It's one of my closest friend's 30th birthday in a couple of weeks. The theme of her birthday bash? Stars and stripes (I'm not actually that sure why, she's not American but, hey, it's her birthday and she can pick whatever theme she wants to). My ongoing obsession with sailor stripes has been well documented on this site and so, for a bit of a change, I've been searching shops for the perfect starry number to wear instead.
I've become quite infatuated with this belted dress with star print, from ASOS. It's cute and flirty and only £45. In fact, it's so suitable, I reckon the birthday girl herself might have bought it (Layla, if you're reading this, could you confirm?).
Also very nice, and less likely to steal the starlight from the birthday girl is this top from Zara. Only £29.99 with plenty of future wear potential included in the price.
Marks and Spencer's Limited Collection are offering this star print bow top. Were it a winter birthday, I'd definitely buy it and wear it with a sexy pencil skirt. I'm not so sure that look works for a summer barbecue though. Should I change my mind, it's £29.50.
My favourite option so far: investing £24 in this stellar lucite brooch pin from Devoted 2 Vintage and pinning it to the front of my favourite striped dress. Dating to the 1950s, the look will combine two of my favourite things: a little bit of vintage and a nod to a good theme.
(That said, I'm still on the lookout for stylish star patterned clothing. If you see any, let me know - I've got until 6 August!)