I’ve just read on Wikipedia that apparently it was Charles Dickens who is credited with coining the phrase “never say never,” in Pickwick Papers in 1837. But that’s just what I did back in April of this year. Said never, I mean.
And I did it in writing.
And I said it publicly. On the internet.
Where it’s recorded forever…because, of course, everything on the internet is there.. for … ever.
In April, I wrote a post on this blog about a few of the new trends for spring and summer… trends that made me say “No way, Jose!” You can read it here. One of the trends I said I would never, never fall for again was drawstring pants, particularly of the full-legged variety.
Like these ones from Vince.com.
I think these are dreadful. As I said in my post, I had a pair in the 90’s: “They weren’t very flattering then. I can’t imagine how they would look on me now. Well, I can imagine, which is why I WON’T be trying them on. Too depressing. Like bathing suit shopping.”
Oh, the vehemence of the soon to be proven wrong! Because I took another look at the pants on Vince.com.
And saw these:
And then, when I was on my exercise bike and leafing through the June issue of Vogue, I saw this picture. Gorgeous.
So I kind of scrunched up my eyes. If I got rid of the platform shoes and the pop top…. I think… maybe… I could make these work? Maybe.
Then last week, when I was out shopping and lunching with a friend, we stopped into one of my favourite shops… Green Tree Eco Fashion on Richmond Road, here in Ottawa. I love this store. They have a great collection of casual clothes…sweaters and tops and pants that are cool, and a bit edgy, and slightly different from anywhere else.
I was actually looking for high waisted skinny jeans. I had tried on a few pairs and nothing suited… when Mary, the sales person I usually deal with, handed me a pair of pants….”I know they’re not jeans…but just try them. See what they look like,” she said. Black pants…I don’t need another pair of black pants. And they have a draw string. They’ll look awful on me. “Just try them,” she said.
Yep. She was right…as usual. Mary really knows her stuff. They looked great. And felt wonderful. So I came home with them.
The pants are designed by a local company called “studio d” who makes what they call “Yoga Inspired Apparel.”
Although they’re roomy, because they have a narrow silhouette, I don’t get lost in them like with wide-legged pants.
My uncle brought this necklace and earrings back from Korea for my mum in the 1950’s. So sweet, I think.
Or I could trade up the jewellry for gold earrings and cuff, add my gold and black silk Elie Tahari top and my grandmother’s clutch bag.
I love this purse. My aunt, who was pretty stylish in her day, had this made in Montreal for my grandmother, sometime in the 1940’s, I think. It has my grandmother’s initials on it. It’s a bit battered, but I think that makes it look kind of edgy and not too prissy.
Or I could wear my new pants antique shopping. There’s a wonderful country antique fair in July not too far away from here. But it can mean a long day, so you have to dress comfortably and have your hands free. I’d roll up the pants, add my white Theory shirt with a cami, and my new Michael Kors sandals. Oh….and a small cross-body bag, like this.
This is a close up of the earrings. I bought them at Pier 1 Imports last summer…. $8.00. Pier 1 sells jewelry. Who knew?! I went shopping for a side table for the living room and came home with earrings!
For a day of downtown shopping or lunching I’d swap in this loose silk top from Rag and Bone. Add these crochet earrings and my favourite (humongous) Michael Kors bag.
The top has a strip of open-stitch crochet work across the shoulders and down the sleeves, that the picture doesn’t show very well, making it cool on a hot day. I bought this last summer in Toronto….shopping with my gorgeous 27 year old actress niece. Now there’s a humbling experience…shopping with a beautiful 27 year old! Ah well… never mind… mustn’t grumble. We did have a great day.
But for my life-style these days…especially in the summer… I’d probably wear the pants most frequently with my striped Gap-Fit tee shirt and flip flops. I could always add my jean jacket at night if the temperature dropped.
We will be going on two camping trips this summer. And a couple of long road trips… to Quebec City and then up the Saguenay River to a little village called L’Anse St Jean. Then another trip down east to visit family. So lots of time in the car requires very comfortable clothing. And these pants are sooo light that I could rinse them out at night and they’d be dry by the morning. Great for travel!
You know… I don’t think that I’ve ever owned a pair of pants that offered so much scope for outfit planning. Or as Anne of Green Gables said…”So much scope for the imagination!”
I’d like to be able to say that I’ve learned my lesson about never, never saying never. But while I’m pretty easy going about everything else in life… I do tend to be emphatic about clothes.
So I’ll probably… undoubtedly… say never again. And live to regret it.
And, hey, if you are down on Richmond Road in Ottawa why not stop into Green Tree Eco Fashion and say hello.