Mummy Fashion

Boyfriend Jeans + Killer Heels = My New Style Crush

If you follow me on Pinterest you will have noticed that I've been on a pinning frenzy of hair inspiration (painstakingly growing out the pixie crop) and pictures of boyfriend jeans and heels, my latest style obsession.

 

So imagine my excitement when I sat down to a lovely new shiny October issue of Red to see they had a denim clinic, with a piece by Liberty London Girl encouraging us ladies to step out of your denim comfort zone. She had met with J Brand's CEO Jeff Rudes, he'd given her a new attitude to incorporating jeans into her wardrobe.

 

After my recent wardrobe re haul, I stumbled across a pair of Reiss boyfriend jeans I got in last summers sale online. Ridiculously comfy, but reserved for 'bleugh' days as they are quite loose. In flats they didn't do a lot for my hips, made me feel frumpy. But throw some heels on and they have a new lease of life.

This relaxed look can be worn all manner of ways, the ankle calf section of your legs in heels looks great, which is why this can be worn by all shapes and sizes. A daytime look or worn in the evening, it's understated, feminine and sexy without trying too hard … And ridiculously comfortable to boot. Winner.

I thought I'd share a few of my ideas to inspire you to give it a whirl, step out of your jeans comfort zone.

Grey T Shirt – Primark

Jeans – Reiss 1971 Boyfriend (turned up)

Heels – Christian Louboutin

Go that extra mile and add a statement necklace and oversized clutch to take this casual look up a level.

 

Or team with a cute glitzy jacket or blazer

I love this Coatigan so toasty… I love the word Coatigan more … If that's even a word? I wore this ensemble out for a meal with Mr G and teamed it with a crisp white shirt tucked in to the jeans and finished it with a leopard print belt.
 
 
A great look for lunch / shopping with the girls.
 
Layer up the chunky knitwear as we sneak into Autumn.
 
I can't wait to get to grips with those nude courts, the lower heel will make this more wearable everyday, without compromising on the overall look.
 
Not a fan of heels? Try to get the height with heeled high tops for daytime or some mid heel courts. Really want to stick to flats try some cute pastel coloured brogues.
 
Asos have some delicious boyfriend jeans to fit all budgets, from their own brand to budget busting £300 Mih and Rag and Bone. New Look have some heavily ripped pale denim bad boys reduced to just £8 in store!
 
Also, check out Zara and Mango for the petite among you. Mango particularly is great for smaller proportions, if you're struggling to find boyfriend jeans that don't swamp you.
 
Here are a few of my favourites I found online. I'm tempted by some paler destructed beauties for my next pair.
 
 
Giving it a whirl? Share your interpretations of this look with me on Twitter and Instagram, I'd love to see how you're rocking yours!
 
Stock images taken from respective websites. This is an unsponsored post. All opinions and views are my own. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Crumbs

These Boots Are Made For Walking…

Despite having a trillion things to do today, housework being top of the list, I found myself hiding in the kitchen from the play room carnage browsing twitter.

 

When I saw a tweet from @deborahbrett ….a very stylish fashion editor indeed… I took a sharp intake of breath.

 

Instantly taken back to my grungy fine art student self that grunted by way of communication slumped around carrying an old satchel and had friends with bells in their hair.

 

HOW had I not known these were happening??

 

I will be dreaming about these beauties until they're firmly on little Edies feet.


Thank you Deborah for sharing on Twitter, My debit card is hugely grateful!

 

 

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Mummy Fashion

A De-Joules Wardrobe Frenzy

Last week I took some of my own advice and went through my own wardrobe on a de- Joules and de- Boden frenzy. Ruthlessly taking out anything I haven't worn for a year, for whatever reason.

I went through a very mumsy phase when I came into my 30's after having Euan, I lost my way a bit wearing what I thought I should wear not what I really wanted to wear … If that makes any sense.

I've since got my mojo back, reverted back to my trusty knits, classic silhouettes and layers, layers, layers. Throw in a pair of studded high tops, sling in a biker boot and normal service is resumed.

