Yep, after much demurring, dismissing and attempted debunking... I am finally jumping on the spring trend bandwagon. For a few things at least.
I'm not going to the circus, not joining a political campaign, or painting my face to watch the Habs games.... I'm shopping for pastels...and gulp...abandoning my skinny jeans. Okay, maybe I'm not abandoning them, but our relationship is no longer exclusive.
I'm not normally a fan of pastels. I find them too insipid, too soft... evoking little girls or old ladies. That soft, pastel pink makes my freckles and rosacea stand out starkly, as if I'm ill....or pale with shock.
I'm not the only one who shudders at the thought of pastels. But even Alyson, who writes my favourite blog That's Not My Age and who is an avowed pastel-hater, is looking lovingly at a pale yellow coat this season.You can read about that here. Okay, so, maybe if it doesn't HAVE to be pale pink....I miiiiight just have another look at pastels. Maybe.
Maybe a pale green would be better with my red head's colouring and freckles? A lovely, sea green? And if I don't have to invest too much cash?
Enough demurring! I eventually ordered this pastel, green tee shirt from Gap on-line. Thinking that if I didn't like the colour... at $12.00 (on sale) I could always wear it camping. But I love it! Love it so much! I think it looks great with jeans and with this blue scarf and these green earrings that a friend gave me for Christmas several years ago.
Could I possibly have been wrong about other trends? Maybe too dismissive?
I've been wearing and loving my skinny jeans for a few years now. I knew it was a love affair that couldn't last forever and, sure enough, the wider leg as opposed to a skinny one seems the new silhouette this season.
I do NOT like the so-called boyfriend jeans. Their loose fit looks sloppy on me, and they're better on someone who has a small waist, or a waist at all! But a more flared jean is something I might consider.
Christine at My Style Pill does the flared jean best, I think. You can see her take on the trend here.
The shot below is from the May issue of Harper's Bazaar. Not sure if I'm loving this look, though.
And pants are not only flaring out, they're coming back up in the waist...thank goodness!
But I love my skinny jeans! Especially with boots or rolled up with loafers and flat sandals! Maybe a compromise?
So, a couple of weeks ago, I finally took my friend Liz's advice and tried on these Paige high-waisted jeans. They're not flared, but they're not skinny either. They have a straight leg, which is still narrow enough to roll. And best of all they have a higher waist. I have such trouble with low rise pants. I simply cannot keep them up without a belt, and they hit at the worst possible place...for maximum abdominal projection! (how's that for a euphemism?)
I'm sold now. I love these jeans. They're comfortable, no stopping to hike up my pants all the time. Love the width of leg, sooo great with boots! I'll still wear my J brand skinnies with my long tops and flats....but well, they're not the only game in town anymore!
The high waist and flared leg looks great with a more tailored jacket...which I love...and gulp...say it isn't so... a tucked in shirt. Oh dear, not sure I can go there.
However, the jacket I CAN do...have been doing, in fact. Boots, jeans, and tailored jacket has been my "uniform" for years. The jacket featured in the lay-out from the Holt Renfrew Spring 2014 magazine below is a Smythe jacket. A brand worn and loved by Kate Middleton and ... by moi!
I have almost the exact same Smythe jacket from 2009! But mine is blue, not pink. I haven't worn it in a couple of years. So I haul it out of the closet ...and... I really like it with my new Paige jeans and my $12.00 Gap pastel, green tee shirt. Oh and the blue scarf...which I never noticed goes perfectly with the jacket.
So...I've climbed on the bandwagon with a couple of trends. And just shopped my own closet for the third.
But that tucked in waist? No, no, no, no. Tried it. Hated it. Won't be going there anytime soon.
This is what I eventually wore out to lunch last week. Swapped my Smythe blazer for this Paige jean jacket (from last year.) I can throw my raincoat over the jean jacket more easily. Still loving that sea green shirt! And very excited about finding something I can wear those green earrings with!
See... there I go again! I must be REALLY excited!
Have you climbed on any spring trend band wagons lately?
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