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STYLE ADVICE: I’m a newly single stay at home mum, throwing out my wardrobe and starting from scratch.

Posted on: April 1, 2015

QUESTION: Hi, im newly single, 42 and I’m throwing out my wardrobe and starting again from scratch, eek!! What do I need for a good wardrobe and a couple of going out outfits. I’m a stay at home mum, so no work clothes needed. I want to look like I feel and not look like a mum all of the time! Thanks xx

ANSWER: Thanks for contacting us, we are really excited to answer your style questions because we all love a good wardrobe overhaul! Feeling confident is always helped by a fabulous wardrobe so we hope to recommend you lots of great, versatile and multitasking items that will mean you are never stuck for what to wear.

1. Banana Republic chinos £45: Snap up a pair of chinos with a chic roll up in a soft grey tone. Style with a blouse and printed flats for a stay-at-home look.

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2. Helmut Lang dress £239: Every woman needs an LBD. Spoil yourself with this cool modern take on a classic with flattering rushed details. Dress down by day with ankle boots or flats vamp up by night for a date look with heels and a biker jacket:

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3. Mint Velvet, Dress £99:- A Shirt dress is the epitome of laid-back cool and a stylish alternative to casual trouser looks. This subtle print with take you through spring to summer. Team with ankle boots, pumps or sandals.

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4. French Connection, Dress £54:– I couldn’t resist recommending this bargain from French Connection! It will be fab worn if invited to a wedding and doubles up for a nice evening out with the girls… or a date. garment-1950442-2360082

7. M&S, Trench Coat £149:- Every wardrobe needs a smart trench coat in their wardrobe, a coat that looks perfect dressed up of down worn open or closed, you really can’t go wrong. This subtle pink is slightly varied from the normal stone but just as versatile. Throw on with dresses or jeans and sunnies for a fab spring look.

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8. Zara jacket £69.99 – A biker style jacket will add that modern touch to even the most basic of jeans look and will also give a style upscale to a dress for an evening out:

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9. Levis, Jeans £80:– Levis have always been praised for their great fit and these will be no exception. Don’t be put off by the super skinny headline, this just means they are perfect for wearing under loose style tunic tops and tummy skimming jumpers. The versatile wash will have you living in these jeans for casual and smart casual looks.

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9. Cos, Tunic £115:– Get that luxury feeling with this silk pastel coloured blouse. A flowy style like this is great for skimming over the tummy area and teamed with ankle length trousers is an ideal style choice. Style with Skinny jeans and heels for a chic evening look:

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10. Zara, T-shirt £7.99:– Build up your t-shirt basics. A breton stripe gives a casual look an instant style nod.

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12. Warehouse, Shirt £36:– Go double denim in this shirt or wear with a plethora of bottoms. The slightly oversized fit works great for skimming over the tummy.

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13. Mango, Blouse £34.99:– A smart blouse means that you’ll never be left with nothing to wear. Style with a black cropped trouser and scrappy sandal for evening for a white capri and metallic flat for day:

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14. Oasis, Jumper £20:– Layering just got even more chic with this lightweight jumper. Wear over blouses and t-shirts or alone with jeans and skirts, add the trench coat for an even more fab look.

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15. Topshop, Boots £75:- An ankle boot will take you through Autumn, Winter and even Spring, especially in these go with everything tan chelsea boots. From skirts and dresses to jeans and trousers these boots will be ideal for your new wardrobe.

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16. Carvela pumps £69: – Instead of a classic black jump why not introduce a bit of leopard print to your looks with your footwear:

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17: Ted Baker, Heels £115:– Take your look from day-to-night with a must-have pair of nude heels. Perfect for any summer occasion dressing too.

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18. Mango bag £24.99: – Finally don’t forget to have fun with your accessories. This clutch bag can also be used by day (popped inside baby’s bag!) and the high street is awash with great chandelier earrings to give those evening looks a last minute fashion boost. SarahAx

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2 Responses to "STYLE ADVICE: I’m a newly single stay at home mum, throwing out my wardrobe and starting from scratch."

Fantastic, but can I beg for advice for a sausage-legged petitet(but not skinny) narrow hips and shoulders (so not a great waisat) , re jeans? Skinniest look absolutely awful…. I ,can’t stress that enough… horrendous…….and I can’t even get some so called straight legged jeans over my knees! Ideas welcome….. I generally wear Jersey dresses, or pencil skirts, both of which work well. Trousers and jeans however are a nightmare which no amount of slimming world, Pilates, Zumba, yoga or Swiss ball seems able to fix!

Hi Anne, thanks for your comments and request! If you would like to submit this via our Style Advice service on our site then we can make some jeans recommendations that will suit you.

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