The Joy of Socks…

Socks, socks socks……and what to do with old ones?!

…there are so many to choose from!  Sports socks, woollen socks, knee-high socks, sheer socks, stripy socks, sparkly socks.  Low rise socks with trainers; woolly socks with boots; ankle socks with brogues; delicate lace socks with sandals?

At school my friends and I used to wear thick, ribbed ‘over the knee’ socks, held up with a small band of white, knotted elastic.  The trick was to get the garter just the right size – too tight and it left a big ring around your upper thigh; too slack and you had to resist the urge to run across the playground for fear your socks would end up around your ankles.

Now, I really hate having cold feet! My favourite socks at present are Falke – dark grey, wool socks with my ankle boots, and Cotton Touch black socks with brogues.  My other ‘go to’ brand for socks is & Other Stories.  Their Leopard nylon socks, in black, go with practically all my shoes.  And if you like the whole ‘socks and evening shoes’ thing, you can’t go wrong with their black, rolled edge nylon sock.

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& Other Stories leopard nylon socks


For glamorous socks I would recommend looking at Wolford  – the Lace Up Knee High or the Lurex Net knee high would look great with a mid-calf length skirt and heels.  They also have beautiful sheer ankle socks embellished with Swarovski crystals (the Love Letter).

And for less glamorous footwear, (but equally as important!) – I love Uniqlos heat tech that handily come in packs of 2 (pairs, that is… not socks!)


But here’s the question. What do you do with your old socks? Does anyone darn socks any more? Or do you simply get rid of them when they wear through? Continue reading “The Joy of Socks…”

Why Am I Doing This?!…

Why have I decided not to buy any new clothes for a year?!…

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This was the question I asked myself yesterday.  I was feeling low.  I’m practically a single mother, and two weeks of half term with 4-5 semi-teenage boys in the house (my own three, plus nephew, plus french friend ‘learning english’) is pretty hard work!  I’ve started my blog; unsubscribed from various emails to avoid shopping temptation; edited my coats; and purchased an elongated selfie stick with which to take some ‘totally amazing’ photos of the abundance already in my wardrobe – and what I really wanted to do, yesterday, was buy myself a new dress! Continue reading “Why Am I Doing This?!…”

The Coat Edit

‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’.. time for the Coat Edit.

According to the lollipop lady (or should I say, ‘school crossing patrol officer’) at my youngest son’s school, ‘we’re in for a bad winter’!


By ‘bad’ I think she means a lot of snow and associated traffic disruption, which is understandably not great news for a crossing patrol officer.  But it seems to me, that as soon as the temperature drops and we see signs of proper, chilly weather – someone generally says ‘we’re in for a bad winter’.  Maybe they’ve read something in the press? Or seen an article online, broadcasting weather-related doom for us all… and I guess they have a 50% chance of being right?

However, my grandmother always said ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’…. and I think she had a point…..  which makes it time to consider ‘The Coat Edit’. Continue reading “The Coat Edit”

Kicking the Shopping Habit – Wk 4 (and counting!)

One month, so far, without buying any clothes – it’s a hard habit to kick!

So far, I have managed to survive a month without buying any new clothes.  I admit, I have been tempted.  I fell in love with a pair of boots in Other Stories last week (black Leather Snow Boots with a heavenly, faux fur lining), and suggested to my youngest son that he went into town with my credit card and pin number, and bought mum ‘a little treat’?!

I also went as far as putting a black Uniqlo down jacket into my basket, online.  It sat there for a while, calling to me in all its lightweight, simple, puffy glory – until I regained control and closed the page and logged out of my PC.

How does it feel?  Continue reading “Kicking the Shopping Habit – Wk 4 (and counting!)”

Fashion is Rubbish?…

Have you ever thought where your old or unwanted clothes end up?…

It’s Wednesday, and this morning one of those little charity envelopes, containing a large plastic clothes bag, dropped through the letter box.  Another kick up the backside to get on with my wardrobe edit!  How easy is this method of disposing of unwanted clothing?! All I have to do is put everything I no longer want, need or wear into the bag and take it to the front gate.  Bingo – gone by lunchtime! I don’t really mind which charity takes my clothes, although I have ‘favourites’ like everyone else, based on my own life experience (Meningitis Now or Parkinsons UK, please).  But if we don’t recycle our clothes, where do they actually go to?
According to an article in The Guardian in April, 235m items of unwanted clothing, from the UK alone, were expected to end up in landfill this year, as a result of our annual wardrobe spring clean.  Yes, 235 million… that’s a lot of clothing!

Why don’t we routinely donate our things to charity? Continue reading “Fashion is Rubbish?…”


Wearing yellow – how does is make you feel?!

So, the nights are drawing in and the temperature is dropping and I found myself curiously drawn towards the (very few) yellow items in my wardrobe.

Not a summery, sunshine yellow – the sweater, trousers and dress that I have are more a rich, autumnal yellow.

According to, yellow is the colour of self worth and is a reflection of how we see ourselves and how we think others see us. Continue reading “Yellow…”

Wardrobe Secret #1

Wardrobe Secrets – The understated joy of the Comfort Jumper…

The Comfort Jumper
Every wardrobe has one – and here is mine!     I wear it back to front, inside out or the right way round. Over my pj’s on a chilly morning to make the breakfast; under a coat to pop to the supermarket; with jeans and thick socks to hang around the house. 

This one came originally from Zadig & Voltaire and  it has the added joy of having the word ‘Happiness’ in pink printed across the back – additional emotional warmth factor. 

In its heyday I wore it everywhere. With smart black trousers, with shorts on holiday, even with a tulle evening skirt and knee-high black boots. But its days of parading around London, parties and restaurants are over. The wool is permanently creased. The sleeves are so torn I struggle to get my hands through the ends, and there are holes under the arms and on the shoulders. 

I can buy another one, I know, but in its current role it’s completely irreplaceable. 

Divorce takes its toll. Sleepless nights, anxiety, stress…. today is a Comfort Jumper day…. a day to relax, rest and get some sartorial headspace. 

Bring on Friday… x