I’m a great believer in investment dressing. When I can afford it. And when a jacket, or pair of pants, or in this case a suit, fits well, is a timeless classic, and makes me feel like a million bucks, I can usually afford it. Well, within reason, of course. Because, like Mater reminded me the other day in her discussion of a well-loved scarf, the CPW (cost per wear) (thanks Stacey and Clinton, for that phrase) goes down every time, and every season, that I wear said investment purchase.
And since I bought this Max Mara jacket (and the matching pants) sometime in the early 2000s… hauling it out of my closet after all this time makes it… well… practically free.
|In one-half of my old Max Mara suit, with Current Elliott jeans and Paul Green boots.|
After I wrote a post last week on “lightening up my wardrobe a little” in anticipation of spring, and realized how much I still loved this old jacket, I inspired myself. And I went in search of other ideas for styling the jacket and pants together, or even the pants by themselves.
Then this morning I received an e-mail from Matches Fashion with their take on “Paris Fashion Week Trends.” And wide-leg trousers, apparently the very “definition of elegance,” are apparently one of those trends. Well, well, well. I am apparently ahead of the curve, people. Because I happen to have a pair of wide-leg trousers that match that Max Mara jacket. And since I bought them in 2000 (give or take a year), I’m so ahead of the curve I had to store them for ten or fifteen years to wait for all the other fashionistas to catch up. Apparently.
Here are a few looks that were featured in the Matches Fashion wide-leg trouser edit. Trouser suits for work, and trouser suits for play. Cropped wide-leg pants, and full length wide-leg pants. With a jacket or without.
|Looks from Stella McCartney, Max Mara, and Vince found on Matchesfashion.com: wide-leg trousers.|
|Looks from Valentino, A.L.C., and Sport Max found on Matchesfashion.com: wide-leg trousers|
I tried my old suit on with a Gap mint-green tee shirt, with my sleeveless navy and white gingham blouse from Equipment, with flats, with boots, and with sneakers. I tried the pants alone with a boxy, 3/4 sleeve, cotton sweater from Theory, and a favourite pair of bronze Stuart Weitzman sling-back heels. I even pinned up the pants to simulate the length of the cropped ones above, from Valentino. Okay… so that looked really stupid. But, the possibilities, while not endless, were pretty varied. What doesn’t go with navy? I finally settled on my Stan Smith adidas, a blue and white striped cotton sweater from Brooks Brothers, a pair of Kate Spade white hoop earrings. And my prized “like-a-Chanel” vintage brooch that I bought at the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris last spring. Ha. I feel so sophisticated saying that. I did have to make a teensy adjustment to the belt to be able to breathe while wearing it. But let’s not dwell on that.
I like my suit with the few updates I made. It actually looks better in real life; the material is soft and stretchy, the pants have a lot of movement when I walk. I may hem them a bit, since I doubt very much that I’ll wear them with heels. We’ll see.
|With a couple of updates, this old suit, still suits me.|
I can wear the suit with the belt, or without. The tea cup is optional. But in the spirit of my “truth in blogging” post… I must admit that I cannot wear a short sweater like this without the jacket. It appears that wide-leg trousers, with a high waist, flatten my butt and accentuate the middle-age middle in the front. Hence, without the jacket I am in danger of looking like that strange “pushmi-pullyu” creature from Dr. Doolittle… the exact same coming and going. Not, I repeat, not a flattering look, my friends.
|My Max Mara suit is more comfortable without the belt|