The Skinny is Dead? (Part II)


Mum, can I borrow your jeans?  Said no-one ever in the ’90s.  I know, I was there.  So how come there’s a new jean on the scene given the title of ’90s Mom Jean?


This spring we are seeing the end of the craze for skinny jeans (though you can still buy them everywhere) and the dawn of new denims to dress our pins.  Be in denial all you want , but our stretchy sisters are on their way out and in coming is a frenemy of old – the tougher, less-(for)giving, hard-wearing jean.


the skinny is dead



I started off this conversation last week when I talked about the new wide, flare and bootleg cuts that are now back in vogue.  This week I’m tackling the Mom jean.  I wonder if they’re called mom jeans as the designers’ mums used to wear them in the ’90s?  Let me ‘in’ if you know the answer.


Entirely old skool, these cuts are higher in the waist, so pretty flattering, and snug to the shape of your bum, either with a straight or slim leg.  The idea is to flatter the female shape with a nipped in waist, curvy bottom and delicate ankle, and it works.  For me, this type of jean has to be worn with a heel and perhaps a trainer when going casual.  If you haven’t got your Adidas Stan Smith Originals yet, better get a move on, the white versions are selling quicker than a Spice Girl single did back in the day.


Bomber jackets are the coolest outer wear on the scene right now, but I would honestly feel like I’d gone back to the future, so I’ll be wearing mine with a trusty blazer and some killer heels.  So how do these jean look on.  I popped to Top Shop last weekend and tried on their Mom Jeans (see pics below).  I really liked them and even more so when I showed SP the pic and he said how do you look so slim.  I rose above the negative undertones with a triumphant smile.  I’ve done nothing to the pic except crop out clothes strewn over the floor and add more contrast to the colour as the lights were poor in the changing room.   Of course it was the high waist that gave me a flattering look, allowing me to tuck my ‘muffin’ inside the waistband and not be so conscious of trousers stuck to my calf muscles.  It was liberating and I loved them.  I also tried on the Hayden Jean, which is a boyfriend style jean, not really in fitting with this post, but as I liked the cut I thought I would share the pic with you here.

mom jean

Top Shop Mom Jean


Hayden Jean

Top Shop Hayden Jean


We may not want to be slaves to fashion at any age, but ignore the latest trends at your peril.  Even a nod to the latest look can freshen up your wardrobe and offer a more youthful appearance.  Here’s some ideas that I’ve spotted on the high street and online.


Gail x

The Skinny is Dead? (Part I)


There’s unrest on the streets people.  A tension in the shoulders of fashionistas everywhere. Apparently the skinny jean is dead!


No, I’m not kidding.  If you’ve picked up any of the April fashion mags or been on-line of late, headlines are ablaze with ‘this season’s key denim pieces’ and within that the new look jeans we will be wearing this season and beyond.  I know it’s causing quite a stir amongst my friends; I’ve been party to a debate on it already.   So just to be sure, I’ve checked it out with girls I know who live up in the big smoke and had it confirmed that yes a new look is being worn in our nation’s capital, which can only mean one thing, the search begins, yet again, for the perfect pair of jeans.


I am absolutely no stranger to a jean crisis.  I’ve tried to dodge these denim-clothed bullets all my life; I remember all too well how difficult it was to buy jeans years ago, when there was very little choice and Cindy Crawford was the main muse.  Stepping into a pair of Wranglers required nerves of steel.  The problem back then was that jean waist sizes were small, like miniscule and I had a thick waist and no bum or hips, (yeah, that hasn’t changed!) so finding a pair to fit me was nigh impossible and when you’re 17 you ONLY want to wear what’s fashionable. Cue tears, tantrums and a hefty heap of self-hate.


So you can forgive me, and anyone else, for blowing out a bubble of hot air when I heard that skinnies were going out of fashion.    They’ve literally grown on us, haven’t they? Suiting any age, any body type, any budget.  What’s not to love, but now, apparently, it’s time to move on.  Thinking back on it, I felt the same about ‘letting go’ of the good ole bootleg jean that made way for skinny.  Didn’t we all look at skinnies with alarm and think we’d never make it through, but we did.   So, let’s not get too carried away, there’s more choice nowadays for a start.  Where do we go from here?


