Tuesday, October 25, 2011

This or That - Menswear or Oversized Pants

Woo! Today I did Menswear AND Oversized Pants:
You know I'm not one to shy away from a challenge, but these awesome wide-leg trousers (not worn since February! for shame!) were perfect for today's theme.

I added this blouse that is quickly becoming a favourite:
Tossed on a rust-coloured cami underneath (the blouse is rather sheer), added a red belt, and my two-tone Oxford-inspired shoes.

I wore my olive suede drapey coat over it all:
And that's a new-to-me Smoking Lily bag I found in the thrift store last week!

Vizzini helped me photograph it last night:
He crawled right in.

The bag is dark red velvet with a dragonfly and some Japanese-ish script, all hand-silkscreened:
It had an extra strap that I think was supposed to go around one's waist, but it was huge, so I cut it off.

Check it out:
Yee haw! I searched to see if I could find any comparison for this online, but this style hasn't been made in over 7 years. The only reference I found was to someone who pined for a velvet Smoking Lily messenger bag, but they were too expensive for her. I am betting they were not $11.50 new.

I like that it's identified inside:
Man, the light is getting bad now. So dark, so early!

Here's a better picture:
Psycho kitty!

Jacket (Le Chateau), blouse (Liz Claiborne), pants/belt (Plum), shoes (Unlisted), trouser socks (Oscar & Libby's), bag (Smoking Lily, thrifted).

19 comments:

  1. How Katherine Hepburn-ish! Love the wide pants.

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  2. I've been watching blogs lately to see who is wearing sheer shirts. I've been seeing them in thrift stores everywhere. However, I couldn't tell how work appropriate they were. Any tips?

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  3. Oh, how I love those trousers! They really show off your wasp waist. Gorgeousness!

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  4. You look great! :) I love the wide pants and oxfords together!

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  5. I love this look...the pants are perfect and I really like your coat!

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  6. Those menswear pants look amazing on you. I have no idea how tall you are but they are incredibly flattering very Katherine Hepburn-esque.

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  7. Tremendously (and maybe even surprisingly) elegant ensemble! And my goodness, Vizzini has grown up so quickly! You also reminded me that I have some wide charcoal wool pants that I keep forgetting about -- they're coming out to play next week. Thanks, Sheila!

    Judy S.

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  8. Tamara, thank you! I love Katherine Hepburn's look.

    Cara, the trick is to go for a conservative style, like a button-down. Also, when choosing a cami for underneath, pick one without lace (too sexy), and match it to the colour of the shirt. If you still feel self-conscious, wear a vest overtop so just the sheer sleeves are the highlight (like I've done with the sheer leopard shirt I wore Monday).

    Rita, thank you! Wasp waist - I love it! And thanks - I love funky trouser socks.

    Ki, thanks!

    Pam, thank you - I thought of you with this outfit, knowing how you love this blouse.

    Leslie, I'm 5'4" - the high waist on the pants (the belt is at my natural waist), the wide legs and the very long length (I have to wear at least a 3" heel with them) help create that illusion. Thank you so much! I hope you're feeling better soon. :)

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  9. Oh wow! I really like this outfit alot. Everything is really streamlined and the colors are perfect for fall. What a find on the messenger bag too. Your kitty is so cute :) Heather

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  10. My favorite thing is the trouser socks. They add a cool touch to the outfit. Really great outfit.

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  11. ahh a skirt wearer like you wearing pants! I've been toying with the idea also of these wide-legged babies and they look so good on you, maybe I'll give them a twirl....

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  12. Paula, you would look fabulous in a pair of pants like this - go for it!

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  13. SJ, thank you! I was pretty excited about the Smoking Lily bag - every time I find a piece of theirs, it's like winning the thrift lottery!

    Debbi, thank you! I like little details like that.

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  14. This outfit is so perfectly matched without being too matchy matchy. I love the blouse and wideleg trousers, the menswear inspired shoes and those socks!

    The bag is really awesome. It reminds me a bit of "Firefly".

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  15. I adore this color palatte! The floral top with the zigzag socks - so fabulous! And your pants are to die for.

    I also love your leo ensemble. So pretty.

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  16. Thanks, Megan! This is my favourite so far this week - menswear is right in my wheelhouse. Wee, I love "Firefly"!

    Thanks a bunch, Keely!

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  17. Fabulosa !
    The kitty scares me a little but i stopped looking into his eyes and was smitten by those gorgeous tights, they look Missoni to me.

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  18. Thanks, Lorena! Don't be afreid of the kitty, he's really quite sweet. Yes, I love that zigzag pattern.

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I appreciate every comment, thank you so much! Please feel free to tell me what you think! I will respond to questions.

Cheers,
Sheila