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BuntyCollocks Sat 21-Jan-17 09:09:03

Are they mumsy/frumpy?

In addition to trying to shed some fat this year, I'm also doing my best to overhaul my look. Too many years I've stuck with clothes I don't really like/that aren't fashionable/that I'm keeping because they fit and there's nothing wrong with them.

So, I'm buying fashionable stuff now, hopefully some investment pieces, and in sizes that fit me rather than squeezing myself into the smaller size.

It's a bit liberating!

Anyway, I saw this comment on a thread here in s&b earlier in the week, and it stuck with me.

I have 3, in red, white, and grey, from next a few years ago. They're cozy, and have a small bit of cashmere in them (below 5%), and I'm wondering if they're worth keeping?

I'm only 33, I have a much younger, much skinnier sister, and I'm sick of being the frump! I need a wee bit of direction, please!

SnugglySnerd Sat 21-Jan-17 09:11:24

I think they are a bit frumpy, yes but like most things they probably depend on your body shape and what you wear them with.
No reason not to wear them as a cosy layer at home though, even if you decide not to wear them out and about any more.

catinbooots Sat 21-Jan-17 09:15:18

To be worn behind closed doors only.

They are frumptastic.

BabyHamster Sat 21-Jan-17 09:16:31

I think they can be frumpy yes, but I have friends who wear them and look lovely. I wouldn't wear them myself but only because that style doesn't suit me.

If the colour suits you and the rest of the outfit looks good e.g. well-fitting jeans and top I think they're fine.

Some posters on S and B get a little too hung up on "the rules", IMO. Don't take it to heart too much!

PollyPerky Sat 21-Jan-17 10:46:41

Ghastly. Worn by ladies who are usually large and trying to hide under the 'falls' and usually 60 - 80 age range.

FiveShelties Sat 21-Jan-17 10:50:10

Definitely frumpy and definitely not usually worn by this 60 year old!grin

They always seem to look as though they have just gone out of shape.

monsterbrunch Sat 21-Jan-17 10:52:21

They are beyond horrific. Hideously unflattering, mumsy, frumpy and just awful.

Burn them immediately.

plimsolls Sat 21-Jan-17 10:53:05

Actually I think it depends on your overall look and how you style them. I don't tend to like them as I prefer a different style of cardigan but they're not always a disaster.

Here's two nice outfits I found by putting "grey waterfall cardigan" into Pinterest

plimsolls Sat 21-Jan-17 10:57:49

I think they (only?) work if you wear them as a cosy casual layer and if they are over sized perhaps. Consequently, I think they work best in neutral kind of colours - white, grey, black, camel.

I don't think they work as a substitute for a regular fitted cardigan or as a smart layer.

rollonthesummer Sat 21-Jan-17 10:58:19

I have a Jigsaw waterfall cardigan-it's lovely and I wear it for work. I am a size 12 and under 40 grin.

Catgirl83 Sat 21-Jan-17 10:59:21

Mumsnet generally hates them but I love them. It does depend on your shape and style though.

Fuzzypeggy Sat 21-Jan-17 11:44:57

That first pic that plimsole posted is lovely imo. Like everything, it depends on how you wear it.

Deux Sat 21-Jan-17 11:47:51

I have one that isn't flattering if I wear it loose but looks good with a belt. Have you tried that?

mowglik Sat 21-Jan-17 11:50:33

I love them and I'm 37 not in my sixties or large!

Depends on how you wear them if you wear them over a floral dress then it might look a bit frumpy but I tend to wear them casually as in pictures above or with slim fit boyfriend jeans and they look great.

SuperFlyHigh Sat 21-Jan-17 11:51:56

I hate them, frumptastic but also I don't like the fact the material sticks out...

BuntyCollocks Sat 21-Jan-17 12:19:13

Ok, I think they need to go! I unfortunately do not look like the woman in the first picture! I crossfit, and have muscley arms, and a broader back, as well as massive tits and hips. I'm a good size 16, 18 on a bloated day, and an hourglass, and it definitely looks like I'm trying to hide, which I'm not.

I'm in desperate need of new cardigans, then, possibly new jumpers as well. Investment pieces, but not exceptionally expensive if that is at all possible. I'm currently a SAHM, hoping to go back to uni. Used to be a banker.

Any and all gentle steering appreciated.

Been told I look quite young for my age, I'm 5'8, dark haired.

LoupGarou Sat 21-Jan-17 12:22:00

I am not a fan but had several and picked up a few in thrift stores very cheaply, so I picked up the very bottom corner of one of the front dangly bits (technical stuff here) and drapsed it up to the opposite shoulder, put a few stitches in and now I have a whole host of new super comfy drapery jumper which I am always getting compliments on smile.
I wear them with a vest top underneath and I think they look really smart, it takes a bit of arranging to see where to put the stitches to make them look right, but I find refashioning really fun.

Fishcakey Sat 21-Jan-17 12:23:31

I have a couple and I love them. They are over size and cosy.

MyWineTime Sat 21-Jan-17 12:31:18

I'm tall, slim and well under 60 and I love them.
I find them very flattering.

EmmaC78 Sat 21-Jan-17 14:20:00

I am a size 10 and in my 30's and love them so definitely don't think of them of frumpy. I am not rethinking my wardrobe choices after reading this thread.

Floisme Sat 21-Jan-17 15:21:31

Nothing wrong with being 60 as Polly herself knows full well wink

I think the problem is when they're worn to disguise hips and thighs when in fact they literally point at them or pouff out over them and make you look twice as big as you are. I can't stand all the excess fabric and all that flapping.

What I like myself is a long cardigan in a masculine shape. By long, I mean way past my thighs, almost but not quite down to my knees. No fuss and no flapping.

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