After my rant on Wednesday, I thought a little closet therapy might help my state of mind. It always does. Rummaging around in my closet to see what I can pair with what, that I haven’t tried before. Something maybe with my newish baggier pants that are not jeans. A little non-jean therapy. If you’ll excuse the bad pun.
I bought these tailored trousers from Aritzia last summer. The biggest pair of pants I’ve ever owned. But I try to NOT look at the number. The bagginess disguises my burgeoning middle and the pants feel really comfortable. And anyway, size is just a number, right? I had them professionally hemmed, and I was very pleased with my purchase. Except for pictures for this blog post, I’ve only worn them once, to an anniversary party in the summer. I wore flat strappy black sandals, a black Vince tee, and my black, cashmere, crew-neck sweater around my shoulders. I was comfortable and felt very on-trend.
I’ve been meaning for ages to play around with how I might wear these pants in the winter. But when I decide what to write about on my blog, the topic has to be what is on my mind that day or week. And I guess styling these pants has not been that. Especially when we had a ton of snow a couple of weeks ago, and then very cold temperatures, and then another ton of snow. Jeans, down coats, my ski gear, and what I can wear to wade snow have been uppermost in my mind lately. And styling summer-ish pants into winter outfits has not.
Until this past week. Friday dawned sunny and cold. I needed to run a bunch of errands in the afternoon, so after my work-out and my shower, I had a try-on session with my summer-ish baggy pants. Or a fashion show as Hubby always says. I’ve been seeing women on Instagram and Pinterest wearing their tailored trousers tucked into boots. Both knee-high boots, and ankle boots. My knee-high boots were a wash-out. I felt, and looked, like a nineteenth century Russian Cossack. Or an escapee from the seventies. Which of course I am. Ha. Because I used to wear my dress pants tucked into my Frye boots back in the day, just like Ali McGraw in this photo.
So I went with my Stuart Weitzman ankle boots. And instead of tucking, I folded and rolled. The first time I tried it, above, the result was a bit messy. And I thought that my Lafayette 148 coat sweater, with the quilted front, was not quite what I was going for.
I much preferred my baggy pants with my old animal-print Elie Tahari sweater, below. Once the folding and rolling had been redone to tidy the pantlegs up a bit. Funny. But after my October vlog when I played around with two old sweaters, this one and a Max Mara fisherman-knit cardi, I thought I’d never wear this sweater again. It is quite snug buttoned up. At first I decided to give it away, as I said in my vlog. Then I decided to keep it to wear around my shoulders, like an accessory. I love the colour of the sweater so much, I was loath to part with it. I like it with these pants. No need to button it up. Good thing. Ha.
Plus, I think I can wear this combo in the early fall. Perhaps wearing the pants full-length. Swapping the turtleneck with a tee shirt, and tying my sweater around my neck.
Which brings me to what I decided to wear to run my errands. Sadly, the rolling and tucking on my pants did not stay in place well. If I were to wear this outfit again I’d pin the leg of the trousers after I folded and before I rolled. But I didn’t want to fuss on Friday. And besides, the other pair of loose, summer-ish pants I wanted to try were these cream cargo pants that I also bought last summer, and wore a ton. They are definitely suitable for winter because they’re made of quite heavy fabric. So I popped them on with my boots and the old, cream Max Mara cardi that I played with in my October vlog. Nope. The creams are different tones and didn’t work well together. This Gap mock-neck, wool sweater works much better. In fact I really like this outfit.
The Gap sweater is super loose and long. I did a bit of a half-tuck first, and liked it. But in the end I wore it long and loose. Which I also like. I’m comfortable, warm, and taking part in the over-size trend with this old sweater and the loose cargo pants.
So off I went. I added my black down coat, my old cross-body bag from Holts, and stuffed my long list into my pocket. The driveway had been clear since the morning. And the municipal plow had just come down the road. So I didn’t have to point my car towards the highway, gun the engine, and try to make a run for it. Ha. Those days are over my friends. The days when we had a big storm, and the plow did not clear our little road until some time in the afternoon, long after Hubby and I had muscled our way up the unplowed road to the main highway, to get to work. Now if our road is not plowed, well, I can always decide I don’t have to go out.
So that was a fruitful session of closet therapy. I found at least one way to wear those dress pants for winter. I like them tucked and rolled. But since the pantlegs are so loose and puffy, I think the outfit needs a fitted sweater to balance off the bagginess below. And that Elie Tahari sweater fills the bill. Plus I love my cream cargo pants with my cream sweater and black boots and coat. Such an easy peasy look. I know I said that jeans are in my fashion DNA. But that doesn’t mean I have to live in them, right?
Now I must go. We are expecting our neighbours over for dinner tonight. And I still have to set the table. And then decide what to wear, and get dressed. Actually those tasks should probably be completed the other way round. Because if I’m dressed and ready and still setting the table when they get here, who will care. But the other way round might not be so good. Ha.
By the way. In case you didn’t see my comment on my last post. Thanks so much to everyone who waded in on the trucker blockade issue. I couldn’t answer all the comments individually. But I sure appreciated the deluge of good will when I finally logged onto the blog on Thursday afternoon. I’m grateful every day for the wonderful community of virtual friends I’ve met through blogging.
P.S. You may have noticed that I used the expression “fills the bill” in this post. Instead of “fits the bill.” I could NOT get a definitive answer on any grammar or style site about which is the correct expression. I think I always use “fill the bill,” but I’ve been thinking about it so much, now I’m not sure. Which iteration of that idiom do you prefer? Asked the slightly pedantic, former English teacher. Ha. Now you know why it takes me forever to write a post. I go chasing down idioms, and weird comma and usage rules until I can’t put one word in front of the other.
Your turn, my friends. Care to comment on the value of closet therapy? Pants tucked into boots? Winter dressing challenges? Weird English idioms? The floor is yours.