I’ve had this cream quilted PVC jacket for months but have hardly worn it. I do like it, it just feels a little uncomfortable most of the time - too warm and clammy in summer and too chilly a fabric to have next to your skin in winter:
I’m trying to make an effort to wear everything in my wardrobe – no point having stuff hanging there unworn and unloved. Not sure this jacket will survive the next charity shop cull though…
Jacket & boots: River Island / Dress: H&M
This month’s Take10 challenge saw us choose an item from Jarlo. Here’s what we picked:
I love my zig-zag stripey cardigan. The fabric is very tactile:
To view the other girls’ pictures in more detail visit Natasha at Girl in the Lens, Sherin at HiFashion , Kim at Love Cloth, Vicki at Magpie Girl, Mel at Media Marmalade, Paula at PinkBow, Lucy at Shiny Thoughts and Olivia at What Olivia Did.
Thanks to Jarlo for sponsoring the challenge and Sherin for making the collage.
Cardigan: c/0 Jarlo / Top: H&M / Jeans: Cheap Monday / Shoes: c/0 Schuh
As The Great British Bake Off’s elegant matriarch, Mary Berry has a style all of her own.
Although Mary Berry’s career has undoubtedly had an unexpected revival as a result of her work on BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off, the 78-year-old food writer and TV presenter from Bath has been working her culinary magic for many years. In fact, having authored more than 70 cookery books (with sales topping five million), it’s fair to say that she’s the ideal person for the job.
Of course, what makes Mary’s appeal all the stronger is that, despite her advancing years – 78 at the last count – she has perfected the art of maturing with grace, style and no small amount of flair. Indeed, she was named by The Guardian earlier this year as one of the best dressed over-50s, alongside younger stars including Dame Helen Mirren and Julianne Moore.
‘It makes me laugh to hear those sorts of comparisons,’ she begins. ‘I like to look smart; I do love patterns, floral designs, light colours… that sort of thing.
‘There are so many beautiful jackets and cardigans available now – many more than before. And cooking on TV these days comes with an acceptance over what you wear. It used to be all pinnies and aprons. Now you can dress as if you’re enjoying yourself rather than just being functional in the kitchen.’
On the show Mary relaxes in jeans, flat shoes and colourful cashmere, along with her trademark knotted scarf. She pleads that practicality is more important to her than style, though appears to have mastered the art of both.
‘It’s nice to have comments about the way I dress, but there is always that practical edge in there. Baking isn’t the messiest form of cooking, but you can certainly come a cropper with a pack of flour if you’re not careful!
‘I tend to follow others, anyway. Is there anyone not wearing jeans today? It’s incredible how we have adopted denim as the ultimate material.’
The Great British Bake Off has become a runaway success since it first hit our screens in 2010. Together with fellow judge, baker Paul Hollywood – himself dealing with finding sex symbol status later in life – Mary has made baking ‘cool’. And judging by the consistently impressive viewing figures, it seems millions are getting involved in their kitchens too.
And while comfort and warmth are her prerequisites for the sumptuous range of ladies jackets and elegant scarves that she showcases on the show, Mary’s keen to swerve the conversation back round to baking.
‘It’s incredible that this opportunity has come along for me, and it’s great to be told I look good at 78, but I don’t want to distract the attention from the point of the show, and that’s people really discovering the pleasure of baking. There are so many bakers now coming through and it’s a big revolution, and that delights me.
‘There is a lingering misconception that too much bread is bad for you, but clever baking puts that bread into so many other different forms, so it’s not the stodgy mainstay that we think it is.’
Every once in a while I discover a new designer that I fall head over heels in love with. I don’t recall being aware of the Carven label before seeing one of their coats in a magazine last week and immediately looking up the brand online to find out more about it.
I was surprised to discover that Carven has been around since the end of the Second World War, although the brand was relaunched in 2010, so relatively recently. The label aims to represent ‘accessible luxury’ – offering first rate craftsmanship with a fresh, contemporary design approach. Here are my favourites from the current collection…
This camel wool coat is absolutely beautiful. At £1,440 it’s a real investment piece but the design is so classic you’d be wearing it for years and years. This could be worn over anything – from jeans and a jumper to a really dressy dress:
I’d like a white or cream skirt for winter and this one is perfect. The length could be awkward but the front split keeps it looking modern rather than in any way frumpy:
I’m a sucker for a sparkly jumper and love this blush-coloured, slouchy version. This would be perfect with skinny jeans on Christmas day:
This snakeprint handbag would be a lovely day bag for shopping and lunching Saturdays. I like the red detail on the otherwise muted colour palette.
There’s so much to choose from in the current Carven collection, but if I found that jumper in my Christmas stocking I’d be a very happy girl indeed!