Jul 27, 2012

Fashion Advice

As a mother, finance sector worker and minimally groomed lazy person, I am uniquely unqualified to give advice on fashion. However like most of us I believe I have some expertise in this area, so here goes.


  • Ignore all that advice to only buy a small number of expensive, well-tailored items of clothing. It's fine in theory but not much fun in practice. And leaves you very little room to express yourself unless you are quite wealthy.

  • Do not buy anything asymmetrical, unless you are prepared to toss it after one season. That means no mullet tops, girlfriends. No, they will not "come back".

  • Don't bet too heavily on "classic" pieces, as you will not guess correctly and they will still date. More often than the so-called "classic" pieces, it tends to be the unusual, edgy or whimsical stuff you can wear for years. (Um, unless it's asymmetrical).

  • Unless you are fairly slim, don't bother with a "classic white shirt." Knitted tops under jackets work better on more body types, and are more comfortable. (Am I alone with shirts pushing bra straps off my shoulders? Am I?!)

  • Kaftans are great over bathing suits. I wear mine in the water! (To anyone in my vicinity on the beach: You're welcome).

  • I fall for this again and again and I kick myself every time: do not fall for cheap shoes! I have a cupboard and rubbish bin full of broken/worn crappy shoes. What keeps me doing it is that every now and then I pick up something fantastic that lasts and looks great - but not often enough to outweigh all the others.

  • Don't be too matchy-matchy. Also avoid the "checkerboard" (top, bottom and shoes in alternating colours). Except if you try it and it looks good of course.

  • Other than hems, don't bother getting things altered. It's too expensive for the cost of most clothes, unless you are buying quite expensive clothes. But then if you're buying expensive clothes they are less likely to need altering.

  • Dress to suit your body shape but don't over-worry it. Skinny jeans suit no one so if everyone's wearing them then you can too.

  • A small number of "don'ts" really are timeless and one of them is this: do not ever fall for fluoro/neon. Ever.


  • Coloured shoes go with much more than you think. Any pale colours are excellently versatile.

  • Embrace the loafer's return, for it is good-looking and so bloody comfortable. (I'm on the hunt for some yellow ones...)


  • Big earrings or a necklace, but not both (at least that's my personal phobia for my own self).


  • Avoid over-complicated scarf-knotting, because everyone knows you worked too hard on it.
  • Avoid 1950's and 60's retro and rockabilly because I personally am over it.
  • Leave the term "vintage" for real collectors' items. For everything else, please use the terms "second-hand" or "old".

Now, if you want some REAL fashion advice for the real world, try these sites instead:

Where the advice on any of these sites conflicts with mine, you should definitely take theirs. Unless you are me, as I will stick with mine.

What about you? Do you have any fashion advice for us?

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  1. That is all excellent advice, Jackie. Especially the bit about white shirts (my bra straps fall off my shoulder too) over knitted tops and the fact that a few classic pieces isn't very useful.

    Oh, and that it's the quirkier stuff you can wear for years as it is different to what other people have. I have a black and hot pink skirt (sounds awful, but isn't) that turns ten this year and I still get compliments when I drag it out!

  2. Thanks Kath. Glad it's not just me with the bra straps. I'm sure your skirt is just lovely, though it does sound ... "unusual"... :)

  3. Ha mullet tops!! I have no real advice except avoid white whn you have kids or a travel coffee mug which always spills!! loved this!!

    1. Oh, very good points. Yes, I avoid white too though to be fair I was not trustworthy with it before I had kids either.
      And yep, travel mugs...!

  4. Oh thank you! I need all the fashion advice I can get and always read the so called 'experts' and think 'really?? that might work if you look like a stick but I am pretty sure that aint gonna work for me!'

    Mind you my idea of fashion is a new colour of converse and some target jeans! LOL

    1. Me too on all those points!
      Great linky Kate, thanks.

  5. Very funny! (It's sad but I don't need fashion advice any more. As long as I wear a bra outside of the house--with a shirt over it of course, and I don't "see" any stains on my unique, found-at-the-thrift-store T shirt! I'm good to go! It's dressing up for those date nights I worry about!)

    No matter what, I gotta have my legs shaved. I still have some dignity left!

    1. I think you qualify very well for my brand of fashion advice Lisa!

  6. do not ever fall for fluoro/neon. Ever.


    1. Hard and fast rule right!!
      Thanks for reading :)

  7. Excellent tips! I agree, always avoid cheap shoes. Rachel x

  8. That's pretty good advice! You're so right about cheap shoes, my motto is 'buy cheap, buy twice'. Visiting from Dr Bron ;)



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