Jeans and a T-shirt for many of us Mums has long been a bit of an unofficial uniform. Lets face it these wardrobe staples are not only comfortable and practical but they are easy. Not much thought and effort has to go into getting ready for the day. To be fair when it’s 8’oclock on a Wednesday and your little treasures either won’t get dressed or have managed to misplace a shoe, their lunchbox or both, you’re doing well to be dressed at all.
There are a couple of style tricks I like to use though that instantly give the impression I’m a stylish Mummy and have my shit together. This doesn’t take much extra time either. I’m talking just 1 extra minute added to your getting dressed time. Are you ready?
Tuck your T-shirt into your waistband, you will immediately look smarter.
Ensure your jeans are well fitting. Check out this post here for tips on how to buy the perfect fitting pair of jeans.
Roll the ankles of your Jeans. This little extra detail instantly adds style points.
Switch out trainers for a smarter looking flat. They are just as comfortable but look smarter.
Add a belt or scarf. Why not both? Accessories are a great way to bring your individual personality to a basic outfit. Who agrees it can be very easy to lose yourself a bit when you become a mum? Well this is one way you can grab a bit of that back.
Check out the difference in the before and after shots below:
Creme Stripe T-Shirt £19.95 (currently 3 for 2) Joules.com
Floral scarf £9.95 Joules (in-store only)
Are you a fellow Jeans and T-shirt wearer? Do you have any tricks that you use to style up you day to day basics?
Hands up if you find it a bit of a chore buying new jeans.
I went for years wondering why my jeans never looked quite right. I was guilty of buying my jeans a size to large and wondering why they would suddenly go all baggy. I’d be constantly having to pull them up and never felt quite put together.
I can’t quite remember who set me right. I may have been watching a style segment on This Morning, it might have been Lorraine? The point is I had a light bulb moment and I haven’t got it wrong since.
I work in fashion retail and so many times I see ladies making the same mistakes that I used to. That is why I’ve decided to share some tips so that you don’t make those same mistakes.
This first point is crucial and really is a game changer.
A good fitting jean shouldn’t be easy to put on.
They may even take a bit of wiggling to get into. That perfect fitting jean should feel snug yet comfortable. I’m not talking so tight you can’t eat or move in them but remember that denim stretches with wear. Your jeans will loosen and not feel so tight after a couple of wears. If your jeans don’t feel snug when you buy them they are too big.
Think about fabric. How is the denim itself constructed? You will get a better fit with jeans that have multi directional stretch. A weightier denim is also more flattering as it will minimise the appearance of any lumps, bumps and VPL’s.
NEXT figure jeans are a firm favourite with me as the denim is very stretchy yet feels thick and holds its shape well. They are a great price at £35 as well. Ever the budget fashion fan I do tend to regularly trawl the clearance section of their website in the hope of finding them on sale.
Know your waist measurement. A lot of jean brands are sized this way rather than by dress size. This will save you a lot of time and confusion when looking for your size.
Consider footwear are you intending to wear heels or flats? Take your shoes along along with you to try on. How many times have you got home with what you thought was the right length only to find you were wrong? It’s annoying isn’t it. That boot leg that is actually too short does not want to work well with your heels!
Experiment with the cut.
Let’s face it not all of us are shaped the same. I have chubby knees that twist skinny jeans the wrong way. Yes it’s a thing!
If like me your not comfortable in skinny jeans but really want a sleek silhouette consider a straight leg jean.
If you tend to be a bit hip and thigh heavy try a girlfriend fit jean as it can be much more flattering. The fit is not as casual and loose as the boyfriend fit and still looks smart. It just gives extra room for those curvier hips and thighs.
This Jean is perfect to me as it is also high waisted so great if you are worried about your tummy. A high rise waist will give you some extra control. Fellow Mummy’s will know exactly what I’m talking about.
That higher waistband will also guarantee avoiding any unplanned flashing of your underwear!
Lastly don’t be afraid to roll up your jeans. Ankle grazers are super flattering and instantly make a simple jeans and t-shirt combo look that bit more stylish.
