We Were On A Break




It’s been a while since I was last on here and I apologise for my leave of absence, but I’m back and very happy to be re-launching Not Givin In with a new, hopefully impressive grown-up design.  Like I might know what I’m doing!


Absence really does make the heart grow fonder and my forced mini-break from blogging last summer, whilst giving me an out to toy with the idea of closing Not Givin In, made me realise how much I enjoy chewing the fat with you gals.


So, what’s new?  Well, I’ve turned fifty for starters and I’m sweating like a …….


Yep, right on cue the hot flushes have begun.  I’ve sat through quite a lot of very uncool moments of late so I’m pretty sure it’s the menopause.  A call to the doctor’s surgery, asking the receptionist, “Can I see a Dr please?  My body feels like its on fire for 10 minutes at a time and my tongue is savage,” resulted in vainly suppressed giggles, and an acknowledgement that the lady knew exactly what I meant and a booking to see the doc in February was secured.


I’ll let you know how that goes!  For now, let’s just assume I’ll be awake in my bed every night more than I’m actually asleep and my acid tongue will be glued to the roof of my mouth in the hope I don’t lose my husband.


So what else is new?  Well I haven’t been shopping as much.  Lack of time, little inspiration and a pretty full wardrobe has meant it couldn’t be justified and to be honest I’ve been really happy wearing last year’s closet and ramping up my pounds per wear holier than thou fashion tiara.


However, now that we’ve had our first flurry of snow, I’m starting to feel a little bored with winter and can’t wait for spring to arrive and with it some new togs.  With pay day just around the corner, the timing of freshly stocked New In sections of our fabulous retailers isn’t lost on me and I’m keen to wear something different.


Stores and sites remain heavy with sales stuff and you can still pick out bargains, but if you’re like me then you can peek your head into what’s coming down the track online or on the high street.


One item I want to bring to your attention as its firmly creeping through my Instagram feed, is the boiler suit.


I’ll be completely honest, the thought of wearing a one-piece that leaves my shoulders cold every time I go to the loo, doesn’t have as much appeal as it did in my twenties and thirties, and a look at some of the options out there does have me wondering if it’s a flash in the pan I can live without.


When I think of boiler suits, I think of this fella!  So to satisfy my curiosity I googled boiler suit and wikipedia threw up the clarification that a boiler suit is a loose-fitting garment covering the whole body except for the head, hands and feet.  So basically this fella!



Pic via Pinterest


I mean I can understand the appeal of a one-piece that covers all!!  Give me a kaftan any day of the week, but this is quite a utilitarian look and unless you’re going full on androgyny it will need, I think, some feminine touches.  Let’s take a closer look.


Here is one from Miss Selfridge.  Worn relaxed with white flats or trainers it’s a handy addition for casual dressing. Perfect for the weekend, I like how they’ve teamed it with large ear-rings and a statement bag.  I think it would also look great with a colourful handband (which is very In now), or even with a small crossbody bag, to jazz it up a bit.


I think the shade of denim on this version from Top Shop helps lift the look, quite a bit.  I also love the idea of wearing heels with a boiler suit and a bright accessory.  Bangles and a statement necklace can also work.

Better yet, move away from denim and choose a colour.  You can bet your Friday glass of Chardonnay on there being a sparkly version out for evening wear sometime soon and any number of stripes and prints will follow.  Again, I love it worn with heels.


Still, it doesn’t get around the fact that you won’t want to bust out the Chardonnay for the downside that is getting undressed in a public toilet cubicle as your evening progresses.   You know what I mean?  Or is it just me?   Perhaps I just need some warm weather.


What about you, are you going to step into the boiler suit trend? Please share your thoughts below.


Have a great weekend.


Gail xx

P.S.  Going forward I will be posting every other Saturday, instead of each Friday.  It gives me an extra few hours to write a post if I’m working on a Friday.


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