Let's Get Ready For The Races…

Summer is here at last and the race season is in full swing!

Our brand ambassador Hayley Sparkes has selected her top 5 picks from our new season, that would be perfect for a day at the races. 

INDIE | Navy | Bow Front Cut Out Dress | Blue Vanilla

“I love the multi coloured print of this dress, it makes it super easy to find accessories to match. You can pick out any of the colours and pair up shoes, bag and a fascinator or hat. The style is very figure flattering, the v-neck is slimming and the midi length is really elegant. I like how this dress covers up the tops of the arms too!”


YOLANDA | Green Pattern | Diamond Print Sleeveless Dress | Blue Vanilla

“The Yolanda diamond print pattern dress really makes a style statement with the vibrant pink and green diamond print and feminine pleats. For race courses with a strict etiquette on thin straps, the wider fabric across the strapline won’t break any rules. The belt will show off the waist and the midi length shows off the slimmest part of the leg.”

 

ADELE | Green | Floral Wrap Front Pleated Midi Dress | Blue Vanilla

 “ The Adele dress is one of my personal favourites, the colours and design are so striking. This is a versatile occasion-wear dress that would not only suit a fun day at the races, but could be worn again to a wedding or summer party. This is a great investment piece.”

LEXI | Red | Angel Sleeve Tiered Maxi Dress | Blue Vanilla

“The stunning red /coral Lexi dress is such a beautiful colour to enhance a summer tan and really brighten the complexion. I love the gold metallic detail in the fabric, it adds that extra touch of glamour.”

HARLEEN | Blue | Wrap Front Elasticated Dress Blue Vanilla

“Last but not least the Harleen dress, which is also available in green. If the great British weather is a bit chiller than expected, or if you prefer a more covered up style on race day, this is a wonderful choice. The Harleen dress is one sized, so will fit a size 8-14, which means it has plenty of stretch and is really comfortable to wear. The pattern is stunning and the fabric is lightweight and feels super gentle against your skin. Wear this dress again on another occasion with a thick belt, for a different look.” 

 

 

June 22, 2022 — Daniel Baker
New Spring Styles To Put A Spring Back In Your Step

New Spring Styles To Put A Spring Back In Your Step

Now we have reached February, we can’t help but look ahead to spring! It’s always exciting when we can look forward to a fresh new wardrobe! With the milder weather approaching it’s a great time to look ahead at some wardrobe staples that will help transition us through into spring. It’s often a tricky time as the weather can be constantly changing, so layering up is still key to getting spring dressing just right! 

February 02, 2022 — Abigail Miller
What to wear to University This Autumn

What to wear to University This Autumn

Are you a uni fresher or heading back for a new term? Whichever it is, you’ll want to bag some gorgeous new outfits to update your ‘drobe!

University is the best time to discover who you are and make friends for life, and you’ll want to make an instant impression with your wardrobe.

Whether you’re planning a big night out with your flatmates, a lazy weekend to recover from it or want that laidback lecture look, we’re here with a stunning new edit. Perfect for uni, but they’re right on-trend for Autumn and Winter as the weather turns cooler.

Live your best life and find your unique uni outfits today.

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Read on to discover our favourite new university term picks...

Luxury Lecture Look

University isn’t all parties and nights out; your lectures and seminars soon roll around. But what do you wear? For the autumn and winter seasons, you’ll need layers for your commute to campus, but you can still look stunning. 

Peggy Shaggy Faux Fur Blazer

You can almost wear anything for lectures, but we’re bridging the gap between classic casual and glamorously smart. From the top, our Peggy Shaggy Faux Fur Blazer will keep you on-trend and cosy. Just because you’ve left school doesn’t mean blazers are out!

Sherry Button Through Cord Shirt Dress

Our Nora Gold Flower Polka Dot Shirt is perfect for in and around uni. Pair it with the right jeans and footwear, and you have casual night out style. Staying with shirts, if you want to be even more glamorous, our Sherry Button Through Cord Shirt Dress is just what your ‘drobe needs. Combining the comfort of a shirt with the style of a dress, it’s the perfect uni all-rounder.

Anabelle Two-Colour Batwing Jumper

For keeping cosy, our Anabelle Two-Colour Batwing Jumper is just what is needed as the days get cooler. Perfect for lectures and the library, pair it with a pair of boots and you’ll have a seamless outfit for relocating to the student union bar.

No matter what, however, you’ll need the student staple - denim. Got a lecture? Heading to the library? Meeting a study group? The answer is denim. Jeans go with everything, black, washed or torn, match them with trainers or boots to move from campus to clubs.

