Now That’s What We Call Essential!

The third lockdown feels like it has lasted forever and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been counting down the days for when (so-called) non-essential retail re-opens their doors and welcomes us back with open arms.

Oh, how we have missed the days of browsing the latest fashion collections, perusing the sale racks and just generally indulging in a bit of retail therapy with friends in tow.

Those days are now over as we have finally jumped the last hurdle, so to get you all excited we have picked our favourite products from the Spring/Summer collections of our beloved non-essential retailers, putting a spring in your step for when you walk through their store doors here at Meridian Shopping Centre.

Fashion, how we have missed you…

Calling all ladies! Breathe life into your outfits with 2021 Spring/Summer fashion accessory trends, ditch the house slippers and have fun – one step at a time!  

As event invites start reappearing through our letterboxes and inboxes, let’s put our best foot forward with Shoezone’s wide range of fashionable footwear that will liven up any outfit.

Try the ever so popular wedged espadrilles, a more comfortable alternative to the high heel.  These versatile summer shoes are perfect to pair with a midi dress or dress down with jeans.

This season’s hottest colour is pink and, from punchy shades to subtle pastels, there is a pink to suit everyone. We love this bright coral heeled strappy sandal, a perfect choice to go with a floaty dress. 

If you prefer a more casual relaxed look, think of ‘90s grunge with these on-trend flatform sandals made from recycled PU. Pair with some baggy dropped waist jeans and a band tee for an understated rock chick vibe.


Don’t worry boys, we haven’t forgotten you! Barbeque season is almost upon us and you have to look fresh at the grill, so these Shoezone Lambretta Sheldon trainers in a crisp white will surely put a spring in your step. Dressing up for the beer gardens? Then these Catesby tan sued casual boots are just the ticket and go great with any wash of denim, all you need now is a statement shirt and you’ll be hitting top fashion marks.

Another relatable trend for Spring/Summer this year is ‘escapism’. We may not be able to jet to faraway destinations just yet, but this doesn’t mean our footwear has to sacrifice. Shoezone has created a great capsule range for kids embodying holiday feels from cool trainers to playful sandals, all are great for any adventure.

Rainbows were a firm favourite in 2020 as a sign of solidarity and hope, which is why we are loving these glittery rainbow trainers, a statement piece that all little girls will love to wear to those picnics in the parks with family and friends.


Now our feet are looking pretty, let’s finish your outfit off with some jewels. Gold is big this season with big chains, pendants and charms being seen across the catwalks at the likes of Fendi and Dior. The key to this look is to layer, wear 3 necklaces at once, we won’t question you! We love the selection of gold jewellery from Warren James, such as the matching T Bar necklace and bracelet set. Add them together with this pendant charm necklace and 18ct gold herringbone bracelet (both Warren James) and you will scream fashionista.


Men can also jump on the gold trend with a range of stunning watches available at F.Hinds suiting all budgets. For the gentleman who likes something a little different we suggest this sophisticated pocket watch or if you prefer more classic timeless pieces the Sekonda 1644 or Citizen Eco-Drive bracelet watch are both respectable choices.


As we update our wardrobe we mustn’t neglect the home. Fill your home with the fragrance of spring using candles and reed diffusers that not only smell good but look good too. We love Card Factory’s grapefruit and orange flower reed diffuser, sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful aroma filling your home.

Preparing for those small garden gatherings? Serve your drinks in style with this set of 2 gin glasses (Card Factory) and raise a toast with your nearest and dearest. Showcase your cocktail talents with the help of this ‘Wild Mocktails and Healthy Cocktails’ book from The Works – everyone will appreciate a fancy drink in their hand. Whilst you’ve got everyone together, take some photos to capture these long-awaited precious moments and create a keepsake with one of Card Factory’s personalised photo frames. We particularly like this one that fits 12 photos in a black or white frame. It will also make a great gift, with memories that will last a lifetime.


For more of our top picks from our amazing non-essential retailers, visit our Pinterest page here.

Prices correct at the time of publishing.

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