Something other than jeans – please! Thank goodness for Jigsaw stripes and a Whistles blazer


Today when I got up I decided that I needed a change. No more jeans! Anything for a change! BUT, as ever, it still needed to be warm and comfortable.

With the sun shining, I convinced myself that it was much warmer than it was. This Jersey stripe dress from Jigsaw (£79) has been sitting looking at me since I bought it a few weeks ago so I decided that today it would be my victim, together with the  Lena Jersey blazer from Whistles (£95) which too has been sitting quietly on the sidelines hoping that it wouldn’t be picked. Ha! I can report that the dress is really comfortable. It’s 99% cotton and 1% elastane and it’s really thick and supportive too. The same goes for the blazer.


I tried several pairs of shoes including leopard heels (bit tarty for a daytime trip to the Bullring with the 6 year old. The face didn’t match the outfit!) Block heeled leopard print shoes – ditto but on a slightly lesser scale. Patent navy loafers from Hobbs – nice but a bit safe so I threw caution to the wind and put these cream Linford brogues from Dune (£65) with navy tights. Radical!

What I liked was even though the items were new, I felt happy to keep the whole outfit on for the whole day just as it was, even when shaping my bread dough and taking Matilda out on her roller blades.

The fact that the photographer is vertically challenged, together with the weird effect of the stripes when photographed, doesn’t make for the best of photos but I think that you can get the gist. Sometimes when I read blogs which talk about how to take amazing photos I cringe and hide in the corner. Unedited snaps would be a more accurate description of my photos, rather than works of art but hey ho, nothing is about to change on that front, hence the eye bags/shadows/blemishes and double chin. Super!


  1. Carol
    April 9, 2014 / 6:55 am

    Looks great Beth, I too have the Lena blazer and love it! Would have looked good with ballet flats too in coral or yellow!

    • StyleGuile
      April 10, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      Hi Carol, I don't know about you but I'm finding it tricky to take the Lena blazer off. I'm not really a ballet flats girl – I don't find them that comfortable but I do like the idea of some coral shoes. Hmmm, food for thought!

  2. Avenue 57
    April 9, 2014 / 11:01 am

    I really like this look Beth. The brogues look amazing

    • StyleGuile
      April 10, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks Fiona – having re-discovered these ones I might be on the hunt for more brogues – just a bit smarter than my trainers!!!

  3. Iva Grbesic
    April 10, 2014 / 2:04 am

    I love the "bit tarty" comment! I need to experience Dune.

    • StyleGuile
      April 10, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Hi Iva – ooh yes, Dune is definitely one to be experienced. Don't you have it in Canada?

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