A fail safe outfit – a little like a two and a half minute fail safe Jamie Oliver recipe!

It’s not rocket science but slightly battered jeans with heeled boots worn with a nicer top always works for me as an outfit. It’s like a Jamie Oliver two and a half minute fail safe recipe – but it takes less than two and a half minutes to put together. I like to be comfortable and able to move around – and there’s nothing worse than watching your every move in case you mark something that’s dry clean only. So the combination of jeans that don’t matter but a top that does (isn’t that what aprons were invented for?) works on lots of different levels.  


Sometimes I go with sparkles on the top half, sometimes it’s a Breton stripe and a statement necklace, sometimes it’s a printed blouse or sometimes, as in this outfit, it’s a particular colour combination that I like.

With yellow and grey being a favourite combination, I wore a sequin striped Whistles jumper with an H&M necklace, yellow Karen Millen cuff and a Warehouse grey jacket, which also has a sparkly thread running through it. 


So, that’s one fail safe easy outfit. A whole “recipe” book of others might be good I think!


  1. Anonymous
    October 2, 2013 / 9:45 pm

    Hi BethCan you tell me where your jeans are from in these photos…?

    • StyleGuile
      October 3, 2013 / 9:20 pm

      Hello! The jeans are ridiculously old, bought at a GAP outlet store on the south coast so long ago now that I can't even remember where. They are called ultra skinny but aren't, so that's not much help! I think that a straight style would be the nearest thing – so the GAP straight, or the Next ones may be a good option. Hope that helps!

  2. Minna Ojala
    October 3, 2013 / 4:18 am

    I like everything about this outfit! And you've reminded me that I must pop into Zara and H&M to see if they have any cool statement necklaces in stock. And can you believe it this is what I'm thinking of at 5am when I can't be bothered to even try to go back to sleep as I know that my poor teething 1-year old will be up any minute again! 😉

    • StyleGuile
      October 3, 2013 / 9:24 pm

      Ah, ever since I read your comment I've been thinking about you. It reminds me of our son (now nearly 12) who fed around the clock every hour and a half for the first six weeks. That first Christmas I read the Victoria Beckham biography and carried on doing so until the next feed as it wasn't worth going back to sleep! I remember those long nights so well so it makes me happy to think that I may be able to offer something to someone who is awake with a small one at such an unearthly hour! In answer to your question, both have some good pieces – naturally H&M is cheaper and some have felt backs to them which are softer. The Zara ones are bigger and "clunkier" if you know what I mean. Hope that you get a good night soon. x

  3. Ekaterina
    October 3, 2013 / 11:49 am

    Great Jacket!

    • StyleGuile
      October 3, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Hi Ekaterina – lovely to hear from you – hope that all is well with you. Thanks re the jacket – it's a bit of a cheat piece really – it feels more like a cardi to wear but looks like a jacket – that's my kind of thing!

  4. Lorraine
    October 3, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    Oh to be so slim and gorgeous…

    • StyleGuile
      October 3, 2013 / 9:26 pm

      What a kind thing to say Lorraine – it's really not that good, honestly! I've just had my moustache done today!

  5. silver brogues
    October 19, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Your necklace is beautiful…and I have my eye on your boots! I find it hard to get the perfect pair for boyfriend jeans but these work really well:)

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