Saturday, 27 October 2012

Ring My Bell

I so love and appreciate all of your comments - thank you! I corrected the date of last post's vintage-Amber-photos to 1985 - and I am way long overdue for an intensive round of visiting you! I've been taking outfit photos but not managing time to post, as my major non-work writing project has also been at a peak this week. Here is me catching up to Wednesday, when I had to dress for 2+ hours of car travel and 3+ hours of meeting - I'm telling you, it was definitely time for Giant Pants


scarf: from among my grandmother's belongings, worn here
amber necklace: a gift from my mother
grey pleather motorcycle jacket: Coffee Shop, My Habit, worn here, here, and here
shirt / blouse: Fred David, Giant Tiger
grey belt:
thrifted, worn here
giant burgundy-rust striped pants: tag long gone, a shop in College Park, Toronto (1995)
bag: Charming Charlie, shown here (with same jacket)
grey motorcycle boots: Zodiac, Dillard's (75% off sale, a.k.a. Shoepocalypse)








I picked up these super-comfy elastic + drawstring-waisted Enormous Pants of Stripey Goodness (and, incidentally, colour-of-sudden-trendiness-beginning-with-"o", though they have been this same colour for the almost 20 years I've been wearing them) during my first year of graduate studies - around the time I also acquired these here other Stupendous Pants




They have faded ever so slightly and the hem needs repair now and then, but otherwise they show nary a sign of the usual imminent, extremely awkward and absolutely catastrophic public disintegration. But just watch - now that I had to go and say something, right? 








What makes the difference for you between whether you refer to a garment as a blouse or a shirt? My best guess has to do with gathers & ruffles = blouse, and menswear styling & not much more than the odd dart or bit of seaming for fit = shirt.   




I am wearing one of these thingys which is mostly shirt but has a gathered under-bust seam, edging it toward the blouse end of the spectrum. Seems we are forever at the mercy of dichotomous language. 






Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. Are you looking forward to Patti's Visible Monday and Ally's Halloween Party too? I'm excited to see you there!



37 comments:

  1. Love these groovy pants Amber. They look great with the classic moto boots. I'm lusting after that delicious necklace too!

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  2. Goliath pants are in order for that kind of day, definitely. Blouse vs shirt - I use blouse for something that's button-down with button or snap cuffs, usually in a non-knit fabric. But I detour from this at whim. You look fantastic! I love that wide belt with those flapping pants. The non-work writing project sounds soul-satisfying - I hope it is.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie - ambiguity and in-the-moment whim FTW!

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  3. Those pants do look gorgeous on you. Loving your boots and belt.
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  4. Such fabulousness in large pants! I was just looking at my wide pants (scheduled for December's capsule) and musing about how I wished to wear them.

    Love the shoes and your lovely accessories. Such a pretty scarf.

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    1. Can't wait to see your giant pants outfits, Sheila! Thanks!

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  5. You wear these gigantic pants so well! I have a pair laying around, unused because I don't know how to style them. Well, now I have some great inspiration! I love how the scarf echoes the stripes on the pants.

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    1. Aw, I am so happy to hear that - can't wait to check out your gigantic-pants stylins!

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  6. Great scarf, worn well. And those pants stretch from CA to NY!

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  7. These giant pants must have gotten you through the day in comfort! And it sounds like they've gotten you through the years as well. Well loved and stylish!

    I notice that you wear gifts from your mother, who appears to have exquisite taste. The amber necklace is a piece of art!

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    1. They sure did and have, Judith!

      It seemed I was always saying, "Thanks - it was a gift from my mother!" and it turns out "always" is a pretty accurate description! I'm realizing just how many beautiful and cherished favourite things are from her.

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  8. I too am declining to use the "O" word for the newest/greatest color! Love these trousers and the way they just flow around you. I wonder if they swoosh? Agree with the Style Crone that your necklace is exquisite.

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    1. Ha! I know, eh? I find myself proportionately resisting nything which gets overexposed / overplayed / overhyped. Thanks, Patti!

