I recently attended Karen Millen x Step Up Club – #WomenWhoCan Confidence Masterclass in London.
Prior to the talk we had the opportunity to have a look around the store, I’ve never been a Karen Millen type of person, when I was working in London I was more a tailored 3 for £100 shirts and pencil skirt kind of girl on a budget so I the label didn’t enter my radar. This was until a female boss lent me a Karen Millen dress. A beautiful bias cut satin LBD that sucked me in, in all the right places. Although I remember being extremely impressed with the quality and the tailoring of the dress being a mother of 3 living in rural Kent I just assumed it wasn’t somewhere to shop for me. Well (wait for it this doesn’t happen often) I was wrong, I found a number of beautiful quality pieces that were really versatile. I came away with a fabulous pair of jeans that feel amazing on and fit like a glove and I have my eye on a few other bits.
One of my favourite pieces were a tailored milatary wool coat. The detail was just divine with a velvet collar and beautiful buttons this coat would look fantastic styled with jeans, jumper and boots or with a floral midi.
As an investment piece I also really loved this tailored culotte jumpsuit. The cut was absolutely beautiful and its the type of piece which on its own would look chic and sophisticated but simple enough that you could style up with this seasons red ankle boots or a turtle neck underneath for a more casual look.
Karen Millen Metalic Turtleneck
This would also look fantastic with a pleated midi skirt or if like me your hips don’t like pleats a floral midi or maxi skirt.
One of the biggest things that struck me where the quality. Well cut tailoring and good fabrics. Of course it comes at a price but I wasn’t completely shocked. I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated with the declining quality of my go to high street labels. It’s so frustrating when you like the design of something but when you put it on it just stops short of having that ‘wow’ factor. Unlined dresses and coats, blouses with twisted seams and if I find another beautiful floral midi dress made of polyester I’m going to scream. None of which seem to be coming in at the bargain prices they used to.
This then also got me to thinking (along with shit I’ve become my mother, I look at the washing label before I commit to buying things) what other shops have I been disregarding as not one of ‘my’ shops. My style has been through more changes in the last 10 years that hair colours I had at art collage. Yet I still shop at the same shops and get fed up when I can’t find what I’m looking for. We get so comfortable with doing the same rounds, I’ve had the same online shopping apps on my phone since apps became a thing. Now it’s time to switch it up.
I do think with my obsession with Instagram I’ve been able to see other labels which I wouldn’t have normally considered but next time I’m out on the high street I’m not going to just go for my usual edit of shops. Which I’m sure my 1 year old will be delighted about.
(If you would like to attend this free event have a look at The Step Up Club website. For local ladies they have an event at the Bluewater Store coming up. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.)