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Please help me dress for summer

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Spindelina Tue 16-Jun-15 09:14:56

I need some help with summer work clothes.

I need to be presentable, but not very smart. I need to wear closed shoes (for safety - there's stuff around that I wouldn't want to tread on in sandals - rather than any smartness requirement). I am in a technical role which requires a bit of physical effort, so need clothes I can move in. I cycle to work, and I'd rather not have to change when I get here.

I'm pear shaped, with huge thighs and a small waist and bust. Size 8 top, 10 arms, 10-12 skirts, 14 trousers ish. I've been losing weight, and intend to carry on doing so, so I haven't got lots to spend only to replace it if it gets too big.

Normally, I live in A-line skirts of varying lengths, which are very flattering to my figure and keep my thighs hidden, and I can cyle in. In winter, I wear tights and shoes/boots; in summer I wear sandals.

But, I can't wear sandals in my current job. So I need either some shoes that are going to be really comfy without tights and will go with my chunky ish A-line skirts (think Fat Face and Seasalt) but still be worky, or maybe some ideas for trousers or even capris that will go over my thighs.

Budget is around £40 for shoes that
will last, or £20ish for a pair of trousers etc.

Any help appreciated!

Pantsalive Tue 16-Jun-15 11:29:47

Would you wear something like brogues? It might also be good to have a look through the blog to see if you like any of the other outfits she wears to give you ideas.

The other possibility could be a loafer.

JillBYeats Tue 16-Jun-15 11:34:13

I wear ballet flats - closed but flattering with skirts

Pantsalive Tue 16-Jun-15 11:35:45

Perhaps trousers like this?
I'm a similar shape to you and I had a nice pair of M&S khaki 7/8th linen trousers that I wore with a long cream chiffon shirt and a pair of ballet flats but I think that, perhaps, sounds smarter than you need to be.

Spindelina Tue 16-Jun-15 13:30:17

I like the idea of linen trousers / ballet flats (could go with a more casual jersey top to tone it down a bit). M&S often have wide leg styles too. Might pursue that. The Asos ones you linked to look too narrow at the knee - my thigh fat sort of hangs down a bit, so just above the knee is where trousers usually fail me.

Not so sure about the brogues. I think they'd feel out of place on me. Too "fitted". And ballet flats would be a bit too dainty with a knee/calf length skirt?

Loafers are a definite maybe. Daft question: would you wear pop socks?

What about some sort of canvas shoes? I wouldn't get away with trainers, but boat shoes might work? Or even black canvas lace ups, if I could find some with black soles. I could wear black trainer socks with them.

Pantsalive Tue 16-Jun-15 17:16:07

I'm with you on the brogues being too much shoe. I couldn't wear them but I really like them on others.

I think you definitely can wear ballet pumps with skirt. I have a couple of slightly longer ones with a bit of swish and think of it as my ballet teacher look. I do sometimes worry about that tiny feet on a hefty thing look but I just get over it smile

For a couple of years I had good wide linen trousers from Sainsburys. Not sure if they're doing them this year. I do like the look of wide trousers, more fitted top and loafers. Wear them with a pair of those tiny pop socks.

If you looking for black soled lace ups, all the young peeps go for Vans. They're good because they're a little bit chunky. Not quite sure what you'd wear them with though.

Spindelina Wed 17-Jun-15 09:32:58

Well, I bought a pair of cropped linen trousers ( and a pair of cheap navy boat shoes from Tesco. Waiting for store delivery for both. If they work out, I'll get something that's more likely to last.

Spindelina Wed 17-Jun-15 09:37:10

Also, what's the difference between loafers and boat shoes? They seem to have the same basic shape?

Pantsalive Wed 17-Jun-15 11:34:11

That sounds like a good outfit and very practical for anything physical you need to do. And, as you say, you could get an upgraded version of both if you really like them.

I think the difference between loafers and boat shoes is traditionally the soles - boat shoes are more likely to be rubber and more grippy. Also boat shoes are generally a bit more casual.

I was thinking that a closed toe sandal would also work will with your skirts and be a bit more chunky than ballet shoes. Something a bit like this or this but I can't find any quite like what I have in my mind.

Spindelina Wed 17-Jun-15 14:14:59

Glad you approve!

I need sides to my shoes really - I'm more concerned about stepping in something than dropping anything on my toes. Thanks anyway, though.

I'll let you know how I get on when everything turns up - the cropped trousers have got quite a long lead time on them, mind.

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