Snapshot–Oasis Autumn/Winter ‘13

by Katie on August 11, 2013


Oasis are one of those high street chains that often gets overlooked in the rush to proclaim the new ‘it’ high street store. Not quite as street-wise as Zara, as sophisti-professional as Reiss or as hip and minimalist as Cos, Oasis is still worth checking out as it always gives more than it takes. And often surprises.


Take the new A/W’13 collection. It still has the trademark stamp of Oasis’ feminine girlishness but this is grown up girlishness and pushing out in a new front, too. Geometric prints and shapes meet the standard Winter florals and street-wear feminine flounces but this has decided more ‘grrr’.

13_04_12_Oasis_LB_AW_22_00049_0113_04_12_Oasis_LB_AW_20_00046_0113_04_12_Oasis_LB_AW_13_00030_01There’s lace in droves but cool, stretch lace fashioned in slinky stretch dresses and all-in-ones as well as more constructed ‘Susie Wong’ style shapes. A sheeny tuxedo suit takes its ‘80s styling to the max with boxy shoulders, crop trousers and tapered lapels while leather bikers and midi-length skirts give a slighter harder edge. Ever popular leopard print rears its spotted head (ever popular in the high street) but think more much more demure and respectable than Eastenders’ Cat Slater – the poster girl of Walford market.


Oasis’s plus-point is that in not trying too hard and keeping to its own brand of pretty it comes up with some great pieces that just have to be re-styled to suit the wearer’s own attitude. And isn’t that the whole point of dipping in and out of the high street?

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