The weather’s changed. It’s wetter, colder, greyer here in the UK and my nail-varnished toes are going to be hidden away for the duration. Or maybe not as warmer weather is forecast for next week.  OK, the weather is unsettled at the moment. Time to get out the jackets and the shoes that can take the rain.

Jackets are certainly are a topic for some of the fashion journalists. Here’s Lauren Cochrane on how to wear the denim jacket, which she says doesn’t have to be in that ubiquitous blue colour. I’ve got a Calvin Klein denim jacket (from a charity shop, natch) which is in the usual blue, but the jacket I love best at this time of year is the bomber jacket. There’s nothing quite like one of those jackets for bringing a casual but zingy feel to an outfit, and they’re just right for spring or autumn weather, although looking at some of those prices. £549 – really?   Why not just drop into to your local charity shop and find one for around £5.00, which I did recently.

yellow-top-webHere’s the £5.00 bomber jacket in, you might notice, my favourite summer colour, a vibrant yellow. But I want to draw your attention to the trousers. In my last post I mentioned I’d bought an unworn M&S pair of linen trousers so yesterday I put them on to take a photo. Now I bought these trousers on a hot day so they felt refreshingly cool when I put them on, but looking at the first couple of photos my jaw dropped to the floor as the trousers might have made me feel cool, but they certainly didn’t look cool.  In fact, they foreshortened and fattened my legs so much that I looked, well, kind of big. And I’m, as you know, slim. The photo on the left is taken with a different lens so they look slightly better than the first two photos but still….

Just compare those trousers with my favourite type of jeans the skinny variety,black-outfit-web here on the right. People, ladies, women, I don’t believe in giving anyone any advice, because there are no rules when you age, you wear what you want. However! Whatever your size, I’m really not sure about wide (sometimes known as boyfriend/mom size) flappy trousers. Why, because they widen, fatten and enlarge your legs. Look at the two photos. I rest my case.

That’s all for now, but what do you think – do you wear skinny or wide?

With love

Penny, The Frugal Fashion Shopper

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6 thoughts on “Jackets and trousers for this changeable weather!

  • 29th August 2014 at 8:26 am

    Hi Penny. I agree with you about the trousers, the skinnies suit you more. Are you petite as well as slim? That may explain the widening effect of the baggies trousers, I’m short (and wide) and can only wear wide leg trousers with a big heel; so no good for casual wear. If I do wear them with flatter shoes, think FitFlop flat forms then I keep them as long and floor skimming as possible. Ups the laundry bills but lengthens the legs

  • 30th August 2014 at 7:44 am

    Hi, Marina and thanks for the comment. I’m 5′ 8″ so I’m not petite, but the photo above is better than the first one which made my legs look enormous! I was so surprised and think that charity shop mirror must have been a slimming one – I’m sure they exist! Yes, wearing skinnies might not work for everyone but what about ‘boot cut’ for you and straight up and down jeans/trousers?

    Best wishes to you

  • 1st September 2014 at 4:59 pm

    You look great in skinny trousers but though my legs are reasonably slim I have rather saggy knees so tend not to wear clingy leggings or jeans. I have got several pairs of wide linen trousers though, so should probably take some pictures to see what they look like! I do prefer them without creases, which makes them hang better.

  • 8th September 2014 at 11:23 am

    Hi, Umi, apologies, I’ve been away, which is why I haven’t replied earlier. Thanks for both the comment and the compliment! Yes, I was surprised by the photo as I see myself as slim but those trousers…. Well, as I always say, a charity shop buy that turns into a mistake is just about OK as I hadn’t spent anything much. But it was a warning, as in, trust one’s instincts! Do you wear boot-cut trousers & jeans as they are kind of a compromise?

  • 19th September 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Some of us actually look better in looser, slightly fuller trousers. Perhaps our shape demands it…but they slim the waist, hips and thighs, and then sweep gracefully down the leg, and yes, are ultra cool. I like a small heel with mine, only an inch or so, to lengthen the leg. Otherwise I wear a straight leg pant, but never a skinny one. Ultimately, as you always say, we all have to check in the mirror and find our own particular look. It is fun, and it is worthwhile to know for sure.. I was recently in California, and I did notice that many women wore slim pants who would have benefited from a slightly looser leg.I do think you are ultra slim, Penny, and taller than average, and can definitely pull them off. Thank you.

  • 21st September 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hi, Margaret and thanks for your comment. Yes, you’re right you know what’s best for you and of course, straight up and down and a looser pair of trousers with heel is a great style. Perhaps I could have phrased it better (because I was stunned to see how I looked) but I do see some people wearing an excess of material to hide a slightly fuller figure and that doesn’t always work. I have a friend, who’s quite short and big who often wears wide trousers, but she looks stunning in a (charity shop) outfit of a straight black pair of trousers and short red box jacket – it’s the structure that makes that outfit.

    And I like a bit of structure myself, yes I am slim but I have a small frame with my height so I often carry quite a rounded fleshy tummy – don’t we all! But on those days a structured, well cut slim skirt can look so much better than any of my fuller skirts.

    All the best to you x

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