Immediately after having Mabel I just felt that nothing looked right or fitted properly. Like many new Mums I completely lost my style mojo.
My calves were swollen for what seemed like ages, as was my stomach (unsurprisingly) so a lot of my pre-baby clothes didn’t work, and I couldn’t stand the sight of my maternity wardrobe. What I did find made me feel more feminine/like I made an effort was a “Bardot” neckline, my shoulders were fine (!) and with a pair of high waisted jeans and some pretty shoes this became my go-to outfit for summer.
Unfortunately there wasn’t a whole lot to choose from at the time but now the shops are full of ever so slightly sexy off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that are neither necessarily too young and certainly not frumpy.
As any of you that read my fashion posts will know, my wardrobe is 50 shades of bloody grey. In a vain attempt to bring some colour into my life and flash a bit of clavicle, I am loving this subtle palm print bardot top from Oasis that you can see in the header image above. Whilst perusing the Oasis collection in general (Love Island fails to hold all of my attention) I also ordered myself this stripe flippy skirt. Oh my goodness I love it. Such a flattering shape and works well with a vest top and flats or a blouse and heels for evening. If you are in-between sizes I would recommend sizing up.
We went to London last week for various press days -the new season Oliver Bonas! you will LOVE it! and on the subject of skirts, this Oliver Bonas denim number – a closet staple, I like it with a white T and brown ankle boots or gladiators.
Oh and this rose print paperbag skirt. You probably need that as well.
Anyway I digress, back to London. We were invited to Izzy Judd’s “Dare To Dream” book launch afternoon tea and Lauren looked uber chic in a black bardot shift dress with sandals. Unfortunately nearly all sizes have now sold out but ASOS have one similar (only £15 and it’s available in quite a few colours) and for the ULTIMATE in (Brigitte) Bardot a gingham version too.
I on the other hand had a wardrobe malfunction (I’m not really made for city heat) and had to make do with jeans, a rather uninspiring camisole and melty make-up. Then Sophie Ellis-Bextor sat down next to me and apart from trying really hard not to appear like some kind of fangirl and blatantly stare at her eyeliner (perfect – obviously) I really wished I had packed a cute dress to wear.
Note to Self: Always pack an extra outfit. You never know who might sit next to you at an event. Also powder. ALL the powder.
Have you bought any Bardot? I am loving a little dab of NUXE huile prodigieuse golden shimmer multi use dry oil on collarbones.
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Photography by Adam Crohill