WIW: inspired by May outfit post

As soon as I saw Angie's beautiful outfit I knew what I want to wear that day! Alas, I did not have white flares so I decided to reverse the colors.
All items are several years old in this outfit so no finds for them:
- JCrew yellow Tippi sweater;
- Danier white leather moto jacket;
- Ink Paige Canyon flares;
I don't have anything in bright turquoise as this is not my best color so this deep  blue-teal silk scarf is the closest I can do.

Pic 2 is what I wore the day before to the office. I got these camel pleated wide leg trousers in the consignment store in the fall. I have been collected the inspiration pictures of such pants for several years and these looked like they fit the bill so I thought they will be my wild card for the season. I could not wear them in winter so I am starting now - and I am not sure. I still like the inspiration pictures but I am not sure about them on me.

I wore them on Thursday and then the flared jeans on Friday and could not help but notice that I felt more fab in the flares than in these trousers the day before...

 Is this because my body type (curvy in the hips) is not the best for this cut at all? Or is it just this particular pair of pants is not right?

 I do wear them with flat loafers here but so are some of m inspirations so that should not be the reason....

Should I just ditch the whole idea and get rid of these pants as a mistake? Your thoughts are very welcome!

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  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    So good to see you post, Sveta!  You look amazing in flares -- they make the most of your height and are softly structured.  And I'm always going to love the Danier!

    I think wide-leg Hepburn trousers are a great choice for you, but perhaps this just isn't the right pant?  I think the fabric needs to be that perfect balance of weight and drape.  What's the fabric content?

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    First, the first outfit, the reverse Angie, is amazing. You need to repeat this one often. The color combination is fun and interesting.
    The second outfit, to my eye, may be missing a third piece for balance. You look great in flares. I wonder if adding a jacket or your long vest would be what it takes the outfit from attractive to fabulous.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Thanks Beth Ann. The trouser fabric is very lightweight wool so maybe it does not have enough weight?

  • Karin L H replied 5 years ago

    First outfit looks great! Love the colours, the pants, everything about it! The second one I'm not so sure about... Can't put my finger on it, but I like the first so much more... Maybe the others are better at helping with what could improve the outfit!

  • missvee replied 5 years ago

    The inspiration trouser outfits all have quite dramatic tops. What about trying your long vest over the blue shirt?

  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    Love the first outfit.  I like the trousers in the second outfit but as others have said I think the top may be holding you may from amazing.  Not sure.  I have always been a fan of the Kate Hepburn look.

  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    I looked at your inspiration pictures more carefully and I really like the one with the black top and rust pants.  It is volume over volume but might look good on you with a semi tuck if you have a black top like that.

  • dakotacheryl replied 5 years ago

    Photo one is fabulous and shows your great figure to perfection. Photo two....I don't know...it looks very like your inspiration photos, but the silhouette seems bottom heavy some how.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    The flared jeans in #1 look perfect and so does the entire outfit. #2, well, I'm not sure. I think it's the drape of the fabric. In the inspiration pics, the fabric seems to relax back onto their bodies more. 

  • merwoman replied 5 years ago

    Where's a crash helmet when you need it? #1 could be the cover of Vogue - absolutely divine!

    #2 - seems like too much material in the hip area. I think it's the weight of the fabric not draping properly. What does your wise mama say?

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ooooh! Outfit one is super fab on you. Just gorgeous. I can easily imagine a version with white flares or wide legs, too. 

    Re #2 -- don't get rid of the trousers yet. I think the 3rd piece and/or more dramatic top/ topper may be the way to do. Worn with the more classic skirt, our eye is drawn to nothing but pants. It's possible that the weight or drape are off, but I would keep experimenting. Based on the inspiration photos, it seems you are going for something a little different than the classic 40s look that a button front shirt immediately suggests? For that, the trousers would have to be higher waisted, anyway. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I'm humbled to inspire the first killer look. You look so fresh and healthy, Sveta. And the confidence oozes from your pores. Each year, you become even MORE stylish. You are GORGEOUS. 

    To answer your question about the camel pants. They're too baggy in the crotch, hip and thigh area and don't drape in a crisp way - probably because of the fabrication. The models are wearing their versions with a lower rise - either with an untucked top that visually shortens the rise or with a short rise - which looks more masculine. The high rise on your pants looks more feminine and thus a more tailored fit will probably look better. 

    You are beautiful in that shade of bright light blue. 

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Sveta, you look amazing in those jeans! Wow, wow, wow. The colors of the outfit are gorgeous on you, too.
    I think your outfit in 2 is very much like the gold pants and ivory blouse outfit in your inspiration photos, so I couldn't figure out what's different. I suspected it's a matter of the photography more than anything. Angie's points are so illuminating--things I would not have thought of. I have a lot of trouble trying mimic the Kate Hepburn trouser look, too. It's so deceptively simple looking.

  • Daria replied 5 years ago

    Sveta, Angie nailed it down regarding the camel pants. Flares (especially non-denim ones) are so tricky - I hope you'll find your perfect your perfect pair.
    #1 is gorgeous obviously. :)

  • replied 5 years ago

    #1 is drop dead gorgeous! Angie has explained well how #2 does not seem right, and yes, to me there is too much fabric around hips, I agree. I crave a little more structure to the look.

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    You are a knock out in #1, Sveta!

    I can totally see you dressed like your inspiration pics for flared pants. These pants aren't quite right, so it's time to shop for the ones that are perfect for you.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Sorry I am only replying now - it was the garden cleaning  marathon day as with being away and sick I could not  do it earlier. 
    Thank you for providing your opinions on my troublesome camel wide legs. You all helped me to realize that it is time to move on and leave them behind instead of trying to make them work. Angie, as usual your insight cause the light-bulb moment. I went to try them on once more to see if I can wear them lower on the hips. Unfortunately no, they are really high waisted (but on me not "real" high waisted but just high).
    They are in the donation bag now.
    Now I need to make sure that I don't make the same mistake with the cropped pair of trousers I am looking for  - that it looks better in my head than on my body...:-)

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Your outfit is gorgeous and I defer to Angie's explanation of what is bothering you about the camel pants.

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    Wow! Number one is killer!!! Hope you are doing well!

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