An Invitation To The Pants Party

As usual, I’m late to the party. To be exact, I’m late to the “pants party” (to quote Steve Carrell’s character from the epic American masterpiece Anchorman). Admittedly, I have been standing outside the pants party, staring longingly in through the window for quite some time now.  And today, I finally made my entrance. I went and scored me some hot pink pants.

Colourful Skinny Jeans fron New Look
and only 16.99 GBP - about what you want to pay for a pair of hot pink pants!

Colourful denim, while a very large trend right now, is certainly not a new trend. Up until today I had been trying to sort out exactly how I feel about colourful denim. Sure, I have owned the odd pair of Nantucket reds here and there, maybe some white jeans for summer. That’s the easy stuff.  No, what I’m talking about here are the colours that are serious about their commitment to fun: fuchsia, teal, yellow, mint. Those colours.  The colours of our childhoods, and oddly, the colours that strike paralytic fear into the neutral-loving hearts of most adults.

Now, I am not an anxious person, nor am I particularly self-conscious (clearly). I don’t fear my age, I don’t hate my body, and I stand firmly behind my philosophy of wearing what suits you, not what you (or others) think is “age appropriate.”  But for some reason, until today, the thought of putting on a pair of bright fuchsia pants made me start to break out in a sweat and scan the room for the nearest fire escape. Can I actually wear a pair of hot pink pants at forty and not look like a complete nutjob?


Okay. Just kidding….were you scared? Me neither. And that is pretty much how this whole thing got started. I went to the store and simply put the pants on…..and nothing happened. Then I walked around a little bit….still nothing. I went outside the dressing rooms and even talked to some people I knew. All good. So, to answer my previous question, can I wear hot pink pants at forty and not look like a nutjob; I am happy to report that the answer seems to be yes. Yes, I can wear them, that is. Not yes, I am a nutjob. That is a different post, for a different day

Pants: New Look, Shirt: Marks and Spencer, Shoes: Urban Outfitters,
Belt: H&M, Bangle (my own): get similar ones here  

And you know what else? Hot pink pants are fun. It’s that whole thing about how your mindset changes as you change what you are wearing. I think the legendary acting coach Uta Haugen called that phenomenon “changes of self”.  The legendary style blogger Highland Fashionista calls it changes of pants.

Styling-wise, I like to keep things very simple when dealing with a hot pink pant. The pant is my accessory, and I do not feel the need, nor the desire, to load-up on jewelry, carry a crazy bag, or make a huge statement with my hair or makeup. Let the pants speak for themselves, I say. Or scream for themselves, as it were.

And an added bonus; hot pink pants appear to have an ability to transcend the season and move from summer to fall to winter with little more than a change of a chambray shirt, a black tee, or a chunky knit. They have longevity. I’m in.

From top left: chambray shirt from Old Navy, Weejun Wayfarer loafers by Bass, navy Breton top from Topshop,
white blazer from Balmain, Grey tank from Topshop, peep toe wedge shoe from Prada,
 chunky knit from J. Crew (past season).

So there you have it. You are all cordially invited to the pants party hosted by the Ya Ya Sisterhood of One and her Flaming Hot Pink Pants. I like mine so much I went online and ordered a mint pair as well....thats  Watch this space.


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  2. Welcome to the party - you look fantastic! Once you start, you can't stop. I have hot pink pants, red jeans (from Zara) and my latest addition rose pink chinos from Gap - toning it down a bit this summer!

    1. Thanks....don't know what took me so long! Late bloomer I guess!

  3. If I had your legs, I'd be rocking every color of the it is, I'm rocking some bright teal pants today anyway. I like to shake up my all-black-wearing townsmates from time to time.

    1. Exactly. And TEAL! I may have to copy you on that one! Love teal!

  4. It was worth the wait, those are gorgeous pants! The color is really nice and bright..nice shoes too sweetie =)
    - Che

  5. I have some white ones coming in the mail right now... but now I feel tepid compared to this. Hot pink is a good one. I might like a highlighter yellow.

  6. AWESONME PANTS!!!!!!!!!

  7. your hysterical and the pants look great..very age!
    Sheree x

  8. I think they really suit you. You've got a great figure so you can get away with wearing bold coloured/statement jeans. I don't know what all the worry was about. Keep rocking the hot pink pants!

  9. You look fantastic. You really have the coloring, as well as the silhouette, to carry these off. The shirt and shoes are perfect.

  10. Love this: "Let the pants speak for themselves, I say. Or scream for themselves, as it were." LOL! You look fantastic, HF.

  11. I am 58 years old and wear skinny colored pants nearly every day! If ya got it, flaunt it and just have fun with it. You are rocking those pants!!

  12. You look great in your bright pants! Love them. I don't have any yet, but am definitely planning on investing in a few for fall. ;) Which won't be until almost October around here. ;)

  13. I've been considering embracing this trend for weeks now, and your amazing pink pants have encouraged me to go on the hunt! You look amazing:)

    Pink Chai Style


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