The Long and The Short Of It

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Our trip to the Amalfi Coast was everything I hoped it would be.  Picture postcard scenery, beautiful weather, delicious food.  It was a real treat and I’ll write up a blog post with all the details of how we got on soon.  In the meantime, as I know a lot of people have their holiday plans ahead of them, I wanted to give you feedback on the clothes situation and in particular what I felt I didn’t have.

 

Obviously, I had done a little bit of shopping before I went away and had focused on dresses and swimming costumes mainly.  However, when I got there I found that the most worn item, apart from two blue dresses, was my trust pair of denim shorts.

 

They’re just the easiest item to pack and perhaps the pair above are getting a little short for me now (!), but I still reached for them nearly every day.

 

To be honest I wished I’d taken more pairs.

 

I didn’t expect that to be the case, but for sightseeing, general trudging to and from the beach, having a pair of shorts was the handiest, simplest and coolest item to pair up with T.shirts and strappy vests in the day and dressed up with light flowing blouses or crisp cotton shirts and piles of jewels in the evening.

 

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Daisy dukes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.  I understand that. But I’ve taken a look around and retailers this season have taken this on board and introduced longer length denim shorts.

 

If you don’t want to reveal your thighs to the world then a length that ends just above the knee can give you a more flattering silhouette.  Takes me back to the cycling shorts of the eighties!

 

Marks & Spencer has even introduced a Sculpt and Lift Denim Short. Made in cotton, the denim has added stretch so that it is kind to your curves and helps accentuate your figure.  See the red pair in the reel below.

 

It’s worth trying on shorts with a nice pair of wedge espadrilles. The perfect summer shoe, they generally are easier to wear than strappy heels and can elongate the leg.

 

What do you think?  Fancy trying some on?  Here’s a selection of shorts on the high street.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

Denim Jackets for Spring Styling

 

This week’s post is a short one as I’m hoping you’re out having fun, enjoying the four-day break.  Me included.

 

I just wanted to mention denim jackets.  Have you noticed that they are cropping up in the stores this season?

 

 

I have and it got me thinking: when was the last time I wore one.

 

It was in 2005, on a fabulous trip to Rome with my friend Louise.  Granted it was a while ago, but I can’t find that jacket anywhere now.  Doh – they’re backkkkkkk!

 

So here’s a reel of options.  You’ll notice that many are oversized in design, but you can still find the classic western style that finishes on the hip.  Some designs also have embroidery for a less masculine effect.  However, I like the classic design and cut, especially as I’ve just proved, it will come around again after this season, so it’s an investment purchase.

 

Meanwhile, I tried on this version in F&F Clothing in Tesco.  Obviously oversized, I’m wearing a size 12 here and it came quite low over my hips, too low for me, but I’m short.  I stupidly didn’t write down the price, but they have a number of options in store and online including this one here.
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Go for double denim if that’s your thing, but I would avoid mom and straight jeans, unless you really want to go back in time, which to me always feels a bit icky.  Rather keep your style moving forward and pair with flowing skirts and cute trainers for a fabulous casual look or you can’t beat chinos cropped at the ankle for that girl-about-town style.
Have a great weekend!
Gail xx

Back to Basics

 

Hi!  How is everyone feeling about the start of a new month?  I’m feeling quite uplifted.  January was long and tortuous and March is on the horizon, so although it is still raining while I type this, I have hope.  I have just done a 5k run and the smell of bacon cooking is wafting up the stairs.  Things can only get better.

 

Clothes-wise, I’m finding myself looking at all the new styles coming through for spring, but still reaching for old favourites in the wardrobe.  Who wants to buy stuff that’s still going to sit in the wardrobe for another 6-7 weeks.  Flying by the seat of my pants or holding on to my hard-earned money, you decide!

 

So, what can we do for the next few weeks, while the last of the dreary days go by?  Well, I’ve been trying to plan what I’m wearing a bit more and making sure the wardrobe is fully in use and not just mine, SP’s wardrobe too.

 

Last weekend I borrowed Steve’s pea coat (admittedly slightly on the large side) to finish a black and white outfit.

 

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Prompted by a desire to wear my white boots and a skirt (found at the back of the wardrobe) I didn’t have a coat that would complete the look and let’s face it, there’s a permanent downpour waiting to happen at the moment, so I grabbed SP’s coat.

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Also on repeat is this striped jumper from French Connection (apologies for the wind swept mop).  Yonks old, I’m on the look out for a replacement at the moment and I think long sleeve T.shirt options are the ones to go for rather than wool, as they offer a lighter layer for wearing under blazers in the spring and solo with shorts come summer.  I’ve put a few options in the reel below if you’re interested.

 

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Finishing off the look I teamed thick opaque tights with an A-line pleather skirt that again is years old from Zara, but it was quite nice to wear something above-the-knee for a change and the opaques cover up and keep us warm.

 

If you like the look I’ve popped similar pieces in the reel below.

Have a great weekend.
Gail xx
What are you wearing in this transitional period?  Are you waiting for the weather to change before making spring purchases?  Let me know in the comments below…

Netting a New Winter Look

What’s a girl to wear when the weather drops and ice creeps across the window screen?  It’s a tough one, cause no-one wants to wear trousers for the next three months, do they?

 

I always get cross with myself for dropping dresses as soon as the clocks go back, but I can’t be the only one who struggles with 120 Mrs Doubtfire denier tights!

 

So this year, I’m going to brave fishnets.  Wait.  Hear me out.  I know there are days when you absolutely need to be cosseted in layers, but this is the UK and today, for example, I was expecting to spend a good 15 minutes deicing the car before heading to work and I merely unlocked the door and drove off.  Fab!

 

I bought my pair of fishnets from H&M when I was in New York and have been trying them out with different outfits.  See what you think?

 

The classic

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Under Jeans

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Particularly good for extending wear of three quarter or cut off jeans

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A new look for old distressed jeans

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Perfect for Christmas parties, I for one, am loving the resurrection of fishnet tights.  They would also look really good with midi and maxi dresses and ankle boots, heels or chunky boots.

 

I’ll be honest, when I was younger I wouldn’t have gone near fishnets for fear of trying to appear sexy, now I’m all for it and it feels sassy!

 

You can get the ones I’m wearing from H&M for £8.99.

 

Have a fab weekend.

 

 

Gail xx

 

 

Call Of The Wild

 

I’m back on the hunt for animal print.  This time in the shape of a handbag.

 

I just feel that I need accessories to brighten my outfits.  I’m inherently lazy when it comes to getting dressed, always reaching for plain colours, because I’m in a rush and don’t want to think about it.  However, handbags are a different matter, I switch up my handbag daily and the addition of a funky animal print version would make my overall appearance a tad more stylish (I hope).

 

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See what I mean…

 

So I would really like a new bag, possibly a large clutch with a strap that I can use if I want to.  It has to be a decent to carry purse, phone, glasses case, etc.  Why do brands make bags so small nowadays?!

 

The trouble is, there’s not much around.  Isn’t it always the case.  When you have the money to buy something nice you can never find what you want and when you’re skint, you see EVERYTHING you ever needed!

 

I have seen one that I like in Dune that is definitely a contender and I mentioned it to SP and he’s going to tell you Santa, but I’m putting it out to the universe (read. you), have you seen any nice animal print bags out there?  If you have please add a link in the comments below for me.  I would really appreciate it.

 

Here’s a couple of idea that I’ve found online, but again if you see more around, please let me know.

 

Thanks and have a fab weekend.

Gail xx