Monday, 18 February 2013

Casual crisis

I’ve been in a bit of a style quandary of late. I have my work wardrobe pretty sorted. I can rustle up a fairly good outfit on my rare night’s out. But casual? Cue endless staring at my wardrobe and wondering ‘Whaaaaaaat?!’

I’ve mentioned before my stack of ‘at home’ clothes. These tend to get thrown on as soon as I get through the front door – clothes that I don’t give a toss about and are toddler-proof. She can do her worst.

But what to wear on days when I’m armed with a toddler but will be in the company of adults? I just don’t have a stock of clothes that work for me – I frequently end up trying to cobble together a ‘casual’ outfit out of my work clothes or – on particularly clueless days – my eveningwear!

Part of the problem has been my jeans still don’t fit properly. Nineteen months after giving birth they still won’t sodding button up! I’m squeezed into a pair now – it’s 10.30pm and I’ve been wearing them for 13 hours. I’m not sure I’ll even be able to get them back off; they’re welded to me!

I’m off to London Fashion Weekend with my sister on Friday (squuuuueeeeeeaaaaaaal!) and Levi’s Curve will be there. I’m hoping I’ll find a pair of jeans that will be comfortable, flattering and hold my belly in. I’d love to hear if any of you have tried this range and whether you were happy with them.

Once I have jeans sorted, I need a few more knits. I have a paltry selection of knitwear – god knows why, we have enough months freezing our arses off in this country!

These are some of the jumpers that I’m hoping will revolutionise my casual more not knowing what the hell to wear. Jeans and a jumper - job’s a good ‘un! (and the patterned ones will hide grubby toddler hand prints!)

M&S crew neck heart knitted top - £35
(possibly not the most practical with a toddler in tow!)

Asos heart elbow patch striped jumper - £22

NW3 by Hobbs basketweave sweater - £55

A Wear heart fairisle jumper - £35

Oasis animal collar crew top in red - £38

River Island cream textured stripe boyfriend jumper - £35

Cooperative pattern block jumper - £42

Dorothy Perkins black cross jumper - £17.99

I almost included this one from Asos before realising that there was a definite risk of looking like you’d got a lobster hanging off your nipples! 

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