On the Run – Three disasterous outfits in one day – impressive huh?!

You know how the saying goes when it comes to love – “it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”  Well when it comes to clothes I reckon that it’s “better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.”

Having had enough of jeans/trousers/chinos and with it not being warm enough for skirts or dresses with bare legs, coupled with a refusal on my part to wear thick tights with anything, I thought that I would style my pleated palazzos with a denim shirt for a day time look. I have tried this successfully in the past with a lacy navy skirt from Mango but with the palazzos….

Both my son and I decided that it was a bad move – but here’s the photo anyway.  Don’t say I don’t keep it real!

Having abandoned the palazzos in favour of trousers after all, I decided to add my huge lemon scarf from Zara.  There was a method to my madness believe me! I bought my scarf whilst shopping with a friend in Leeds one particularly cold weekend in May, on the basis that if we bought something wintery, the sun might come out.  So with that in mind I wore it today.  I am also fed up with wearing jackets and coats so thought that it would add some warmth – which it did but again it didn’t really work for me as it was just a bit too bulky – outfit number 2 disaster!

For outfit number three I just took the scarf off and this too didn’t work but the outfit illustrates a really good point, which is this…lighter patches on clothes act as highlighters and draw the eye in. In this case, the lighter patch is over my stomach with the result, I think, that it looks more rounded (unless I am just kidding myself, which is perfectly possible!) 

The same is true of the lighter patches on jeans, which are normally strategically placed over one’s thighs or one’s bottom. Now, if you are lucky to have very skinny thighs or a bottom to which you are happy to draw attention, that’s fine. If not, jeans with lighter patches probably aren’t for you so it’s better to look for an all over, even, dark wash.

My last outfit of the day was probably my most successful but unfortunately I don’t have a photo of it.  Shortly afterwards the sun came out (see, the lemon scarf did serve its purpose) and I threw on my old tracksuit bottoms, some green wellies and spent a few pleasant hours in the garden cutting down brambles, pulling up weeds and generally hoiking stuff out of the ground that shouldn’t be there.  Very satisfying indeed!

Tomorrow I have some exciting news about a new project I will be working on with Marie Claire, Look and InStyle Magazine (unless they see this post and decide that it’s not such a good idea after all) – and I will finally get around to announcing the winner of my Union Jack scarf competition.

Enjoy the sun – if you have some!  



  1. Alexandra P
    June 9, 2012 / 7:31 pm

    I always find boring basics really tough to pull together, I end up looking like Mad Max or Z list villains from a super hero film. I just can't get excited about, and refuse to spend much money on clothes that are likely to get trashed.

  2. Glamrosie
    June 9, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    Thank goodness you have bad days too Beth, you make every day outfits look effortless, thanks for sharing! Another thank you on the trouser front, I managed to find some chino's in Next after all! Not your fab blue ones as they didn't fit but a slightly different style. I made sure I thanked you in my blog!x

  3. Anonymous
    June 9, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    Hi, I have just discovered your blog and I wanted to say how much I enjoy reading it and looking at your outfits. I am 44 year old mum of 3 who lives abroad. I live in shorts and t-shirts which after many years is really boring. I enjoy seeing outfits that are smart but still casual. Thanking you x

  4. Anonymous
    June 10, 2012 / 9:43 am

    I'm really finding it a struggle to dress for work in this current weather. I refuse to go back to the winter gear I've stored away and definitely will not be wearing thick tights like yourself. What does this leave me with? A few inbetween dresses and skirts but I have no colour to my legs which haven't seen the sun since April (I can't bear the thought of fake tan). Help! p.s new to reading your blog and I am hooked!

  5. Anonymous
    June 10, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    Hi Beth, just wanted to thank you for all the ideas & inspiration you give us girlies. It's a real pleasure following your blog so keep up the hard work.

  6. Christine Simpson
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    I Love reading your blogs too ! Clothes are So Important ! And People really Notice ! 🙂

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