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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Chunky Boots & Puffy Coats.

Styling a puffer jacket and sheepskin boots.

Puffer jackets and sheepskin boots...tricky items to wear, aren't they?
Shapeless, sloppy, unflattering, adding pounds.
Not chic, stylish or elegant.
In fact, lazy dressing at it's worst.
BUT oh, so cosy!

Chunky and comforting sheepskin boots. Like outdoor slippers...a hug for your feet.
And, nothing quite beats a down-filled, super-puffy coat on a cold day.
Add a fur trimmed hood and you are laughing!

However, it is all too easy to take it too far and end up dressed like you are nipping out to the bins, or to walk the dog.
There is a very fine line between casual-chic and sloppy-mess.

The only way to wear this combination is to keep the lines of your outfit simple and your bottom half close fitted.
Oh, and don't bother trying to make either of these items look "smarter".
It doesn't work.
Puffy coats worn with shoulder or top-handle bags (this one is a cross-body bag) looks like you grabbed the first thing from the coat rail on your way out of the door.
Ditto for pencil skirts or shift dresses.
If you are wearing a smarter outfit underneath, pick a different coat and boot combination!

Styling a puffer jacket and sheepskin boots | Fake Fabulous

I started this whole outfit from the feet up.
These boots are by Duo and are made for skinny legs! Yippee.
Even better, I bought them on Ebay for £4.99).
The company also makes boots for wider calves.
Although they are now called Ted & Muffy (with a chic, website make-over) and I don't know if they are the same any more?
If you have tried them, please let me know in the comments or tweet me @samantha4blair.

These boots are perfect for me. Snug on the leg, cosy, sturdy (for walking) and fluffy!

Styling a puffer jacket and sheepskin boots | Fake Fabulous

This combination can easily look boring.
My solution to any styling problem is to throw in some colour to the mix.
Adding a rich and vibrant colour lifts the whole feel of an outfit.
This could have easily looked drab but, with the addition of a colourful roll neck, beret and bag everything is a lot more cheerful.
Adding Pom Poms to my bag was just an extra furry touch!

Styling a puffer jacket and sheepskin boots | Fake Fabulous

Styling a puffer jacket and sheepskin boots | Fake Fabulous

Styling a puffer jacket and sheepskin boots | Fake Fabulous

My (faux) leather leggings came out again (see my previous post about them HERE, also styled casually) mostly because I needed a skinny silhouette and felt jeans were too boring BUT also because they are drizzle proof!

The weather has been appalling here, for over a week, and getting any outdoor photographs is a major challenge.
My 10 year old and 8 year old girls took these photos, in the drizzle, as a team (one holding the brolly, one taking the shots)...well done girls!

Coat: Boden (last winter)
Hat: Primark (I like this one)
Bag: Boden (old)...this one is quite nice and comes in loads of colours.....this one is cute too!
Pompoms: Topshop
Boots: Duo (from Ebay)... I like these ankle boots.
Jumper: A gift  (This season's version)
Faux Leather leggings: River Island (these leather ones are gorgeous!)
Socks: M&S

Shop the look:

Styling a puffer jacket and sheepskin boots | Fake Fabulous

At the end of the day, Chic is not a word you can associate with the puffer jacket.
BUT, you can look casually stylish...and be cosy, sometimes that is my priority!

So what do you think?
Puffer jackets Friend or Foe?
Please let me know in the comments or tweet me @samantha4blair

Shop the Puffer look:



  1. You are absolutely right---the color combo of this makes it so fresh & fun!! Chartreuse & purple are a fun, fun color combo & this is fabulous!!! jodie
    ps...Kudos to the kids & their picture taking!!!

    1. Thank you Jodie...Chartreuse! That is the name I could not remember. Thank you for that XXX

  2. This looks great - love the colors!

    And, yes, your kids took awesome photos! I should recruit my 8-year old!

