Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blue Print

Daily Outfit, 2/23/11

Yes, it was very, very windy.

I have had these jeans forever, and I think I’ve only worn them twice.  They’re nice and long, but, although you can’t see it very well in the pictures, they are pintucked down the front of the leg.  When I purchased them, I thought the pintucking was a cute design element (and they were on sale), but it’s probably one of the worst design elements for thighs like mine.  It’s the same reason I don’t wear pinstripes – the stripes get all skewed around the thigh-u-lar (real word) area and my thighs look even bigger.

So, when my initial outfit fell through this morning (I have got to learn to try stuff on at night), I thought I would wear these with a tucked in, flowy blouse, because flared jeans and the 70s are in and whatnot.  And I figured I should wear the flares I have instead of buying new ones (exhibiting some rarely seen frugality).  Unfortunately, it had been a couple years since I’ve worn them, and apparently I had conveniently forgotten the trauma inflicted by the darned pintucks. 
And sunny, hence the sexy squint.

It was a dilemma; I wanted to wear the pants but I hate the pintucks on the thighs.  The solution?  Cover my thighs.  I know it’s a rule of thumb to wear a fitted top if you’re wearing wide/loose bottoms, but I say rules are meant to be broken; or at least this particular rule on this particular day.  So, today I paired my flared jeans (Banana Republic) with my new tunic (Angie via Ross), my brown cardigan (Old Navy), faux-lace-up boots (Kenneth Cole Reaction) and orange cashmere scarf (Nordstrom).

I'm just happy in this one.

I am obsessed with tops of this sort; dolman-sleeved and v-necked with an empire-waist.  I like to think they look good on me, but suspect I would wear them anyway.  They are great for layering both under and over and are super comfortable.  And I think this one may be my favorite one yet.  I love the fabric (it’s rayon so it flows nicely) and I love the print; the colors work so well for my closet.

How do you guys feel about breaking fashion “rules”?  Are you for it or against it?  And how do you feel about the resurgence of flared/wide-legged pants – will you being joining in?

Happy Wednesday, and as always, thank you for reading!


P.S. Thank you, Kathy, for taking today's pictures for me!!


  1. I think the pants look great, and having the single long line really does not make you appear wider.

    but i'm all for breaking fashion rules - as far as i'm concerned, the rules are only for people who don't know fashion.

    Chic on the Cheap

  2. Aw, I think these jeans look great! I had a pair of jeans with pin-tucking down the legs, and I loved them. I don't know how, but they actually managed to be slimming.

  3. I would of never known anything about your pants if you hadn't said anything so yes sometimes rules can be broken. It's all in what works for you.
    I deal with my thighs too. I have to be careful about palazzo pants, boot cut pants. I really love straight leg trousers, they make my legs look so long.
    Your outfit looks really nice and chic on you. I love rayon, so comfortable and breathable in that cute top.


  4. Break all the rules you want; you look FABULOUS! I think your legs are gorgeously looong enough to completely break this rule and through it out the window. I love jeans like that, but apparently they don't make them in a midget leg plus size brand I can find. And the tunic is rocking my world (maybe because I have on something very similar today?).

  5. I think the pants look great! I like the orange scarf paired with the blues and browns too. Very nice.
    I'm sure I break rules all of the time - I should belt most of what I wear to create a waist since I'm a bit rectangular in the torso. But I don't, and I'm ok with that ;)

  6. @Lyddie - well said!

    @Anne - I am probably over-reacting about what my thights do to the pintucks. My friends said it's barely noticeable, but when I look I see wildy skewed lines which I feel brings attention to my thighs. But, we all know I have a thing about my thigh-u-lar area (I'm determined to make this word happen).

    @JT - I agree that everyone probably has their own rules for their own body, which may or may not be the rules "fashion" decrees for them.

    @Erin - right now Gap has very, very similar jeans, right down to the pintuck, but you're right, they don't come in a petite. If I see some though, I'll let you know.

    @Allison - I'm telling you, orange goes with everything. And I'm the same way about belting - I'm a total rectangular torso, but some days I just don't feel like belting. (I did today, but it's an effort.)

  7. Ferge takes better pictures than your friend Kathy. I love this outfit it is my favorite much better than those horrible Yellow Cords!!!

  8. lol. Nice try, Fergita. I'm going to make you love those pants! But, I'm glad to *finally* get your approval for something. ;-)

  9. Hhm. I'm not entirely sure I'm going to jump on the wide-legged bandwagon. Lived through it once before. Question: Is your hair naturally curly?

  10. I understand that, Terri. I think I'm excited about it because I'm a fan of extremes in fashion. Super skinnies and wide flares or palazzo pants both appeal to me.

    And yes, my hair is naturally curly.

  11. I love your curls and the flared jeans. Where I was born, I'm considered very tall for a woman. Till I came to Europe, I wasn't the tallest anymore.

  12. Hi, Mode Plus, thank you for stopping by.

    I have to say that these windy days are not doing my curls any favors, but thank you for the compliment. I appreciate it.

    Isn't that interesting how height (and weight and beauty and so many other things) can be subjective depending on where you are at the time? I know I'm tall, but really, I'm not even the tallest woman in my family (my sister is 6'2").


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