Big Nights Out and Freshers Socials

Night outs are a given at university, whether it’s with new friends, clubs & socs, flatmates or a social at the student union. Whichever it is, you’ll need trusty outfits to be there when you’re heading off for a night on the town.

blue vanilla uni outfits hem dresses

Without a doubt, our favourites are luxurious lace hem dresses. Featuring animal print inspiration, these elegant dresses give you an amazing silhouette and gets two hot trends in one - lace and animal prints. Pair them with strappy heels and a clutch handbag to complete the look.

Tegan Front Zip Jumpsuit

For added warmth on a night out, our exclusive Tegan Front Zip Jumpsuit is perfect for hitting winter streets in this catwalk-worthy piece. Featuring the on-trend animal print, bright accessories and footwear will finish this outfit.

blue vanilla uni outfits bodysuits

Few items have become a fashion favourite like the bodysuit. This Animal Jacquard Wrap Bodysuit works perfectly with skinny, high-waist jeans or a mini skirt for instant fashion points. Our Yasmine Strappy Lace Bodysuit works the layering game when matched with skinny trousers and a blazer. Pair them with heels to complete your outfit.

Khaleesi Animal Mini Skirt

Mini skirts are an all-rounder, ideal for days on campus or nights on the town. This Khaleesi Animal Mini Skirt not only looks stunning, but it will keep you warm on cold nights in between the bars and clubs. Match it with a bodysuit and your favourite heels for an effortless look.

Down Days & Weekends

Following a heavy night out, you’ll likely want a lazy weekend. For that, you want comfort. It’s all about comfort. But who says you can’t look amazing at the same time?

Elissa Animal Heart Diamante

Where better to start than our adorable Elissa Animal Heart Diamante t-shirt is perfect for lounging or heading for a coffee. Pair it with your favourite jeans and trainers for easy day-wear style.

blue vanilla uni outfits laidback jackets

It’s only going to get cooler, and for that, you need a warm and cosy jacket. This cuddly Klara Shaggy Faux Fur Jacket is ideal for when the temperature turns icy. Alternatively, our brilliant Edith Oversized Borg Coat will keep you warm, no matter what this winter. Pair each with jeans and trainers or heels for an easy fashion win.

Selena Leopard Print Jumper

Everyone has a favourite jumper, and our fierce Selena Leopard Print Jumper could be yours. Featuring on-trend animal print and super-soft fabric, no other knitwear says ‘comfort and cosiness’ like this. Team this jumper with jeans or cargo pants and trainers for true style.

For extra comfort and style points, bodysuits are perfect when paired with jeans - it’s the new white t-shirt/jeans combination - for a day of shopping or relaxing. Our oversized range, including jackets, tops and cardigans are ideal for a lazy weekend.

Take a look at all of our new-in clothing to find all of our latest fashion drops now!
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January 31, 2022 — Elle Nelson
Tags: Fashion
5 Afternoon Tea Outfits

5 Afternoon Tea Outfits

Looking for outfit inspo for that quintessentially English tradition Afternoon Tea, that we love to indulge in?... look no further, we got you! Be the belle of the tea party with Blue Vanilla's Spring Collection.

The event was created over 150 years, by Anna Marie Russel, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (thank you, Lady!) in 1840. The Duchess would get peckish around 4pm (don’t we all) and usually have to wait until 8pm for their fashionably late evening meal… so Anna began  snacking alone her in the afternoon, but as time went on friends were invited to join her. Who wouldn’t love tea and tiny sandwiches!?... Upon returning to London Anna sent out invites requesting her friends to join her for “tea and a walking in the fields” and bam, Afternoon Tea was born.

It wasn’t long until all of Fashionable society was sippin’ a cuppa from beautiful matching china teacups and nibbling on dainty sandwiches and scones. What were all these ladies wearing? By the 1880’s the upper-class and then fashionistas would don long gowns, gloves and hats and swan to the drawing room to get their fill of tasty treats and tantalising gossip.

Nowadays Afternoon Tea is just as much of a social occasion and reason to get dressed up. We have pulled together our five fav looks perfect for Afternoon Tea.

  1. Pretty Wrap Dress

The perfect easy to wear dress that flatters every shape. Our bestselling glittery wrap dress JOCYLN is back for spring! Available in a range of prints and colours, we have one to suit every style. Team with a statement stiletto for a classic look:

 

  1. Silky & Sophisticated Pastel Dress

Perfect for a more dressed up look, for the most glamorous of girls. Wow you friends with this simple yes beautiful silky number. RABIA is sure to turn heads at the most luxurious affairs. Team with a simple nude stiletto, clutch, and pale blazer for a divine royal look.

