Workwear chatty thread Part 2

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Let's talk workwear. Maybe a little bit of non workwear fashion chat, too.

My blog is at but our chat goes above and beyond that.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 16:41:43

you make it sound like our chat is really informed and clever. * looks at the rest of the thread members * wink

Stokey Mon 12-May-14 16:47:22

I really like the yellow Zara biker too Belinda but can't really justify it having bought a cream jacket from there for a wedding a few weeks ago.

Am completely different colouring to you and always suspected yellow looked better on blondes so I should just move away.

Eduardo of course we're informed and clever, working Mums after all wink

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 16:58:36

oh the boden yella belt ( the wider one) is lovely with jeans

and my rl mate got me this bag

Oh yes, we are VERY clever and informed. grin

This is the necklace I bought (the Zara on Oxford St next to the BHS has these).

I really want some more yellow accessories. I bought some yellow peep toes in Sicily, years ago, but they are going out shoes. So have been worn only a few times. Maybe I will make more of an effort to wear beautiful heels when going out. Hard as often w DH and much fast walking is required.

Forgot to say that the clutch looks great.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 17:57:54
CointreauVersial Mon 12-May-14 18:03:50

Hello workwear peeps. I didn't really post on the last thread, as it was so fast moving (who knew workwear was so popular?), but I'm avidly following the blog, Belinda, and it sooo fills a gap. I spend four days out of seven trussed up in office clobber, and do at least attempt to look half decent, but it can get very boring.

Anyhoo, I went shopping on Saturday, and picked up some very nice Mango slim fit navy cotton ankle-skimmers, which I'm sure I've seen on the blog; they were reduced to £12.99. Don't mind if I do.

I also bought something very unusual for me - a belt. This one. I'm increasingly tucking shirts into pencil skirts (whereas I used to buy fitted, long-line shirts and wear them outside, but that feels a bit dated now), but some of my skirts are a bit bleaurgh around the waist - this little belt (which isn't as wide as it looks in the pic) pulls everything in nicely. It's beautiful soft, soft leather, so not uncomfortable.

Am I the only tucker on the thread? Skirts and shirts, that is. Hip-length tops still seem to work untucked.

Of course our chat is informed and clever!

Stop it with the yellow - I STILL haven't found the, 'right' yellow skirt.

I have nothing to add at the moment - just marking place on new thread. Thanks, Belinda.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 18:12:15

this is a nice look, bet the jumper would look bad on me tho

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 18:14:39

mango slim fit jeans/trs often reduced - esp at JL
Mango called today - the bastards had cocked something up. I cant even quite remember what i ordered on APril 27

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 18:15:20

with a pencil i have to be careful being short waisted

wouldnt tuck anything into a tube skirt but with the Gap black pencil i might

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 18:15:37

Belt link didn't work here

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 18:16:50

well done with the new tab links Blinners!

noddyholder Mon 12-May-14 18:20:12

Bobbly jumpers add inches to me don't knwo why. Love the sandals

Gosh no to tucking anything into a tube skirt! I can get away with a plain top ticked into a pencil or full skirt, but only if I'm wearing a jacket or cardigan too. I can't wear belts to be on show - there's too little space between my waist and my norks, as I'm so short waisted, and the belt seems to fill up the space and make it look even worse.

lurkingaround Mon 12-May-14 19:01:09

Marking place also. Have bought nowt. Just no time to look. Still no bikini, might just buy on hols, have a few separate un-matching bits. How I have lost the matching bits I dunno.

Did you buy the Chinese silver shoes Belinda?

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 19:01:34

i am a beltaholic.


I try not to buy things with loops tbh, other than jeans - but wouldn't ever tuck anything in jeans! If I have to have a belt, it needs to be a skinny one.

CointreauVersial Mon 12-May-14 19:54:15

Well, I'm short-waisted too - actually, I'm no-waisted if truth be told. Straight up and down. But if you don't put a belt there, it looks as if you've forgotten something, particularly with skirts with no waistband.

I would love to tuck things into pencil skirts, or anything, really, but my torso is so short, I look ridiculous. I tried a jumpsuit at TopShop the other week. Comedy gold, on me.

Oooh, look at this a Massimo Dutti wool suiting: Ignore the leather dress and Bermuda shorts, also in the category of "Working Girl". The suiting looks lovely. I will try and find it in real life.

I went to Next, today, on Oxford St. No wool suiting in store. In fact, even the query caused much confusion. I came to the conclusion that it needs to be ordered online.

Oh, blush at me figuring out about the links opening in new tabs, on the blog - it's goes a bit Pete Tong like that when I blog from the ipad. Sub optimal.

Re that yellow coat, I would love to love it, but it's poly and viscose for £100! Norty Zara.

This skirt from H&M is not workwear, but it's beautiful in real life, and I think it's thick cotton.

Yikes to the leather dress, but I like the shorts and think they could be made work-okay for a little person!

The grey skirt is gorgeous.

Lurking - do you really want to hear about my silver shoe search!? Well. I was going to order from the Chinese site, but it doesn't have PayPal, so I thought perhaps a bit dodgy / unwise to punch in my debit card details. Paranoid? I went to Banana Republic today, and I must say their shoes are divinely comfortable. I also went to J Crew and theirs are t nearly as soft. So.... I will prob order the BODEN wedges, but I really am not looking for wedges I have realised, while hoping against hope that I can pick up some BR ones via eBay. I will also order the black Allegra pointed flats as they aren't so pointy that they will buckle at the point and the comfort factor is seductive. God, have some wine, that was a but epic.

Oops, Allegra pointed flats are from BR in case that wasn't clear.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 20:36:58

I wore the next suit again today. Is still amazing

Ememem84 Mon 12-May-14 20:50:21

I am a tucker in with shirts and pencil skirts.

I am looking for slim fit ankle grazer trousers. I am 5'10. So need something I can wear with heels which don't make me look like a flag pole.

lurkingaround Mon 12-May-14 20:52:52

I also looked for the Next suiting last week. Wasn't in my local store either, just the usual un-buyable stuff. You must be right about it being online only.
I think you're right re the not buying without PayPal. Hardly worth the risk. The memory foam insole in BR sounds gorgeous. Great idea.

This is the yellow cotton biker I tried on. Sold out on,one, but hopefully will be restocked. It's gorgeous

Ememem - how about Gap's tall range (click on tall tab when viewing certain items)? 25% off until today...

Here is the aqua jacket. I stopped when I saw it - lovely.

LOVE the yellow jacket. Would make me look dead, but I adore it.

SnowNotSoWhite Mon 12-May-14 21:27:33

Just dropping in to say its good to see a work wear chat. A couple of purchases but can't seem to post multiple links so bear with
heels for work

SnowNotSoWhite Mon 12-May-14 21:29:30

The necklace is not too big - I've seen it in real life, and it's beautiful. Fairly heavy, but fabulous.

I'm sure someone linked to these blazers? I haven't tried them on, but I saw them today and they are gorgeous! The fabric is lovely, and now they are on sale (online, anyway) for £40

EduardoBarcelona Mon 12-May-14 21:52:06

Christ. Those anthropology ones are vile. Sorry

Someone linked to this on another thread, and I think it would be a great,business casual skirt if you want an alternative to a pencil skirt

lurkingaround Mon 12-May-14 22:20:07

Love those Zara jackets. Particularly the yellow. Would make me look ill tho.

mirpuppet Mon 12-May-14 22:28:15

Belinda how do you think the Banana Republic necklaces & other jewelry compare to Zara?

Typically, I find Zara necklaces to be better quality than Banana Republic ones.

That said, I don't like most of the necklaces that are in Zara at the moment, but when they have their J Crew-esque metal and stone necklaces out, I find them better than most of the Banana Republic ones. This is because the BR necklaces often have bright gold hardware (which looks cheap) and plastic looking stones (Zara seem to use glass and crystals). Some of the BR necklaces are terrific, but I am just talking in general.

Another point is that the BR necklaces are often significantly more £££ than Zara. Example: this is lovely in real life (I saw it today), definitely one of the best BR ones I have seen. But it's £60, and Zara necklaces are around the £30 mark.

lurkingaround Mon 12-May-14 22:56:33

So. What do you think of these trousers from Zara? I like them but am a bit concerned it would be all ahoy there matey.

lurkingaround Mon 12-May-14 22:57:13

Oh fgs sold out in every size but teeny tiny.

They are a bit "hello sailor", but I like a little dressing up, a little irony etc. maybe don't add a Breton and gold trimmed cap?

I wonder if Zara will be restocking some things?

lurkingaround Mon 12-May-14 23:10:10

grin Don't really want to be playing dress up for work! Will leave the gold trimmed cap at home!
Sometimes they let you submit your email in case they restock and they will contact you, but they don't give that option with those trews, so seems unlikely they will restock. Some lovely trousers but in straight and narrow leg I need to try loads in a real actual shop, like.

