Dress Down Sunday: Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

published 2013


Wednesday 30 January 2013 Pros of sleeping with Roxster 12, cons of sleeping with Roxster 3, percentage of time spent deciding whether or not to sleep with Roxster, preparing for possibility of sleeping with Roxster and imagining sleeping with Roxster compared with actual time it would probably take to sleep with Roxster 585%...

‘What are you supposed to do about being naked?’

‘You get a slip, darling.’

‘A slip – like the zoo form?’

‘Go to La Perla – no, don’t go to La Perla, the expense is eye-watering. Go to Intimissimi or La Senza and get yourself a couple of little short black silk sexy slips. I think, when you were last doing this, they were called “petticoats”. Or maybe one black, one white. With a slip, you can show off your arms and legs and d├ęcolletage, which are always the last to go, but keep the central area – which we might want to gloss over – glossed over. OK?’

observations: Bridget, the widowed single parent, is starting a relationship with a much younger man, whom she is fairly obviously not going to end up with, but who breaks with the tradition of such romantic comedies by being in fact terribly nice, with nothing wrong with him apart from his age. It’s refreshing, and their text/tweet exchanges are very funny when involving food (less so when involving farts.)

Meanwhile, if you were ever inclined to dismiss Fielding and Jones as lightweights (not a mistake Clothes in Books makes in fact), they’ll come out with something like this:
I looked at them with the expression of an anti-Iraq War demonstrator hearing that there were no weapons of mass destruction.
Or this:
[I wish] I could have sat down for a minute and read the Style section from last week’s Sunday Times whilst believing myself to be reading the News Review
As ever, Bridget & Helen are brilliant on clothes: the Bohemian neighbour across the road with the increasingly strange headwear, the attempts to get daughter Mabel into an outfit that makes sense – ‘cool shorts-tights-and-biker-boots outfits from H& M kids, or sticky-outy party dresses from Mum’ (Mum is wearing a Carole Middleton coat-dress) - the navy dress that Bridget wears all the time. And the slip is a great idea, though it definitely should be silk. This one is from Lily Silk.

Another important Jones outfit featured on first publication, and there are also entries on Bridget’s black teddy and short skirt.


  1. I've got this on order from the library - along with squillions of other people. Cheers

    PS I've got my very first giveaway running!

    1. I'm sure you'll enjoy it! I'll go and visit your giveaway....

  2. Moira - Ah, more Bridget Jones! I love it! Such a refreshing, witty and biting look at modern life. And I love that 'glossing over' thing. So realistic I think.

    1. Exactly, excellent description Margot - what's not to like when you have great observation and good jokes?

  3. Not lightweight - sounds more interesting. Can you this with a plain wrap cover? I've got a reputation to uphold. No? Ok, waiting for the film.

    1. I'm sure the women in your life will make sure you see it when the time comes Col. Though if the cover didn't have words: there's Bridget, sitting on a bar stool, in silhouette, in a fug of cig smoke - could easily illustrate one of your books.

  4. Intimissimi is a fantastic brand!! Soooo much better than La Senza!!


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