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.
Here’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, 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?
Penny, The Frugal Fashion Shopper