Statement boots and my style journey in 2017

Ankle boots for winter

The biggest issue I’ve had this year with my own style is that I’ve always felt as though I’m just not daring enough. I’m not particularly wacky or unique and I haven’t got a trademark or signature style like other women do. If I walk into a clothes shop I’ll invariably go for items that are grey, black, tan or white – or reach for denim.

Since becoming a Mum of twins I also don’t naturally tend to favour anything fussy or flamboyant either (like sequins), plus I rarely feel comfortable in a dress. I much prefer androgynous dressing rather than tight-fitting, glamorous outfits every day.

But since I have been blogging more about style over the last 12 months and aiming to become more fashionable myself (post-babies) I have been pushing myself a little more and trying to step out of my comfort zone. Going for more classic pieces that will last but also adding in elements of key trends from that current season.

These Grace ankle boots from Seven Boot Lane are an absolutely perfect example of adding in a touch of style into a basic, everyday outfit. Not only are they beautiful (just look at that snake print!) but they are very comfortable too; the block heel is a perfect size for busy Mums – like me, who are always on-the-go.

Great ankle boots from Seven Boot Lane Amazing ankle boots from Seven Boot Lane Great ankle boots for winter

BOOTS, SEVEN BOOT LANE £150

JEANS, DEBENHAMS £39

JACKET, VINTAGE SHOP

HANDBAG, GREAT PLAINS (SOLD OUT)

JUMPER, H&M £24.99

MY JOURNEY THIS YEAR

Without sounding like a wally (or like I am on X-Factor) I have indeed come on a real journey with my style during the whole of 2017. This time last year I looked – and felt – like a completely different woman and I don’t really recognise myself when I look back. My confidence of my body was pretty low and I always put myself last at the bottom of a very long list of other people and things to do.

I didn’t make much time for dressing nicely or pampering myself because my life was entirely focused on raising the children. I was also still dressing in the clothes that I wore pre-twins, when my shape was quite different then.

But during 2017 I have enjoyed getting fit, buying clothes that suit me, wearing some of the key trends, getting in front of the camera more, sharing my favourite things on here and Instagram, and generally having WAY more fun with style.

I still wouldn’t say that my style is in any way ‘complete’, but I feel so much happier and better about myself these days, which to be honest is 100% the main thing.

Ankle boots and my style Busy Mum style My style - ankle boots & blazer for winter season See my style - ankle boots and blazer

I am therefore excited about going into a new year and hopefully building upon all of this even more. 2018 already looks amazing!

I also just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your comments and support both on here and on social media this year – it genuinely means a lot to me to have such lovely feedback on my outfits and style, and I appreciate it all so much.

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Love, Jess x

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6 Comments

  1. December 7, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I always think you look fab!…I love your style, you look happy and relaxed!! Love your blogs, your Instagram and stories! Keep doing what you’re doing…please!!! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018!! Xx

  2. December 8, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Jess I have been following your style joiurney and I have loved seeing you bloom! I know I am a lot older than you but have been on a similar search this year too (getting used to midlife)
    Raising a glass to all of us girls who our finding our style and gaining back some confidence!!
    Love ya
    Ashley x

  3. December 9, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I love your look Jess and had already spotted those boots on Facebook the other day – I love them! BUT I did pause and wonder if I might look like a plank in them because I generally always opt for plain. But I shall be taking a leaf out of your book next year to be a bit daring and not question my own taste because of what others might think. Go for it!

    • December 10, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Thanks very much 🙂 Yes I have been in the safe camp for so long but little details like these boots really do make an outfit stand out! You definitely should! Jess xx
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