My Pollyanna Style Diary

Yesterday I had a touch of fashion madness in the midst of ordinary life with a fleeting visit to London to preview the MiH Jeans Autumn/Winter collection. As you can imagine, this called for an up in the style stakes. It’s nice to have these kind of occasions though, where you need to look slick and pulled together but not dressy and well, flouncy.

I’ve had a bit of a disorganised week and hadn’t thought through my outfit until the morning I was due to leave. There was a flicker of panic but sometimes I need this extra pressure to help me to pull something out the bag – being too organised is just a bit boring isn’t it?!

My Pollyanna style diary

My Pollyanna style diary

So when these occasions occur there are certain rules that I generally fall back on. Firstly, great basics. Outerwear and shoes will make or break the outfit. There are certain things in my wardrobe that I know work and that’s my Burberry trench and my leopard heels – fail safe.

My Pollyanna style diary

Secondly, personality. I was instantly drawn to the yellow jumper mainly because of my blog post yesterday but also because I knew it would stand out again the muted tones of the trench and the shoes. The rolled-up skinny jeans are another wardrobe warrior that work hard for all eventualities.

My Pollyanna style diaryMy Pollyanna style diary

 Similartrench / shoes / jeans / jumper

What are your fail safe pieces?



Red trousers are a great way to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe. Warm, rich reds are a classic that are great for this time of year and can easily be dressed up or down (and I do love a bit of versatility!). The  Victoria Beckham Denim, Burnt Sienna Slim Chino Trouser from the mid-season sale are a fantastic tailored cut with great shape. They are now £180 reduced from £240. I have these in Navy and the quality is faultless. They’re smart and formal but look great with a chunky knit and flats.

VB red trousers with denim & navy

A denim shirt is an easy tool to dress down any outfit, it contrasts the formality of these trousers perfectly. I would also keep it neutral with a soft scarf and navy flats.
VB red trousers with black, leopard & gold

For drinks with friends or a special evening out, I would team them with a classic black pussy-bow blouse and leopard heels. It’s not often I accessorise, but I love the Anton Heunis collection and these earrings are perfect for edgy elegance. The gold clutch (from Accessorize) adds a touch of sparkle.VB red trousers with knitwearChunky knitwear or a classic cashmere turtle neck exudes effortless style and gives a soft, cosy look. Worn with simple flats and an oversize tote to complete the outfit.

How would you wear your red trousers?

Investment of the season?

Traditionally I have always tried to steer clear of anything too ‘mumsy’ and had always perceived Boden to fall into this category. But oh how they have changed. On the hunt for the perfect investment Leather Skirt, I came across this. The Boden Leather Pencil Skirt (£140 reduced from £175).

If I was going to invest in a leather skirt, I would always ensure it was a classic style and fit. Guaranteeing (as much as you can) that it won’t date. Here is how I would style it…(the non-mumsy way!)

Create the luxe look…

Boden Berry oversized jumper

I would balance the fitted style of the leather skirt with the Westbourne Jumper in Berry (£79). It’s a great over-sized style with a longer length that creates a really flattering silhouette. The soft berry colour contrasts the leather for the perfect luxe look.

Boden leopard pointed pumps

By pairing it with soft leopard pointed pumps (£89) means the outfit is comfortable and practical to wear. Would work perfectly with black opaques too.

How would you style the leather skirt? 

I had waited for years but this year I bought one of my all time favourite investment pieces – the Burberry trench coat. JT and I took a special trip to the new Regent Street store on a cold and rainy (well it had to be really didn’t it?!) January day and spent a while gawping and gasping at the array of gorgeous Burberry-ness that we were surrounded by. Next time you’re in London, head there. The store itself is incredible.

Burberry Regent Street

As soon as there is a dark cloud in the sky, my trench comes out. It’s an amazingly versatile coat. Something that I look for in an investment is that it has to work on many levels, be classic and be a great fit – the trench ticks all those boxes and more. For one more, it’s practical!

It’s great dressed up or down. Here are a couple of ways that I style mine.

Style Me - the trench, classic
Trench £219 Aigle / Belt £175 Mulberry / Shirt £93 Thomas Mason for JCrew / Fedora £55 Whistles / Boots £145 Steve Madden at John Lewis / Jeans £185 jbrand 811 skinnies Donna Ida

This outfit (above) will see you through so many situations. School run, coffee with friends, shopping…endless!Dress trench

Trench as above / Stripey dress £60 Oasis / Red dress £335 DVF Harrods / Heels £525 Christian Louboutin Net-a-Porter / Bag £350 Aspinal of London John Lewis
How you would you style a trench?

Pollyanna by the pool

There aren’t many times when you can completely and unashamedly relax and unwind. But the holiday to Borgo Egnazia was a time when I could. Relaxing by the pool with my newly discovered Martini Spritzer, I decided I was going to make some holiday resolutions. With no chores and no lists, my mind was free to focus on the future…and my style!

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Everyone knows the Italians have an impeccable eye for style but I have to say I was quite overcome by the effortless manner in which they pull this off. After a couple of days of hiding behind my ovesized Chanel’s I began to embrace it. I wasn’t going to be intimidated, instead I would join them in their unadulterated penchant for style.
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This goes for lipstick too!
Accent a plain outfit with a pop of leopard – my new found love!
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ps. what will your holiday resolutions be?