Laura Ashley originally made home furnishing materials in the 1950s and later expanded into clothing design in the 1960s. The Laura Ashley style is characterized by Romantic English designs often with a 19th-century rural feel and the use of natural fabrics. When some of you hear the name Laura Ashley it may conjure up images of billowing Victorian-esque, floral gowns that you were dressed in as a child in the late 70’s and 80’s. Forget that childhood image, Laura Ashley now create a range that mixes contemporary styles with a nod to their romantic, feminine heritage. Here are a few snaps from our French adventure and our favourite pieces from the Laura Ashley summer range: We found the most idyllic field filled with flowers, the sky was blue and the air was still, the sound of crickets and dears scampering in the woods is all that you could hear. We sat and enjoyed an ice lolly in the sunshine, here I am sporting the perfect summer Shirt Dress in sorbet yellow and dove grey stripe, button-through, sleeveless with an open collar and concealed button front, this simple style is super comfortable, easy to throw on and enjoy the sunshine.
Laura Ashley have a range of Floral Print Cardigans (shown bottom left) created using fine knits and pretty floral placement prints. If you’re a little nervous when it comes to wearing print/ pattern, a printed cardigan can be a great way to ease yourself in, wear it with a plain dress to introduce a splash of pattern into your wardrobe. I wore mine with a Laura Ashley Polka Dot dress in green, this is my new favourite ensemble. We rolled around in the field laughing and picked daisies. There’s nothing quite like breathing in the fresh air and feeling the warm glow of the sun on your back.
Hazel wore the Laura Ashley Stretch Cotton Chino turn-up trousers, cut with a flattering fit, the lightweight chinos are perfect for bright and breezy days. The coral colour-block and stripe woven tee and lilac cardigan are also available at Laura Ashley and are a perfect example of the more contemporary side to the Laura Ashley range. The long weekend meant an excuse to find a local market and buy some choice baked goods before heading back to our gite to enjoy the sunshine and read a little.
To buy any of the styles featured and to shop the full Laura Ashley range you can visit their website HERE
‘Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language’ -Henry James
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