I love the dark colours and the print (which means it hides the dirt well, which is part and parcel of life with three young children), and the material means it doesn’t crease easily. I love this kind of top – in fact, as you’ll know from previous posts, I have quite a few in different colours. Once upon a time, I would have worn this kind of top for a night out to the pub. But these days, I don’t go out very often, so they’ve been promoted to daytime wear.
I’ve been wearing it with these faded blue cropped jeans, £16 now reduced to £10, from Tesco F&F. I find cropped jeans so useful at this time of year when it’s not warm enough for a summer dress but too hot for full-length jeans. I bought these same cropped jeans last summer but in a darker shade too, as I mentioned in this post. I’ve been pretty impressed with how well they’ve washed and kept their shape, so I was happy to invest in another pair.
I’ve been wearing it with this rich red cardigan from Oasis, also in the sale, reduced from £25 to £18. I have cardigans similar to this in a few colours – a hot pink one I got as a present from Joules, and a coral one from Tesco, which I mentioned when writing about this outfit. They’re so versatile and perfect for when it gets a little chillier.
I feel like I am slowly getting there with my wardrobe overhaul. As I’ve mentioned, I spent the best part of six years confined to maternity clothes and ones I could breastfeed in, with my weight up and down in between. My whole wardrobe was full of clothes that were either too big, too small, too stretched or too faded and worn – and feeling so dowdy was really getting me down. I don’t have loads of spare money to spend on clothes sadly, but I desperately needed to invest in myself. It’s hard when you have children to find inspiration for clothes that look semi-stylish but which are practical for life as a mum too. But I’m feeling a lot more confident about actually having something I am happy to wear when I open my wardrobe these days.
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