Pineapples and watermelons seem to be all over the place at the moment but there's only one fruit I'm interested in today and that's mango (see what I did there?) A rather clumsy way of introducing the subject of my brand focus but that shouldn't detract from the fact that Mango are definitely worth your attention. They are somewhat known as the slightly scruffier sibling to the Spanish behemoth that is Zara but Mango are working hard to steal some of the fashion spotlight. I must say I find their retail stores rather horrid as the strip lighting is always harsh and the merchandising just doesn't have the same punch as Zara but I love their website as it is easy to use and showcases the clothes really well; unlike Zara who are increasingly moving to a more fashion editorial look which does look very current but you can't always see the clothes in their best light.
Here are my current top picks at Mango so take a look and see what you think:
Baywatch message t-shirt £17.99
I know, I know, slogan t-shirts are two-a-penny at the moment but if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. A massive throwback to the 90s with this Baywatch t-shirt. I would style this up with a pair of jeans, heels and a blazer. If you fancy a more dressed down look chuck on a denim jacket, cropped black jeans and trainers and you couldn't be more 1992 if you tried - in a good way.
Ruffled linen-blend skirt £35.99
Yellow is such a happy, vibrant colour and if you are one of those people who thinks yellow doesn't suit you then a skirt is a good way to introduce the colour into your wardrobe. As it is quite a bold choice keep the rest of your outfit simple and stick to neutrals (white, navy, tan). This skirt style is a flattering option for most as the rise at the front will elongate the leg without too much exposure. This also comes in pink so you've got a very tricky decision on your hands.
Guipure midi dress £59.99
The perfect dress to take you from drinks to dinner to weddings. To keep the look up-to-date pair with metallic accessories as shown here rather than nude which can look a little mother-of-the-bride. You could always add other shades of blue to really raise your fashion game or go for bold colour clashing with oranges or yellows. If you have an athletic figure and need some waist definition add a skinny belt.
Bow striped sweater £19.99
Hurrah, I hear you shout, another statement sleeve to drag in your dinner! This is a scorcher though. The contrast of the navy, white and yellow just screams summer and you could layer this over a denim or white shirt for an alternative look. Pair with a pencil skirt and heels for a work-friendly option or just sling on your jeans and you're good to go.
Tweed jacket £79.99
Coco certainly knew what she was on about when she designed her eponymous tweed jacket and the replicas have been flooding the fashion world ever since. This is a gorgeous jacket with very ladylike details so team with distressed denim and a band t-shirt to toughen it up. It is quite a boxy cut and has a slight puff to the shoulder so be careful if you are broad shouldered.
I have a pair of Mango's star print jeans from a couple of seasons ago and I love them. You may need to size down as they can be generous. Blue denim is the jean to be seen in this summer and the star detail adds a little interest without going for full-on embroidery. Don't be afraid to dress these up with a blazer and heels.
Strappy heeled sandals £29.99
You can never have enough pink in your wardrobe and I for one am celebrating the trend for a lower heel. I always look like a man in drag when I'm in high heels so these gorgeous pink suede beauties are a welcome change. The mule is another 90s staple that is re-emerging so give it a try. Add cropped jeans or a denim skirt and an embroidered boho top to complete your look.
Metal appliqué bag £35.99
I am actually amazed Mango manage to get away with selling some of their bags without copyright infringement issues as they are so close to their designer homages it is incredible. This red one is a spit of a JW Anderson bag which will set you back almost four figures. I have always said Zara is the frontrunner when it comes to high street bags but I'm going to have to change my mind; Mango have brought their A game to the table.
Buckle leather bag £35.99
And this one's a dead ringer for a Gucci. I mean, come on, what more could you possibly ask for?!
Some of these items may or may not have found their way into my wardrobe already and if they've made it into yours too then I'd love to hear from you. Remember, life is all about variety so whenever you go shopping force yourself to try something on that you wouldn't normally. You never know you might like it!
**All opinions are mine and I have not been paid to endorse this brand**