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Have you succumb to the allure of high waisted wide leg pants yet?
They’re everywhere and my menopausal body is loving them.
I tried this look years ago with
limited no success.
While I don’t hate the looks above I don’t love them either. Those jeans didn’t have a high waist and visually truncated my body. When I dress my goal isn’t “meh” so those jeans made their way back to the thrift store.
What’s changed since then?
My legs didn’t get longer or thinner. Quite the opposite actually.
When the Menopause Fairy stopped by and left presents of thicker thighs and a belly with some night sweats and hot flashes under my pillow last year I wasn’t exactly thrilled.
Why couldn’t she just leave a quarter like the tooth fairy?
It all seems so unfair.
Since she dropped off those unwanted gifts, high waisted wide leg pants are my best friend.
Tip: The high waist balances the cropped pants and wide leg.
The pant waist is almost as high as the belt on this insanely cool patchwork leather jacket I thrifted a few months back.
That was one of those, “EEEK! Give-me-that!” secondhand shopping moments.
This jacket is every reason I love shopping vintage and thrift.
Do not look for this jacket in my Etsy store anytime soon. It’s found a home in my coat closet. Yeah I said it. I have a coat closet. Don’t judge.
I wasn’t sure about these corduroy pants when I came across them thrifting. It seems that the previous owner took it upon themselves to make them shorter, almost like culottes. Although they look like 70’s vintage they are in fact contemporary by Simons, a Canadian clothing store from Quebec.
The shape, comfort and colour of these high waisted wide leg pants won me over. The added bonus that they work with everything else in my closet isn’t lost on me.
Remember this outfit?
To make room in my closet I purged two pairs of skinny jeans that made me feel awful about my body. Ba-bye.
Tip For Wearing High Waisted Wide Leg Pants: Wear boots in the same colour to visually lengthen the leg.
Since I fell head over heels for these pants I scored another pair of high waisted wide leg jeans secondhand I’ll share with you soon.
Do you own any high waisted wide leg pants?
I’m back from a whirlwind trip to BC to visit family and friends.
When I arrived this vibrant woman was waiting for me at the airport.
Of course it’s the one and only Mel Kobayashi from Bag and a Beret.
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Mel and I understand each other perfectly. We know that anything worth doing is worth over doing. The main question when we get together is how much trouble we can get in. There are no limits as long as it’s fun or funny but ideally both.
Mel invented the acronym MAT (middle-aged tween) and that is the best way to describe our time together.
Laughing is our number one priority when together.
Mel has so many wonderful creative ideas and one of them was, “2 Strangers On A Plane”. You know, when you’re on a plane and are forced into awkward conversation with the person sitting next to you? We’ve all been there right? I agreed to film the debut episode with Mel as her guest.
On the first day of filming I risked losing my voice from laughing so hard.
We filmed in the tub because it had the best light in our hotel room. We sat next to each other on a little ledge and the tripod was placed at the opposite end inside the tub. It was cozy!
We improvised pretty much everything and laughed until we cried. The usual over fifty thing to do.
That video turned out to be mostly unusable due to lighting issues.
Day two started out with the video below which some of you may have already seen on Mel’s Instagram.
Apparently there is an audience for middle-aged tweens. It has been viewed some 8,800+ times and counting. Who knew?
*Warning* There is talk of Kegels and other wildly inappropriate topics by two women over fifty.
Here is Mel showing how easy it is to be a professional model.
Here I am trying to pose like Mel and failing miserably.
We walked through Nordstrom on our way to the hotel and we expressed how much we’ve both pulled back on our personal style, leaning towards simpler lines and classic, basic styles. Then I caught our reflection while walking by a full length mirror and burst out laughing.
Who are we kidding?
We might be drawn to simple silhouettes and neutral tones but we’re not wearing them. In our minds we’ve gone mainstream but our personal style choices tell a whole other story.
Case in point, we stopped by a Club Monaco for an experiment.
We chose outfits in classic styles and beautiful fabrics and modeled them to see how they would make us feel.
Many people judge our styles to be over-the-top and extravagant.
I’ve heard others say they could never wear what I wear because they’d feel like they’re wearing a costume.
Turns out it’s the exact same for us but in reverse.
Okay Mel looks great in everything, that is clear but can you see the look on my face? That’s me feeling like a total imposter in my clothes. Proof that confidence is everything when it comes to personal style.
And here we are back to our normal selves. Whew.
Have you ever tried to step out of your personal style and try something new?
How did it make you feel?
In case you missed our Gucci Girlfriends Gigglefest meetup see it here.