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Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • Hot off the Catwalk!

    Hot off the Catwalk!

    The spring/summer fashion shows were packed to the brim, with fresh new looks. There are plenty of trends to choose from, to perk up your spring wardrobe.

    Fashion is constantly evolving, but always takes inspiration from past decades. This season many fashion houses have been taking their inspiration from the 70's. We've seen lots of mustard yellow, browns, & creams on the runways. While we've seen Pucci bringing back flares, for that hippie chic look.

    Denim has been seen on most of the catwalks, with flared jeans & denim skirts making a comeback. But don't worry, you don't need to go full on 70's with your look! If you want to update your look, just pick a simple short denim skirt or a pair of slightly flared jeans, & pair them with a simple t-shirt & a classic brogue shoe. Mustang "Polly" would look great with any 70's inspired look, with its block high heel, platform sole, & retro styling. I know I'll be wearing this with everything!


    Another trend still going strong is black & white. This was a key theme of the Balenciaga show this season. You can't really go wrong with the monochrome look, but coming into the summer months you may not want to wear so much black. If you want to tap into this trend why not go for monochrome accents. Just add a chic little black & white clutch, or a pair of black & white loafers. "Coral Reef" from Clarks will keep you right on trend with its pointed toe & black & white detailing. This little loafer is so versatile, you can dress it up or keep it casual. Perfect for work & play.

    clarks coral reef

    Full printed skirts have made a major comeback in recent years, & are still big for 2015. Michael Kors kept things classic with bright floral print. What better way to keep your spring look fresh, than a pretty floral skirt. To dress up your printed full skirt, team it with a pointed high heel pump. The point is big this season and looks great against the soft nature of a full skirt.

    If you want a splash of colour, with a bit of edge, then "Dalhart Sorbet" from Clarks is the shoe for you this spring. It comes in a beautiful deep coral suede, with contrasting black stiletto heel, to give your look a little edginess. With a sharp pointed toe, this pump will look great teamed with a full floral skirt.

    For a slightly softer point, why not try "Billie" from S.Oliver. This high heel pump comes in a soft shimmering cream & gold print, so it will go with everything.

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    Now these are just a few of the trends hitting the high street this spring. There are plenty more still to come for spring 2015. So whether you are a hippie chick or a floral beauty, have fun freshening up your wardrobe with some runway style this spring!

  • Straight to the point.

    There were lots of different trends coming through on the catwalks for spring 2015. Lots to have fun with when updating my wardrobe! One of my top picks for the coming season is pointed toes. The pointed heel will carry you through from winter 2014 into spring 2015 with ease. A pointed toe can really change the look of an outfit. It can smarten up a casual outfit, or give a floaty little dress a bit of an edge.

    This spring season I'm loving the pointed flat. It’s got style & comfort in one neat little package! A pointed flat can dress up an outfit if your feet are needing a rest from heels. You can easily style a work outfit with a pointed loafer, & stay right on trend. When the weather gets a little bit milder, I know I'll be changing from boots into my pointed pumps.

    Pointed shoes

    My two favourites here at McConnells are "Coral Reef" from Clarks, & "Angel" from Tamaris.

    "Coral Reef" comes in two great finishes. A lovely neutral oyster leopard print suede upper with patent accents. This one will go with any outfit, whether it’s for work or play. Team them with your skinnies, button down shirt, & a chunky knit for a casual, yet chic look. Also coming in black leather with contrasting white trim, they give a nod to colour blocking, another key look for spring 2015. The black & white will look great teamed with a pair of cropped straight leg slacks. You'll find this one a good addition to your work wardrobe this year.

    Now, "Angel" from our Tamaris range is a beautiful little pointed ballerina pump, with strapping detail to keep it very up to the minute. It comes in a muted blush gold, which will go with everything. A-line midi skirts are big again for spring 2015, & these pumps will go great with them. They will look fab with my floral midi, for a fresh springtime look. This style of shoe is so versatile, it will look great with skinnies, skirts, slacks, & even shorts, for when the weather really heats up.

    Now for those of you, who just don't like flats, have a look at "Aquifer Belle" from Clarks. This chic little number has a kitten heel, keeping it dressy yet still comfortable to wear all day. With snake print leather upper, & sling back detail, it will dress up any outfit. This is one of those shoes that will take you from day to night with ease.


  • Justin Reece Dover

    There are no boundaries in the fashion stakes for men.  Let your man stand out in the crowd.
    Justin Reece 'Dover' is available in 4 colours black, navy, tan and wine, each with a subtle flash of red in the sole unit and a choice of laces. Treat your love one with a classic brogue which is still hitting all the right notes for spring/summer 2015.
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     Justin Reece Dover Navy      
  • Bags of style for the year ahead.

    Bags of style for the year ahead.

