Mum on the Run – Birdies on our boobies and an outfit to scare a shark.

It’s long been known that birds and animals are going to be a big trend for A/W ’13. Whilst I don’t feel quite ready to go there yet on the blog in too big a way, I must admit to really liking this Cath Kidston Blue Tit jumper (£65) which I saw the other day.

Despite being a jumper, it has a spring like twist to it. The lighter colours make it a trans-seasonal jumper, a jumper to wear before we get to the full on cable knits and roll necks. Now that’s the kind of jumper that I will be able to deal with when the chillier mornings set in. Anything much more than that and I think that you might find me crying into my cornflakes.

Joules too have a Blue Tit jumper (£69.95) and with its nautical stripes, it still has a lighter note to it for when the no, I can’t type the word. It’s just too depressing to have to think about the (say it in a whisper) cold.

These jumpers are intarsia knits. The word intarsia didn’t appear much in fashion lingo until a few seasons ago and last winter, I looked it up to see what it really meant. So for anyone interested, here goes:

“Intarsia is a technique used to create patterns with multiple colours.  Unlike other multicolour techniques such as Fair Isle, slip stitch colour and double knitting, there is only one active colour on any given stitch ….. Common examples of intarsia include jumpers with large, solid-colour features like fruits, flowers or geometric shapes.” So there you go!

On a warmer note, how about this as a piece of swimwear for next summer? A friend sent the picture to me via twitter, possibly as a result of another word that I can only whisper. Shark.



  1. The Flaky Fashionista
    July 26, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    That swimsuit is hysterical! So .. last season it was all about owls, foxes and horses but next season it's the turn of the birds? I dunno' Beth … I still kinda' feel that animal motifs should be left to the under 8s. Or am I being highly unfashionable by making such a statement??!!

    • StyleGuile
      July 28, 2013 / 6:47 pm

      Hi Helen – each to their own I reckon on the animal motifs. I've had too many instances of needing to eat humble pie after saying I would never wear something and then wearing it!

  2. Lottie Schmidt
    July 27, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    I agree with the above about the whole animal thing…but love the swim suit…..on someone other than myself of course! For me, the shark would need a far wider bite!

    • StyleGuile
      July 28, 2013 / 6:48 pm

      Ha, I know what your Christmas present can be then! A (non wide) shark cozzie with an owl/fox/bird on it too. Give those swimmers at LE pool something to look at!

  3. StyleGuile
    July 28, 2013 / 6:49 pm

    Hi Sue – the birthday was great thanks. It is a great swimsuit isn't it? Wouldn't it be great to be able to pull it off?!

  4. Anonymous
    July 29, 2013 / 11:21 pm

    I am not over keen on the animal pics and of course they will date quickly. Polo shirt looks good- what is the motif? I recently bought a Crew navy one in the sale- feel like I'm about to go rowing, ride a horse but its a change. Eliz

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