What do you wear 'off duty'?

(42 Posts)
MooPointCowsOpinion Fri 04-Nov-16 09:39:09

I'm in smart business attire for work, and I've updated my work wardrobe and I'm pretty happy with it.

My non-work wardrobe is awful. I've not changed my style at all, I don't even know what my style is when I'm not at work. I hate jeans right now, straight/skinny/slashed knees can sod off. My tops are usually just old work tops that are too bobbly for work, and I wear stupid jeans with them and boots or trainers.

What do you wear for:
- a family day trip out
- visiting relatives
- shopping

And where do you get it from?

BusterGonad Fri 04-Nov-16 09:42:11

What do you class as stupid jeans? I wear my jeans with casual tops or shirts when out and about. I wear dresses and shoes or ankle boots to work or visiting friends. I wear playsuits or dresser dresses when I'm on a night out with little heals or smart boots. I love buying new clothes and I love dressing up.

MooPointCowsOpinion Fri 04-Nov-16 09:46:50

I have an embroidered pair with a slashed knee that are a relaxed straight leg fit, they were the least objectionable ones, a high waisted boot cut pair, a pair of dark skinnies, a pair of light blue drainpipe style.

Hate them all. sad

BusterGonad Fri 04-Nov-16 10:02:15

Embroidered with a slashed knee? Sound a bit busy to me. Why don't you visit Gap or Levis and get some sound jeans advice? There really is a pair to suit everyone. I wear Jeans with a bit of stretch that come up over my tummy, not high waisted but normal. Make sure the pockets on the bottom are low so your bum looks pert, don't get ones with fussy pockets that add bulk. Chose dark indigo or black if you're worried about your size. Boot cut can be aging. Always get the right length if you chose bootcut!

burnishedsilver Fri 04-Nov-16 10:25:37

Ditch the slashed knee pair, the high waisted bootcut and the light blue drainpipes for a start and let's never speak of them again.

The dark skinnies are something you could work with but seeing as you hate them they are probably not the right dark skinnies for you.

Have you tried girlfriend jeans or slim bootcut?

What size and shape are you and roughly what age?

MooPointCowsOpinion Fri 04-Nov-16 10:31:04

I'm nearly 30, I'm a 16 and loosing weight at a bit of a rate at the minute so it's a good time to move on style wise. I used to carry weight in my hips with a small waist but now it's hips and tum, hence I tried a higher waisted pair of jeans.

Love your no-nonsense approach silver, more of that please. Wtf is a girlfriend style?

BusterGonad Fri 04-Nov-16 10:35:52

Burnishedsilver grin you said what I was thinking but didn't want to say.

StewardsEnquiry Fri 04-Nov-16 10:47:41

Jumper dresses with black opaques for everything. Change shoes for different occasions. Trainers for shopping/park/ casual. Flat pointy for lunch out/ dentist/teacher meeting. Heeled ankle boots for smarter. Done.

Artandco Fri 04-Nov-16 10:49:34

I wear dressed 99% of the time.

Casual knitted wool ones for winter with thick tights. Add long cardigan if colder. That's the same for shopping, visiting relatives, a day out. Add various boots depending on weather and where I'm going.

burnishedsilver Fri 04-Nov-16 10:55:32

Buster is right. You best bet is to go to a place that specialises in jeans and get their advice. Keep an open mind and try on everything. If you're not a jeans person, keep it simple and stay away from embellishments. Forget light colours. They are harder to carry off.

Have a look at the girlfriend jeans on the gap website. Hush have a pair that they're calling boyfriend but they look more like girlfriend to me.

Look at how casual outfits are put together on various websites and see what appeals to you.

Congrats on the weightloss. Well done you!

BusterGonad Fri 04-Nov-16 11:00:39

Dresses are the best, I love shirt dresses, jumper dresses, lace dresses, skater and fit and flare dresses are my ultimate style. Oasis is my go to shop. Take a look OP and they also show the dress as an outfit so you get a taste of what to team it up with. They actually sale cherry jeans with sculpt your figure too. (I think they are Cherry)

WoeIsMyHair Fri 04-Nov-16 11:06:28

Family day out - Topshop Jamie jeans (usually black) plus sweaty Betty hoody (looks smarter than it sounds, I fondly imagine it is 'sports luxe')

Visiting relatives - my parents are elderly and I usually clean up their house - so leggings and an old tunic top

Shopping - whatever I had on that day, I don't really get dressed especially. If I am having a general day out, maybe a tube skirt, opaques, ankle boots and a big tasselled scarf. The white company is my friend for this kind of look (except they don't do tube skirts :-( and neither do Whistles anymore, only weird ribbed and split ones...but that is a-whole-nother thread...)

