Why don’t my freaking pants fit?

Probably because I haven’t worn anything with a zipper or buttons in over 4 months? I’m gonna say that.

Summer is for abundant consumption if you’re a summer person. Beach and boat snacks, al fresco lunches, DAY DRINKING, and let’s not discount night drinking, and finally lots of burgers and dogs.

So now after all that imbibing, we complain about the pants not fitting. Ugh. So new school year eating habits (called: actually making dinner during the week) and exercise routines follow. I should say it’s been a pretty good run these past two weeks.

For me it’s all about using all the daylight possible to run off the summer bloat. Soon, it’ll be black tight season which was always the easiest way for me to hide the imperfections and tuck it all in… But this year, my wardrobe calls for more casual attire as I spend most days working from home and dealing with kids sports/activities in the afternoon and evenings. So the black tights crutch… Not so much.

While I wait for my efforts to whittle away a few extra lbs, I’m trying to find my new “uniform” sans the tights. Which means sometimes wearing pants. I am dead set on wearing my clothes that I own and not succumbing to the yoga pant brigade. Not that there’s anything wrong with that because lets face it they are a necessary evil. I’m not saying that I won’t be sporting the sporty obviously, but there needs to be some variety if I am to justify my closet and not have a massive tag sale…Here is some inspiration for the casual weekdays…

oh wait. DISCLAIMER: while I am not a fashion blogger attending the shows in NYC, or a cool chic sans kids who lives in the city who poses pigeon-toed next to a really cool brick wall or warehouse, I do think that these looks will work for my new lifestyle; in the suburbs, in and out of the car, between sports, school and work, and some occasional fun stuff.

{All images that follow except for the one of me are from Pinterest.}

first and foremost, denim on denim (aka the Canadian Tuxedo) is the easiest way to fool anyone into thinking that you've totally put some thought into this.

first and foremost, denim on denim (aka the Canadian Tuxedo) is the easiest way to fool anyone into thinking that you’ve totally put some thought into this.

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second: repeat after me. wear a woven under a sweater and mess it up a bit. (An original J.Crew rule)

second: repeat after me. wear a woven under a sweater and mess it up a bit. (An original J.Crew rule)

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Third: The Stripes and belt are making believe that you are dressed up. The Converse are saying no, not really.

Third: The Stripes, bracelets and belt are making believe that you are dressed up. The Converse are saying no, not really.

fourth: I've said it before. Midi Skirts solve all sorts of problems. The most important being, not wanting to wear pants.

fourth: I’ve said it before. Midi Skirts solve all sorts of problems. The most important being, not wanting to wear pants.

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Fifth or sixth? I forget... but anyway, I've recently re-discovered my late 1980's love of large sweaters over skinny bottoms. all in moderation though.

Fifth or sixth? I forget… but anyway, I’ve recently re-discovered my late 1980’s love of large sweaters over skinny bottoms. all in moderation though. you may get used to being able to unbutton your pants after lunch without anyone knowing ๐Ÿ˜‰ I kid, I kid.ย 

if you actually do have plans but they're not all that serious, might I suggest a pretty blouse with your distressed denim, untucked and with flats.

if you actually do have plans but they’re not all that serious, might I suggest a pretty blouse with your distressed denim, untucked and with flats.

NEVER Fail...New Balance kicks with leather leggings. long jacket, tee or sweater required as well.

NEVER Fail…sleak looking sneaks (Nike and New Balance are my faves) with leather leggings. long jacket, tee or sweater required as well.

last but not least 2 things you need to own. A perfect white shirt (another J. Crew Rule from back in the day) and army green cargos. These are used purely to break up the denim addiction.

last but not least 2 things you need to own. A perfect white shirt (another J. Crew Rule from back in the day) and army green cargos. These are used purely to break up the denim addiction you may encounter.ย 

So There you have it. Go forth and wear the pants girls. Sad to say that on day one of this challenge I did not wear the pants. But I had good intentions so I put on a midi instead.

midi and me standing on my bathtub.

my midi and me standing on my bathtub.

xo friends!

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2 thoughts on “Why don’t my freaking pants fit?

  1. Anna Mae Galbraith says:

    Hi Carin
    Another great blog! Loved the fashions -great suggestions for a more casual look! The shoes also were awesome – red shoes seem to be in!
    Keep up the great work!
    Love MiMi

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