 

  1. Trousers & Statement Knit

If you’re looking for a more casual but still gorgeous style, try teaming some smart trousers with a statement knit. Our LORALYN, CHRISTINE and DAISY are THE Afternoon Tea jumpers. Add a heeled boot or simple heel for lovely finished look.

 

  1. Beautiful Tulip Dress

This silhouette is sure to enhance your most flattering areas! Get ready to enjoy the sunshine in our bestselling tulip style dresses. Wanting to cover a fraction more? Try our JEANNE high neck tulip for a more sophisticated look.

 

  1. Fabulous Floral Jumpsuit

Be the shining stylist of the group in our pretty fabulous range of jumpsuits. With unique floral prints to catch fashionistas eyes, you will look the part for any Afternoon Tea meet up. Wear with a posh wedge and statement earring to finish of your look.

 

 

January 31, 2022 — Lucy lucy.colgrave@bluevanilla.com
Top 10 Instaworthy Photo Spots In London

Top 10 Instaworthy Photo Spots In London

Ever wondered where your fave celebs, bloggers and Insta-babes take their gorgeous pictures for the ‘gram? Whether it’s a restaurant decked out in floor to ceiling millennial pink, or an impressive townhouse with white pillars and a statement front door - we know the places to go to get the shot.

So when you next find yourself in London, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Instagram-able spots to visit. Don’t know what to wear? We have you covered there too with our fave new season pieces as seen on your fave influencers.

Top 10 Instagram-able Spots In London

Where?

Regent Street/ Oxford Street - Central London

Regent Street/ Oxford Street - Central London

In central London doing a bit of retail therapy? Take a snap in and around the Oxford Street/Regent Street area and your followers are guaranteed to know where you are, all thanks to those imposing London buildings, iconic tube stop signs and the classic red phone box! Steal @katiepenny’s chic Blue Vanilla style by teaming our Belle Tie Front Button Cream Shirt with a smart blazer and cream trousers.

 

Where?

Peggy Porschen, Belgravia, SW1W 9QQ

Peggy Porschen, Belgravia, SW1W 9QQ

Ah, Peggy Porschen, a much loved location for shooting the prettiest pictures - especially in spring all thanks to their candy floss coloured exterior and flower wall! Head over to beautiful Belgravia and recreate @RosieFortescue’s gorgeous look at Peggy Porschen by pairing our Libby Long Sleeve Snake Print Oversize Mint Tunic with knee high boots and loose, effortless waves. 

Related: What to wear to afternoon tea

 

Where?

Notting Hill W11 and South Kensington SW7

Notting Hill W11 and South Kensington SW7

If you’re looking for picture perfect streets lined with Georgian mansions, head to St Luke’s Mews and Lancaster Road in Notting Hill or Kynance Mews in South Kensington. There you’ll find blossom trees, rainbow coloured houses and imposing front doors galore. Work it like Rosie in our Maryetta Animal Print High Low Hem Top, or opt for a statement floral piece such as our glamorous Eryn Red Keyhole Halter Neck Floral Dress.

 

Where?

Carnaby Street, W1F 9PS

Carnaby Street, W1F 9PS

The original birthplace of the swinging 60s! Head down to Carnaby Street to find a hidden shopping mecca nestled between bustling Oxford Street. Looks familiar? Carnaby Street is particularly sparkly at Christmas time with the infamous Carnaby lights. For now though, add a pop of colour to your spring wardrobe the @IndiaMoon way with our Gloria Brushed Check Mustard/Grey Crombie Coat.

 

Where?

Sketch, W1S,2XG

Sketch needs NO introduction. You’ve probably spotted the blush pink tones of The Gallery restaurant, the natural botanical vibe of The Glade, or the cool egg shaped toilets on Insta. Visit Sketch to ensure your coloured Insta-theme looks fresh. We recommend wearing our flowy Haley Floral Print Wrap Tie Back Yellow Dress which can be styled up for afternoon tea, or an evening meal at Sketch with the girls.

 

Where?

Coppa Club, Tower Bridge, EC3R 6AH

Looking for somewhere to dine in style, whilst getting that all important Insta shot? Check out the Coppa Club igloos for a memorable night. Make an impression and head out wearing our curve skimming Livia Long Sleeve Floral Print Navy Maxi Dress - we’re wearing ours with ankle boots for a chic day to night look.

Where?

The Shard, SE1 9SG

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, the spectacular views over London and Westminster from The Shard will guarantee your jaw to hit the floor. Don’t pass up a photo opportunity so make sure you’re looking cute. Our Margot Floral Print Mint Pleat Detail CamI Dress is the perfect choice.

Where?

