Archive by Alexa | Collection Review

I first stumbled upon the Alexa collection waiting page a few months ago, and eagerly signed up to hear all about it via email. Like many people, I have always loved Alexa Chung’s style and followed her for quite some time. After watching the campaign videos and seeing a few photographs of Alexa in the beautiful Harry blouse, I was ready and waiting at 9am online at M&S ready to scan the collection and go, go, go!
I narrowed my selection down to just the four items here, but there are some lovely pieces I would have loved to have tried, like the Hattie camis. Unfortunately, none of the pieces I bought ended up being quite right for me and my shape. I’ll have to lust after the Alexa look for just that bit longer. I’m aware this review is a little later than others, but as it’s been just over a month since the collection was released I thought I’d lend you my thoughts on a of few items I tried out…
After lusting after this blouse from the campaign photographs, I was a little worried about how I would look in this. I love girly details on my clothes, and ruffles are no exception, however, this one proved just a little bit too ruffle-y for me. As the stand out piece of the collection, I was also a little conscience of how many people would be wearing this. I love the button detailing up the back, and love how I’ve seen it styled on Instagram by so many people with hair up and pretty skirts. But for me, this one was just a little too much of a high maintenance blouse – as soon as I put it on it crinkled (in the places it wasn’t supposed to!). The ruffles seemed more pronounced on me than in the photos I had seen, and Simon asked directions to Downtown Abbey, and though I don’t always listen to him, he got me on this one.
I loved the print of these trousers (hence why I chose the skirt as well!), and I’d been looking for a pair of skinny trousers with a side zip for a little while beforehand, so these seemed like the answer to my prayers! These trousers did fit well from hip to knee, better than any similar trousers I had tried (read: I could sit down!), but not quite right at the ends, and I also noted I have some very similar black and white geometric trousers I’ve found in the depths of my wardrobe ready for summer!
As mentioned above, I was a big fan of this gingham print, and loved the look in the campaign photos, with the Lillie jumper tucked into the skirt, so bought both to see if I could do a little  style up and recreation of my own!
My mum has always told me a skirt without lining isn’t a long-lasting buy, and this skirt didn’t have one. This also meant when I tried to tuck the jumper in (a la Alexa), the edge was clearly visible underneath and not very flattering! A thicker material would have changed my mind entirely on this one.
This was my favourite piece, a classic cable knit and a good transitional jumper. I love the long sleeved jumper and bare legs look which is definitely needed in England throughout Spring (and Summer!). I am considering reordering this one in a size smaller. Normally an 8-10, I ordered a 10 and it came up a little baggy at the bottom (also not good for the tucked in look!).
So there you go, my thoughts on the Alexa collection. Although I sent my clothes back, I do like the idea behind the clothes, and the photography that went with the campaign. As proved on Instagram, these can look beautiful, but they’re just not for me and my low maintenance style aspirations! But I’ll be watching out for all the other archive collaborations!

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