Sunday, 12 January 2020

HOW I WORE RED STRIPY CROPPED PANTS

Happy New Year, dear friends.
It has hardly been more than two weeks since we welcomed in 2020 but it already feels like an eternity, wouldn't you agree?    
Having had a lot of free time on my hands during the Christmas break, I took an honest inventory of my wardrobe and concluded that at this moment in my life I don't need any more clothes and therefore should stay away from all those crazy sales bonanzas temptations.  What we needed was new furniture for out dining room, so while most of the people were hunting for discount clothes and shoes,  so while most people where hunting for clothes bargains over Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day sales, we went to look for a new dining table and chairs but not necessarily for the two of them together. 
Funnily enough, a couple of months ago we came to the realisation that the leather on our dining chairs has worn out beyond repair and it was high time to say goodbye to them and went to look for new ones.  It took us quite some time to find the chairs that we liked but when we finally found and bought them, turned out that due to their elaborate style, their size by far exceeded the parameters of our dining table.  Lesson learned:  measure the item before you buy it and not after 😃.  Luckily, we fairly quickly sold them on-line and armed with the measurements, started all over again.  This time the chairs that we chose were quite the opposite, lightweight classic bentwood style in natural oak.  
I liked them until the moment we brought them home and put next to our dining table.  The problem is because our table is made from birch wood, it differs from the chairs in colour as well as in the wood grain.  It didn't work at all.  However, the table was also quite old, and we were contemplating replacing it too, so armed with one of the new chairs, off we went again to find a new table.  After looking at a few tables made out of wood, it became clear that it was impossible to match the colour and the grain of the wood.  The best solution in a situation like this was instead of trying to find a match, go for an opposite.  
At a BoConcept store which specialises in Danish furniture we found exactly what we were looking for:  a sleek looking table in black laminate with matte finish and black lacquered legs in total contrast to our light colour chairs, which sales assistance  described as "the ultimate piece of minimalistic furniture where it's monochromatic look and clean lines create an elegant frame makes it a perfect table for any home".   It will be delivered to our home by the end of January and I will share with you the before and after photos then.  I must tell you, I can't wait to have it in my home.
Only once, on my way to the gym, I popped into Zara store next door just for FOMO.  There while browsing among heavily loaded racks of clothes, I came across these red stripy pants.  I was not going to buy them at first, I just liked the vibe generated by their bright and bold look but when I put them on and looked at myself in a mirror, I was smiling, I had a feeling like I had no cares in the world and with that attitude I walked out of the dressing room straight to the cash register and the rest, as they say, is history. 😍
When one of the main items of your outfit has such a strong presence, the key to making it work, is to chose the other elements in a simpler style, preferably in one solid colour of a lesser intensity, like white or natural so when you put them all together in one look, they would look harmonious and not fight each other for dominance.  Today I settled for a simple button down white shirt sleeve blouse, but black or dark navy should work too.  When the time came to choose the footwear, I wasn't sure what will work better with these pants, the flat slides or the sneakers and  I tried both; the sneakers won hands down.
Outfit details:
Pants and top - Zara
Sneakers - old Converse Chuck Taylor
Sunglasses - Adidas

26 comments:

  1. Haha, what a story! You made me curious now! Those trousers look cool on you! Good choices!

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  2. I'm looking forward to seeing the table Anna. I love Bo Consept and often visit the store in London. I'm doing up the new house and making decisions is hard xx

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  3. Totally agree, especially when you only have an image and not a real object

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  4. Oh, don't get me started on furniture shopping. It is actually quite hard! I remember from when we were decorating our first house how difficult it is to find matching items if you're not necessarily looking to buy a matching set. I'm happy to read that you guys eventually managed to find what you were looking for!

    Also love how you styled your statement trousers with a good basic. Gives them center stage!

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    1. thank you Nikki, can't wait for the table to arrive to prove that we did the right choice :)

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  5. Fun pants! Now that is quite an adventure for furniture! When we moved to this house 2 years ago, I was lucky to find the type of table that I wanted being sold by a person so it was much cheaper. What we didn't realize was the height but thankfully we hadn't bought chairs for it yet. So we had measurements to help us find what we need. I love our dining table and chairs!
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  6. What fun pants, Anna! That's why I can't give myself "rules", I too often feel the need to break them! Oh, boy, on the dining chairs and table saga. I'm glad you finally found pieces that fit together. I'll enjoy seeing them when you get them set up at home!

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  7. Thank you Kim, I hope we did the right choice, not too long now :)

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  8. Hi Anna,
    Yea for finding pieces that work together! We need some new chairs as well- my boy Gibby when in his chewing phase, chewed several of our kitchen chairs! The pants look great and fun to wear. Love with the white blouse
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  9. What fun pants! I can see why you had to buy them :) I'm glad you were able to update your dining room table and chairs in the end too!

    I ended up buying more than I expected to in the sales this month - so I need to try be good for the rest of the year, haha!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! A new link up is live on my blog now, I'd love you to join again.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We went to a theme park yesterday with family visiting from Western Australia and it was so fun :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Thank you Mica. It's nice when the family comes over and you enjoyed having them around. Our cousins from Germany came to visit us at the end of a year and we had such a great time together

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  10. Such a chic look dear. Love the vintage vibe of your pants.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  11. What a furniture adventure! I bet you're excited for your table to arrive! Those pants are so fun! Love your styling!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  12. I love the pants. So fun.
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  13. Such a beautiful pants and you style them in cool way. Thank you for sharing.

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