Autumn Looks Part II

In search of a blousy trou since last winter, I think I rushed the process and took a misstep with the Wray field pants, which I sold earlier this month. What I really wanted was a true trouser — not a cropped pant, linen or otherwise.

SO! When Page of Air dropped these beautiful vintage wool/cashmere pants, I pounced. They are truly a gem.

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The craftsmanship in this pair of pants is really top-notch. They are completely lined, which will be great for when the weather finally gets cooler. Nice deep side pockets, crisp pleats. The fabric has a soft hand, and the color is a gorgeous light camel.

For the first outfit in Autumn Looks Part II, I tried out my new-to-me trousers with an off-the-shoulder top (Amour Vert) my vintage coach belt and an old pair of Etienne Aigner oxford pumps.

 Remember when oxford pumps were big? Me too.

Remember when oxford pumps were big? Me too.

Let’s talk about the heels. I bought them in 2010 when I had my first real job and my first real paycheck, so there’s a bit of nostalgia tied up in them. The style is dated and somewhat fussy, and the heel, while stouter than a stiletto, is also higher than I like to wear. I certainly wouldn’t dream of adding them to my closet today. But I keep hanging on to them because of both my emotional attachment as well as feelings of “But I should like them,” and honestly I think they look pretty smart with these trousers.

Here’s the dilemma — do I keep the 2010-nostalgia oxford heels for the once-yearly guilt-wear? Do I squirrel them away for 20 years until they come back in style, then capitalize on their vintage appeal and sell? Or do I move on from them now and focus on finding what I think fits my style more, like a plainer, low heeled loafer? My gut is saying move on now…

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Shoes aside, I never have enough occasions to wear this top. I love how simple it is. So many off-the-shoulder tops are flouncy and peasant-y, but this one is fitted and clean-lined. I feel like it goes with anything and everything, including these trousers.

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Above, I wore the trousers with a charcoal sweater tank, a yellow silk scarf, and a pair of skin-tone stiletto pumps that I bought for a wedding five years ago. These pumps are also a little fraught. I’ve wore them for many formal occasions over the years, and they are good little shoes. But honestly I haaaate stilettos. Give me block heels!

My Everlane day heels have more or less replaced this pair of shoes (although I’m still looking for an even more nude-to-me color daily-wear shoe with a manageable heel) so this pair languishes in my closet, right next to those oxford pumps. I feel less attached to them, and should probably just donate or sell, right?

I do like the look of a fitted top with the trousers. An oversized blazer would look great over this when it finally gets cooler out.

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OK, moving on. How about this top combo? It’s the same off-the-shoulder Amour Vert top from the beginning of this post, but I’ve layered my windowpane shirt over it. The great thing about the AV top is that it can be worn totally off the shoulders, or pulled up over the shoulders like it us here. There’s elastic running all around the top opening (is it still a neck hole when your shoulders stick out? Shoulder hole?) which means it stays put either way.

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Switching gears, I ditched the trousers for my Rachel Comey jeans and a denim jacket, taking the charcoal sweater tank and silk scarf from earlier to full Canadian Tuxedo territory. I’ve been thinking lately about this denim jacket and how I want to crop it slightly. I think it’d suit my silhouette preferences more if It was just a little shorter and swingier. So maybe that tutorial will come sometime this fall. To me this look says “cool girl.”

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I’ll end this post with the wool trousers again to reiterate how much I like them. With the lining, they are very insulating, which will be great for fall but is not so great for our current heatwave. When I flopped down to take a break from dress-up, Nadine promptly came over to bestow her approval of my outfit.

Haha just kidding my cats do not care what I wear.