Utility and Stripes

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

As far as clothes are concerned, that is. Have you ever tried something on and felt that it was made for you? Or does it take longer for a piece of clothing to find its way into your heart?

Well, when it comes to clothes, I’ve been known to fall head over heels for ‘the perfect piece’ (what can I say, the heart knows what it wants…), but I’ve also had a more slow-burning love affairs with some of my favourites (again, we’re talking about clothes here…).

And in this outfit we have both: the utility trousers that I was certain were ‘made for me’ the minute I saw them, and the striped jumper that I didn’t even like at first but which has quickly become my new best friend.

I love these trousers, I really do. They’re so comfortable: high-waisted, with plenty of room for my thighs. And maybe it’s because they’re loose and baggy that they’re actually slimming.  Really, even in my wildest dreams I don’t have slim thighs, yet these trousers create some sort of an optical illusion that totally obliterates the thickest part of my body… And if that’s not enough, these trousers are cool. Like, really seriously cool.

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And the striped top, then? 

Well, that’s just something I picked up in the sales, not because I liked it but because it was striped but not blue and white, and because I felt I needed to try something new (yes, in my world stripes in anything but blue and white is ‘new’… a bit pathetic, I know).  Anyway, because it was in the sales, I got it for a song. And I never buy anything in the sales, mainly because I think that whatever is left at that point is just crap anyway, and even if it isn’t, they won’t have my size…).  And that’s pretty much how I felt about this top when I got home: that I would never wear it.

So, I just tossed it at the back of the wardrobe and forgot about it. Until the day I had five minutes to get dressed in the morning, and all my tops seemed to be in the laundry, and then I saw this top…

Well, it was early morning and I was in a hurry and there was no time to think about outfits, so I just wore it.

And I’ve worn it at least once a week since then. Because it goes with just about everything I have in my wardrobe. And it’s comfortable, and sort of cool, too.

So, I guess it was just a matter of time that these two favourites of mine – the love-at-first-sight cool utility trousers and the simple striped top that gradually won me over – would meet, in this cool and casual outfit…

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fringe bag

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Outfit details:

top: Vila / trousers: Oska / bag: Lancel / 

shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana

What about you, love at first sight or slow-burning love? 

As far as clothes are concerned, of course… 


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  1. Patti
    7 May 2017 / 9:53 pm

    I can see why I love thees trousers – they are flattering and cool, and so wearable any day. Thanks for sharing them with Vis Monday, xox-Pattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Tiina L
      10 May 2017 / 10:01 am

      Yes, I would love to have these trousers in many differrnt colours…

  2. Shybiker
    8 May 2017 / 2:46 am

    Oh, wow, you're right. These are so slimming. You look great.

    • Tiina L
      10 May 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thank you. I didn't think I would like baggy clothes, but I guess you should never say never…

  3. señora Allnut
    8 May 2017 / 7:57 am

    oh yes, I love that kind of pants, efortless flattering and cool! those are great qualities!And you always look stylish in your striped tops!I believe in love at first sight, particularly on shoes!. I think that my first impulse is usually right and that almost everything I purchase after a sensible valuation is never worn!besos

    • Tiina L
      10 May 2017 / 10:06 am

      Yes, I agree, the first impression is usually correct. As if we instinctively know when something is good for us. We should follow our instincts more, in general. I think I just found a nice way to justify impulse shopping…

  4. Nancy's Fashion Style
    8 May 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Those pants are great! I hate pants that aren t comfortable.

    • Tiina L
      10 May 2017 / 10:07 am

      Me too! I think all clothes (and shoes) should be comfortable…

  5. Jill James
    9 May 2017 / 7:46 am

    I can see why you fell for these pants they are just great and so flattering. As another with womanly thighs this is a style I always prefer.Your striped top sets them off perfectly, the fringe bag is quite a piece too, love it.

    • Tiina L
      10 May 2017 / 10:08 am

      Oh yes, pants to accommodate womanly curves, we need that.

  6. Nicole Mölders
    13 May 2017 / 2:22 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You really rock these pants. They are tricky to style, but you did a great job.

    • Tiina L
      17 May 2017 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Nicole. Yes, a bit tricky, I think a fitted top might work, to make the overall impression less baggy.

  7. J. Elle
    18 May 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I can see why you fell in love with these trousers – they do look so comfortable and slimming. They are wonderful paired with your stripes. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

  8. Emma Peach
    19 May 2017 / 12:03 pm

    The trousers and striped top look great together – the perfect comfy casual outfit, but also very stylish. I have quite a few things in my wardrobe that took a while for me to love. You can't go wrong with a striped top though!Emma xxxwww.style-splash.com

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