Mum on the Run – All change! Time for a (daytime) dress so I’m calling on the Whistles Isabella

“Time for a change” I thought this morning when I woke up. It’s been trousers all the way of late so today I decided to break the habit and to wear a dress instead. Tomorrow it’s going to be a skirt. I know! Radical or what?!


This Whistles drop waist dress (hugely reduced in the sale the last time I looked) is a good day time dress for me – warm, loose enough to get a couple of layers underneath and with a decent length to it. It ticked the right boxes for the styling work that I was doing today too.

The scarf was a Christmas present from my Mum. It’s an M&S scarf with swans printed on it and the bag you have all seen before lots of times. I was using it yesterday for work as it’s a good size to get everything in. As I was home late last night I didn’t have time to swap it before heading out this morning but it worked fine so that was OK.

I also wore my faithful Boden spotty coat which I bought 11 years ago. A lady came up to me when I was working and asked me where I had got it from. She absolutely loved it and was desperate to have one. When I explained that it wasn’t available any more because it was so old she said “Ah, that’s why it’s so lovely. It’s antique. You look like an antique in it.” Hmmm. That’s a new one to add to the list!

For those who have asked about the bag before, I checked at Orla Kiely, Bicester, when I was there on Saturday but this particular one isn’t available any more. They thought that the style was called “Ivy” but I have a feeling, from looking at the clutch style that I have, that it’s called “the coloured ring” something or other in “sky.” There are similar styles in different colours or there’s a bag from Radley that I have seen in pretty much the same colour. However it’s not online so I will make some enquiries with Radley and try and bring a pic to you. Just in case anyone would like one!



  1. Sian
    February 7, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    You look great in this….only one thing that I would change for me and that is that I would wear knee high boots with it.

    • StyleGuile
      February 11, 2013 / 2:38 pm

      Hi Sian – Thanks for dropping by. I can see that knee high boots would be an option but whilst I like them on others, they're just not for me right now. Of course now I've put that in print, it's bound to change!

  2. Carol Li
    February 8, 2013 / 8:08 am

    I love how you have layered a shirt under the dress to add a pop of

    • StyleGuile
      February 11, 2013 / 2:39 pm

      Hi Carol Li – thank you! love the colour of the t-shirt you are wearing on your profile shot!

  3. kathynewlyn
    February 8, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    Love everything about this outfit! Perfect 🙂

    • StyleGuile
      February 11, 2013 / 2:36 pm

      Hi Kath, lovely to hear from you. How is Cornwall? Thanks re the outfit too!

  4. Anonymous
    February 9, 2013 / 1:53 am

    Lovely dress but dont think the boots do anything for the outfit.

    • StyleGuile
      February 11, 2013 / 2:35 pm

      Dear Anonymous – thank you. I love the dress too.

  5. Life, Loves......
    February 9, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    Great dress and great front door!J

    • StyleGuile
      February 11, 2013 / 2:35 pm

      Thanks J. I'm not allowed to change it now. The door that is, not the dress.

  6. Siobhan Hunt
    February 11, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    Love the dress but I am so jealous of that bag….I love orla kiely bags, the leather ones in block colours rather than the print.

    • StyleGuile
      February 11, 2013 / 2:34 pm

      Hi Siobhan – me too! I love Orla Kiely bags and I think if I could only ever own one brand of bag for the rest of my life it would be those. Bicester always comes up trumps for me.

  7. Siobhan Hunt
    February 11, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    Love the dress but I am so jealous of that bag….I love orla kiely bags, the leather ones in block colours rather than the print.

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