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Katia Byrne | British Style Blogger

Is Zara winning the tonal check trend this season? 

Every year there is a war on the high street to which brand will emulate the best version of this years trends. There are always staple nonnegotiable pieces, timeless shall we say and then there are the more movable fast fashion trends. Check is a pattern through the decades that is repeated year on year so finding a few pieces that you can renew in a couple years is a way I attempt to justify and reuse clothing. I am slightly tired of the same comments and rehashes of what or where to go. I do not need to tell you because if you look hard enough check is everywhere. But I can reveal the brand that I believe is offering something different for the ye olde check.

Zara isn't the cheapest brand on the high street and many have qualms over whether many of the items are worth the price. But I would recommend quite few of their checked items this season. analysing their other competitors this autumn/ fall many of the checked items are enthused and lack vibrancy in any capacity. I really love this particular dress from Zara as it mimic's a pricey brand with a cheaper price tag. The dress material is heavier than usual and the sizing seems reasonably accurate. It provides a versatility with the pinafore style to intertwine with many different styles dependent on what blouse/ jumper you wear underneath or on top. 

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Analysing their competitors Topshop, boohoo and Mango I can see some duplication. The three main players have all run with the black and white check which I'm quite frankly bored of at this point. I think it was a excellent decision to go back to the preppy lecturer tweed style dress. Topshop have a pinafore for around £55 at the moment linked below - which although the colours are more tonal. The fabric is thinner and the bib pinafore has been exhausted from 2017 & 2016 styles. Boohoo is concentrating on bodycon and tea dresses in the tonal check print, I like a few but the versatility of the products of their stock would be more suited to spring/ summer months. Mango is looking great on the tonal scarf front, in fact I would really recommend you check out a few. They have some lovely prints right now at about £20 a scarf. 

 These are my three favourite Zara pieces currently in check
I think the retro check is another trend that they're accomplishing well, the jumpsuits and braces are an alternative.The shift dress pinafore is a lovely comeback that I have missed from 2015, and the velvet check is a perfect introductory material and pattern for the Christmas party season. 

Checked dresses on the market at every budget 

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60's floral's | The Birthday look

I do not look it but believe it or not I'm actually 20. I wore this outfit for my birthday and not only does it incorporate my favourite decade its pink and floral. I'm not going to blather on but my entire look is from the high street today, just digging the 60's vibes with this one. The blouse is still available in three sizes and is under £13 in the sale and they also have discount codes on at the moment if you're a student too! 

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I wore a Polka dot dress 

I feel like I can't get blunter than that. Recently I just have been this blunt about everything and when it's come to this blog I haven't really wanted to write or articulate anything. 
Heres what I'm wearing... go buy it. I love clothes and I like to find where other people get them. But the problem I have is supply and demand of this. I buy clothes often sometimes every day but I don't always buy clothes that people can get... I buy vintage. I find this really hard to then blog about because I can give no links. I like shooting photos and showing you my style but instead of trying to find clothes that are on trend or fashionable. I'm just going to do me. 

I'd like to take this blog in a different direction soon, by showing you what I make, how to find the best vintage and how to find vintage-inspired looks from the high street. I think with time I've got lost over the last couple of months. But I'm back and I really want to try harder with this. So here we are an online store dress you CAN Buy and its got a lil retro twist.

 I'm Katy Alicia and I wore a Dotty dress.

V Neck Polka Dot Ruffle Hem Dress

Spring is here | SS18 farewell to the beret 

It's painful to say this but it's time, RIP beret you had a good winter run and I'm sure with this on and off again British weather you will be back soon. But for now, it's farewell. So this is the official first spring outfit and I'm easing into it with the tights, but no coat in sight and for one I am glad. So what will I be wearing this spring? Well as you may have seen me shamelessly plug I have a depop like so many other people. I was attempting to spring clean but it seems I have stumbled into some shops and somehow bought more than I originally had. SO, I have a steady stream of clothes to go up on their if you want to check that out here. I did set myself the task of the start of this year to get a lot more vintage 60's items into my wardrobe and I've done just that ... so keep an eye on that soon.

As for new items I've got a couple of must-have items for this month of kinda spring kinda not. 
That transition phase ya know. 

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Spring picks 
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