The other day I almost left the house with a pair of knickers tying up my hair. No joke. It’s not uncommon for me to use knickers to tie up my hair when showering (in the absence of a hair band – where do they all go??). In my rush to walk Max early (so that I could get back in time for Taylor’s morning nap) I was at the bottom of our driveway before I realised…
And that was the moment when I decided it was time to start taking a little more pride in my appearance and get back some sense of style.
It’s been 16 months since I had Taylor. That’s 16 months of living in baggy jumpers and joggers. Okay – baggy jumpers and skinny jeans if I happen to be leaving the house that day. And that’s not even counting the nine months I spent pregnant living in baggy jeans and leggings. So you would be forgiven for thinking I have a bit of a thing for baggy jumpers. Clearly I have.
Before being blessed with child I was never what you would call a trend setter, but I did like to keep up with the trends. I would shop regularly and invest in key staples. I read Look magazine. I could walk in heels. I owned different jackets for different occasions. I even had different bags for different occasions and alternated between more than two pairs of shoes.
That all seems like a very long time ago, and granted, I had the disposable income to spend on myself back then, that I just don’t have now.
But (as I was saying), I think it’s about time for a bit of a wardrobe update. Especially with summer just around the corner – baggy jumpers really aren’t going to work are they? So I’ve put together some of my top high street fashion 2016 picks for the season that I would like to invest in. I’ve stuck to key wardrobe staples that I think will last and won’t go out of style anytime soon, since I’m not planning to make a habit of this…
The denim jacket
From the age of 15 – 21 a denim jacket was my key wardrobe staple. I’ve been waiting for them to come back in fashion for years! (I think they may have been before now – but like I say I’m no trend setter). I’ve tried a few on recently in the shops but they all seem to be pretty short and I not only look 15, but feel 15 again – I’m all for looking younger, but not getting ID’d for my Friday night bottle of red. I love this Levis one from M and M Direct – not only is it timeless, but it only costs 39.99! If you like saving money M and M Direct is definitely worth checking out – they have a whole range of big brand clothing and accessories – all with money off the original price.
I’m a big fan of comfort and really don’t believe in the old mantra ‘pain is beauty’. I also have a tendency to bloat to a disproportionate size after a meal so tend to avoid figure hugging clothes! So I’m loving the shirt trend at the moment and there are so many materials and patterns to choose from – from checkered to plain, floral to denim. This soft cotton one is from Oasis costing £28.
Apparently sandals are almost an acceptable footwear again…But if this week’s weather is anything to go by, it could be a while until I crack out my toes. So for now I’m sticking to loafters. I love these nude tassel loafers from Asos for £45 – they have a real leather upper and I can see this colour going with pretty much all of my outfits. They’re also easy to kick on and off – a must when trying to get a toddler out of the door!
The cami top
Throughout winter I’ve tended to live in dark colours, so I’m looking forward to injecting a little bit of colour into my wardrobe. I’ll definitely be swapping my baggy jumpers for tank tops this summer – this one from Primark for £6 is such a lovely colour and looks super comfy too.
The midi dress
I’ve tended to avoid the midi dress every other year, preferring to go for a full maxi, or an above the knee shift dress. But I love this blue pleated one from Warehouse. At £65 it’s more than I would usually spend on a dress but I think you could get so much wear out of it – dressing it up for a night out (who am I kidding?) or down (perhaps with my new denim jacket?). It would also be great for holidays. I’m determined to purchase one this year.
…Of course, I won’t be getting rid of my skinny jeans, my joggers or my leggings!
Do you find you’re stuck in a style rut since becoming a mum? What are your favourite picks from the high street for 2016?
Disclosure: In collaboration with M and M Direct