Baggy knees on pants

No, not mine. (Well, let's not go there. If Nora Ephron feels bad about her neck, I feel bad about my knees!) 

Anyway, I'm talking about the knees of jeans and trousers. 

I was raised to do a little "hitch" to my trousers while sitting down to prevent bagged-out knees. So I tend to do it pretty consistently. 

But as the higher waist wider styles become more prevalent in my closet, I'm finding some of them get baggy in the knee no matter what! I would have thought it would be a bigger problem with slim jeans/ pants, but it seems to be happening more with the wide legs. And, if I'm honest, more with the wide jeans than the pants/ culottes. 

The Madewell high waist button fly jean is a good example -- I find I need to wash it more often (and air dry) just to deal with the bagging. 

What's up with that? 

I wondered if it might be due to fabric composition. These particular jeans have much less stretch than some others. 

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BR Crop High Rise denim -- thanks to Lisa P -- and questions!

Hi, everyone! I haven't been posting or even responding much to posts these days due to an insane work schedule, major family shifts and changes (including a move, and another move to come), and a recent bout of flu that has laid me awfully low and put me even more behind on the work. But I'm starting to get better now and need some fashion assistance! 

First, big shout out to Lisa P, who alerted us to these BR high rise jeans on her own thread. 

THESE ARE BRILLIANT!!! OMG. 

A few things to note. First off, there is the vanity sizing. Size down. I'm in my former BR/Gap/J. Crew size here and it feels generous...normally I am wearing a size or two up from that, these days. The good news: they have a bit of stretch but don't feel too stretchy...I think they will accommodate slight shifts in weight in either direction quite well. 

Also -- miracle -- they came in a SHORT (not petite) length, so I ordered them! I also ordered the regular length to compare. The short is almost NEVER available in Canada. 

Short is so much better for me than petite because I tend to need the length in the rise. These are super comfy there, no pinching. 

My question -- are the shorts short enough to look intentional, or do they need a chop? (Pics 1-10). They are probably just a hair over an inch above my ankle bone? Maybe between an inch and two inches. I am showing them here with several different footwear options so you can see the variation. Flat sneakers, Eliza booties, flat Aquatalias, Paul Greens, dressier heeled Aquatalias. 

I also tried the regular. (Pics 12, 13, 14). They are too short to work as full-length jeans. But do they work as that weird new trendy length? Or is that what the shorts are on me? ;)

Honestly, I like these jeans enough that I would keep two pair and if I take the regulars back, I am likely to order a second pair of the shorts! They are that good. I don't even mind the little self-belt, although I can also change it for other belts of course. 

Also up -- the BR sweater. (Pic 9/10) I tried a regular in the store (pic 11) a while back but felt it swamped me a bit. This is petite. I've been looking for a replacement for my horribly pilly Plenty sweater for ages. This is not a true duster length, so might not be "the one" - or maybe I should go back to the regular size? 

Final question: Do those BR cropped trousers that Angie showed fit like these jeans? Does anyone know? Has anyone compared? If so, if they are the same cut...I am ordering a pair in several colours because they are just fantastic!! 

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The Long Long of It

As Angie says, long blazers are EVERYWHERE. 

Gryffin, this is your year! Go for it! I even saw a very 80s version of long over lean at Aritzia -- long blazer with mini skirt. Not up to your quality standards, but I am betting there is a version somewhere for you! 

There is no store without racks and racks of (usually menswear check) long jackets, mostly double breasted (but not all), some screaming fun fun FUN and some more business sober.  

My eye has adjusted, and even though it can be a tough look for me to wear due to my own proportions—and I cringe when I look back at my 80s photos in those really oversized jackets with the big shoulder pads— I'm ready to give the contemporary version a whirl. Trendy classic is not my moniker for nothing. 

Yesterday between my dentist and hair appointments, I had some time for sleuthing. First stop, a local consignment shop where last year I got my Pink Tartan herringbone jacket. 

First try on, a Sandro double breasted jacket in a sort of taupe/grey plaid. Colours don't reproduce all that well here -- sorry. It was a size 40, which is probably a size or even 2 sizes big for me, but then again, the Paul Smith is a 40, so you just never know. It did feel a bit more than oversized (long sleeves, shoulders just on the edge of being too big) but it wasn't horrible. 

