Where the years have gone, I just don’t know. It seems like one minute we were applauding our son on his first word (caaaaaaaaar) and the next minute he’s nearly 14 and trying to explain the Pythagoras Theory to me.
So when Jacamo got in touch to see if I’d like some men’s clobber, I was intrigued, but knew that I couldn’t possibly give a fair assessment of the clothes and accessories as there’s no way that VIP would even contemplate modeling anything for me.
But then I remembered that my son was actually quite a bit taller than me and he would actually pass for a ‘small man’ and reconsidered. But it all depended on him of course. Was he up for a bit of trendy teen dressing with Jacamo?
For someone who refused to accept that his mum even owned her own blog site, let alone write posts for it, getting him to agree to model for me would be a tough gig. But he surprised me; I think the promise of new, trendy clothes was all he needed – and here’s what he chose.
Pale blue ‘Rigid Jeans’ for £20: We ordered a size 27-inch waist (he’s a big boy!) but they sent the wrong size, so I was surprised he managed to keep them up.
In his own words (what few he uses), the jeans were “really comfortable” and he liked the colour. He hasn’t got a pair of paler blue jeans – I thought they suited him and they do go with everything. Plus I can’t believe the price – a total bargain.
Until he grows into the jeans though, he can carry on wearing a belt for them, so I was pleased he ordered a pack of two slim leather belts for £20 – that was a bit of forward thinking! It’s great how the set offers a black and a brown belt depending on the outfit and its colour.
Next he chose the ‘Duck Egg Long Sleeve Tipped Polo Long’ top. It was a good choice and I was pleased to see that he didn’t pick his usual black top combo, but opted for something a little lighter – and dare I say it, more sophisticated.
The top features a button placket fasten, cuffed sleeves and a contrast colour tipping to the collar – hence the ‘Tipped’ description.
The material is made of 98% cotton and 2% elastane and the polo top cost a very affordable £19.
Again, it’s something that’s very versatile and would go with most styles (and shades) of trousers.
Last but not least – but I did leave the best until last (according to Luis), were these Leather Look Derby Shoes (in wide fit). I have to be really careful with the shoes Luis wears given his history of feet issues, so I was pleased the pair he’d chosen were wide fit, meaning that they’d be comfortable.
And he loves them. He has even taken to wearing them for school. The black shoes feature a brown trim, so I was concerned that they wouldn’t be appropriate for school, but so far, none of the teachers have commented.
The shoes were great value for money and cost £30. They’re also very comfortable and Luis is certainly getting a lot of wear out of them.
So the whole outfit cost just under £90, which is great value as the clothes are great quality, meaning they’ll last him a good few years. Well, maybe not the shoes if he continues to wear them at the current rate he is!
It’s scary to see my boy growing up so fast – I fear the next time I blink he’ll be off to uni or leaving home! But it’s an interesting age for him at the moment – and dare I say it, a challenging one for his parents.
He’s asserting his authority when he thinks he’s right, thinks both his parents are clueless and is finding his ‘look’ when it comes to the way he presents himself. I realise that this is all part of the growing up process, but I just wish time stood still for a little while.
And this is for you Luis. I’m really proud of how far you’ve come in life, how kind, loving and generous you are and how you’re always so polite with my friends.
Thank you for modelling for me – even if you did “feel like an idiot”. Be yourself – I couldn’t be more proud of you. X
*This was a collaborative post with Jacamo who decided to work with me in return for my honest opinion.
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