A few days ago I was invited by McArthur Glen Designer Outlets to go along to their York outlet and pick out some key spring accessories.
If you’re not familiar, McArthur Glen is a brilliant invention for mere mortals like me who have a normal-sized budget. I can’t justify splashing out hundreds of pounds on labelled gear but it doesn’t mean that I don’t yearn for the quality of something designer-made and that special feeling when you wear it.
At the York outlet there are some of the world’s top brands like Boss, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren alongside high-end high street names like French Connection, The Kooples, Jaeger and LK Bennett.
Outlet prices are up to 60% lower year-round, which means big savings when ticket prices can be in the hundreds. And if you call in to the customer service centre when you arrive, you can get a privilege card that entitles you to a further 10% of most full-price items on the day of your visit.
If you feel like taking your wardrobe more upmarket with a designer label, accessories often give better cost-per-wear and they’re also a really good way of giving a nod to a new season trend without diving in head first and wearing it head to toe.
I was tasked with finding two accessories for spring. First, I chose a gorgeous, baby pink mini-satchel from Ted Baker (RRP £145, outlet price (with extra 10% off) £85.50). I’m not particularly ‘girly’ in the way I dress and don’t have a lot of pink in my wardrobe, but I couldn’t resist this delicate, go-with-everything blush shade, the butter-soft leather and rose gold metal details.
The popularity of pastels is certain to continue into spring and summer, but I’m more likely to wear these ice-cream shades in moderation, and team them with tougher fabrics like leather and denim – rather than a floral frock.
Next, I picked out this fine patterned scarf from Osprey (RRP £59, outlet price £35.10). I fell in love with the soft, light fabric and the shades of blue, brown and yellow. The paisley design gives it a seventies, bohemian vibe – and this was a trend that was all over the spring summer fashion shows. You won’t be able to escape the seventies this season!
A scarf has to be the most versatile accessory there is: you can wear it draped around the neck, wrapped around your hair or wrist, used as a belt or tied loosely to a bag.
I road tested my new bag and scarf during a lovely, sunny day exploring Todmorden and taking lunch with some of the #YorkshireBloggers.
// leather biker jacket, Topshop / grey T-shirt, Primark / jeans, Next / lace-up flats, New Look (similar) //
McArthur Glen also asked me to style the accessories in five different ways so these are another four outfits that will feature this scarf and bag combination this season.
What would you choose as your ‘signature’ accessories for spring?