Review: Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boot

[Warning: This post is pic heavy.]

I know there are probably many of you petites out there wondering if the the Hunter Welly is a good fit. How do I know? Because I’ve been wondering the same thing for years. I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase a pair. They’re kind of ugly, but kind of cute all at the same time. They’ve always been much more prominently seen in the UK as they have been manufactured there since the 1800s (international manufacturing only began in 2007). Originally meant for the trenches in World War II and then for fisherman, it caught on in the fashion world when Kate Moss wore them in 2005 at the Glastonbury festival. To this day, many stores have a hard time keeping them on their shelves (trust me, I know, I’ve been trying for a few years now).

Photo Credit: Glamour.com

The original color is green, but I went with navy. Something a little bit different from the original, but also not too out there if I wanted to wear them on the commute to work.

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Fit and comfort: 1/2 size large. I read a hundreds of reviews on this boot, and I couldn’t figure out if they were a full size too big or half a size too big. These boots only come in full sizes. I purchased both a size 5 and size 6. I am a true size 6. I first tried on the size 5, and it was definitely too small. I was wearing a a pair of sports socks at the time since that’s probably what I’d be wearing with them. I then tried on the size 6. It was a little bit too big, but I inserted a pair of thick insoles for comfort and warmth and then they were perfect. Even though these boots have an orthopedic cushioned foot bed,  they don’t have a whole lot of support, so insoles are probably a good idea if you need something to help support your arch. They have anti-bacterial fabric lining to help prevent against odor. Good rubber traction, so these are great for slippery winter days as well.

Circumference, measured on the inside of a size 6: 14″.  The circumference isn’t too bad. Keep in mind, my calves are about 12.5″ at their widest point. A little room around the calf in these boots aren’t a bad idea and don’t look bad either. There is no zipper, so you need the room to be able to slip them on and off.

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There is an adjustable buckle, but it’s really of no use:

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I’m wearing them with short socks here, but I would probably be wearing them with knee high socks to help close the gap a little bit. But even against my bare leg, the gap isn’t terrible.

They also have this cute label in the inside to put your name, which I guess was useful back in the day when all the soldiers had the same boot and they were all the same color:

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Height of Shaft, measured at the back of boot, but not including the small .5″ heel: 15″.  I read a lot of reviews, and many petites that have these boots complained that they were too high. When they sat down it would cut them in the back of their thighs or knees.  Here they are on me:

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As you can see, the don’t come close to hitting the back of my thigh. When I sit on my bed which is much lower than this chair, then I do feel them but it’s not bothersome (and how often do I sit on something that low?). Keep in mind that I am 5’1, but my inseam is almost a full 31″. If your inseam is much shorter, the height of the shaft might be too tall for you.

Quality: Seem to be made really well. No gaps in the seams and very sturdy. I am confident these will hold up for years to come.

The also now come in a wide range of colors and textures, including croc and gloss, and in a variety of styles include a short boot, wide calf, lace-up and wedge. Cost for a pair of Originals is $125.

My friend bought a pair of Hunters years ago and she complained how sweaty her feet got when she wore them. I think it’s a good to wear a pair of breathable socks given that no air is going to be getting to your feet with these boots otherwise. I splurged on a pair of Hunter socks ($25/pair):

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I haven’t decided if I want to keep these yet. I do, but I’m not completely sure that my budget is going to allow it. Plus, I think I want the Black Gloss boot instead. =/

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Review: DEX Boat Neck Sweater

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DEX Boat Neck Sweater /  J Brand Lighweight Lovestory / Michael Kors Parker Boot / Forever21 Pendant
 
Lots of reviews lately, but I’m still working though my Piperlime haul. I got this DEX Boatneck sweater hoping for a great casual look paired with one of my favorite pairs of jeans, J Brand Lovestory.