    At this time of year, when it's freezing outside, I tend to layer up to keep the chill at bay. It can be hard to keep your look fresh, when you're wearing half the contents of your wardrobe at once! So, although the sales are in full swing, & a few bargains to be found, I don't really need anything. My closets are full, near to bursting if I'm honest! However, I still need a little something to lift my outfits & my spirits at this time of year.

    Now, you have a few options, when updating your look at this time of year. How about some statement jewellery? Chunky necklaces can be great addition to any outfit, but can be lost under coats & scarves. What about a new hairstyle? Can be a great way to lift your mood & style, but is maybe a little drastic if you just want to freshen up your outfits at a transitional time of year! Anyway, a hat or the bad weather will ruin a new hairstyle as soon as you step out of the salon! (Or does that only happen to me?) Another option is a new handbag. It looks good & has an actual function to boot! The right bag can transform an outfit & freshen up your whole look. At the moment I'm loving the Shopper bag. Both practical & stylish, this bag will see you through the winter months & into the spring. The latest drop of bags have just arrived here at McConnells, & they are just what you need, to rejuvenate your winter outfits.

    If you want a neutral colour then "Miss Chantal" from Clarks is a great pick. The beige colour in this bag will go with any outfit. With its croc effect beige front & cream sides, it oozes style. Three roomy compartments make this ideal for work or a shopping trip. Also coming in navy with cream & tan trim for a pop of colour. My fave shopper is the lovely "Magnolia Bud" in taupe with contrasting black trim. With its cream & black cross stitch print on the front, it is right on trend for this season.

    If a smaller bag is more your thing then have a look at "Misinto Joy". This updated take on the classic satchel is the perfect size. Colour blocking is a key trend now, so this bag is a great way to keep your look up to the minute. In a navy, tan & cream colour combo, this classic little bag will go everywhere with you. Another little gem is " Mapello Buzz" from Clarks. This versatile black patent bag is styled with brown & tan details. This bag can be worn as a chic clutch, or worn across the body with its detachable long strap. This bag truly will take you from day to night, with effortless style.

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  • Mustang Polly

    Mustang have delivered again, 'Polly' is an effortless high heel brogue with a platform and simple punch detailing. 

    With contrasting cool blue and earthy tones, 'Polly' is great for this time of year for the transition from boots to shoes.
    Ladies these are selling out fast!
    Mustang Polly
  • Clarks Hamble Oak brogues

    Getting fed up looking out the window at that horrid wintry weather, then why not pop into McConnell Shoes and check out all our fabulous Spring/Summer 15 collections which are starting to arrive! With new styles in Mens, Ladies and Kids, something is bound to catch your eye! We are loving all the new ladies Clarks Hamble Oak brogues, now in navy patent and dusty pink leather!!


    Clarks Hamble Oak Dusty Pink  Clarks Hamble Oak Navy Pat

  • Glam It Up!

     Glamour Set

    It's time to get your sparkle on ladies! If you have a formal coming up or a wedding to attend, then you're going to need some glam heels to finish off your outfit.

    McConnell's new range from "Glamour" are just the ticket. No need to search for a bag to match your shoes, as these shoes come with a matching bag included. At  only £59.99 for the shoes & matching bag together, they are a steal!

    This selection from "Glamour" really is stunning. For that 1940's film star look, go for "London" with it's classic peep toe. With a 3.5inch heel & slight platform underfoot, it gives your feet added cushioning without losing any style points. With elegant ruching detail & an Art Deco inspired broach detail, "London" will see you through any formal party or wedding. It comes with a matching bag to finish off your outfit too. It comes in silver or gold, which go great with so many colours.

    If you prefer a slightly lower heel then "Paris" is the one for you. It comes in either gold or pewter, & features a beautiful gem encrusted bow detail at the toe. It has an open toe & slingback fastening to give a great fit. With its 2.5inch heel & matching bag, it offers comfort without substituting the style.

    Kate Appleby

    Another great range of occasion shoes from "Kate Appleby" have just landed here at McConnells, & I can't wait to show them off! I have a couple of weddings this year so I've been eyeing up outfits recently. It can be hard getting a shoe to go with your outfit, but not with these stylish heels!

    The classic styling of "Devon" will suit any wedding outfit, with its peep toe & stiletto heel. If you want to elongate your legs, then this 4inch heel will do the job! But don't fret, it comes with a concealed platform to keep your feet well cushioned. "Devon" comes in silver or a beautifully iridescent blush gold. I'll definitely be snapping up a gold pair!

    Another stunner from "Kate Appleby" is "Telford". With its strapping detail it will keep you bang on trend this spring/summer. With a 4inch stiletto heel & hidden platform, it gives you that killer heel look, without the killer heel pain! It comes in classic black, & nude to go with any outfit. But if you want a splash of colour, it also comes in a gorgeous vibrant peach, to add a pop of colour to your look. I have to say, the peach is my favourite, & will go great with a dress I've had my eye on! Is it possible for a girl to have too many shoes? The answer is NO! Don't let anyone tell you any different!

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