Mixing spots and stripes…

Mixing spots and stripes is a nice way of making an outfit more interesting whilst at the same time not making it too challenging.


You may have noticed that when I get something new that I really love, I wear it to death for the first few weeks and then give it a rest before resurrecting it. That’s exactly what happened with this Boden cashmere jumper which I wore endlessly in Guernsey at the end of the summer (sadly now out of stock).


Today I layered it over a pink spotted shirt from GAP, jeans and Zara ankle boots £75 (now back in stock but only in sizes 3 and 7 – sorry).  It worked for our trip to the dentist (no children, you can’t go on the holiday that we planned because I messed it up but you can go to the dentist instead), lunch out (success on a major scale for us as the eldest two held off from their current – and at times quite funny but I didn’t say that – favourite game of insulting one another, right until the last minute) and trip to the supermarket with the eldest for Halloween treats.

Now, moving on slightly, in the Sunday Times Style Magazine yesterday, Laura Weir suggested that these boots that I am wearing above (picture below) would be perfect for a first class flight to Sydney. For anyone considering taking her advice I would say, on this occasion at least, please don’t. The rest of her outfit suggestions were fine  – soft legging trousers, cotton T and cashmere jumper – but the boots? Heavens no!

The boots, whilst lovely and comfortable (once you’ve taken the cardboard inserts out) are not the easiest to get off, particularly if doing it in a hurry whilst at airport security, as I found out a couple of weeks ago.

Balancing on one leg, tugging at them, pulling your socks off and nearly falling over whilst at the front of a huge queue is not a good look. It also makes you a bit red, hot and sweaty too. Equally I’m not convinced that travelling for hours in fairly snug fitting boots around the ankles, or arriving in Sydney in them in the height of the summer would be such a good idea either. Having said that though, having never travelled first class I may be talking completely out of my ears – perhaps there are no queues and perhaps chairs are installed for anyone who has to remove their Zara boots in a hurry.


Earlier on I captured a moment of bliss in the life of our 5 year old. New Halloween outfit on, dolly by her side, pumpkin by her feet ready to carve, whilst watching a film on the ipad in a comfortable chair. Bliss!



    October 28, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Beth, I don't know you but you always make me giggle! I couldn't agree more why would anyone want to wear a pair of ankle boots for approx 20 hours, when you could put your slippers on!! xx

    October 28, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    P.S Maybe that's not "de rigueu"r in first class tho?? x

    • StyleGuile
      October 28, 2013 / 8:26 pm

      Maybe one day one of us will find out and can report back! Personally I am definitely with you on the slipper option!

  3. The Flaky Fashionista
    October 28, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    aaarrghh, don't know why but none of your photos appeared on this post – presume the fault is on my side. But had to comment and say 'whaaaat' at the idea of wearing boots for a 20 hour journey. My sister has flown first class (super successful career woman that she is!) and I can report that not only was she given slippers … she was also given PJs!!!

    • StyleGuile
      October 31, 2013 / 1:38 pm

      Hi Helen – sorry about the photos – it's probably a glitch my end. Slippers and PJs on a flight – I'm liking the sound of that. Oh to fly first class!

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