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Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Fashion Weak...

I am so very busy with work at the moment. It is actually half term, and I cannot spare a minute for my poppets who are spending the break at a local daily camp. It is London Fashion Week and I wont even have two minutes to catch any of the shows (sniff). I believe that Ben de Lisi was fabulous at Claridges, I have always had a weakness for fashion...(sigh)

Strolling past Phase Eight in West Dulwich this morning (the pressure to dash is off as the roads are whisper quiet since the schools are closed) I noticed utilitarian smock dresses worthy of the Top Dog on Prisoner Cell Block H for sale in the shop window. I immediately concluded that a huge amount of their stock will be hanging around for their sale… and perhaps long after that too. The middle class mummies of West Dulwich favour well cut, feminine clothes in pretty colours and dry clean only fabrics, not potato sacks that would challenge the curves of Marilyn Monroe. What are they thinking?

On second thoughts, my new au pair arrives tonight from Poland. I tried to choose the ugliest girl I could find, but these minx’s can be incredibly cunning in their search for a good man family, even feigning a monobrow and the need for spectacles. I shall purchase half a dozen of the ugly smocks for Magda to wear as a uniform this evening.

You know you really should get yourself to Phase Eight ASAP, those smocks will fly off the rails by the weekend at this rate!

12 comments:

Frog in the Field said...

How wise you are DM.
I remember well, how a lady with young children chose the ugliest housekeeper she could, when her husband moved them all to South Africa.
One can never be too careful.
Maybe give her socks that will 'bag' nicely around the ankles, oh and ones that don't have matching partners.
Good luck with her and hope she's going to be good for you all, I bet you've not had an easy time finding the right one.

dulwichmum said...

Darling Frog,

Socks! What a great plan, I hadn't even thought of socks, I shall buy her some long stripey ones with individual toes...

Potty Mummy said...

Pop socks - in American tan - would do the job even better. And probably help the wearer to develop a nice smelly case of athlete's foot as well.

Just in case, you understand.

And am with you on the smocks, DM. What on earth posessed the stores to bulk order dresses that only look like anything on stick thin 16 year olds - who can't afford them, and in any case, are all too busy wearing their mother's vintage designer?

dulwichmum said...

Oh Potty Mummy,

When I saw those dreadful smock dresses, I thanked God himself that he brought us Herve Leger and the budget to afford it!

rain said...

I'm wondering what kind of day one would have to have to think that selling those grey smocks would be a sound business decision? However, after thumbing through the rest of the on line catalogue, I am convinced this company would make a killing here on Vancouver Island, where there is an entirely different standard of fashion...
Perhaps I should consider a franchise?

Frog in the Field said...

here DM, have a glass of this to steady yourself. The what-if's in life are just too terrible to contemplate.

Rosie said...

Oh Dulwich Mum, your poor new au pair! You never know the smock dress and monobrow look may take off. The socks are a great idea - team them up with open toe sandles and you should have no worries!

Nunhead Mum of One said...

You sound as if you need chocolate dear heart.....pop over to my bloglette for some free mini eggs.....but hurry!!!

Maddy said...

That's a long way to come just to go shopping dearie. Anyway I gave up smock dresses after the last pregnancy and believe me, it's going to stay that way.
cheers

Expatmum said...

If my memory serves me at all, (and that's very debatable), my au pairs were always around the 20 year old mark, and wouldn't have looked at my handsome husband simply because he was over 25! What on earth is going on?

aims said...

Gosh - I think I better get out the tweezers - put in my contacts and throw out my socks. Perhaps a bit of shopping is needed too...

debio said...

Smock dresses?? Good God!

Must add though that my daughter's godfather always insisted on attractive au pairs as 'the children responded better to attractive people'.

Too f***ing clever for his own good, that one!