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Taking A Look At A New Brand & WIWT

I recently received one of the most exquisite parcels of clothing I have ever received, from the relatively new UK based brand Rachel Wears.  I don’t know about you but for me part of the excitement of online shopping is the anticipation & arrival of said package & the delight in opening the parcel (rather like a present on your birthday don’t you think?!!) & of course the trying on session that follows.

But what I loved about the below box when I received it was that I wasn’t expecting to find what I did inside.




Yes it’s a great designed box & yes I will admit to presuming that the clothes that lay inside would be wrapped in tissue paper but I didn’t expect that not only would they be tied with ribbon but that within that bow there would also be several dried sprigs of lavender together with a little note.   Not only did it make the parcel feel like it had been sent by a friend (as well as give me a fantastic idea for wrapping birthday presents….I just need to remember to cut & dry all the lavender from our garden at the end of the summer!!) but it made it feel so much more personal & a valued customer as opposed to just an number. 






Naturally with a parcel this beautiful I was even more excited to try the clothes & they really didn’t disappoint.

If you haven't heard about the brand, Rachel set the company up (currently on their first collection) to provide high quality garments in classic simple styles that are not only easy to wear but highly versatile, with all clothes being designed and manufactured ethnically in the UK.

So without further ado let's get onto the clothes.  First up is their Grecian Goddess black maxi dress (also available in slate blue), which comes in sizes small, medium or large.  I'm wearing size small & would say this would fit a UK 8-10.  The dress is made from 90% modal & 10% elastane & really oozes glamour.  It is made from a gorgeous soft jersey with the lace shoulder detailing & side split making it something a little different from a lot of the other plain black maxi dresses currently around.






Now although the dress comes with a thin tie belt in matching fabric I decided to team the dress with one of my wide studded belts to create a bit more interest.  It's quite long in length & being 5’7” I found the dress to be the perfect length for a long maxi dress but if you are a little shorter you may find that you would need to wear the dress with heels (wedges).  Obviously I chose to accessorise with a bit of leopard print…..well what can I say, when I see a black dress I just can’t resist (sorry!!!!) and tied my oversized leopard print clutch & studded belt in with my leopard print & studded flat sandals.




Bag - Zara
Belt - Zara
Sandals - Zara




As you can see below the dress is a great for dressing up or down & looks fab when teamed with a denim jacket for a more daytime feel.




Denim Jacket - Zara



Next up is this lovely wrap top, available in Dove Grey, as pictured below or Nude & made from 95% viscose & 5% elastane.  I must admit that I was a little worried that the length sleeve would seem a little old fashioned on but as you will see from the below pictures they're spot on & in balance with the top.






So how have I styled this gorgeous top?  Well naturally I had to try it under one of my jackets.  It really is a very flattering top & creates a beautiful & flattering neckline, perfect for wearing under one of my many jackets.  




Necklace - Zara
Jacket - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Bracelet - Banana Republic
Bag - Zara £39.99
Sparkly Ballet Flats - Zara


Plus of course it's a great top for dressing up or down, for work, date night or even for casual weekend attire.  I absolutely love all the ruching detailing, very pretty & of course perfect for hiding & distracting from the 'mummy tummy' ;-)




Next up is their 100% silk longline shirt, which is available in Ivory or Dove Grey.






Yes this shirt is expensive but is it exquisitely made & the cuffs are the perfect weight for turning back & actually staying in place & not coming unfolded during the course of the day as some lightweight silk shirts can do.

I really love the longer length as it's great for creating a real relaxed boyfriend kind of vibe & is perfect for wearing with some distressed/boyfriend jeans for a real relaxed looked.




Necklace - Bought in Majorca
Bag - Massimo Dutti
Bracelet - J Xrew
Jeans - Zara
Sandals - Next £42


Finally their wood drape cardigan certainly lives up to it's 'fabulous' name.  Gorgeously soft & made from 100% Italian merino wool it's available in Pebble Grey (pictured below) & Oatmeal.  I so love this cardigan as due to it's length it's great for throwing on for days when you want that extra bit of comfort & warmth but it doesn't compromise on style, so a real winner in my eyes.






The sleeves have a lovely ribbed detailing & are fitted so a great contrast to the loose fit & style of the cardigan & the soft grey is just the perfect colour for teaming with a classic white shirt & jeans.  I'm also planning on wearing mine with denim shorts & a simple cami on slightly cooler summer days or when I'm waiting for the day to heat up.




Necklace - Zara
Shirt - Zara Now £22.99
Cardigan - Rachel Wears £135
Bracelet - Banana Republic
Jeans - Zara
Pumps - Boden






Having seen for myself how lovely these pieces are I have to admit to being very excited to see what they're going to bring out for their second collection this autumn.  They also have the added bonus that if you fancy having a capsule wardrobe all their pieces can be intermixed with each other so a great starting point to create your perfect minimalistic wardrobe. 

Finally here's what I'm wearing today.




Jacket - Mango
Blouse - Mango
Bag - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Ballet Pumps - bought in Majorca


Quilted Jacket


Ballet Pumps - Mango Now £19.99


So have you heard of Rachel Wears?  If not you should seriously take a peak at their collection as the clothes are as beautiful as their packaging & are sure to last many years.  Take a peak & let me know what you think.

See you in the morning.

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20 comments

  1. Hi Jane, some great looks as always, the black maxi looks amazing, will be checking out the web site.
    Sue x
    Bestfriendstyle

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    1. Thanks Sue & yes definitely take a peak at their website, there's some lovely key pieces.
      Jane xx

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  2. Can't wait to check out the website! Love that black maxi ... oh so pretty! And how special to add a sprig of lavender. Lovely!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. It's a gorgeous dress Dawn & the lavender is a really special & gorgeous touch isn't it.
      Jane xx

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  3. Hi Jayne, love love love the items you chose and how you styled them....the black belt with the maxi dress looks fab! The longline cardi is such a lovely colour and looks so cosy....will be hopping over to the website!
    Kareema xx

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    1. Thanks Kareema,I couldn't resist adding my studded belt! Let me know what you think of the collection.
      Jane xx

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  4. Love the black maxi on you Jane....looks really gorgeous with the leopard print accessories!! They all look like lovely classic pieces Xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle & you're right they're great classic investments that are so beautifully & stylishly made.
      Jane xx

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  5. I think you have chosen some gorgeous pieces Jane, all will work well with your existing wardrobe and agree with Michelle, you look amazing in that maxi dress xx

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  6. All gorgeous pieces, Jane, but I'm more taken with your garden! It's so beautiful! You look stunning in everything you wear but I do love the maxi dress too. Lynne xx

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    1. Aww thanks Lynne the maxi dress is certainly a stunner isn't it. As for the garden thank you, it was totally overgrown when we moved in several years ago & half the time we don't know what we're doing so it's more luck than anything lol!
      Jane xx

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  7. Such a beautiful black maxi dress, love how you let the leopard out to play too!! xx p.s. 'Ditto' above, what a lovely garden!

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    1. You know me always looking for the opportunity for Bet to come out to play lol ;-)
      Jane xx

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  8. Definitely going to check out this brand, I think its right up my street! Gorgeous ruched top, and I love the maxi on you. Off to look at the website!
    Abbi x

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    1. Thanks Abbi, they have some lovely pieces, let me know what you think!
      Jane xx

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    1. Aww thanks Fiona the clothes are gorgeous aren't they!
      Jane xx

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  10. I will echo Fiona here Amazing!!!! Styling misses!!! Loving the white shirt
    Looks and you look fabulous in the Mango Jacket & blouse. X

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    1. Aww thanks Annmarie :-)
      Jane xx

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