How to Style Cropped Wide Leg Jeans For Autumn/Fall #iwillwearwhatilike

How to style cropped wide leg jeans for autumn (fall) - olive cardigan - Birkin-style bag - coloured neck scarf | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40

Olive knitwear, a cognac-coloured tote bag, a silk scarf with deep brown, yellow and green tones… I know autumn has definitely arrived when I start choosing these sorts of colours!

I wanted to style one of my favourite items I bought in the summer – the cropped wide leg jeans (similar) – for the fall, so while I only needed to add some layers, I can still get away with bare ankles/no socks for a while yet (I hope so, anyway). I have a feeling I’ll be wearing these jeans as much with ankle boots throughout autumn/winter: They’re the perfect length for a funky ankle boot (these peach boots with perspex heel are my current OMG-gorgeous faves).

Strangely I actually bought the olive cardigan at the end of last summer as an evening cover up for our Santorini holiday (being a useful thing to have when the sun had gone down explains why it didn’t appear in any daytime photo shoots). But being olive green it’s a perfect autumn piece and I think it’ll be on rotation a lot this season.

So when October rolls around this weekend (eep!) I’ll be getting out my winter clothes from storage and seeing what fits and what doesn’t. And what I want to keep, and what’s gotta go. In yesterday’s post I wrote about how I’m starting the 90 Day SSS Plan by The Body Coach, so hopefully anything that doesn’t fit right now should do by Christmas.

How to style cropped wide leg jeans for autumn (fall) - olive cardigan - Birkin-style bag - coloured neck scarf | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40



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How to style cropped wide leg jeans for autumn (fall) - olive cardigan - Birkin-style bag - coloured neck scarf | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
How to style cropped wide leg jeans for autumn (fall) - olive cardigan - Birkin-style bag - coloured neck scarf | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
How to style cropped wide leg jeans for autumn (fall) - olive cardigan - Birkin-style bag - coloured neck scarf | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
New Look cardigan (love this cocoon shaped khaki cardigan) | Zara neckscarf (love the autumnal colours of this silk square scarf) | George at Asda t-shirt c/o (I adore this floral t-shirt) | Marks & Spencer jeans (these are similar) | ASOS pointed heels | Maxwell Scott Barella bag c/o (this cognac leather shopper is a beauty) | Leighton Denny ‘Let Your Hair Down’ nail polish c/o

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  1. 30 September 2016 / 6:44 am

    I love this outfit! The pants are amazing on you, those shoes are killer with it!
    Darlene | sozudo

  2. 28 September 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Dare I say wide-legged things petrify me, Catherine? No matter the length, I start experiencing palpitations whenever considering the prospect of wearing anything remotely exaggerated in width 🙂

  3. 28 September 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Haha what a lovely surprise to see my photo in your line up this week Catherine! Thanks so much. I'm saying a fond farewell to summer on my blog today and from here on in it's gotta be autumn shades and cover-ups. I've not bought any wide legged jeans yet, but have dipped into wide legged trousers and crops. I really love the autumn colours as, like you, it really suits my skin and hair colour. Thanks for the link up party again. Wishing you a fab week ahead x

  4. 28 September 2016 / 12:01 pm

    I'm so ready for cooler temps! Like you, ankles peeping out is still totally weather appropriate here….as is wearing tanks+shorts! Though I'm not partaking in the latter, I'm too excited for fall styles (my fav time of year!). Thanks for the style inspo on taking pieces like this into the cooler months!


  5. 28 September 2016 / 8:34 am

    Ohhh Catherine, so beautiful ! I have similar pants and you gave me an excellent inspiration on how to style them for autumn. Loving your style as ever and so glad you got back to usual posting <3 Kisses and thank you for the linkup !

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion and beauty blog

  6. 27 September 2016 / 9:02 pm

    That olive cardigan is absolutely gorgeous; I love the almost Japanese/smoking jacket feel of it. It is of course an absolutely DIVINE colour on you. The proportions work so beautifully with the jeans. I'm so glad to finally be seeing autumnal clothes on the blogs, yay! Beautiful beautiful beautiful, Catherine! xx

  7. 27 September 2016 / 8:22 pm

    That is a great idea for transitioning your wide leg pants! I love your cardigan!