I really liked the idea of this sweater. But even though the picture did look like it had dolman sleeves, the description on Piperlime didn’t explicitly say so, so I thought maybe that it didn’t. It definitely did.  And in combination with the thick knit and boatneck, I felt like the sweater made my shoulders look extremely wide and broad. If I had been wearing skinny jeans with this sweater instead of the flare, I would have looked like an upside down triangle. The sizing itself is TTS, and the overall length is pretty good. It hits about mid-hip. The original retail price on Piperlime is $79, plus I managed to get it with an extra 25% off for a total of $60 plus cashback. Still not impressed. It’s going back.

As you might have noticed, my hair got chopped off. And no, not on purpose, at least not by me. For the long version of the story, I missed my appointment with my regular stylist because I was still on the road from D.C. to T.O. and I was so desperate for a haircut that I decided to go to the local mall for a cut. Bad idea. I asked for a collarbone length cut but the stylist disagreed with me saying it would make the ends go all crazy and instead he’ll make it shorter….and *snip*. Yep. He took off a whole three inches more than I had asked. Argh. I’m really annoyed. I look twelve years old.  I’m not one to be overly attached to my hair…so as long as I’m the one who chooses to cut it. I know the cut doesn’t look that bad, but I still hate it! And it takes exponentially more time to style in the morning. On the bright side, I probably won’t need a haircut for another six months.  Anyways, that’s my sad, sad story.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend (whether it was a long one or a short one). Mine was great except for the massive loss of hair.

Review: Ella Moss Kinga Top and Adrienne Vittadini Adam Booties

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Ella Moss Kinga Drape Top / Paige Premium Denim Verdugo Jeggings / Adrienne Vittadini Adam Suede Booties 

I’m starting to really get into the loose-fitting-top-with-slim-cut-bottom-look lately. I think I generally try to avoid anything too loose-fitting because I’m afraid I will be overwhelmed by all the excess material. But I think I’m starting to learn as long as there is a proper balance and it’s not *too* big, this look can be achieved without looking like I started shopping in the Men’s department (or that I should go back to the Junior’s department).

I purchased both the top and the boots from Piperlime during G&G. I was so excited about the top! I mean, check out this embellishment:

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Embellished shoulders have been one of my favorite trends these past few seasons. And I think I really do love this top, but I’m going through a “I’m-just-so-cheap” phase and I can’t bring myself to keep it. The color is lovely, the material so soft and silky, and shoulder detail is just stunning. The top is a little bit on the large side, but I think it is meant to be like that, or least, I can get away with it. It’s regular price is $118. I purchased it with an extra 30% off from the GAP G&G plus another 10% off from an old code that GAP customer service sent me for trying to sell me something that was out of stock, PLUS another $20 off gift certificate from buying too much stuff from BR/GAP/Piperlime in the past year. Oh yea, and cashback. So this top is approximately $50 after it’s all said and done. I love it. But not enough to keep it because my conscience is telling me I should buy something more classic and versatile and preferably more work appropriate. The darned conscience is right. =(

If you remember, I was obsessing about little booties that dip in the front a few posts back. I thought that maybe I would give these Adrienne Vittadini Adam Booties a try and see how they worked out:

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Their regular price is $89.99 plus 30% off.  Beautiful soft suede (you know I love suede!), a 4″ heel, and a non-seamed, almond toe. The front dips just enough so that a little skin peeks out from under my jeans. So pretty. The soles are completely rubber, no slippin’ and slidin’ with these babies. The padding of the insole is rather strange though. It has a weird pattern in the inside of the shoe and I can feel it under my feet when I walk. Not sure whose idea that was. The heel is also a little wide so I do have some heel lift which does annoy me somewhat, and since I got my regular shoe size there is no room for a heel grip in the back of the heel without adding some discomfort. I think also the heel lift has something to do with the fact that I have narrow feet and small ankles, so there is a lot of space between the top of my foot and the top of the shoe. So instead of putting the extra thick heel grip in the back of the shoe, I put it at the front of the shoe and voila! Perfect fit!

Shoe Verdict?? Even though I really shouldn’t, keepers!

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