KosherBacon Tue 13-May-14 06:32:28

Banana republic 30% off in store today. Unfortunately you have to buy a copy of Hello! magazine and show it in store. I am going to be in London today and the Regent Street branch is soooo much better than the Trafford Centre. But it involved buying Hello!

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 07:16:50

oh GOD guys. I am in sheer tights today and i feel like my mum.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 07:17:26

wonder if my Mango order will arrive today. and the BR shorts?!

I thought the email said the offer was for Thursday? I've never bought Hello, but I will in order to save 30% off 2 pairs of shoes!

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 07:19:53

oh they tried to deliver the shorts, they use Yodel - nuff said

KosherBacon Tue 13-May-14 07:29:53

Is it for Thursday? That's a massive arse. Well the Trafford Centre branch is crap, so it won't be tempting me to buy.

I am waiting for a Phase Eight order- they took 9 days to dispatch, despite them promising to deliver in 3-5 days. They barely even apologised to me when I chased them up about it.

Fingers crossed for your order, Ed!

I know what you mean re the tights - it's funny when you first wear something. Usually feels odd to me. Then I either ditch it or embrace it. Pretty limiting for it to be either opaques or bare legs, though.

Kosher - maybe your email said Tuesday and mine is for Thursday, just like how Gap staggers their offers? You could always buy today in Regent St (which is where most of their shoes are) and then return / rebuy on Thursday w your offer, at Traffird Centre [tight wad].

Yodel? Grimace.

KosherBacon Tue 13-May-14 08:05:50

Belinda- Trafford centre are really arsey about doing that. They have a bin behind the tills to put returns in and don't put them back out until the end of the day. They have a policy of no price reductions apparently. If you want to buy it back it has to be on the shop floor!

noddyholder Tue 13-May-14 08:24:19

I have those Zara trousers

Are the trousers good?

singaporeswing Tue 13-May-14 10:04:22

Short-waisted people - how do you give yourself an illusion of a longer waist?

I am an hourglass size 12 and 5ft 9. I swear that as soon as my boobs end, my hips begin and can make me look huge all over.

I've got a bit of a kangaroo pouch so don't like anything too tight fitting over my stomach. Any advice?

I wrote a little piece on this, and the main points were:

- simple, monochromatic pieces;
- shallow v neck tops;
- high or big collars or an interesting necklace or scarf;
- belts that fasten at the waist, should do so just above your natural waist (this is the most flattering); and
- any tops or dresses with waist detail should be either above the waist (eg empire) or below the waist (ie low waist), to avoid “cutting” the torso in half.

Anyone else have tips?

Oh for God's sake, I am doing a post on Banana Republic, and realised that I tried on the 5 pocket legging ( and not the slim ankle fit pant ( BR have 34 (!!) Sloan named items ( Ignore my comments on the earlier thread about the strange details on the Sloan trousers - I tried on the wrong ones (I was looking for the slim ankle fit pant and that level of detail wasn't on the tag). Sorry!

CointreauVersial Tue 13-May-14 13:12:11

Eduardo - sheer tights?? Get yer legs out.

I did a wardrobe "cleanse" at the weekend, and uncovered a pair of black Mango trousers that I hardly wore because they were too slim-cut (back when I was bootcut-a-gogo). They are perfect now, because my other full-length black work trews (Ralph Lauren) are quite heavyweight. I do like finding stuff I'd forgotten about.

Regarding waistlines, the one type of waist-belt that I think does look OK on me is a tie-belt on a loose-fitting shirt-dress or similar. If there is enough "pouffy-ness" either side of the belt it manages to give the illusion that you do go in and out just a little bit. I have a Zara dress with a draw-string waist and a Monsoon one with a tie.

Or I may just be deluded and look like a sack of spuds in a belt.

Desperately trying to keep up with the thread! Fitting it in between job/ 2 small children/ household shopping etc.

Hopefully going to bluewater in the next few weeks. This thread is giving me good inspiration for what to look out for and what shops to visit, cant wait!

FranksWife Tue 13-May-14 16:28:23

singaporeswing. I'm a short waist, and a short arse too. I find round necks are best - V necks seem to start in my cleavage (not a good look for work), round neck/boat necks make me look longer in the front.

I like sheer tights for work - would only do bare legs at work in the very, very hottest weather, and then only on days when I was only in the classroom and not being all SLT-ish.

I have some really nice M&S ones on today - they just look like my legs, but better.

SnowWhite - sorry but those shoes are horrible, imho, and I'm usually all for a bit of craziness.

Cigarette trousers with a longish chiffony top and a cropped Chanel-esque jacket works quite well for extending my short waist somewhat.

Alos tube skirts and a belly button length top, not tucked in, with a blazer over.

CointreauVersial Tue 13-May-14 17:08:00

"Belly button length top, not tucked in" - eek, don't you end up flashing your midriff?

cromwell44 Tue 13-May-14 17:14:51

Remus, please share what shade of M&S sheer tights you have. I seem to buy loads but they always end up being too orangey when I go out in daylight.

noddyholder Tue 13-May-14 17:16:56

I don't suit long tops at all past about hip bone I find unflattering.

Gosh no to midriff - maybe it's longer than belly button length then! And the skirt covers everything too - quite high waisted.

M&S tights = the illusion ones that are 2 for £4. Surprisingly nice.

LaTrucha Tue 13-May-14 18:55:08

I didn't mean to offend anyone with comment about faux suede blush sorry

No one was offended, were they? I like people to have opinions and I thought we were just explaining what we do and don't buy and why.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 19:53:59

i had on the sheer tights - were left over from a wedding iirc - very very sheer - 7 den. Obv only lasted the day.
I did feel a bit like a LADEEEE

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 19:55:36


the esprit blouse came; nice but not nice or different enough to existing stuff to keep.

the BR SHORTS Came and woe are NOT good. the beige in the pattern is a bit like bhs cafe uniform. plus the outside seam stuck out - they werent straight enough. POO
the BR zip back top was nice but not nice enough


EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 19:56:36

mango was delivered and s1 was NOT IN FFS
So i need to ring them

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 19:57:38

the marks and spencer cage heels came



GOD i adore them

Oh no re shorts. BHS uniform is not a good look (although M&S uniform is even worse).

Oh no - what a huge shame about those BR shorts - we had such high hopes! I hate it when that happens. Although, conversely, I am more thrilled when my internet shopping punts pay off. You may call me The Gambler.

DS1 - not good to be out when your mother is expecting deliveries. A friend has a concierge in her building and she was saying how wonderful it is never to miss deliveries (and said I can get stuff sent to her, too - she is obv a neighbour) I was every shade of pea green w envy. Those "Sorry we missed you" cards just kill my buzz.

The M&S heels are obv wonderful - I will have to have a look.

Before we get to world peace, I think we need to solve the sheer tights dilemma, so let's bump that up the agenda.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 20:20:19

he had a blinking exam- HOW Inconsiderate.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 20:21:05

agree re sheer tights - think are better if you have light coloured tops on, i just still feel too grown up in them every day

the marks oiled look ones are nice but too $$ for everyday

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 20:22:40

You can resit exams or call in sick. Just saying.

Both Zara and H&M are doing similar looking shorts. I haven't tried them, though - I don't like shorts flared or super short or really bulky.

Cage heels look good. The new M&S Autograph shoes are deludedly expensive (eg £200). Noooo! I hate losing a shoe shop contender. Come on, M&S, wise up and keep stocking heels around the £50-70 mark.

belinda just seen your WWedit latest post on BR....the Sloane fit I raved about were the ankle length,the Sloane fit legging are totally different, I wonder why they have the same name...v confusing!
P.s pissed off that the 30% is in store only when I live nowhere near a store and was in R St branch a week ago sad love these

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 20:42:00

these were twenty per cent off the other day. they are as the reviews say mega comfy

cromwell44 Tue 13-May-14 20:53:33

Thanks Remus. I'll try them. Although probably back to my boots given the weather.

Dry - you must have thought I was crazy w my comments on funny back pockets etc. those Carlie flats feels blissful on. I am aggrieved at myself for not buying them in silver last season. I will atone by buying the Allegra ones in black on Thursday. No idea why they can't just do one 30% off discount that applies both in store and online, and covers shoes. You know, like all the other brands.

CointreauVersial Tue 13-May-14 21:03:42

Eduardo - I have those M&S sandals. I bought them when they first came out, now they are all over the blogs. Mega comfy, but I haven't actually worn them yet (I have no social life).

