En Brogue In Full: trouser suits

Welcome to my new feature, coming to you on a regular basis: En Brogue In Full – pictures that include my whole outfit, instead of just my feet. I’ve been getting requests from readers for years to give more styling tips on how to wear your rest of your outfit with your flat shoes, so with a little help from a photographer and more time on my hands now I am freelance (deep breath – I’m not a natural model!)… here goes!

Firstly, I want to tell you a bit about me, and particularly, my figure. I’m 41 years old, 5ft3″ and size 10-12 (depending on the shop/cut/my mood) and none of these pictures of me will be retouched (wrinkles and all, guys!). I’m probably the ideal candidate to wear heels (bizarrely, I have very long thighs in relation to my lower legs), but since I don’t own any heels and don’t plan to, I have to be a little more imaginative with making outfits work for me. Some things I just steer clear of completely (I’m not a fan of low necklines or anything figure-hugging) but a little experimentation has helped me realise I CAN wear things that I previously thought were off limits, like ankle length dresses and culottes, for example. I’m not made of model proportions, nor am I a spring chicken, which is one of the reasons I’ve been a little shy about doing this in the past. But equally, it’s the reason I want to do it now. The fashion world is really catching up with diversity but it still has a way to go; I’ve found so many women on Instagram and writing fashion blogs that are more inspiring for me, personally, because they look more like I do.



Anyway, we’re kicking off with trouser suits. At my height, there are plenty that I wouldn’t even entertain the idea of wearing (much as I adore the long baggy strides look, I’m short enough to actually get lost in a pair), so I would always opt for a style that is either cropped just above the ankle bone, or that is made of a fabric that I can turn up neatly. I think one of the reasons I’ve always preferred flat shoes is that I never like to look too “done up”, so I usually dress a suit down with a T-shirt (ideally with a logo to jazz it up a bit) and trainers. Predictable, moi?! Oh, and I’ve thrown in a bum bag here for good measure.


Foot-wise, I’m going with a bare ankle – I may be a fan of snazzy socks, but pair them with a suit and you could end up looking a little like Jon Snow on Channel 4 News (while I do love his socks, it’s not the look I’m going for). And then I’ve finished the outfit with a pair of retro sneakers.


I’d love to know what you think! Leave comments below, and also let me know if there are other themes that you’d like to see me tackle.

49 responses to “En Brogue In Full: trouser suits”

  1. victoria Avatar

    Really helpful new direction Hannah – thank you: for your knowledge, thoughts and most importantly, your honesty. xx

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Ah thank you! ☺️

  2. claire Avatar

    Great post! Great trouser suit! Love your honesty. And love to hear clothes talk aswell as shoe talk. Look forward to the next post. x

  3. Eva Lundene Avatar
    Eva Lundene

    Love your shoes, love your style and love your blog.
    Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  4. Helen Avatar

    fab post, thank you. I have recently discovered this blog and your IG account and am kind of fangirling in a strictly non-creepy way. I love your style, even though I’ve never been a trainers girl (beyond Converse All Star and more recently Veja), but I’m finding your outfits really inspirational. Thanks!

    1. en brogue Avatar

      That’s so nice thank you!!

  5. Lesley Somerville Avatar
    Lesley Somerville

    So helpful to see the whole outfit, thank you. I love flats and am gaining the confidence to wear them as part of an outfit rather than just seeing them as the comfortable option. So I’m getting into different styles, and things like glitter socks. Also cropped trousers, which look so much more modern nowadays. I’m looking forward to seeing more ideas and insights. Should I be buying a bumbag too?!?

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Thanks Lesley! I’m into the bum bag – or belt purse if that’s more palatable!

  6. irvingflashman Avatar

    That bag is amazing. Love it!! Can I ask where it’s from? (Sorry if it’s tagged in the post – I can’t see it)

    1. en brogue Avatar

      No you’re absolutely right I forgot to list it! It’s old but from Manu Atelier. Will add in now!

  7. ashleyhealy Avatar

    Great post! I’m the same height and size as you, prefer causual wear and never wear heels so getting dressing ideas is right up my street!
    One area I’d be interested in is work wear. I’d also be interested in your Instagram and blog recommendations as I’d be keen to also see others more like me.

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Cool noted, thank you. And would you like me to do a follow Friday on Insta for the accounts I like, or rather I did it on here?

      1. ashleyhealy Avatar

        That’d be good – thanks!

      2. ashleyhealy Avatar

        Sorry on instagram would be good – thanks!

