Wellington boots, wellies, rubber boots, they all originated from the British soldier and statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures of the 19th century, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. At that time Wellington boots were used by the aristocracy for hunting and outdoor activities.
Fast forward a few centuries and they are used for jumping in muddy puddles and collecting marbles. If weather forecasts are to be trusted, these all-weather boots may soon be needed to cope with some UK snow. Here are some options if you do not want to caught-short and faced with the only remaining boots in your kids size- the £40 Hunter wellies!!
John Lewis Bow Trim Polka Dot Wellington Boots, Navy/Red, £12-£16, www.johnlewis.com
Next, Navy Stripe Wellies, £12-£13, www.next.co.uk
Tesco, F&F Dinosaur Wellies, £9.00 – £10.00
Muddy Puddles, Printed Wellies, £16.00, www.muddypuddles.com
School Christmas jumper day is almost upon us so here is the Intrepid Hound’s round-up of some of the best wooly wonders available on the UK High street right now.
Santa Jumper (3mths-16yrs)
£13 – £18
Blue Zoo Girl’s red sequin penguin jumper, £14 to £15.40, ages 4 to 14 years.
Blue Zoo Boy’s red Christmas snowman knitted jumper, £12 to £13, ages 12 months to 6 years
Pure Cotton Fair Isle Christmas Jumper (1-7 Years), £12 to £14
Elf Dress Up Christmas Jumper ages 12 months to 8 years
Price: from £10.00
Elf Christmas Jumper, ages 9 months to 5 years
John Lewis Boy Reindeer Vest Top, Red/White
£16.00 – £18.00, ages 2 to 12 years
I am a total sucker for a bobble hat. As the cold creeps in I watch in delight as they start to bob around the neighbourhood.
Maybe its because I was brought up watching the Flumps on TV and always had a slight style crush on Pootle.
Anyway the bigger the bobble the better, I say. And who can argue with that.
John Lewis Space Dye Beanie Hat, Navy/Multi, ages 2 to 12 years, £7.20 to £8 (worn by my son above)
Marks and Spencers, Eye Beanie Hat, ages 3 to 14 years, £8.
Next, Christmas Tree Hat Ages 3-13 years, £9 to £10
(OK maybe not strictly speaking a bobble, but the season is almost upon us and the star is mighty fine)
An edit of some of the most fabulous girls winter coats available on the UK High street now. They fulfil the two key requirements of my Irish mother. They end below the bum and are made of proper warm material. Shop fast to take advantage of the phenomenon that is the Black Friday discount. Most retailers are offering this NOW.
John Lewis Girl Faux Fur Collar Coat, Navy, ages 2-12 years, £32 to £33.60. www.johnlewis.com
Also comes in pink with grey fur collar
Best of British Pure Wool Faux Fur Collar Dolly Coat, ages 5-14 years, £80. Expensive but a fantastic collaboration with the designer Helene Berman. www.marksandspencers.com
Jigsaw Tweed Faux Fur Coat, ages 4-13 years,
£74.00 – £79.00, www.jigsaw-online.com
J by Jasper Conran Designer girls smart red coat with faux collar, ages 4-14, £36 to £42
This is a quick post on girl’s party dresses. The season is almost upon us, when Christmas parties, pantomime trips and a general need to be sparkly takes over. Here are three little beauties, available now. Monsoon Children’s Sitra dress for £45. www.monsoon.com
Immediately above is I Love Gorgeous’ moon festival dress for £125. www.ilovegorgeous.com
In the middle is H&M’s sparkly number, a sequin embroidered tulle dress for £14.99. www.hm.com