Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Baggy Trousers, Perfect Pugs: How to use harem pants to expand your wardrobe

One pair of trews
two looks

One of my pet hates are clothing guides that recommend you build a "capsule wardrobe" with items as crushingly dull as "black trousers" and "crisp white shirts" oh do bore off. 
With a little bit of flair and imagination even the most outlandish items of clothing can work really hard as I'm going to prove in my own rather sad excuse for a social experiment.
Take one  pair of vaguely crazy looking harem pants (£18 by Yours) featuring a loud abstract print with day glo orange splashes and see how many looks you can create without looking like you got dressed in the dark. its a lot I tell you.

Take one pair of baggy trousers
 I loved these as soon as I saw them in Yours summer collection. They made me think of the baggy trousers worn by Annabelle from Bow Wow Wow (look it up post eighties children) or something Paul Weller would have worn with espadrilles during his Style council phase.Kind of pirate/ new romantic chic and perfect for summer.
I want candy
I've worn these a good few times but here are two of my favorite looks and as you can see they are both completely different and not a "hard working" black pencil skirt in sight.

Look # 1 Post Apocalyptic Jasmine
If Jasmine had run off with the genie, ridden the magic carpet on her own with the wind blowing through her hair this is what she would have worn. I've put the trousers with a black tunic  £45 also by Yours which I also wear as a dress (as seen in this outfit post)  The sequined trim of the tunic next to the gathered pants is all kinds of Arabian nights chic without going too panto.

I've put on a little bag with the Indian god Ganesh on (bringing me elephantine sized good luck I'm hoping) and matched the silver of the tunics hem with a silver skull necklace by Topshop. My sandals are by Primark. I can't afford a pair of Vivienne Westwood gladiators so these will have to do.



Look # 2-Rockabilly Goes Casual
Proving once again that there is nothing that won't work with my Invasion of the Killer Curves tees £13 here I have chucked on my very own design tee, same trousers but by wearing a pair of plimsolls and tying my hair in a bandanna its such a different feel. I've also rolled up the trousers a bit because I'm cool like that.

My necklace is by the velvet unicorn (made on request) and my lipstick is Lancomes Rouge Pur.
Baggy pants are another item of clothing that historically ladies with bums as big as mine have been encouraged to avoid. I'm loving the feel of the fabric wafting around my legs and far from making me look "bigger" (not that this would bother me) they are actually a very flattering cut. So nah nah.

As you can see Mister Truffles my new pug puppy is getting in on the act. Thanks so much to my reader Paula who very kindly sent him this lovely bandanna. If you would like Mister Truffles to model any of your dog accessories contact me here he doesn't charge a fee and will model for dog treats.

Mister Truffles going for bandanna cool
And because I obviously have my finger on the pulse when it comes to choosing weird and wonderful trousers Yours clothing today announced Haley Hassehoff (daughter of ver Hoff no less) is fronting a summer campaign for them and look what she is wearing!
She looks great but what she really needs is a pug!

Mini Hoff in my trousers-the nerve!

All Photos by Nicky Rockets

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