A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies #iwillwearwhatilike

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All I can say is hallelujah: I have found gorgeous wellies that fit me.

For a LONG time I’ve had the problem of finding welly boots that are big enough to get over my, let’s say… “sturdy” calves. I’m sure this can’t be an isolated problem: who else finds that once you’ve put on some skinny jeans and pulled up your chunky socks you’re just fighting with your wellies to see who wins the Calf-Wellington War?

In my case, the calves have lost. Every. Single. Time. And the wellies end up unloved and unworn, only to wait until I’m wearing them with a long skirt and tights, or I’ve lost a LOT of weight (and right now this ain’t happening any time soon).

Only about a week before my welly woes dissipated, Keith asked me before a rainy walk with Riley: “Do you want your wellies?” And the answer was “No thanks, I’ll never get them on…” (cue a few sobs and self-loathing at the fact that the extra pounds I’m carrying all go straight to my calves and thighs).

But the Welly Boot Gods must have heard my pity party, because I was contacted by a FANTASTIC British company called The Wide Welly Company who offered me a pair of their (you guessed it!) wide wellies.

Imagine a little happy dance round my kitchen…


Disclosure: I was gifted these wellies by Wide Welly Co but was not paid for writing this post or obliged to feature them (click here for my full disclosure)The post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I may receive a small commission at no cost to you. Any items listed as* were gifted within the last 12 months.


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The result? Life changed.

(Well, life changed to the extent it can be when you’ve found you can wear wellies comfortably again.)

So, accepted under no obligation from the company, these superb, colourful striped wide wellies* are a bloody GODSEND. Made to be (as they describe) “snug in the foot, flexible in the calf”, they are ideal for anyone who either finds standard wellies too tight in the calf, OR those who want a bit more room for jeans, socks, etc.

The adjustable strap means you can have a LOT more room, should you need it.

I love everything about The Wide Welly Co: they’re a small, family-run business, the boots are all assembled by hand, and the quality is superb. Delivery is free to the UK. They come in several patterns and they come with a 12-month guarantee.

They’re also flippin’ comfortable AND super stylish (don’t you just love these pink and red stripes?!).

If you have the same problem as me – or you just want something looser to tuck in four pairs of chunky socks and skinny jeans – then look no further, this is you SORTED.

And now that I’ve waxed lyrical about my new wellies(!), here’s a bit of blurb about the whole outfit…


Regular readers may recognise the blue floral trench coat – it’s appeared on the blog many times over the years; in fact, if you scroll down you can see 5 different ways I’ve styled it.

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If I’ve tempted you to buy either a blue or a floral trench (or a blue floral trench), then you’ll also find some SS19 alternatives I’ve found.

As the wellies are red and pink and the trench is a bright, pale blue I thought I should wear my tomato red Finery sweater, throw on indigo jeans (the JD Williams eco-made jeans*) and avoid yet MORE colour by taking my clear, LED umbrella. This was last seen in May last year at the Blade Runner Secret Cinema event we went to – I can’t recommend a clear umbrella for a rainy day photo shoot enough… no dark shadows over your face!

(I recommend it for nighttime more, however: press the button to light it up and do your best Luke Skywalker impression. No rain required…)

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A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog
A Colourful Rainy Day Outfit With Wide Wellies - Spring Showers Outfit, Over 40 Fashion | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 fashion blog

Wellies: The Wide Welly Company*
Raincoat: Hobbs (similar plain blue, similar patterned)
Jeans: JD Williams*
Sweater: Finery (mine has balloon sleeves, as does this one)
Umbrella: eBay (it lights up lightsaber-style)


5 ways to wear a blue floral trench coat…

I thought I’d show you the other times I’ve worn this trench coat on the blog so you can see the different ways it can be styled (and just how versatile a coloured, floral trench can be – you don’t HAVE to go for a classic beige colour)!

Let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to see more often with items on repeat…

5 Ways to Wear a Blue Floral Raincoat / Patterned Trench Coat | Not Dressed As Lamb, Fashion Over 40

The other times I wore the trench coat as shown above: left is today’s post / top middle / top right / bottom middle / bottom right





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  1. 18 April 2019 / 1:12 pm

    Well those are the cutest rain boots I’ve seen yet! And they suit your colorful life perfectly.

    • Catherine
      19 April 2019 / 11:30 am

      Thanks so much Chrissy 😀 x

    • Catherine
      19 April 2019 / 11:31 am

      Thank you Mireille – I hope your friend checks out the brand, I’m SO happy with my boots!

