Naturally, my thoughts went straight to my Jean-Paul Gaultier 1990s snap-up jeans that I found in a vintage shop in Vancouver years ago, but instead of a single outfit, my mind went racing - how many ways could I style my sailor pants?
Turns out, I can think of Five Ways, so I thought I'd share them with you - maybe you have some sailor pants that you're feeling uninspired by?
These jeans are definitely a Good Buy, as I paid $55.00 for them second-hand, and (including these five outfits), I've now worn them 13 times. You can view the last time I wore them here, where there are photos of the previous 8 outfits in Flashback.
This shape of trouser is coming back into vogue after being overtaken by the skinny pant trend for the last 15+ years...and it's a very tricky shape for many people to wear. High-waisted, wide legs, cropped length: this is a difficult shape if you are short or curvy (I'm both, and I'm 5'4"). It's literally taken me years to find a pair of cropped wide trousers that actually look good on me - I have bought a few pairs and these are the only pair I've kept!
Full disclosure: I did style these outfits only for this photo-shoot - I did not wear them "in the wild." But I would!
Outfit #1: Pink and Bold Gold
The jeans are actually black, but read as navy blue as well. For this look, I liked the bold choice of hot pink.
These shoes are "so five years ago", but I don't care! I like how the bold gold chain is echoed in the jewelry.
- Necklace - Givenchy, vintage 80s, vintage fair
- Earrings - vintage fair
- Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes
- Gold/amethyst ring - Frances Jewelers, Dad's, c. 1965
Outfit #2: Cardin Scarf as Top
I remember the more daring women doing this scarf trick back in the 80s and 90s (I was not one of them!). This is a regular ol' square silk scarf, folded on the diagonal and then tied just above my boobs (I tied it in front and then slid it around back).
These platform shoes are practically "flat-forms"!
- Scarf - Pierre Cardin Jeunesse, vintage 70s, purchased here for $21.00
- Steel cuff - thrifted
- Silver cuff - vintage, thrifted, Powell River
- Wood ring - Dots
- Amber/silver necklace - vintage mall, gift from L
- Silver/amber earrings - vintage mall, vintage 30s, gift from L
Outfit #3: Leopard and Booties
Playing with the proportions here. In the first outfit, the tops were at my natural waist; for the second outfit, the tops were to my hip.
Back view without cardigan.
I've had these booties for over 10 years! I chose turquoise accessories to pop against the orange top.
- Necklace - thrifted
- Earrings - Mangos
- Silver/turquoise ring - local
- Silver/brass Mexican ring - Karen's
Outfit #4: Lavender and Rose
Back to a cropped topper piece. The fullness and trapeze shape of this jacket are tricky to wear.
This top is new-to-me, thrifted new w/tags.
I have a big collection of copper jewelry, much of which dates from the 1960s and 1970s. I've been collecting it since my grandmother gave me a set of hers in the 80s - most of my pieces were found at vintage fairs and events.
- Necklace/bracelet - vintage 70s, vintage expo
- Cuff - Karen's
- Earrings - vintage expo
Outfit #5: Sailor Strips and Orange
This is probably the most traditionally nautical of my five outfits with the stripes, the jaunty contrasting orange and my version of a Captain's hat.
This is the best look at the snaps that are used to do up the pants - there are a total of 10 snaps (one is hidden inside), and every one of them has to be done up/undone when using the washroom!
- Hat - Delux, Saanich Fair
- Bracelet -vintage fair
- Earrings - vintage fair
- Parrot brooch - thrifted
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
And there you go - five looks from one pair of pants! Ta-dah!
What's your favourite look? Would you try any of these outfits yourself? How do you feel about wide-legged trousers coming back in fashion?