The “Glow”

Pregnancy is often sold as a magical time in a woman’s life, when she glows with internal serenity. This, in my experience, is cobblers. I’ve been tired, grumpy, spotty and sore with muscular aches and pains. Mind you, my pregnancy has been a walk in the park compared to some women I know, who’ve been afflicted with hyperemesis gravidarum; severe sickness that lasts for the full nine months. I’ve been blogging less frequently, partly due to weariness and new writing projects, but also because my sartorial choices are increasingly limited. I know once the baby is here, I’ll have even less time and energy. However, I’ll also find a new way of dressing. I’m inspired by other Mum bloggers who maintain their own look, whilst catering for the practicality that motherhood demands, Dress Like a […]

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a lovely festive break. I had a quiet celebration with my family and was in bed by 11pm on New Year’s Eve. Gone are the days when I’d stay up well into the small hours of January 1st, but that’s fine by me. I’m now 20 weeks pregnant and my growing bump is limiting my sartorial choices. There were lots of lovely clothes in the shops in the run up to Christmas but I couldn’t wear any of them, which is probably for the best as it stopped me buying stuff I don’t need. Being pregnant makes me think more carefully about what I spend money on; clothes have to not only be comfortable but be guaranteed to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve accepted that the next five months won’t be my most stylish and that’s […]

Tent Dress

As my pregnancy progresses, I’ve realised that my style hasn’t changed that much. Apart from my cinched waist skirts, my look is pretty much the same. At first glance, one would think the uniform for pregnant women is skin-tight Bretton stripes, which wouldn’t my choice, even when not pregnant. However, with a bit of imagination, there’s no reason to be shackled by boring maternity wear. This dress from Zara isn’t maternity, but it’s really comfy and skims over my bump. I love the ruffles and flared sleeves, which is a nod towards Chloé’s  romantic AW16 collection. It’s also voluminous enough to last for the duration of my pregnancy. I’ve styled it with an old coat from Acne (similar here and here ) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Bohemian Baby

I’ve always been fond of a bit of boho, although the term has rather naff connotations. I think the key to a chic bohemian vibe is not to over do it with the accessories; too much jingiling jewellery can undermine the look. If I’m wearing a boho dress, I like to wear one or two bold pieces of jewellery. I love this silk dress by Me & Maya. It skims over my baby bump nicely, but will work post-baby next summer, worn with bare legs and tan sandals. I’ve styled the dress with a faux fur coat from Whisltes (similar here) and boots from Kurt Geiger.

Tea with Jennifer

There’s a prevailing look amongst women who work in fashion right now, which consists of loose three-quarter length black trousers, a baggy T or roll neck sweater, a black duster coat and a pair of box-fresh Stan Smith trainers. It’s a combination of normcore and the late, great Louise Wilson. The look is certainly chic, and on the right person it’s lovely. However, I am not that person. I’m too tall, pale and broad shouldered to wear something so androgynous and monochrome; I’d look like a cross between a crow and a judge. My clothes have to be feminine to work on my body. I used to be able to get away with ruffles and saccharine colours, but now my look is womanly as opposed to girly. I recently bought a few shamelessly pretty pieces online, but I sent them […]

Rainbow

I’ve always enjoyed wearing bright colours, the louder and more clashing the better. Londoners tend to dress down in muted shades of grey, black and navy, so I often stick out like a sore thumb. As ever, I don’t care a bit. My one consession to a more standard way of dressing is to combine vivid colours with neutrals. I prefer brown and tan to black, I’ve paired this very old top with a skirt from Topshop, boots from Kurt Geiger and a vintage belt.

Blue Velvet

I really into velvet right now, it can be tricky but when styled right, it’s perfect for winter parties. Givenchy, Alexander Wang,  and Christopher Kane used velvet in their AW15 collections. I love the old school opulence and glamour associated with the luxurious fabric, the key to keeping it modern and chic is to choose clean shapes and great tailoring. I fancy wearing a velvet skirt during the day, paired with a sporty T or a denim shirt, but that’s just me. Feature image Christopher Kane AW15, courtesy of cnn.com  

Victoria Forever

I’ve been enjoying the recent incarnation of Victoriana: the Alexander McQueen and Chloe collections were steeped in turn-of-the-century references and the look is all over the high street. When worn head to toe, modern Victorian is rather dramatic, of which I’m a fan. However, draping oneself in velvet and lace could be considered too flamboyant for every day. To avoid looking like an extra in a costume drama, keep it soft and subtle. This 70s vintage, handkerchief hem dress was an Ebay find and I’ve updated it with a coat from Zara. I like the military details and gently puffed shoulders. The boots are really old from Kurt Geiger and the scarves are vintage and borrowed from my husband’s tie draw.   

Her Dark Materials

I’ve always had a dark side and once in a while, I like to indulge my gothic tendencies. My spectral pale complexion lends itself to the dark Victorian trend knocking around at the moment. This blouse is from Zara, the velvet panels and stud details have an Altuzarra vibe which pleases me greatly. I inherited this art nouveau antique belt from my Mum, it was a gift to her from Dad. The skirt is an old vintage favourite and my boots are from Kurt Geiger (similar here).

The Tropic of Cancer

Summer in London is spluttering to a start with one day of glorious sunshine, then then another of driving rain. When the weather is wet and windy, swimwear shopping seems counterintuitive. However, it’s worth getting in early before all the good stuff is snapped up. This year I’m into bright, tropical inspired bikinis and one-pieces. However, there’s a huge selection on offer. I also like feminine florals and navy, nautical stripes. Feature image mymodernmet.com