Would the good Dr wear it?

And no I don't mean the Dr of the Who variety but my beloved Dr Nikki Alexander from Silent Witness.  I have mentioned more than once that I do have a teensy style crush on her - partly because I think she doesn't try and reinvent the wheel.  She's also nearly the same age - 39, so nearly 40.... (no I didn't believe that and thought she was younger) - and dresses, I think, like a pretty darn cool 40 year old woman.  She's not at the cutting edge of fashion for sure but hell, neither am I. 

The whole point of this blog (the whole thing - not just this blog post) was to find my way through the minefield of yoof fashion and old lady (lack of) style and see if there was such a thing as a fashionable wardrobe for those amongst us who weren't ready to hang up our skinnies and move straight to elasticated trousers (which admittedly I do own more than a couple of pairs of - I'll quit whilst I'm vaguely ahead) 

Anyway, I love the way that Emilia Fox, as the good Dr, dresses.  Some of it is from the High Street, some of it is designer (she is a huge fan of Rebecca Taylor blouses which are gorgeous but nothing at the moment floats my boat - for the cost.  However I shall be exploring her more another day in a different blog) 

To go back to my headline, "Would the good Dr wear it?", well this is a question I feel is pertinent to ask when looking at my new favourite item of clothing - the blouse.  I did in fact get a new one from my mother in law for my birthday (I did get money and I did purchase the blouse.  It was a GIFT which meant it doesn't count towards my three items which are ones I must buy with my own money.  I'm *sure* I made this clear at the beginning of the year... backtracking faster than Jackson moonwalking).  With exceptionally bad forward planning, this is now in the washing bin (I wore it last week on the pics) and so I can't show to you BUT it has Dr Nikki all over it. 

Here she is in her blouse glory. 








So without further ado, let's crack on with my Nikki inspired gems. 


Starting by taking full advantage of the 20% off Boden have off everything (all good things come to those who wait) until Wednesday.  Without further ado let's have a look. 

Soho Blouse from Boden now £55.20 in navy blue tile spot  Love the shape of this top and a spot is the perfect Spring addition. 




Soho Blouse in lemon tile spot  £55.20




Soho Blouse Vanilla Tile Spot  £55.20



Now whilst this isn't a blouse, the good Dr has also been seen to wear blouson style (dear god I'm making her sound geriatric) tops.  She loves a good print and some colour and I think these would work perfectly. 

Ravello Top in Pearl Retro Leaf now £39.20


Ravello Top in Newt Retro Leaf now £39.20



They also do this in a roll top neck which I think I may prefer... more of a 60s vibe to it. 

Roll Collar Ravello £39.20



Another slightly smock shape top which she wears would be like this one in a retro colourway I love.  She's a huge fan of navy (is it any wonder I love her?) so this would be tick tick tick for me. 

Printed Pocket Top now £39.20 These look quite close fitting actually so I'd probably size up to give it a smockier (clearly not a word but it perhaps should be. I shall endeavour to use more often) appearance.  Would work perfectly then over skinny jeans.  One of my favourite silhouettes.  



Joules Sylvie Top in Navy Bloom £49.95  I don't include a lot of Joules on the blog, this is indeed true.  But I saw this when I was having a look online and love the shape, the pattern and the print.  I then saw a lady wearing it today when I was out at breakfast and I can confirm it is totally gorgeous in the flesh.  The girls I was with were stunned when I said it was from Joules (that may have been stunned in sadness/pity at my knowing where the top was from.  This happens a lot) 





Ms Alexander does very much seem to favour the collarless blouse (actually I'm not sure thinking about if all blouses are collarless.... otherwise wouldn't that be a shirt?  And this is what my life has come to) 

Regardless, this is a gorgeous print from NW3 at Hobbs in a lovely easy to wear, floaty fabric.  Although it does have a detailed print to it, the neutrality of the tones would make it versatile to wear with a number of different colours, textures and styles. 

NW3 by Hobbs Tree Print Blouse £79




Love this blush giraffe print from Mint Velvet.  Grazia Print blouse £59



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They also do it in this shape which I think is lovely and perfect for the Summer - works really well under biker jackets as opposed to blazers, I would say. 