SnowNotSoWhite Tue 13-May-14 22:05:50

Oh dear, Anthro heels haven't gone down well. BR necklace still in biceps while I swither on it being very gold.
Any info on when/ how often J crew does codes for the UK? Fancy a tippi.

noddyholder Tue 13-May-14 22:06:01

Esprit top is plain but funnily I wore with white skinnies and cage shoes but from Zara Ut needs a good bra

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 22:27:28

oh CV you early adopter you wink

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 22:28:20

yes i was torn on the blue one nod but Just Couldn't Justify. (JCJ - new acronym for us)

noddyholder Tue 13-May-14 22:35:34

Yes can be samey those shirts.

CointreauVersial Tue 13-May-14 22:43:58

Well, Eduardo, I like to be one step ahead. wink wink

Ememem84 Wed 14-May-14 06:44:05

Thanks, will check out gap. Although next question, do they deliver to Channel Islands. If not no good. Will investigate.

Mango order due today - or not, as I had an email from Mango saying as I failed to be in its gone back to Spain or something. But parcel company have another version of events. We shall see.

And another parcel delivery person left a package in the bin. Who leaves parcels in bins? Better than UKIP who blocked up our tumble dryer outlet with leaflets. Granted it needs a cap on it but still. Tossers.

Bearleigh Wed 14-May-14 08:39:38

Bill I think you should return each UKIP leaflet to them to their freepost address.

I thought they'd caught on to that though and stopped it?

DH laughing at my rage at UKIP last night - after all the crap they're proposing and I'm incandescent that they blocked up our tumble dryer outlet. "It's the last straw!"

Stokey Wed 14-May-14 09:46:33

OOh I am wearing sheer tights today with my navy pleated J-crew skirt and a blue & white t-shirt tucked in, and snakeskin shoes. Dh said I look like a French tennis player, I think he meant it as a compliment hmm

I don't often see J-Crew codes, but they had a stealth sale recently - in that they didn't advertise it much, I heard about it on Belinda's blog. I'm on their mailing list but just seem to get endless mails about their new expensive things.

BR have constant offers and sales - if you hold your nerve everything there gets reduced eventually.

Brillenbar Wed 14-May-14 12:54:16

Stokey I've been thinking about a navy pleated skirt. Do you mind me asking how hippy or otherwise are you? I have a feeling that with pleats I will be deluding myself that I don't look mumsy. There is a lovely navy pleat skirt outfit on the Classy Cubicle blog today here

Oooh, a rare (I think) set of discount codes from TopShop. Can you see the image with the codes OK?

Am wearing my new necklace today with a cobalt merino crew neck jumper (old from Gap) and v happy w it.

Stokey Wed 14-May-14 14:23:38

I am quite hippy Belinda - definitely an hourglass with big boobs & hips.
But think it works OK - it's just goes with everything. Will try & post a photo on here tomorrow when I'm dossing around working from home.

I saw this midi one in Anthropologie in the window which looked nice, but is making even the model look hippy in rhe picture

Mango order arrived.

This jacket is ok but looks cheap I think. Perhaps better in navy.

This quilted jacket is really lovely. Lovely colours with a contrasting lining, which can be reversible if you took the brand label out. It looks great with jeans and tan ankle boots so not for work but isn't brilliantly flattering on me, something about the shoulders doesn't sit right think it needs a smaller frame. And this mum and daughter pic has put me off

Littlepinkpear Wed 14-May-14 16:29:16

Gosh you lot move quick grin currently nursing 3 week old DD, so not seen the thread in a couple of days.

I have a few things in my basket at Cos, I'm about 200 miles from the nearest store. Delivery is £6!!!

Do they ever do free delivery/returns or discounts? I can't recall ever seeing any.

lurkingaround Wed 14-May-14 17:23:53

I think Cos rarely do discounts/free delivery outside of sales. I find ordering from them very difficult because their clothes are so random (you never know what will suit and what size will work for you), delivery and returns can take ages, and shipping is expensive as are returns. Given that they have a minimalist look, I expect a similar efficiency in their service. But nah. Same old H&M service.

M&S cage sandals are great aren't they? No purchases to share, a v busy time for me here. I did but DH shorts and tees in the Gap discount thing (for hols/good weather). They're all good. I never thought I would be the type to buy my husband's clothes. Occasionally it irritates me. But then when he's wearing the same ole tat from 10 years ago that is now threadbare and not fashionably so, like he thinks, I get even more irritated. So I do buy. Saves an amount of irritation on balance. <random ramble>

I didn't order the J. Crew pleated skirt. I thought it might splay out on my hips and give me that awful hippy swingy effect.. It does look lovely tho. Nothing I've bought online lately has worked. Except DH stuff.

lurkingaround Wed 14-May-14 17:25:51

Yes Belinda, can see the codes. Thanks. Will browse later, hopefully.

Littlepinkpear Wed 14-May-14 17:39:53

Yeah I'm ordering multiple sizes, so I don't want to have a massive returns bill.
Might just wait until the next time I'm down in Glasgow hmm
The cage sandals look great, might give them a bash toosmile

Love that printed Mango jacket. Padding prob no good on norks though, although I am small framed and narrow shouldered.

lurkingaround Wed 14-May-14 18:05:21

Oh I did try that Chanel Les Beiges make up. Thought it was really lovely. Didn't buy, but I might for summer.

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 18:44:17

billstickers re mango order - we too were in on Sat when they tried to deliver. It is now going to work tomorrow. Probably when i am at home


EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 18:45:45

are Cos H and M?

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 18:46:13

none of those Mango links take me to anything BOO

Stokey Wed 14-May-14 18:49:00

Well now that I have photographed myself in the skirt, I think I do look quite hippy. But here it is

Yep Cos and H & M are part of the same group.

Sorry you couldn't open the links - it's only the cloth kit alike jacket Belinda ordered and returned yonks ago and a boring black blazer.

What's in your order?

cafecito Wed 14-May-14 19:00:04

ooh well this is good ,sorry I didn't see the other thread, have exiled self for a bit -

but ooh yeay I LIVE in workwear, well, I have to - and am not having the best time as have gained weight this year stresseatinghotcrossbuns and latte addiction so all my previously lovely things are teeeeny tiny on me or wholly unsuitable. every day starts with 'gah what can I wear! oh noo, that's terrible.. ah where are my keys.. aah we're late.. run'


as you were!

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 19:01:08

oh god my order is SO SO DULL, but its become A Thing now. I will go and find it - i can barely remeber

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 19:03:27

this in two sizes in the pale pink

and some grey jeans I dont even need, when i think about what is in the loft


EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 19:04:24

oh god my link goes to the dratted lookbook too . its a top called a jj12 satin panelles lightweight

I will try this

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 19:05:50

look Blinners, JL do it in yella in qualidee poly

Like that t-shirt - is it nice irl? I have a couple of Ted Baker ones with silk panels at the front and they are amongst my most worn tops. Good for work, tucked into a pencil skirt or left untucked over cigarette trew, nic with skinnies etc.

Stokey - I think the skirt is fine but maybe needs a neater, more fitted top?

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 19:46:51

sometimes Reemy, I think i will never know

Never know what? Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - are you still waiting for it?!!!

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 19:53:50

i am. I am Waiting For Mango

Stupid Mango. This is why I cba with online!

maybemyrtle Wed 14-May-14 20:12:02

This thread moves so quickly! Catching up - I like that Mango jacket (quilted one). Mango do nice prints.

Yes my postman has left deliveries in the recycling bin too - makes me nervous they'll do it on collection day.

Wore 10 denier nude popsocks yesterday with pointy flats that won't go with bare feet and it felt great grin

Bill - ah, it's the SHANGHAI blazer that is part of the £70 suit. It's not the most deluxe, I admit, but I think it's excellent value and a flattering shape. I have it in stone and wore it on the public holiday. On day we just had, w a printed silk tee and skinnies, and nude pointed flats. I've also worn it w a leopard print top, too. That CAFE quilted jacket is so nice, but the colours don't work for me. And not sure the style really suits me, either. Or maybe I just need to get used to the boho thing.

Ed - I do love a little yellow, but no poly for me. I can't be the only person who found themselves sweating in synthetics, esp as they age?

Stokey - I can only wear skirts that flare out below the hips, else I look too big. I love big skirts, but they are [channels Run DMC] "tricky, tricky, tricky. I will do a post on non pencil skirts soon, as I do love a fuller skirt, when I find one that works on me.

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 20:35:26

i swear when I teach sometimes - esp in a rush from one lesson to another

Quick one... Gap has 29% off until midnight and Banana Republic have 30% off selected items (inc some shoes which inc the Allegra pointed flats I want. I will still go in store tomorrow, though, as I think I will also get the Giah silver mid heels)

Swear or sweat, Ed? Or both?!

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 20:41:01


I frequently do both, when running from class to class. I DETEST not having my own room.

