date and the quality for the price is amazing I think.

The only thing I would flag is that you might have to go down a size or two in their tops – their bottoms are pretty good but I always tell my clients to take the size down into the change room too – usually they take too big a size. If you think you are a size 12 – take the size 10 – seriously trust me.

Go check them out – this is not sponsored… just a community service announcement xxLet me know how you go and tag me on IG using the hashtags #SpotMyStyle #realstreetstyle so I can see xx

This was for tomorrow but when writing it I noticed there is a flash sale on for the next 18hrs – use FRENZY at the checkout for 30% off which is not to be sniffed at !!



Plus as a bonus few days left to enter their Win a Luxury Seaside Escape and $500 voucher ! enter here 





The Toucan Off the Shoulder Top 

Wear with plain shorts – denim – linen pants – you name it it will add a flavour of Rio to your everyday.

$79.95 – (then 30% flash sale off at checkout)

Sizes 6 -16



The Joey Polka Dot Short 

Seriously these high waisted tailored shorts look AH – MAZING on ! – When a client put them on both of us just looked at each other and went – these are coming home for sure ! High waisted – tick – Work well for those of you who have trouble finding shorts that are big enough in the lower half but don’t lose your waist. Plus they are short enough to be playful … but even without a flash of fake tan I felt they were super flattering for most legs.

Plus polka dots are a fun neutral – I say they a like stripes after a couple of champers !

I would style these with any print – without really thinking it was a print clash scenario as the dot is so small but they would look just as chic with basics or a metallic (also a neutral) ! They also come in stripes.

*Shoes wise style with slides, trainers, espadrilles, thongs or a wedge (if you are petite)

$59.95 (then 30% flash sale off at checkout)

Sizes 6 -16 (notice the larger sizes are sold out online – because they are soo flattering !)





The Tie Waist Skirt 

This is also a – instant hit – I have now seen it on two very different real women’s bodies in the past week and it looks amazing on both.

Vertical stripes too – great for petite ladies or those wanting to create length.

Basic that is anything but.

Perfect for Aussie heat.

*Shoes wise style with slides, trainers, espadrilles, thongs or a wedge (if you are petite) Or dress up with a stack block heel

$79.95 (then 30% flash sale off at checkout)



Palm Print Dress

There are few things I love more than a print dress in Summer and this is a winner – palm /tropical prints are timeless and this will be a beloved piece for many years. Great length – dark background which is super flattering and two of my favourite things – Bird of Paradise /strelizia flowers and Cheese Plant leaves..

Also layer a t-shirt or long sleeve lace under for a bang on trend pinafore look or layer over to use as a skirt – see how I do that with Gorman metallic pleated dress here 

$169.95(then 30% flash sale off at checkout)







Flamingo Shorts 

Need I say more … who does not love the frivolity of a flamingo print.. seriously – and so flattering with the dark background these are gorgeous on – why not add the matching T-shirt to your wardrobe and wear together to make a playsuit. Breathable viscose too.




Star Sneaker 

Leather – they have all white plain versions but this adds a little starry goodness which I love – style with EVERYTHING – would look cute too with the palm dress.








Cray Cray T-shirt 

Seriously – the Gods must have been listening – I was talking to a friend about a cute kids rashie bemoaning- where are the lobster, crab, shell prints for adults .. I love them. Quirky but so understated – in foil print – they have heaps of great t-shirts – check them all out – and linen too … WINNER WNNER LOBSTER DINNER !!




Chase the Sun Hat 

How fun is this hat that you will spend most of your days in on the beach without looking like a dag and getting huge sun protection.




Bird Hoop Earrings 

I did an Instagram story on these when I found them a few months back at the airport – they are raffia and super duper cute – i love them and get comments every time.




Twist Bow Slide 

These are leather and so soft – some of these slides I feel are a bit clunky on the foot and feel too heavy. These are not – love them.









The Shell Collector Bag 

I am a sucker for a cute novelty items and one of my favourite things to do with my daughters is collect shells. However this chic little bag will add a bit of seaside chic and a hint of retro cool to your holiday day or night wardrobe.




Plaited Espadrille Wedge

These also come in tan and to me are a staple – I bought a pair 5 or so years ago and I bring them out every summer to wear with dresses, playsuits etc – these scream French Riviera chic. Bring the yacht round darling !











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