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Freelance graphic designer and new mum Claire Goble talks personal style, the challenges of shopping for clothes with a toddler and why she’s excited to try M&S’ styling tips and tricks

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See more of Claire’s makeover and find out how our M&S stylists helped two other women looking for a wardrobe update.



Claire Goble, a 42-year-old freelance graphic designer from Highbury, North London, is hoping to get her pre-baby style back with an inspirational M&S wardrobe makeover.

“I’ve got stuck in a complete style rut – I wear boyfriend jeans and grey sweat tops all the time. I’m hiding my post-baby body in baggy layers which are a hangover from being pregnant. I feel like I’m blending in and just kind of… disappearing,” she reveals.

As with many new mums, the majority of Claire’s clothes pre-date her pregnancy and are now out of step with her current lifestyle, which is spent rushing between baby groups, trips to the swimming pool and work meetings.

“I used to really enjoy clothes. I had more disposable income and a lot of time to go shopping and experiment so it’s completely changed since having Olive. I had a work meeting a couple of weeks ago and I was so panicked about what to wear I spent

the morning trying on my whole wardrobe – the bedroom was a bomb site!”

When asked which current-season trends she is most keen to try, she confesses to feeling out of the loop: “I don’t really know what they are at the moment. That’s the problem – I don’t feel like I have my finger on the pulse because I’m at baby groups all day and so I’m not seeing all the cool styles on the street.”

Bomber jackets, printed leggings and cropped, wide-legged trousers are key shapes that Claire has admired on others but is unsure how to wear herself: “I feel like I need to get my femininity and a bit of sexiness back. A stylist could possibly show me some things that I would never think of myself that could potentially bring a whole new edge to my wardrobe. I need to bring my style up to date; I can’t afford to change it completely.”


Statement jewellery is an easy way to add interest to timeless checked separates, taking the look from desk to dinner in seconds.
High-waisted flares and heels give the illusion of longer legs. Wear with this season’s off-the-shoulder neckline to tick all the trend boxes.
Tailored culottes suit Claire’s petite frame and the blush-pink bomber jacket adds a dose of contemporary femininity.
Claire looks sophisticated in jewel tones; a long pendant necklace elongates the torso while creating a focal point for the look.
A flowing longline jacket layered over a lace-trimmed camisole and skinny jeans creates an instant outfit for cocktails with the girls.
A classic trench coat is a wardrobe essential. Tie the belt in a loose bow at the back for an elegant silhouette on the go.
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Interviewer: Dulcie Emerson / Photographer: Ian Harrison / Stylists: Alison McDougal and Jamie Wilson

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