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I used to love bum 40...

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Karbea Mon 18-Feb-13 22:41:22

But her clothes just don't do it for me anymore sad I thought it was a phase, but it's now ages since I thought "wow! I love that look"... It's all a bit too casual and a tad err messy sad she just seems to have gone off the boil for me...

Has her style changed? or it's it something wrong with me? Should I check into Boden/Per Una???

MarshaBrady Tue 19-Feb-13 09:49:05

Also there are quite a few s&bers on there and it's nice to see their taste and what they would like to get.

I think the trick is to only follow people who post what you like, so check out their boards first.

carrie74 Tue 19-Feb-13 09:55:00

I still really like 40YO BUM (and twentymumthing and allwornout). I like the reality of it - seeing someone's interpretation of a trend on a real woman, who still has to cook the children's tea and fit in the school run (and in the case of TMT and AWO, also go to work - so a bit like me). I like to get ideas on clothes I can actually afford to buy and how to wear them, and admit to getting a little thrill when I see something I've bought on a blogger.

But seriously, bloggers, what's with the Zara quilted jacket? How do you all know at the same time?!?

AuldAlliance Tue 19-Feb-13 09:57:47

I look at the 40bum lady from time to time, and although I think she looks a bit peely wally, her style is fairly distinctive and has a nice self-deprecating note, as if she were aware of the superficialness of it all, though couldn't help doing it anyway.

However, I am a professional pedant and my teeth itch every time she writes beyond.

Three times in one single day's post:
the changing rooms in Gap in Tunbridge Wells are beyond revolting.
Stunning soft easy to wear denim, beautiful shade of washed, vintage looking fabric, beyond comfortable and an excellent length.
Beyond impressed and so so reasonable.

I know, I know - this means I am a certifiable old fart. But now it's got to me I can't get over it. Maybe I should do some therapeutic clothes shopping to get it out of my system?

LeChatRouge Tue 19-Feb-13 09:57:48

marsha thanks for linking those pins, it has led me to Olive My Love blog, one I haven't seen before, but really like.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 19-Feb-13 09:58:31

We're all telephathic wink

Or rather Belinda on AWO saw it on Susie SoSo and told me about it and I then rushed to purchase as still mourn the fact I didn't buy the Kate Moss for topshop version a few years back

GeorginaWorsley Tue 19-Feb-13 10:03:49

I love Bum 40,still my favourite blog,eagerly await her new posts!
she does seem recently to have been wearing very samey outfits,but given weather and time of year,that's normal surely.
I do wish she would wear dresses more,with boots ,and agree a decent coat would be my choice rather than all those layers.
Am not keen on the harem trousers either.
Like her new Zara quilted jacket though.

MarshaBrady Tue 19-Feb-13 10:07:30

Le Chat smile A good way to find new stuff, loads out there.

Just looked at 40 finally, she looks good, didn't read it will later.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 19-Feb-13 10:13:45

Forgot to add she shops in accessible shops in the main too,rather than designer
Used to like 'The online stylist ' but she seems to have moved to very expensive brands in main and always has a brand to plug now.
DMBl40 may be doing that surreptitiously but it all flows better and I like her more extensive writing.

scarlet76 Tue 19-Feb-13 10:24:20

I have tried many a fashion blog and seem to fall in and out of love with them all over time.
I do love bum 40 lady though. However, I'm a skinny 5ft nothing lady so what works on her is not always for me. However, she did lead me to the tartan over size H&M scarf which was a snip at £12 and has kept me toasty all winter. I enjoy her writing and her tweets.
Allwornout is another good one. The writing I find less interesting but they do have some nice clobber between them!
Each to their own but the more glossy ones leave me cold.
Anybody know if WIT will be making a come back?

thatlldonicely Tue 19-Feb-13 10:30:48

i've been following half a dozen of these blogs for six months or so and was beginning to think they were all morphing into one - all wearing skinny jeans, ankle boots & biker jackets in various budgets- schoolgatestyles photo at recent blog gathering confirmed this. This last post has made me laugh with 3 of them all in the same jacket. I guess this just shows how bored we all are of wearing the same thing day in/day out and the first snifter of anything slightly different is jumped on by those who like clothes and have fairly regular shopping outings. Reminds me of the days when on holiday with parents and spotting all the mums in the same M&S dresses!

freddiefrog Tue 19-Feb-13 10:36:15

I quite liked bum40 to start with it the writing style grates on me now, I find it a bit false and wittery.