You won’t believe it, but the bootcut and flare styles are both back.  With a vengeance.  You will also find the wide-leg, peg leg, straight leg and here’s a new one, the 90’s mom jean is currently available in Top Shop.  Have a look here and be prepared to be whisked back in time.  There’s even an acid wash version. More on this lot next week.


Much of this change can be blamed on the continued revival of the ’70s and ’90s by designers, but should we welcome them back or cling on to the skinny for dear life and hope the new trend dies a death before it’s even started?  Well I for one am kind of excited by it, especially as my old faves, the bootcut is back.  It’s such a flattering jean for us short asses, elongating the leg and softening your look.  This time around there are some high waist styles on the high street, which again I’m fancying.  Low waists have been tricky and sometimes damn right unsightly for an ‘apple’ shape like me.


You can go as wide as you want with flares, it’s super ’70s all the way, which SP will love (let’s not forget our boys) as he’s held on to his jeans from yesteryear.   For spring 2016 the wide-leg is cropped above the ankle (see images below), which I think looks cute and I’m hoping to find a pair that will look good on me.  I have been wearing culottes this winter so fingers crossed.   I’ve had a scour of the shops and found some great options on the high street and online, which won’t break the bank.  The wide/cropped leg won’t be in forever so a cheap, fun option is ideal, whereas the bootcut… it’s time to invest if you haven’t already.


Next week, I’ll be looking at the mom jean in more detail.   Adios stretchy jeans!


Gail x


the skinny is dead


the skinny is dead


the skinny is dead


This Season’s Shoo-In



Apologies for my tardiness this week and the day late post.  I went to a work event on Thursday night – black tie ‘do’ in Bath – and I erm wasn’t myself yesterday.


It was a great night out and I had lots of fun, apart from my feet hurting.  They took a battering.  As these events often do, the night seemed to go on forever and I think it was between the starter and the main courses that I realised my feet were feeling decidedly pinched and stinging.  The shoes I had on were not new, but newish, and I hadn’t really worn them very much.  In fact, I mostly wear slippers, LOL.  As the meal came to an end the awards part of the evening began I wondered if anyone would notice if I took my shoes off.


Thing is, the pain had got so bad that I knew for certain that once off it would be even more painful to get them back on.  So I was stuck in painful limbo. Cue more wine.


Shoes have never been my thing.  Handbags, on the other hand, are.  So I’m a bit at sea when it comes to what’s on my feet.  Rarely following the latest trends and having a rack of standard wear uniform courts, a couple of fun ‘skin’ prints, Birkenstock sandals, Converse kicks and Timblerland boots.  Not exactly going with the #notgivinin theme is it.


So what if I do want to update my look and keep up appearances?  Let’s face it, if you decide to turn a blind eye to trends it’s a very quick and slippery slope down the ageing pole. That said, my feet can’t be tweens when I’ve gone past my mid forties.


I love heels. I used to trot around Soho in sky high heels every day when I worked in London, quite happily, and I don’t want to give up wearing them.  I tend to wear more block heel styles nowadays, as they raise me up from my 5ft 3 1/2″ self without being uncomfortable, but summer sandals are a problem as I don’t think thick wedges are that flattering and when I’ve gone shoe shopping in the past few years I have come away thinking everything is either too young or too sensible.  What’s a ‘girl’ to do?!


I’m a huge fan of Intagram. You can look up my name and follow me if you fancy it.  I get lots of inspiration from IG and I follow so many interesting bloggers it’s hard not to be inspired.  I also follow a few brands and they’re great at sharing looks for the coming season, which is how I found my latest pair of shoes. My new summer sandal is the Bright Gold Lace-Up Mid Heel from River Island.  Pictured on my home page and below if you want to click through to RI, these shoes tick all my needs and wants in one shoe – a little metallic (complementing a tan), a little print (Grrrr),  mid heel (I can walk in them), lace up (I’m finally wearing a current trend).  All this and they’re only £35.  A great price for a seasonal update don’t you think?


