Studio By Preen x Debenhams

Jumper: £41.30, La Redoute. Skirt: £55, Studio by Preen at Debenhams. Bag: Charles & Keith. Trainers: £140, Northern Cobbler. Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell

A little while back, I wore a frilly blouse that almost broke the internet.

Okay I’m exaggerating, but it did get a lot of attention.

It was an outfit I borrowed for London Fashion Week and was by one of my favourite designers: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – but for their collection Studio by Preen for Debenhams. For me, it’s one of my favourite Designer/High Street pairings yet – girly frills and ruffles but with modern, crisp silhouettes and tons of this season’s gingham.

And it launches today.

I knew I wanted to do a piece on the launch, but thought I’d show how to style another piece from the collection, something a little trickier: the gingham ruffle skirt. This season is all about having fun and showing individuality and ruffles are a sure-fire way to do this – I’d always balance out the girliness with a slouchy top – a chunky knit or maybe a slogan tee when the weather picks up. And for the added sportiness, a pair of classic sneakers – not too fussy. I actually wore this to a lunch meeting after this shoot and felt suitably dressed up/down.

Jumper: £41.30, La Redoute. Skirt: £55, Studio by Preen at Debenhams. Bag: Charles & Keith. Trainers: £140, Northern Cobbler. Coat: Whistles (old).

And then there’s my Instagram alter-ego that tells me not to bother with ‘real-life’ and wear the shoes. So as a more evening look (but still with a knit, as I’m still 90% a realist), I put together a total ‘Dorothy’ look with my favourite red shoes. Because if you can’t channel one of your favourite movie sirens in a gingham ruffle skirt, I’m not sure when else you can…

Jumper: £41.30, La Redoute. Skirt: Studio by Preen at Debenhams. Bag: Charles & Keith. Shoes: Zara (old).

So, whether it’s the frill collared shirt, the gingham button front blouse (which I’m eyeing up) or the ruffle skirt, Studio for Preen at Debenhams is, I think, one of their best collaborations to date.

This post was in collaboration with Debenhams, but I was dying to let you know anyway!


  1. I’m still not convinced on the ruffles/gingham look for me. However you totally rock it! Love how you have styled it and me-oh-my I do love those red shoes!

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