As 2013 settles in we’re faced with a whole new list of New Year’s resolutions, swamped with work and running our heels off every morning on tubes and buses to make it to yet another day at the office (thank God for after work drinks & dinners with friends). Don’t you just hate this post-holiday blues and wish it went away ASAP? And what better way to chase off the gloom than with our two fashion guilty pleasures: Shoes & Bags! As Fashion Week is right around the corner, and we’ll all be just a tiny bit obsessed with fashion for at least a couple of weeks, and as winter is almost gone we need to keep an eye out for 2013 Spring Trends & Best Buys. It’s Shoes & Bags time ladies so FashionTag has decided to team up with British Fashion brand Jane Shilton and bring you some of this season’s best buys and fashion crazes: lady loafers, ballet pumps and millions of to-die-for ladies handbags. What we love at Jane Shilton is that the 80 years old London based Fashion Brand is a fantastic mix of all timeless classic designs with hot off-the catwalk styles. It stands for both old fashion values (quality, style, detailing) as well as up to date materials, shapes & trends, giving us unique collections of the finest handbags & shoes. With a history behind it worthy of an Oscar nominated true story inspired film, Jane Shilton proves to be a romantic definition of hard work, talent, success, life & love. A family owned company, founded by Alexander Shilton as a handbag factory in the City of London, it lived through the war & survived being bombed 4 times. With Alexander in the war, the company was managed and looked after by his secretary, Jane, whom he married upon his return and named the company after her. Today Jane Shilton the brand continues to define all its values while keeping up with the edgy & cool fashion scene. For those of you who have just had it with ballet pumps yet are a bit put off by heels, 2013 Spring comes with a new shoe trend: Ladies Loafers. I mean could we have asked for more? FashionTag has spotted some absolutely fabulous Ladies Loafers at Jane Shilton, and to be honest with you I wasn’t too much into these reinvented flats, but I stand corrected as I so adore them now. My favorites remain the nude suede ones. They literally go with anything from January to late Summer. You can pair them with black tights and skinny black trousers or floral dresses for a girly, feminine casual style. Jeans & leather jacket for an edgy look, or pair them with a trench coat for a more classic vibe. For office sleek styles opt for these . I love how they look with pencil skirts & slim fit trousers for work days and ripped jeans and slouchy jumpers for casual weekends. The Two Tones Trend of 2013 Spring applies in shoes too, so if in doubt go for it (love these) For those of you who like to keep it simple, the classic clean cuts are perfect. And remember fashion is about having fun, so go for bright, vibrant colors. Still can’t let go of your ballet pumps? Breath… you’re fashion safe. Ever since Audrey Hepburn first wore them, we’re still rocking them and if you ask me, they will never go out of fashion, regardless of any trend. No Spring outfits will ever be complete without a pair of Ladies Ballet Pumps. You basically need at least 3 pairs: nude, black & coloured. At Jane Shilton I fell in love with these (in both nude and black) and these. After all, brogues are still a hit, in that navy marine style that’s a cyclic evergreen Spring Trend.
Ballet Pumps street style inspiration via PintrestIf you’re a Londoner (or just live somewhere with a cooler temperature) than you know why Ladies Ankle Boots are a fashion staple. Jane Shilton‘s gorgeous ankle boots are perfect for both a season & a fashion stretch. Comfy, chic sporty or uber sexy, in classic cuts & colors or more fashion forward designs they fit any taste & style. Plus you’ll be walking in them from Winter to late Spring. Guaranteed! FashionTag‘s picks for you are: the thick heeled casual style. They look amazing with jeans, skirts or dresses & oversized coats. The sexier sleeker look, from day to evening wear, and the more classic, smart androgynous style. Street style inspiration via PintrestWhat is our first and true love ladies? Why heels of course. What FashionTag loves about Jane Shilton Ladies Court Shoes, Heeled Pumps & Ladies Sandals are their versatile look, so you can pull off any style and wear them with anything from denim to cocktail dresses and office attire. Since the 60′s and 70′s invasion is upon us this Spring, both the pointed toes with low heels and the chunky high heeled shoes & sandals are a big fashion hit. The best part? They’re both comfy, look amazing and can be styled quite easily. These are my faves, they go with a pencil skirt, black tights & blazer or coat – for work. Or wear jeans, silky top or jumper with blazer, jacket or coat on top – for an edgy, cool style. The brown ones are more office appropriate: classic with a twist. For a 70′s vibe go for these in deep purple. And if sexy nights out, dates & parties are on your list, you know you’ve got to glam up so opt for these . They’re hot & fabulous. The first thing I loved about Jane Shilton when I first met them were the bags. This brand is a heaven of fantastic Leather & non-leather bags. With an urge to get my hands on them all, I had a hard time picking out just a few of them for you to have a look at. The cross body shoulder bags are the perfect match for an off duty look, they’re smaller, compact, easy to wear and adapt to any style. My faves are the neutral tones that match any outfits: this one so classic & stylish I can see it with a trench coat & ballet pumps. And since we’re all super hot & stylish busy bees we do need bigger handbags for work days, traveling or just because the Jane Shilton ones are impossible to resist. The flap over ones are a huge fashion hit for a while now and will continue to set the trends for 2013 Spring. A perfect combo of casual meets smart. This one and this one (in orange) are classic handbags that will top any outfits and make you look like a true fashionista. Got a lot of paperwork, notes & your laptop to carry to work everyday? Then you need to have a look at Jane Shilton’s Larger Handbags! This one & this crocodile print one look stylish, rich, smart yet quite trendy to pull off with edgier outfits. For more simple designs & cuts this two tone tote bag & this fab handbag have already got a hold of my heart! Another simply amazing handbag that has made the cut is this boho chic tote bag. Perfect for a laid back yet rather polished look, this slouchy rich looking handbag is perfect all year round. With the best variety of Spring 2013 ladies handbags, ballet pumps, loafers & ankle boots no wonder Jane Shilton’s got FashionTag all tangled up. Visit them in London or just take a stroll in their online boutique and find your best buys!