Monday, July 27, 2020

Black and White and Space Pants Flashback

My work-world has been getting busier lately, and I welcome it. I like having lots of stuff to do, plus I'm jonesing for people to see my outfits! 
Can you believe not a single person noticed my Space Pants? To be fair, I only saw 4 people all day.

  • Blouse - Hoss, consignment; first seen here in May with a sequined skirt
  • Leather pants - Free People, Portland; last worn here in September 2019 with loads of pattern
  • Shoes - Wonders, consignment; last seen here in April with a kimono and giant red pants
  • Coat (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last worn here a week ago

When I wear these trousers, I have to wear something over the waistband, as it sits very low.
When I bend over, I'm crack-a-lackin' all over the place! No one needs to see that...even if there's no one in the office.

It also just kind of felt like the right day for my Space Pants. You know what Space Pants are made of, don't you?
Space cows! Yes, these lovely rose-gold pants are actually leather. They've gotten very soft in the nearly 3 years since I bought them. We'll have a wee Flashback on them shortly.

I liked how this awesome silk/rayon blouse went with the ensemble.
I like that that solid black swath is echoed by the black on the shoes.

Sun coverage = sweaty.
It's another hot day!

The stuff:
Today's outfit was driven by the need for shoes that my feet can handle. The balls of my feet are getting better, but the rubbed blisters are still "owie." These shoes were awesome, very soft and squishy, and no pain anywhere.

Black and white and red all over bling:
I rolled with the black and white matchy thing. Pops of red (including my lipstick) to pick up the red in the blouse. 

  • Leather/steel cuff - Rimanchik
  • Black and white cuff - vintage fair
  • Onyx/silver ring - Tocarra, vintage fair
  • Klimt ring - consignment
  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver


I bought these leather pants retail when L and I were in Portland, Oregon, in September 2017 (here). I almost never shop retail, but unlike our trip to Portland in 2019, I didn't do any research on second-hand shops before we went. Lesson learned! 

I spotted this lone pair of leather pants on the Final Clearance rack at Free People for $129.00 US, which is not cheap! That works out to $172.00 Canadian, so we'll call it that for our financial analysis. 
They are made in India, have elastic at the back of the waistband, nice deep pockets (YES) and they are fully lined right down to the ankle. They are unevenly dyed (on purpose), with a blend of gold, rose-gold and silver. They tend to read as gold or rose-gold.

I wore them right away in October 2017, with a teal silk blouse and black accents.
Fortunately, I remembered from trying them on in the store that I'd need to cover that waistband!

A more casual look in December 2017.
This was a casual Friday around the holiday season. I love the cropped length.

I felt like a superhero when I wore them in March 2018 with my cape-blouse.
I love the blue suede shoes, but I think that might have been the last wearing of those (they were really old and thrashed).

A comfy outfit from June 2018.
Because these pants are so flashy, I tend to do slightly casual looks with them.

This outfit was for the "Fly Me To the Moon"-themed Vintage Expo in September 2018.
I was very shiny, with glitter shoes and my metallic finished moto jacket. I also spy my Star Trek communicator badge, so I'm fully geeking out there.

You know when I find a combo I like, I'm going to repeat it!
This was in February 2019. I love that cape-blouse with these pants. I'll wear this combo again too!

In May 2019, with a glittery sweatshirt. That's casual, right?
My cool Ambush jewelry set is getting showcased here - rar! Pointy!

And this is the last time I wore them, in September 2019.
All the patterns! Ha, the pants are a neutral here.

I'm disappointed that I didn't sneak in a wearing of them during the fall/winter of 2019-2020 - that was an oversight! I also note that I wear them with black and white, or shades of blue, almost exclusively. I'm going to need to challenge myself! I have lots of other colours that will look great with them.

Mathy stuff: Including today's outfit, that's 9 outfits in 3 years, for a cost-per-wear of $19.11, which feels pretty good. These funky pants won't be going anywhere, so I'll be working on getting that CPW down further with more outfits.


  1. I had a pair of gold skinny jeans I so rarely wore so I donated them and I regret it often, they are a fun standout option to have and you wear yours so well! I really like the navy cape blouse with them :) I can see why you repeated that! :)

    1. Oh no! That's too bad, but you can always keep your eye out for another pair. I love the navy blouse with these. It's a winning look.

  2. What a shame more people didn't get to appreciate those wonderful space pants! I particularly love the with the navy cape blouse, you're like a superhero! xxx

  3. What a pity nobody noticed your fabulous space pants. You're so lucky to have us to appreciate them, though :-) I'm hearing you but I still had a good chuckle at "crack-a-lackin' all over the place". That gorgeous top is just the right length to remedy that! Sorry to hear your blisters are still "owie" (I chuckled at that too!), but by the sound of it those shoes are perfect! Love the pops of red too. Work has been getting busier for me too. Still only two days though and with Covid cases on the up here, I don't think that it's going to change any time soon! xxx

    1. I know, I'm so lucky to have the blogging audience out there, Ann. I really enjoyed this outfit overall.

  4. Space pants rock! I the people who did see them were suitably wowed (like me!).

    Loved the weekend post. Your friend group is highly creative and fun.

  5. These rose gold leather pants are such a statement piece. I like they were dyed unevenly on purpose. They look great with everything. I love that you call them your space pants- made from space cows, that bit made me laugh. Seriously, though I heard that real leather is actually better for the environment that faux leather because leather is a by product of meat industry and if it wasn't used for fashion, it wouldn't get used at all. I don't own a lot of leather clothing items but I do opt for leather shoes whenever I can.

    I really like the top with the flower pattern you wore and the sandals are lovely as well. Very cute styling. I also like the other outfits with this gold rose pair that you have shared. They are all lovely. Have a nice day!

    1. Aren't they awesome, Ivana? Yes, I think the finish is meant to look antiqued slightly. I tell my coworkers that to make them laugh - if you can't have fun with your clothes, what's the point, right?

      Yes, real leather is better - it's biodegradable, but it's important to also check and ensure that environmentally-friendly methods of dyeing are used (Fluevog is certified for this). I always prefer leather over the fake stuff, which feels gross to me.

      Thanks so much!

  6. Oh my gosh those pants are PHENOMENAL! I am in love.

  7. I like you in your Black Leather Pants..You like nice in them too..Hot as usually Shilea 😁..Have a nice day

  8. Love your wonderful space pants and love this outfit, such delightfully matchy details!. Sorry that you've still those blisters, ouch!
    And thanks for another magnificent flashback!. This is particularly brilliant ;DDDD

    1. Aren't they the coolest pants, Monica? I know, stupid blisters!

  9. I would have nabbed those trousers too, even with the poor CDN dollar exchange rate. I have the same silver H&M pants as you, but have always lusted after these leather ones.

    1. They were worth it - I knew I'd never find them ever, anywhere. I love the silver pants - we're twins!

  10. Nine bucks seems reasonable, plus I know and you know that there is still a lot of wear in those cool pants.

    1. It's actually just over $19 (you missed the 1), but yes, still lots of wear in them.


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