I washed, ironed, took pictures of my unwanted clothes and shoes, listed them on our village's Sale or Swap group on Facebook. Priced at around £10 – £20 per item, depending on wear, Everything was snapped up within a couple of days.

And with the money I've made?

These have been calling me in my sleep….

 

£69.99 from Zara. Come to Mama.

 

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Little Crumbs

Smart Shopping – your little ones AW13 Wardrobe.

As I sit in blistering heat enjoying this last burst of summer sunshine it's hard to comprehend that within a few weeks the knitwear will be out in full force.

 

I'm still searching for the perfect winter coat for little lady, but you can bet your mortgage it will have a Zara tag as their AW13 ranges are delicious. Have a look at a few of my favourite online picks on the coat front.

 

So, before you hit shopping online like a mother possessed or battle the crowds in the city centres, try to take some time to take stock of what you're little ones have, what they've outgrown and will need. Everything from PJ's to Socks. Lay it all out, in piles of T shirts, Bottoms etc, its a quick visual of what's lacking.

I don't want to be 'the shopping fun police' im not talking regimented list making or it being a chore. Just a little bit of forward planning to make sure you spend your money wisely, turning your attention to invest in some great pieces that will last and fill in any gaps. Or bringing different pieces together making new looks.

 

Too Small? Either… Pass Down / Pass on to Friends / Sell on local sites / Send To Charity

 

If it's too well worn and not suitable for any of the above, it's bin bound.

 

 

Once you've gone through everything and you're left only with clothes that still fit or will keep. Take time to look at the colours, don't be afraid to mix up the palette a little, boy or girl some vivid colour brightens up any dull wet autumn morning. Khaki looks gorgeous on girls mixed with greys, pinks and oranges. Similarly Boys look lovely in pastels.

There's no harm in making a list, to give you a nudge in the right direction when you're off shopping. I'm guilty of going along picking up bits and bobs and before I know it i've got too much of the same thing. Euan has been known to have an abundance of striped long sleeve tops . But no pants that fitted him. I know. Mummy fail.

Taking this time to sort through and make a list helps keep me on track, before I get blindsided by all the gorgeousness whilst online or in the shops and lose focus on what they need.

Here's one I made earlier…. I know…
 
 
So to round up, a few things to think about when going through your little ones wardrobes.
  • Even if Summer is on it's way out, get a little more wear out of T shirts, layer them up over long sleeve tops, or team summer rompers with a cute pair of tights and a long sleeve top,
  • Make a list if it helps to keep you on the right spending track, I love lists me,
  • Forward thinking, clothes you invest more money on that could suit both genders of your children, Check out Tootsa Macginty for non gender specific knitwear gorgeousness,
  • Don't be too shy or proud to accept clothes passed on from friends, or to offer to friends, it all helps, it's lovely to see good clothes being enjoyed for longer,
  • Look out for supermarket's offers, they're great for clothes for pre school, nursery, that if paint doesn't wash out its no big deal.
  • For the newly toilet trained consider easy waistbands to give them the confidence & independence to be able to pull down bottoms by themselves, Euan wears Joggers to pre school, easier that jeans for him to deal with on his own.
  • Think forward to any occasions in the coming few months, can anything your little ones already have be 'dressed up' be creative with it,

(from the left over denim for Euan's cut offs this summer, following a tutorial on The Beautiful Mess I whipped up a bow tie) I only got a new cotton shirt as opposed to a whole wedding outfit he'd wear for 1 day, and he looked just as smart & more importantly he felt comfortable. Ta Dah.

 
  • Many brands, such as Zara, H&M, Beau Loves, Gap etc will have a 'look book' section on their website, it's an area that's a great source of inspiration.

Have fun shopping for your little ones winter wardrobes, find me on Instagram & tag me in any pictures of your favourite finds, I'd love to see what's caught your eye on the high street for your little ones.

 

 

 

 

Please note this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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