Have you seen the new ‘Mom Jeans’? When I was looking for boyfriend (or more aptly named by Warehouse Girlfriend‘) jeans recently, it was suggested I ‘take a look at the Mom jeans which are really similar’. They weren’t similar at all – they were high waisted and reminded me of the eighties – a look a flat-stomached teen could perhaps pull off in Shoreditch, but not for me. It got me thinking about how we stereotype mothers in the fashion stakes, whether it’s imagining a frazzled woman with spit-up on her shoulders or a Boden wearing middle class mummy. As I’m giving so much thought to my own capsule wardrobe right now I got pretty put out at the thought fashion is no longer aimed at me and can be seriously impractical at times. (Who am I kidding? I’m a good 10 years above Topshop’s target customer profile!). Luckily for me there are loads of fashion trends right now that fit perfectly with my requirements of pram-pushing, baby carrying, new-body style and I thought I’d share some of the key pieces that I love from both a fashion and everyday reality perspective…
Yes, the humble sweatpant (re-named ‘joggers’ to avoid the mental image of sofa lounging and baggy bums,) is bigger then ever. Re-imagined in drapey fabrics and new prints for work wear or going out, the good old jersey type is also a winner for every day. Wear with flats by day and pointed heels or sandals by night and unexpected tops like a buttoned up blouse for serious style credentials.
Massive at the last fashion week in Spring and not going anywhere as a trend, this look is steadily filtering through to the mainstream. Perfect for pram pushing, keep it out of slummy mummy territory by choosing statement finishes like reflective metallic silver, neons or brights, and old school classic styles like New Balance, Adidas or Nike.
I did end up finding a pair during the search I mentioned above and have lived in them since. Once you’ve got the right fit for you, they’re super comfortable with an air of off-duty cool. Boyfriend jeans just like joggers can be dressed up or down and are much more forgiving than skinnies if your legs aren’t as ‘skinny’ as they used to be. 😉
If you’re interested, I’m always collecting images of looks I love on my Pinterest Street Style board for outfit inspiration, take a look!
So what are your go-to wardrobe items that you turn to day after day and make life easy? I’d love to hear…
I’m still feeling a little behind when it comes to AW13 fashion, partly due to the house move and partly due to the weather. It really hasn’t been cold enough to force me into my Autumn clothes yet. To stop me making wear-once purchases I always try to think at the beginning of the season what trends I want to buy into and what goes with my current wardrobe.
I’m past fashion fads if I’m honest and the last couple of years of experimenting has refined my natural style. With the abundance of street style photos around at the moment following the fashion week marathon and bloggers trying new trends, I have rounded up a few of my pins and styles that I’ll be trying to recreate this autumn.
Who doesn’t love wrapping up for autumn? Again this look is about balanced proportions and volume contrasted with slim bottom halves. I’ll be re-investing in skinnies and hunting down the biggest chunky knit to layer under my winter parka.
So what do you think readers? Do you like any of these looks or have you had any ideas about what you’ll be wearing this season? Let me know!
For my final LFW street style post, I’m sharing the outfits I loved. I go through phases of reading style blogs but when I’m short on inspiration it’s always good to see how other people are wearing things. You’ll notice that a lot of these looks are more casual, low key, or not even that trend-led and I guess thats why I found them inspiring or interesting to look at.
What do you think? Are these the kind of looks you can see yourself wearing?
A favourite... Love the metallics, the tee, the oversized necklace, and so refreshing to see a smile!
Another favourite, just effortless again and totally achievable.
Just lovely, tulle, floral prints, pastels and a hint of edge from the sunglasses...
I LOVE this outfit - The skirt was H&M and the polka dot top and leather just make the whole look perfect. My favourite.
Amongst the best dressed ladies I saw were the AMEX girls (LFW sponsors,) in Roksanda Ilinic.
Spotted! Jodie Kidd looking fabulous in neons and mirrored shades.
Particularly loved the girl on the left here, but the leopard panelled jacket was fab too.
Click through to the gallery to see more and don’t forget to come back and tell me your favourites!
Edit 13.32: Apologies for the downtime readers! I’ve had some issues with my hosting and site database this morning that resulted in the site being taken down whilst the situation was addressed. As a result, I’m scheduling this afternoons post later at 14.30 and then will push back this mornings post to tomorrow. Thanks for your patience! – Rebecca.