Grazia Print Blouse £69



Moving onto a blouse shape which works really well with a blazer and skinnies and staying with quirky print, I love this Palm Print Blouse from... yes, you've guessed it.... good old M&S.  Oozes cool retro.

Palm Print Blouse £35 (hmm a blouse with a collar.  And yes, this actually does look more like a shirt to me.  Still love it though)



This paisley style tunic has been in M&S for a while actually and I've been drawn to it a number of times.  Love the shape and the print.  For me, I prefer the navy mix but actually think that the Flame would be more popular with most. 

Kaleidoscope Print Blouse £29.50 in navy mix.



And in the Flame 


This again, I have papped as it looks so so fab in real life.  The colours wouldn't particularly work for me (I don't get on with red.  Or purple.  Not that this is purple - I may be old but I'm not colourblind) but there is something about it that really appeals.  Like I said yesterday with regards to dresses - some prints you are just drawn to. 

Remarkably this has a similar (ish) ring to the actual blouse Nikki is wearing in the top pic.  Spooky (ish)  This would look fab with a cream jacket over it.  Obligatory skinnies. 

Scarf Print Blouse £29.50



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Warehouse have some gorgeous blouses at the moment, my favourite of which by a country mile is this yellow one.  Out of all of them on here I think this one is at the top of my wish list. 

Yellow Texture blouse £40 from Warehouse 





Pretty Bird Floral Blouse £42



Love the shades in this one - I have a pale pink blazer that would go remarkably well with it actually.  Would also look fab teamed with all the baby blue there is around at the moment.

Oriental Bird Print Blouse £42



Actually I lied when I said my favourite was the yellow Warehouse one.  I've just flicked back through the pics on my phone and not entirely sure how I could have forgotten this as it is TOP of my wishlist for March, so ignore earlier comments about aforementioned blouse (although it is lovely) and feast your eyes on this one.  

All hail the most gorgeous blouse I've seen in forever.  

Jaeger Geo Camo Tunic Top in Yellow £180   It is eye wateringly expensive but it's silk and it goes in the washing machine.  I reckon I would wear this at least once a week.  With jeans (all colour and styles), blazers, swing jackets, biker jackets, leather jackets - I could go on.... Am doing an excellent job of selling it to myself. 




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There are actually loads more I could post - not sure if there have always been loads of these around or that i've just discovered one of my favourite items of clothing. Do you share my love of a print top?  Of the kind that hides a multitude of sins?  Would love to know whether you'll be purchasing/have purchased and how you plan to wear yours.

Oh and is a blouse with a collar a shirt?  Thoughts please, otherwise this will bug me.

Today, still embracing the sunshine and getting more outfit variety out of my new brogues (which are getting comfier by the day) before the rain makes an unwelcome return come the end of the week.  



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Denim shirt - Zara
Saxby jeans - ASOS 
Navy blazer - Zara
Stone Maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch
Indira necklace - Stella & Dot
Grey Bella Suede Oxford brogues - Seven Boot Lane

Hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine today.  There was more than a hint of Spring in the air - dare we all hope it's round the corner?!

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  1. She wears a lot of Tucker as well. Gorgeous blouses an dresses but on their own website the photography is worse than Marks. Expensive but truly get loads of wear.

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    1. yes, this is true! I actually think the yellow blouse second photo down is a Tucker one. They are sooooooo expensive though. SOB.

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  2. I adore dr nikki too and love blouses but - and here I am going to sound geriatric - I cannot cope with man made fibres. Do you have any solutions? Hx

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    1. Some of the ones above are cotton or silk definitely. Not all polyester! Worth having a squiz at the content of any that you fancy - certainly the kaleidoscope M&S one is cotton and silk I'm sure. And the Jaeger one is deffo silk. Hope that helps xx

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  3. I also love (almost) everything she wears. In a recent episode Dr A was wearing a gorgeous sheer breton top and I so want to find out where it's from. Any thoughts?

