Monday, June 7, 2021

Good Buy/Good-Bye Book: Nautical Theme - Sailor Pants Worn Five Ways

Hello, my friends! Today I have a special post for you, based on Nancy (of Nancy's Fashion Style) and Shelbee's (of Shelbee On the Edge) "Good Buy/Good-Bye Book" theme of Nautical. 

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? 

I'll dive in-depth into each outfit below, along with shots of the shoes/accessories.

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. 
The bomber jacket's pattern is keys; the shoes are fabric and have woven flowers in the pattern. 

  • Jacket - Le Tigre, thrifted; last worn here in July 2020
  • Sweater - Daniel Hechter, vintage 1980s, thrifted; last seen here in April
  • Shoes - Forever 21, consignment; last worn here in April 2020

Jacket off: 
I tend to style warm colours (orange, pink, brown) with the jeans as the stitching is all in orange, and the snaps are copper-coloured. 

The stuff: 
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). 
I don't usually like labels/brand names showing (they should pay ME to advertise!), but in this case...vintage Pierre KLASSY. 

  • Blazer - Emporio Armani, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in April
  • Shoes - Chie Mihara; last worn here in August 2020

Rear view: 
This plain blazer is a pale grey; it worked well as a neutral with the scarf and jeans. 

Jacket off: 
I would normally never leave my bra straps hanging out like this (I'd wear a strapless bra), but as noted, this was just for this photo-shoot. 

The stuff: 
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. 
And for this outfit, the outer layer is mid-thigh. Note that I've tucked in my thin sweater, though, to ensure that my legs don't become stumpified. 

  • Cashmere cardigan - Charter Club, thrifted; first worn here in February
  • Sweater - Banana Republic, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in April
  • Boots - Kope Tiam Coffee, Fluevog; last worn here in February

Back view without cardigan. 
I quite like how the boots went with these pants - I hadn't considered booties with them before now. 

The stuff: 
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. 
I like how the voluminous shape of the pant-legs go with the jacket's width. Sometimes two tricky things paired together actually work! 

  • Jacket - Burberry, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in July 2020
  • Sweater - Melanie Lyne, thrifted; purchased here in April for $12.00
  • Shoes - Down to Earth Hadfield, Fluevog; last seen here in April

This top is new-to-me, thrifted new w/tags.
I like the mix of rose-pink, lavender and copper in my jewelry and in the details on the pants. 

Rear view: 
The pattern in the shoes works well with the other colours in the outfit and helps tie them together. Motto: It doesn't have to match; it just has to go!

The stuff: 
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. 
Grooving on the white accents here from the stripes, the shoes, and the lining of the rolled-up sleeves of the jacket. 

  • Suit jacket - InWear; last seen here in January
  • Top - Bellessa, thrifted; last worn here in April 2020
  • Shoes - 5YMedio; first worn here in April

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!
Jacket off. I actually have two slightly different striped tops like this - the other one is navy/white stripes and has a tie at the neck. This top is a black and white stripe. 

Rear view. 
As orange and black can often come off as "Hallowe'en", the addition of another colour (white) helps lessen this. 

The stuff: 
I carried the white theme into my jewelry too. 

  • 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?


  1. Morning She, what a great post!! I love you in these jeans and no I do not have a favourite outfit they are all inspired! what is not to like/ I love so many things about the way you have accessorised as well,bead shape matching the rivets, those glorious slippers, the turqouise jewellery, the copper jewellery. I hear what you say about they me be a difficult shape to wear for some people but on you they are absolutly fab! (had second jab which fatigued me right out so was away with the fairies for a couple of days ) I will drink in the posts I have missed soon Shazx

    1. Thank you so much, Shaz! I had fun putting all of these together, and it challenged me to rethink how I could style them. I'm so glad you've had your second jab - I hope you're feeling better, my dear!

  2. You wear these pants so well! I really like the striped with the jeans and the orange jacket - I really need to give my orange blazer more love! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Mica! I thought of you and your orange blazer!

  3. These pants rock the rear view, very flattering. I liked every single outfit and would wear all of them. A number of years ago I bought a pair of pants in this style. They are a solid melon color with a zip front and a snap above the zipper, belt loops and a belt of the same material as the pants. At 5ft 2in it can be difficult to find cropped pants for my propositions so I was psyched when these worked. The legs are wide but not overwhelming and the hem has very small fringe. I like them a lot because they are different, with room for air to circulate, and I can vary the colors of tops.

    Hadn’t thought of booties with this style and your wearing of them increases the versatility, making the pants multi-seasonal. Just occurred to me your pants might look spiffy with a gold lamé sleeveless top, dressy sandals, awesome accompanying jewelry and a cropped gold or black (dark blue?) fuzzy or velvet or some other appropriate material wrap or jacket or sweater. In other words, a dressy outfit.

