Sunday 22 January 2017

Stylewatch: the playground momiform

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

Leigh Arnold.
Leigh Arnold.

The school gates might have a reputation as being the place for a parental style-off. But really, it is essentially a car-to-bar situation. Anyone can throw on a nice coat or a pair of high-heeled boots and a slick of mascara and look instantly relatively respectable.

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It's the arena of the playground that separates the girls from the women. Looking good while standing around in the freezing cold, or chasing a recalcitrant toddler, or possibly scaling the slide or the rope ladder, is a whole other matter.

Nobody is examining the inside of your car from the school gates. But in the playground, the nappy bag, the buggy - it's all on show. Our favourite look? German Nanny, we call it, a la Leigh Arnold.

Topshop jeans, or dungarees; a cocoon-style coat with large pockets - Cos does this sort of thing well - and Ecco or Camper shoes. No make-up for the very brave, or a barely-there look for others.

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