What else is out there?  Well, there’s a whole new geek trend that I’m loving, lots of chunky mid heel Gatsby and Mary Jane styles around.  Have you also spotted the leather tassel loafers?  I remember wanting a pair the first year of secondary school when mods were in and my mum bought what she thought was a fashionable pair, but they had heels and a couple of girls from an older classroom sniggered at me as I walked into school.  The loafers in now are exact replicas of my mum’s purchase.  I shouldn’t have chucked them out, I was ahead of my time.


The sporty look is also really popular, but you don’t always want to have trainers on and in fact they’re not always the right thing to wear, so I’m loving the sporty slip-on this season and want to get a pair.  I found some white ones below that are just £20 from ASOS.  Again, a cheap update for the season, that will go with everything and are comfortable.


Here’s a flick through my picks from the current season.  You’ll find lots of other versions out there.


Speak next week.


Gail x

Don’t Give This Trend The Cold Shoulder



I’ve just been reading that the shoulder is the new erogenous zone?  When was it not!  The magazine is on to something though, showing a little shoulder is ‘hot’ and the look is everywhere this Spring.  Will you dare to bare?


It’s a bit of a classic, the old Off The Shoulder/Bardot look, but of course fresh young talent have added some new lingo and titled it The Cold Shoulder.   Sadly for me, some of the tops and dresses that I’ve seen with a ‘colder shoulder’, have given me just that.  I won’t be going there.  These are designs with shoulders cut out, which I’m not warming to.  If it’s cold enough to wear a cable jumper I think I’ll need both shoulders in place.


Still, rehashing fashion can be a good thing; perhaps like me you have few tops in the wardrobe that already fit the bill.  The orange one I’m wearing on my home page is from Warehouse.  I bought it a few years ago now, but I absolutely love the colour and I’ve worn it time and time again.


High Street stores have been quick off the mark to get in on this ‘new’ trend and there are some lovely Bardot-style dresses around if you fancy glamming up, but there’s also many nice tops to choose from.  I’m not in the market for dresses at the moment, but I wouldn’t mind updating the ever-present jeans ensemble for some low key nights out.


Having had a little ‘shop’ online, I’ve found a few good options that won’t buckle the purse.  M&S is steaming ahead with a timeless white Bardot style top that you can wear dressed up with a beautiful print midi skirt or down with cut off wide leg jeans, that should take you through to the end of Summer.   However, white can sometimes drain the face and I might opt for my second option from M&S, which is this blue top from its Limited Edition range, which I think will be kinder to my skin tone.


The third and fourth options, I think, are great for upping your look on informal nights out.  When you want to show that you’ve made an effort without going over the top. Then lastly I’ve added a classic Bardot stripe, though notably offering a fresh colourway than the standard navy and white top.  I think it’s a really eye-catching piece.


I think this look is here to stay girls, so perhaps keep an eye out for something that suits you and your purse now.


Happy shopping


Gail x



Lady in Red….Dress

I’m in love with this red dress.  So much so that I just have to share it with you in this short post.

This might well turn into a series of short, sharp posts of products or services that I’ve come across that I love and think you might too.  I’ll keep you posted.

Anyway, back to this dress. It’s from Karen Millen, one of my favourite stores and though I don’t buy in there as much as I would like, I pretty much covet the entire collection.

I spotted this dress in magazine editorials and I just think it has the wow factor.  Starting with the colour, scarlet, an absolute knock-out that I think would suit any hair colour, blonde, dark or red.  It would work, right?  Can you imagine wearing this dress with boots and a fresh blow dry? Yaaaaas!

The design is truly dainty, which isn’t my natural default, but I adore the ruffles and lace. It’s just so feminine.

Here’s the rub.  It does cost £199.00, which I know is going to put some off, but I do think it’s an investment piece and let’s face it no-one is going to miss you in this dress.

Meanwhile, KM is running a competition on its Facebook page, so you could win one.

I’m off to enter.

You’re welcome!


Gail x

Disclaimer:  No-one has paid me to promote this.