Modest Summer Slaying

I am painfully aware that modest clothing is SO not hot in this day and age but hear me out. While retailers are encouraging us to flaunt our wares in revealing and increasingly barely-there outfits – especially so in the recent beautiful weather we’ve had (scorchio!) – I say we regain the exclusivity of our form and cover our bits and pieces in style.

There’s a saying much-beloved of meme-makers who also believe modest dressing to be where it’s at: if you dress like a piece of meat, you’re going to attract dogs. I have heard some ladies complain that the attention they receive from men is overly focused on their body parts but, as they are complaining, their said parts are hanging out for all to see and drool over. Right…

Now I am the last person qualified to judge anybody for anything but, dear beautiful women, whatever happened to us dressing to please ourselves instead of everyone else? And why can’t doing so translate into fabulously stylish, classy and flattering outfits that leave something to the imagination?

Feast your eyes on these examples of modest yet totally bomb diggity (did I just say that?) style choices…






See? It is possible to stay cool in warm weather without baring all! And, by the way, it has actually been proven that you stay cooler wearing loose-fitting clothing rather than exposing bare skin to the sun. So there.

Here’s me doing smart(ish) on a hot Sunday, wearing dusky pink shirt by H&M, white textured skirt by M&S, flat snake and suede sandals also by H&M and minimalist accessories from New Look and Michael Kors:


I take enormous pleasure in knowing that what I’m ‘working with’ (ahem) is exclusively for my own and my husband’s eyes. Even before I was married, I actually enjoyed picking out what to wear with modesty in mind, knowing I could slay without sky-high levels of flesh being exposed. I suppose I’ve always been someone who enjoys going against the grain and it seems that, in having this viewpoint in today’s flesh-thirsty society, I’m staying true to form.





Wearable Metallics


I like shiny things. In fact, I love ’em. In my home I’ve used metallic accessories to add a luxe touch to what is quite a neutral black, white and grey scheme (see ‘Marvellous Monochrome’ post) but I also love wearing shiny fabrics and accessories.

I happen to live near a Matalan outlet store. I very rarely go in, more out of Eden not being a fan of long shopping trips than anything else, but this week he was kind enough to allow me to peruse their ‘30% off already discounted items’ sale. (Thanks, son.)

That’s how I found what may well become my new favourite t-shirt; a very wearable metallic silver short-sleeved top with a pocket detail on the front. Very minimalist. Very easy to wear. Very shiny.


I now have quite a collection of clutch bags, some of my favourite of which are the ones with a metallic finish. Take, for example, this one; a superb example of what I affectionately call ‘trashy chic’:


Very maximalist. Very fun to rock. Also very shiny.

DKNY have got the right idea:


As have Topshop and H&M:



Metallics are pretty much everywhere right now so if you want to experiment, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find something you like to suit every budget. Plus, they’re a super-easy way for busy mamas to look great without having to spend ages getting ready: a gold or silver top thrown on with jeans rocks, as do metallic trainers or ballet flats. Effortlessly glam. Shine on!

Nursing Cover Review –


Breastfeeding. Yep, I’m taking it there. Specifically, breastfeeding in public places. When you’re out and about and you’ve chosen to breastfeed your baby, you will inevitably face the issue of how and where to feed your little one in public. Or, perhaps, it’s not an issue for you (and if that’s the case, hurrah).

I remember very clearly the very first time I had to breastfeed my son, Eden, in public. King (my husband – yes, that’s his real name) and I had gone to a restaurant in north London for lunch. It was opposite a beautiful park we had gone for a walk in which had plenty of open spaces where I would have happily fed my newborn baby without feeling uncharacteristically shy and embarrassed, as the next nearest people were quite a way off.

My baby didn’t need feeding while we were at the park though. He needed feeding at the restaurant. I knew he would and I actually tried to delay going in, saying I’d rather feed him in the car, but King told me not to worry about it, no time like the present etc and, anyway, I could always use my new nursing cover.

The waiter offered us a table in the window – which I abruptly declined and asked to be seated somewhere a little less conspicuous. We found a nice little nook. Everything was fine. Then Eden began to squirm and put his fist in his mouth, which I knew meant we were about to embark on our first experience of breastfeeding in public.

So here it was. The moment had arrived. Out came the nursing cover which I slipped over my head as discreetly as I could, and, with nursing bra clip undone by nervous, fumbling fingers, I fed my son. I could feel that my face was hot. I was trying so hard to look as though everything was normal. Then it hit me: this IS normal. A moment ago, I had a screaming baby to deal with; now he is happy and content as he has his ‘lunch’ and the other diners can dine in peace.

Fast forward to almost one year later and I’m still going strong with breastfeeding, largely due to the fantastic nursing covers I use which make public nursing a no-drama affair. I discovered a small, mama-run nursing cover company called (their tag line is “Mam-made in the Lake District” – love it) after initially looking for a Bébé au Lait cover at a reasonable price. Badjily’s covers are the same type as Bébé au Lait’s well-known design, featuring an adjustable strap you place around your neck and a section of curved boning inserted at the neckline which holds the cover away from your body a little, allowing you to see baby and check attachment while you feed and also helps keep baby cool.

They come in a wide range of designs and colours, they’re generously sized so they easily cover you and baby and they even come with a free reminder tag for you to pop on your bra strap to remind you which side you last fed from. AND they’re a fraction of the price of a Bébé au Lait cover at £6.95 each. I bought two and they combine postage. Result.

The only thing that could be improved about these nursing covers is that they are made of a 50/50 cotton mix instead of 100% cotton but they are durable and hardwearing enough to have withstood being shoved repeatedly into my changing bag for a year and still look great after many washes.

So, if you’d rather cover up than bare all, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better nursing cover – especially at such a fantastic price. Thumbs up and thank you for helping to give me the confidence to nurse wherever I am.

Welcome to my world

Hi. I’m a mum. I work. I’m a wife. I’m a friend. I like clothes. I like interiors. I like baby stuff. I like a bargain. And I’ve got lots to say about it all.

Here on the MelissaLikes blog, I’ll be sharing with you some of the various things I discover, use and like. MelissaLikes: it really does do what it says on the tin. Be prepared for simple, straight-forward, candid talk like that – I am a northerner (although I’ve lived in London for a good while) and that’s how we roll.

I’ll be on the lookout for anything which makes life that little bit easier for parents and I’ll be honest about the things that don’t. I’ll also be sharing my personal style choices and bargains I’ve nabbed in the worlds of fashion, home and baby products. And so it begins…