The Avon brochure has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mum used to have it delivered to the house and I was often promised the first look, jotting down a hypothetical list of products I would buy if 13-year-old me would somehow come into a load of money.
I’d whittle away hours debating which shade of lipstick I should go for – before filing the list somewhere in among a ridiculously large pile of papers (which may still be lurking at the back of my wardrobe). In the UK, it’s an iconic beauty brand with a number of fantastic staple products, which later extended to include fragrance, body washes and sun protection.
However, not content at being the best in the business when it comes to brochure beauty, Avon have recently dabbled in the world of fashion too – and have now teamed up with a designer to stock some gorgeous, timeless and ready to wear pieces.
T by Tabitha Webb is Avon’s brand new and exclusive collection – and the first ever luxury British brand they have partnered with. Launching this month, I was treated to a little sneak preview of the bags, purses and brollies (which for once, I haven’t actually had to use) and I loved them so much, I thought I’d showcase them in a little lookbook.
Geared towards AW16, the pieces include a handbag, a weekender and a purse, all of which feature a gorgeous signature oxblood shade exterior and a striking aqua blue lining. Together, they team up to make a very stylish, yet understated accessory which works well at pulling together any outfit.
Making high fashion accessible, Avon have really got their price point right with this range – as the products start from £20 (the most expensive item is £90) and are all of really great quality. Tabitha Webb’s usual collection starts in the hundreds, so I love how they’ve made owning something special affordable to all.
Featuring an additional silk scarf and printed umbrella, you’ll be able to shop the range on the Avon website or through a local independent Avon Representative!
Since I’m still sporting my summer wardrobe (now that the UK has a summer at long last – hooray), I wanted to see how the range could tie in with the pieces I’m currently wearing – to test the products versatility. I thought that the deep burgundy colour might make it a bit difficult to work into my outfits, but actually – they fit in rather nicely.
The handbag is a perfect size to take out on a daily basis, with zip compartments for safety and reassurance (otherwise I’m constantly checking whether my purse is still in there) and two open pockets for quick access to your keys and lip balm. There’s a detachable body strap in case you’d prefer to carry on your shoulder and the little details – like the engraved tag and the embossed branded details make the overall feel of the bag pretty special.
The weekender is something I’d use if I was heading out on a photo-shoot and needed to take my camera or bulkier items – or perhaps if I was heading away on an overnight trip. It’s a little on the small side to tired me over for an entire weekend, like the name suggests, however that’s just because I’m a ridiculous over-packer. I have however, managed to fit a total of five outfits, two pairs of shoes and a camera in it for a photo-shoot and it still zipped up, which is pretty impressive considering it doesn’t swamp your arm and you could get away with using it as a regular bag if you wanted to.
Outfit wise, I thought I’d choose a casual everyday look and a more dressed up evening look – to see if the bags worked with both. And I like to think they do!
I opted for this gorgeous ruffle dress from Revolve, a pair of strappy grey heels from Ego and a big pair of shades from Quay that my boyfriend thinks look a tad ridiculous and laughs every time I whip them out, but I kind of love. The colours don’t necessarily tie in seamlessly like I would normally aim for but I think if you did have a pair of oxblood boots, this would really make for a standout look.
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When it comes to casual, I like to go for something as comfortable as possible so in this case, I opted for my big denim shirt dress from Brand Attic (which is actually really thin soft material so it’s not sticky and sweaty in this heat like normal denim), nipped in at the waist with the help of a checked shirt. Unfortunately, I don’t have the kind of frame that can pull off baggy looks without looking like I’m wearing a bin bag, so I always have to make sure I add something to cinch it in at the waist.
I added my Adidas trainers into the mix (which I’m now cursing because I wore them without socks and am sporting two wonderful blisters) and again, my trusty Quay sunnies. And as if by magic, I actually look fairly presentable for a days outing.
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What do you think of the new Tabitha Webb collection for Avon? Are you prepping your AW16 wardrobe already?
Post in collaboration with Avon.