For the Love of Stripes

 dbd552e820154e50103058bc42fcc728We (‘we’ being one half of W&W, her husband, small girl and smaller boy) are in Corsica this week. We have been here but two days and I am already coming over all Francophile. The food! The baskets! The wine! The scenery! The stripes! With today’s post, I give you two things: my new life-hack packing discovery. Namely, when packing for your family, opt for the same colour palette for every member: this simplifies the decision-making part of packing and means the washing divides itself. (I know, I am a tragic case for this to please me, but there is no denying it does.) And my summer stripes hit list.

WNS-H0500-NATURAL2Mar Y Sol for Eileen Fisher, £120.45

Eileen Fisher is relatively new to the UK – and to me. But I love the ethos behind her company and her clothes – designed with “women, freedom, comfort and ease” in mind, and I really love that she gives grants to female entrepreneurs and to non-profit organisations that “foster leadership in women and girls”. Hurrah for Eileen. I also love this striped bag. (In a different way, I admit.) It says ‘summer’ to me.

15WSUM_WL792_BRN_M04Breton top, £25, Boden

This Boden top (available in a myriad of colourways) is, quite frankly, indispensable. It’s perfect dressed up (tuck it into a skirt or trousers in a clashing print for a Jenna Lyons touch) or thrown on over jeans or shorts (or on the beach). And, as my warm, funny, fashion-loving grandmother would have said, “it washes like a rag, my dear. Like a rag.” (FYI: this a a good thing, should you be in doubt.)


Contrast Catherine dress, £45, Hush

Alex and I both own this dress. I own two variations on the theme (from previous years’ collections) and Alex has this one (above). It is so flattering and so easy to wear (I even wore it when pregnant with my son last summer) – one of those dresses you can fling on and forget about it. (Look out for Alex styling it on our forthcoming W&W wear…Hush post…)

2442296066_2_2_1Striped jacket, £59.99, ZaraSDTRA_SU15_73_EEFSoft stripe dungarees, £26, The Little White CompanyCWSSA_SP15_220_EFBoys’ crew striped pyjamas, from £30 (for set of two), The Little White Company

There are no words for the level of cuteness achieved by these White Company jim jams. I would love to see all three of Alex’s boys sporting them – although that would be cuteness overload as Alex specialises in producing blonde mini gods. Dungarees are my sartorial weakness when it comes to my own little chap: his entire holiday wardrobe consists of dungarees in varying lengths and shades of blue. Good job I didn’t see these before we went or they would have come with us… Mind you, as he selected last week (my birthday!) to finally master crawling forwards (having been moving backwards for over a month, much to his own bemusement), these leggings would be a sensible bet to protect his dear little pudgy knees.

1278289_PRIGirls’ sailor striped dress (also in blue), from £48, Petit Bateau

Ending with two stripy bargains to be snaffled right now…

hmprod-1   Linen cushion cover, now £5, H&M, 332911041D1Navy stripe lace-up espadrilles, £9.99, New Look


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