1. Boden ‘Barcelona’ Cardigan, £89.00
2. Topshop Embroidered Blouse, £38.00
3. ASOS Leather Clutch Bag, £35.00
4. Isabel Marant Leather Ankle Boots, £565.00
5. Current Elliot Distressed Jeans, £96.75
As you may already know, I’m no longer the one woman operation I once was at Little Spree. For the past few months I have had a (super-stylish) partner in crime, Nicky. We met at nursery pick-up last Sumer, and instantly bonded over our mutual love of Isabel Marant (and subsequently discovered that around half our wardrobes were/are identical). Our career backgrounds couldn’t be more polar opposite – Nicky’s in law, mine in fashion; but we share the same taste in almost everything (ok, she hated the ASOS cat bag and I’m bemused by her obsession with plain cotton tote bags), but 99% of the time we agree on what we like when it comes to clothes (for us and our kids). She has a gorgeous (impeccably dressed, naturally) four year old son called Bailley (one of Tabitha and Marlow’s best friends), and he and Marlow are very often unintentionally dressed in identical outfits (which we find hilarious, and they both love!), even before we started working together! Anyway, if you like my taste in clothes, you will like Nicky’s too (in fact, you already do), and the best bit is, two of us can find even more gorgeous, stylish, affordable clothes for your little ones (and not to mention us). So, now ‘one’ has officially become ‘two’ (is that a Spice Girls song?). Two pairs of eyes = twice as many gorgeous finds. And Nicky also happens to be a ‘petite mama’, so I asked her to write her first post on exactly that…
If asked, Bailey would tell you that he’s four and a quarter years old. At 5ft 2″ and three quarters I get it: every quarter counts. So I’m all for dressing in a way that makes me look taller (or at least not shorter) and for me this outfit ticks all the boxes. First, it requires no tailoring, although my absolute top tip is to befriend your local tailor as soon as possible – without exception, well fitting clothes always look more expensive. Second, it includes my favourite Current Elliott jeans, which fit well around the waist and have the perfect (ankle skimming) length. For me this justifies the usually steep price tag and makes this pair from the Outnet a great buy (you can often find them on their site so it’s worth signing up for their drop alerts). On the high street you can’t beat Gap and Topshop for their Petite ranges (M&S, ASOS and Boden are pretty good too), especially their jeans – I like these ripped washed out black Moto jeans and these Gap boyfriend jeans. Next up shoes: for winter I always buy a boot with a heel, but it has to be one that can be worn day and night (so no skyscrapers or ‘stilts’ as Bailey calls my heels). I love these Isabel Marant ones; I feel taller and slightly ‘cooler’ just looking at them, and for those with petite feet they start at size 35. These Isabel-esque Mango ones are a good alternative as they have her hidden wedge but a Mango price. Personally I don’t find top halves to be too much of a challenge, with the exception of coat sleeves which I almost always have tailored (does anyone have arms that long?). Not something you will have to worry about with this great pea coat nor these chambray and plaid shirts that I’m also coveting. Finally, accessories: there’s nothing petite about this clutch bag, I just love it and think it’s the sort of statement item that would make you stand out from the crowd, even at 5ft 2″ and three quarters!
ps: if you haven’t done so already, you still have time to enter the Monsoon coat competition. Get your entry in by midnight tonight, and we will be announcing the three winners next week. Good luck!
pps: Boden currently has 20% off EVERYTHING, ending Monday. Nice.