Merry Monday! A stormy weekend gave me an excuse to pull out the trench coat, and break in these boots I found at Nordstrom Rack back in December. I kept them around, trying to decide if they were worth keeping, especially since I’ve found myself in greater need of wet weather appropriate footwear since moving to NorCal (my poor weather-soaked loafers!). I’ve decided I just don’t like myself in boots…I think in large part due to my lack of calves which just make boots look too big in the leg and my feet look ginorm. I love boots on girls with shapelier legs, but on me, they’re just…blah. In any case, they’re a bit of a necessity and I’ve found myself on a constant search for “the ones”.
These are as close as I’ve found to a good fitting boot on me. The leg isn’t egregiously roomy, but just enough so that I could wear some thick socks if were to travel to legit cold weather locals. The boot shaft is pretty short, so it hits at a nice spot beneath my knee (no boot shaft mashing into my knee when I walk…whoohoo!), and the ankle is nice and slim. The leather is also very nice despite being a bit scratched up from being kicked around the Nordstrom Rack shoe department. This is my first time ever trying anything from Born, and I’m impressed with the leather quality for the price point. It does run large, as I found the size 4 to be a good fit for my usually size 5 – 4.5 feet. They also come in a pretty cognac color.
I liked the look of the hat with these boots because I thought it balanced out the color à la my fashion bookends post. I also made sure to Scotchgard the hell out of it before I moved. No water damage for this little wool baby! And I haven’t bought any clothing from H&M in a long time, but I loved the kooky design of this cable knit. It’s heavily influenced by Isabel Marant, and arrived a bit too oversized, but the price was right. I tried my hand at shrinking and it turned out pretty nicely. A little scratchy…but cute for layering.
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Trench Burberry (old) (similar & similar)
Jeans Rag & Bone
Boots Born (in cognac)
Hat Rag & Bone
Watch Larsson & Jennings
Rings Catbird, vintage, & Vrai & Oro
— Altered —
Trench has been slimmed & sleeves shortened
The trench coat is such a classic, beautiful piece! Cool ripped jeans too!
Thank you, Prudence!
I too am extremely tiny and struggle with some chicken legs. I have struggled to buy good fitting boots because of this. I learned about duoboots and have been very satisfied. You can order size of shoe and by calf circumference. I have since purchased 2-3 pairs which get worn routinely on rotation (along with my 5050 Stuart weitzmans). Frequently women approach me asking me where I bought them because they too have had the same difficulty. Their prices are a little more expensive than your average boot but I’d argue that the combination of quality and finding something that fits is well worth it. Hope this is helpful. Ps: thanks for a great blog that I always look forward to reading.
Thanks, Jen! I tried Duo Boots way back in the day (http://www.alterationsneeded.com/2010/12/revisited-duo-narrow-width-calf-fit.html) and while they were able to fit my calves, they were baggy in the ankle which I didn’t like. I read similar complaints from others, and never tried again. If they fit you well, then it sounds like they fixed the problem. So glad you’ve found boots that fit!
I never would have imagined that sweater was from H&M! It looks awesome, and I love the outfit. If only it was warm enough here for me to wear something similar, lol.
Thanks Cassie! Stay warm! =)
You look sensational today. Something a little different for you, yet intrinsically you at the same time. I love every component in this outfit.
Thank you Deb!
This outfit is awesome! I love the trench with the cable knit sweater underneath, and those boots are perfection.
Thank you Alecz! =)