Hi, friends! Before I move on to today’s post, I have to stop and say how much I’ve been loving all your comments on my last post about my new hair color and more importantly, about celebrating yourself. Thank you for all the lovely compliments, but REALLY thank you for sharing all of the things you love about yourselves!! It’s been refreshing and inspiring reading what everyone wrote. Honestly if you need a little dose of love, check out the comments. It took me awhile to reply to everyone and while probably like most people, I strive to reply to everyone but sometimes fall down on the job (ugh), I desperately wanted to on that post because of all the wonderful things everyone shared about themselves! ♥
Okay, moving on from the gushy sappy part of the post…
I can’t wait to say one of these days, “spring has sprung!” Buuut it totally has not even a little bit here. That’s weeks off yet. But that still doesn’t stop me from daydreaming.
So what’s your take on light or brightly-colored trousers? Pants, jeans, capris, shorts, whatever. Are they something you regularly sport without much thought? Or do you stick with navy, black and brown, or similar dark colors?
For some reason, I’ve come to realize I almost never wear light colored bottoms. Skirts, sometimes. But trousers, nope. I have the one pair of white trousers I bought for my 10 year college reunion and I wore them exactly once, and have had several years since, thinking someday I’ll wear them again. Honestly they’re a cute wide-legged style. Come to think of it, they’d be great with a navy boat neck tee and the nautical-inspired summer flats I picked up on crazy sale from Miss L Fire in December. Such a sad tease, buying summer shoes in winter! But they were as cheap as buying shoes at Target, so who’s going to say no to that…
But I digress. Light or bright bottoms. Pink. Baby blue. Light gray. Mint green. Yellow. Light or print prints. Why don’t I wear them? I have no idea. Do you avoid them too? I certainly have no real introspective reason, here. I think it’s just maybe long-term habits in how I dress and what I buy or make for myself, so therefore they’re out of my normal comfort zone. Most of my bottoms are either dark (denim, black, brown) or patterned (plaid vintage pants, why do I have such a fondness for plaid vintage pants?). And I have a lot of light, bright or patterned tops, which pair well with dark bottoms.
So this spring and summer, I want to make a concerted effort to figure out a way to embrace lighter or brightly-colored bottoms! They’re cheerful, they’re fun, and I always think it looks great on others.
Sources: 1950s bermuda shorts on Etsy from Frida Larsen Vintage /
red denim capris from Vivien of Holloway
I started with a pair of whoa mama orange cotton sateen Butterick B5895 trousers that I’m working on. It’s Robert Kaufman Stretch Vera Sateen in Tangerine from fabric.com (I also bought some in Azure, a bright blue). Not sure why I thought it would be a bit more of a rust orange, but nope. It’s bright pumpkin. Last month I posted my reservations on Instagram and got several pro “do the orange pants!” replies. So what the hell, since they’ll match a top I’m working on (more on that soon), why not just go for it. I promise this fabric isn’t neon, but it’s pretty damn bright.
Then, I bought some pale blue cotton sateen from Mood Fabrics. It’s this one here, which looks a bit brighter and more turquoise, but it’s actually quite a pale blue. Lovely, but definitely very light baby blue.
I also ordered several samples of other stretch sateens and would love to maybe find some colored denims for something a bit heavier, or pop for one of the Vivien of Holloway pedal pushers or capris. They seem to come in lots of fun colors.
Are these fabric samples I got ever colorful, too! I don’t know if I’d dare do the white print with huge blue flowers (that’s a stupid cut for a floral swatch but the fabric is here), but what fun capris those might make, right? And in terms of prints, it’s really making me want to find a cute gingham bottomweight of some sort.
Errr, anyone with no-visible-panty-line underwear recommendations? I think I’m going to need them. And the lazy girl in me admits this may be one of my deterrents from light bottoms on my own bottom. But that’s an easy fix, right? 😉
I think I need to leave those swatches laying around awhile, while I warm up to the idea. I’ve got to figure out some tricks for what to pair them with so I feel comfortable and not like everyone’s staring at my behind or the wrinkles of my tucked-in shirt. Hey wait… maybe I should sometimes try out the style on the woman on the left, below! Wide belt, maybe a long jersey shirt, and lighter trousers or capris. Perhaps I’m onto something here… I don’t know, we’ll see. (That aside, I’d totally take each bit of both of their outfits, thanks!)
Source: 1955 Avisco ad, from myvintagevogue Tumblr
How about you? An irrational fear of lighter bottoms like me? Or are you the complete opposite? I’m going to have to look for some inspiration on how to wear lighter colored cigarette pants, capris and shorts this year. I’m really starting to feel excited about things I want to wear once it warms up (and hopefully I’ll put together some thoughts to blog about that soon). I better get crackin’ on the planning!