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EIGHT PIECES YOU NEED IN YOUR WARDROBE THIS AW

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We’re sorry to tell you but Autumn / Winter is fast approaching – goodbye heatwave, it was nice knowing you! But with a little help from the face of our The September Edition campaign @NiomiSmart we’re going to be making layering season something to look forward to.

We’re talking the perfect transitional trench, lightweight knits that can be worn alone, or layered, and pretty-as-a-picture dresses, perfect for days out as well as those all-important #ootd Instagram posts. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see the items you need, and we mean really NEED in your wardrobe this AW.

THE TRENCH

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Everyone knows the trench is the perfect transitional coat. Lightweight enough that you won’t end up sweltering on warmer days with a delicate leopard print blouse underneath, and adjustable enough that you can add a chunky knit when it gets cold outside.

THE KNIT AND THE SKIRT

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We challenge you to find us a more perfect pairing than this colourblock knit and burgundy leather-look midi skirt. This is a versatile look that will take you from coffee meeting to lunch date to sneaky post-work drinks.

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THE OTHER KNIT AND THE LEATHER-LOOK LEGGING

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This time Niomi is wearing leather-look leggings with a slouchy knit, perfect for those lazy Sundays when you want a pulled together, but casual style.

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THE DRESS

Animal print is everywhere this season, we don’t need to tell you that. And with a super sweet high neck and cinched in waist this leopard print dress is the perfect partner for a delicious doughnut – or whatever your heart desires!

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THE JUMPSUIT

Ah the humble jumpsuit, one of your wardrobe’s most hard working pieces. Wear this floral number with heels for evening drinks or dress it down with trainers at the weekend – whatever your style, this one-piece has you covered!

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I Wore Prints For 7 Days & This Is What Happened

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Here at Oasis, we’re all about spreading print, colour and happiness – our pattern rooms are home to so many prints, we give the National Portrait Gallery a run for its money! But while our HQ might be popping with everything from fancy florals, to polka dots, our Senior Brand Stylist, Hannah Eichler’s wardrobe is a different story. So, what happened when we challenged our style guru to a week of wearing print?

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Hannah says: “Ok, it’s confession time…I have an irrational phobia of print. I’d describe my style as quite minimal, with the odd frill thrown in, and my colour palette is like a scene from 50 shades of grey (white and navy). Aside from a humble Breton stripe, I never wear print. So accepting a mission to embrace print for seven days straight seemed beyond daunting. But if it’s in the name of style, who am I to argue?”

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MONDAY

“It’s back to work after the weekend, and in a bid to ease myself into the challenge gently, I decided to start with accessories and the foulard floral shopper. Wearing my fail-safe navy culottes made the bold print of the bag seem far less intimidating, and whilst I thought a clashing scarf might be overkill, the colours actually tied in perfectly with the rest of my look, pulling the whole thing together. Plus, I love how you can switch up this scarf and tie it in your hair, too!

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TUESDAY

“I’m shooting in the studio today, so I’m in need of something easy to wear, making the shirt dress the best contender. But, with its bright colours, the graphic stripes are a big departure from my beloved Breton. Luckily I receive loads of compliments from the rest of my team on how the chevron stripes have flattered my bust and waist so I’m starting to feel more print confident!”

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WEDNESDAY

“The lips might be my most used emoji, but wearing such a kitsch print is way out of my comfort zone! I wouldn’t usually wear a print in such a figure-hugging style as I’m often conscious of drawing too much attention to myself. So, I slipped a white tee underneath to make it feel a little bit more ‘me.’ And it worked! By the end of the day the print had really grown on me and I felt like I would even consider wearing it on a night out with a pair of heels!”

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THURSDAY

“Wrap dresses have been taking over my Instagram feed lately, and my friends have been raving about how flattering they are, so, despite my reservations, I was looking forward to trying this one! I’ve got curves, so I was beyond happy with how my bust, waist AND legs look – I almost fancied myself a bit!”

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FRIDAY

“I’ve long been fan of the one(sie) show (see what I did there?), but this floral style isn’t something I would usually pick, preferring a more neutral look. But the girls at work encouraged me to wear this for Friday night cocktails, and I was surprised at how the bright coral hue and floral prints boosted my mood and my confidence! I decided to let the print do the talking by keeping accessories simple – I picked out a pretty nude shade, but a cobalt blue is perfect if you’re feeling more daring!”

