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The not so big five O

2017 is my 50th year on this big blue planet. And I’m determined to stay one of its smaller inhabitants. You may have read my post of 28th September when I was recruiting Alison (of Alison Jane Fitness) to help me do the undoable. (Well, at least the undoable on my tod.) You see, I’m a size 10 who weighs around 9 stone. I’m not obviously overweight. There’s not a lot to shift. Just the wobbly bits that lurk under Read More...

Buy now, keep forever: why fashion should be an investment not a fad

When I launched BWD 6 years ago, I set out with a single minded purpose to create a retail concept that encourages investing in fashion rather than disposing of it. Our strap-line of BUY NOW, KEEP FOREVER came about because it summed up exactly what we wanted our consumer offer to be and we’ve stayed true to our DNA since day one. It’s quite ironic given that the High Street has gone totally the opposite direction encouraging consumers to  ‘buy this week, Read More...

Holding back the years

It’s a big birthday next year but as 50 is the new 30, I’m more than ready for the next chapter as my 30’s were the best years of my life. There’s one thing I want to ensure for the decade ahead and that’s that I’m in the best health & shape I can be whilst still enjoying the good things in life. For me, that means a nutritious, tasty diet, a glass of wine when I fancy it and an exercise Read More...

What shoes do we wear with our cropped flare?

The perils of buying in to a new denim style such as the cropped flare are never ending! It’s hard enough knowing how to style your top half when you’re out of your comfort zone, let alone worrying about what’s going on down below. The cropped flare first appeared a couple of seasons ago with MIH Jeans leading the way by introducing the Lou Jean. Inspired by the retro fashion of the 1970s, traditional ‘bell-bottoms’ (as they were then called) used Read More...

Why skinny, high-rise jeans are great in your forties

I’m going to be 50 next year. The thought doesn’t frighten me in the slightest but I do sometimes look at my wardrobe and think am I wearing ‘age appropriate’ clothing. Despite what most people think, I don’t have an overly large selection of clothes at home. I am easily over-faced with too much choice and work better with fewer, quality pieces that suit my lifestyle, my body shape, are comfortable and a little bit edgy and different. Being slightly Read More...

The beauty of a classic knit

The beauty of buying in to a classic Bella Freud knit is that you can wear it all year round, year after year. It never dates and can be worn either by itself for maximum impact or layered under a leather or denim jacket when the temperatures drop I am a collector of quality designer pieces and love adding a new Bella Freud knit to my collection every autumn When we first started stocking Bella 2 years ago I chose the Read More...

Denim Dungarees

We often get asked how to wear this seasons most covetable look with confidence. The key is your attitude and what you choose to wear with your denim dungarees. Banish all thoughts of being ‘too old’ before you continue reading this post as, much like leather skinnies and distressed jeans, there is no age limit any longer when it comes choosing your key wardrobe pieces, it’s all about HOW you wear your clothes, not WHAT you wear. Denim dungarees are perfect Read More...
BWD Basics, The Ultimate Basic

Wardrobe Basics

When I launched the BWD concept almost 5 years ago I made some pretty silly assumptions. One of the biggest was that I could source really well made, affordable wardrobe basics that customers would keep coming back to season after season. We all have a favourite white tee shirt that we wear to death and then want to replace with EXACTLY the same one, right ? Well, you’d be surprised at the difficulties I have had trying to find Read More...

Choosing the right jeans for your body shape!

Going shopping for jeans and knowing which style will suit you best is a trial that every woman has to face. But don’t panic…Black White Denim are here to help! If you follow us on either Facebook or Twitter you’ll know that we’re giving away a pair of J Brand Jeans, so we thought we’d share our inside tips on choosing the best jeans for your body shape. Hourglass: If you’re lucky enough to rock a curvy, feminine hourglass shape like Read More...

Want to win a Zoe Karssen sweatshirt? Here’s how to rock it!

  This week as part of our competition over on Facebook we’re giving away a Zoe Karssen sweatshirt! But if you were the lucky winner, how would you wear it? Here’s our top three looks: Look 1: This look is perfect for those chilled out days where you’re catching up with the girls over coffee   Top:  Zoe Karssen Killer Cool Ombre Sweater Jacket: 2nd Day Linga Brushed Leather Jacket Trousers: Avelon Wanton Black Leather And Jersey Trousers Sunglasses: Sherrif & Cherry G1 Blue Jungle Sunglasses   Look 2: This look is Read More...