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Thursday, 7 January 2021

How to wear Chunky Houndstooth and White Boots * 2021 Style Refresh

Houndstooth cropped Mom jeans white boots


It's time to hit REFRESH!

If you're anything like me and your style has gotten a little (READ: a lot) stagnant over the past few months... Maybe even BORING?!?... It's time to do something about it.

Don't worry though....

There's no need to purge your possessions, go minimal or splash the cash on a whole set of new clobber.

This style refresh can be done using what you already own!

PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking for some tips, tricks and style chat, you can find more information in the following posts.....

*Why is my personal style changing?

*Why I'll NEVER be Chic!

*How to organise your closet.

*Lost your style MOJO?

* Wardrobe organisation.

Houndstooth cropped Mom jeans white boots

I'm not interested in buying NEW stuff this year either.
Not even those special new-to-me items... i.e. Charity shopped and eBayed purchases (although these can be hard to resist sometimes, can't they?)

I AM, however, interested in shaking up my style and finding new ways to express myself.

Most of us will be resigned to having a limited (READ: non-existent) social life for the foreseeable...with ZERO requirement for party wear.
Having said that, We all want to look NICE.
Modern and fresh.

In times of trouble we can easily lose sight of ourselves, so it's more important than EVER to keep hold of who we are inside....
Clothes, hair and makeup may seem trivial (compared to what's going on in the world) BUT maintaining something of our old selves can keep us smiling and (more importantly) keep us SANE!

Houndstooth cropped Mom jeans white boots

Today's outfit has everything I need.

  • Comfort.
  • Warmth.
  • Personality.

The Holy-Style-Trinity for winter in SCOTLAND!

After my usual thermal base layers (leggings, roll-neck top and 2x wool socks) baggy MOM jeans and a boxy cropped knit make up the backbone of this look.

These are modern shapes that can be worn by ANY AGE.

In my opinion, no matter the scores on the doors (whether you're age 16 or 66)... this outfit would look great!

These baggy jeans are cropped and work well in summer with sandals (or sliders) as well as winter with boots.

{Especially WHITE BOOTS 😍.... I'm in love}

A padded gilet adds warmth (and pulls the white to the middle of this look) and a CAMEL COAT adds just enough grown-up-chicness to smarten up an otherwise super-casual outfit.

A cosy cashmere hat, leather gloves and a small bag finish the look off nicely.


HOUNDSTOOTH KNIT: charity shopped pre-lockdown (originally H&M)

WASHED BLACK MOM JEANS: ONLY (a few years old now)

VEGAN (NYLON) BOOTS: Dr Martens (a Christmas gift... from Me!!)

SOCKS: Gent's sports socks (black with white hoops)




POM POM LEATHER GLOVES: Charity shopped a few years ago.

CASHMERE HAT: Gifted a few years ago from Italy in Cashmere. Still going strong.

Houndstooth cropped Mom jeans white boots


I don't want you to feel like you have to SHOP in order to recreate (or be inspired by) ANY outfit.

Although I'm guessing that if you have landed here you may already own something with a houndstooth pattern AND/OR white boots?

If not, it's no problem at all.

Let's start with the basics....

If you're not a fan of the MOM style jean you can easily swap them out for a good-old skinny number.
{However, a loser fit will look more modern... so maybe try a straight cut jean instead?}

If you struggle to feel modern in MOM jeans try sizing up to give yourself room at the thigh.
Tight thighs on your supposed-to-be-baggy jeans can look seriously FRUMPY.
You can always take in the waistband.... there are plenty of great tutorials online to help you do this successfully!

The houndstooth knit can be swapped for any houndstooth top OR any black and white patterned jumper.
Polka dots or checks would look fab.

The white boots are my hero item here but yours don't have to be so chunky!!
A more ladylike white ankle boot would look amazing OR white leather trainers, if your climate allows.

The camel coat could be swapped for a camel blazer or long cardigan and, of course, the gilet is an optional cosy extra!

The feel of this look is simple but bold.
Casual but elevated.
A basic balancing act.

I'd love to hear how you would choose to do it!

Say hello in the comments below OR Tag me your version of this look on Instagram @fakefabulous 

Houndstooth cropped Mom jeans white boots


Have you given up on any previous fashion favourites this year?

Some examples...
High Heels and/or uncomfortable shoes?
Stiff Tailoring or Tight Jeans?
What about Underwired bras?!?!

{I've ditched the heels and the underwire... happy feet and boobies.}

I'd love it if you share what you've shelved!



  1. I'm so happy to have you back. You are among my favourite bloggers and I just love your style and your effort on another no-new-clothes-year.

  2. Wow, that was a long time no see. Hope your have been well in the mean time. Great to read your blog again.
    After incorporating all your lessons about colour (atm I'm wearing purple jeans with a blue denim blouse over a red top), you have gone to the neutral side! Love it on you though ;-)
    And love your hair, i'm curious where it will end ((waistlong again?)

    1. It's great to hear from you Joze! (I'm sorry I can't find the accent over the e on my phone keypad)
      Thank you for your find words πŸ˜ŠπŸ™
      As for the hair.... I was just chopping bits off it today πŸ˜‚.

  3. Your hair is so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much.... Happy New year to you too! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜˜

  5. Glad to see you back again!!
    I always enjoy seeing your colourful stylish combinations of clothes and interesting layering.
    Take care and stay safe.

    1. It's great to be back.... Thank you!
      I'm a bit short on colour today though 😁

  6. White boots are so cool! I'm not wearing heels any more and my feet could be happier.


    1. and welcome back. It's good to see you posting again.

    2. Thank you so much Rena!
      It's great to hear from you.
      I am all about the comfort these days 😊

  7. LOL I've ditched the underwired bras and the heels (I've only kept comfy ones!). You look fab, I love the layering here. Loving the longer hair too!
    Suzy xx

    1. I tried an underwired on the other day Suzy and it felt like a torture device!! Hahahaha....
      I'm glad you're in agreement.
      Comfort all the way 😁❤️
      P.s. It's great to hear from you. X

  8. So glad you are back on the blog! I love houndstooth and that sweater is gorgeous! Also a big fan of mom jeans. So comfortable. I'm keeping my eyes open for a camel color coat but will continue using what I have for now.

    1. Hi Debbie... Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad you like this jumper as much as I do. I always amazes me what you can find in a charity shop 😊. X

  9. Lovely to read you back!, and lovely tips and inspiring ideas on wearing something modern and cool and mom jeans!. Love some houndstooth print, love black&white prints and love your fab layering!, and Love Your Chunky Boots! ;DDD
    You Rock It!

    1. Thank you so much Monica! It's so good to hear from you again. Xxx

  10. I have never commented so far, but i checked every week for new post and i am so glad that you are back

    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you took the time to comment. Please say hello again soon. Xxx

  11. Funny!! Only last week I posted a houndstooth jacket with boyfriend jeans and white lace-up boots. I have always been a fan of white boots and other women laughed at me for that. HAH, it is fashion now, so I stocked up. Sorry for the buying, but usually they are impossible to get.
    Looking quite the part Samantha. Lovely boots.

    1. Thank you so much Greetje.... There must be something in the air... 😊. Any White boots look fabulous in my opinion. They're practical and just different enough. Xxx


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