  8. 27 September 2016 / 4:09 pm

    It's hard to believe it's almost October – September has whizzed by! I'm trying to wear shoes with bare legs for as long as possible but I caved this morning and wore tights and boots! I haven't tried cropped flared jeans yet, I'm not sure they would suit me but I'll give anything a try! I like the style of yours because they are quite loose-fitting. I love the olive cardigan with the patterned top underneath and colourful scarf. That bag is rather gorgeous too! Thank you for featuring me 🙂

    Emma xxx

  9. 27 September 2016 / 11:46 am

    I have a pair of wide leg denim trousers that I bought on sales from Zara in January and have worn them only twice so far. Blame it on the fact that I dont know how to style them or on the fact that Aberdeen is just TOO cold for wide trousers (even in the warmest day). I'll try them with a cardigan and see how it looks.

    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  10. 27 September 2016 / 2:48 am

    I haven't tried the wide leg trouser yet, but I am in awe of those women I see wearing them. Maybe I'll try a pair on just for fun…

  11. 27 September 2016 / 2:21 am

    You had me at "olive knitwear," dearest Catherine! ;D And throwing in that divine, cognac-coloured bag and those super-cool cropped jeans doesn't hurt, of course…plus your hair?! Autumn PERFECTION!! XOXO

    • 27 September 2016 / 11:00 pm

      Aww thank you Monika my lovely – now I look at these colours on screen they do look rather lush, I must admit!! 😉

  12. 27 September 2016 / 1:19 am

    Thank you for hosting, Catherine! I am still leery of the cropped wide leg bandwagon (I'll probably get on it in a year or two, ha!) – I'm short, and it just doesn't feel like a flattering look for me. I love them on you, though. Could I? Ooh, I don't know!

    • 27 September 2016 / 10:59 pm

      I think as long as you get the proportions of the rest of your outfit right, Sheila, I think the cropped look can still work. Maybe try ones that are less wide if you're petite…? x

  13. 26 September 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Lovely layering, Catherine! These denim trousers are so flattering on you and I love the shade of your jacket.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  14. 26 September 2016 / 8:13 pm

    I'm never one to jump on a new trend right away, and I honestly didn't really care much for the wide legged trend, but they are growing on me… I'm ready to give them a try! 🙂

    The pants look fabulous on you, and I love all the colors in your outfit. It really says fall (it's 100 degrees here today, so I'm living vicariously through you!).

    Thanks for the link up!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • 27 September 2016 / 10:57 pm

      Oh gosh you can send some of your heat this way, Andrea, I'm never ready for autumn!! But yes, do try the cropped trousers… You might love them too! Thank you xx

  15. 26 September 2016 / 7:52 pm

    I love wide trousers but it's always the shoes that confuse me!
    It's hard to be 100% happy with my feet in wide breeks. :oP
    Cropped wide legged trousers are easier, as you can show off a great shoe or boot.
    Thanks for hosting your linky.

    • 27 September 2016 / 5:15 pm

      I agree about the shoes thing, Samantha… but then I find these are easier to match up with shoes than "standard" flared jeans are. They're a real bugger to get footwear right!!

  16. 26 September 2016 / 7:41 pm

    I love wide-leg jeans. They have such a cool '70s vibe to my eye. Yours look soft, which is the best kind. Thanks for the linkup.

    • 27 September 2016 / 5:10 pm

      I have to admit I'm so glad I got soft ones, Melanie! Thanks sweetie x

  17. 26 September 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I love that casual yet stylish look, Catherine. I'd never call myself a trendsetter (far from it!) and usually it takes me so long to get used to a new trend and this is what I initially thought about cropped wide leg trousers… now I really love them and you wear them perfectly!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • 26 September 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Actually I can imagine you'd make them look very edgy and minimalistic, Annette… Can't wait to see you try them!! Thanks sweetie x

    • 26 September 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Oh yes so you are, Cherie – and so very fabulous they look on you too!! Thank you hon x

  18. 26 September 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Always so chic, the way you you styled those cropped wide leg jeans is so versatile and perfect for fall.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  19. 26 September 2016 / 4:38 pm

    I'm loving that bag!


