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An Afternoon Shopping At Westfield…

an afternoon at westfield, FashionBite

An Afternoon Shopping At Westfield…

an afternoon at westfield, FashionBite

I spent a fantastic afternoon at Westfield’s Stratford City location recently, browsing the new season collections – a riot of bright colours and prints – and sampling the delights that were available at the Great Eastern Market. (If you’ve ever been to the Brick Lane food markets on a Sunday, you’ll recognise the inspiration!)

Topshop (pictured top) showcased an array of clashing prints and textures for Spring/Summer ’14, in contrast to the more utilitarian minimalism from the likes of Zara and Reiss. My wardrobe definitely has a place for both, it just depends on the mood I’m in.

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

Spring/Summer is about injecting a burst of vibrant colour into your wardrobe, whether through a canary yellow dress styled with a black leather jacket (as spotted at Warehouse)…

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

Vibrant prints from Oasis or a colour pop heel from the likes of Dune…

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

If you’re a fan of the more pared down aesthetic, The Kooples has a great collection this season, particularly strong on accessories. I love the studded, black leather clutch..v. McQueen.

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

After a few hours browsing, I headed down to the fantastic Great Eastern Market – which is the perfect respite in between shopping. I’m a huge fan of this space, it’s the first time I’ve been there, and it offers a vast variety of world cuisine in a buzzy, market-type atmosphere. It really doesn’t feel like anything I’ve been to in a shopping centre before and it’s great that Westfield has been inspired by what can be found in the wider East London area.

From an artisan bakery, selling a delicious range of fresh breads…

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

To Sicilian deserts and authentic Lebanese treats…

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

If a liquid refreshment is more your thing, the also Market offers locally brewed beers and Bratwurst or Prosecco and delicious sweet treats…

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

An afternoon at Westfield East, FashionBite

Prising myself away from the foodie delights, I headed back up to the shops and managed to bag myself two over-sized boyfriend shirts from Topshop and a yellow clash print jumper from Warehouse. A successful afternoon!

If you live in East or South East London, Westfield Stratford City is a great option for shopping, with easy access via the tube. For more details on how to get there, check out the website Westfield.com/stratfordcity

Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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