Then, a Smythe jacket. I think the previous owner stretched it out in weird ways...it felt permanently rumpled or something. I wouldn't buy it but it was fun to try it. 

Finally, post-haircut, another Sandro, this season's. This one is size 36 and seemed to fit perfectly, so who knows. I have to confess, I have MAJOR SUGAR EYE for houndstooth. In the 80s I owned a houndstooth jacket that basically defined the last few years of that decade for me. I adored it. I think I've even posted a photo of it on the forum in the archives somewhere. Will hunt it out. In the meantime, here's today's updated version. Thoughts? 

No styling of these since I just threw them on top of my shorts. 

Of course, this jacket is more than 3 times the price of the consignment jacket. So there is that. And I don't actually *need* another jacket, either. But that is a separate discussion, right? :) 

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The Long Short of It

Okay, first I need to sing the praises of my Paul Smith jacket. Best $45 I spent this summer. Wow, what a find. You know when you vaguely think you *might* be able to use a particular item (in my case, a true summer weight jacket) but you put purchasing because you're not really sure you'd wear it as much as you imagine or it seems a bit indulgent (a jacket, for summer?) or you haven't really seen one you like?

Well, I'd vaguely contemplated a nice summer jacket for years before I found this little beauty in my local consignment shop. At first I almost left it because it seemed the shoulder was off a bit -- but no, I was wrong. The fit's actually great. It works brilliantly with a sleeveless top and became an instant workhorse. I wore it on two long travel days and it came out with nary a wrinkle (it's a linen/ summer weight wool blend -- completely breathable). 

Tried it with long shorts and sandals yesterday and really enjoyed the combination. Sorry for photo quality -- did my best. My only nod to fall was the burgundy bag. It was a gorgeous still-summery day here. 

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Last of my NAS

I got my final package today from the NAS. I have a couple of keeps, a comparison (will keep one item and return the other), and one item I'm not sure about. 

The Keeps: undies (yay!), a pair of BP joggers for sleep/lounge in winter, and the Blondo Elvina snake print bootie. Love them! 

The Comparison item: The Pendleton rain jacket in navy. I bought the green in Seattle, which is what they had on the floor. It's a changeup colour for me, quite flattering, but I suspect I may tire of it or find it harder to wear with my other things. So I ordered the navy to compare. I am currently in Kingston so I will have to take this one back to Vancouver (where the green coat is) and put them on side by side. Definitely keeping one; I just don't know which. Sorry you can't see the green to compare. It is not as teal as in the Find. More of an 80s forest green. 

The Maybe: VB trousers. They are a lovely, lovely pant. I think this is the right size but at the moment, they are on the snug side of tailored for me. Waist is good as are the hips and the rise feels fine, but the pockets don't lie completely flat. I'm not sure what I think of that. It's more noticeable on one side than the other and of course they poof a bit when you sit, as well. Sitting is comfortable, though. I would have to get them shortened, too, I think, unless they are ok as an ankle pant. Would love your thoughts. I've shortened one side in the pics to see them more as crops. 

Whatever I decide on these items, I've had a GREAT NAS. Thanks, Angie, for making it so fun and thanks the rest of you for joining in and offering your cheers and thoughts! 

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Grab your fuchsia (and hot pink) crash helmets! (Lots of pics)

Speaking of fuchsia...I've been crushing on this colour long before the (welcome to me) trend! 

Here's a trip down memory lane. The earliest photos date from 2012 which is more or less when I joined YLF!

Sadly, I no longer have the fabulous 3 piece silk fuchsia suit. Bought at the thrift store for pennies, and wow did I have fun with it for a few years. It got a little snug, though, and I used up most of my occasions for wearing it, so I bid it a sad goodbye and let it go to a new friend. 

Then there was the H&M knit shrunken jacket -- a total workhorse for less than $10. First picture taken in Beijing, fall 2012. Second one back in Kingston. 

I still have this shocking pink rain jacket (5). Shocking pink is a bit warm for me, but I like it anyway for its energy. Banff 2012. 

