Monday, 26 May 2014

You're in the (Summer Mummy's) Army Now

A few months ago I wrote a piece about how when you give birth you suddenly find yourself wearing a uniform (You're in the Mummy's Army Now). You do not notice that this is a uniform until you hit the local soft play/playgroup/high street and you see everyone wearing one or all of the following: Converse, leggings, flowery dress and a statement necklace if feeling fancy. Anyway. The summer is upon us and we actually had some quite nice weather the other weekend. So now it is time to update our uniform. Spruce it up. So here is the updated list of the Mummy's Army Uniform. For Summer. Because remember. We are soldiers in the war against children. One that is never ending (well not for the foreseeable future).

Shoes: Obvs Converse feature again. Maybe like white ones or summery pale pink ones? But if you're feeling brave you can go to Primarni or some sort of other cheap high street shop and buy a vast amount of gladiator sandals. Loads and loads. Too many in fact. Jazzy ones in gold, practical ones in brown leather. Hundreds of the bloody things. You will have to wear two pairs a day in the six days of sun we get each year to make sure you bloomin utilise them all.

Of course I've shaved my legs! (I haven't)

Bottoms: I would like to say leggings don't feature heavily in this particular section. But they still do. A shorter legging but a legging non the less. Or a the dream of a long floaty skirt/maxi dress. A skirt length that when you were 14 you would have scoffed at. A skirt length only an RE teacher would have worn (I know. I am one.). But they are bang on trend now! And cheap! And even better? You don't have to shave your legs. Aces.

Top: A vest top but one that is sturdy enough to ensure your boobs don't pop out as you bend over to pick your child up, and dark enough to hide the Peppa Pig ice cream lolly that inevitably get down it. Or along with your big long floaty skirt, a big baggy floaty top. We are back to the boho chic (aka hobo shit) look favoured by Sienna Miller et al. And replace sparkly statement necklaces with summery, wooden ones that wouldn't look out of place in a Lanzarote street market. And a belt. Always a belt to give us some sort of waist. Which obviously we lost. A long, long time ago.

Hair: Messy bun. They are still bang on trend and until this changes? I will rock it. As it's summer I may pop a faux flower in to feel all exotic. And the joy of the double dipped hair look at present? Makes my roots looks fashionable.

I'm by a palm tree. In a flowery dress. I'm on me holidays!

Going out (some hope!) clothes: Going out in the summer means to the local pub beer garden or a stroll down to the all inclusive buffet on your holiday in Gran Canaria. So say hello to your old friend 'the flowery dress' yes these are applicable in summer too! But with a lighter flower. And of course a pair of your one million trillion gazillion gladiator sandals.

Coat and bag: You won't need a coat! It will be too warm. Ha ha ha! Of course you are going to need a coat. For gods sake we live in the UK. So tis the denim jacket, a vintage affair (by vintage I mean you splashed out on it in Oasis five years ago) or for that snazzy look a suit jacket. I have a pale pink one that I am too scared to wear in case it gets wrecked by babies bogies. So for me will be the denim beauty or a cardy. Like my Mum.

Extravagant extras: Go on. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi! There's nowt that says 'Mum' than a jazzy nail. It makes me feel youthful to wear mint nail varnish. All the celebs do it. If I wear a mint nail with a few rings basically I am pretty much Beyonce. Or maybe like Rita Ora. No-one will notice the unflattering skirt and tatty old denim jacket. They will see mint oh or maybe coral and go hey. She's one trendy gal. Ahem.

Leggings. Flowery Dress. Cardy. Coral Nails. Gin. I AM BEYONCE!!!!

So that's it. You are all prepared for summer. Your saggy Mum boobs will be kept tightly in, your too long skirt will cover your hairy legs but your minty toes and feet? Will make you look like a super star! Now have a Pimms and get yourself in the garden.

