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bohemian fashion for frumpy mum!

(23 Posts)
unicorn Sat 02-Apr-05 18:49:34


I really like the hippy chic stuff out at moment.. but realise I am not 20 something... and I would look awful in most of it(thin straps, plunging necklines etc!)

What I think I probably could get away with, is a sort of longish, er well, Kaftan I guess, over some linen pants.

So any suggestions for pretty - not too expensive ones?

ambrosia Sat 02-Apr-05 19:14:42

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Blossomhill Sat 02-Apr-05 19:15:35

Yes, second primark. Loads of lovely cheap boho, hippy stuff

unicorn Sun 03-Apr-05 15:06:49

feel a trip to Primark is due.

Anyone else know what I mean re these long Kaftany things? Can't seem to find what I want anywhere.

I need it long enough to cover bum, with sleeves to cover arms, but loose enough to be comfy and cool for spring/summer.

Anyone seen something similar anywhere?

NomDePlume Sun 03-Apr-05 15:28:09

I got one from the Pilot outlet shop in Devon recently. It was a bargain too. Plain white with a fluted type sleeve and deepish v neck, is just below bum length.

unicorn Sun 03-Apr-05 15:55:01

that sounds the sort of thing, ta will take a look.

maisystar Sun 03-Apr-05 16:00:31

they do have a longish (knee length) kaftan tunic thing in primark. white or black with gold bits round the neck, really nice and a bargainous £8 i think

motherinferior Sun 03-Apr-05 18:31:29

Try Tesco, believe it or not; our local ones has some kaftans (they're more kurta tops, really, aren't they) in black, or orange (very fetching) or I think pink. Cheap.

Or if you want to be all liberalpinko you could splash out on the white empire ruffle top here

unicorn Sun 03-Apr-05 19:54:07

kurta tops... blimey see how untrendy I am- never heard of them!

Thanks MI.. will check out Tesco too.

Would quite like a colourful/patterned one tho...
any more ideas anyone?

tamum Sun 03-Apr-05 20:17:03

I like a lot of stuff from Bishopston Trading . It's all fair trade, and they've got a few things that might do, although they tend to use quite heavy cotton. Failing that there are quite a few things on eBay if you search on "kurta" (thanks to MI's superior knowledge!)

Miaou Sun 03-Apr-05 20:18:25

Me too, unicorn - ie frumpy mum seeking boho fashion! Only I'm a billion miles from the shops, so any internet suggestions, anyone?

motherinferior Sun 03-Apr-05 20:22:41

The Kew catalogue has some nice boho-ish stuff, but it doesn't seem to be online yet.

I fear I end up with a mumsy/boho crossover, really...mumbo?

hoxtonchick Sun 03-Apr-05 20:23:34

i was lusting over the kew catalogue yesterday MI - lovely colours. roll on summer... (ps your link doesn't work).

CountessDracula Sun 03-Apr-05 20:24:37

Monsoon have some

Smurfgirl Sun 03-Apr-05 21:28:39

Tescos. Oasis had some I think? For the kaftan thingys.

I would totally go for a tiered skirt and flats (flip flops?) easy to wear and yeah. And I am 20 and totally hippy chic and never wear thin straps or plunging necklines

snafu Sun 03-Apr-05 21:53:21

Dunno about mumbo, more like bumsy if the sight of me today in new (supposedly flattering) long raspberry-coloured flippy boho skirt is anything to go by. First time in ages I have thought 'Hmmm, clothes in magazines that might not make me look ridiculous' - wrong!!!!!!!

unicorn Sun 03-Apr-05 21:56:57

oh god... it's that image v reality thing isn't it snafu?

I used to wear this stuff when I was young/lithe and er 18!!!...

I still like it... and I'm sure there must be something suitable for the 'mature' lady (yak yak...... am I really that??!)

snafu Sun 03-Apr-05 22:02:22

I thought I looked great as well - when I left the house. Flip-flops, long skirt, vest top, very cute little sheer embroidered thing over the top. Then I sat around for three hours in the company of a load of twenty-three-year-olds in perfect jeans and devastatingly cool t-shirts and looked like what I was - overdressed, sweaty, chunky and frumpy. Gaaaaah!

WideWebWitch Sun 03-Apr-05 22:08:30

Oh no snafu! This is why I don't even attempt trendy.

unicorn Sun 03-Apr-05 22:12:46

awwwwwh I bet you didn't look as bad as you felt snafu... it's your own perception (self confidence - or lack of)

but I would suggest that you don't go out in the company of 23 yr olds - can't be good!!!!

(unless you too are 23, and I have done a unicorn foot in mouth classic !)

debs26 Sun 03-Apr-05 22:14:55

dorothy perkins have fab online sale atm

snafu Sun 03-Apr-05 22:19:46

unicorn - no, not 23 anymore!

But only 31 - surely still far too young to be feeling that I should just resign myself to crimplene elasticated waists and those Innovations catalogue tartan slipper-boot things...

motherinferior Mon 04-Apr-05 20:39:54

You need to move. Definitely. Come and live in my bit of Sarfeast Lunnon, at my most custardy I can still venture out of the house.

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