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I cant get the casual/smarter balance right need to make returns today!

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ineedclothes Fri 29-Mar-13 14:11:12

Bearing in mind i have recently went from bootcuts, baggy jumpers and trainers im now wearing skinnies, vests, knitted jumpers and ankle boots i really am trying but my wardrobe is filling with clothes that i cant make a match yet. I have boots and a jacket that the last day to return is today that i cant decide over. I cant help but think the boots are TOO casual these are them - www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=6338368&langId=-1&categoryId=&parent_category_rn=&searchTerm=42Y12CCHC&resultCount=1&geoip=home (in the flesh they are more distressed looking) and i cant wear them with my winter coat which is this - www.soapstyle.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/soapstyle_military_coat_lrg-175x239.jpg

i do like that hey are very flat though and i cant see anything that suits my 'look' anywhere look being smart but comfy and practical

I also bought this jacket - www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33053&storeId=12552&productId=8714129&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=326393&parent_categoryId=229998&pageSize=20

but the way i wear my clothes is vest (to cover bum) jumper slightly shorter generally then jacket so it looks like 3 layers would that look silly?

all advice greatly recieved i am useless i know.

mumtoh Fri 29-Mar-13 16:40:13

I think the boots are great and IMO would look good with skinnies, vest, slouchy jumper, scarf and maybe a biker jacket or short jacket. I wouldn't wear them with the coat - but I am no expert! The link to the jacket didn't work though?

ineedclothes Fri 29-Mar-13 16:55:52

Thanks I think the prob with the boots arei had to size up so feel they look a bit manly. The jacket is a quilted biker it's out of stock to maybe why it's not working.
I was wondering if black boots would look better?

ladyintheradiator Fri 29-Mar-13 20:05:46

I love the boots, and if they fit well then they're a bargain, definitely keep. I do the three later thing sometimes too and don't give it a second though. I had a black vest, cobalt blue jumper, and then a black biker jacket on today. Do you have other boots that go with your coat?

I know what you mean, I have sort of smartened up a bit over the last year or so and it can take a bit of working out what things go and what doesn't, at least when I was scruffier everything matched wink

ineedclothes Fri 29-Mar-13 21:37:04

that makes me feel better about the layering ive clicked the link to the jacket in my op and its working for me so dont know whats up with it. No dont have any boots to go with coat ive bought it but never worn it despite freezing temps! im really not sure what style i need to go with it ifykwim.

I was so scruffy previously that i avoided going out alot of the time and if i did never took my horrible jacket off, im really trying now to build a real wardrobe its not easy though

mumtoh Fri 29-Mar-13 23:35:07

Ah the jacket link works now! I like it. I think keep the boots in that colour; black can be a bit samey. With the coat it may be better to wear heeled boots? If you buy the right ones they will last more than 1 season. Keep going with your new look, it take courage but if you keep looking here for inspiration you will get there smile

ExRatty Sat 30-Mar-13 02:04:43

I think the boots are vair off trend. This matters not if you love them of course.
If it isn't love then back they go

I can't get the last link to work.

MsWinnieBaygo Sat 30-Mar-13 02:19:55

Boots are nice but you have said they are a size too big and don't fit. On that basis, send them back as they'll never be right or comfy.

Tortington Sat 30-Mar-13 02:24:39

like the boots - would go nice with short biker style jacket

your coat is mumsy - your boots are biker chic - make your mind upsmile

ExRatty Sat 30-Mar-13 07:55:24

Pointy jod boots there are great flat boots

Cherrypie32 Sat 30-Mar-13 08:36:41

Unless you have a lot of money to spend on clothes I wouldn't be buying those boots now. I know it's ruddy freezing but it can't last much longer and then you might not like them next winter. You could buy some Converse or Superga which would see you through Spring until its sandal weather. They don't need to look scruffy (keep them clean) dressed with skinnies or straight leg jeans and the other layering items you have. I have Uggs like those bikers and I certainly don't feel stylish in them (just warm).smile

ineedclothes Sat 30-Mar-13 09:03:03

Appreciating all opinions I definitely need it! Now very concerned the coats mumsy :-( I got it from dotty ps so didn't think it would be. I see what you mean about spring I've been trying to avoid it as that brings so many more issues ( veiny horrible feet) im usually in bootcuts and trainers thru to winter .
Can I wear smarter boots that would work with the coat with the biker? Tempted to return both and start again.

Cherrypie32 Sat 30-Mar-13 09:36:45

What about something like this www.whitestuff.com/mobile/chelsea-split-ankle-boot-prod403291_tan/ or there are some wedge boots on the site too. Their boots always get great reviews for comfort too. I can't see your coat but they would look great with skinnies and a biker with layers under and big scarf.

AlwaysOneMissing Sat 30-Mar-13 10:47:25

I think you should return the boots. In a few weeks (hopefully) they will feel out of season as the weather warms up, so best waiting until A/W stuff comes in again before buying boots. Get some spring footwear instead. Either some converse, or some ballet flats, both will go well with skinnies but can give a very different look.
It almost sounds like you are trying to talk yourself out of keeping the boots - the main positive is how flat they are, but you can find other flat footwear that is more suitable.

I can't get the jacket link to work either, but it sounds nice, and on trend. The layered look is not an issue and can actually add interest to a plainer outfit. I'd consider getting a nice scarf too to finish off the look.

As for the coat, I think it is just ok. But as with the boots, we are getting into spring time now, so you are probably best waiting until autumn to get your next winter coat.

So my verdict is return the boots and coat.

AlwaysOneMissing Sat 30-Mar-13 10:52:04

If you do want boots, the ones Cherrypie linked to are really nice and a bit more lightweight so will probably take you further into spring. They are a bit smarter too which might be more the look you are aiming for. (The wedge ones are nice too).

AlwaysOneMissing Sat 30-Mar-13 10:52:27

How old are you op?

ineedclothes Sat 30-Mar-13 11:08:31

think you are right that im trying to talk myself into them i do think i prefer a slightly smarter look and their flatness is really the only appeal to me ive looked everywhere online (im rural) to find something i like that is flat with no luck not really keen on chelsea boots though. I do like the biker jacket though so think i'll keep that. The winter coat i have to keep i bought it a while back i did get it on sale though £28 so if i replace it next year i dont really mind.

Im honestly dreading spring summer, im confined to jeans as i have bad varicose veins and they are now on my feet too not sure if i can brave getting them out in sandals or pumps im still undecided.

Im nearly 28 and if it helps at all average height 5'6 size 10

Cherrypie32 Sat 30-Mar-13 11:23:38

Ah well, I'm 42 so I wouldn't expect us to share same taste in boots grin however you might like a wedge instead, prob bit more on trend. I wouldn't worry about feet too much. Slap some fake tan on when the weather hots up (pasty white feet not nice), get a fab pedicure with something like Rockstar nails (glitter polish) or Shellac etc so all attention on them and a gladiator or similar with lots of strappy coverage. Or wear wide leg or boot cuts trousers that skim the ground in summer so only toes poking out x

ladyintheradiator Sat 30-Mar-13 11:49:21

What about superga/converse?

Though honestly I say to hell with worrying about veins, feet are just feet really, who looks and thinks anything? If I gave my many imperfections too much thought I'd wear a bin liner all year round, really.

Celticlassie Sat 30-Mar-13 12:37:00

How about these? I love them, have been thinking about them for a while - they're quite smart and definitely between seasons.

ineedclothes Sat 30-Mar-13 14:44:13

i like converse but would need to wear with baggier jeans as think i would look like a clown with skinnies.

celtic i do like those out of stock though shall keep an eye on them

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