Mum on the Run – A few High Street Heros – including a sharp trouser suit

Trouser suits have been hailed as one of “the” new looks of the season yet on the High Street they are actually few and far between.

Most of the trouser suits featured in the magazines easily come in at £350 plus and that’s not a small amount to pay. So I was excited to see this trouser suit when I was in Mango today.  It’s made in a lovely fabric and is very different to the traditional suiting prints/fabrics that are out there. Not a pin stripe, fleck or check in sight!

This is the Mango Blazer which at £59.99 is a fantastic price. It could easily have walked off the rails at Whistles. I love the panelling which makes it striking but still smart enough for work.

These are the Tapered suit trousers (£49.99) which go with the jacket. They are a great shape – really modern and as the name suggests, they taper in to the ankle, finishing at a flattering length. They make such a great change from either bootcut or wide trousers, which are the shapes of most trouser suit trousers.

With these Leather ankle strap sandals (£59.99) – I know that I featured them earlier in the week but they really are great – this is a really sharp and smart outfit for work.

Whilst in Mango I saw this Ethnic fabric jacket (£79.99) which again looks great with the above sandals. What I really l liked about this jacket, aside from its print and colour, is the fact that it has a really great weight to it, such that it could be worn as a coat in its own right some time soon.

Finally I wanted to show you this Pleat back shirt dress (£55) from Warehouse (apols for the grainy picture, Warehouse ones are never great). It’s a lovely style because unlike shift dresses which are fairly square, straight up and down and a little work like and prom style dresses, which have lots of pleating around the tummy area, this one has a slight fullness to the skirt but is nipped in at the waist with a belt, giving it a lovely shape.  I find this style of collar works with lots of different bust sizes and the top few buttons can be undone to create the illusion of a v-shape neckline, which is more flattering on a curvier bust. The sheer fabric at the top of the dress also helps to break up the chest area.  The dress skims without clinging and is slightly longer at the back than at the front, giving it a modern shape. The pleating down the back is really pretty too.

I would probably change the belt to a slim tan leather one or a bright skinny one and wear it with block or wedge heels, or classic courts for work.  Anyway, it’s just an idea for anyone who is looking for a dress which can be styled up or down and which needs to work very hard for them.


  1. Treasuresnpleasures
    March 22, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    That jacket is just gorgeous Beth, I sometimes wish I had to be more formal at work then I'd have an excuse to buy lovely suits all the time.

    • StyleGuile
      April 2, 2013 / 8:20 pm

      Hi, I feel exactly the same – wish I had an excuse too!

  2. The Flaky Fashionista
    March 23, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    Stunning jacket; just love it!

    • StyleGuile
      April 2, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      Hi Helen – perhaps we should all buy one and share it around. I really like it too – just need a reason to buy it now. Sadly, I don't think I'm going to find one, which is probably a good thing really. There are too many nice things out there at the moment. Hope all is good with you x

  3. GlamRosie
    March 24, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    I likey that dress! x

    • StyleGuile
      April 2, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      Hi Natalie – yes, it's a cutie isn't it. Really versatile too. Bet you have spotted some gems recently too!!

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