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Help with Autumn Wardrobe please!

(11 Posts)
autumnwardrobeonthecheap Sat 18-Oct-08 14:29:44

Have namechanged because work in childcare and about to list some very personal info.

I'm 5ft 2", under 25 years old, not sure of my shape possibly an hourglass / vase / cello / brick? Have got a bikini shot complete with blacked out face for those of you in the know here.

I normally wear a size 12/14/16 depending on where I shop, have what I feel are large thighs & horrible knees but do not mind getting below the knee out. Boobs are 34e and I would say my tummy is quite flat (side view) given my size but have a quite a big bum! So when buy jeans etc need to worry about getting across bum and thighs which means always too big on waist.

Anyway what I need is some warmer bloody work clothes! I tend to wear scoop / square / v neck short sleeved t-shirts and 2/3 pairs of trusty jeans at the minute (all from oasis) with a thin cardigan and cheap pumps. But I am starting to feel like I need a change. My "not in work" clothes are quite preppy, think Gap and I really need to smarten up my work image.

Can not afford a whole new wardrobe so trying to do this very cheaply (am open to second hand off ebay), also as work with children need clothes that can take a hammering wash wise.

So help me find the basics please for this autumn, everything I have come across is roll neck/ruffley sad.


bigTillyMint Sat 18-Oct-08 14:34:16

You have a great body, including the knees!

I guess you haven't got time to go trailing round the shops, trying stuff to see what you like - that's what I'd do!

autumnwardrobeonthecheap Sat 18-Oct-08 14:44:33

Yup that's the problem I have next to know free time. I was supposed to go shopping today but the weather is horrendous and the trafic even worse so am trying to find things online.

I quite like some of the jeans at M&S, but don't know if I should go for wide leg (always hassle in the rain) or bootcut? Also have never bought M&S jeans so not sure what their sizing is like. This past week I have been getting out some of my summer dresses and wearing them with tops and tights/leggings with black ugg style boots.

But I'm not sure if this looks good, my legs looks a little like sausages!

bigTillyMint thanks for the lovely compliment! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with my figure like most women I guess!? grin

bigTillyMint Sat 18-Oct-08 15:56:38

I have never bought M&S jeans, but any other clothes have come out big - at least you can take them back, no prob if they don't fit

I have big thighs, but also long legs, and find that Gap jeans fit well. I have some wide-leg trousers that often get compliments!

TBH, jeans are something you need to try on to get a good fit.

autumnwardrobeonthecheap Sat 18-Oct-08 23:01:15


mother2daughters Sat 18-Oct-08 23:04:20

You have great knees, if this looks good.thanks for the compliment.

twinsetandpearls Sun 19-Oct-08 02:26:42

no advice as I have not got past the photo but you have a cracking figure grin

Gobbledigook Sun 19-Oct-08 08:39:01

I would say wide leg jeans - they are really flattering. Fat Face do really nice ones in dark wash (I've got a couple of pairs and people comment on how nice they look).


Layering is very 'in' too - so thin long sleeve t-shirts or polo necks (apparently v. cheap in Primark but also try New Look for cheap ones), with short sleeve jumper/cardy over the top. I got a lovely one for £15 from Tesco - in fact Tesco have some good Autumn/Winter basics in so chuck stuff in your trolley when you do the shop!

Make the outfit nicer with some long necklaces over the top.

Gobbledigook Sun 19-Oct-08 08:41:21

Ah, they seem to be bootcut - can't find wide leg on the site.

These bootcut are nice and are reduced here

boogeek Sun 19-Oct-08 08:47:02

You have a fantastic figure!
You might consider a personal shopper - I haven't tried it myself but a friend went to the one in Debenhams and said it was brilliant. No pressure to buy, sensible listening to budget information, and I have to say it has completely transformed her and she now looks fabulous. The nice thing about Debs is they have all the concessions.

samsonara Sun 19-Oct-08 14:21:46

It sounds like what you are wearing suits your work needs, so if you fancy a change how about trying some tunics to wear over jeans or trousers, or some cardigans in different colours over the t-shirts?
2 in 1 top
teal cardi
red cardi
purple boucle

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