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How The Boiler Suit Became Jumped Up

My mum had a burgundy zip up jumpsuit in the 1980s. She wore it with calf length boots and a bubble perm and I thought she was the coolest thing on two legs. In those days jumpsuits were very zippy – main zip up the front (so much easier than at the side or the back when you need the loo), zips across each thigh and occasionally the odd zip on a sleeve or an ankle. Jumpsuits were also elasticated...

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Anyone for Coats and Boots?

Question: When does the high street start sending out promotional emails advertising their new season coats and boots? Answer: The very same week London temperatures are reportedly beating those in Ibiza. One such email has attempted to grab my attention by screaming “20% off!” Well, whose idea was that I wonder because 20% off these days is no great shakes any day of the week but when you’re tryi...

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How to Keep Your Head (And Everything Else) Above Water

Once upon a time in a town not far from here, six young ladies decided to go on holiday together. Now these six young ladies had just taken their ‘A’ levels, were soon to leave school for good and to embark upon the next exciting stage of their lives. In those heady days of summer the girls shared everything – laughs, clothes, boyfriends. The sun always seemed to be shining and the six girls were ...

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Now is the Summer of Our Discounted Trends

The good news apparently is that sales of football shirts and sporting goods rose so much last month that the high street almost looked like it had a good month. If you’re not the sort of person who longs for wall to wall football on their television after a hard day at work, then this fact will be both bizarre and irrelevant to you. I however have contributed to this in my own small way as ...

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Right Here’s Where You Start Paying… in Sweatshirts*

Last week I talked about leggings and cropped tops and the things to avoid in order to present the best version of yourself. This week, thanks to school friend Sophie and her ’80s themed birthday party, I’m having to think about those things again. Last week, Sophie very kindly came up with an argument for me investing in a cropped top this season – she was the only one – so I feel it’s only fair ...

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Spend it Like Beckham: Posh with a hint of Spice

  I am reading Fashion Babylon at the moment. It is a compulsive read largely because it is packed with industry gossip. No-one worth their Manolos is spared in this story of a London designer trying to hit the big time. From Kate Moss to Anna Wintour, the secrets as revealed to author Imogen Edwards-Jones by various ‘anonymous’ insiders, are occasionally seedy, always fascinating...

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When is a Holdall not a Holdall?

I’m not complaining, really I’m not. The initial excitement at the suggestion of a mini break for two, sans kids, is still very much there now it’s all booked and we’re about to go. From the outset it had all the right ingredients for a romantic getaway; private villa with pool, dates during term time, cheap short haul flights. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been away as part of a couple an...

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Mini, Midi or Maxi – Which way Will You Go?

Of course that’s the thing about this country, there is never any warning. We endure months of rain and splash out on wellies, macs and headgear only for spring (or in the case of the past weekend) practically summer, to suddenly appear. The instant the sun comes out, we Brits lose all sense of, well, sense. Do we think about lightweight knits and layering and perhaps lose just the one layer as wo...

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