I’m always drawn to more vintage inspired pieces when clothes shopping rather than modern. French Connection, a absolute classic of a premium high street brand (created in 1972) have just brought out their beautiful new collection for this Spring summer season which includes some 60s inspired pieces. All of the pieces in the collection are super stylish, wearable, and designed to be staple pieces for years to come. They’ve created a collection full of pretty pieces, and their vintage inspired pieces have a modern twist (which is usually what I like to describe my style as) using on trend patterns and fabrics, but whilst still keeping classic silhouettes and shapes.
No we all know I’m definitely a dress girl at heart, I find them so easy and versatile to wear, so of course I chose four of the prettiest French Connection dresses to style in my own way. The thing I love about dresses is they can be dressed up or dressed down (depending on your mood) They make me feel pretty and feminine, and they’re the easiest thing to throw on when you have nothing else to wear, but want to feel great. An instant mood lifter.
BRODERIE DRESS: FRENCH CONNECTION, RECYCLED LEATHER BUCKET BAG: FRENCH CONNECTION
My favourite kind of dress is a floaty white one, so I was immediately drawn to this pretty lace one, and it definitely looks like it could be vintage. Perfect with basket bags and sandals for summer don’t you think? The bow detailing and floaty butterfly sleeves add something a little bit different and I can see myself living in this come summer, flowers in my hair optional.
GINGHAM MIDI DRESS: FRENCH CONNECTION, CROSSBODY BAG: FRENCH CONNECTION
This pretty gingham dress is the perfect vintage summer shape, in this seasons favourite material. With the pretty embroidered detailing and full skirt this is summer ready and looks great layered with a T-shirt and denim jacket, so versatile you can wear this to work or to a BBQ.
FLORAL WRAP DRESS: FRENCH CONNECTION, BUCKET BAG: FRENCH CONNECTION
The floral midi dress has to be a summer staple for any wardrobe. The cut of this makes you feel good as soon as you put it on, the added slits making it a little sexier, and a midi length is always so flattering. The beautiufl lilac colour and floral pattern is still so on trend whilst still looking like you could have found it in a vintage store.
WHITE STRAPPY MIDI: FRENCH CONNECTION, CROSSBODY BAG: FRENCH CONNECTION
One of my favourites to wear, this white midi dress in the sofest cotton has the cut out detailing to the hem and those pockets, this is the kind of dress you always wished you could find the vintage version of but never quite managed-but the cut and fit of it will ensure this stays in your wardrobe for years to come.
We had so much fun creating this picnic inspired vintage style shoot, styling the outfits and adding the French connection rug for a picnic blanket, adding some complimentary accessories, the pop of colour with the red sandals, and I love how the bag almost looks like it could be a picnic basket. With all the flowers in my hair, trying to recreate that nostalgic vintage feeling of that sixties summer when everyone was barefoot and carefree.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY: ANNELIESE PHOTOGRAPHER
To see the full French Connection collection, click HERE.
This content has been produced for advertising purposes, in collaboration with French Connection but all thoughts and opinions are my own.