I'd seen these floral pants before while thrifting but they were two sizes too small. When I came across them again recently on sale at my favourite … [Read More...]
I’d seen these floral pants before while thrifting but they were two sizes too small. When I came across them again recently on sale at my favourite consignment store I snapped them up.
Do you find floral trousers too busy?
Compared to skirts or dresses I find that they can overwhelm my eyes quite quickly, thus why I’ve stuck with a plain tee and shoes.
This is my
fourth fifth pair of floral trousers…but hey! who’s counting?
And if it’s you…stop!
Five Floral Pants For Fall
Once it starts to cool down I’ll pair this same outfit with one of my leather or suede jackets. Right now we’re still enjoying beautiful summer weather.
Did you notice how wearing my tee untucked visually shortens my legs? I’ve sacrificed leg length for relaxed style. Life is all about compromise. At least that is what my husband is always telling me.
Do you own any floral pants? Are they strictly for summer or do you wear them throughout the year?
BTW…my upcoming vintage show can be accessed here.
The floral bomber jacket trend for fall is everywhere. I’ve been looking for the elusive authentic vintage embroidered satin bomber jacket via thrifting for years now. It is like trying to find a unicorn.
As an interim fix for my craving, I tried out this beautiful patterned floral print bomber from H&M.
When I bought the jacket I thought the fact that it wasn’t elasticized on the bottom and was longer than a regular bomber jacket would be a bonus for me. I’ve always felt that bomber jackets add weight to a frame when you have a chest. Turns out the longer jacket cut my body and made my legs look like Oompa Loompa stumps. A short term solution was to tuck the bomber jacket into the skirt however, I chose not to keep the jacket in favour of trying to find another that suited my body shape better.
As luck would have it I stumbled upon a fabulous bomber jacket last week thrifting.
It isn’t satin, it is an unusual fabric for a bomber jacket. Wait till you see how I DIY’d that sucker.
Stylish Women Over 40 Rocking The Floral Bomber Jacket Trend For Fall
Each of these 40+ bloggers have done such a fab job of showing off their floral bomber jackets.
When I was eleven years old bomber jackets were very big. I had to have one exactly like the cute boy in my class…his name was Scott but he didn’t know I existed. It was black with some white stripes on the cuffs and had snaps instead of buttons or a zipper. The coolest way to wear them was with a hoodie underneath and the jacket left open. Didn’t matter if it was below zero outside, the jacket needed to stay open to achieve “the look”.
I don’t think I owned another bomber jacket until I bought this one thrifting a few years ago all because of another cute guy, Ryan Gosling in Drive. Here is the funny post about my bronze bomber jacket.
I still want to have a photo of Zoë embroidered onto the back of that satin bomber. I haven’t been able to source a place to do that for me.
Since I have no pug emblazoned satin bomber jacket to show you I’ll leave you with a photo of my rather robust pug who is very disgruntled that I took the photo from below. This camera angle does nothing for her figure.
Do you own a floral or embroidered bomber jacket? Are you thinking of getting one? Or do you think the trend will come and go too quickly?
Classic Style With A Twist
As I’m out regularly now
shopping purchasing inventory for my upcoming vintage clothing show I am exposed to some great contemporary pieces along the way that are just too good to walk away from. Case in point, this entire classic outfit.
It’s all in the details.
Suede with a unique tone on tone pattern engraved on the leather. Silk in a bold pattern and wonderfully eclectic colours. A blouse that ties kimono style.
This is classic but with just enough twists to keep me happy.
The entire outfit was thrifted on the same day.
It is possible it all came from the same store. For those of you that don’t thrift shop it is pretty rare to find pieces that match together so beautifully, pulled from endless racks of used clothing. I had to take in the skirt and add a few snaps to the blouse to make it work for me. No biggie.
If only I had as much luck with the lottery as I do with thrifting.
Don’t you just love my manicure?
It is called “I can’t be bothered with painting my nails.”
I’m one of those freaks that enjoy very short nails ( I blame this on my piano teacher when I was a kid). Although I’ve had quite a few manicures in my life, I find that they last all of two minutes. I literally cannot make it out of the salon without ruining at least one nail. Normally I’ve ruined three by the time I get to the car. I’ve tried gel polishes but I found that they left my natural nails destroyed.
