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Travel & Cruise

March 26th, 2014

What to wear and how to pack the perfect suitcase

Hot on the heels of the London Cruise Show where we recently showcased our new collection, here’s a chance to see the looks we sent down the catwalk, pick up easy holiday style ideas, and read packing tips we gleaned from all those experienced cruisers. No ticket required – just jump on board….

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Live from the London Cruise Show…

March 22nd, 2014

The glitz, the glamour, the goodie bags!

Can’t wait any longer! And now we don’t have to. The Cruise Show sailed into town this weekend and Gray & Osbourn is here with a perfectly packed wardrobe of cruise clothing, a catwalk show, a host of holiday style ideas, packing tips, and special offers galore. Come aboard and take a peek behind the scenes…

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Ahoy there!

March 19th, 2014

See you at the London Cruise Show, 22-23 March 2014

With only a few days to go until The Cruise Show, we thought we’d tickle your fancy with a little taster of the fabulous treats that await – and make sure you’ve downloaded your free ticket to attend the two-day event at London’s Olympia.

 

From meandering the culturally rich waterways of Europe to basking in the Caribbean sunshine as you cross the turquoise ocean, at The Cruise Show you’re certain to find your dream escape – and we’ll be there with the most perfect array of looks for cruising in style, plus a whole host of exclusive offers and activities including:

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Fiona’s Fabulous 50s

March 14th, 2014

Our Managing Director Fiona Holmes on…

Gray & Osbourn life, age, fashion and her inspiration

“The Gray & Osbourn woman is stylish and independent – someone who enjoys clothes and values style over fleeting fashion. The brand’s strength is its inclusivity – we cater to a wide age range. So in many ways, my passing birthdays help me serve our customers better.

Fashion is easy when you’re very young – it’s when you get older and perhaps have a few body issues that things get trickier and that’s precisely when the High Street lets you down. Many shops and brands cater only for the young and even when there are great pieces out there for women over 40, finding them among all that blinding choice is pretty exhausting.

Looking ageless, looking good is a daily deal you make with yourself. You can go ‘invisible’ and fall prey to bland shapeless clothing, or you can rock what you’ve got. For me, that’s about my height and my legs. And looking up to date has nothing to do with how old I am.”

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Cruise away in style..

March 13th, 2014

If you are female and are going on your first cruise, the chances are you are panicking over what to pack. You have probably read in the cruise brochure about the “formal nights” and, unless you are going on a line which makes a virtue of its informality, you are, right now, having a minor meltdown at the possibility that you will have to go out and buy a half-dozen evening frocks.

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Does my bum look big in this?

March 12th, 2014

Fantastic fashion tips for looking instantly taller and slimmer!

Britain’s diet industry is worth a staggering £2 billion. We women are guzzling down those pricey slim shakes like there’s no tomorrow. Gyms and personal trainers are raking it in – ‘fess up who’s joined a gym and ended up paying hundreds of pounds in fees for little more than a branded towel and water bottle? (guilty hands are being raised at G&O HQ). Well, little ol’ us just realised something: we know far easier, less expensive ways to look lean, hot and heavenly without lifting so much as a perfectly manicured finger!

Gather round blog sisters, gather round, the secrets are about to be revealed:

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Sandie Osbourn’s Spring Picks

March 4th, 2014

Our Buying Director shares her personal favourites from the new collection

As those of you who’ve been paying attention will know, 2014 marks 25 fashion fabulous years since Gray & Osbourn started, and Sandie Osbourn has been at the buying helm for every one of those. 50 seasons, some 35,000 garments and a gazillion cups of tea later (Sandie likes her tea), she shows no loss of interest and no sign of letting up.

“Fashion is my business, but it’s also in my heart. I love the way clothes can express who we are, affect our mood and give us a boost anytime.”

So in this, Sandie’s 51st buying season at Gray & Osbourn, we asked her to share her personal style favourites.

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Modern Monochrome

February 28th, 2014

The ‘why’ and ‘how’ – all here in black and white!

The Mods. The Rockers. The counterculture. Scooters. Twiggy. Jean the ‘Shrimp’ Shrimpton. Hairdos a small mammal could happily live in…the Sixties were great. They were Swinging! And lots of those ideas are definitely worth revisiting – and doesn’t fashion just love to plunder the past – so right now we’re all mad for monochrome. But, and this is a ‘but’ big enough to block the whole of Carnaby Street, that does not mean that today’s woman wants to look like a fashion throwback. Oh no, an eye-boggling shift dress, go-go boots and flicky black eyeliner are fine for fancy dress, but these days there are far more chic ways to do monochrome. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleavage – do you or don’t you?

February 25th, 2014

Journalist Helen Walmsley-Johnson, aka The Invisible Woman, discusses a piece she wrote for The Guardian on older women showing cleavage and the lively debate which has followed…here’s her response.

“At the end of October, I wrote my weekly column for the Guardian on cleavage and the older woman – http://bit.ly/17K0b2Q – and in it I raised a number of issues that I hoped would provoke a debate. Blimey, did we get a debate. The comments broke down into distinct areas: women who took the piece seriously and offered advice, women who took exception to me talking about it at all, men who took the piece seriously but worried about the etiquette of appreciating the female form in 2013 and men who thought it was a great opportunity to air some puerile jokes, plus ça change…

 

Since then I’ve been trying to understand why the subject provoked such a heated discussion. It wasn’t as if I’d suggested that middle aged women everywhere go around ‘flaunting their curves’, as a certain tabloid would have it, it was just that I didn’t see anything wrong with displaying a modest amount of cleavage or that to do so was the sole preserve of the young. An older woman can very elegantly work a décolletée neckline without compromising her dignity or suggesting that she’s trying to recapture lost youth. To suggest otherwise seems to me to be further objectifying women but on the grounds of age and maturity, rather than on youth and sexuality. To imply that any woman over the age of, say 40, should be covered up because they are in some way offensive is offensive itself.

 

Femininity is bound up with breasts – why else the padded bra, ‘chicken fillets’ or implants? It’s a recognised feminine signifier and you need only speak to a woman who has experienced the trauma of mastectomy to understand that.

A woman should have the right to choose and decide for herself  - and that includes what she wears. Just as a young woman has the right to dress in a way that covers or reveals her body in whatever way she pleases, so too does an older woman. It is a matter of personal choice, of deciding what you are comfortable with and what pleases you. No one will arrest you for showing 2 inches of cleavage!”

 

For Gray & Osbourn’s guide on the best neckline for your shape, click here.

Follow The Invisible Woman on Twitter @TheVintageYear

 

Spring Fresh

February 24th, 2014

Easy ways to update your style – right now!

It’s a new year and new season – time to refresh our wardrobe. And the good news is, there’s no need to wait for warmer weather – our Spring collection is full of quick and easy style updates you can enjoy right away. Here are some our personal favourites:

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