Camden Market, NW1

For a more alternative vibe head to Camden Market, famous for its punk scene, renowned Stables Market and the home of the late Amy Winehouse. Don’t forget to take a pic in front of the iconic ‘Camden Lock’ bridge. For your trip to Camden, style it out in our Vivika Button Through Black Polka Dot Dress teamed with a denim jacket and Converse.

Where?

Waterloo Bridge for amazing city views

For amazing pics in front of not one, but two London landmarks Big Ben and the London Eye, head to Waterloo Bridge for a photo op looking East towards Canary Wharf, or West towards the Houses of Parliament. Show off your style game on Waterloo Bridge in our gorgeous Nadia Leaf Print Belted Khaki Dress and sandals.

 

Happy snappin’!

Shop all the looks at Blue Vanilla now!
Time for more? How to dress like Meghan Markle

 

January 31, 2022 — Elle Nelson
Tags: Lifestyle
Keep it Cosy: Coats for Winter

Keep it Cosy: Coats for Winter

We’re well into autumn and that means cold weather is here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish.

Coats are the perfect way to start your A/W fashion game. It’s the first thing people see, so why not make a statement? Whether you’re after a coat for a night out, weekend shopping or just to cosy-up in, Blue Vanilla has the complete coat & jacket collection for the new season right here!

You can still be chic when the weather’s chilly.

Shop our new-in range now

Read on to discover our favourite new coats and jackets for autumn and winter...

Feelin’ Perfect in Puffer Jackets

Ideal for every social scene - work, weekends, day trips and uni - puffer coats are an A/W essential; they go with everything!

Related: What to Wear to Uni This Autumn

Puffer Coats Collection

Our Faith Black Mix Quilt Belted Puffer Coat blends warmth and style effortlessly. With its faux fur-lined hood, belt and rose gold detailing, you’ll be sure to turn heads in this stunning coat. Its added length is sure to keep you cosy.

Faith Black Mix Quilt Belted Puffer Coat

Just because you’re wearing a coat, it doesn’t mean you can’t stand out from the crowd. Our Mya Fitted Fur Hood Puffer Jacket will supersize your silhouette. Its shorter length makes it perfect when paired with jeans for a relaxed look.

Mya Fitted Fur Hood Puffer Jacket

For added luxury in your puffer coat, our Sienna Mink Velvet Chevron Puffer Jacket is just what your ‘drobe’s been demanding. Its glam soft velvet finish makes it one of the most stylish ways to cover up. Perfect for a night out with the girls.

Sienna Mink Velvet Chevron Puffer Jacket

Keepin’ Cosy in a Teddy Coat

If you’re looking for a cute and cosy coat this season, you don’t need to look any further than a teddy jacket. A must-have for every fashion ‘drobe this season!

 

To look as icy cool as the weather feels, our stunning Daru Powder Teddy Fur Coat will cover every base in your coat game; stylish, comfy and super-soft. Its sublime finish and relaxed fit means you can wear it to any occasion or throw it over your favourite knitwear.

Daru Powder Teddy Fur Coat

Keep yourself cosy in this gorgeous Tilly Lilac Drop Shoulder Double-Breasted Teddy Coat. Its longline design and oversized fit are perfect for style and comfort, ensuring you stay warm this season. Chunky knitwear and jeans make the complete chic look.

Tilly Lilac Drop Shoulder Double-Breasted Teddy Coat

With its luxurious texture and cosy, cream tones, our Edith Oversized Borg is the complete modern take on the Borg Teddy. The double-breasted design makes it a coat for any occasion and is perfect when paired with skinny jeans, your fave jumper, and boots.

 

Be the Pride of the Pack with a Faux Fur Coat

Faux fur is the trend that will never end. Guaranteed to look stylish, these coats will keep you cosy and chic!

 

In its autumnal colour, our Klara Shaggy Fur Jacket has a luxury touch with its chunky fur finish. A relaxed fit makes this cuddly beauty ideal for layering up. Match it with jeans and your favourite trainers for simple, but, stunning style.

 

Go for a luxe finish with our gorgeous Frankie Button Front Fur Trim Midi Coat. This is the complete all-rounder, so, wear it with a tee and jeans in the day, or glam it up with a floral dress and your best boots for a night out.

Frankie Button Front Fur Trim Midi Coat

We are obsessed with this Hope Single Breasted Fur Coat. With a stunning longline, faux fur and single-breast design, this coat will seriously turn heads wherever you go. Style this beaut over a shirt dress, accompanied by ankle boots, and you’re set.

 

Take a look at all of our new-in clothing to find all of our latest fashion drops now!
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May 11, 2021 — Jasmeen Thapa
Tags: Fashion