Honestly, I don’t find it such a big deal. I didn’t get my first pedicure till I was about thirty-five. Painted nails and diamonds have never been my thing although I’ve learned to appreciate a good spa pedicure and can sometimes make it all the way out to the car before destroying one of my nails. Normally it is the big toe. I am polished nail adverse it seems, which is just another way of saying I’m a klutz. For me, the manicure is all about the foot and leg massage anyway. The polish itself is just an added bonus as far as I’m concerned.
I’ve never chosen red or pink nails. They have always been blue, purple or green.
Are you surprised?
I didn’t think so.
I do adore pretty manicures on other women.
Are there any female maintenance routines that you regularly skip or can’t be bothered with?
I’ve fallen hard for the whole Gucci Geek Chic style.
Layering with texture creates visual depth.
More is more as the fabulous Vix would say and that is what this Gucci Geek Chic style statement is all about.
Don’t take off one item before you leave the house (Coco Chanel)…add three more!
You’ll notice I’m not wearing any bling. I don’t need it. The textures and unique pieces are doing all the work for me.
Looking at the photos now I think a fab pair of embellished nerd glasses might have been a nice touch.
Fall is the perfect time of the year to layer with texture, visual textures (patterns) and fabric textures (material content).
Paisley, silk, velvet, wool, leather and tapestry make up this eclectic vintage mix.
Did you notice the visual trick with the proportions? Even though I’m only showing a little bit of ankle I still managed to elongate my legs. High waisted skirts with a tucked blouse or top are a short legged gal’s best friend. Well, that and a bit of a heel. These aren’t a very high heel, but they do the trick.
The blouse, skirt and jacket are vintage, the bag and shooties are contemporary. And yes…I’m wearing socks with my shooties. When I’m standing they read as boots to the eyes.
When I look at these photos it reminds me of a Gucci version of Mary Poppins.
I’m just missing my umbrella and hat.
Mixing textures is such a simple and efficient way of creating visual interest, a walking collage and you’re the canvas.
Learning how to “play” with your clothes is mentally stimulating and fun.
There are no rules. You can do whatever you like.
Challenge yourself. Be anything but boring.
And just when you think you’ve gone too far…take it a little bit further.
Like Mary Poppins says…”Anything can happen, if you let it.”
Colour makes my world go round.
It’s no secret I’m colour obsessed. It is a rare, dreary day when I’m wearing all neutrals. My artist’s eye has always led me towards colour. My closet looks like a Crayola crayon bomb exploded inside. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oh sure, a closet of neutrals is practical, they all work interchangeably. An entire closet based on neutral colours can also be the equivalent of two Nytol washed down with two very large glasses of wine. Zzzzzz… Wake me up before you go go cause I ain’t planning on goin’ no no. (Yes, I changed the lyrics…forgive me George Michael.)
So yeah, all respect for those of you that prefer your neutrals, me, I’m sticking to what I love and what excites me…colour baby! And LOTS of it!
This Fall Every Day Drown Yourself In Colour
This top scared me when I saw it on the rack at the thrift store. I thought, “No way will that look decent on me. I’m too…old.”
Yeah, that creepy annoying voice snuck in my head. However, being the
positive rebellious person that I am I took the top into the change room anyway. No one is going to tell me what I can or cannot wear…even myself!
You never know until you try it on and I was happily surprised.
Any doubts were kicked to the curb and squashed like grubby little pests.
The top is Amour By Love from LA and made in USA…pretty rare you find something like that anymore. The skirt is Roots (made in Canada) and the boots are…wild! and by a US company called Diba. Patchwork boots are everywhere this fall. I’ve been “collecting” mine for a couple of years now and just sold a similar pair in my online store recently. These ones really caught my eye and are by a company that is known for comfortable footwear. I haven’t tried out any of the Spring Step line but I’m dying to. I’ve had my eyes on these ones for months now. I figure they’d go with so many pieces in my closet. Let me know if you’ve tried them and how you found them.
Does wearing copious amounts of highly visible saturated colour scare you?