    1. Ha, I don’t get many propositions! ;) Proportions, please.

    2. Thanks, Laurie - I'm a fan of that view (we often forget to check ourselves out there!). Oh, your melon pants sound amazing and a versatile part of your wardrobe!

      As the pants are a dark brushed cotton, that feels too casual for me for a dressy outfit, but I'm sure it would work! Great idea!

    3. Ha, I knew what you meant. :) No judgment on typos!

  4. I love your JP Gaultier sailor pants, Sheila. In fact, I've been on the lookout for a similar pair for a very long time. Now that I've seen its multitude of styling possibilities, it will move even higher on my list! If they style is coming back in vogue, it might be worth having a look on the high street - an unusual occurrence for me.
    My favourites are the one with the Pierre Cardin scarf worn as a top - very clever and Klassy indeed - and the classic one with the stripy top, captain's hat and orange jacket! xxx

    1. Thanks, Ann, me too! I hope you can find a similar pair now that they are in all the stores! Worth the $$ for a pair that makes you feel wonderful, as these do for me.

      I like that too - I did feel very clever with my "top" in that outfit. Thank you!

  5. You definitely created five winning looks. My favourite is outfit #3!

  6. Some brilliant styling ideas here! You make me almost wish I hadn't sold my chazza-shopped JPG sailor trousers a couple of years ago!
    My favourite is the Pierre Cardin scarf top and the platforms, utterly fantastically groovy! xxx

    1. I think you tell me about those every time I wear mine, Vix! It would have been fun to match!

      I like that one too - it felt very "out there" for me.

  7. I loved all 5 ways but my favourites were the full jacket and the orange jacket looks.They are certainly a fabulous pair of jeans even if they are a tricky length and wide. I hear you on the 'stumpified ' legs - that sums my legs up perfectly!

    1. Thank you so much, Vronni! I like how everyone has different preferences. Ugh, stumpification is a real problem for us shorties!

  8. Wow, what a fabulous pair of trousers - love them in all the ways you've styled them. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui x

  9. Aye, aye Sailor, I LOVE these trousers! They are my kind of shape of jeans. I have never done skinnies but I love a wide-legged one!
    I love how many different ways you thought of to style them- all are very cool. My favourite is the last look- so funky. I like the orange top too! Love those floral lace-up shoes too!

    1. Aren't they fab, Kezzie? Thanks so much! I love wide pants too - I like how they flap when I walk, ha ha!

      Thanks! I have some very cool stuff, lucky me!

  10. Holy Smokes! I love this post! What a cool idea.

  11. Sheila,

    Woohoo 🥳, you've got yourself a bit of a styling party going on in this post. Your sailor pants are F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! The laces in the back really seal the deal on them. I embraced wide-leg pants as soon as they started to hit (or should I say come back to) stores a couple of years ago. And recently I came across a pair of sailor pants at a thrift store that I of course couldn't pass up. Thanks for the inspirations and for joining my link-up.


    1. Rena, I do! I got a little carried away, I admit! Thank you so much - I love anything with laces, studs or buckles. I have been wearing wide legs for at least 10 years, but it's nice to see the style come around. Nice! I am glad to inspire!

  12. Thanks for the shoutouts! Funny thing is that I will be wearing similar trousers next week for the theme. But not by JPG! Indeed the best outfit is with the striped top, totally his style. Loving it a lot!

    1. No problem, Nancy! I like getting my outfit ready a little early for the GB/GB Book. I love that outfit too. I'm a fan of JPG - this is my 4th piece by him.

  13. Those sailor pants look amazing on you. I love all the way you have styled them. I think I did the scarf trend back in the day too.

    1. Thanks so much, Ivana! No way! Only the cool girls here did that!

  14. Sheila, I love it all! What a fun post. These sailor pants are adorable. The stripes and orange is my fave of all 5 outfits. I am dying over your footwear choices for all 5 outfits, too! So, so good! I did a post one time like this that featured a paisley skirt styled 5 ways. It was such a fun post and I would love to do one again like that but it is so tedious! I linked your photo directly to this post for the Good Buy/Good-Bye round up post which is scheduled for this Wednesday. Have a great weekend!


    1. Thanks, Shelbee! I had fun doing this. I love that outfit too- I think it's my favourite. You know I love my shoes, and they are all funky! Thank you so much for doing that, I'm excited to check it out!

  15. Awesome idea + selection of outfit. I'm especially drawn to the ones starring the leopard print and orange blazers, respectively. This was such a fun post. Thank you for showing us some of your fave ways to rock this classic style of trousers.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. Yes, those ones are very autumnal, aren't they? Thank you!


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