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Bath in Fashion 2016

Every year, Bath in Fashion puts on various events around the city and for the third year (check out the posts from 2013 and 2014 here), I was invited to go on their bloggers preview day to see what various retailers would be doing.

First though, we got to check out the new exhibit at the Fashion Museum, A History of Fashion in 100 Items. It only opened on the 19th, so we were one of the first groups who got to see the new exhibit. It’s another excellent exhibit, taking you from the early 1600’s to the present day. Here are a few pics from the exhibit, but you must go and see it for yourself!

Open and closed robes from the 1700's. Beautiful patterns. #bifloves

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This is a day dress from 1865 – crazy to think this was considered casual #bifloves

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I would wear this Dior dress now #bifloves

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After a bit of lunch at the museum (and a very messy muffin!), we split up into teams and went around the city hunting out items that showed off some of the latest trends. I was with Josephine, Kate and Clair as Team Rhodes (since Zandra Rhodes is going to be giving a talk at Bath in Fashion), and our task was to find tailored, fringed and tassled items. I found it much easier to find the tailored items, since that’s the sort of style I normally go for! We visited so many lush stores, but in order, we hit up Hobbs, Chanii B, Ezza, Phase Eight, Joules, Seasalt, Crew Clothing, Flock and Next.
Click on the images in the grid below to go to the Instagram pages for each item…

Jacket and shirt from Hobbs Shoe from Chanii B Shoes Leather bags at Ezza Dress, necklace and bag from Phase Eight Jacket and dress from Joules Shoes from Seasalt Cornwall Short and jumper from Crew Clothing Jacket and necklace from East Necklaces from Next


After hunting down lots of gorgeous items (and creating a bit of a wishlist!), we headed to Jollys (which is actually a House of Fraser) for a makeover with Nars then we were let loose in the store to find items to try on. It’s pretty rare for me to go and try clothes on when I’m actually looking for something, but even more so when I’m not looking for something in particular, so I thought I’d try things I wouldn’t normally go for. I loved this jumpsuit from Phase Eight – it was so comfortable! I also tried on this pleated dress from Biba and a pretty pink dress which I think was from Phase Eight again, but I can’t find that on the House of Fraser website!

We ended the day with cocktails at Be At One and some amazing goodie bags (I especially love the cashmere handwarmers from Brora and the glasses/phone case from Chanii B – I’m wearing the handwarmers now, and the case is great for finding my phone in my bag!)

Bath in Fashion is from 18th – 24th April and there are events for everyone – from watching Breakfast at Tiffanys to craft beer tasting at Hunter and Sons to a wearable technology masterclass (which sounds seriously interesting!). You can see all the events on the site here. Thank you to the Bath in Fashion team – it was such a fun filled day!

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A few weeks ago, I received an invite to come and meet a new brand, called Ted and Muffy who were opening a new shop in Bath, in the same spot as Duo Boots were last year. Duo have rebranded as a company more aimed towards the younger generation, but with the same excellent quality boots. (My Fader knee high biker style boots are still going strong, a year later!)

The shop has been completely refitted, with a much fresher look but it’s really the shoes that are the main focus. The new campaigns are a lot more different any other shoe company has tried before – just look at them!

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There’s still so many styles to choose from, it was pretty difficult for me to make a choice!

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Once I had picked up my key from the wishing tree, I picked out a few different styles and got trying them all on, but I kept getting drawn to the Zoom brogues in pewter leather. I’m not sure why – I don’t have anything like it in my shoe collection, and they’re not my normal style at all, but since they arrived at my desk, I’ve worn them so much!

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Thank you Ted and Muffy for a fun evening of gossip, nibbles and of course, my beautiful pair of shoes!

Bath in Fashion 2014

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A glorious sunny day met us in Bath last Sunday for the Bath in Fashion bloggers preview day. We headed in to the beautiful Royal Crescent Hotel for a little tea and to hear about the events that will be going on this year.

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No filter needed…the sky really was this amazingly blue!

The events this year sound really exciting…here’s just a few of them to tempt you to head over to the West Country…

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Thu 8 May

 Sat 10 May

After finding out about all the fun coming up, me, AmieJessLily and Sophie teamed up and headed into Bath to try to find some outfits that would be suitable for some of this seasons hottest trends. I loved this floral dress from French Connection* – wouldn’t it be perfect for a wedding?

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Dashing about Bath can be quite tiring, so we headed back to the Fashion Museum, and checked out the latest exhibits.

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Bloggers, bloggers, everywhere and not a drop to dri..wait, that’s not right.

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The newest exhibit at the museum is “Georgians: Dress for Polite Society“. So interesting to see what sort of things people wore less than 200 years ago.

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It’s interesting to see how modern fashions take styles from the past as well – who expected to see a Bayswater in the museum? (Although wouldn’t a Mulberry exhibit be interested, especially with the local angle to it?)

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The Dress of the Year is one outfit chosen by someone in fashion that epitomises the past year in fashion – in 2014, it was chosen by Susie Lau from Style Bubble. There’s a lot that could be said here about how brilliant it is to have a blogger recognised in this way, but I’m sure you’ll hear that everywhere else!

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My favourite part of the museum is the dress up part. Last year, we didn’t get to dress up at all, so took advantage of the end of the day emptyness and had lots of fun! Those things are heavy though – carrying around the hoop skirts and all those layers are enough of a work-out on their own!

Will you be heading to Bath for any of the events? I need to get my calendar together with all these events!

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