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SATURDAY (BRUNCH!)

“Clashing prints and a hanky hem made this dress the most nerve-wracking look out of the week, but thanks to the super soft jersey fabric, I felt really comfortable wearing it to go for brunch with the girls (especially after all that avo on toast!). My friends were also big fans and were adding it to their shopping baskets before we’d had a second flat white!”

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SATURDAY (GOING OUT, OUT!)

“Finally into my print stride, I pulled out all the stops for date night, with this punchy red, polka dot print dress and a red lip! Much to my disbelief, this was my favourite look of the week – the wrap style shows off my shape in all the right places, and whilst I’ve teamed it with heels for the evening, I’ll give it extra style mileage by wearing it in the day with a denim jacket.”

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SUNDAY

“For the final day of my print challenge, this breezy skirt and white tee made the perfect combo for exploring a local Sunday market, and with it’s A-Line shape and vertical stripes, I’ll even be able to sneak in a Sunday roast, too! Although it’s the perfect summer skirt, I think when the weather cools down, I’ll also be able to switch up the look by pairing it with a cosy knit and ankle boots.”

THE VERDICT

“Despite the fact that I am a self-confessed print-phobe, with an aversion to anything that makes me stand out from the crowd, I’m starting to think I could be persuaded to incorporate more prints into my wardrobe. My favourite look was definitely the polka dot dress, but I also loved the heart print wrap dress and the striped skirt. Whilst I still have my reservations about going too OTT, I’m excited to start breaking up my usual muted wardrobe with some more fun pieces…mission, accomplished!”

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The Have-To-Have Pieces You Need In Your Wardrobe NOW

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It’s official – we’ve got a girl crush on uber-cool fashion and lifestyle blogger, Samio Renalda. Hailing from Manchester, Samio is a fashion aficionado after our own heart, believing in quality over quantity and the power of mixing and matching her fave pieces. So we jumped at the chance to have her style up an edit of this season’s must-have pieces. If you covet these items as much as she does, you better be quick before they sell out!

THE POPPY PRINT FLIPPY DRESS

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There’s nothing we love more than a fashion multi-tasker (except cake, obvs), and this printed number ticks all the boxes for day-to-night style.

Samio agrees, saying: “I love the cut and fit of this poppy dress – it’s versatile enough to wear with heels for a special occasion, or you can dress it down with trainers and a denim jacket for day-to-day.”

THE FLAWLESS FRILL BLOUSE 

THE FLAWLESS FRILL BLOUSE

No longer the sartorial territory of B*Witched – double denim is the look to be seen in this summer. Our ultimate #GirlCrush and Oasis-lover Holly Willoughby has already championed the look, and Samio is following suit (or blouse!) with our denim frill-seeker.

Our Senior Brand Stylist, Hannah Eichler says: “Whether you pair it with your favourite jeans for a laid-back look, or pop under a preppy pinafore dress, our frill blouse will become your most-loved layering piece. Double denim not for you? Tuck into a skirt or tailored culottes.” Flawless frills – ce la vie!

THE SWEET SPOT DRESS

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We don’t know if you’ve heard, but fashion land has gone dotty this season! Doing our very best impression of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, you’re guaranteed to turn heads in this polka midi, and it’ll look just as great with heels for an event as it will with trainers by day.

Hannah explains: “This dress may as well be awarded an OBE for services to flattering figures! The V neck will compliment busts, whilst the nipped-in waist will create an hourglass figure Kim Kardashian would be jealous of!”

THE BUDDING BLOOMS JUMPSUIT

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It’s been nominated for a BAFTA for the most stylish solo performance (well, in our eyes anyway) and now our budding blooms jumpsuit is coming to a wardrobe near you.

Samio tells us: “I’m a big fan of jumpsuits and prints so, naturally, I was drawn to this one – I’d glam mine up with heels, but the jersey fabric means it can be worn with flats, too.”

THE PRETTY AS A PETAL DRESS

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Scoring a whopping three trends in one – petal prints, ruffles and bardot shoulders – florals really are groundbreaking this summer! Style it like Samio with a denim jacket, or take it into night-time territory with colour pop accessories.

Hannah says: “Apart from the fact this dress is the ultimate trend-ticker, it’s super hero skill is its crease-free fabric, which makes it perfect for both holiday packing and all day soirees alike.”

