fancy pants.

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{ Milano ruffled blouse (secondhand, $6); Hot Kiss “Skinny Lily” floral jeans (Beall’s Outlet, $19.99); Simply Vera Vera Wang beanie; JustFab bag; Jessica Simpson shoes }

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I’m like 80% sure that I had an almost identical pair of jeans in 1991, and absolutely certain I had a babydoll dress in this blue-on-black floral. There are awkward elementary school photos to prove it. With feathered bangs.

I must’ve been in a particularly nostalgic mood when browsing through the outlet store a few weeks ago, because these babies spoke to me from their rack in the juniors’ section — territory that I don’t often venture into, because my body doesn’t exactly fit into the straight slim cuts designed for teenager hips… but I digress. They pulled me in like a moth to a flowery flame, and before I even knew what happened I was standing in the checkout line to make them mine.

Here’s the thing: while standing in said line, I was running through all the ways I was going to wear these babies {“they’re going to be so versatile; what can’t you pair with bold floral denim?!”}. Ah contraire, mon frère. Figuring out a way to wear them without looking like my 8-year-old self turned out to be much trickier than my compulsive buying justification estimated! I decided a neutral ladylike blouse with an all-grown-up handbag was the way to go. When {if} the weather cools down a bit, I can see pairing them with a big chunky sweater and casual boots. So that’s two ideas. Far less than the dozens I had waiting in that queue, which I guess I erased from memory immediately after I swiped my debit card.

19 thoughts on “fancy pants.

  1. love these jeans! i’m always a fan of florals and stripes, so maybe there’s a third way you can style these babies? i can also see a dark emerald blouse or sweater looking stellar with them.

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  2. I love those pants – very fancy! I think you’ll find plenty of ways to wear them, I have with mine! Any plain top or button down shirt goes great, and chambray always works :)

    Life etc

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  3. That print does look familiar! I miss that 8 year old girl in the baby doll dress and the feathered bangs, but I’m very proud of the girl in these pictures wearing the floral print jeans.

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