How Would You Wear…a Maxi Dress in Autumn?

Hello! How nice to see you again! The next FashFem post is out on Wednesday, so I’m easing myself back in with a post about, you know, pretty clothes and shiz. And you know I like to ask your advice from time to time.

I’ll be glad to see the back of summer. Or more accurately, summer clothing, which is all the things I despise: flimsy fabrics, sleeveless styles, and endless rails of frickin’ white linen. And don’t even get me started on bikinis. I’ll take cashmere and corduroy over cotton any time.

Having said that, I admire those who ‘do summer’ well. Part of me would love to dress like Courtney Cox in Cougar Town – colourful tailored dresses worn with covetable heels, tanned and toned bare arms and legs. Every year around this time think to myself, “Why didn’t I do summer like that, instead of swanning round in vintage nighties and flipflops, fanning myself cool with gas bills?!”

I wish to god I could purchase CC's upper arms. Not literally. That would be creepy and serial killer-ish.

Well, I’m a little behind on this one, but I decided to play the game before my beloved autumn well and truly descends: I bought two maxi dresses. Whoop! I have to say, they’re a dream to wear, but I’m sure I’m preaching to the converted. Everyone seems to live in them except  me.

And, as a bonus, I’m told that maxi dresses can actually be trans-seasonal – bargain. So, my question to you is…

…how would you style these two babies up … for autumn?

Dorothy Perkins

Sainsburys!!! (last of the big spenders...)

Which summer clothes will you be wearing in A/W?

Tell Mrs B all about it in the comments…



How Would You Wear…a Printed Jumpsuit?

Oops, I did it again.


It happens occasionally – I’m browsing for a perfectly practical item of clothing and I leave the shop with something über-trendy. This time the practical item was a pencil skirt. And the envelope-pushing item was a snakeskin-print jumpsuit. I know, I know.


I blame you. Or at least the blog. It was exactly the same with the velvet harem pants – being around fashion lovers can make us do crazy things, prompt us to get wild with our purchases. Don’t get me wrong, I think the jumpsuit is fabulous…but when I look at it, hanging on my bedroom door, I just wonder how the hell I’m going to get away with putting it on me, not least because it requires me to show my arms – the thought of which makes me want to live in a kaftan.




According to InStyle, I should be wearing it like so – all clashing prints and multiple bangles – but I don’t think that’s my bag. :



Nice shoes though.

So, as with the velvet harems, I turn to you, dear friends, and ask:

How would you wear a snakeskin jumpsuit?

Have you made any out-of-character purchases lately?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments…

UPDATE: want to see how I wore it? Read Outfit Post: the Jumpsuit Edition.

Needed: Help with Harems…

Well, reader, I did it. 

Ignoring my cautious conscience (and the snide comments of Mr Bossa, might I add) I daringly purchased a pair of harem trousers. In grey velvet. I drooled over these in an ASOS Revive post back in September, and, riding high on my recent tax refund, decided to bite the bullet. Only now they are hanging in my wardrobe, unworn and as yet unloved. 

I love them, they’re my thing, let it go.

This weekend I tried them with a figure-skimming black Uniqlo jacket, but it was too long, and played havoc with my proportions. Not one to fall at the first hurdle, I turned optimistically to the ‘Your Look’ section of January’s InStyle. “This being a season of velvet,” I thought, “there’s bound to be advice on styling up my harems.” To no avail. Eight different ways to wear lace, yes, but not a sniff of velvet. 

So at the risk of turning myself into a giant paper dress-up doll, I turn to you, my favourite fashionistas, and ask – how would YOU style these trousers?! 
Hit me with colour, shoe and silhouette suggestions…please.

Which items in your wardrobe have you struggled to style? 
Did you give up, or get help?!