If you have any beaut holiday photos wearing any of the above tweet them me please babs #summermummysarmy @brummymummyof2

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30 comments:

  1. Hoorah for the summer mum's army! I have moved on from Dr Martens and Uggs to Converse and flip-flops. I have removed the long-sleeved Tshirt from underneath my short-sleeved Tshirt and have swapped my hoodie for a check shirt (some of the time at least). And my nails are ALWAYS pale blue.

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    1. Hooray! I love a flip flop I also love the fact that you have pale blue nails. This makes you proper bang on trend and essentially you are JUST like Beyonce. Fact xxx

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  2. I'm so lame at painting nails, but always feel jazzier with them! So true x

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  3. You will look bang on trend - rock that mint!

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    1. I noticed at Thomas Land you had a wonderful nail varnish. Was it yellow or something? See you are like Beyonce too! xxx

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  4. hahaha! That's exactly how I dress in the summer.....lol I actually have 3 pairs of gladiator sandals...

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    1. Well done for only having three. I have literally about 15. Seriously! xxx

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  5. spring/summer is always a time when you want to wear something bright maybe quirky, but with our weather i didt have a chance to wear something quite open yet

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    1. I am looking out the window. Staring at rain. WHY IS IT RAINING????? xxx

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  6. We can still do Pimms o'clock even if the summer only brings rain I hope! Shall clutch my glass with my beautifully manicured hands and stroke my hairy ankles as I watch the rain streak down the french windows. What is the style etiquette for puddle jumping?!

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    1. Watching the rain. With the heating on. Thinking of a day in the house. I WILL be drinking Pimms later. I WILL!!! xxx

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  7. Can we do Fit Flops? I need some Fit Flops. My toenails are currently metallic teal. Its the only colour I have but I am desperate to go for some alternating coloured nails (Rita Ora Rimmel collection here I come! :-) ) X #sharewithme

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    1. You basically are Rita Ora!!! I have never tried a Fit Flop? Do they work? Are you fit? Please inform me thank you kindly xxx

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  8. I absolutely love that outfit and that photo of you at the very end. It's brilliant. I am obsessed with peach and coral this year. I even have it for my daughter's birthday christening party next week as the theme color. hahaha Lovely post, love the photo of you on your vacation too. Floral dresses are great. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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    1. I saw your lovely bunting bab. We need to compare jazzy nails at Brimums!!! xxx

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  9. HOW DID YOU KNOW ABOUT MY HAIRY LEGS?! #bloodygottalovethemaxi

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  10. Have you been raiding my wardrobe? Even the mint nail varnish that I thought was so unique and quirky. Oh dear. Hairy legs unite. Great post x

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    1. Mint nails for BritMums? That is so what I will be wearing bab. Obvs xxx

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  11. Brilliant, for me it's flip flops in a variety of colours rather than gladiator sandals, but other than that, sounds like I'm pretty spot on. Although, at 5'1" I have yet to find a maxi dress that doesn't clean the floor... :) #brillblogposts

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    1. How could I forget flip flops!!!! I have loads of them too!!! xxx

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  12. Oh My! Today I have the maxi skirt, the denim jacket and the unshaved legs...

    #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  13. You just described what I am wearing today to a tee *pun intended*. I really didnt notice this before what when I started walking my son to his pre-school its like I saw clones of me! Mothers wear the same stuff as I am. Seasons change but the uniform is always there =P #sharewithme

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    1. Ha ha ha. You always come up with such good lines! Seasons change but the uniform is always there. I love it! xxx

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  14. Wow love your style, looks similar to mine, love a floral tea dress and yay for flip flops now the weather is lovely! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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    1. You can't beat a nice tea dress. They are the best! xxx

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  15. Fantastic post and you raise a valid point :-) we as parents just fit in together :-p #iPotLinky

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  16. Ha ha!! I'm off to tell the hubby I'm not the only one with unshaved legs. Well actually I wore a midi dress last week when we went for a meal and shaved the bottom part of my leg that people would see...

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