It’s no secret around here that I am purposing to purchase fewer and better items for my closet. If you want to know my reasons you can read them all here. After seeing the wide-leg pant silhouette everywhere this spring and summer, I knew I wanted to add a pair for fall. I actually purchased these back in July, but have been sitting on them till now, saving them for the fall.
Believe it or not, these pants are harder to style than I expected. They pull 70’s or western so easily. I really tried to think through modern pairings so I didn’t feel like I was back in college again wearing flare jeans and wedge flip flops. I wore these jeans over the weekend with a buffalo plaid shirt and jean jacket, big mistake. Talk about cowgirl city. Fortunately I returned home a few hours later and de-cowgirled. Like every fashion “risk,” there is a learning curve. This look here works a lot better because of the modern and boxy cut of the t-shirt, along with the geometric jewelry, both modern pairings. Honestly, I think high waist pants look best with crop tops, but I don’t have many (or any) of those in my wardrobe, so styling these is going to be interesting. Perhaps I’ll style them like this, with a white button up, or like this with chambray on denim. I also really like this look (bottom right-hand corner) where the jeans are paired with a loose and flowy top. Accessories and hairstyle will also be key to consider.
Speaking of accessories, please say hello to my newest piece by the lovely and talented Lauren Greenwalt of Loop Jewelry. She is every bit as nice and friendly as she is talented. I had the pleasure of meeting her over the summer after she invited me to pick out a necklace. Lauren makes all of her pieces by hand in her Portland home. She has an eye for texture and shape. Her line is a nod to the Art Deco era of past married with a modern vibe. I simply love her work, which you can also see me wearing here and here.
The length of wide leg jeans is always tougher than skinnies, which can pair with flats and heels. With wide-leg jeans there is a commitment. You either commit to wearing them with flats or heels, depending on which hem length you go with. I chose the low heel hem-line. Unfortunately for me, I think the tailor did not take enough off. :( I have a few pairs of taller boots I will try them with or maybe I will return to the tailor. Still undecided on that one. Over time jeans seem to creep up anyway, so perhaps they will get a bit shorter on their own.
More on My Fall Closet…
Honestly, I am starting to get a little tired of hearing the term “capsule” because it’s definitely everywhere right now. It makes me think of this Portlandia skit where Fred Armisen’s character keeps deeming ‘cool’ activities “so over” because the ‘everday guy’ is doing them. Not that I truly feel that way, nor can I by any means claim to have originated the idea, I have just been doing it for a while. I was lucky enough to have found Caroline’s blog almost right after she started it and was quickly drawn into her approach to wardrobe building.
This fall I have been toying with not doing a capsule for the first time in more than a year. However as I have been slowly rolling out my fall clothes from storage I notice my closet looking more and more over-packed. The final straw for me was earlier today when I was considering a geometrical print cardigan from a few years back. It seemed ‘good enough’ for possibly wearing and not getting rid of, but when I considered whether it would withstand the chopping block of capsule list, it got a thumbs down. And, once again, I realized why capsules are so good for me. Style clarity. I guess I better get on that!
We will probably have one more week or less of hot weather and then I will get my buns in gear and select my pieces for my fall capsule, which of course I’ll share with you lovely folks here. :) What about you guys? Will you be ‘capsuling’ this fall?