Oh, I did like this one, even though it’s another one of those honestly-this-looks-great-in-motion outfits that maybe doesn’t do still photos so well. I feel like I got exactly what I was trying for when I was putting it all together in my head, so I’m calling it a win.
Sunglasses: Michael Kors, remixed.
Scarf: I cut the tag off this shortly after buying it, and thus, I have no idea. It’s something I picked up at TK Maxx, it’s a cotton/silk blend (that I remember) and it became my current go-to scarf after I turned it into a cheater infinity scarf. It’s a small grey-on-grey floral print.
Top: Kenzo. This is the same as this one, but for colour. And I see I belted the other one, as well. Also, I need to wear that other one again, because that’s a fabulous colour.
Bag: Autograph, M&S, remixed.
Pants: Next, remixed. Yeah, I’m still liking this still-slightly-edgy silhouette. I’ve seen a few more people wearing them lately, so I think they may be taking off. As well they should, because holy cow, so comfortable.
Shoes: Uggs, remixed. Still can’t believe I own not one, but two pair of Uggs. Continuing to resist the iconic boots, though!
So there’s three particularly dangerous new words in my life:
Yeah, the All Saints in the MetQuarter, which I had assumed was just a regular shop like the one at Liverpool One, turns out to be an outlet. Oh, mercy. The real kind, where they have actual clothes from the actual shops with the actual tags with actual successive markdowns written on them. None of that crappy outlet-only stuff, oh no. So, dangerous, but at least 70% less dangerous than the regular shop. And given that I’m just about at peace with my persistent white/grey/black/other gloomy neutrals tendencies, that’s at least a bit of consolation for losing the local Desigual outlet.
Anyway, to the details:
Sunglasses: Michael Kors. I did it! I found some big round sunglasses in grey, which has been a wishlist item for quite some time. Yay!
Jacket: All Saints. This is a slouchy, oversized, double-breasted blazer. I’d say the crappy lighting is concealing the details, but with about half of All Saints’ stuff, the details are difficult to see in bright sunlight, which is part of their charm, really. (Also, I realised why I fell so hard for A/S; they remind me of Comme des Garçons.)
Blouse: Prontomoda Giusy via TK Maxx. This is that Italian company I’ve been getting some of the slouchy neutral stuff from. As far as I can tell, they exist only to supply TK Maxx, but I could very well be wrong. Anyway! Nice. Silk!
You guys, I figured out why we used to wear tapered pants like this back in the ’80s — it’s because they are AWESOME. Yes, to my total shock, this is one trend I’m hopping. They’re far more flattering to my figure than I ever would’ve imagined, although the photos aren’t doing them full credit; it’s all about the drape and flow. Also, these sort of pants are meant to be loose in the thighs and hips, so they’re not fighting with my figure.
I also think the shorter top is helping this look to work; even though it’s pretty boxy, it, too, drapes and flows nicely, and I think visually shortens my long waist a bit.
In conclusion, I love these pants, I love the black and white trend (which for me is more of the same, frankly, but whatever) and I loved the not-foul weather today that allowed me to wear my moto jacket, and not a heavy wool coat. I felt great in this.
Pendant: Thrifted, remixed.
Jumper: M&S, thrifted. Usually I favour the black top/white (OK, this is more like cream) bottom, when I go for something like this, but I switched it up today, and I’m happy with it. I truly love a mock turtleneck or funnel neck jumper.
Ah, pants. My old fashion nemesis, we meet again. This time, however, I am attempting something new by going totally counterintuitive. Yup, these are baggy. Baggy, pleated, and with side slit pockets, with seriously tapered and cropped legs. The waistband, though covered here, is slightly dropped. They are made of very soft and drapey cotton/viscose jersey, and while not the warmest fabric in the world for a pretty cold day, that bagginess means layering under them is super easy.
Perhaps fighting with everything I think I know about what makes a pair of trousers flattering to my figure worked out, because I liked this look quite a lot, and I wasn’t at all self-conscious about the bagginess. It’s intentional bagginess, and maybe that makes all the difference. I grow increasingly fonder of slouchy silhouettes, and I’ve wanted to work a pair of pants into that, instead of sticking with skirts, skinny jeans, or leggings, and these are what I came up with, courtesy of the Monsoon clearance sale, where the low price and softness of the fabric and construction of these pants convinced me to give it a go, as I figured, at worst, I’d just relegate them to loungewear, if they didn’t work out.
I think I may be converted to this lower body silhouette! These pants feel very ’80s to me, at least in their cut and fabric, if not in the subdued and tasteful neutral colour and print, and maybe that helped me to style them successfully; I’ve been down this road before.
Cardigan: Cynthia Rowley, remixed, and very recently, too. I knew this would be a useful addition to my wardrobe!
Cashmere halter top: Vince, thrifted, remixed. I have been wanting to wear this again, and here it is.
Belt: Geox, remixed. Still in love with the multiple-wrap belts.
Legwarmers: Remixed. The pants are pretty cropped, and I will doubtless wear them as such in the warmer days to come, but these were an utter necessity in the raw weather.