Wed 24th, Feb, 2016
Afternoon, morning, or evening beach cottage friends wherever you are in the world.
Another day another uniform, more things I grab as a stay at home mum/work at home mum… designed to throw on and not think about but look passable when out of the house – for me it’s all about day wear pieces in quality fabrics. I love items cut with, well, you know, the real woman in mind, to flatter the body when one is no longer 25…so, this is a look that works for me… thin, soft, floaty cotton shirts with buttons to the front (do it up when the muffin is playing up, or let it all hang loose), a great cover up that can take you from the supermarket to the beach, all the while keeping your tuck shops to themselves.
This is the kind of clothing I love to wear at this stage of life, semi floaty, comfy but not in that gypsy-on-the-beach thing that is all over the place, still casual but not….ehum…tent like…am not keen on looking like a walking bohemian teepee.
I need practical, feel good clothes, things than I can throw on in the morning for the school run, work in in the home office, dress up if needs be with a pair of ballets, a blazer, a few bangles and a good spray of something nice and, importantly, for my lifestyle here in Sydney, something that can take me from sofa, to the beach, out for a coffee and back to the sofa again.
And I’ve come to realise I always need a good layer…there needs to be something holding things in about my person…not quite at the corset stage but a well cut tank does loads for how I feel…layering, as the weather (hopefully) gets cooler I’ll throw a boyfriend (though in my day it was called grandad) cardigan over the top and cooler still throw on some skinnies or let it all hang loose jeans…while we are talking about what is covering the legs, let’s mention the shorts…you know what my legs are not what they once were (not that I realised that at that point that they were better than they are now) and there’s a little part of me that’s thinking shorts will swiftly be making an exit from my wardrobe…this would be worrying as I pretty much wear them every day in the summer here…so I double checked with myself and thought you know what, **** it, I’m comfy in shorts and my legs aren’t going anywhere (hopefully) anytime soon…so I’m wearing my shorts with the abandon of one of those gypsies on the beach (only I’ll be in the supermarket lugging bags of shopping)…I don’t want the world to see my muffin or my tuck shops but they are going to have to see the legs…
Oh and plimsolls…I love a good plimsoll…comfy and casual and always done very very well by the French and the Italians (be extremely wary of flat-footed copycats).
Oh and top it all off with sunnies to hide your make-up less state, as my friend Ange would say throw on some lipgloss, spray and go…
plaid shirt h&M (from the Divided dept - soft, thin and well cut)
singlet/tank top H&M (love their basics, wash and hold in well)
bangle Tiffany plimsolls Supergra (creme de la creme of the plimsoll world in my humble very long plimsoll wearing journey)
shorts Banana Republic (cut like a dream, the muffin can be tucked the leg flatters)
perfume Byredo Blanche