Month: November 2013

The Perfect Pants – A Quest Completed

It’s an Alanis-ironical fact that, in my new world, the perfect pants are “mom jeans”. Let me back up.

With most of my pre-pregnancy pants still out of commission (possibly permanently), I’ve been searching everywhere for a pair of slim straight-cut pants to get me through the next few months. My luck was abysmal at first. My first go-to store, The Gap, proved disappointing; their slim fit pants are too baggy around the knees, and I don’t have the time or inclination to get alterations done. I moved on to the other usual suspects (J. Crew Factory, Banana Republic, Old Navy, H&M) and met with similar success. [As an aside, I started to miss the days when my biggest fit issue was my waist-hip ratio. It seems like clothing manufacturers have finally figured out how curves work. Now, it seems my bigger problem is my hip-knee-calf ratio. Are abnormally thin knees a thing?! Or is it just a lazy tailoring thing? I could get a real complex about this, you guys.] Anyway, long story short, I was slowly resigning myself to living in leggings until next spring.

As a die-hard consignment junkie, I of course also checked in at my local shop. It was mostly an exercise in due diligence, because finding well-fitting pants second-hand is even harder than finding them at the mall. Probably because everyone has trouble finding good pants, and when they do, no one gets rid of them until they’re ready for the trashcan. So. My expectations were extremely low. It worked like a charm.

On a whim, I decided to try on a pair of coloured denim skinny pants with the unappealing label of “Not Your Daughter’s Jeans”. Seriously, whoever came up with that name needs to find a new career outside of marketing. Way to limit your potential customer base! Now, admittedly, I have a daughter myself now, so some might say that I shouldn’t be one to baulk at a label that implies a certain maturity; frankly, I’m just not ready to admit to myself that I am now in the same category as, say, my mom. My mom is an adult, for starters. I’m, obviously, her kid … so, I can’t possibly be an adult, right? Anyway, questionable label aside, trying on these pants was a revelation.

They fit.

Perfectly.

The fit was just right: slim-but-not-quite-skinny, straight cut, and cropped at just the right length. No baggy knees. As a bonus, they’re a mid-rise, and offer extra coverage (and control) in the tummy area.

not your daughter's jeans
Not Your Daughter’s Jeans

[Please note that in these pictures, I tucked in my shirt to show you the fit properly. Because of the slightly higher rise, I probably wouldn’t wear my tops like this without a belt or another layer on top. Otherwise, it looks a little Steve Urkel-ish to me.]

Since I didn’t buy these new, I’m not 100% sure of the style but I believe that this is the Sheri Skinny. The size is 8P (petite) and the inseam is the perfect length for an ankle-cropped style on me (I am 5 feet 7 inches).

not your daughter's jeans
Not Your Daughter’s Jeans

These pants are super comfortable, even with the extra strength Spandex built in for control. Since I just bought them, I can’t speak to this personally, but the reviews I’ve read online say that they hold up to wear really well and that the colour doesn’t fade with repeated washes. Additional bonus: they are made in the U.S.A.

not your daughter's jeans
Not Your Daughter’s Jeans

The only downside I can is that these pants are made from denim material, so they are definitely more on the casual side. They are regularly $150-175, which is steep, but may be worth the investment for anyone who, like me, has trouble finding good quality, well-fitting pants. I bought these for $39, and am currently hunting for my next pair (hopefully black) on eBay, where they can be found for under $100. Hudson’s Bay also recently has select styles on sale for $99.

Would you wear pants called Not Your Daughter’s Jeans?

What I Wore

Time for another round-up of recent outfits!

what i wore
Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch (consignment); sweater, J. Crew Factory; cape, Club Monaco (loan); scarf, Winners; bag, Coach (vintage); shoes, Nine West

I won’t lie: I’ve worn some version of this outfit a lot. It’s just so easy, which is a very important consideration when getting two kids ready to go anywhere is already a prolonged process.

what i wore
Earrings, Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom

When I’m wearing a relatively simple outfit, I like to add a few of my fave accessories so I can still feel a little “dressed up”.

what i wore
Bracelet, Links of London

Speaking of simple outfits, here is one of my favourites.

what i wore
Pants, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (consignment); shirt, Tommy Hilfiger; sweater, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Old Navy

I accessorized with one of my fave nail polished of all time, Essie Starry Starry Night.

what i wore
Manicure: Essie Starry Starry Night

That photo doesn’t really do it justice, so here’s a close-up:

what i wore
Essie Starry Starry Night

I just got this cute sweater from J. Crew Factory – what do you think? Too young?

what i wore
Trench, Gap; sweater, J. Crew Factory; leggings, Old Navy; boots, Hunter; bag, Z Spoke (consignment)

what i wore

I don’t always have time to pick the just right polish for each outfit, but a bright colour always works.

what i wore
Watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs; bracelet, Tiffany

With the weather getting colder, it looks like I won’t be doing many “location” photos anymore (welcome back to the beige wall of doom). So there will be fewer opportunities for results like these … that’s me, cracking up at my son photo-bombing me in the background.

what i wore
Photo-bombed!
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The culprit

The whole family recently trekked to West Edmonton Mall on a special mission (more on that in a moment). I wore the same sweater, two days in a row; I tend to do that when I need to convince myself I made a good purchase – or, you know, assuage the shopping guilt. At this rate, this sweater will be getting a lot of wear.

what i wore
Skirt, Zara (thrifted); sweater, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Old Navy; bag, Coach (vintage)

what i wore

I’m still not sure the sweater is “mature” enough for a 33-year old mother of two, but when it doubt … don’t act your age! A funky, sparkly manicure is a good way to go.

what i wore
Manicure: Chanel Cosmic + OPI Save Me; ring, Swarovski
what i wore
Brooch, thrifted; bracelets, Tiffany

We took a quick detour from our mission to stop in at Simons. I’m always confused by their store – it’s so large and there is so much there to see, I feel like I need a tour guide. On the other hand, I adore their changing rooms; the wallpaper is to die for. I have no idea where I’d put it, but I want it in my house!

what i wore
I need this!

Here’s a hint as to the general nature of our special mission to West Ed. There’ll be another one in a moment …

what i wore
The little blue box

Finally, here’s a pretty typical outfit. Plain, and not particularly fashion-forward, but oh-so-practical.

what i wore
Jeans, American Eagle; shirt, H&M; tank, Thyme Maternity; shoes, Old Navy; bag, Coach (vintage)

Whenever my outfit feels a bit “blah”, I always add some of my fave accessories to cheer myself up.

what i wore
Rings, Cartier & Simons
what i wore
Anchor key chain, J. Crew
what i wore
Necklace, Tiffany

And here’s our special mission revealed: a little something to commemorate Tea’s arrival, and the love she brought into our hearts.

Till next time! xo