While I was browsing the H&M website the other day I was struck by the abundance of pretty pastel pieces adorned with lace and bows and all things delicate and beautiful, and I was inspired to create a little collection of themed 'picks' with the items I found. I tend to wear a lot of dark colours all year round so this isn't my usual style at all, but there was something oddly appealing about these pretty little tops and dresses and I kept coming across more and more of them - which was refreshing considering the current 90s revival which is at the opposite end of the fashion spectrum. I think they have a touch of Victorian charm with the lace collars and gently pleated skirts, but with a modern twist which totally brings them up to date. I couldn't help thinking of Elizabeth (of "Ice Cream" whispers Clara) whose gorgeous romantic style and aesthetic I have admired for many years, first on Stardoll way back in the day and later on her beautiful blog and instagram - check her out for more pretty blog posts and outfits!
Sleeveless dress, £24.99 // x
This dress is so simple and effortlessly romantic, I love it. It has a lovely old-fashioned feel and looks like something my grandma might have worn as a little girl growing up in the 1940s - in the best possible way, of course.
Embroidered dress, £24.99 // x
I'm a sucker for dresses with long sleeves and I wear them throughout the winter even on the coldest days. I sense a potential issue with wearing this dress with tights (dark tights under a light dress never looks good in my opinion) but I'm sure that could be got around - like with knee socks, for instance - and it would be totally worth it for the beautiful embroidered detailing.
Playsuit with lace, £19.99 // x
Okay so this does look kind of like (somewhat skimpy) pyjamas but in the vein of spaghetti strap slip dresses I'm sure you could get away with it as outerwear in hot weather. I really love the colour of this playsuit, I just wish I had the boobs to pull it off!
Embroidered blouse, £19.99 // x
This top is similar to the pink dress in the embroidery but I think the contrasting panel adds something extra and super cute. It makes me think of something a doll would wear, especially with the colour palette and little collar.
Dress in chiffon and lace, £24.99 // x
To be fair this has a lot in common with the first dress but again the contrasting detail makes it for me and it has the added advantage of little sleeves with delicate edging to make it especially charming.
Blouse with a lace collar, £14.99 // x
I think I'm right in thinking that this is what one refers to as a babydoll top - either way you've gotta love a little lace collar and bow detail. I think this would look really nice paired with a simple pair of light coloured jeans if you wanted to dabble in the lacy pastel look without fully committing to it.
Lace shorts, £19.99 // x
Perfect for summery days and garden parties, these shorts would add instant romantic factor to an outfit if worn with a simple cream or pastel top.
Suede ballet flats, £29.99 // x
Now I'm not gonna lie, I find these shoes a bit odd-looking but I think they would look a lot better on. Still, they definitely fit in with the style, what with the muted pastel colour and the intricate lace-up detail at the front.
Straw hat, £12.99 // x
I think this simple straw hat with a pretty ribbon would bring together any attempt to emulate this dainty, dreamy style while keeping the slightly period feel. Also it's practical and makes you look like someone who has their life together in the hot weather, score.
Fine-knit top with lace collar, £14.99 // x
For some reason I think of short sleeved jumpers as very 1950s but the contrast of the black and cream is oh so timeless and simple. This is a very versatile piece that could be worn with a variety of trousers or skirts to smarten up an outfit and give it a dollhouse feel.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of another selection of H&M's current collection - I'm not sponsored I swear!