Summer style in your 30’s

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Where does a mum in her 30’s shop for clothes? I think like most mums I lost my interest in fashion and style in general after having Max. The completely all-encompassing aspect of having a newborn, combined with insecurity in my different body shape, and the limits that breastfeeding puts on the clothing you can wear, all added up to mean that it was a long time before my love of clothes returned.

But I think once you emerge from the newborn fog (which can take longer for some people than others!), you start to crave things that make you feel good again, and clothes are one of those things for me. But all of those shops that I used to trawl for clothes suddenly felt too young, or too office-worker. I’d walk around my beloved Zara and despite seeing things I’d admired on other people, the rails just looked like a jumble sale, and Topshop was all filled with crop tops (with a mum-tum? Run away!).

 

Boden Dresses

Boden shirt dress, Boden Dolly Dress

 

It was through buying clothes for Max that I discovered Boden (they do the best range for little boys!), and I’m so glad I did. They seem to have a great understanding of what women over the age of 30 are looking for – flattering clothes, colourful and exciting prints. And there always seems to be a tempting sale on!

I’ve spent all summer so far living in this denim shirt dress – so flattering, and great for casual wear, but smart enough for a work meeting.

I also love the green paisley print of their Dolly dress – a dress is so easy to throw on without having to put together a whole outfit. The floaty fabric is pretty and feminine, and I love the way the sleeves just drape. I’m considering buying it in yellow too!

 

Embrace the Breton stripes

Boden long sleeve breton tops

 

Like most mums (according to my Instagram anyway), I pretty much live in Breton stripe tops. So classic, and they go with anything. I have a huge range of Bretons, but Boden’s long sleeved Breton tops my list – they are lightweight, wear well, wash well, and come in a huge range of colour options. Joules are another of my favourite Breton suppliers (I sound like an addict!) – fantastic quality – but the material is thicker, so I tend to only wear them in winter.

 

Dungaree playsuit, River Island Dungaree mini dress

 

To jazz up the Breton for summer, I’ve been pairing my Bretons with a denim dungaree dress from ASOS – a little shorter than I would normally go for, so I feel this adds a bit of an ‘edge’ to the look (who am I kidding, I’m probably one of the least edgy dressers out there!)

Have you found that your style has changed in your 30’s? Where do you find yourself shopping – I’m always on the lookout for new brands!

 

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18 Comments
  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    June 22, 2016

    I’m so glad its not just me that walks around Zara and thinks its a jumble sale, I always wonder where all the great clothes have gone! I LOVE Boden and I don’t know what I would do without it for my girls. I hadn’t really thought to look there for me, but I am going to take a look. This summer I have brought a few lovely tops from Oasis. x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 22, 2016

      Oh, you must check out Boden’s womenswear – so much lovely stuff! And if you already buy for the girls you’ll get all the 20 / 30 / 40% off emails too! 🙂 I love the online aspect too – changing rooms are not compatible with a toddler! I must check out Oasis – not been in there for ages but I used to love it!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    June 22, 2016

    LOVE it all..! Great choices. They are all practical and comfortable (key) and yet stylish too!! I came out of the baby fog last year and am loving finding a new style again. xx

  • Hello Archie • blog
    June 23, 2016

    I’m terrible with style so this post is super handy! Love those Boden dresses especially, need to sort myself out once I pop out this baby haha. #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 23, 2016

      Oh, I always think you look super stylish! Boden is perfect – mail order, so no need to even leave the house! 🙂

  • Elsie Pop
    June 23, 2016

    I loved the denim dungaree dress yesterday! And those breton tops from boden being on sale might mean I make my first boden purchase! How exciting! xx

  • justsayingmum
    June 23, 2016

    love all these looks – never look in bodes but maybe I should! Love the dungarees – super cute – I’m no longer in my 30s sadly but would still go for these! #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 23, 2016

      They’re great, aren’t they? I’m really loving them – worn them loads since I got them (and great for this in-between weather too!)

  • laughing mum
    June 23, 2016

    ooh I love that denim dress!! wasn’t too sure if i could carry dungarees well, but I do love them, so I buy loads for the teen and preteen instead lol – nice post! I like stripes too actually, they are quite flattering aren’t they? I need to do my summer shop and I had no idea about Bodens, so I’ll take a look there for sure 🙂 #coolmumclub

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 23, 2016

      I felt the same about the dungarees – it’s a really bold choice for me! But I love them – they’re comfortable and fun at the same time! It’s weird how flattering horizontal stripes can be – everything logical says they shouldn’t be!

  • mummuddlingthrough
    June 23, 2016

    It’s funny how your style changes with motherhood…but I still heart a bit of Topshop (with some careful selection obvs, no one likes Mutton dressed as lamb) to make me feel like the old me! Love all your picks too!
    Thanks for linking up to the #coolmumclub – love the new header! x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 24, 2016

      Maybe I need to revisit Topshop! I’ve bought a few things online, but the shops just terrify me – everything looks completely inappropriate!

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    June 23, 2016

    Oh I’m a Topshop girl through and through I have never bought anything from Boden. My style has definitely changed since becoming a Mum I used to be quite adventurous but now I’m a bit boring!!!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 24, 2016

      When I’m describing a pair of dungarees as ‘out there’ I think it’s safe to say that my style is definitely a bit on the boring side! You have reminded me that I did buy a couple of nice dresses from Topshop online a while back – must start checking it out online again. The shops terrify me though!

  • Emma Jones
    June 23, 2016

    I’ve been umming & ahhing abo9ut a dungaree dress myself & love a stripe & my trusty converse. #cool mum club lifeinthemumslane

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      June 24, 2016

      I just bought myself a new pair of converse to go with the dungaree dress! I say go for it – I’m wearing mine today and I love it!

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