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  9. Hooray for giant pants! For me the difference between blouse and shirt is purpose / how dressy it is / what it is made of / buttons. I think anything with buttons but made for a lady (even menswear styled) is a blouse. A T-shirt is a shirt. Anything slightly frouffy, even without buttons, and anything made of silk or billowly fabrics (like a really top-quality cotton) or polyester (and its variations with fancy names, which basically come down to polyester or nylon or some other synthetic) is a blouse. If the fabric is woven, not knit, it's a blouse. And vice versa - knits are shirts, no matter how frouffy (like some of those asymmetrical getups from Anthropologie that I love so much) (unless, of course, they're made to be loose, in which case, they might be a blouse anyway). Tough to define, but you know it when you see it, right?

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    1. I seriously appreciate your thoughts! Thanks so much, very helpful!

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  10. You know what I like about your blog Amber? I always learn a new word. Today's word is "dichotomous". I had to research that one.
    Good question about the shirt vs. blouse thing. I tend to use the two words interchangeably when referring to any shirt a woman is wearing but the frilly it is, the more I'd tend to call it a blouse. I would not however, refer to a man's shirt a blouse, no matter how frilly it is.
    Giant pants are a must for long trips and especially for eating good meals at restaurants.

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    1. Much appreciated, Sheila!

      It's true, giant pants = happy big eating wear too!

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  11. You look so chic. Those wonderful pants are funky, yet classic, and wow, holding up great!

    I've been puzzling about your age all weekend since I saw the 1995 date for those pics. I thought we were more of an era, but then you look so young, I totally thought I must have been mistaken.

    Hmmmm, and I struggle all the time whether to use "top" or "shirt"...lol.

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    1. Glad I cleared things up!

      It freaks me out how actually old some of the things I wear are, now that I'm blogging and thinking about it. They don't make 'em like they used to (applies to many, many things!).

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  12. you always nail the silhouette - I like everything about his look and the little pleather jacket is fabulous :))

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    1. Thanks, Jeane! I hope your move is going well.

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  13. Oh, shirt, blouse, who cares? You look lovely in your whatever-it's-called and your giant pants! They are a beautiful colour and suit you so well. You look 7 feet tall, which surely you aren't?! Gorgeous jacket and scarf, and that necklace is exquisite. xxxx

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    1. Ha! "Who cares?" is also perfect. LOVE. xoxo

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  14. I tend to agree with your shirt/blouse definition, but when tagging anything non-tshirt goes under 'blouse'. And if I can't place it anywhere, I'll use Lynne's word "top". I personally like antiquated words, I think it makes vocabulary more exciting.

    Though when fashion rears its head and starts labeling everything under a code word: Breton Stripes, Oxblood, colorblocking - I think those words start to lose their meaning. I personally adore oxblood, the word and the color. But the word has been used to describe every shade of burgundy under the sun. Ah well, marketing for you.

    I do love your trousers. The color, the stripes, the amazing shape.

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    1. Thanks, Megan - always so thoughtful. It's the overuse that gets me too!

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  15. Enormous pants of stripey goodness they are INDEED!
    They look perfectly comfortable and usper styley, especially with the "biker" boot detailing.The colours too are wonderful.I never wear pants,but I could be tempted to wear a pair such as these;they're pyjamaish and circusy all at once!
    The scarf and necklace make a splendid neck decoration,burgundy rules!
    XXX

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    1. "Circusy" makes me happy! Thanks, Helga, thats awesome!

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  16. Thank you helping to bring back the Baggy Pants! if I see another pair of jeggings I will scream. Augh! As always, you are super gorgeous!
    Connie*

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    1. Thank you, Connie - I wish they were easier to find!

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  17. Just discovered you through Dross into Gold. Great outfit. Love the wide red pants and all the other red elements in your outfit!

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    1. Hello Sylvia - thank you so much for coming by and leaving this kind comment!

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  18. Stupendous pants!! That's a great idea to anchor their giant floaty-ness with biker boots. YOu always have such beautiful and funky jewellery - you obviously inherited your mom's excellent taste.

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    1. Thanks, Shelley - The more tailored top and square-edged boots helped keep it from being over-flowy! Yes, my mom has truly excellent taste. <3

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Thank you for your comments!
- Amber