On the Run – A little bit of Hobbs in a Saturday outfit and some wardrobe editing

Do you ever have those moments when your children come up to you, most likely first thing in the morning, telling you that they don’t feel well and you scream in your head “But you can’t be ill today, I have to do such and such”?

That happened to me this week – twice in fact. Everything turned out OK in the end, thanks to understanding clients and a very accommodating husband who went to work at 7.30am on Friday to collect some work so that he could work from home that morning.  However on the second occasion, it could have all gone so horribly wrong because on that day I was due to shop with a lady whose wardrobe I had edited, in a very significant way, earlier in the week. Without that shop on Friday, she would have been one chilly lady. So when number 2 appeared and said he didn’t feel well, that’s when the scream occurred.  

I was working this morning, having been contacted by a lovely lady after she had read about me in Woman & Home. The only problem was, shortly before I was due to set off, I decided for some unknown reason, to edit my own wardrobe.  So that left me with little time to decide what to wear. In situations like that, you just have to go safe I reckon so this is what I wore…

My spotty Hobbs Bryony dress, which has served me well three times now.  You can see how I have styled it previously here (when I didn’t have to walk as far) and here (when I did). What really struck me, when looking back to find these posts, was that the second photo was taken on 16th March and it’s not a jot warmer now than then – which can’t be right.


I wore this navy coat today, which I spotted (forgive the pun) in H&M yesterday.  I really like the fabric – thick but not too thick, the narrow double breast…

and the detail on the back – together with the price, of £24.99

I also opted for my Hobbs navy patent brogues as they are really comfortable and I walk a fair way when out and about, dashing around in the shops.

Finally, when looking in Topshop’s window, I spotted these trousers which are the ones that I have in a different colour way, and which you can see here – I have to say, I am very tempted – although I am not sure about the ankle socks, I must confess.

Having decided that I should practice what I preach when it comes to editing wardrobes, over the next couple of days I will bring you photos of my efforts to de-clutter my own wardrobe – together with the end results.  No pressure there then.



  1. Nicola
    May 5, 2012 / 7:48 pm

    I love your blog, it has really made me think about what I wear. I was delighted by today's blog as finally you are wearing something I actually have! The H&M coat, I love it. However, do you not find that it sticks out a bit at the back just where the pleat is? I cant button mine as it just looks ridiculous from side. But I still love it, and what a bargain!

    • StyleGuile
      May 6, 2012 / 12:16 pm

      Hi Nicola – reporting back! I found that the pleat on the size 8 stuck out, especially when I did it up – as it was a bit snug. The size 10 was much better. Hopefully the need to do it up will disappear soon anyway!

  2. StyleGuile
    May 5, 2012 / 7:56 pm

    Hi Nicola – so pleased that you like the blog. I think that the pleat did stick out, until I unsnipped the stitch at the bottom which was holding it in place. I have also gone up a size but I still have the smaller one at home. I will do a bit of research tomorrow and report back!

  3. kathynewlyn
    May 5, 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Like Nicola, I really enjoy reading your blogs and find that I am thinking much more about to wear, or what my wardrobe 'needs'.(What it probably needs is editing!)I am also trying to ring the changes, and not just wearing the same top with the same skirt all the time, for example. It's also given me the courage to buy things a little out of my comfort zone.Love today's outfit. The dress and coat are lovely.

    • StyleGuile
      May 6, 2012 / 12:21 pm

      Hi Kathy – it's great to hear that you are ringing the changes a bit more and that you are trying things outside of your comfort zone. Hope that you are feeling better and looking forward to discussing some future posts with you.

  4. schoolgatestyle
    May 5, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    I don't know how you juggle it all and still deliver such a comprehensive blog at the end of every day. Super woman! Love the look today – very chic. Not so keen on the Topshop trousers – gorgeous in the darker colour but not sure about that shade. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend x

    • StyleGuile
      May 6, 2012 / 12:25 pm

      Hi Avril – wouldn't it be great to be wonderwoman and just whizz around a few times before changing outfits? Might be difficult to carry off the hotpants and corset top though. You may be right about the topshop trousers – they are remarkably similar to a Cath Kidston tea towel I have! Have a great weekend too. Loved the red jacket on your post. x

  5. Pret-A-Mummy
    May 6, 2012 / 5:59 am

    Love the shoes! I've been looking for some comfy flats for ages, will take a look now online. Your road looks just like my parents in law in Sutton cold field!

    • StyleGuile
      May 6, 2012 / 12:28 pm

      I think our road looks like many others – very 1920's/30's suburbia! If you like the Hobbs shoes, there is 20% off with In Style magazine this month. I thought long and hard before buying them because they were expensive but I think that they will prove worth it over time.

  6. Anonymous
    May 6, 2012 / 8:35 am

    I have that very same coat, it makes a wonderful evening coat too and also comes in a lovely pale grey, it's very Kate middleton I think! Your dress is gorgeous. Therese,x

    • StyleGuile
      May 6, 2012 / 12:30 pm

      Hi Therese – I love the sound of the coat in pale grey too – must take a look at that one. Thanks for the comment re the dress. Do you find your coat versatile? I plan on wearing mine with everything!

  7. poppys-style.com
    May 6, 2012 / 12:19 pm

    Love the shoes – I used to have a pair of Hush Puppies like these that I wore for school – dead trendy!:)

  8. StyleGuile
    May 6, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Ah, school days memories – such fun!

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