Fashion brands: Mint Velvet & French Connection

Discovering stylish new brands for busy Mums

I’ve said in a few previous posts now that I have wanted to expand the range of brands that I shop in. Getting stuck in a ‘brand rut’ is a real thing…especially if the clothes in the stores that you regularly shop in fit you well/are local to you/are in your price range. These things really matter. Non of us like change much and when we are all so busy it’s a bit of a pain having to shop around when you haven’t really got the time.

However. It can be worth it!

After a few recommendations from some of my very good friends I tried a few new brands this week; Mint Velvet & French Connection – which are both located upstairs in House Of Fraser in Worcester. I actually shopped in French Connection quite a bit (pre-twins) and absolutely loved their clothes, but I’ve never bought anything from Mint Velvet before.

I got a few things in the sale but I could have easily got a great deal more from the collections!

New fashion brands - Mint VelvetFinding new brands

Knit, Mint Velvet £45 

Jeans, Mint Velvet £45 (shop similar here)

Bracelet, Laura Ashley £18

Pumps, Converse £45

Shopping brands - French ConnectionFinding new fashion brands for stylish Mums

Crew, French Connection £45

Jeans as above

Boots, Next £45

Jacket, Oasis £55

Of course these shops are more pricey than the likes of Zara, Primark and New Look but there is definitely more of a quality feel about these brands, with a stylish feel too. Plus, in the sale, these items have been such bargain purchases.

Going forward I am all about mixing up my brands and adding more luxury into my wardrobe. I am excited to discover new shops for my practical but stylish Mum wardrobe!

Do you like these brands?

Love, Jess x



  1. January 22, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I am a bit like you, stuck in a rut of always buying in the same places, Zara, Warehouse & Oasis. I really need to start looking at other places and other styles. I really like the Mint Velvet Jumper, it’s lovely and it looks great on you.

    • Jess
      January 22, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      It’s good to shop with your faves (I also love those) but finding new brands is nice and these ones I have featured here are utterly gorgeous 🙂 xx

  2. January 23, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Weirdly, I literally JUST packed up some items to send back to Mint Velvet!! I bought them in the sale and they looked fab online — but sadly not on me! Love that FC jumper Jess — I rarely shop in French Connection as I think their full price items are slightly too high but I do love a sale item!! Fab choices xx

    • Jess
      January 24, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Oh no such a shame! I am obsessed now and cannot wait to go back xx

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