Regular readers of Schoolrunbeauty.com will know how much I love a bargain. That’s why after seeing an advert pop up in my Facebook feed I was suckered into clicking through to discover what offerings the website Lessthan10pounds.com had.
The premise is ex branded fashion mostly on sale for less than £10. Some items are actually priced higher than this, and sold under their label rather than as ex-label.
As per usual with this is type of website not all the items will be to everyone’s taste. In my opinion though it has some absolute Gems so it definitely worth a look.
I ordered three items that came to £23.24 including postage. They arrived within 2 days of ordering, well packaged and via Royal Mail.
I’m so pleased with everything I ordered that I had to share them with you straight away. So excuse the messy hair and lack of Makeup…
I love a Playsuit. I always feel a bit more sophisticated when I wear one. This one was originally from High Street retailer New Look. The quality is good though as the fabric is so fine you will need to be careful with underwear choice. A VPL is definitely not sophisticated!
It comes up long, which for me is great, it may though be a problem for shorter people.
The quality of this dress is amazing! I love it and need and excuse to wear it out.
The top is made from a thick stretchy scuba material so is very flattering. I feel I could get away with eating a hearty meal wearing it. It feels quite heavy due to the sequinned skirt and hangs beautifully.
As the label has been cut I can’t see which shop this originally came from. Size wise though I would say it is true to size. I’m typically a U.K. Size 6, which is the size ordered. It does come up very short on my 5ft 7 frame, but I have very long waist to leg ratio so everything comes up short on me.
At the moment there is a coupon code that gives you an extra 15% of ex branded items. This is 15EXBRAND
Have you bought anything from lessthan10pounds.com before? If you have let me know what your experience was like.
Yesterday was the date for the 2018 NTA’s. To be honest I’m never really that interested in the awards themselves. I am very interested in what everyone is wearing on the red carpet though! Who was the best dressed! Who got it wrong!
For me Megan McKenna completely stole the show in a rose printed dip hemmed dress.
Image credit – PA Images
In all my dreams I could never afford this dress. It is from American designer Sherri Hill for a rather eye watering £720. If you can afford it though here is where you can get in in the UK. dress2party.net
I have found a much more affordable retailer that offers dresses of a very similar feel.
Chi Chi London offers a huge selection of dipped hem dresses. The closest to Megan’s dress I found was the Kalini dress. Amazingly this is actually on sale at the moment for just £34.
Image Credit – Chi Chi London
I soooo want this dress. I’m just trying to justify whether or not I would actually have anywhere to wear it though?
My life is not that glamorous! Still if you have a wedding or a prom this year Chi Chi London is a website worth checking out.
What do you do if you love clothes but don’t have an endless shopping budget?…..You get a bit savvy with you shopping that’s what! Having found some great places to shop for clothes that are not only cheap but stylish I thought I would share them with you guys.
Next Clearance – You don’t have to wait until the sales to find a great deal from Next. The clearance section on their website always has some amazing items on offer.
This is a great place to pick up jeans, swimwear and footwear, especially If you are like me and are a half size.
You can also make use of Nexts free click and collect service saving on shipping fees.
BlackBetty.com is an overstock website. A lot of the items can be out of season but it is worth having a good look through as you can find some real gems. Postage is very reasonable and worked out per item so you don’t have to buy loads. I often just order one item at a time.
Do be prepared to wait a couple of weeks for your delivery though as delivery is slow.
This jumpsuit was cost me just £6 including postage, it is super comfy and more stylish than shlepping in tracksuit bottoms on casual days off.
This blue midi skirt was also just £6 including postage. I’m absolutely in love with it and have convinced myself that I’m just like Belle when I wear it.
Everything5pounds.com is another fab place to pick up some really fab outfits without breaking the bank. Absolutely everything on the website is £5. You do have to act fast though as the best items sell through very quickly.
A lot of the items are ex-high street though you don’t know which brands until you receive you items. I have had clothes in the past from Topshop, Newlook and C&A.
I find this a particularly good place to buy shoes. Postage starts from £3.95 and is usually based on a combination of weight and quantity.
Shipping is usually very quick.