Today’s London Fashion Week street style focuses on the cool-hunters, my way of describing the people I spotted who looked great, but I couldn’t in a million years pull off a similar outfit. If you can look beyond the full-on fashion factor however, there is inspiration to be had in dissecting the outfits and taking away single elements of the look. Anything you like here?
Something told me this girl worked for Vivienne Westwood…
Too much black here for me personally, but these girls were embracing the spikes and studs and looking fierce.
Just brilliant. The bag is Kate Spade.
I’m not a guy, hence why I can’t pull this look off, but he just looked cool…
Loved the shorts, loved the brights, loved the lipstick. All grounded with neutrals.
Todays London Fashion Week street style snaps are dedicated to the hardcore fans of ‘fashion’ – but not as you or I know it. I was expecting LFW to have some amazing examples of fashion as inspirational style, like the editors and celebrities I’ve seen snapped in the magazines and online in seasons gone by. In fact it was way more extreme than that, with personal style taking centre stage and a lot of people dressing to be photographed. This is my selection of the most outrageous outfits I saw over the weekend – let me know what you think!
I’d never wear this but I love it – How much fun do those pom poms look?
Yes, that is a veil and yes, those are massive cartoon sequinned eyes on the front.
I first clocked this girl giving an impassioned monologue to a camera about how much she loves gold, ‘…I love gold, I just can’t understand how there can be any other colour, everything should be gold…’ – you get the idea.
These two win my award for dedication and commitment to the cause that is fashion… I mean, just the hair?
Extreme style. Particularly for a guy.
These guys were joking about being the latest boy band ‘Plastic‘. I still haven’t figured out if they were joking… Edit 18/9/12 Apparently not!
Click through to the gallery below if you’d like to see more!
I thought I’d do this months Instagram round up a little differently and focus on one area of my images as when I looked back, I realised they fall into distinct groups of fashion or outfit shots, food and my life behind the scenes. Maybe I’ll share another group next week…
Just recently, I have seen an absolute onslaught of pink hitting the shops, and I’ve also seen it popping up all over the blogs, adorning the most stylish ladies and just generally making me want to wrap myself in it from head to toe. Pink used to be just a little bit un-cool, but it can certainly be done…
This morning it’s back to basics because aside from the fashion pieces in your wardrobe, I know that every woman needs the basics – a great pair of jeans, the perfect white shirt, black patent courts… the list goes on. Today’s What to Wear is not my most fashion forward choice but has certainly been inspired by that off-duty model look in slouchy jersey pieces, biker boots and leggings. The Parka.
Parka: Gap – now £35, Scarf: M&S, Fingerless gloves: M&S, Jeans: Warehouse, Jumper: Warehouse, Boots: Pied a Terre, Bag: Coach.
I’m actually only recently getting into outerwear. Before now I’ve always found it prohibitively expensive for good quality pieces and hated the fact that thin or synthetic fabrics don’t actually keep you warm. I’ve broken all my rules of ‘buy well and buy once’ and no to ‘synthetics’ with this cinch waist parka in 100% classy polyester. The reason I went for it however is that it’s light weight and throws on over winter woolies nicely without adding extra bulk. The sheen of the fabric also emulates a rather more expensive silk version I saw once.
I’m looking forward to mixing it up with some dressier pieces, a glitter skirt perhaps with a thick wool jumper. I’ll keep you posted…
In the meantime, this is a timely post for Kirsten, who asked me on Twitter the other day ‘to find me a stylish warm parka.’ so I added some high street and online finds to my own. I can’t vouch for the warmth Kirsten but I hope you like the variety of styles here 🙂
Topshop Dark Khaki Waxed Parka with black faux fur trim. (Hurry! This one is down to £40 from £98 and there are only Size 10’s left.)
This week, I intended to write a post about Wellies. As in Wellington boots. The kind that keep you dry (and look stylish) in the pouring rain, just like it was last week when I decided to write the post. However, In true Great British weather style, we are now mid-heat wave and I thought I’d better be darn well flexible with the schedule!
In the glorious sunshine we’re having I’m kind of torn. I’m all over the Autum/Winter trends already and have even embraced the idea of winter shorts, then along comes weather that is MADE for shorts. But the cut-off denim kind with a bikini top, a beer and a BBQ. I want to be wearing my gorgeous tailored smart shorts and looking stylish.
I’ve been trying out some outfits at home and out and about (pictures to come) but in the meantime, I thought I’d look to the LA street style I so enjoy seeing on various blogs for some inspiration and hopefully trends that will translate and encourage you all to be a little bit more adventurous with your shorts.