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Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Morning Inspiration/Pantsuits Are Back!

Happy Monday All :)

Last week, my husband purchased a regular bird feeder, and a hummingbird feeder. I have feeders out in the garden, hanging in trees. More often than not, regardless of what I do, the squirrels have a heyday, but...they need to eat too ;) You should see some of the contortions they make to get to the seeds. Absolutely hilarious!

The new bird feeders are hanging just outside my patio door. I think we have created monsters!!! At times there are 10 birds vying for a space on the feeder. Then someone will get their shorts in a twist and start a fight. The hummingbirds are just as bad. There are 4 spouts on the feeder, but there is one little bird who does not like to share and chases everyone else away. I wish I could get across to them that there's plenty...share...there's more to come! I've smiled a lot over the last few days, but in reality, they are actually no different from us when we feel jealous and territorial. Hmmm ;)

From Vogue magazine, to various blog posts, I have read a number of articles about how the pantsuit is back. So I decided to take a look around. What I discovered is that yes, they are back,but with a much more feminine  touch than the power suits of the 80s and 90s.

This is a suit from Carolina Herrera. The jacket is soft, somewhat structured, but given a feminine touch with the sweet tie. 
   

Another suit from a recent Carolina Herrera collection. Contrasting plaids with the softness of the added peplum.


A little more traditional, but softened with the overcoat rather than a structured jacket.


From Roberto Cavalli, I absolutely adore this suit. A structure jacket paired with a ruffled shirt, and then a great floral print. 


Christian Siriano is also doing pantsuits. His are much more traditional, but I love the addition of the flowers on the plaid.


Another suit from Christian Siriano, it's very matchy, matchy, but quite striking. Love the horizontal stripes.


I don't think I've seem Amal Clooney in anything I haven't liked. Here she is wearing a very traditional suit, but has paired it with a soft t-shirt.


Princess Kate is another that always seems to wear the perfect outfit. Her traditional suit has been paired with a ruffle shirt giving it a very feminine touch.


This suit is a little quirky, but I do like the shape of the jacket.


Another sleek traditional suit, but made so very feminine with the addition of a lace tee. Great look!


A little on the wild side, but I love this look. The jacket is more traditional, but the pants make the entire look fabulous. 


A completely matched outfit. The magic touch...the contrasting shoes.


The perfect travel suit, a great pair of wool pants paired with a cashmere sweater and a matching unstructured coat.


And finally, just all out fun from Mary Kantrantzou. Check out the matching of the pattern. Spot on perfect!


For those of us who love a suit, we now have permission to match it up. Just be sure to give it a soft touch and make it all out feminine! I REALLY want to make a pair of harlequin pants with a black and white jacket. Hey, we only live once :)

Have a great week!
Rhonda



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15 comments:

  1. I have been utterly in love with suits since high school, when I started sewing for myself in order to fit pants to my ridiculously long legs. I had great ideas but the end products did not always fit the vision. I once made a suit of blue stripes on white cotton (probably mattress ticking, in hindsight) that I thought would be a fun twist on the navy pinstripe. I ended up with a perfectly fitted suit that looked like prison stripes when I wore it. :D

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    1. What a great story!!! But, you are not alone, I've had a few "ideas" that was less than what I envisioned 😊

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  2. Thank you for all the beautiful inspiration. I have to wear a suit for work and there is only so much joy you can bring to it with a scarf of a colourful blouse. Some of these patterned suits are amazing. The Cavalli one is my absolute favourite. Definitely a yes on the harlequin trousers. They are very chic. Xx

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    1. What I wish I could find is a harlequin printed leather for those pants!

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  3. OOOH...such eye candy this post is! I am feeling inspired for the suit this fall! And...probably colourful ones too!

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    1. And you will wear it oh so well 😊

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  4. I love me a great pant suit - I wear suits five days a week for the most part - skirt/dress suits in the summer and pant suits in the winter. Great inspiration - now to do some fabric shopping and pattern hacking! I do have one question for you Rhonda - do you find yourself checking out the fit on women's pants when you see them walking down the street? Hope all is well.

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    1. I can't help but notice fit, but since I know most are buying ready to wear, I'm very understanding, except when it comes to a pair of suit pants that are dragging the ground. Drives me nuts!

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  5. That Robert Cavalli reminds me of the "Nudie" suits from the flash country western performers. Nudie was the fella who put Johnny Cash in black, Elvis in a gold lame' jacket and Porter Waggoner in wagon wheels along with almost every other country western star and a few rock and roll demigods from the 50s through the 80s.
    Theresa in Tucson

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    1. Fun 😊 When I initially saw the suit, I loved it and my first thought was well, it must be the cowgirl in me.

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  6. I love the traditional with a twist. The suit with the lace tee--wow!

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    1. It's so pretty, classic, and refined 😊

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  7. I am in love!!! The plaid peplum top is my favorite. Wow! Classy with a twist. Love Love love!

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  8. Nice inspirational post. I saw at least three I'd love to have, starting with the first suit. Thanks!

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  9. Great post! These are the kinds of pantsuits I can get into!! Thanks for inspiring me.

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