A few (not blue!) purchases w. question re pants length

My family sent me on a returns errand the other day and of course I couldn't resist some actual shopping while I was downtown. 

After pulling on my ancient tube skirts day after day and saying I was fine with them (while secretly feeling bored) and after looking and looking and then despairing of finding dresses to replace the Boden dresses I fell in love with last year, I felt suddenly overcome with the need to switch up my silhouettes. Oops! 

So. I bought a few items, below. Plus one that I will show you later on. 

In Zara, I picked up these linen high waisted trousers. I love them! They remind me of a pair of raw silk gaucho pants I used to own in the 90s. The tie is supposed to be worn in front, I think, as in the dressing room photo, but I often find them fussy that way, so I've made it into a wee knot at the back. I admit they could use a steaming but when it comes to linen, I'm at peace with some crease. And they are a sagey-khaki green. I love this tone, but so rarely wear it! (Bonus, it works with blue.) 

Can I wear at this length? It reminds me of what KM wrote about Japanese trouser length in her recent post. They feel quite okay to me, even with the sneakers? (Last photo from dressing room.) 

I also bought a V neck top -- the one that Jacquie and LisaP recommended. Am I nuts? Ordinarily a V, much as I love it, isn't my best look. But I've gained a bit of weight, which typically makes a V neck work a bit better on me, and this one seems quite structured. I hope it passes muster because I cut the tags. The fabric drapes nicely. 

I also bought a little linen camp shirt at Zara for a more casual look. 

Would love to know your thoughts. Thanks! 

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  • AJ replied 2 years ago

    The linen pants are fun!  I'm not good with determining the right length so I will leave that up to others.  I really like the simplicity of the pants with the sleeveless top and sandals.  

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    KILLER, Suz. How fun! We might have to crown you Queen Wide Crop, and you can wave to La Ped

    This is YOUR avant-garde and architectural drape. Th length looks great. 2 to 3 inches above ankle bone. These look 2 inches. Perfect with the shoes.

    Hair is looking SUBLIME. 

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    The pants look great. And the V neck top too. I have the same issue with v necks. I wonder if the visuals are better on the v neck here because you are wearing a high waist and tucking the top in (as opposed to wearing a long, untucked top).

  • Sal replied 2 years ago

    I love the pants and the top. Fun to experiment. I see lots of tops working with these pants tucked.

    I really the denim jacket over the outfit but am not sure about the scarf. I feel it detracts from the avante garde aspect- I do like it with the top but not the pants. I could see a necklace though.

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 years ago

    I really like the v neck on you,it looks great with the trousers and the camp shirt works as well(I am not familiar with the term Camp shirt).Its fun to try a different silhouette so go for it.

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 years ago

    Is it the same pants in all 5 pics? The colour looks way different in pic 5 on my phone screen? Length looks great. I understand what you mean about secretly feeling bored with the same silhouettes :)

  • sarah replied 2 years ago

    Everything looks fantastic, Suz. You have a real knack for finding clothes that work for you.

  • karen13 replied 2 years ago

    Those pants look great with the sandals. Cool and breezy. The sneaks look good to, I just prefer the sandals. Looks great with the Vneck. Interesting thoughts about structure. I have been loving the wider long pants currently available - perhaps I will soon follow you into cropped territory.

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    These are great! Good shoes to go with. I feel a skimpy shoe wouldn’t work as well.

  • Sal replied 2 years ago

    Love the pants with the shirt and sneakers too. Cheeky modern look.

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Love those wide linen trousers and the ones you wore shopping. The V-neok looks refreshing for summer. I had forgotten about linen camp shirts. I used to live in them in summer.

  • Janet replied 2 years ago

    I think it all looks great on you, even the pant length, and I don’t see a thing wrong with a v neck on you! I like that Zara linen shirt too. Enjoy your new pieces!

    I tried some wide leg crops from Anthro but decided not to keep them. Somehow at home they didn’t appeal to me as much as they did in store (that happens to me a lot). But I think I have enough summer silhouettes anyway. :-)

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Rachylou, I completely agree, and my next purchase may be a platform sandal. I am loving the 70s vibe of it. :) 

    Karen, I like the sandals, too, but the sneakers felt surprisingly good in the store with the casual shirt. 

    Jenni -- it's the store lighting. It yellowed the tones a bit in the last photo -- that was the dressing room try-on pic. And thanks for enabling! 

    Brooklyn, what a good observation and I think you are dead right. It is partly because I have a long head/ face that a V neck can be problematic, and partly the small bust issue, and partly the short legs issue. Wearing highwaisted pants solves at least the last problem! 

    Cardiff Girl -- it's basically just a short sleeve button front shirt -- I guess it's called that because kids in American camps wore them in summer? I'm not sure. I never called it that growing up, but that is what they seem to be called nowadays. 

    Sal, thanks -- and yes -- I have tried them with a bunch of tucked tops and all work well. 

    Sarah -- you are so sweet! :) 

    Angie -- that is a really interesting point! I hadn't thought of it that way but I see what you are saying. They have some drape but also structure. 

    AJ, thank you! So nice to see you back!

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Janet, I think you'd look fantastic in them but you look fantastic in lots of different kinds of pants and also, summer calls for skirts/ dresses even more where you live than in my climate! Thanks for approving the V neck. It's a nice switch for me. 

    Yes, Joy -- linen is so great for summer. And those are the exact same pants -- just in different light! 

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    The pants are great.  I love linen for summer.  Great V-neck top.  I like it tucked in.  The shirt is nice too.  The term camp shirt is new to me as well.
    Those sandals are great with the pants.  

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    wait....All the pants are the exact same?? that's some tricking lighting...
    love the vneck...pants fit great, but i will say i prefer then with the sneakers...but that's just me...

  • Jessikams replied 2 years ago

    I love a camp shirt for summer. And what a great idea to change the waist-tie of the pants to work for you— a side knot, a bow, whatever works.

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    All three are 10/10 in my books :) Everything looks great on you , pant length included . I had to look twice at the pants too - differences in colour is quite remarkable between the photos . I like the Aritzia top so much that I’ve duplicated the look/cut with tops from other brands .

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  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    You can certainly wear a v neck - this looks wonderful on you. White picks up your hair beautifully. I also like the camp shirt with sneakers version. Great way to change things up!

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