It’s always nice to have an excuse to change out of a baby food-encrusted jumper and leg it across town to meet a friend so you can go to a fashion show. Not only does this mean you can avoid the bedtime routine but more importantly you get to sip Pimms and Lemonade, ogle some pretty clothes and pretend you still have a life.
Which is exactly what I did the other week, courtesy of women’s fashion retailer Mint Velvet. I’ll be honest, this shop has only really been on my radar since a branch opened in my home town of Harrogate a few months ago and it was a new one on me. Turns out, this is kind of the point as the brand is trying to remain fairly exclusive by choosing selected store locations.
Mint Velvet was started in 2009, typically round the kitchen table of three friends drinking mint tea, hence the name. Mint=freshness, velvet=luxury. After 15 years in the fashion business, Liz, Lisa and Jane decided to start their own womenswear brand that would combine a passion for fashion with clothing for ‘modern women with real lives’.
The clothes are quite pricey but they are aimed at the middle ground between high street and designer, in short: affordable luxury. To be honest, they are the sort of clothes I would love to wear if I was still working in an office (and had a bit more disposable income). The other thing that struck me was that this is the shop I would definitely head to if I needed to buy a really great dress for a wedding. The special occasion range is amazing and feels far more exclusive than say Monsoon but many of the dresses are about the same price (give or take).
Oh and the leather jackets… I’ve always been a denim jacket kinda girl but if I was ever to mature into a butter-soft-leather-jacket-wearing sort of woman, this is where I would buy one.
So, here are my favourite picks from the show. Thanks to the team at Mint Velvet for such a lovely evening.
Really nice dresses for a holiday abroad but would also work well during the great British summer time.
Loved these aqua and pink coloured trousers. Also, that gorgeous iris blue colour is so pretty!
Classic accessories, in particular Mint Velvet do a great range of scarves (there’s even a tutorial on their blog showing you how to wear them).
This is the first time Mint Velvet has done occassionwear but I think they might become known for it. The details were beautiful and that dress in the middle is worthy of Daisy Buchanan.
Images 2, 3 and 4 of this post were taken by Hannah Burgess. All other images are my own.