In recent months, my ‘uniforms’ seemed to have blended to become one. Before children I had a definition between work and home clothes. Over the years, I’ve found clothes I’m happy and confident in- which can be summarised as tunics, leggings and DMs, but even I’m getting bored with my wardrobe. Recently it’s become apparent how unpractical this is. The three sides of me – worker, student, family maker- need definition, I need to know where the lines are, if nothing else but for my sanity.
My habit is to shop online. Easy and convenient, but I’ve realised recently it’s turned into a routine of me ordering clothes I like, they turn up I try them on. I realise I don’t suit the clothes I like. They all get returned (apart from the leggings I’ve included for good measure).
I’m not usually a Sainsbury’s shopper, but after having a run of responses to complementing other women’s clothes to the constant response “Tu… you know… Sainsbury’s” I thought it was worth a punt. And I really couldn’t believe the range of clothes. From denims, to tunics, knitwear and dresses, there really was too much choice.And, for no real reason, but pent-up frustration at not finding clothes which suit. I ended up going on a complete spending spree. I happened to walk in on a weekend where there was 20% across the range. Just wow.
I chatted with one of the Sainsbury’s team about the clothes, and found out that not only are the clothes affordable at full price, but there are also great offers to be found when, like me, you’re looking for a wardrobe overhaul. Looking at the website now, it seems following the 20% event, they now have a sale. I’m keeping well away from my shopping basket.Because, I managed, for just over £100 to find outfits for each side of me. Easily. Which means Sainsbury’s will move to a regular feature of our supermarket shops.
I have been after a pair of black trousers for work in forever. Some looked too polyester, others too tight, others too unstructured where I most need structure. I found absolutely the perfect wide leg pair, which means instead of tunics, I can start wearing shirts and tops to work. Bliss. But of course I also had to pick up a tunic whilst I was there- because they are really hard to come by, and the quality of the dogtooth dress is fantastic. It had to be bought.
Akin to the trousers, I’ve also been after a pair of jeans which I feel comfy in all day. The all day thing seems to be my first challenge, the second is that I am so fed up of skinny jeans. So, of course, finding a pair which fit and I can wear all day means I can get so much more done. Fortunately, this also extends to studying. And can you believe this jumper- I fell hook, line and sinker. (Now it becomes clear why clothes were missing from the photo). It feels really stylish with wide arms and red edging, whilst completely affordably and comfortable.To the final ‘look’, and the most important part of my life. Not football. Family. But it seems football plays the most compromising part of my parenting responsibilities. It’s cold and wet and yet the boys absolutely love it.
As it is usually raining, typically, my work coats really don’t cut the mustard. I found this fab jacket, which really looks the part and to help me cut the mustard, I found a fab top and bobble hat which make me feel a bit better about getting the boys out of the house at 8.30 on Saturday mornings.
I’m ridiculously excited about my new wardrobe. We’re out today on a trip to Bristol today. Last night I had that horrible feeling wondering what to wear. And then I remembered. I had decisions! The navy stripe won.