Over the years, Alex and I have spent a lot of time in Topshop. We still do. My office is dangerously close to the Oxford Street flagship branch and it is very hard to resist popping in (especially if I’m early for work: first thing in the morning is the best time to hit that store. In. Grab. Out). We lived in their Leigh maternity jeans when pregnant and I now wear Leigh or Jamie jeans almost every day. I have spent approximately two years urging Alex to get her slim pins into Topshop leather leggings.
So we were thrilled to style Topshop’s new season 70s inspired collection. The joy of Topshop is that you can play around with the trends without spending a small fortune. So Alex can now be spotted working dungarees and I have actually ventured into flares. Who knew this would happen?
Look one: Flared jeans worn with pintuck blouse
We love our skinnies, but this is the season of the flare. Actually surprisingly wearable (try a block-heeled ankle boot if the thought of anything more vertiginous sends you into a spin – or, come the summer, roll out the wedges). These Clean-Cut Flared Jeans really do tick every box: dark indigo (v flattering); thick denim with the all-important stretch factor – and floor-skimming, for maximum leg-lengthening and ’70s swagger.
Yes, it’s a tad cold right now for this blouse, but snap it up, because it’s beautiful. I love the intricate detailing and easy breezy shape. It’s a little bit Isabel Marant for under £40 – and what’s not to love about that?
Look two: Jamie Jeans with Breton striped jumper and Kink loafers
Pale denim is big news. And these ecru Jamie jeans nail the look in one easy wear. Wear now with a relaxed sweater – we love a Breton stripe – and these Seventies-inspired Alexa Chung-esque loafers (which will look great with a bare leg and skirt when it eventually warms up). Swap in a pussybow blouse for a Spring take on the look.
To say that the camera and I have something of a tricky relationship is an understatement. You say ‘cheese’, I say ‘help’ and do that rabbit caught in the headlights/rictus-grin/eye-closed thing that is about as natural as a Big Brother contestant’s chest. But, when Topshop asked us to try out some looks from the new 70s collection (one of my all-time favourite style and music decades), I threw all my camera-shy reservations aside and jumped in faster than a groupie into the Led Zeppelin tour bus. Goodbye photo phobia, hello fashion.
I’m not one for tight-fitting clothes. At least, not tight on top. Which is why this indigo shirt dress ticked all the boxes. Fitted, but loose, it skimmed my body, hiding all those 3-baby lumps and bumps, but not swamping me with fabric. Whilst in the summer I’ll probably wear it bare-legged with sandals or skater shoes, for this cold January day I slung it over a pair, nay the pair of leather look leggings that Natasha has been telling me to try for eons. And, oh have I seen the light! I love them. Incredibly flattering (so much more so than all the real – and more expensive – leather pairs I’ve tried before), really versatile and so comfortable, I can see myself living in them for the definite foreseeable future.
Barbara Good or Margo Leadbetter? Which one are you? If you don’t know what on earth I’m talking about then you are far too young, because this look is all about The Good Life. You probably know that for this spring/summer, the 1970s are a big reference. Flares, button down skirts, flowery shirts, wedges, jumpsuits….all big, all over the shops come March. And while flares and jumpsuits have already made their way into my wardrobe, I’ve never set foot in a dungaree, until now.
It was, to some extent, Felicity Kendal who I was channelling when I road-tested this pair of dark blue dungarees, she was after all the queen of the look back then. Worn over a black polo neck, they were far ‘easier’ than I thought they’d be an in fact, a brilliant alternative to my normal weekend wardrobe of jeans and a jumper. In the summer a white t-shirt will be the perfect accessory. Easy-to-wear, comfortable and just the right amount of ‘fashion-forward’, wearing them is the most like Alexa Chung I’m ever going to be.
The Finishing Touch: Semi Precious beaded tassle multi-row necklace (£18.50)
When it comes to jewellery, there’s nothing I love more than a bundle of necklaces around my neck. Different lengths, different styles, it’s a look that’s a little bit boho, a little bit rock’n’roll and a lotta good. This necklace cleverly mimics the look of lots of necklaces slung together, but is in fact just one piece. It looks perfect hidden away under a shirt (or in this case the Utility shirt dress), or over a t-shirt or vest, making you feel just that little bit Stevie Nicks even if you’re just nipping out for a pint of milk.
Multi-row necklace, £18.50
This post was in collaboration with Topshop