Monday, September 17, 2012

Paris on the Island . . . Visible Monday



The photographs in the mirror always seem to freeze more wrinkles than I can ever see IRL. This outfit is obviously a bit more funky than this more authoritative approach to teaching garb. I bought the asymmetrically divided, very wide linen pants on sale at Crea two years ago in Paris, but I don't wear them as much as I'd like to -- they're perhaps a bit too urban for my everyday lifestyle. But it's never a bad thing to bring some Paris into my island life, right?

Mind you, they're really tough to bike in, given I don't have a chainguard. Before I get on the bike, I clip them up with a big bulldog clamp so that they don't snarl me right into an accident. . . .I have to remember to unclip before I join the regular townfolk who might not understand our island oddities. .


I think these pants would be great with a slim-fitting boot, especially a boot with heels. But it's been far too hot to even think about that here. I'm going for classroom and walking-to-school comfort in my perforated suede Fluevog brogues. The grey silk tank is Eileen Fisher, the linen-silk cardi is Club Monaco, 2 or 3 years old. My heart pendant/chain is Karen Chopik, several years old now.


It's Visible Monday again, and I'm joining the crowd over at Patti's. You should check it out -- there are always some fresh and inspiring looks, especially for women of a certain age

19 comments:

  1. The brogues are calling to me - love those for every, any day! And your linen trousers look so fresh and French, Frances. I really admire the whole pulled-together yet relaxed look. Thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday.

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    1. They're great brogues for the warmer seasons, lighter, more breathable than my winter ones. Fluevogs. . . .

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  2. Love those shoes and the entire outfit looks so comfy, chic and cool.

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    1. Thanks, Lesley -- with the temps these past few weeks, cool is important!

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  3. I have given up on warring with wrinkles. As soon as I sit down at my desk, I get them. (Though I suppose this is another argument for a standing desk.) I love the pairing of the shoes and those trousers here.

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    1. Have you tried working with a standing desk? I've been experimenting, when I'm working, with marking on top of my (grand)piano -- a decent height to stand at. . .

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  4. Hah! I hear you about the wrinkles that are only visible in photos. I love the insouciance of this ensemble. It looks mighty chic, and comfortable too for warm days in non-air-conditioned classrooms.

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    1. Thank you for that noun, "insouciance" -- if I came anywhere near earning it, I'm happy!

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  5. Love the tone-on-tone beauty. And it looks so cool and calm....
    Elle

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    1. Thanks, Elle. I almost didn't want to jar it with the turquoise, starting with a grey cardi that was, however, a bit too warm. The linen/silk won out.

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  6. Fab pants! I love that wide leg! Of course bringing Paris with you anywhere is highly desirable. You are brave, though, for riding your bike, chainguardless!, in these beauties.

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    1. That's a hoot, you calling me brave -- you're the one with guts, m'dear! the sartorial risk-taker par excellence!

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  7. Is it wrong to call these pants culottes?? I love the idea of wearing them with a boot. That's one of my signature "looks" :-) And I have no idea why photos find wrinkles that absolutely do not exist in real life. It's something they should do a documentary about.

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    1. I tend to call them culottes myself. Sometimes the term invites scorn, but I've got a soft spot for the culotte -- had a favourite, favourite pair in the late 80s/early 90s, soft mint green, velvety plush wide wale cord, fitted high waist and through hips, pocketed, before the flare into wide, wide . . . and they were midi, of course. Loved them. . .
      and yes, the photo-wrinkle conundrum, right up there with the sock-dryer mystery . . .

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  8. I would love those pants with boots but it is still far to warm here to begin to consider it, and far to warm to give up linen even though it is mid-September.

    I never feel very wrinkled but then I look at photographs and am horrified. They seem to freeze and magnify every perceived flaw.

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    1. Funny to have our weather in sync, so far apart, but yes, too warm for boots here and FAR to warm to give up linen.

      I swear I could hear those wrinkles crinkling into existence as soon as I put my eye to the viewer on my camera . . .

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  9. More love for the pants! Sometimes I've had something in the closet for awhile before it proves its worth, and that might happen for you with these. And your hair looks great too!

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    1. I think this is gradually happening with these pants. I'm willing to give them closet real estate (and mine is ever so limited) for at least a few years and see what happens.

      btw, you missed a Nola photo post that I put up with you in mind a week or two ago . . . ;-)

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  10. I love these pants and they are perfect for cycling. Would be amazing with boots and I would want to take them to some dressmaker and have them copied in jersey for winter. Cute with the shoes too.

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