J. Crew tipped grey boutonniere blazer
Blazer, J. Crew (via consignment); sweater, LOFT (via eBay); pants, Banana Republic (via consignment); shoes, Jimmy Choo (thrifted); bag, MbMJ (via eBay)

I have no idea why I’m making that face; let’s chalk it up to a hellish week, the highlight of which was getting a replacement iPhone (6!) for the one I managed to drop and shatter to smithereens. The highlight, peeps. Moving on. The outfit is acceptably New Look-ish. The paisley print is pretty bold, but it’s one of my faves, and I think it’s suitably professional paired with a whole lot of black and grey. Speaking of grey, I’m still undecided about how I feel about grey. I have trouble nailing flattering shades of it. I think I prefer my darker (warmer?) grey Elie Tahari blazer.

J. Crew tipped grey boutonniere blazer
necklace, Cleo

Can we talk pants for a second? So, I started this new “clean eating” thing at the end of December, and it’s going pretty well. I feel less sluggish (when I’m not down with the ever-recurring Toddler Plague), and have fewer energy crashes, and I think (?) my skin looks better, blah, blah, blah. I have also lost a bit of weight. Most of it is probably water weight, and it’s not particularly noticeable, but I am technically down to my pre-pregnancy (#2) weight. [I say “technically”, because things are not quite the same as before. Ahem. They don’t call them “child-bearing hips” for nothing.] This is all fine, and you might be wondering what my problem is.Ā  Well, my favourite pair of work pants is starting to get loose. Saggy and wrinkly in all the wrong (are there every any right?) places. This is a bona fide wardrobe emergency for me. Before you roll your eyes and tell me to stick the hyperbole somewhere uncomfortable, listen.

These are the pants I wear on a weekly basis – literally. I paid something like $20 for them at the consignment store, which is the kind of money I like to spend on pants. I hate pants, remember. Except that I wear them quite often. And I’m very particular about my pants requirements. Basically, I won’t bother with any pants other than the BR Sloan ankle cut, after one too many disappointments with other brands (coughJCrewcough). Sigh. Rather than spend the next year haunting my local consignment stores in the hope that the right pair in the right size (and in-seam) will turn up again, I may have to suck it up and pay $60-70 for a new pair at retail – IF they ever go on sale. [A sales associate told me that the black version rarely does. It figures.] I am absolutely, definitely, never paying the $110 full price. I might be in some desperate straights … but not that desperate. Nope, nopety, nope. You hear that, Banana Republic?

[Put the damn pants on sale, already!]

J. Crew tipped grey boutonniere blazer
wrinkly pants šŸ™

14 Comments on Grey + Yellow (With a Side of Wah Wah)

  1. I’m waiting for the sloans to go on sale too.

    I want black and a burgundy pair..

    As for the grey it looks fine to me in the photo but it’s hard to tell unless I am there in real life..

    I like the ENTIRE look though šŸ™‚ Looks awesome

    • You should check out the BR website! I just scored a paired of black ones for under $70 all in. I don’t think it gets better than that, sadly :/

  2. Haunt those sales! They rarely make it to the sales rack but BR has a reasonably frequent amount of sales with no exclusions so you can often still hit a 30-40% off sale. Annoying problems to have.

    • Hahaha! I know, right? I feel like a brat complaining about it, but it’s still annoying because I’m such a baby about pants-buying.
      Anyway, I just scored a pair for about 40% off, so I’m pumped šŸ™‚

    • Here’s the crappy thing: right now, because of the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar (versus the US), eBay is more or less off the table for me. There are just no good deals to be found, if you have to factor in an additional 20%-30% (between currency woes and shipping). But, otherwise, that’s def an option to consider!

  3. Sounds like you already got a good deal, but BR has a sale online tonight only for 40% off everything….perhaps they heard your blogger pleas?

    • You are such an enabler! šŸ˜‰
      Thanks, I ordered another pair (and a skirt too!). I hope they work out – it was a really good deal.

  4. I love grey and yellow paired together!
    As for the pants- hate when they become slouchy, it just happened to me with my white jeans. Have you tried talking to a tailor? It may be worth taking them in in the right places, and it’s surely less expensive that a new, full priced pair of pants.

    • I’m really leery of tailoring pants for things other than length. I tried it once, and wasn’t thrilled with the results.
      Actually, I’ve been really lucky in the last couple of weeks, and was able to score some new BR pants on sale. Generally, if an item requires alterations that my grandma can’t make, I don’t bother with it; because I buy most of my things for way, way less than retail, it’s rarely worth the money to have them professionally tailored if they stop fitting – just cheaper to buy a better fitting version. Wasteful, perhaps, but cheaper šŸ˜‰

  5. I’d wait for one of their random 50% off any one item in the store type sales and snag a pair then.

    Also, loving that yellow and grey combo on you!

  6. I just got 2 pairs of sloan pants at our BR outlet for 40% off, plus an extra 10% off because I have one of their reusable bags from like 4 years ago. Our store had black, grey, navy, burgundy and tan. Not as nice as the retail version but they look fine.