The trousers below were a purchase from a couple of months back and are ex-Topshop
These boots from Everything5pounds are one of my favourite purchases. I always receive compliments when I wear them. They are such good quality considering how little they cost. Alas now it’s warmer I have had to put them away for the winter (they have a warm fleece lining).
What are you favourite places to shop for budget fashion? Do share in the comments section.
Just thought I would give fellow topshop lovers the heads up. They have an awesome extra 20% of sale items. I have just been a bit naughty and order myself this velvet cold shoulder dress for a mere £4. That is including delivery!
As I’m slightly over excited by this I thought I would share with you my top picks from the Topshop sale.
Disney Princess PJ set £9.60
This High neck twist crop top £4 would have been mine. Alas it’s not available in my size. Boo!
Pregnant ladies how flipping gorgeous is this dress? I never wanted to spend a lot of money on clothes when I was pregnant so at £8 this is a bit of a steal.
I’m in love with these velvet sandals. They are just £8 and are still available in most sizes. I couldn’t possibly walk in these (dumb back problems) so I’m just going to admire from afar. Sigh for the days that I used to be able to totter about in shoes like these. Queue sad face!
I have an almost identical pair of these faux leather trousers that I bought from Topshop about four years ago. At just £9.60 these are not to be missed. I paid a lot more than that for mine.
This pale pink real leather clutch bag is now only £12. It is so classic in style so is a definite investment piece.
Honestly there is loads of great stuff to be found at really great prices it really is worth a look. Do bear in mind the very low priced items may only be available in one size. You might be lucky though a grab a bargain like I did.
* image credit topshop.com used for illustration and sharing purposes.
So I am very late to the party with this one. It’s not that I hadn’t heard of this website before I just didn’t think I could possibly pick up anything worth adding to my wardrobe for £5. Well how wrong was I? ….Very!
Anyway after seeing a short YouTube clip from moneysavingexpert after they had tried the website out, I was convinced it was time I took the plunge and made my first order.
I was expecting rubbish quality, unstylish clothing. This is not the case though. A large proportion of the items available are ex high street brands. Including stores such as Topshop, New Look and Zara. Some of the items are European brands that I haven’t heard of before. The quality though is still great.
None of the brands are listed on the website so it is a surprise once you receive it if you have picked a high street label. For me that is all part of the fun.
Usually everything on this website, as the name suggests, is just £5. You then pay for postage which is set by the size of your order. On this occasion I ordered four items. As I had a discount code which also offered free delivery I only paid £19 on this occasion. (I would share that but unfortunately it is no longer valid). Even without a discount code the savings you can get are amazing.
It is worth bearing in mind that quantities are limited so stock can sell out fast. If you see something you love don’t hang around or you will be disappointed.
This is what I purchased on this occasion. If an item is still available I will leave a link to it.
These again are another great fitting pair of jeans. The brand is not one I recognise and the label was printed in either Japanese or Chinese. They are perfect for me to wear to work though and totally worth more than the £5 price tag.
I can not get over the quality of these boots. They arrived boxed and with individual dust bags. They have a lovely soft cosy lining so are warm and comfortable . I have worn them to work and and received lots of compliments.
The brand Nio Nio is sold on this website and styles retail between £17-£29.
Lastly I ordered this Belted Striped midi Dress. The quality is not as good as the other items but I love the style and how it fits. I still feel I have picked up a bargain and am looking forward to wearing this in the summer.
I am not disappointed by any of the items I purchased and will definitely be placing an order in the future. I have my I my eye on this stunning red jumpsuit to wear for my birthday.
Size wise everything I ordered fitted well. It is definitely worth reading the reviews as a guide for which size to order. Some of the reviews also give clues as to which items are originally from a well known brand.
Have you purchased anything from everything5pounds before? What was your experience?
A couple of weeks ago I talked about my latest mad idea to drastically downsize my wardrobe by embarking on my own little project 333 journey. You can read more about what that actually is this blog post here.
I am roughly 1 month in to the project and can honestly say this has been one of the most freeing things I have ever done. I am appreciating the items of clothing that I have in my wardrobe and actually enjoying the challenge of mixing and matching to create different looks with the same few clothes.