THE FANCY FLORAL CAMI

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Nothing says summer like a floral top (OK, and Pimms. And ice-cream. And an inflatable unicorn…) and we love the frill trims and breezy cotton fabric of this cute cami. It even comes in a dress version – we’ll take both, please!

Samio says: “This floral cami is perfect for giving a feminine feel to my favourite Sophie carpenter jeans – I’ll finish the look with colourful block heels.”

THE FLORAL FRILLS SKIRT

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Like the fashion equivalent of Paula Radcliffe, our floral frill skirt is guaranteed to go the distance. The monochrome styling makes it a look that’ll never date, and at just £35, the cost per wear is basically free – don’t you just love fashion maths?

Hannah says: “The best thing about this skirt is its versatility – wear now with a logo tee or sexy bardot and sandals, and come autumn, team with a polo neck, tights and boots.”

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9 Times Holly Willoughby Wore Oasis & Looked Amazing

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Here at Oasis, we refer to a little something called, The Holly Willoughby Effect. That’s because whenever the ITV This Morning presenter wears Oasis – and kindly shares those dreamy outfits with her fans on Instagram – whatever she’s wearing sells out almost instantly.

Her posts get more love than all of the Love Island contestants put together (and yes, we might be a bit biased, but everything she wears is 100% our type on paper). From floral pencil skirts and statement skater dresses to pretty, print midis, here’s 9 times the Queen of Oasis sent the heart button into overdrive…

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We didn’t think our best-selling floral midi dress from our collection with the Fitzwilliam Museum could get anymore sartorial love, but a quick twirl on Holly’s Instagram was all it took, and instantly it stole everyone’s (Insta) hearts, racking up a whopping 152k likes.

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Proof that wearing double denim doesn’t have to mean looking like Britney and Justin circa 2007. Holly teamed our gorgeous, prairie-inspired chambray frill top with a classic denim skirt, and the results? It’s a look!

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Purveyors of pigment, Pantone, called it when they made Ultra Violet the colour of the year for 2018. But it was Holly who made it official when she wore our spring statement dress in lovely lilac, and shared it on the ‘gram. You guessed it: instant sell-out.

Holly Willoughby Wearing Oasis Floral Halter Bardot

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We couldn’t write a blog post about Holly’s love affair with Oasis and not feature the dress of summer 2017. When she shared our halter neck, bardot floral midi, the post clocked up 97K likes, and sure enough, it sold old out before you could say ‘add to basket’.

Holly Willoughby Wearing Oasis Yellow Floral Pencil Skirt

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What do you do when life gives you lemons? Well, if you’re Beyoncé, you squeeze them into a record-breaking visual album. But if you’re Holly, you team the citrus shade with a seriously stunning floral pencil skirt and wait for the Insta likes to roll in.

Holly Willoughby Wearing Oasis Pink Short Sleeve Knit

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Who says knits are just for winter? Take it from Holly: a short sleeve, fine knit in a dusky pink teamed with a pastel midi skirt is the perfect way to transform your woollens from winter-warmed to spring-fresh.

Holly Willoughby Wearing Oasis Leopard Print Blouse

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Proving she’s one to walk on the wild side (and not just when she’s partying with Phillip Schofield after the National Television Awards) – Holly rocked our leopard print blouse with a sleek, leather pencil skirt and a pair of killer heels. We. Love.

Holly Willoughby Wears Oasis Orange Skater Dress

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Holly took citrus brights straight into autumn when she wore our frilling skater dress with tights and ankle boots. Orange you glad she did? (See what we did there? Sorry.)

Holly Willoughby Wearing Oasis Leather Shift Dress

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Lesson in layering #1: a cream polo neck teamed with a black leather shift dress gets an A+ in the style grades. When Holly shared this look last autumn, she racked up an impressive 96k likes and, once again, the outfit sold out within the hour. *Files under autumn/winter 2018 style inspiration*.

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The Oasis Guide To Bristol by Sarah Lewis

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Bristol and I share a whole lot of history. I spent my late teens and twenties studying at the university, and even though I now live further afield in the Cotswolds, I still commute there daily. It’s where I met my husband too!

Even without that connection, it’s easy to see why Bristol was recently voted the best place to live in the UK; it offers all the best bits of a big city but feels far more like a collection of vibrant and diverse small towns and villages; thriving communities rich in culture and steeped in history.

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