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!!