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jeans + more - recommendations puh-lease! I'm desperate

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motherpeculiar · 31/07/2005 18:34

my first time posting on style but hoping you gurus of same can help me out

DD2 is now almost 4 months old and good god am I ready to go shopping for some new clothes. I am fortunate in that my old jeans do fit (cunning hipsters which don't need to go up as far as still flabby belly ) but they are about to fall apart, stich from threadbare stich

to cut a long story short, am going shopping tomorrow (probably to bluewater as am kind of keen to avoid oxford st at the moment) and want to buy lots of stuff, including some new jeans

I am a bit pear shaped, normally size 10ish on top (although bf'ing boobs make me a 12-14 just now) and about a 12-14 on the bum.

anyone got any GREAT jeans tips to suit me? I am about 5ft 6ish. Prefer darkish jeans to really light coloured ones, prefer indigo to black, will consider anything that makes me look svelte and 6 ft tall (a girl can dream) or even non-lumpy and 5ft 6ish will do.

Please help me - I am bad at jeans buying and the only pair I've ever loved (from gap a couple of seasons ago, slimline hipster capri pants with turn-ups that I turned down so they work as regular jeans too iyswim) are about to depart this world.

if you've gotten this far, any tips for tops much appreciated too - I am sick sick sick of my set of interchangeable t-shirts which can be hoiked up for breastfeeding - I want something more trendy and interesting

finally - a wrap around dress? for when I go back to work and don't have to hoike...

I am depending on you all to radically transform my wardrobe. HELP ME!

(would love to say money is no object, it's not true really but I am prepared to splash out for something that really suits me...)

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compo · 31/07/2005 18:36

boot cut jeans always do my size 10 top and 12/14 bottoms a world of favours!


WigWamBam · 31/07/2005 18:37

Gap Long and Lean jeans are meant to be a superb fit ... I haven't worn them myself because I don't fit into Gap sizes but several friends wear them and swear by them.


motherpeculiar · 31/07/2005 18:41

will try Gap again then , and also look out for boot-cuts, thanks

forgot to say - I need a bit of stretch in them too as if I am not comfortable I turn really nasty!

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bubblerock · 31/07/2005 18:47

Definately Bootcut or you will look like a spinning top. Also faded bits down the front of the legs make your legs look slimmer. Make sure they have pockets on the bum or it looks like a huge area of arse

Since DS2 I've felt more secure with a higher waist to hold the belly flab in, I'm only a 10 but still have a jelly belly. I hate having to hold it in all the time.


motherpeculiar · 31/07/2005 18:52

certainly don't want to look like a spinning top thanks!

any other brands I should look out for to avoid the Spinning Top look?

like the faded bits in the front bit - although I think you have to be careful with that or you can look a bit piebald

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bubblerock · 31/07/2005 19:01

It's really hard to find a good comfy pair of jeans isn't it? What about going to a shop with lots of different jeans and spending a while trying them all on. I really liked River Island jeans for a while although haven't bought any recently.
Don't get ones that are too snug but remember they will give after you've worn them a while and there's nothing worse than a saggy ass - Have you got any friends as blunt as me that you could take with you?


lunachic · 31/07/2005 19:24

next have a good choice good quality at reasonable prices
the ones here are the petites range (all available in longer lengths) they have 4 lengths (not in every style) and if you flick through the rest of the catalogue they have loads more styles available in regular length and long (and some in extra long
click on the small image for a decent pic


lunachic · 31/07/2005 19:26

i just got the military style cropped jeans (last in middle row) and thyre fab !


lunachic · 31/07/2005 19:28

what about tunic tops worn baggy ?
in the end i got sick of bf tops and just fed anyway (did try to be discreet dont know if i always managed it )


Ameriscot2005 · 31/07/2005 19:29

£3 jeans from Tesco - worth the risk, eh? (although they are very indigo).


motherpeculiar · 31/07/2005 20:01

what are YOU doing tomorrow BubbleRock? nope, I have no friends as blunt as you unfortunately, DH has volunteered to come but he is far too polite! BTW - how did you know about my perpetually saggy arse?

lunachic - I like the 3/4 length military ones you got a lot, and they have the requisite 2% stretch to save me from becoming totally horrible to everyone around me (this constant striving for comfort may go some way to explaining the sagginess mentioned above though)

ameriscot - £3 - have you tried them?

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motherpeculiar · 31/07/2005 20:06

btw Lunachic - I've never worn a proper BF top - always just tshirts which I yank up. I'd imagine I am rarely discreet, but I am fairly fast! just sick sick sick of the same old boring old plain old tshirts.

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Ameriscot2005 · 31/07/2005 20:08

Yeah - I have a couple of pairs. Easy to slip into your trolley along with 2 packets of sausages!

They are a bit blue though - bringing back 1970s memories.


lunavix · 31/07/2005 20:09

Next definately, but you have to try them on. I buy in the sale as the £35 ones seem to suit much better than the £17 ones, so when half price in the sale are muchbetter value!


lunachic · 31/07/2005 20:10

tunic -baggy enough(partially) to hide baby under very fashionable and long enough to hide bum
ive got this one on now (in pink) !
theres some nice ethnicky ones in warehouse


lunachic · 31/07/2005 20:16

ps im wearing it with a pair of (next) dark /slightly faded denim capri pants (bought in sale) and pink birkenstocks !!


motherpeculiar · 31/07/2005 20:17

1970 memories are GOOD imo Ameriscot. I remember my big sisters taking me to get my very first pair of Levis in the 70s. I also had what I thought were a VERY fetching pair of VERY blue jeans with a patch pocket on the front featuring an appliqued American Indian Chief's head. No pockets on the back though so BubbleRock would never let me wear them now!

Ah, the memories. Might just have to get me a pair of those £3 jeans whether they suit me or not now.

Lunachic - nice tunic, bet it is good with your next jeans. Will check out warehouse tomorrow too if they have one in bluewater.

DH is going to hate you all as I will be like a woman obsessed (which, let's face it, I am)!!!!!

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motherpeculiar · 31/07/2005 20:19

ooooh, have always loved pink birkies I bet you have your toenails painted a nice colour too! I have a rather pretty pair of sage green suede birkenstock rip offs from Shelly's that I like a lot too.

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lunachic · 31/07/2005 20:21

warehouse online


bubblerock · 31/07/2005 20:21

LOL - I'm sure you'll look fab whatever you go for the fashion police!!!.....


lunachic · 31/07/2005 20:35

try and find a primark if your shopping my beautiful and stylish hairdresser shops there and always looks stunning and trendy
the clothes are v cheap and not the worst quality


motherpeculiar · 01/08/2005 10:05

any of the monday team got any further thoughts? am off shopping in approx 30 minutes...

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mandymac · 01/08/2005 10:18

Ring Top shop and see if they do personal shopping. Tell them you want wrap or button through tops and jeans & whatever else and if they have personal shopper, she can pull it together for you to try on. Also, normally have special spacious changing room if you have this service, with room for buggy, chilled water for you etc. I did this a few weeks ago and was great, will defo do it again and its free!

typing in rush to hit your deadline.


motherpeculiar · 01/08/2005 10:41

thanks mandymac - will definitely do this later in the year in Oxford circus - thanks for the tip

today am just off to bluewater and the TS there is small so I doubt do personal shopping, although I will check

thanks for typing so fast too

am off now

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