Oh, I genuinely thought you were cussing at work and was a bit confused about you coming on to say that.

I wore a polyester top the other week. The colour of that top is glorious (thus why I haven't binned it), but I was walking briskly and started to feel uncomfortable in it almost instantly. I had worn silk the day before, and felt fine all day.

EduardoBarcelona Wed 14-May-14 20:57:50

i have my own - my very own portakabin chic

Like rocking the Romany look wink

lurkingaround Wed 14-May-14 21:11:32

Skirt is lovely on you Stokey.

mirpuppet Wed 14-May-14 21:11:36

Belinda thanks for your views on BR jewelry. I agree fake gold is not a good look and I find many of their necklaces heavy. But BR have good sales so I may peek at the necklaces again. I will also check out ZARA.

The seven seas necklace that I thought was lovely is down to £41, and the sparkly one like the Zara one I mentioned up thread (the Zara necklace that Kate Middleton wore to an evening function) is also reduced, too. I don't mind necklaces being physically heavy, but I do mind them feeling plasticky and junky, so that's what I am always looking to avoid when looking at jewellery.

Sorry, yes Stokey - that skirt does look good on you. Was just sympathising w how hard a full skirt can be to find.

mirpuppet Wed 14-May-14 23:15:22

Which Zara necklace? I'm on the look out for something new.

K Middleton has this Zara necklace. It's sold out, but maybe you could find it in store. Else, BR are doing a similar one that's 30% off at the mo'.

mirpuppet Thu 15-May-14 07:16:17

I'm thinking of getting the Seven Seas necklace. What would you wear it with?

EduardoBarcelona Thu 15-May-14 07:30:52

* voice of doom*

these always sit in my drawer... grin

EduardoBarcelona Thu 15-May-14 07:36:12
Kefybaby Thu 15-May-14 08:00:53

Just popping in to say hello! I have been following the threads but have not had the chance to contribute. I think it might have something to do with all funds going towards DC and house refurb at the moment - so all my shop visits are virtual! Belinda, I love your blog and site and have been following it with interest since you first wrote about it here.
I need a bit of a wardrobe refresh so I was going to put in an order for that lovely mint green Zara jacket. Anything else you have spotted at Zara? They seem to have sold out of anything that I have spotted so far...

Stokey Thu 15-May-14 09:42:24

Zara seem to have just got a load of new stuff in as I walked past their window yesterday as have Mango.

Thanks for the compliments about my skirt [thanks}- actually I agree with Remus, it looked better when i had a jumper over the top pulling it in a bit. But then you get in to that whole big boobs near the waist thing - God dressing in difficult.

I'm working at home today, wearing a maxi skirt which I love - can we get away with Maxis for work?

I wore this midi dress earlier in the week 9with a top underneath) and got a few compliments one it, so was wondering if I can go longer.

Ed - you don't wear necklaces?

Here's a selfie of today's Zara necklace.

EduardoBarcelona Thu 15-May-14 09:50:54

I don't. I should try more.

maybemyrtle Thu 15-May-14 10:02:03

Stokey I love that dress from Other Stories. I saw it in black when I was last in store but decided against another black dress. Lovely though - is it the same length on you as the model? I never quite trust lengths on models.

Also yes - maxis for work. Ok or not? I guess it depends on environment but I've been wondering the same thing.

<note to self- buy more necklaces>

Stokey Thu 15-May-14 10:16:46

It's much longer on me Myrtle - mid-calf, but I am only 5ft3. Actually it looks better that length, bit of an odd length on the model.

Comes in orange too <enabling>

Love tne necklace Belinda

CointreauVersial Thu 15-May-14 13:13:23

Belinda (and other polyester haterz) would just love what I'm wearing at work today.

A dress from Primarni, navy blue "ponte" (is that the word?) with a black collar, cute short sleeves, fitted to under-bust, then beautifully bump-skimming, finishing just above the knee. It fits like a dream, and isn't tight under the arms, so surprisingly sweat-free. Doesn't crease at all. And it cost about 12p.

It will probably bobble like a bastard as soon as I wash it, but for today it is perfect work wear. grin

Cointreau - it sounds nice on you (hope the washing is OK). But, I would never wear it. Nor would you want me to if you were to spend time with me in warm weather! smile

Keep on keeping on hating polyester, fellow haterz!!

The thing about disposable fashion / high turnover clothes, I guess they are okay for some things. However, I find that when I buy too much at Primark etc, I tend to spend more time shopping, as I am shopping more often to replace things that get worn out quickly / don't wash well etc, and isn't time a cost, too, as well as the purchase price?

Although, since no one really keeps clothes for a lifetime, all clothing has an expiry date, but it's degrees of disposability. [clears throat after sermon]

That wasn't meant to actually sound preachy, so, sorry if it did! I was just saying that I sometimes find that if I don't pay one way (ie w £), then I pay another (ie w time).

I'm in polyester today. I can tell, but I don't think (I hope!) anybody else could.

CointreauVersial Thu 15-May-14 17:25:07

I hear you, Belinda, but just occasionally you find gems amongst the trash. I wouldn't buy tailoring there, that's for sure, but things like their multicoloured stretch cotton camis and long sleeved layer tops are unbeatable.

I just read your black pencil skirt blog, and want to share my find from M&S. I actually bought it last year, but they are still selling it. This. OK, OK, I'll come clean right away - there are some artificial materials in there (well, mainly viscose) wink . It's a really heavyweight stretchy, sheeny fabric, but it has an amazing lining which holds in all the lumps and bumps. Looks sooo sleek and smart, and hasn't done that "fading" thing, which I find can happen with black garments if there's (ahem) too much cotton.

Gah, I sound like I work for the Artificial Fabrics Marketing Board, don't I? <retires with a crackle of static and a faint whiff of BO>

You are right, though, Cointreau - I find that dark cotton DOES fade, which is v annoying. Esp as it often happens quite quickly. So, maybe for bottoms a bit of synthetic can be a GOOD thing, when mixed w cotton? But not so much that it gets shiny. Dear God, it's like a science to buy good clothes!

Oh Remus - I'm sure you were fine.

I think so, Belinda!

V quick one. Just had a thought - I have some dark cotton that has never faded, and some that fades quite quickly. Am going to read up and report back anything interesting that I find. Oooh that will have you on the edge of your seat, won't it?! grin

EduardoBarcelona Thu 15-May-14 18:38:20

my work smart casual crops are too short I think.

EduardoBarcelona Thu 15-May-14 18:38:34

mango came! that top is nice, the L is a 14

Bearleigh Thu 15-May-14 20:43:44

Thanks Belinda. I can no longer find your nice reviews of what you find in particular shop on your blog. Can you point me in the right direction?

In general I think the fading thing is a function of price/ quality, though not invariably, and also colour. I find Joseph things just don't fade, and last and last... And last some more. But then I have a fabulous Zara skirt, cost £25 about 5 years ago, looks like Boss, and not faded at all, and still looks new despite being worn around 150 times. It's like The Man in the White Suit. I have had 3 John Smedley Sea Island Cotton jumpers recently. The red one faded so badly I had to send it to Oxfam, the black is holding up, just about, and the pale blue looks fresh as a daisy, and is older and finer cotton.

Bearleigh - do you mean where I try things on? Those posts are here: Has the website become less easy to use? IT isn't my forte, so maybe I have made a change that's made it less user friendly.

Ed - have your trousers shrunk, or you now don't like the length? Good news on the Mango.

forgot to say congrats to littlepinkpear on her baby DD.

And hello kefybaby I know what you mean - I go through patches where the budget seems to be everywhere but my way. Quite good to just window shop and bide your time, too, though, sometimes.

Littlepinkpear Fri 16-May-14 13:37:59

I'm not a synthetics hater, I don't like the feel and the quality can be crap.

But even with more expensive items that can be true. (I'm looking at you Marc Jacobs frock)

Cos have emailed 30% of selected dresses at the moment.

Bearleigh Fri 16-May-14 14:42:29

Hi Belinda yes I do mean the 'Trying it on' bit which I really enjoy. I look at the blog on an iPad and that section doesn't seem to have an obvious link: maybe it's a function of the cutdown software for an iPad.

Mmm, I have had some pricey items disappoint me, too:
- Jigsaw jumper that pilled and shed insanely. It was angora, I can't bear the stuff. Not to mention the bunnies' welfare; and
- some synthetic and viscose mix suits (anyone from Australia or familiar w Cue?) that stretched and creased awfully, within the day). New graduate error to buy spendy suits made from shoddy material.

It's beyond annoying when you spend a significant amount, and it turns out to have been a waste of money.

Ah, thanks Bearleigh, I will try and fix that next week. I find it hard to get around the site on my iPad, so need to put my IT thinking cap on. And pour myself a Big Glass of Wine or Amaretto.

