January 24, 2022
I know I’m getting old when I start reminiscing about things you used to be able to BUY… but who else among us can remember going into a department store (pretty much any of them!) and buying a pair of wool pants, fully lined? Possibly with the blazer and skirt to match?
Those were the days….
I thought that today I would share with you lovely wool pants that I found, but nearly everything that I saw broke 1 of my 2 general rules for garments on The Vivienne Files; lots of them were over $1,000 US, or they only came in single-digit sizes.
I wish I had kept some of my pants from 40 years ago…
Still, we have to get dressed even now, and unless we make our own pants, we’re going to have to work with what’s available!
I wear corduroy in cold weather, or I wear my cotton chinos with long underwear… Ponte knit is lovely most of the time, but I find that it’s kind of cold if the temperatures get really low…
I did find these – at Selfridge’s. You might be able to get them directly from Maje, too.
And I was able to scare up one other pair of really lovely tweed pants – I’m terribly tempted by these:
Today’s outfits pay tribute to the power of a pretty colored sweater, and a scarf or a great necklace. If you’re wearing long underwear under your clothes, you’ve done enough work getting dressed!
Another thing that I wanted to remind everyone (including myself!):
If you’re in the market for socks, scarves or other accessories to wear with a particular sweater, find some embroidery thread in the same color as your sweater, tuck it into a wee zip-lock bag (like those in which spare buttons are sent!) and keep it with you. Maybe your change compartment of your purse?
This way, when you see a wall of socks in 357 colors (I dream…), you will be able to quickly find the ones you want. Never underestimate the power of an accent sock…
This next outfit is certainly simple enough, but the olive necklace and the lemon yellow socks really stand out:
I love the floral earrings with the floral scarf – Valentine’s Day is coming…
Okay, maybe you aren’t the cashmere turtleneck type – you can still find a gorgeous cotton sweater in a beautiful color…
I KNOW that someone is still selling lovely wool pants… Talbots? Pendleton? Do you know where they are?
p.s. Eight years ago, I tackled what one might wear with a subtle “difficult” scarf, in sepia and light grey. It still stands up to inspection!