I’m sat writing this in a pair of wide-legged, cropped khaki cargos which have been undoubtedly one of my best purchases from earlier this Spring. Deceptively simple at first glance & with little ‘hanger appeal’ yet they gave me an entirely new silhouette that I’ve become fond of.
I’m not the biggest fan of body part exposure even when the temperature soars but ankles are something I love to flash (I’d have been the talk of the town in the 30s, eh?) & suddenly I’m finding things a bit chilly down there. What’s a
girl woman to do?
Incidentally, the exact style is still available from – one of my favourite High Street haunts – Whistles & on sale. I’ve been wearing them in rotation (mostly with trainers; the Stan Smith green is their perfect pairing) & I’ve been thinking about how I might be able to wear them for Autumn & through into Winter without my bare ankles turning even bluer.
Well, the answer came in an unexpected way when I had a quick browse at the current Warehouse promotion, which led to some Shopping Basket ‘Fashion Wheel’ spins with outfits.
Before I make any online purchases nowadays, I either ‘build’ outfits or physically go to my wardrobe & pull out things that I already own that would work with a key piece I’ve spotted. This was the resulting ensemble – all in the sale & everything (if you’re tempted) comes to just over £100 for some really useful pieces:
(Indie &) POP Picks from Warehouse
LINKS: Duster Coat / Jeans / Striped Polo / Saddle Bag
It might sound/look time consuming but it’s worth it in every sense; I promise you’ll make fewer regretful purchases this way & you’ll get to know where the ‘holes’ are in your closet. Shopping strategically can be fun & a luxury for me is having time to play at ‘Dressing Up’ with my own clothes. Try it (on)!
Now, I don’t really need another pair of jeans & had set out to only invest in Premium denim going forward but then I took a closer look at THIS Wide Cut style (currently on offer at £39.20) & was struck by their similarity to those cargos that I’ve worn on repeat (I’d paid the full £119 using Birthday funds).
I’m going to give them a whirl & try to justify to my Breadwinner husband that they are an investment while I dish up his Jacket potato with yet more Lidl Beans so we can afford them during a particularly tight month. I’ll put extra cheese on it for luck.
How to wear them
This is where late night Pinterest scrolling also has its’ advantages. If you use it like a Search Engine you’ll strike styling gold. Here I used ‘Wide Leg Crop Jeans’ & ‘Denim Culottes’ to get some outfit inspiration. It’s no surprise that I’m always drawn to the same ladies; I know what I like & whose style is worth stealing.
So, the solution is simple. I’ll be pulling up my boots & my socks as well as pulling some vintage Prada sock boots out of storage (benefits of working in a Designer store in my teens & being able to wax all of my disposable income on such things). I had planned on selling them but think I might keep hold of them just a wee bit longer now; sock boots are everywhere again aren’t they?
Do you already own a similar pair of wider cropped style trousers? Or will you give them a try? Equally, these looks would work with skinner or cigarette cropped styles & the layering effect with boots gives a very 70s, easy vibe.
What can you find lurking in your wardrobe that might be re-due an outing or re-styling for the colder months?
p.s I’ve added lots more images for styling ideas to a dedicated board on Pinterest HERE
NB: This post isn’t endorsed by Warehouse or Whistles but is promoting the Indieandpop.com ethos: Buy less, buy better or buy smarter 😉
Images were sourced either directly from the retailers websites or via Pinterest. The image of Lily Aldridge is by Mark Kean for The Edit The image of Charlotte Groeneveled is by Vanessa Jackman. Kelly Harrington is by REX from a Telegraph article