The suit came out for an awards event in 2013. I also wore it to a fancy work event that spring. 

Later, in the summer, I wore this hot pink silk top in New York City. Catching the subway, I loved the way my platform mate and I BOTH rocked the colour block trend -- in the same colours, just opposite blocking! 

Also in New York, hot pink bag. 

Banff, 2014 -- a knit shirt. And the hot pink jacket. (9/10)

Cooler pink cashmere sweater -- I still have this one. Wearing it (or similar) in Israel in 2014. 

#13 Sometimes you have to look for your fix in nature. 

#14/15 -- a newer silk shell, in a cooler tone. Beijing, summer, 2015. 

Later that summer, with my brother. We look happy in the pics but it was actually a sad trip. Our mother had died and we were visiting family. 

#18 Trying a new sweater...

#19 Even my phone was hot pink...checking out the progress of my grey grow-out. 

#20 -- some orchid or fuchsia in the skirt -- new hair. 

#21 -- my mom's top -- fuchsia flowers. 

#22 -- scarf with hot pink, summer, 2016. 

#23 Fall, 2016 -- taking photo in London of a hot pink shoe in a window -- pop up store. 

#24 In Rodmell, Virginia Woolf's garden. 

#27 J Crew hot pink Rhodes jacket. Coming back into circulation this fall. 

#31 - 34 Winter 2016 -- hot pink coat and lots of pink hats at demonstration. 

#35/#36 -- in Iceland. 

#37 -- a poor NAS experiment. LOVED the colour. Hated the sleeves and material. Oh well. 

#38 Floral interlude. 

#39 Infinity Mirrors exhibit (Yayoi Kusama) at Art Gallery of Ontario

#40 -- running low on fuchsia but trying pink on taupe/pink last fall...

#41 Roses in the UBC garden, June 2019. 

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Consignment Light Blue: Bonus Photobomb by Max

Well, look what happened on the way home from breakfast with a friend. I stopped into the consignment store, where I happened upon this PAUL SMITH summer jacket in...light blue check! 

It is half linen, half summer weight wool. Unlined (apart from the sleeves and top area) but beautifully finished seams (of course!) It has bracelet sleeves with many working buttons and a slight flare to them. And it can be worn traditionally, or buttoned up higher for a sort of Nehru effect. It is hard to show in a selfie but it actually works. 

Not styled or anything really -- just thrown on to show.

Best of all, got it for a pittance. 

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Breezy summer skirt

J. Crew isn't what it used to be but every now and again, they still make an exceptional winner and that is what this skirt is -- cotton, cotton lined, easy, breezy, and always works in the heat. 

On my way to take my kid to the airport...hot day. You saw me wearing it in Seattle, you see me wearing it again. This time with a knotted tee and striped shoes as per one of Angie's examples. 

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Vancouver Report #2

I went to the Vancouver store today because I happened to be downtown and wanted to know if they were planning to stock the Elvina Blondo in snake print or whether I should order from the US. Turns out they will *not* be stocking them in Canada and they are not on the Blondo Canada site, so I took the precaution of ordering from the US. I know this is a style and pattern I will wear into the ground, so it's worth it to me. 

A few observations -- the store was quiet, as Ariadne noted. Excellent customer service. They didn't have a ton of stock left, but certain things remained in volume. The fringey Halogen jacket that Angie bought filled half a rack. 

I *did* see the Eileen Fisher black jeans there in store, and on sale. I didn't note the price, sorry. But they exist -- if you're in Canada, just call.  

I also saw the Madewell jeans I had wanted and was able to get them in my size. ;) 

No Leith cardigans in my size, no Avec les Filles red (or black, or any colour) coats. 

No Veronica Beard fancy blazer. 

No 1 State checkered jacket like mine at all! 

I also got a pair of Zella leggings. :) And a pair of those BP joggers that Ariadne mentioned. Perfect loungewear. (Thanks!!) 

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Cancelled my red coat! :(

Sob!! 

I will keep stalking. I just took on an extra contract to pay for this extravaganza shop. I want my stuff!!! :)

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