Sunday, February 5, 2012

Leopard print and mustard

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who commented on my last post - I was overwhelmed by the amount of thoughtful and interesting responses to the topic and I may do a follow up based on some other points that were raised in the comments. But for now, here's an outfit from the other day.

I'm not actually sure how many times these pants have appeared on here since they made their first appearance but I know that it's nowhere near as many times as I've actually worn them. These pants have made it into regular rotation in my wardrobe - some may not deem them appropriate day to day wear but they're comfortable, easy to mix with other items in my wardrobe and super kitsch and, therefore, completely perfect for me.  I've worn them out dancing with friends at night and I've worn them to do the shopping.

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Outfit details: scarf - op-shop; sunglasses - Dangerfield; earrings - made by me; Cheshire Cat necklace - Disney Couture; yellow top - op-shop; belt - gift; bangles - various; leopard pants - Miss Hussy; shoes - K-Mart.

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Whenever I wear an outfit like this I think of characters like Peggy Bundy and Alabama Whitman/Worley or photos like Diane Arbus's shot of Blaze Starr at home from 1964. I like tapping into the kitschier or tackier side of vintage styles and how you can see a lot of that style from the 50s and 60s in those later characters like Peggy. I actually got a comment on Instagram on my photo of this outfit that simply said 'Alabama Worley!'


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This outfit was a little bit of a revelation for me - I completely forgot how much I love leopard print and mustard together! It's a nice change from the black that I usually wear with these pants.

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Anyone else have staple pieces in their wardrobe that are slightly unusual (in terms of what we usually think of as staples)?

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

16 comments:

  1. Love this outfit it is so Alabama, I have been delving into my tackier side, and I flipping love it! I would say I have a number of staple items, they always tend to be blazers and a couple of my favourite dresses, I have so many clothes but tend to grab the same ones when I am feeling lazy! x

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  2. The entire outfit is to die for!
    I'm loving the glasses, especially.

    Sincerely,
    Paris of Juno Barrington Vintage

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  3. Such a great outfit! I haven't owned a pair of pants in years but I am so tempted by those babies...

    Funnily enough I am actually wearing my unusual clothing staple today (and every other day).... it's a black cotton mumu from India and it feels like a dream. It has vibrant red, aqua and green patterning and looks very 20s, or so I keep telling myself. I don't know what i'd do without it! xx

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  4. Love it. Leopard print goes with so much, and is flattering too, after all, you never see a fat leopard

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  5. They're perfectly acceptable for day to day wear! But then one of my favourite dresses is a halterneck sarong-skirted number I made in leopard print jersey- that one gets a LOT of day wear in summer. I've never been one for mustard yellow personally, but you're right, it works really well with the colours of the print.

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  6. Those pants are to-die-for. Oh, I LOVE Alabama. :)

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  7. i love this post and well yes i have to admit that i'm a bit of a animal print mainly leopard girl myself... bags, shoes, coat, top and tights but no luck with any pants as yet... the bag i have had for at least 20yrs and still wear it out...

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  8. Ohh! I love it! I have always wanted leopard cropped trousers! Very Alabama! :) You always look so wonderful Andi! :) Zoë x

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  9. You look amazing! I can see the tacky influence, but/and it looks ace!

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  10. You pull this outfit off SO well! Love the bow in your hair. I love the 'tackiness' too, like Rhea Perlman's character in Matilda. All those bright colors and animal prints! :)

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  11. I LOVE this outfit! I wish I had a leopard print pants.

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  12. These pants are fabulous- perfect with the pop of yellow.

    x
    Michelle
    www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

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  13. um okay this picture
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6820450945_f117a18b48_b.jpg
    the best.

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  14. I kind of want to steal this entire look from you! :D Ironically, I just hit up Target the other day and say they had leopard print jeans, which I immediately tried on. lol. They were skinny jeans, so I felt like more of a scenster wearing them, but now I'm on the lookout for similar slacks in a more vintage silhouette! ;)

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  15. Awe-inspiring and gorgeous! I love the yellow paired with the animal print! Those sunglasses are heavenly too! Great look! You are fierce!

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