Friday, April 8, 2011

man repeller?

Have you ever bought something that you completely loved on the rack, just to take it home and realize in shock it's not really as amazing as you thought it was? Case in point- my tribal 'hammer pants'. I bought them last summer on the sale rack at F21 (I should of known then, right?) when the jodhpur/ harem pants trend was still very much in full effect. So I kind of thought I scored, I mean 10 bucks for these unique, one of kind printed pants, it was my 'allergic to vanilla' dream come true! Alas when I tried them on in the dressing room they fit like a baggy glove, yet I felt like I belonged to a part of elite global gals akin to Giselle Bündchen and her posse. I imagined myself traipsing around town in five inch heels running from the Prada to the Chanel show- ok, maybe these pants were getting the better of me. I needed them!

So last weekend when I busted them out- nearly over half a year from when I bought them- they still had that glam appeal to me, I paired these wild pants with an elegant winter white sweater, sky scraper wedges and classic Chanel broach to balance out the crazy. It's strange to describe, but I felt in that moment, in that outfit I belonged in the 70's. I mentioned this to my bf, and he said more like the 90's- Hammer time 90's. All day I must have walked around like the sidewalk was my runway- I was in love with this interesting outfit I concocted.

At the end of the day, I noticed something wrong with my bf. He eventually fessed up- he hated the look, he thought it to be unflattering and completely wild- in a bad way. Looking back at the film, he's right- what was I thinking? I'm such a man repeller! Thinking back, I noticed lots of people looking at me- practically every person who walked by. I'm pretty sure they weren't wondering where they could get a pair of pants just like mine. Either way I wore what I loved at the time- and felt fabulous! But these pants are definitely not making a repeat appearance on this show! What do you guys think, (be honest now) would you be one of those people starring in horror? Hot or not friends?

{thrifted Land's End sweater, F21: pants & sunnies, Steve Madden wedges, vintage LV crossbody, Chanel broach, World Market cuff}

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bisou, Car


  1. i think you look hot! lol, obviously we are friends bc we love rad pants!! ( ) ^.^ have a goodoweekend dol

  2. Hi honey! how are you?
    I like your wedges!


  3. hey girl! aw, well i think you look super sweet. the pattern on the pants is a little too loud for me...maybe if some of the colors were toned down...but i think you look pretty as always! love your CC broach. haha, and i do not think you are man repellent. i can't believe your boyfriend fessed up to that! haha!

  4. hmmmm...I think they are very interesting! I do love the color and the pattern. I think with a breezy, teeny strap tank that's long and billowy (in maybe the same color top your wearing, or to tone down more go with a black tank), these pants can def. make another appearance. Do up the accessories, like the fab cuff you are wearing, tiny, long necklaces and a pair of fabulous flats that are barely there! And puff out the hair too!! :)

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  5. I agree with Baby Budget - these pants DO deserve another go. The sweater is much too safe with your uber ferocious pant I think. Like a solid black tube top or halter tucked into the pant, great accessories, an 'in-yo-FACE-sucka' lip color + your hair whipped up all casual n bohemian cool w/ cat-eye shades!?!? Gurrrrrrrrrrl. Don't tame the fierceness girl!! *snap snap*

    But honey, it's like I always be telling you - you FOINE!! Haha. But seriously too, if you had the confidence you described walking around, that's probably the REAL reason you got the attention you did. It's something about when a person struts with confidence, especially if you are flaunting an outfit that's 'unusual' you totally can't help but accept it + gander at someone in awe. And you're totally gorgeous! I think just about damn near anything can be rocked with the right dose of confidence :)

    Enjoy your vino this weekend!!!


    P.S. - This is long as hell but ANYWAYz, just wanted to say that even if bf didn't dig them so much, that's cool! Why would he want you to walk around all confident in Man-Getter pants anyway :P


  6. its beautiful crazy harem pants, besides we all need few man repller pieces just for us ladies. I think it might work better as shorts or if you wore them with hot sandals and simple top, it will have that boho/African inspired look to it.

  7. you can TOTALLY rock this look!!

  8. i personally like this outfit, but, even if i didnt, i think youre shortchanging yourself if you let other people's opinions change how YOU feel about yourself. you said it: 'I was in love with this interesting outfit I concocted.'

    WHO CARES WHAT ANYBODY ELSE THINKS? even your boyfriend... as long as YOURE happy, it shows

  9. guys don't know! the b/f thought i was crazy for buying velvet stirrups. ha! completely clueless.

    i happen to think you pull this look off very well. if we feel like we get it right every time, then we are playing it too safe. i think i play it too safe at times...

  10. I actually like the pants! The prints and colors are very Indian :) You're pulling it off so relaaaaaaax :)

  11. I love this outfit! It's so chic, and those pants and wedges are to die for!

  12. I think you look like you stepped off the pages of a high fashion spread. That being said, high fashion spreads typically are of the man repelling variety. I honestly love this look on you. For summer you should try them with a plain black tank and heels and rock them for a night on the town (with your GIRLS!) Maybe day is not the right stage. But the most important thing is that YOU feel good in them. That's what fashion is all about!!

  13. Eh, you can pull it off. It certainly isn't "man-friendly" but it gives you street cred for being just that, and still going out with your man. ;-)

    strawberry freckleface

  14. ciao,

    those pants are nice ...but it's quite hard to
    match...may be just a tee and flat shoes

    what about following each other ?


  15. fantastic!!!*_*
    I love your wedges*_*!

  16. I love the print, and it's a comfortable fit for summer. It's not flattering the way men would like it to be, but honestly, these kinds of pants are very trendy nowadays. So when I see them on you, I KNOW you're not a crazy hippie - they're very "IN" right now. But even though it's a trend, it doesn't go well on everybody. BUT you definitely have the swag to pull it off ;) And I dont think anyone's bfs love trends a.k.a. Uggs, Giant sunglasses, etc.

    xo Sherrie
    Closet Hound

  17. all i can say is that your outfit's awesome!

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  18. Hun I think it would have looked amazing with a black top tucked in, did you try it that way?

  19. I absolutely loved this post... It's so true that us girls often wear things that look man-repelling and yet we love them all the same.

    To be honest, I think you really rocked these pants, though I don't think everyone can carry them off!

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