Sunday, 29 March 2015

These Here Pink Pants

I found these Gerard Darel pastel pink jeans on sale at TK max for £11 last weekend, and really liked the way they fit and felt, so it was kind of a no-brainer.  I did think going-in that they might be a bit more tricky to style than just any old pair of denim pants, and I was right. Sure, you can put just about anything with them, but I like to pair something this girly (if only in color) with something a bit tough. The trick was to get the balance right.

I settled on this rather classic sweater and polo combo on top, anchored by accents of black in a belt, handbag, and some tough black booties. This was the balance I was going for; grown-up, but not twee. It takes a color that can make you look like you spell your name with a heart over the "i" and toughens it up...just a bit. It goes from "look at my pretty pink pants" to "whassup. These here are my pink-ass pants."

Just the way I like it.

Gerard Darel jeans (via TK Maxx), similar / Ralph Lauren polo / Charter Club cashmere sweater (old), similar / Kelsi Dagger booties (old), similar / Judith Ripka watch (old), similar / sterling bracelets (old), similar / sterling necklace (old), similar - splurge, similar - bargain / Furla handbag (via Etsy), similar

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

1971 Rides Again

I'd venture to guess that most of us who were born in the 70s are enjoying this new resurgence of 70s fashion - albeit this time done with the much-improved fabric technology of the current decade. Omigod, remember those scratchy acrylic and wool belted sweaters and the heavy, double knit polyester of our childhoods? I break out in a rash just thinking about it. Luckily, those inferior fabrics are where they belong, well and truly in the past.

Even though all of what I'm wearing is more or less from the current decade (some thrifted items notwithstanding), there is an undeniable 70s vibe to this look. Sure, the cut of the trouser is fit and flare, but probably the biggest reason for the similarity is the color - rust...or burnt sienna...or raw umber...or whatever the hell they used to call those Crayola colors back in the 70s (grain of salt: they used to call the light tan crayon "flesh" epic fail in this day and age).  Whatever the reason, the 70s are back, and personally, I think we have Nicholas Ghesquiére and his debut collection last year for Louis Vuitton to thank for it. That collection debuted this month, one year ago. If you missed it last year, take a moment and check it out. It's a revelation; a perfect balance of retro inspiration and modern edge.

I was born in 1971, and while I am all about taking sartorial cues from the past, I do believe that this kind of treatment of retro inspiration is necessary in order to inject a bit of modernity. If anything, it keeps you form looking like you're wearing a costume. You have to use it know, just sort of sprinkle some over the top, don't just dump it all in.

Thrifted top, similar / Gerard Darel trousers (last seen here), similar / thrifted Cole Haan platform sandals, similar / thrifted necklaces, similar/ costume ring, similar, very similar - splurge/ Andrea Jovine sunglasses (old), similar