One of my most worn pieces is this very basic dress from Joules. I love how versatile it is and the fact that I can create some very different looks with it.
As it is such a simple shape the dress works well layered with different jumpers giving it the appearance off a skirt.
By simply switching out the jumper I wear I can achieve an entirely different look.
Worn with a leather jacket and long boots this dress doesn’t look out of place heading to the pub either.
The dress unfortunately is no longer available in the navy colour that I have, but it is still available in two other colours. Either a Grey or a salt wash blue that would work equally well.
I hope this post has given you some inspiration to get get the maximum use out of key items I your wardrobe.
A couple of weekends ago I was fortunate to be able to attend the #bloggersxmas held at Finches Pub in Finsbury Square, London.
After getting completely lost, with no Internet connection on my phone so I couldn’t even check google maps, I finally arrived about 20 minutes late. The hubby had to talk me through directions over the phone in the end!
Anyway, late and slightly flustered I was greeted by jasmine and Kirsty, authors of Soeursdeluxe.com, who organised the event. They were lovely and very welcoming.
The event was a chance to meet up with other bloggers and to meet some exciting brands. After a glass of refreshing Apple punch I had a little wander around the brands showcases. There was a good mix of brands I already new and some new discoveries. Here is a quick round up of the best.
Online boutique Mikko specialise in luxury fashion created by talented designers from across Europe.
I loved the simplicity of their dresses and super chunky knitwear. Some of the pieces were modelled by Mikko’s representatives who kindly posed for photos. (Sorry I forgot your names) Don’t they look fab though!
This is defiantly a brand I will be checking out in the future.
Aromand is a British brand based in Berkshire that create luxury hand made candles, reed diffusers and room sprays.
The scents are unique and very sophisticated. I had the chance to have a chat with Sue who develops the scents and makes the products.
She takes inspiration from her husband who is a chef and adopts a similar approach to recipe development when creating new scents.
My favourite has to be Berries and Black Pepper. Berry scents can often be too sweet and overpowering for me but the addition of black pepper adds a balanced spiciness to the fragrance.
All of her products are beautifully gift wrapped as well.
I’m gutted my photography was not up to scratch on the day as it really doesn’t do the brand justice.
Jewelled Buddha is a brand that has captured my heart. I’m saving my pennies so I can purchase one of their handcrafted sari necklaces in the near future.
All of the scarves and necklaces are created from repurposed saris meaning each piece is one-of-a-kind.
Jewelled Budda works in partnership with Indian based social enterprise, Wandering silk, ensuring the skilled women who create each necklace and scarf are paid a fair wage, experience regular employment and safe working conditions.
The brand is truly inspiring in its promotion of zero waste and empowering of women.
Annoyingly I was so busy chatting to Harjit about the brand and its work I totally forgot to take any photos of the gorgeous necklaces and scarfs. Do check out their website though here.
I have always been a fan of Joe Browns who were at the event showcasing their Christmas collection. It is Beautiful, with a capital B.
Other creatives showcasing at the event included; the very talented Sheena Bulsara who creates one-of-a-kind jewellery, Katherine Ellizerbeth Millinery and Gia who were displaying their soon to launch collection of clutch bags.
The event was sponsored by jewellerybox.co.uk who provided the bags for our goody bags we were lucky to receive. We were gifted by brands including skinfix, freeman beauty, popband, PNY, yankeecandle and my beauty matches.
I will let you know how I get on with some of these goodies in the future. Spoiler alert though, I’m already loving the Burt’s Bees lip balm and skinfix handcream.
Who knew a Christmas jumper could be ‘dressy’? This one from Coast at John Lewis proves that they can be.
Black festive embellishment jumper – Coast @ John Lewis £79.
This is my Christmas Jumper for 2016. It is from Joules so I can wear it at work. Unfortunately it’s not actually on the website at the moment as they had a half price offer on Cyber Monday so most of the sweaters sold out. I know there are still some available in store though.
I love it as its a little bit cheeky!
Game Bird Sweater – Joules £49.95.
Do you like a Christmas jumper? Are you a gaudier the better or do you like to keep it simple?
Image sources: retail websites for illustration purposes