  2. 17 April 2019 / 6:08 pm

    Not sure what I love more … your wellies or your hair! It’s looking so vibrant and lush.
    I’ve recently discovered wellies myself , always felt they weren’t very me but they are ideal
    For muddy dog walks
    Tracey x

    • Catherine
      19 April 2019 / 11:32 am

      Aww thanks Tracey, I love it this bright!! And yes, wellies are essential for dog walking in the rain, aren’t they 😉

  3. 17 April 2019 / 2:23 pm

    Welly woes?
    My legs are so narrow that they rattle around inside like a pencil in a pencil pot.

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 4:58 pm

      Oh gosh Samantha that must be a lovely problem to have… I wish I had gorgeous slim legs like you!!!

  4. 17 April 2019 / 10:29 am

    Oh Catherine, I have so much to say on this post! First, thanks for the chuckles over my coffee this morning as I read about your Welly woes. I love the way you have described your journey to the perfect rain boots! And I am so glad that you have found the perfect rain boots for yourself. They are the most adorable things ever. And now onto your outfit. I have never smiled so big at anyone outfit! I love the colors and pattern mixes and of course, I always adore this blue floral rain coat. And now I must replace my clear umbrella as mine has fallen apart and ended up in the trash last Spring. I have not invested in a new one yet, but every time I am taking photos in the rain I am wishing I had my clear umbrella again! I guess I need to get on that if I want to take any outfit photos this week since we have rain predicted for the next 10 days straight! Have a wonderful week!


    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Hehe glad I made you smile, Shelbee!! The clear umbrella is superb, especially for taking photos…! Thank you hon x

  5. 17 April 2019 / 9:48 am

    Loved this series of photos, you really were enjoying wearing those wellies. If only we were having enough rain to need wellies. Your floral trench is so pretty and certainly is versatile.
    Many thanks for hosting.

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks Jill – we’ve got lovely sunshine now (and for the rest of the week)!

  6. 17 April 2019 / 3:13 am

    I absolutely love your trench coat and seeing all of the different ways you styled it! It’s so important to have a great pair of wellies! I practically lived in mine this winter!


    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:00 pm

      I agree that it’s so important (if you live somewhere rainy) to have a great pair of wellies, Katie… sadly my other wellies have sat unused for years now due to my legs not being able to fit in them, so I LOVE these wide ones!

  7. 17 April 2019 / 12:25 am

    I have always adored that trench coat and with those wellies, just a wow. Such a cute look for dreary weather. Also totally can relate to those lbs are staying for awhile

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:01 pm

      Aww thanks Linda, I’ve had the trench a few years now and was surprised at how much I wear it! x

  8. 17 April 2019 / 12:03 am

    Fabulous wellies Catherine – how perfect!
    I go to plus-size catalogues to find boots to go over my calves. And I have wide feet too and they often do a wide-feet option.
    I’ll definitely have a look at the Wide Welly Company for a more interesting pair than my boring plain black pair I have at the moment!
    Helen x

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:01 pm

      The colours and patterns they have are wonderful, Helen – you’ll love them!!

  9. 16 April 2019 / 10:51 pm

    You know when you see a simple yet revolutionary idea for the first time and think…OMG!
    Yeah, that just happened
    How genius is this wellie boot?

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:02 pm

      TOTALLY genius, MT – when they contacted me I was like, YES PLEEEEEEEEEEASE!!! Prayers answered!

  10. 16 April 2019 / 10:13 pm

    Catherine thank goodness it rained for you! Perfect colours for you too!
    ashley xx

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:02 pm

      Thanks Ashley – I loved the red and the blue together…!

  11. 16 April 2019 / 8:47 pm

    These are a wonderful idea, great for us girls with wide calves! Cute design as well. Look great with your outfit. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:03 pm

      Aren’t they such a great idea, Jacqui – I can’t believe no one has come up with it before!! Thank you my lovely x

  12. 16 April 2019 / 7:52 pm

    Every time I’m in the UK I want wellies! Because for me the only place to buy stylish ones is the UK. Ha ha, but most of the time it’s sunny and warm and I keep forgetting to buy them! Glad that you found your perfect ones!

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:04 pm

      Wellies are pretty much essential for the UK, Nancy… though saying that we’ve now got lovely sunshine for the next few days, Easter should actually be a nice warm one for a change! x

  13. 16 April 2019 / 7:20 pm

    Catherine, I had to laugh at your adorable story! I’ve never had or needed wellies with our typical limited rain, but really could have used them this year! I’m glad to hear others this issue. I can’t seem to put my boots over my jeans like all the cool chicks do!! Lol! Your striped wellies are so cute!

    xx Darlene

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:05 pm

      Hehe thanks Darlene – yeah I’ve NEVER been able to easily get my welly boots over jeans, and now with the few extra pounds I’m carrying it’s impossible. Aren’t the red and pink stripes so lovely…?!!

