Back to Nature

Who doesn’t love the great outdoors? Well, okay, it’s not for everyone, but here’s a way of getting close to nature, without, well, getting close to nature! Wear it!

From shell to leaf prints, to hints of animals here and there, this is nature style at its very best. And no florals here. Think nature – but no flowers, okay?

So, think leaf prints, like this fab palm print on this beautiful midi dress from French Connection (£125). It’s edgy, contemporary, but still brings you up close and personal with nature!

French Connection palm dressSticking with the leaf print, BHS’s hankie hem fern print monochrome dress (£26) is a holiday essential this year.

BHS fern print dressWhite Stuff are truly at one with nature with this reversible skirt. (£47.50) One side pretty birds, on the other dandelion clocks. We love it.

White Stuff reversible bird skirt

Also at White Stuff, we love this subtle pale fern and leaf print dress (£49.95), perfect for everyday spring wear.

White Stuff fern dress

If you want your nature homage a bit bolder, then we suggest this great bird print dress at JOY (£55).

JOY bird dress


And if you love quirky, then you will love this H&M smock dress (£19.99). Looks like paisley pattern but if you look closer it’s lizards!

H&M lizard paisley dressWellies? Check. Wellies that are fun? Check again. We love these cute ankle wellies from White Stuff (£29.95) with fern print and polka dot lining.

White Stuff fern welliesJOY’s shell print skirt (£39) is a contemporary way of bringing a bit of nature into your life.

Natural style shell skirtAnimal print is getting back to nature, sort of, so we’ve included this fantastic snakeskin cross-body bag from French Connection (£75). If you aren’t a fan of our reptile fans you better get over it quickly, as snake is the animal print of this season.

Natural style FC snake bagThis bigger, shopper bag, is more cute and cuddly, with lovely embroidered zebras. Find it at White Stuff (£32.50)

Nature style sebra white stuff bagThis has to be one of our favourite dresses of this season so far -coming soon at New Look this monochrome twig and branch print shirt dress (£24.99). New look monochrome branch dressWhite Stuff’s moth print dress (£69.95) does things in a very subtle way – but it’s still all about nature!

natueal style white stuff moth dressNew Look’s cute leaf and fern print playsuit (£12.99) is so spring-fresh, we can’t wait to wear it with wedges and a floppy hat.

New Look leaves playsuitAt JOY, this leaf print Tee (£15) takes us right back to nature, in a subtle and simple way.

Natural style JOY t-shirtFinally, a little bit more snake, this time in scarf form from BHS (£12) for a little nod to nature as a start!

BHS snake scarf

The Great Outdoors Trend

The Great Outdoors trend is one of the best trends of the season. It’s really easy to do, you can adapt it to suit your needs, and it involves, at times, cute animals. What’s not to love?

So, what is this great outdoors trend? No, it’s not a trend based on The Great Outdoors, the 1988 movie starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. But if you haven’t seen that, give it a go – there is plaid (part of this trend) and lots of laughs…

Anyway, back to clothes. The great outdoors trend is simple – but it’s not just for outdoors. We’re not talking fleeces and berghaus here, okay. We’re talking cosy coats, blanket wraps, leather and lumberjack, fur trims, fairytales, wild animals, bold patterns and rich textures. Warmth, yes, but just a nod of the trend works for evening outfits too. How? Trust me…

Team a full midi skirt with an owl print T-shirt, a cosy, yet sophisticated oversized cardigan, and some super on-trend flats, and finish with a ponyskin clutch – and there you go, the great outdoors trend, for an evening out.

great outdoors trend sevenClockwise, from top left: Nesting owl t-shirt, £24, Brat + Suzie @ JOY, oversize cardigan, £49.99, H&M, ponyskin bag, £100, French Connection, shoes, £19.99, New Look, full skirt, £49, Betty.Jackson Black @ Debenhams

Mix up those textures – brilliant sequin trousers, animal print top, owl necklace, bold gold shoes and a blanket wrap give an alternative, outdoorsy, evening out look.

great outdoors trend sixClockwise, from top left: Green sequin trousers, £140, French Connection, animal motif T-shirt, £18, JOY, owl pendant, £27, Artysmarty @ JOY, chevron stripe blanket wrap, £24.99, New Look, gold sandals, £55, Schuh

What I love about this trend is the ability to mix colours, fabrics, prints, and come over all Carrie Bradshaw like, agreed? Team a full skirt with a gorgeous coat, sweater and heels for a true vintage Sex And The City look.

great outdoors trends oneClockwise, from top left: Squirrel sweater, £45, JOY, fur collar coat, £195, French Connection, fur bag, £29.99, floral print skirt, pink fur trim shoes, £24.99, all New Look

Keep it cute with a playsuit, fur gilet and hat, and some comfortable cosy UGG boots.

great outdoors trend fourClockwise, from top left: Playsuit, £19.99, H&M, fur bobble hat, £35, French Connection, owl purse, £3.99, New Look, Fake fur gilet, £99, French Connection, UGG Australia boots, £150, Schuh, owl ring, £2.99, New Look

For daytime, keep the silhouette simple, with a loose knit, leggings, ankle boots and a plaid bag, with a bit of fake fur for fun.

great outdoors trend threeClockwise, from top left: Burgundy sweater, £80, French Connection, ankle boots, £59.99, New Look, suede leggings, £22, BHS, plaid messenger bag, £19.99, H&M, faux fox fur stole, £17.99, New Look

A big coat is an essential this season, and a big part of the great outdoors trend. This blanket coat looks great with simple leggings, winter florals and a cute bag.

great oudoors trend twoClockwise, from top left: Scuba leggings, £29.99, H&M, plaid bag, £25, Mantaray @ Debenhams, bog red coat, £99.99, H&M, floral print top, £32, Betty.Jackson Black @ Debenhams, blue boots, £65, Rocha.John Rocha @ Debenhams

Foxy lady! Go all out with Louche @ JOY’s fox print dress! Team with foxy socks, a blanket wrap, fur lined boots and a fur hat for maximum great outdoors trend quirkiness!

great outdoors trend fiveClockwise, from top left: Fox print dress, £49, JOY, blanket wrap, £27.99, New Look, fox socks, £1.99, New Look, fur trimmed boots, £125, Crew Clothing, fur hat, £12.99, New Look

Mix it up! Wide bold jersey skirt, with tweed wellington boots, and a badger sweater? Why not?!

great outdoors trend eightClockwise, from top left: Wellies, £35, Mantaray @ Debenhams, jersey circle skirt, £34.99, H&M, mustard crop sweater, £29.99, H&M, animal cardigan, £39, Mr Badger sweater, £45, both JOY

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