B.C (Before Child), I was always a dress girl. My mum said I outright refused to wear trousers when I was a nipper and whilst I’ve progressed beyond only wearing tutus and floral print, I just feel more ‘me’ in a dress.
However, all this changed when Mini B arrived.
Maternity leggings became my best friend – finally migrating to non-mat leggings at the same time as I shoved my size 100 beige Asda granny knickers back in my ‘pregnancy’ bag in the loft. Come summer time, I was once again back in a dress (albeit, nothing tightly fitted thanks very much) but the conundrum arrived as the sun retreated and I discovered that dresses + tights are now a no-go area, mainly as my post-mum-tum cannot accommodate the loss of bloodflow around my midrift. I have bought XXL tights from M&S but I still come home to a large red indent around my waist, as though I’ve been branded with a hot poker snake.
So the search for the perfect trouser started...
Except that I can’t stand shopping. That gene totally skipped a generation with me and all shopping is done with the aid of mouse and PC screen – which can be tricky when trying to guess the ideal size and fit for buying trousers. I’m 5ft 1 and the criteria was basically for a posh version of leggings – no buttoned waists or flared jobbies, just elasticated in proper mumsy fashion – smart enough to wear to work and not look like I've forgotten to change out of my pyjamas but also casual enough to pair a weekend slumming-it jumper with.
Then, hurrah, I discovered The Kooples! Makers of the perfect length and perfect fit trouser, which not only look decent but are hugely comfy too (I’m sounding very ‘mum’ now). And I’ve managed to wear them to work without being turned away from the front desk and pointed in the direction of the nearest student hostel. In fact I’ve bought two other pairs since (loving the detail on these flocked Milano leggings).
I do like a shopping success story.
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