Also, all the layers she's wearing at the moment does nothing for me, I liked spring/summer/autumn, but I don't like the million layers look and scarves

ClaudiaCutie Tue 19-Feb-13 10:39:29

Huge thanks to the MN person who highlighted the "Forever Amber" blog. I've always admired Atlantic Pac & Wendy's Look book but the clothes are incredibly expensive and often only available in USA. Instead, Amber takes Dotty Perkins dresses and cheap stuff off the net, and manages to make things look incredibly pricey and glamorous. And she's pleasingly honest about having a coat tucked just out of shot on a cold day. Her ideas really pushes me into thinking harder about using cheaper things and styling them well.

snoworneahva Tue 19-Feb-13 10:42:50

Bum40 is still my favourite blog. I'm not keen on some of her stuff - like the ash wedge trainers and the longer than knee length cardigans but she is entertaining, light hearted about fashion - a bit of fun like fashion should be. Some of these blogs take fashion a bit too seriously - it's not healthy! smile

ujjayi Tue 19-Feb-13 10:48:27

I don't think Kat's look is remotely distinctive. She dresses the same as most of the mothers I know of similar age. Just doesn't inspire me at all.

I want to read blogs that function more along the lines of Vogue - ie the clothes may be out of budget/too quirky/not entirely suited to lifestyle but that inspires you to produce your own take on it rather than cloning.

I agree most of us have a uniform or specific look but hopefully that's related to individual style & confidence rather than following the latest mum trends/what looks good at the school gates etc. I also think that when you've not worn anything but jeans for a while anything else seems absurdly dressy and a bit "try hard".

AmberNectarine Tue 19-Feb-13 10:49:03

Another blogger called Amber? The outrage! and she's prettier than me, grrr

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 19-Feb-13 10:59:10

Surprised so many people like Bum Lady's writing style tbh. She seems a lovely person but I think she goes on too much and it's all a bit gushy for my liking. And I get really irritated by all the stories of her husband being 'persuded' she 'needed' that expensive necklace / rose gold watch etc.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 19-Feb-13 10:59:26


nipersvest Tue 19-Feb-13 11:16:11

i like bum 40. the outfits have become very samey of late but i think that's more down to the crap weather we've had, so can be forgiven. at least most of her ideas are high street.

MissBeehivingUnderTheMistletoe Tue 19-Feb-13 11:39:25

Thanks casabevron - I'll have a look

TBH - I can understand why there aren't more workwear blogs - it's as much as I can do you get children/animals and self organised in the morning without taking a photo but it would be nice to see other people's style. Maybe we can do a "what are you wearing today" with pictures one day. That would be fab - I'd love to see what other posters are wearing.

rubytutu Tue 19-Feb-13 11:56:22

I was just looking at that quilted jacket last night after seeing it on the wornout blog, think will order although just read that the medium is a bit tight, can anyone else comment on its sizing? I like bum40 but agree she needs to post more going out outfits, writing style is ok, used to be more amusing but maybe she is stuck in a rut. Also agree winter weather does not help. I like the blogger who decided to wear a different outfit every day for 50 days, can anyone remember what it is called? I also like Poppy's style as she is more averagely sized around a 14 I would guess and it gives a different perspective due to being in the US.
Beehiving that is a great idea if you can be anonymous ie no face shots! Well for me anyway, wouldn't want to be accosted at the school gates!

MissBeehivingUnderTheMistletoe Tue 19-Feb-13 11:58:56

Strictly NO Head Shots ruby

rubytutu Tue 19-Feb-13 12:05:21

Ok count me in then!

GeorginaWorsley Tue 19-Feb-13 12:41:27

See I don't want Vogue style clothes or budget,enough glossies around for that.
I want clothes I cam buy myself,maybe from shops I don't usually look in or styled in a new way.
Kat from Dmbl40 my favourite by far.
Think spring will be better, post Xmas so dreary fashion wise!!

QueenCadbury Tue 19-Feb-13 13:02:29

amber I need a link to your blog again (can't be arsed to go through mnv vol4 for it!). Have tried to google you but you don't seem to come up.

CointreauVersial Tue 19-Feb-13 13:25:28

I like Kat; I'm not quite as tall as her, but we have fairly similar build and style but not budget.

I'm another one bored to tears by Atlantic Pacific and her ilk, swanning about in high-end clobber with their noses in the air. Wendy just about gets away with it because her writing is sweet, and she looks little a little dress-up dolly.

Generally I like to see real people, buying stuff I can get on the high street, maybe styling it in an interesting way.

I also wish there was a decent workwear equivalent; that's one area of my wardrobe that really needs shaking up, particularly as I spend more days dressed for work than casual.

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