At the recent Pre Fall Collections, designers used the catwalk as an opportunity to express their opinion. Walter Van Beirendonck dressed one male model in a see through vest with “stop terrorising our world” sewn onto it. Perhaps this was a response to the recent horrific massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris? Also, Acne Studios dressed a female model in a tweed jacket with badges advising onlookers to “say no to drugs”.
The Art of the Slogan T
Katherine Hamnett is known for her political slogan T Shirts. Her “No more fashion victims” T, was a response to the collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Bangladesh in April 2013. Sales of this T Shirt raise money for the charity War on Want, which fights poverty in developing countries where people are affected by globalisation.
No More Fashions Victim’s T Shirt, Katherine Hamnett £30.
High Street Trend for the Slogan T
As is evident, this season the trend is all about using your clothes to show the world what’s on your mind. But, what do you want to say? Will you create your own Slogan T Shirt? Just days after the attack in Paris my husband and I were out for dinner at Season Kitchen and our French waiter had customised his T Shirt to read #JeSuisCharlie. Or will you opt for some of the more light-hearted versions the high street currently has on offer?
If like me you are post baby and none of your old clothes fit, then maybe you need to express the fact that you have “nothing to wear”? New Look sells this print on a sweatshirt £14.99 and T Shirt £7.99.
Nothing to Wear Sweatshirt, New Look £14.99.
Perhaps you haven’t had time to put your make up? Or you’ve decided that no concealer will ever be good enough to hide your bags from months of sleepless nights? Then opt for Zara’s sweatshirt stating “A Smile is the best makeup any girl can wear”, £19.99.
A Smile is the best Sweatshirt, Zara £19.99.
Maybe you just want to share a bit of good will with those you meet that day? Try Project Social’s “Have a Nice Day” T Shirt, £22.
Have a Nice Day T Shirt, Topshop £22
Are you just not that great at saying no to people? Sonia by Sonia Rykiel has the answer with her “No mister thank you” T Shirt, £70.
No Mister Thank You, Net-a-Porter, £70.
The choice is up to you!
I once read that Alexa Chung said she “couldn’t own too many white cotton shirts” and that she thought she had approximately twenty in her wardrobe. Whether that’s true or not remains unknown, but I own three and this season that number could be set to rise.
A button down cotton shirt is such an easy wardrobe staple. It’s trans-seasonal, timeless and like all our favourite garments comes in all different sizes and styles to flatter every shape. A shirt is perfect for wearing when you’re nursing, no complicated openings or getting tangled up with your bra strap and nursing top. I own one longline shirt for days when my bum does look big in this! One oversized shirt that I picked up from a market in Korea, to wear back with my super skinny jeans. And my husband lent me his white shirt when I was pregnant, which I still haven’t given back 🙂 The occasion when a white shirt becomes totally defunct, is when weaning your child or perhaps doing painting or play dough!
You can wear a white shirt in so many different ways, keep it casual by layering it up underneath a jumper or sweatshirt. Then wear it back with your skinny jeans and trainers.
Alternatively you could smarten the look up by removing the jumper and adding a longline duster jacket? The longline shape of duster jacket is very flattering as it hides every lump and bump of post baby fat or afternoon bingeing on chocolate/cake to help stay awake – I am very guilty of that!
The one time I would definitely remove my white shirt is when weaning your child! The only item of clothing I can recommend then is overalls!
Daisy eating macaroni cheese!
Get Your Knees Out! Photography – Lauren Peckham
In 1996 I was thirteen and the fashion was for crop tops to show off your belly. By the time I got to the age of fifteen, it was all about showing off your long (or in my case not so long) legs by rolling up your school skirt. When I was pregnant last year in an attempt to show off my bump and not to look like an oversized whale, I took to wearing bodycon clothes. Admittedly my reasons for showing off my bump weren’t totally pure, a seat on the tube? “Yes please”! Why was it that only women ever offered me a seat? – I better not get started as that could be a whole other blog post. Anyway, this Spring/Summer the body parts we are being asked to show off is, wait for it, ….. yes our knees. We are being asked to get our knees out. Thankfully my knee cap is probably the only part of me that didn’t put on any weight or get totally misshapen after having Daisy; so I feel it is a safe bodily part to show off to the world!
So what should our ripped knee denim jeans look like?
Super skinny and super high waisted, Topshop’s Joni Jeans are really flattering for hiding any post baby bump. Also if you’re experiencing any post pregnancy back ache? My yoga teacher assures me that tight fitting jeans are the way forward, as they hold you together and remind you to pull up your pelvic floor! Bizarre as it sounds, I have had trouble with my back and it does help. Price £38.
Topshop Joni Jeans £38
Seeing as I am now a Mum I should probably invest in a pair of Mom Jeans with rips, I like Asos‘ ones as they are very slimline. The design of Mom jeans means that unless you have long legs and a model like figure they emphasise your hips, so a slim pair will help to reduce this. Price £35.
Asos Mom Jeans with Rips. £35
For proper “old skool” skater style, New Look’s Boyfriend ripped jeans are the way forward. I attended New Look’s SS15 Press Day back in November and it was evident that they will be bringing in more rips on all shapes of jeans as the summer progresses. Price £26.99.
New Look’s Boyfriend Ripped Jeans. £26.99
If you want to go super mad with rips then Zara’s high rise skinny jeans are the way forward. Personally I love the jeans nearly falling off your legs look, only I might save wearing these until summer when my legs are much much more likely to be shaved! Price £29.99.
