New life for clothes

Yesterday morning, when it came to deciding what I should wear, I very much fancied a pair of grey man’s trousers, which, I don’t own. Do you do that? I mean, do you follow your mood when getting dressed? I do, always. That’s why I hate packing and, as a consequence, deciding in advance what I feel like putting on in the morning, or night, or whenever really.

 

Yesterday was a dark and rainy day. I actually started my outfit with my feet, I wanted to wear boots, ankle boots. Than I thought about the trousers, a pair of “man’s cut” grey flannel wide leg with pleated trousers (what a mouthful!) . I guess I wanted to be comfortable but at the same time classy. I couldn’t exactly make them appear by magic, could I? Only, in a way, I could. It came to mind, my husband, who is awfully thin, that or I am fat, so I prefer to think he is too thin, has a few pair of trousers he doesn’t use anymore but keeps anyway (he absolutely doesn’t like throwing away things). Which man doesn’t have a pair of grey classic trousers? I went looking and I soon found a pair that looked just the part! Next, I tried them on, half wanting them to be too big, half not. They were perfect. Fortunately? Unfortunately? Not sure. The length wasn’t quite right (this is where I would have liked them to be right, just because I would love to be taller), but, nowadays I find it’s not a problem to actually fold them up and make a sort of turn up, even if not perfect.

Needless to say, I left the house happy as if I owned a pair of new trousers, well, they were new for me anyway! All this long post to remind you, you might already have what you “need” in the house, you just have to think about different possibilities. I even wear a pair of my son’s jeans which I was about to give away…

These are very similar to my newly found pair and you can find them here: Arket wool flannel trousers

E.

Fur collar and cuffs

miss-selfridge-faux-fur-cuff-and-collar-coat I saw a woman yesterday wearing a marvellous fitted, belted coat, trimmed with fur at the collar and the cuffs and I immediately fancied one! I have  looked for images all over the web and I have come up with very little… Some have coats with a fur collar but no cuffs, others even have cuffs by themselves, only one with both!! This will not stop me from having what I want though, it can always be made. In fact, I have an old coat I don’t wear anymore which would be just perfect with the addition of “furry bits”! I was thinking I might just have the cuffs sewn on, wouldn’t it look chic?! And, when I want the collar as well, I will just use one of those gorgeous ones you can just tie around your neck (which I already own).

Now, I think it is probably best to keep to a similar colour for the coat and the fur in order for it to look sophisticated and be easier to match, e.g. black with black/grey fur, camel with browns and so on, although it is not always the case…

Ideas:

Difficult to say which one I would have, but I especially like the navy with navy collar one, the “fun” checked coat and would also love to have the huge collar the woman with the hat has and the denim jacket… almost all, as I said!

E.

Jeans: no rules

Since it is time for jeans again, well, I was thinking… how are we going to wear them this winter? Rolled up? Turned up? No hem? Jeans used to be just like trousers, a plain old-fashioned hem would do. imagesThen fashion started with all of those different washes and the classic hem became a bit frayed. Now, well… now everything is possible! It is mostly about not having the hem done at all, it seems, I suppose, easier, not in the least because that way you can adapt them to any kind of shoe, or fashion moment for that matter! So, if one is wearing high heel, one might decide to let it all down, or roll it up to ankle length; if you have flats you might turn it up by a good 10/15 cm for instance.

Here are some photos you can get ideas from:

There is this other option:

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which is a bit extreme as I see it, but you can do something similar and look chic instead then scruffy :

Sonia RykielThese have the same look but are much more elegant! I also quite like the beaded hem, or you could even try with some contrast thick stitching.

I think I might try the stitching and the “I used to have a hem on these jeans but now they are too short so I have let it down” options this winter.

E.