Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I Wear the (Leather) Pants - International Women's Day

I am grateful for a few things today. I live in a free country, I have choice over my body, I can say what I want, can do what I want. I have a good job (two of them, actually!), where people respect my talents. I have an awesome partner, who thinks I'm awesome right back. I have this blog, as a wonderful creative outlet, and I have you wonderful readers/friends. For these things, I am thankful.
On this International Women's Day, there are so many women who do not have these things, all over the world, and yes, in my own country too. For all of these women, I wear red for you.

  • Blazer - Helmut Lang, thrifted; first worn here in December 2016 with printed leopard jeans
  • Blouse - Violet + Claire, thrifted; last seen here in December 2016 with tonal sparkle
  • Pants - Gap, thrifted; last worn here in January with bold stripes
  • Shoes - Sperry, thrifted; last seen here (3rd outfit) in January with loads of reds
  • Coat (below) - Borgeoiis, vintage, thrifted

I didn't do the Day Without Women; my own "day without" was when I was sick last month (the first time) for one day and the office fell apart without me. 

This is a bit of an odd outfit, even for me, but I liked it. I loved wearing this drapey Helmut Lang jacket again, love the dark florals of the blouse, and check me out in these fabulous red leather pants.
Boo yah! Yeah, I wear the pants in my life. I am the boss of me.

I also wear the menswear outerwear, because I can.
My lovely bowler (Roberta's Hats), my thrifted fur boa and my Parkhurst fingerless gloves.

The stuff:
I love these phenomenally comfy shoes. Good for kickin' butt and takin' names. Especially with the little lacy sockettes.

Blue bling:
Most of my belts sit at my natural waist, so are not big enough to fit the hip-height waist of these pants. I remembered that my burgundy thrifted cardigan came with a knit and grosgrain ribbon belt, and voila, there we go. Belted like a boss.

  • Earrings - local
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/sodalite ring - c. 1998, Scotland

Did you wear red today?


  1. Such a great way to wear red Sheila! I also was unable to avoid being present and doing things, although I did try to leave the nice to have tasks undone and just focus on the necessities. It was good to take a step back for a bit, and just like you I'm feeling lucky I have the privilege to do so.

    1. Thanks, Mica! Good for you for taking that step back. We must remember how lucky we are.

  2. oh yeah, I'm loving this post!, and loving that you're your boss and wear your red pants with attitude!. You rock!
    And I'm also very grateful for all that things, and very grateful to all those preceding ladies who fought for them! Celebrating all those things!

  3. Great combination and it is so true... sometimes we take things for granted. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had been born on another side of the world where many of the things I am and do are not possible.

    1. I know, I wonder that too. And I'm thankful that I don't have to make that choice.

  4. Lovely red pants! I do love that overcoat too...

    Belated happy international women's day!

  5. I love these red pants, and the reason that you wore them. Yes, even with all that is going on, we have a lot to be grateful for, even as yew have a lot to fight for. An odd junction in history. You are lucky, and it is well earned!
    xx, Elle

    1. Thanks, Elle! It's such a strange time we live in, isn't it?

  6. I didn't wear red for International Women's Day, honestly, when I was getting dressed in the morning I forgot. We have so much to be grateful for as women living in Canada - there are women who live here for whom every day is a struggle.

    Red Leather Pants - priceless!

    1. I know, I need more warning for these days. However, that's such a first world problem..gratitude is where it's at.

  7. You're so right that we women do have such a lot to be grateful for. The opportunities, the choices, the food, the life led without fear, it's massive what we take for granted.

    I didn't remember to wear red, but am so happy to see your red leather pants - they look fab. This is a quirky ensemble, even for you, but you pull it off anyway.


    1. I am eternally grateful and never take it for granted.

      Thanks so much, Anna! It's not one of my best, but that's okay.

  8. I love leather and red leather, wow !! Those pants demand attention and boy do you model them perfectly !!!

    1. Thanks! I let go of them a few years ago.

    2. Oh no, that's too bad :( Im sure you enjoyed them while you had them..


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