The other week it was my mum’s birthday and in a rare treat the two of us decided to go shopping for the day over to our local shopping centre in Solihull.
What was lovely is that Daddy E had Roo and we were able to do girly browsing and shopping uninterrupted and without worrying where Roo had zipped off to every five minutes, seriously I don’t know how anyone shops with their kids in tow.
Mum was looking for a dress for her forthcoming holiday to Croatia that they have just booked and it’s been a while since she had updated her wardrobe so she was like a kid in a sweetshop ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ over all sorts of things.
Mind you with some of the new autumn clothing trends for this season who wouldn’t go weak at the knees as it seems purple is the colour to rock this year as it is everywhere in most stores and you can’t look through a rack of clothing without seeing purple dresses, jackets, shirts. All varying from deep Cadbury purple to demure shades of plum and damson. Admittedly it is one of my favourite colours and featured heavily at our wedding.
One of mum’s favourite shops is Jacques-Vert. She loves their classic, timeless and elegant pieces and unlike other stores their clothes are well sized. So she knows that she can pick up a size 12 in store and it will fit her without having to try it on. This is great when you are in a hurry.
Mum was after a dress for her holiday and something a little bit special. She’s had a tough year or so and I knew she was looking for something to cheer her up. One of the first things she tried on was this espresso chiffon dress.
Mum liked the neckline as it flattered her and showed off her arms (which at over 60 I am pretty envious of), but for me the colour just wasn’t doing anything for her as she is quite pale and has light brown hair and it all morphed into one. The fabric though was lovely and floaty and this dress would be great for travelling as being chiffon and creases drop out quickly if it gets a bit creased in transit.
After another whizz through the rails my eyes went to a gorgeous grape and lilac maxi dress. The dress was absolutely stunning and was again made from chiffon with a lilac panel detail running down the neckline and skirt. The gathered V-neck had a beautiful beadwork panel on the empire line. Mum really loved this and being a maxi dress it meant she could get away with wearing some of her flat shoes as she’s struggled with heels since breaking her foot.
The fact that the dress was in the sale was a big bonus and she managed to also find a matching deep grape handbag to go with the dress. I did have to drag her out the store at this point as she made a bee-line for the winter coats and went all Audrey Hepburn on me with this timeless palomino cape which secretly I would love to sneak in to my wardrobe to wear on a cold autumn day as it’s much more stylish than my pakka mack lol!