CointreauVersial Fri 16-May-14 17:20:02

Belinda - about viewing your blog on a tablet - I use Bloglovin on my Android tablet, and your blog comes through with no photos at all. I have to view the Web version. Not a major issue, but worth knowing. The only other blog I follow that is affected this way is The Londoner.

Where is everybody? I am rather tipsy and I would like to talk about clothes.grin

Well? Taps fingers...

EduardoBarcelona Fri 16-May-14 21:00:10

I'm here. Brb

I am BORED I tell you. Drunk...and BORED...and ILL. sad

suze28 Fri 16-May-14 21:36:07

So, Remus - what would you like to talk about clothes wise? Are linen trou still acceptable?

Linen trousers - nope, I don't think so, in all honesty. Or not on me, anyway.

I'm here and pissed too.

Leggings, tunics, drug bun bingo?

suze28 Fri 16-May-14 21:40:29

It's a fine line isn't it, I might have a navy pair that may worm their way out of the wardrobe for work this wk.

I think if you're tall and not prone to too much crumpling, maybe. I am little and can look like a mad cat lady even in a fitted suit, so no hope for me.

I have a navy pair, cropped, fitted. They're great in the morning but look crap by home time. And a white pair, what possessed me I don't know. Will dye them possibly.

suze28 Fri 16-May-14 21:43:19

White Stuff will be losing out massively if the long tunic/leggings combo is now out of favour.

White Stuff. Why do they do so well

Hello, Suze! YY re White Stuff - tis all too droopy for little me.

Ok. So if I gave you 1k and you had to buy clothes/shoes/accessories what would you buy?

suze28 Fri 16-May-14 21:49:39

White Stuff - I do like, and buy in the sale, their coloured cardigans for the summer.
Some of the other stuff eg the dresses scream WS and can be spotted a mile off.

£1000 =

2 VW dresses = £400
2 VW tops = £250-ish
(would only buy at sale prices)
The rest on fripperies, to include some new shoes.

Like this?

Neckline a bit high on that one.

This one

suze28 Fri 16-May-14 22:04:11

Sharp intake of breath. Love that one, I can see where Baukjen copy their style from.


Tights are a bit much though!


I have v similar but with short sleeves.

I'd want a beautiful bag for work. I have a hankering for a mulberry but I think they are a bit passé now. I live near an outlet and the markdowns are crazy. For the shit stuff. I saw a rabbit fur dress down to £50 from £800.

What's the fabric like Remus?

Fabric is pretty bog standard jersey, but the cut is really good.

Re bags - I don't get the whole expensive bag thing thb. My favourite work bag is a leather tote from Clarks.

No to linen, it creases appallingly. I have only ever seen it work as a couch cover.

£1k on workwear? Ok, I can do that!
- the Lucy Choi Marylebone shoes I blogged: £200
- various Zara necklaces: £100
- bespoke wool suit. I should say that I would buy off the rack, but having a suit made just exactly the way I like it (double vent, functional buttons, fun (joking!) lining) would be fabulous. If I couldn't get bespoke, then I would buy the very best off the rack one I could find and have it altered.

Since, what's that you say?, I have another £1k to spend, I would buy some more gorgeous shoes, from LK BENNETT (Floret) and a Cos scarf. Or maybe a Smythson bag.

Oh, and DH is my IT staff are at a pub busy, so I don't like my chances of being able to fix the website this weekend, but thanks for letting me know what the issues are.

Ememem84 Fri 16-May-14 22:18:13

I love that dress.

Bought Duck egg blue/greys kale skimming skinny trousers. And a bright banana yellow floaty sleeveless top from Dorothy Perkins today. Not to be worn together. But really nice.

Just need shoes to wear with trousers. Am 5'10 not sure if heels will work. Or whether I need pointy flatties.

Also re white stuff. I bought a few Tshirts from there before holidays. Really good quality.

If there is more money to spend, I've always fancied a Max Mara coat, too.

I'm totally sold on pointed flats if it's flats you want. I won't be buying ballerinas again, I don't think. I have slippers, but they are too hot for summer.

I know, it's not at all sensible. I only have one posh bag but it's an everyday bag not a work one.

Not sure what the attraction is really, probably all marketing.

Yes! I love pointed flats. My aldo ones have died and I'm desperate for more. They were perfect, pointed, slight hidden wedge a la lanvin. And very comfy.

Aldo are doing a pointed flat again this season (I saw them this evening, and the style starts w C [forgetful]), but they are totally flat - no wedge.

I keep umming and ahhing over whether to get an expensive bag. I just not sure it's worth it to me, although Anya's Gracie still stops me in my tracks.

I have the mini Gracie Belinda, it's lovely.

CointreauVersial Sat 17-May-14 00:22:40

I'm definitely in the market for a pointy flat.

I've heard there are some good ones at Matalan, but I have to drive a bit to get to one.

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 05:32:49

I'm not in the market for a pointy flat. Ankles too SKINY. Will look like twig woman

KosherBacon Sat 17-May-14 06:28:07

I'd love a maxmara coat. I obsessively stalk eBay for the perfect one that I can get at a steal. I still haven't found it though <insert sad face here>.

Yep. I look awful in pointy shoes too. Skinny ankles, little feet, big boobs, pointy shoes - like a cherry on a cocktail stick.

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 09:25:16

grin Remus same here too spindly

I have skinny ankles, thin legs, long feet. But what flat shoe IS going to look ideal w that combo?

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 09:47:37

A chunky one? Hey Remus. Have the gap skinny cargos on today. With flip flops. ;)

I think I look best in heels, but that's just not always practical. Damn the nerve endings in my feet!!!

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 10:07:35

Loafer slipper type don't have the same chicken effect ime.

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 10:08:09

I look best in boots or scrappy flats

I wear slippers with trousers, but prefer other, lower cut flats for when I wear knee length skirts. I used to wear round toe flats, but now I prefer pointed flats. No wonder I have so many shoes, which is actually an achievement given how fussy I am grin.

Crashing in to say that the best sheer tights in the whole wide world are the Pretty Polly Barely There ones. I am milk-pale and they'e the only ones which don't give me mismatched limbs.

They also have a"control" tummy thing which makes a helluva difference if you're a bit pouchy - like Spanx Lite I guess.

<crashes out again>

I do wear round toe flats but they look a bit dated at the moment. Almond toes might be a good compromise.

Just bought mega high Autograph suede shoes. Can't find online but v nice.

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 13:32:33

oh come ON remers

Erm. Very high. Suede. Black. Tiny leather triangle bit at the back. Nice.

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 13:36:01

i might wheel out the cage shoes ce soir

CointreauVersial Sat 17-May-14 13:54:22

Get you lot with your skinny ankles. I have wide feet with lovely bunions. Shoes in general are a challenge, so I don't even go near narrow-foot places like Zara. I have no idea if pointy flats will work on me, but worth a try.

Heels for work, though. It doesn't feel right to be in the office in flat shoes.

Mermaid - they sound fab.

bill - I agree re almond toe flats. Love them, but haven't seen v many. Marks & Spencer have some lovely looking ones.

I always wore heels in the office, Cointreau, w flats for the commute.

Cointreau - I tried some Zara flats last night, v nice and soft, but not v supportive. A friend has bunions and swears by the Stuart Weitzman elastic acted flats at R&B. They are ~£180, but she loves them. They are round toe.

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 14:45:19

that new look floral skirt - wtf am I wearing on the top half?

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 14:45:45
noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 14:47:48

what shoes?

How annoying. Lost. My post.

[channels WIT] plain grey top? Or plain white top? W black ankle strap M&S Perspex heel sandals?

Where are you going? White linen-ish t-shirt?

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:01:05

I would prob wear bare brown (fake) legs ankle boots and black slash neck t shirt and jean jacket or cardi

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 15:07:03

with the skirt? ankle boots?
its my warm weather workwear opzione

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 15:07:43

oh i have LOADS of shoes. thats not a prob. think the slash neck black is a good un.
in natrualish fibres
Its hot in a portakabin

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:09:18

Oh sorry thought you were going out tonight!

DavidArchersBoa Sat 17-May-14 15:09:26

Oh! Hello! I just found this thread!

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 15:09:45

actualyl not black - maybe grey yes.
i need to stagger back upstairs and look

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 15:10:08

oh yes , not in the skirt though. I rarely wear skirts out - * ponders why*

For work? Wouldn't wear the perspex thingies for work.

Why are slash necks so hard to find btw? I like them.

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:11:52

I never wear skirts out either but do when I go shopping???

Oh I thought you were going out, too. It's a great looking skirt for work or going out. And it's almost sold out.

Ola David!

