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Page boy outfits your bank manager will die for

In Bridesmaids, flowergirls & pageboys on March 20, 2009 at 11:29 am
The lesser known fireman pageboy outfit

The lesser known fireman pageboy outfit

I’ve never known a pageboy to be disappointed in the quality of his shirt, or frown at the way the pleating falls on his chinos. Mainly they’ll be rolling in cake on the lawn. Best not to spend a fortune then… Here’s some ideas:

1. Fancy dress page boy. More people should do this. Really. It is better for the world. Small pageboy, dressed as a monkey or dinosaur, bish bash bosh, everyone’s happy. Do it, do it, do it.

2. High street pageboy. The high street is full of cute pageboy outfits which you can put together yourself. There’s absolutely no need to go to a bridal shop. Indeed it’s madness until you’ve checked out the likes of Next, Debenhams, BHS and Marks & Spencer.

Debenhams page boy shirt for £12

Debenhams page boy shirt for £12

3. Casual page boy. Little boys trussed up in grown up suits have a habit of looking uncomfortable. How about a more beachy look – with a short sleeved summer shirt and long shorts.

Copy this relaxed beachy pageboy look by Stephanie Staub

Copy this relaxed beachy pageboy look by Stephanie Staub at Little Eglantine

A simple sash cumberband turns shorts and a summer shirt into an outfit worthy of any wedding

A simple sash cumberband turns shorts and a summer shirt into an outfit worthy of any wedding

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High street flower girls are go

In Bridesmaids, flowergirls & pageboys, Dresses on March 17, 2009 at 11:40 am
Flower girls have an alarming tendency of coming in not ones or twos, but threes or even fours. All that organza can stack up if you’re not careful. Luckily, if you avoid bridal shops and hit the high street you might just find something cute, fashionable, affordable and un-hated by its wearers. Who knows, they might (and this is of course a fabulous cliche), but they really might just wear them again.
1. Get flowergirl accessories from Monsoon. Their dresses are amazing too, and start from £55.

Flower coral hairband £5, satin ruffle ballerina shoes £20 both MonsoonFlower coral hairband, £5, Monsoon. Satin Ruffle Ballerina Shoes from Monsoon, £20

Monsoon dress wit ha vintage feel going for £62
Monsoon dress with a vintage feel going for £62

2. Go for the non-bridal girls dresses. Any long white girl’s dress with a sash ribbon at Marks & Spencer, especially in its Autograph range, is miraculously twice the price of its normal girls’ dresses.

Have more relaxed flowergirls with Marks & Spencer: white dress £25

Have more relaxed flowergirls with Marks & Spencer: pink dress £18, white dress £25

3. Try online kid’s clothingLa Redoute, Littlewoods or Boden do bright unpretensious summer dresses.

Pink floaty summer dress, £24, Boden.

Pink floaty summer dress, £24, Boden.

£16- £24 at La Redoute

£16- £24 at La Redoute

4. Have no fear of patterns. They can look remarkably chic.

Flowergirl

Tea dress, £16-21, Next

5. Co-ordinating colours can work too. And if the girls are sisters, they can re-wear them more easily.

Boden gypsy dress, £22

Boden gypsy dress, £22

6. Love the High Street. Next, BHS and Debenhams are big winners. Even Tesco can look cute on really little ones.

Flower Embroidered Bridesmaid Dress £30, Signature Vintage Bridesmaid Dress £36, both from Next

Flower Embroidered Bridesmaid Dress £30, Signature Vintage Bridesmaid Dress £36, both from Next

This is no ordinary ring. This is a laughably cheap ring.

In Rings on February 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

You know the credit crunch is really crunching when Marks and Spencers start selling an engagement ring and wedding band set for £18. It comes in 4 sizes, with a ‘M&S’ hallmark on the inside. Perfect for the really loyal M&S customer.

Not quite a month's salary, unless, of course you're a very poorly paid illegal immigrant

Not quite a month's salary. Unless, of course, you're a very poorly paid illegal immigrant

Read the Daily Mail article here.

Meanwhile Ernest Jones is selling a nine-carat white gold ring for £115. Their cheapest engagement ring costs £275. Also, ‘Jazz it up’ is selling engagement rings for £150. See article here.

Alternatively, you could go for:

1. A vintage ring. Portobello Road is a good place to look.

2. A wooden ring. The planet will thank you.

From Simply Wood Rings

From Simply Wood Rings

3. An online ring at mydiamonds.com.You get much more diamond for your buck apparently.

5. A non-diamond ring. Moonstones, pink sapphires or even your birthstone are far less identikit than your average solitaire diamond. Look at stones here.

Moonstone

Moonstone