If you follow any fashion bloggers on Instagram, you’ll no doubt have seen this now iconic beaded bag crop up on your feed at some point. The pearlescent purse from the faux fur designer Shrimps has now reached cult status, if you haven’t already parted ways with your hard-earned £400 for it, chances are you’ve been considering whether to sell one of your kidneys in order to make the splurge. All of that is to say, Shrimps is very much an ‘it’ brand, but unattainable for most of us. So when it was announced at the beginning of the month that Shrimps had teamed up with Warehouse to bring some of their quirky designs to the high street, it is fair to say I was excited. The following collaboration features retro summer pieces in gingham, denim and white embroidery at price points that don’t make my eyes water. The 40 piece collection is so well-curated in my opinion, but below I have selected my stand-out items.
As a big fan of gingham for summer, I was instantly drawn to the green gingham offerings on site – it is such a fresh pop of colour and a nice spin on an old favourite. I love the cut of the bikini, the top half is very vintage-inspired but paired with the bottoms it still looks modern, so I think it is a great option if you love the print but were terrified of this throwback swimsuit they also released. Similarly, the maxi dress in the same print looks like the perfect summer holiday dress, I think it would look great thrown on with some white wedge espadrilles for a more put-together look. The white daisy blouse is also very cute, with the puffed sleeves it would definitely add a bit of whimsy into a wardrobe.
The blue blouse immediately caught my eye as I was perusing the site – it has a sort of Hawaiian shirt vibe but with a more refined print and feminine shape with the same puffed sleeves as the daisy blouse. I love how it has been styled over the white swimming costume as well, for the ultimate poolside look. This swimsuit is also my favourite of the four swimwear offerings, the cut looks quite flattering, especially on the bust, but the merman print stops it from looking too dated. I like the look of the crochet top as well (it even has matching trousers!) and suspect this one could become a blogger favourite as it has a cool-french-girl feel to it. I have to say, I think it is expensive for what it is though, I think a lot of this collection is fairly priced and matches Warehouse’s general price range, but £56 for a top you could probably find in a charity shop seems extortionate.
I like the denim offerings in the collection as well – the espadrilles look super comfortable and though they come in two other colour-ways, I think the denim pair is far more versatile. I am also head over heels for the denim midi dress, as not only does it have pockets (as all dresses should), it also has the sweetest daisy buttons running down the front. I also really love the white daisy version of this dress, it is very me, but I actually think this denim one is more unique because of that button detail. The straw hat is also seriously tempting me as a fair-skinned gal – sun protection never looked so cool! To be honest, I’m torn between the daisy print and the gingham version, as I think the white would go with more than the green, but I am an absolute sucker for gingham…
My eyes have been firmly on the accessories since seeing pictures of all the items styled together, the diamanté daisies are some of the true stand-outs in my opinion. I may have to buy these drop earrings, they’ll look so good styled both smart or casually and can be used to add a bit of interest to a plain outfit. I love all of the jewellery pieces but I also like the circle earrings for the same reason. I have to say that I am a bit disappointed by the bag offerings, as I think Shrimps is most well-known now for their bag designs and they have on this occasion left me wanting. However the straw bag with the same diamanté daisies is a great spring/summer bag, and one worth picking up if you don’t already own any straw bags. And finally, the raffia belt looks perfect to add to any summer look. It looks like it is adjustable so you may be able to wear it both on your waist and on your hips, meaning there are plenty of styling options.
So those are my 12 favourite pieces! I love the collection (apart from the bucket hats, I can’t wait for this trend to die) but I do think some of the pricing seems a little inconsistent. There is something at every price point though so I think anyone who wants to own a little bit of Shrimps whimsy can. A little tip, if you were thinking of buying, is to consider signing up for the Warehouse newsletter as you can get a 10% off code that way, which is valid on this collection – it isn’t a huge saving, but it is still something!
You can shop the whole collection here. Are you planning on picking anything up?