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:13:02

Not sure I would wear any light colour with the skirt as may look twee on me esp. Like teh skirt though what about with wedges

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 15:43:20

yes, i need to go and hold some colours against it
I have a fear it might become one of those clothes...

I like pretty skirts with black tops. Then again, I practically live in black tops.

Need some going out in summer ideas btw. Here or start another thread?

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:49:21

I would fearthis

Skirt is sort of thing I'd wear for work though. & the tights are horrible, no?

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:53:53

I love the skirts but think they need careful styling

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:55:36

Yes, nice again - but far too worky for a night out, for me.

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 15:58:10

Oh I would go out in that for an evening I look terrible in skirts but that would tempt me.

smile I like to go short for nights out! Or jeans.

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 16:01:10

I wear jeans virtually 24/7 I sometimes wish I 'worked'

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 16:49:26

I will try skirt with black Bardot type top and denim jacket

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 16:50:26

Remus. Start a summer nights out thread. But name check blinners in the title. I can't I'm here.

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 16:50:54

yes bardot and jacket perfect

Yum to Bardot top - but do you wear a bra with it?

noddyholder Sat 17-May-14 16:57:58

yes am all ears re bra straples and me never seem to work well

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 18:50:04

Oh not that far off the shoulder mate

Where from?

EduardoBarcelona Sat 17-May-14 19:41:18

the Shop in my HED

Its hot at work im struggling with clothes. I was thinking maxi skirt...they're ok for work right?

Depends on the workplace really. They'd be fine at mine, but we're quite casual.

Could you wear a shorter dress?

When it's hot I usually wear slim cut cotton trousers, with a silky t shirt or plain t shirt and a jacket for morning/evening. I would love to wear dresses/skirts but my live in the moment 18 year old self decided to get an ankle tattoo so skirts are out for me sadly.

Warm weather work clothes are hard though, autumn winter much more straightforward.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 19-May-14 07:34:08

I'm with bill. Couldn't you get the tattoo removed?

Yes I plan to but it's hard to justify the money at the moment. Hopefully once kids are at school we'll have a bit more cash to play with.

My workplace is def more casual than smart. No jeans/ leggings/ strap tops etc but I think a plain black maxi skirt with plain top/ tshirt would be ok. Am looking on asos now, dresses too.

I really want a coral soft cotton blazer!

cromwell44 Mon 19-May-14 18:59:24

I wouldn't wear maxi for work mostly because of my age and height. They do strike me as very casual and for wafting about in so would very much depend on the casualness of the workplace.
My Summer staples are ankle length tapered trousers, Boden, Gap, TK Maxx Mango ones look good but there isn't one near me. Top with Breton or striped t-shirt, cowl neck silky tops. Top with a jacket to smarten up. Love dresses and pencil skirts too but sometimes CBA with the leg preparation smile.

Yeah I know what you mean about the waftiness grin
I think ill get some slim leg cropped trousers and pencil skirt/ dresses.

I occasionally wear maxi skirts to work, with a plain top and a jacket. I avoid the fussy ones though. We have lots of Muslim girls, in long skirts, so staff in maxis don't look out of place.

" They do strike me as very casual and for wafting about in so would very much depend on the casualness of the workplace" - those are my thoughts, too.

cromwell44 Mon 19-May-14 21:52:28

This arrived from M&S
I'd seen it in store and thought it looked fab so ordered my size online. It's nice but even the 24in is too long, the 10 is a bit big. I still really like it - just not on me.
I need to bulk buy Summer work clothes due to weight loss - so far I've done welll on trousers, still looking for skirts and dresses. Loved the Oasis floral pencil skirt Blinners. Missed it online and in the shops. Now looking for similar.

This dress might be good? It's a bargain

Cromwell - have you looked at my dresses and skirts Pinterest boards? That M&S skirt looks lovely, how annoying that it doesn't fit well!

cromwell44 Mon 19-May-14 22:37:14

Thanks will look. Love the blogg, hadn't spotted the Pinterest

smile I need to actually move all the Pinterest content to the website. IT hurdles to be cleared, first

LaTrucha Tue 20-May-14 07:15:29

I do wear a maxi skirt to work. It's plain black jersey and quite a narrow cut. I wear it with a cream silk blouse tucked in with a wide grey belt and mushroomy coloured jacket and suede ankle boots. It's the one outfit I always get complimented on - along the lines of 'elegant' rather than 'cool' so I think it is fine.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 20-May-14 17:10:31

looks like the price of the M and S best of Gb has gone down - nice new dresses

EduardoBarcelona Tue 20-May-14 17:11:58

the model looks odd in the rest of it

Not convinced by the shapes of lots of those - all rather boxy and severe. The shoes, though, look amazing.

maybemyrtle Tue 20-May-14 17:49:54

Just popping on to say that there's a 30% off Gap in this week's Grazia, on and offline. Online the code is GRAZIA, in store you need the voucher but Grazia's only a quid this week anyway.

I really want to like the M&S Best of British stuff but nothing ever really appeals...

LaTrucha Tue 20-May-14 20:43:55

I've just seen this top on another thread. I like.

Has anyone seen it in RL? And if so, what is the fabric like.

LaTrucha Tue 20-May-14 20:45:08

Although on second thoughts, maybe you have to stand at that angle all the time to get it to look nice.

I would love to wax lyrical about the M&S Best of British range, as I shop there for some of our food and the staff have been so lovely to me, over the years. They must treat their staff well, too, as the same staff have been at my local M&S the 5 years that I have been going there.

So, I am a M&S fan, but they really struggle with their clothing lines. Those prices are really quite high, and I know, from experience, that they CAN make well priced, good quality, stylish items (my Autography ankle boots are superb, and I have them in 3 colours). Maybe next time, then.

Fab, thanks Myrtle - I need to go to Gap this week.

LaTrucha - I've seen that top in real life, but not paid much attention to it or tried it on, IYKWIM. It looked nice, but that's all I recall (it's polyester so I didn't investigate further). Lovely colour. I love coffee. Drinking it, wearing it, love.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 20-May-14 21:51:25

no darts or anything over the bust?

LaTrucha Tue 20-May-14 22:05:19

They do have two photos of her standing at funny angles. It does annoy me when they call polyester 'crepe,' not that I though that top was anything but. Real silk crepe is so lovely.

LaTrucha Tue 20-May-14 22:05:46

ditto chiffon

I totally agree re the glorified polyester names. Zara actually entitle some pieces as "wool", but when you click on the fabric composition details, it's polyester.

J Crew use silk and wool creeps, but it's an expensive brand, over here. A girlfriend, when travelling to the US, orders from J Crew and has it delivered to the hotel. Perfect way to shop when on business travel, if you know your sizes.

Bearleigh Wed 21-May-14 08:00:16

I buy from Agnès B from time to time, and she uses polyester quite a bitter skirts and dresses. This surprised me at first as I was a natural fibres girl, but I actually find good polyester wears really well, and keeps looking good and fresh when silk, say, would crease.

Bearleigh Wed 21-May-14 08:44:49

"Quite a bit for skirts & dresses" I meant - grrrr at autocorrect, my not checking, and Mumsnet clunky software with no 'edit' function.

Mango outlet have a 50% sale on. Code is 6OUTWEEK at the checkout. Quite a bit to sift through.

A lot of 100% cotton which is great but whyyyyy are white/ cream coloured tops so see through?! I dint want to wear a vest top under everything.

Just bought sandy coloured slim fit trousers and two white sleeveless blouses. £33 inc del.

Fab news on Mango Outlet - thanks! Am off to look...

Bearleigh - interesting re polyester. I do think that some fibres benefit from having some polyester in them, but I find synthetics to be tricky beasts to judge. One thing is for sure, after wearing an old pure polyester dress (silky feel stuff) the other day, I won't be wearing pure poly again in a hurry. However, The Fold, which is a gorgeous looking brand, sell pure polyester suits. Perhaps theirs is the fine stuff? Not being snidey, but there's obv a difference between the cheap stuff and the fine stuff. Not re breathability, but perhaps it's in the durability.

We need a factory to test out my theories and help us create The Perfect Fabric.

Meeee! Thats gorgeous...ive bought so much recently I might have to put the blazer on the back burner!

Oh I tell you, my. MD wishlist is GROWING! I only buy there in the sale, but I rush in on Day 1, as soon as it starts. I have some of their shoes, and I plan to buy more. They are doing quite a few peep toe and cut away styles, if anyone is looking for summer heels.

Was it Cointreau who told me about the Bloglovin' summaries not having photos? I think that's now fixed - thank you for telling me.

I saw the blazer version of the mini skirt from H&M that I uploaded up thread, and I will try and upload a photo of the blazer. Which of course, I cannot find online. Worth keeping an eye out for in store, though.

