There's a plate that has been in my house for as long as I can remember. Passed down from a Great Grandad who was a cook at Cambridge University it's traditionally been 'the plate' for our Christmas Turkey. I really do love heirlooms and the traditions they form! The plate is Willow Pattern (otherwise known as Blue Willow) and came about in the 18th Century, inspired by the china that England imported from China.
So, you may well be wondering why on earth i'm using a blog post to discuss a plate. There is a purpose I promise. I've recently been drawn to the wave of clothing coming in to store where a white background is patterned with intricate deep blue in a way which constantly reminds me of the Willow Pattern.
The designs are all perfect for Spring / Summer and can be styled to look extremely elegant. I for one love the idea of teaming this Zara blazer with some slim fit white trousers and heels for an interesting twist on the white-on-white trend which is taking fashion by storm at the moment. I'm so pleased that a few of my favourite High Street stores have created pieces with this essence of vintage tranquility and delicate English beauty.
1. Hobbs, £79 / 2. Zara, £59.99 / 3. Hobbs, £129 / 4. Zara, £ / 5. Hobbs, £59 / 6. Miss Selfridge, £65 / 7. Accessorize, £17 / 8. Oasis, £32 / 9. Accessorize, £29 for the set / 10. Miss Selfridge, £40
What do you think of Willow Pattern inspired pieces?