Second Chance

Remember these pants? I stupidly shrank them last year, and after trying to stretch them, I haven’t tried them on again to see how they turned out. Turns out they aren’t that bad. Not as bad as I’d imagined, anyway. They’re definitely shorter and less roomy in the legs than before, and not “dressy” enough for work anymore, but for casual wear, they’re still fine (I wore this to go shopping with my sister.) They were so shrunken that I was prepared to hand them down to my niece, so I’m just glad that they still fit.

1930’s Vibe

With this outfit, I was trying to emulate a kind of 1930’s, Katharine Hepburn type of look. Of course, my pants are not structured enough and the shirt is a bit too casual, but it’s pretty close, isn’t it? I think a pair of white sandals may be more appropriate too, but a) I don’t have white sandals and b) I had to add a bit of color somewhere.

In other sad news, I stupidly threw these pants into the washing machine – I’ve machine-washed linen before and never thought twice about it – and now they’ve shrunk beyond recognition. Apparently the shop didn’t bother pre-shrinking their linen. I’ve tried to stretch them out as best as I could, and I’ll see if they can be salvaged with some ironing, but at best, they’re still going to look cropped. Just my luck. I’ve been looking for a good pair of wide-leg pants forever, and I managed to ruin the one pair that I found.

Flower Embroidery

I just got this new top and pants (along with the dress I wore for SIA, and the same-fabric top) in an end-of-summer sale. I saw them on the mannequin together and decided to get both. As a rule, I try to avoid copying exactly the store’s lookbook or catalogue when styling my outfits – I don’t know why, I guess I’m influenced by Tom and Lorenzo’s aversion to “copying the runway” – but these two go so well with each other that I didn’t mind.

P/S: Don’t let the sun in this set of photos fool you, it’s actually been raining non-stop here for the last three days – these were taken last week.

Weekly Capsule 41.2: It’s Not You, It’s Me

white print shirt gray wide-leg pants black pumps by 14 shades of grey

Here we are, take 2 on these pants. When I wore them last time I thought they’d look better with a white shirt, so that’s what I tried. I… like the outfit better, but still not quite enough. I’m going to try to convince my sister to take them back, because they’re nice pants and I hate to see them go to waste, but I honestly don’t feel like myself in them. I prefer wide-leg pants of the linen and jean varieties. Sorry, pants!

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gray wide-leg pants black pumps by 14 shades of greywhite print shirt gray wide-leg pants bracelet by 14 shades of grey

Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Shirt, Shoes & Bracelet: local shops

Weekly Capsule 41.1: Gray Day

grey wide-leg pants navy top brown heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

I got these pants as hand-me-down from my sister a while ago and didn’t get around to wearing them for the longest time because, well, they feel too “office-y”. But I get a bit tired of skinny pants all the time, so I decided to give them a try.

… And I hated them. Maybe I didn’t do a good enough job picking the top to pair with it, because while I like the silhouette, the whole outfit feels kinda aging and frumpy to me. And the colors are kind of grim – these pants may look better with a crisp white shirt. Well, I’m going to keep the pants in rotation to see if I could style them in any way that feels more “me”, but if not, they’re going back to my sister.

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Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Top: Forever21, Necklace & Shoes: local shops