How annoying - I forgot to take a photo, but it's the same fabric as this, but in a blazer.

The cut and quality of that blazer is beautiful. I tried the yellow and was too pale for me otherwise I would have kept it.

The cut and quality of that blazer is beautiful. I tried the yellow and was too pale for me otherwise I would have kept it.

EduardoBarcelona Wed 21-May-14 22:12:15


I love peach, but not on blondie me. George Clooney's gf, Amal A, looks perfect in those sorts of colours.

I think this is the H&M skirt I tried on. It comes to my knee, and I'm avg height. Just how tall is this model?

Stokey Thu 22-May-14 14:55:32

Seems like there is a small sale at LKB at present. Pretty pointy flats around the £100 (rather than £180) mark if anyone is feeling flush

Is it in store? I can't see it online

Stokey Thu 22-May-14 16:59:24

Online too Belinda

There is a "sale" button at the top of the website & if you click on that you see some discounts

Ponks Thu 22-May-14 22:30:55

Also 25% off a lot of the new stock at Hobbs this weekend, and some big reductions at Jaeger too if anyone likes work clothes from there.

(Hello BTW smile, have been following this thread with interest as need inspiration re work clothes - love your blog Belinda)

EduardoBarcelona Fri 23-May-14 07:01:27

It's non uniform day at work. I'm in the bath. Pondering

Thanks Ponks, I love Jaegar and have some stuff from there that's lasted really well.

Ed - do you like no uniform/dress down days? I've just come back from a conference in a field - clothes were really tricky to get right.

EduardoBarcelona Fri 23-May-14 10:08:27

I do when you don't have to factor in torrential rain

Hi Ponks, and thank you. smile

Oh Bill outdoor grass events really call for flats and wedges, which is v annoying as the only heel I REALLY like is a stiletto one.

Bearleigh Fri 23-May-14 13:20:38

Belinda are you planning to feature Uniqlo on your review-a-shop blog section? I was wearing a Uniqlo (ordinary range) silk T shirt the other day that a friend who works in very high end fashion admired greatly - she thought it looked really expensive, and it's already been washed a number of times.

I have a couple of photos from Uniqlo, but your post has reminded me, Bearleigh that I need to go to a well stocked branch and do a trying on session. Will do - thanks! And well done on finding such a lovely sounding top.

Btw 2 of my best belts have come from Uniqlo - definitely somewhere to look for belts. Am wearing a Heattech cami today: such a wonder product. It pills v quickly, but for layering to keep warm, it's the best.

Actually, would stacked / chunky heels be Ok For outdoor grass events, do we think??

Stokey Fri 23-May-14 14:48:55

They are better than stilettos as they don't sink into the grass. I've destroyed countless pairs of held at marquee style weddings angry

I got married somewhere hot, no sinky ground in sight, so could wear 5" heels

Stokey Fri 23-May-14 14:49:48

That should be heels obv... Silly predictive text

I also got married somewhere hot (Sydney) where the ground is dry and heel friendly. How considerate of me, for my guests!

I think anything other than stilettos/kitten heels are fine. Stilettos often a no no at many historic venues too.

My event was very casual, trainers and wellies, so no real issues.

Im really looking forward to finally being able to go in a uniqlo store! <saddo>

2 weeks til my Bluewater trip smile

LaTrucha Sat 24-May-14 09:22:36

JK54 gives 30% off at Baukjen today. Apparently they are doing a new offer every day for the next 4 days, so if you've got your eye on something, sign up for their emails.

Still very expensive though!

EduardoBarcelona Sat 24-May-14 09:58:51

it IS expensive for a bit of stretch viscose

I don't own anything from Baukjen,but it always looks good. Just so expensive.

Desperate am smile at your trip.

I've just ordered a black j Crew Tippi jumper. I have the navy, and wasn't sure about the straight shape, but it's grown on me. And, to be honest, reading Laura Fantacci (WIT) and someone else in Red magazine, rave about them has tipped me over the edge into getting another. I've bought it BNWT from the US, where it will be £40, w import duties. Will buy a grey one in the UK sale.

Brillenbar Sat 24-May-14 16:27:04

Belinda I am wearing the grey tippi now. It's lovely I get a lot of wear out of it, a very pretty grey.

What do people think of the old lady brands out there ( like viyella and austin reed)? I have a v important court hearing coming up, and to boost confidence I have ordered a couple of suits from austin reed. This one and with the matching skirts. Seems v good value for pure wool. I'm looking for a short sleeved cream shell top, round neck, not totally poly. Have come across one in the viyella Ella range, and one on jaeger outlet. But although I need to be very conservative, I don't really want to be channeling early 60s Tory wife .....

Have also bought the office darling dorsay in black as I love the snakeskin so much. But not for court ...

Brillenbar - oh that is good to know re Tippi, thank you! I always went for classic styling and the best quality I could afford w my suits. Fashiony tops or shoes, or accessories, but always classic suits. Those Austin Reed jackets look to be fantastic value, esp for stretchy wool - they should fit and wear well.

When is this brand going to come to the UK??

Bearleigh Sat 24-May-14 21:03:47

Some of those Austin Reed suits look very good. You might need to have the skirts tapered in a little to de-Toryfy them, but otherwise there seemed to be some good basics. I must pop in next time I am passing. I haven't been to Austin Reed for years.

Brillenbar Sat 24-May-14 21:30:57

I will need to get the skirts altered as I am 5 ft 1 and have to get everything that is not petite fit altered, and I'd never thought about a bit of tapering, but it makes sense, so will see how they fit. Have a good local tailor. Also have a sewing machine but I never quite get round to it.

Thanks Belinda the Ted baker top is lovely and I'd much prefer silk for all the usual reasons. I am kicking myself for not having bought the one I wanted a few months back in banana republic, but it's always the way.

Am I alone in finding jaeger and austin reed websites utterly depressing? I mean the stuff is nice, but it's just presented so badly!

Brillenbar Sat 24-May-14 21:37:01

Belinda I've been meaning to ask have you sorted your pointy silver flat dilemma yet?

Those websites are depressing! As are Jones the Bootmaker and TM Lewin's websites. Dire.

I bought a sewing machine recently. Still not used it. Soon, soon. [hopeful]

No! Still no silver pointed flats. I'd happily take almond toed, too. I am thinking of buying a pair on eBay (BNWT) from America. The problem is that I only want leather, and no frills or bows. I've been wondering whether I should just get the BODEN mini wedges? I'm not a wedges fan, but maybe it's fine when it's a low wedge.

cromwell44 Sat 24-May-14 22:43:20
cromwell44 Sat 24-May-14 22:46:00

Sorry the link isn't great. The site's awful but if you search for flats and sort by price they're about £36.

HazleNutt Sun 25-May-14 08:57:34

Has anybody seen any nice, colourful work trousers that are not carrot-shaped? I can't wear the tapered ones, way too tight on my lower legs, but miles of room around waist, but that's all there seems to be this year. That or black/beige/gray.

Brillenbar Sun 25-May-14 09:04:23

Belinda I am going to the states next week and will be going to a BR outlet store will look for the silver flats for you

Littlepinkpear Sun 25-May-14 12:24:55

Peeks out from under a milky muslin, hello ladies I'm still trying to keep up! Lots of packages this week but I've had no time to try anything on properly as DD is feeding like a maniac.
I have a massive boden order, ASOS and oasis stuff to try sitting in the hall. I caved and got some new black Birkenstock Madrid sandals (fashion sheep I am)
Spotted a few things on the JCrew FB feed I like that I will try to order.
Like everyone else, my mango order has not arrived.... (The blue £40 blazer Belinda linked to at the start of the thread).
One handed shopping during the night feeds is bad for my wallet smile

EduardoBarcelona Sun 25-May-14 13:01:15

Mango best ordered from JL

Littlepinkpear Sun 25-May-14 13:56:14

Belinda, on the sewing front I joined the local WI sewing group when I bought a machine last year.

The ladies are all extremely knowledgable and have been a fantastic bunch to help me take things up/in and out. I've saved money on a tailor and the things I would never wear again. It's £2 a week, there's cake and tea and the chatter is hilarious. Best thing for my wardrobe I've ever done.

Littlepinkpear Sun 25-May-14 13:57:04

Eduardo, I guess so. I wonder if I order it today it will get here before the mango order hmm

maybemyrtle Sun 25-May-14 16:35:42

Belinda I thought of you and your silver flats hunt yesterday - there was a pair of perfectly unadorned pointy silver Dune flats in TK Maxx. Just the one pair though.

Littlepinkpear thanks, that's a fab tip about the WI. I just can't get the hang of my sewing machine (after 6 years that's pretty pathetic) and I really need someone to explain it to me!