    1. Thank you Andrea....cosy and comfortable, great for a cold and drizzly day. XXX

  3. Drizzle proof - love it! I've the perfect excuse to wear leather leggings now So true, the weather has been appalling down south too. Tall Brown Fox and I were trying to take snaps today and having to dodge the rain and that's when we weren't being blown about by the wind! The things we bloggers do. However, you've beaten the weather in this outfit! I love the photo of you with the hood up - so snug!
    Chartreuse and purple look so good on you. And I love how the colour of your bag teams with the jumper.

    1. Thank you! I can imagine your curls going a little wild in the wind and rain.... :oD
      We are soggy up here, in Scotland. The ground is sodden and all of the beautiful coloured leaves have blown off the trees. I need to google photography tips for bad weather. I have no "clear" white walls in my busy house! XXX

    2. They do indeed, Samantha. Crazy curls, I call them! You have my sympathies. I'm struggling to find places inside that will be suitable. The lighting just isn't good enough, unless I go out and buy about 6 of those big professional light stands and I think Tall Brown Fox would draw the line at that! If you find any tips, let me know!

  4. This is such a cute and cosy outfit Samantha. I think you've styled it so well with some lovely dashes of colour. Well done to your budding assistants! Oh, and those boots look mega comfy. Raining on the islands too today - seems like there's no escaping it.
    Anna xxx

    1. Thank you Anna. Sometimes warm and comfortable is my priority...there is never any need to look drab, even in comfortable clothes. I'm am comforted to hear you have rain too, there is more of the stuff today and I need to take photographs. booooo. XXX

  5. Looking so cosy! Can I borrow your girls to do my shots please?! What a fantastic job they is the same in London, hard to shoot outside
    Laurie x

    1. My girls would love to take your photographs! hahaha. They take it very seriously and take plenty of shots (unlike Hubby who still takes one or two, he grew up with old fashioned film). This rain is the pits! I can not find anywhere indoors to take photographs. I desperately need bad weather photography tips. X

  6. I love your sense of color. You always add such interesting color into your outfits. Such fun photos too!

    1. Thank you Amy...My girl's seem to be really keen to take my photographs. Now, if only this rain would stop! XXX

  7. as a huge fan of comfort (and warm) I say Yes to puffer coats!, and love this one you're styling, it's fabulous plaid! and it looks amazing with those citron and purple details you've added!, such an awesome color combo, love it!!
    Pretty comfy&cool!

    1. Hahaha...comfort and warmth...Yay!! There is never any need to be boring and dull, is there?! :oD
      Puffers may not be very Chic but they still get a thumbs up from me. XXX

  8. Bravo to the girls! These pictures are so sharp! Even if it's dreary out, I can't even tell. And your smile as usual is beaming.

    And, YES to the puffer coat!! Especially in plaid and especially the way you've styled it! You're totally chic, AND you look nice and cozy.

    Love your style to pieces!

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    1. Thank you Ann!
      I WAS cosy. The girls were taking their photography task very seriously....They are clever cookies :oD

  9. I think your entire outfit is fabulous!!! But I do know what you mean about the puffy jackets. Still, you saved the day by choosing just the right pieces to wear underneath it.

    I saw your post in the What I Wore linkup. Here's my What I Wore post...

    Have a great day!

    1. Thank you Anna! I am glad you agree. Thank you for your positive comment (and your link!) XXX

  10. Your post asks "Can a Padded Jacket look chic?" On you Samantha, TOTALLY!

    This is my second visit to this post but I just want to thank you for always being such a great collaborator and linking up to my a Kremb de la Kremb Style Stories Link Up. Thank you!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

  11. I completely agree with you - proportion proportion proportion! You've styled this perfectly - looks very chic Italian on holiday! I always go back to puffer jackets, although slightly resentfully, as at 5'1", I don't need anything to make me look smaller, but they are just so darn warm! Absolutely agree that slim fitting trousers are best, and a colour to distract is always a good plan. Thanks so much for coming over to link up to #AllAboutYou on (do come back on Tuesday!)

  12. I love this "going to school" or travel look. Those boots look so comfy and cute too.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures


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