  14. 16 April 2019 / 6:50 pm

    I have to be careful with calf sizes so will definitely check these out. Great wellies and gorgeous photographs.

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:06 pm

      I think you’ll LOVE the designs Alison – gorgeous colours and patterns, not a single boring black wellington in sight! Thank you sweetie x

  15. jodie filogomo
    16 April 2019 / 6:29 pm

    I’ve only just embraced the wellies!! We rarely get rain so I never saw the need. But once I bought a pair, I realized that they were fabulous for melting snow too!! Now I wear them all the time.

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:07 pm

      Ahh yes they would be brilliant for slush, Jodie – makes perfect sense!

  16. 16 April 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Good news about the Wide Wellies! It doesn’t rain enough here for me to purchase, but good intel!

    The Items on Repeat is a great feature, though I KNOW it takes time to put it together. Fun searching one’s archives, right?

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks Anne, I’m so pleased I found the Wide Welly Company…! Glad you like the outfit on repeat feature, I’ll try and keep it up if time allows for each outfit post x

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:09 pm

      Oh how I wish I could fit in Hunter wellies, Cheryl… but then I’m so pleased with these stripey beauties I’m actually now really glad I can’t!! x

  17. 16 April 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Singing in the Rain with welly joy! Such fun pictures, you look incredibly pleased with your wellies, and rightly so.
    It baffles me as to why in this day and age, so many ‘one size’ products still exist. I mean, one-size tights for example – who do those actually fit?!!

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks Porcelina – we were “blessed” with rain in the morning while we did the photo shoot, then the sun came out in the afternoon. Good ol’ British weather, eh?!

      And YES to the one size fits all thing. So annoying, isn’t it 🙁

  18. 16 April 2019 / 5:32 pm

    Those are glorious! The stripes and colours COULD NOT be more perfect for you! I have an issue with wide feet and wellies, my calves are fine in them. My feet are shaped like an actual duck. I’m going to look and see what they have for duck feet people like me.

    You’ve also inspired me to do a rain shoot now! What lovely atmospheric and typically English photos these are. Gorgeous, Catherine.

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:12 pm

      The trick is to make sure you take TWO umbrellas, Lisa… one for you and one for the Instagram Husband to keep the camera dry!! We often forget if we’re going by car, luckily this was us on a walk so we remembered!

      Thank you, I thought you’d like the outfit seeing as it’s mostly pale blue and red!! x

  19. 16 April 2019 / 5:13 pm

    Super stylish – and great to see wellies from a UK company!

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:13 pm

      I’m so happy they’re British, Gail (though who better to make wellies, eh) x

  20. 16 April 2019 / 5:11 pm

    I will tell the daughter about these Catherine. Lovely and bright too xx

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:13 pm

      Oh please do, Laurie – they’re sooooo fabulous, I’ve never owned such a great pair 🙂

  21. Karen
    16 April 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Love that ‘live’ shot of you jumping off the pavement !!! Brilliant idea having wider leg wellies…..but to be honest you don’t look like you would need a pair….bet you have thick socks on.
    I have a purple pair from years ago from George @ ASDA, fairly wide leg but will take a look at these ones as I have been expanding slightly in the last few years plus these wellies look fun to boot ( sorry for the pun !!!)

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks Karen! No, no thick socks, just a pair of ankle socks. I can’t even get jeans into normal wellies with my calves – they just bunch up awkwardly round the ankle where I can’t pull them up… not very comfortable!!

      You should definitely check the Wide Welly Co out, they’re so gorgeous and you’re bound to find a colour/pattern that you love x

  22. 16 April 2019 / 4:44 pm

    Those are great boots, Catherine. The gods were listening to your whinge about boots for sure. It’s always wonderful to find a brand that suits out particular style challenges, isn’t it?

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:16 pm

      Yes it is, Sue – I was so happy with the timing of their very kind offer! x

  23. 16 April 2019 / 4:41 pm

    Well I’m a member of the big calf girls too…LOL. Those are some of the most precious wellies ever, so the wait was worth it. These pictures are darling!!!

    • Catherine
      17 April 2019 / 5:17 pm

      Thanks Lisa – they’re so perfect for wide calves, I couldn’t be more pleased with my boots 😀

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