    • 26 September 2016 / 4:43 pm

      It's a bit of a sneaky Birkin copy, isn't it Suzanne…?!! 😉 Thanks sweetie! x

  20. 26 September 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I'm loving the look of wide leg crops this season and your combo is fabulous. Thanks for sharing the style and for hosting. Enjoy your week.


    • 26 September 2016 / 4:15 pm

      My pleasure, Rena – and thank you!! x

  21. 26 September 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Oooh, I just got some wide-legged cropped jeans this weekend in the Next sale and was wondering how to style them for fall. Summer is easier isn't it with cropped lengths. Lots of inspiration here, so thank you. You look amaze in these autumnal tones Catherine. The olive cardigan looks stunning. Thank you for hosting the link xxxxx

    • 26 September 2016 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Liz my lovely!! They are hard to style – I read a good article (Refinery29 or something similar probably) that said if you're styling something cropped, for the longer length version of the other piece. So I'm wearing cropped jeans, I paired it with a longer cardigan (a really long one would be even better). It does work if you think about it, I thought it was good advice! x

  22. 26 September 2016 / 3:08 pm

    That's a beautiful colour combination Catherine. I love the textures you've chosen too. Perfect for this darn Autumn weather we're having – I can't wait until Spring!
    Michelle xxx

    • 26 September 2016 / 3:10 pm

      Yes!! You know I'm with you on the "boo to autumn" thing…!!! hehe thank you MLD my lovely x

  23. 26 September 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I love your cozy olive green sweater!

  24. 26 September 2016 / 2:54 pm

    I wished I had the leggs for it, but I think I don't! Just like a culotte, I love them but they look hidious on me!

    • 26 September 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Isn't it annoying when there's something you love but it just doesn't love you back, Nancy…?!! There are LOADS of things like that for me, I know just how you feel!

  25. 26 September 2016 / 2:32 pm

    I cannot help it.. cropped flared trousers, I just don't like them. But I am investigating, I am exploring. Perhaps a certain type might suit me.

    • 26 September 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Hmm I'm surprised you don't, Greetje – generally I think they can be a bit shortening on legs so they work well on those with long slim legs. I think I can only just about get away with them without looking too stumpy! 😉

  26. 26 September 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Love the olive color wnd the grey in the shoes Catherine. Seems we both love ASOS for shoes 🙂 Your bag is luscious! It is finally cooling a bit here, but still in the 70s. so some fall clothes will be coming out. Ive not tried a wide leg jean, just got to the kick crops!
    Enjoy your week!
    jess xx

    • 26 September 2016 / 2:37 pm

      We DO both love Asos for shoes, Jess!! Thanks sweetie xx

  27. 26 September 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Ooo that cardigan is gorgeous! I love me some khaki/olive. Um yes i embraced the wide leg in spring, but mine became problematic due to size too. Definitely something i'll be looking out for again though as i really like them.
    Thanks for hosting and i'm off to go read you 90 day challenge post! I love joe wicks with his midget trees and lucy bee 😀 haha XX

    • 26 September 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Luckily my wide leg jeans still fit no problem – it's skinnies I can no longer fit into!! And yes, Joe Wicks is quite, er (how can I put it politely) animated…?! hehe 😉

      Thanks Rachel my lovely! x

  28. 26 September 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I still haven't tried the wide leg cropped jeans yet. But I'm definitely a fan of the small scarf at the neck—to me it's the perfect way to add color to my face!!
    I do like this cardigan too—for some reason I've been drawn to olive green—I can't decide if it's me or because the stores are carrying it more?

    • 26 September 2016 / 2:17 pm

      They're definitely a love 'em or hate them item, Jodie – I'm definitely in the love 'em camp!! I think I might be quite drawn to olive green this season too…!

      Thanks sweetie x

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