Hmm, I DID out this morning, but the MN servers hung and ate my post. Hopefully they get their server issues sorted as it's v annoying, what w the slow posting etc.

Cromwell - oh the Jones website makes me both sad and irritated. Some of their things are really nice, but the website is abysmal. Anyway, I couldn't find the silver flats, but will look again, tonight, soon.

Brillenbar - you are going to the US And to a BR outlet? I daren't even get excited that they will have the silver flats, but if they do and they are US 8.5 (UK6.5/39.5), then I would be Oh So Happy! These shoes are like the Holy Grail!

I can find vinyl, I can find wedges, I can find tassles, I can find sling backs, and I can find ballets. But I cannot find simple leather silver pointed / almond toe flats.

That WI group sounds charming, pear. When the DCs are older, I hope it gets easier to do things like that. It's the dream, right? Says me to the lady with the newborn!

Myrtle - oh, thanks, will check the TKMaxx website. I went into my local one the other week and they didnt have anything, but will try online. I have spent hours looking for these shoes. God, why the hell didn't I just buy them when BR did them last year? "patience is a virtue", "good things come to those who wait"? No. Just buy the well priced shoes, if you like them and will use them. I think I need a red wine, don't I?!

I did "post" not "out". [eye roll]

Littlepinkpear Sun 25-May-14 21:20:55

I have to go back to my class ASAP. 9 willing and experienced babysitters are dying to meet DD2!

NumptyNu Mon 26-May-14 09:20:27

Hi there, I've just discovered your blog! As someone who struggles with styling for work this is a pleasure to read.

Would you consider looking at styling work clothes for short people one week??

EduardoBarcelona Mon 26-May-14 18:19:55

pinkpear - 9 babysitters to choose from? Sounds super!

numpty - sure, I will do a post about workwear for short / petite people.

Ed - oh that top is so pretty! I need to have a good look at M&S' latest offerings.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 26-May-14 20:25:09

Button back and lovely colour. Will report

The colour looks really lovely.

That top is lovely, looks like it should be really soft and I can never resist button backs!

belinda did you order anything from the Mango outlet in the end? Im tracking my order, its coming from Spain! Its arrived at Gatwick so should be with me soon. Not bad for £2ish delivery!

My basket emptied before I could check out. I did add a few things in, again, so will go back and have a look and see if I want them.

I have just ordered a J Crew Tippi round neck in black (BNWT from eBay) and just ordered the BODEN silver wedges (to try) so there isn't really any clothing budget left unless the item is Practically Perfect in Every Way.

Kefybaby Tue 27-May-14 08:32:04

First J Crew order ever arrived yesterday.
Dress: lovely colour and shape; however it is quite short (1-2 inches above knee) and (Belinda, close your eyes) it is polyester. I am wearing it to work today. Let's see...
Skirt suit: great jacket - really lovely. The skirt is again really short, especially for work. Perhaps I should have bought the next size up so that it can sit a bit lower on my thighs. Too late to return now as the next size up has sold out.
All in all, I am not convinced the clothes look as expensive as they are (although I cannot complain too much as the ones I bought were heavily discounted).

Bearleigh Tue 27-May-14 13:26:05

Belinda I was pleasantly surprised by a lot of the M&S stock in my local (so not very big) store the other week. My failure to buy anything was more down to my funny shape so things didn't fit quite right, than the style & quality.

cromwell44 Tue 27-May-14 13:43:41

Bearleigh - I've had a similar experience recently. I ordered lots of pencil skirts to top up my work wardrobe but all were too big or just not quite right on the waist. These was particularly nice but not when they bag around the bottom region smile and

EduardoBarcelona Tue 27-May-14 13:44:36

just started a sep thread ranting about arbitrary Zara sizing


Binkybix Tue 27-May-14 16:09:48

Hello, can I join pls?

Just to say that I go back to work from mat leave in a few weeks. I've just spent hours in Westfield Stratford and there was hardly any work wear! Is Oxford street better do people think?

It may be because I'm so out if the loop that I just don't recognise it when I see it! Will go back and read thread now.

Stokey Tue 27-May-14 16:23:35

Hi BinkyBix

I went to Stratford pre-returning to work last Easter and spent a small fortune in Reiss.

But actually when I got back to work, I realised I could probably have done just as well in more high street places. I do think Stratford has quite small versions of shops but there is a good little group around the ground floor near John Lewis of Hobbs, Reiss, Cos, Karen Millen and a couple of suit ones - Austin Reed & TM Lewin IIRC.

Upstairs the Zara and H&M are pretty decent, and lots of people on this thread mention Next & M&S.

I think Oxford St just has bigger versions - something like HoF is quite useful for gathering your ideas.

Good luck - it is tough

Hi Binky

Kefy - snap, I'm trying to finish a post about what I tried on at J Crew. Definitely one to buy at sale prices, but it loved their pencil skirt and their jewellery and shoes are loveliness.

Kefybaby Tue 27-May-14 19:32:08

Binky, I find Covent Garden quite good for work clothes stores. Hobbs, Banana Republic, Whistles, Gap, Jaeger outlet, to name but a few.

Bearleigh Tue 27-May-14 21:28:18

I do agree about Covent Garden and would add Agnès B. The Zara in CG is my favourite: big enough to have the good bits and not so big they get lost in the jumble. My favourite things from Zara have come from that branch.

Those M&S Skirts were very nice in theory Cromwell, especially the tile print one, such a shame the fit was off. This (in black) was my favourite M&S dress. The fabric is lovely and the design & everything looked really good. It could have cost a lot more money. Sadly my shoulders were too wide:

Someone with dark hair (& slim shoulders) would look gorgeous in it in pink!

Stokey Wed 28-May-14 09:58:45

I have dark hair and annoyingly skinny slim shoulders but that shade of pink is a bit too pastel for me.

Nice dress but not sure the shape is working on Emma Thompson (and she is far taller than I am)

I am not on here until I have finished the J Crew post, but... Have MASSIMO DUTTI fixed their website? I am on there now and I can actually see the clothes. It's amazing!

EduardoBarcelona Wed 28-May-14 22:39:46

If the. Weather doesn't buck up I Wont wear my pollen skirt

I wore a coat today. My skirts are ALL gathering dust.

MillionPramMiles Thu 29-May-14 08:43:49

You ladies all sound in the know so can I ask some advice? Where can I get short sleeve, non polyester tops to wear in a corporate-y office?

So far everything I've found has been one or more of:
too sheer
too loud colours/pattern
too low a neck (I'm petite and v necks are generally too revealing)
too tight in fit for warm weather (I think I'm after a blouse or loose t-shirt)
too big (I'm a short size 6 on top)
sleeveless (our office is a bit too conservative for something so daring...)

Shirts don't look great on me as am short bodied.
I found one silk/viscose top from Zara that was perfect. 4 years ago. And nothing since.

Have nothing to wear with my nice Zara cigarette trousers and have skirts gathering dust...sad

Hi million - are you on Pinterest? All of the tops and shirts that I think make great workwear are on my Pinterest workwear tops and shirts board. I can't link as on iPad, but if you look up workwearedit, that should bring it up.

EduardoBarcelona Thu 29-May-14 09:02:27

million i swear by the Boden ravello tops - especially 2013 version in cream which had pretty fluted sleeves

EduardoBarcelona Thu 29-May-14 09:08:41

How funny, Ed _ the mention if silk viscose w sleeves made me think of the Ravello top, too!

Stokey Thu 29-May-14 11:45:26

I find that Boden picture annoying - why does she have her bag in front of the skirt/shirt so we can't really see what it looks like?
A small thing I know but I find a lot of their photos don't display their clothes that well (and am at work so can't look at the vids)

Banana republic is pretty good for tops Million

MillionPramMiles Thu 29-May-14 13:05:39

Thanks all. I never think of Boden for conservative workwear but that top in navy could have been 'the one' (if they hadn't sold out). Though the length would probably be a tad long on me, might create a tuck-in do people find the sizes generally on Boden, do you tend to size up/down?

I do like BR Petite stuff so will check it out again. Have some good basic t-shirts from there but I think something looser for Summer is needed...

Belinda: how can I see what brand the clothes are on Pinterest (or will that be obvious if I join)?

Million - you don't need to join. Just click on any of the Pins that you like and it will display a big pic and the details, in which I include the brand, fabric, other details and cost.

EduardoBarcelona Thu 29-May-14 18:03:35

Try eBay for ravellos

EduardoBarcelona Thu 29-May-14 18:07:12

That marks jumper is lovely

The blue one? I like button backs but pastel colours are an absolute no on/for me.

EduardoBarcelona Thu 29-May-14 18:09:09

Plus. Found my usual style of thinner jeans at primark now do yella. Oh yes blinners. £8

EduardoBarcelona Thu 29-May-14 18:09:54