Zara High Waisted Skinny Jeans. £29.99
Don’t fancy buying a pair of ripped jeans? Well watch this space for how to DIY a pair of ripped knee jeans.
Most of the sample sales in January are Bridal, to see the list happening this month please check out my post Wedding Dress Sample Sales. However, in amongst the normal January sales there are still a few sample sale gems in London not to be missed:
My Wardrobe Pop Up Shop
Until 30th January
Mon-Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun 12- 6pm
Whiteleys, 151 Queensway, London, W2 4BS (above M&S Food Hall)
This store offers heavily discounted designer brands such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Acne and Joseph (to name just a few) re stocking happens daily so it is worth popping in a few times to see what great new bargains they have.
Hush Sample Sale
29th 12pm – 8pm
30th 10am – 6pm
31st 10am – 4pm
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE.
Fancy a new cosy knit, luxury nightwear or just want to update your loungewear? Hush sample sale has reductions of up to 80%.
When I used to think about having a little girl, I imagined putting her in pretty frilly dresses, tights with lace ruffles and Mary Jane shoes. Little did I know that the trend would be for a “cool” girl rather than “pretty” girl. The Sports Lux trend that has permeated the adult market, from designers such as Alexander Wang and Chanel, and the rise of the trainer, from brands such as Nike, Vans & Converse, is having an impact on the children’s market too. Converse style high tops are the shoes to wear whether you are 3 months old or 33 years old!
Here is Daisy dressing down her dress with her latest pair of high tops from M&S.
Daisy wearing striped dress from Boden & baby High Tops from M&S
Daisy’s friend “Via” manages to pull off pretty girl in a very cool way with her pink floral High Tops £15 from Next.
Octavia in her new High Tops from Next £15
Daisy posing (!!) in a super casual look – skinny jeans, pattern fairy top & high top trainers.
Here’s a selection of some great High Tops that are currently in the highstreet.
From the top left going clockwise
Candy Print High Tops, £17.99 Zara
Converse Baby High Tops, £19.99 Little Clogs
Baby High Top Leopard Trainers, £3.49 Soft Touch
Baby Navy Booties, £7.50 Jasper Conran at Debenhams
N4 Mummy on her wedding day, April 2012
Wedding invitations have already started coming in for this spring/summer and I have been reminded what fun organising a wedding is, but also how expensive it can be. If you put the word wedding in front of anything it adds £££ to the price. One of the big and most important expenditures is your wedding dress, which can easily run into thousands without much effort! However, this is the month for wedding dress sample sales where you can pick up your dress for the big day at just a snip of the original price.
Wedding Dress Sample Sales
Freya Rose Sample Sale
Until 9th January 2015
Unit 111E, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
Brides-to-be and shoes lovers alike can pick up gorgeous designer shoes at a discount.
Sassi Holford Sample Sale
3-10th January 2015
London – 74 Fulham Road, SW3 6HH
Taunton – 6 The Bridge, Taunton, Somerset, TA11 1UG
Leading English wedding dress designer has reductions of up to 70% off selected sample gowns. Call 0207 584 1532 or Taunton 01823 256308 to book an appointment.
Emma Hunt Sample Sale
18th January 10-4pm
Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, London, SW6 6EA.
Wedding dresses up to 75% off, plus accessories and shoes. There will also be a chance to chat with wedding florist Victoria Vaughan.
David Fielden Sample Sale
From 24th January
241 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HY
Wedding Dresses up to 75% off.
You may have read my post on Best Sale Clothes for Baby Girls, well I couldn’t miss out the best sale clothes for baby boys now could I? My mum went shopping after Christmas to change a present that wasn’t right. She did that, but then couldn’t resist choosing an entire new outfit for each of her four grandchildren in the sales. In our family luckily there are two boy grandchildren and two girls for me to get my inspiration from. Here’s a picture of Daisy’s cousin Theo, affectionately known as “bumbles” in his new outfit.
Theo dressed in sale jumper bought by his Grandma
Best Sale Clothes for Baby Boys (aged newborn – 18 months)
Going from top left clockwise
Bobby Applique Top, Now £9, Frugi (available up to aged 3)
Patterned Hat with Pompom Detail, Now £6.99, Zara (also available in pink)
Fashion High Top Sneaker, Now £14.99, Zara (available in size 3-7.5)
Striped Snood, Now £10, Cos
Wool Pea Coat, Now £39, Cos (available up to size 8) 80% wool / 20% polyamide
Daisy in new top bought in John Lewis Clearance by her Grandma!
Sometimes after all the presents at Christmas the last thing I want to do is buy more things in the sales. Living in London means space is a premium and I am forever throwing things out or giving them to the charity shop. However, having Daisy has meant I’ve wanted to splurge a bit on all the seriously cute baby clothes out there, you see currently she is having to change her wardrobe every three months!
I’m afraid I’m not a great fan of shops like Primark or other cheap shops, I’ve always liked really lovely quality which inevitably comes at a price. For example, have you ever noticed that Zara’s baby clothes are just mini versions of what we would wear not simplified baby versions, their coats are lined and the shoes are made of real leather. So for me the sales are a perfect time to buy those nice items but at a better price. Here are some of the best sale clothes for baby girls:
Best Sale Clothes for Baby Girls (aged newborn – 18 months)
Clockwise from the top left
Stripe Squirrel Applique T Shirt, Now £7, John Lewis
Banded Joggers, Now £6.99, Gap
Leather Lined Sneaker with Velcro, Now £12.99, Zara
Down Jacket with Removable Collar, Now £22.99, Zara
Please feel free to send in any pictures of your child in your best sale buys this 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org