My first investment was in their cream peplum blouse, reduced from £32 to £22, and then to £17.50 in the Debenhams Summer Spectacular. I'd been after a peplum shirt since last year, and this incredible sheer version, with a feel more Victorian than eighties, or even forties, could have been plucked straight from my dreams. The peplum is generously sized within normal ranges at the front, but drops to tush-covering at the back in a beautiful waterfall-esque manner (oooh - just realised that it's actually a mixi peplum - fancy that!). It goes with sooo many things, but I happened to be wearing my floral lantern midi when I picked it up, and loved the ladylike combination of cream tones, statement prints and vintage shapes.
Shirt: Miss Selfridge (Available Here), Skirt and Necklace: Both Primark, Shoes c/o F&F at Tesco
By the following week, the black version had joined its sister on the sale rails - after a 5 minute debate (of which, if I'm completely honest with myself, I always knew the outcome), it too was mine. Visions of gothic splendour were already crowding my mind - leather skinnies and pencil skirts, floor-sweeping maxis, rock chick jewellery, killer heels and, of course, disco pants... Even if, for once, it was really far too hot to try out any of the above combinations, I made a valiant effort with the help of my trusty standing fan!! I can confidently say I foresee this piece featuring rather prominently in my AW13 wardrobe...
Shirt: Miss Selfridge (Available Here), Disco Pants: Daisy Street, Boots: Boohoo, Earrings: Primark
On the same day I discovered the black shirt, my eye was also caught by some intriguing peach ruffles - the average mixi might have been more likely to turn my stomach than my eye at that moment, but this was something else... there was something about the Victorian nightie vibe that I just couldn't help but adore! I couldn't resist pairing it with my newly acquired cropped mint knit and sweetie-style gem collar for a pastel-powered shot of candy goodness...
Skirt: Miss Selfridge (Available Here), Top: Tokyo Doll at New Look, Collar: Dorothy Perkins, Shoes: Primark
Meanwhile, mum came up with the so-crazy-it-was-actually-genius idea of wearing my mixi peplum and mixi skirt together... and something about the deconstructed-Edwardian-aristocrat-meets-hippie-chick vibe just seemed to work - thanks mum!
The skirt and both shirts are currently still in stock on the Miss Selfridge website, and you can also nab the shirt in a variety of pastel colours, and the skirt in black if you so wish... amazing bargains to be had in any case, so have a squizz!