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    1. I remember the one, was it the one with the stolen baby? (god I'm sad) At the time I remember thinking it wasn't her usual fair. She doesn't tend to wear anything lower end HS but it might be worth having a look at some brands like Velvet, Jamers Perse or Splendid. Check out My Wardrobe or Matches Fashion, even NAP in their tops sections.

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    2. Thanks thats great.

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  4. Hmmmmmm blouse or shirt. I always believed a shirt to be of a stiffer fabric and more fitted and structured, whereas a blouse is a softer fabric making the garment "blouse" out. Food for thought! About the sheet breton - my 16 year old has reliably informed me of an app called "The Hunt" where you download a pic and people tell you where its from - probably more suited to Misguided and Forever 21 but worth a go xxxxxx

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    1. Thanks. I'll have a look at that. Emma x

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    2. I thnk that's the crux of the definition yes. That's an excellent website to be aware of thank you!

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  5. Not sure if a shirt is made of silky material it could be a blouse. I love Equipment shirts but they are soooo pricey. My latest crush is the Hobbs version. They do it in a pistachio green which I really like. I missed out on the Whistles sculptured tee in a similar shade and have kicked myself ever since and this shirt/ blouse makes up for my dithering

    I can't do prints. Said it before and will say again that they just seem to add years. Don't know why - maybe it's just me.
    I love the green jacket but my fave coat of yours has got to be the Zara check coat you have been wearing recently. Amazing on you.

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    1. yes I think this is is definitely. The whistles sculptured tee is much more of a lime green if that makes you missing out on it less painful?! And I'm sure you can do prints BUT I totally agree if you don't feel comfortable in something - regardless of how much it suits you, it's not worth trying to force a square peg into a round hole.

      Thank you about the coat - the Zara one is my fave too (checked one!) if I'm honest! Absolutely love love love it x

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  6. Love the blouse look and have fished out some oldies as well as purchased some new ones for whenever spring decides to arrive! Am also completely loving the brogues! You have so proved how versatile that colour is over the last few days and I have ordered some mink leather ones from Clark's... They would defo go brilliantly with the mint velvet blouse...that one along with the oriental bird print are my faves...

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    1. isn't that MV blouse gorgeous? It's the most versatile shade and yes would go perfectly with minky shoes. Xxx

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  7. Love a blouse but those Boden ones just scream frumpy school mum with cankles to me... jaegers so much better

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    1. I know what you mean about the BOden ones but I think styled properly they could look amazing. Most things could look cack if put with other rubbish! However, yes the Jaeger one in my mind is so much more versatile and definitely worth the extra dosh.

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  8. The Joules one is really nice, I don't look there often either. Get maybe one catalogue a season from them - if they sent more I'd flick through it with a cuppa! I also really like the navy/white/red Marks one, I've only made one Marks purchase in the last year (my cobalt blue winter coat) but you keep serving up all these gems that I do keep looking online/in store!

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    1. I'm so pleased you've come round to the wonderful world of M&S. They should SO be paying me! And Joules, yes completely agree with you, although they definitely do have some little gems every now and again. Happy perusing!

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  9. Ha! Glad I'm not the only one who thinks she looks pretty damn cool. Love these blouses - great ones in H&m too.

    Mel x

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  10. Oh I have my eye on that blouse from Warehouse too, just not sure how much wear I'll get on maternity leave!

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  11. The good Dr always looks pretty fab if not a tad parky in some episodes. I am sooo nesh that it would have to be upwards of 18 degrees for me (god perhaps I really am showing my age) but I am definitely feeling the love. I am off to check out M&S, later in the week, as I have been pretty impressed by your' reporting. You are quite right I think you deserve a bung! xx

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  12. Wow it's so nice and so lovely outfit i realy realy love this outfit ....
    designer leather jackets

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  13. Hi, I am desperately trying to track down the top she wore in the first episode this week. Hoping you are still as obsessed as me and can help me please! Thanks!

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  14. Hi, I am desperately trying to track down the top she wore in the first episode this week. Hoping you are still as obsessed as me and can help me please! Thanks!

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    1. Apparently its from Zara Basic Collection - someone found it in Oxfam, no idea how long ago it was for sale, i can't find it anywhere and would love to track one down :( If anyone can help - much appreciated!

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