      3. en brogue Avatar

        I’ll do this week then!

  8. ashleyhealy Avatar

    Great post! I’m the same height and size as you and very much prefer casual wear and flats.
    I’d be interested in some work wear ideas as I work in quite a ‘formal’ environment so would be keen to get some ideas.
    I’d also appreciate your Instagram and blog recommendations to see others like me (us).

  9. dotscotton Avatar

    Fab! I’d like to see a post on what shoes to wear when trying things on in changing rooms. Online is easy because you can change your shoes at home. Much more tricky when out and about!

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Ha! I see what you’re saying. I always find myself in hiking boots with loads of laces!

  10. Megan Johnston Avatar
    Megan Johnston

    Love love love your new feature! Thank you so much, Hannah, from another short arse!

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Thank you so much! X

  11. Hayley Avatar

    Delighted to see this turn in your blog. Many thanks

  12. KitchenNo7 Avatar

    Oh lordy, how I love this direction you’ve evolved on to. I’m a trainer fanatic, quite the tomboy of a dresser and although I’m 5’9″ and a size 18 I find your style superb and it has influenced me to try some different things. Keep on doing Madam .

  13. Eva Avatar

    Brilliant brave post Hannah – thank you been following you for a while after buying your book.

    Advice needed in my hunt for shoes – I am 56, 5’2”, size 16 and have a foot condition called Hallux Rigidus (arthritis in big toe), bunion on side of big toe, bone spur on top. Contemplating surgery but in the meantime would like to find some shoes that don’t look like sensible surgical types. I love bright colours and would like something I can wear with cropped trousers or summer dresses.
    I need a shoe with a wide toe box, cannot be completely flat (ie tips up at the front like trainers), preferably with a strap/laces (foot must be secure). E width. 1 inch heel.
    I live in Brooks trainers (Converses are now too flat alas and Skechers only do limited battles in wide fitting shoes and are only in black or navy) in the winter and some bright waffle type stretchy shoes from Pavers in the summer but would appreciate your wise words!

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Ooh this is a challenge but I will have a think! I presume you’ve tried all the Nike/adidas woven styles? Presumably the fabric would stretch over the toe comfortably?

  14. MaureenC Avatar

    Excellent development Hannah!

  15. Marie Stevenson Avatar
    Marie Stevenson

    This is great. Good to see you and your outfits!

  16. rachaelkellywoo Avatar

    Love seeing how you style them, and for teh helpful info about body shape and size….all these things make a difference to how outfits look. Will look forward to these posts.

    1. rachaelkellywoo Avatar

      When you moderate these comments, could you correct my spelling errors haha, sorry!

    2. en brogue Avatar

      That’s nice to hear thanks!

  17. Dettey Avatar

    As mentioned elsewhere could you consider trainers/flats for those of us with wide hobbit feet pleeeeaaase. I love all the ones I see but they generally don’t accommodate my width.

    1. en brogue Avatar

      I will get researching! 🤓

  18. Becky Gant Avatar
    Becky Gant

    Loving the suit. I’ve been following your blog since I discovered your book. You are an inspiration and I’m slowly allowing colour back into my wardrobe, after years of wearing mainly black.

    The way you dress and your descriptions remind me so much if when I was a teenager in the 90s. Although I have evolved a bit, I’m missing my quirky side, the rando prints and the fun I had wearing random things together. Hoping to see if I can get back into it. I’m on a limited budget but I will be looking into any ideas to change things up.

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Thanks for your lovely comments! The 90s were so great for the kind of fashion I love so I’m pleased there are hints of it in the shops again. Did you keep anything? I’ve been resurrecting the odd bits and bobs (though to be honest most of it goes to my nieces because I can’t fit into it anymore!).

  19. Becky Gant Avatar
    Becky Gant

    Sadly no, except some band tees from various gigs, although I still love my converse chucks and will be buying some DMs at the end of the month. I’m ready to add some more colour after foolishly donating all my colourful shoes. I will endeavour to add some colour and will look to here for inspiration. And finally get my first pair of Adidas trainers too.

  20. Jude Avatar

    Hurray to you for a great blog post. Honest, informative and really helpful advise. I’m trying to find my ‘style’ direction now that I’ve swopped a job in the fashion industry for the stay at home mum to two kids under 4 life.

    1. en brogue Avatar

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Love those Gazelles! Where did you get the custom text done?

    1. Hannah Rochell Avatar

      You can do it on the Adidas website. Mi Adidas I think it’s called. Loads of styles!

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