You know, as much as the subject of my last post was intended to keep one’s spirits up, I still felt a bit down after writing it. So, to perk myself up — and you as well — let’s do something I’ve been wanting to get around to doing: Venture into my closet (figuratively speaking) and pull some things out (figuratively speaking).
Last March, I ventured out as Allison for a couple of evenings of poetry and spoken word performances. One of those was the very chilly evening where I sported this gingham trench coat. What did I have underneath? Well, you’re looking at it.
Let’s break it down, shall we? First off, let’s comment on the pants. Er, trousers actually. You’ve already seen me in something shiny previously. But those were actually skin-tight vinyl leggings. While I truly adore them and happily have them in my closet, they are… well, skin tight, not to mention something meant for a night that’s not too chilly (i.e. nowhere near 32 degrees Fahrenheit).
Luckily, I found this pair of PVC vinyl trousers at H&M exactly one month earlier. During autumn, you’ll find quite a bit of leather jackets, skirts, or pants on the sales racks. But if you don’t want to look as if you’ve killed a cow for the sake of good fashion sense (even if it is pleather), PVC vinyl is a great alternative. It’s sleek stylishness is self-evident, especially in its ability to reflect light in an eye-catching way.
So, why these vinyl trousers instead of those vinyl leggings? While both have that sleek look, the trousers are, well, not skin tight. They’ve just enough give to let you look stylish while not looking like you’re wearing the bottom half of a catsuit. One other benefit for me and my bank account: I found them on the off-season clearance rack at H&M for unbelievable price of… wait for it… $7.00! Yep, 7 bucks! And while I can’t remember what it was marked down from, even the original price seemed reasonable (it’s H&M after all).
PVC trousers (or leggings if you have them) are an easy compliment with other items in your wardrobe. You can add a “rock star” t-shirt or turtle neck or, as Steph Maria did on her blog about a year ago, a leopard print coat and you will have a truly classic head-turning look. Even a lace-front shirt and old crop jacket benefits from classic vinyl. The jacket I’m sporting here was made by Gitano (remember them?) and made of sturdy ramie and cotton fabric. When I was living in Green Bay way, way back in 1992 or so, the Shopko store down the road from my apartment had this in the juniors/young adult section. It immediately caught my eye, and it immediately went into my female-mode clothing stash (such as it was back then). It is, in all likelihood, the oldest item of women’s clothing I still possess. And it still fits me, not to mention still serves as a great accent to any outfit.
But that’s not all I wanted to show you here. In the above photo, you do indeed see the very same vinyl trousers and Gitano jacket. But here I threw in something extra: A nice-fitting and meaning (I think) shirt I found at Macy’s the day before this photo. Yes, it’s marked just “Me” on the front, but there’s something about the great attitude of self-confidence that’s created when that “M” and that “E” are combined as one word. As a Facebook friend of mine commented when I posted this photo, “Be you, for in the end it’s all you can do.”
And that attitude was just a sidelight for this fact: That very shirt you see was in the “big markdown” section of Macy’s for the price of… wait for it… $3.98! You read that number right, $3.98. But when paired with these $7 trousers and decades-old jacket, I look like a million bucks!
You can check out more photos of this outfit and others I’ve taken in 2018 on this Flickr album. Thanks for checking me out! *wink*