Continuing with the ‘I’m not a fashion model series’ I’ve been having a little fun with floral print trousers.
Since I’ve got to the age where I feel that time is running out I no longer keep clothes in my wardrobe ‘for best’ in quite the same way as I used to. In my twenties I definitely had ‘going out togs’ and ‘everyday togs’ but these days if I feel like wearing something sassy out to do the shopping, then I will.
There is no way I plan to be phased out as an invisible old lady in this youth centric world we live in, and dressing to feel good is always a confidence boost, something I urge Lifestylers to do all the time.
Tip: Don’t save your clothes ‘for best’.
I also prefer a bargain buy to a piece of designer clothing, because if it’s cost a heap of money then I revert to the “Oh, but that garment is far too good to wear to the shops” type of attitude and anyway, I don’t want to look like an old Kim Kardashian 😉 as I push the trolley around Coles.
The benefits of selfies
To tell you the truth, one thing that writing style posts for this blog has taught me is the benefit of taking photos of yourself.
No, really?! Yes, Really!
Bahaha! Who’d have thought. But it’s true. So why not give it a go too?
Tip: Take photos of yourself in outfits you like – to remind you what goes well with what.
Anyways, an outfit I think looks pretty snazzy on me in the mirror turns out in a photograph to make me look like a bag lady and an outfit which I think makes me look a little bit of a floozy turns out to look pretty stylish. In truth I’ll generally opt for the comfy-womfy ensemble and the more stylish one I disgard – more fool me.
Below, are two very different looks, each have their place in my life, using the same floral trousers as the base piece of clothing.
Just goes to show it pays to experiment – and take a selfie.
So when Millers kindly gifted me an outfit last week to wear to the Meet The Blogger panel I was on talking about all things PR and Blogging (such a fun evening), organised by the Public Relations Institute Australia at Murdoch University I went for clothes based around something a bit avant garde for me …
I think floral pants suit both curvy and skinny women. I was surprised that the looser but still smart black top which I thought would create a more slimming effect actually made me look wider while the very old strappy T and turqoise cardi I’ve had in my wardrobe for yonks pulled it all together. Although I’d wear both ensembles for different occasions, it was interesting to see how much taller and slimmer I think the second photo made me look.
Tip: Wearing florals? Make sure you team them with block colour.
The fit of these crepe pants and the gorgeous, floral, cabbage patch print actually does a neat job at hiding a tummy and as they are not tight around the crotch you don’t need a long top to cover up.
My hubby though is not up on these things. “Aren’t they pajama bottoms?” he said when I sashayed in through the door thinking I looked like the bees knees, or at least something bees might want to land on.
“No! No! No!” I exclaimed. These are totally on trend. Floral prints are so stylish.”
Dave raised an eyebrow.
They might be a pajama-pant-style but they are more fitted than pajama pants, a casual chic option but with a flowing feel.
Anyway, I’m also keen for clothes to be workhorses and not show ponies, so these trousers were going to have to work for their place in my wardrobe and be the basis of at least two different looks.
“Oh that looks great now,” Dave said looking up from the crossword when the look was finally put together. “I like the soft coaty thing with them.”
Woah, result 🙂
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In the pics below, I’ve built up two looks, layering them to suit an indoor situation and moving outdoors on a cool day. No books were hurt in the process 😉
So my lovelies, what do you think. And which look do you prefer – the florals with black top and the oh-so-luscious-soft-feather-feel ‘Coatigan’ or the florals with the turquoise T and cardi and structured black jacket?
If you want to get the look … click on the Shop Now link below and Voila you’ll have oodles of choice at your finger tips. Oh, and right now there’s a sale on coats and jackets from $30.
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