SuperFlyHigh Fri 04-Nov-16 11:21:47

family day out - again jeans etc - plus warm jacket/coat

visiting relatives - anything from jeans and jumper etc or smarter occasion dress up - sweater dress etc

shopping for eg clothes/presents/household stuff etc is usually jeans and jumper in winter - if I'm going somewhere posher then I smarten up that outfit, plus casual/smart boots.

Stormwhale Fri 04-Nov-16 11:28:08

Stewards - trainers with a jumper dress and opaques?! No. Op do not do that. No no no.

Mymouthgetsmeintrouble Fri 04-Nov-16 11:32:16

I like jumper dresses with leggings and either ankle boots or brogues , i tend to wear tunics and blouses with jeans

hollinhurst84 Fri 04-Nov-16 11:32:15

I usually have some combination of
Jeans with converse or ankle boots or (whispers) UGG boots grin
V neck tops layered with vests, long cardigans, or Blazers
Or dresses with (whispers again!) leggings instead of tights with knee length flat boots or ankle boots with a heel

Off into town shortly and I have on dark skinny jeans, a blue strappy vest which is quite long, a grey v neck t shirt and a black blazer

CallarMorvern Fri 04-Nov-16 11:35:40

I wear mid rise, skinny kickflares ( todays are vintage look, raggedy hem ones, with a chunky brown vintage belt). I don't wear skinnys, as I have size 9 feet, so I look ridiculous in them.
Plain long sleeved close fitting tops ( not tucked in!) or fitted wool jumpers, silver or leather jewellery. Converse or flat Chelsea boots boots, chunky leather Emu boots for winter. I like scarves too.
I only wear 'old' stuff for gardening/cleaning, not for general wear, don't see any point in keeping new things for 'best'.

MooPointCowsOpinion Fri 04-Nov-16 12:59:55

People wearing tights, where do you get them from? Anyone tried the heist tights?

BusterGonad Fri 04-Nov-16 14:42:07

M&S usually. I don't like cheapo tights as they have a plastically look to them and they itch! I'm afraid I'm also a big no to trainers and tights, and open toed or sling backs with dark tights!

Judydreamsofhorses Fri 04-Nov-16 15:11:48

I like trainers and tights - I have black leather Stan Smiths and wear them with opaques and casual skirts/dresses.

StewardsEnquiry Fri 04-Nov-16 15:18:42

Yup. Trainers and tights. Looks fine.

Chinnygirl Fri 04-Nov-16 15:27:36

I wear dresses. I like to buy my tights 1 or 2 sizes to big because they are more comfortable or I wear them with plain leggings and ankle boots. I always get loads of compliments on my clothes and in my opinion it is much easier and quicker to throw on some dress than pair up jeans with a top and matching accesoires.

Bluntness100 Fri 04-Nov-16 15:37:51

I'm a jeans person off duty , either skinny or slim boot cut. If I want to dress them up I wear heels, high boots normally, suede, either knee high or ankle , or I wear flat knee high boots/ ballet pumps for casual, Making them smart or casual a,so depends on the top and the jacket you wear, as well as your foot wear.

Embroidered is a no no. I find them really tacky ( sorry folks) and I think ripped can look a bit try hard.

I'd advise getting decent jeans, ( even jeggings for with boots?. Black, indigo and a faded pair work best in my opinion.

The only cautionary tale is buying jeans is shit and no fun at all. But if you find the right pair, you'll never have them off.

Fuzzypeggy Fri 04-Nov-16 15:39:39

I also like trainers and tights with the right outfit.

BusterGonad Fri 04-Nov-16 15:42:15

Stewards and Judy sorry to offend! I'm with Chinny a dress and boots generally looks put together with minimal effort!

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