Guess how many pairs of trousers I bought thinking I would crop them for #RESTYLE2014? If you guessed three pairs, you would be bang on. I couldn’t do it. Some of these trousers were too good to cut. When I came across this amazing pair of mens 1967 issued Army Pants, I knew they would be stiff enough to press into a crop, saving my scissors.
Vinnies Army Trousers Morley Vinnies Army Trousers Morley Shop ($8), Vinnies Clutch Myaree Shop ($8), Vinnies Bangles Morley Shop ($2), ASOS Top, Ray-Ban Aviators, Alexander Wang Heels, Mania Mania Ring
I have to say, some of the Restyle prompts have challenged me a lot. Most items I will donate back. I have gone through my wardrobes over the past few years and culled them down as much as I could. I am now pretty particular about the pieces I choose to add back in. Moving back and forth across Australia I spent a year or more living out of a ‘capsule’ wardrobe that fit into one singular suitcase. This gave me an appreciation for clothing that can be worn in multiple ways, that go with a number of other items, do not need extensive care like dry cleaning and generally felt comfortable. I found getting dressed took a lot less time and fuss and I felt confident. As someone who used to push the print on print, bright colour limits, I have gone through extremes with my clothing. This outfit though, is something I feel entirely comfortable, confident and myself in. I could wear this anywhere, down to the shops, out to a gig, to work or out for drinks. I love the versatility of these comfortable trousers and their interesting design. They are from the mens section- Mario confessed to me that one day while I was out, he tried them on.
Worn cropped or long, these trousers are keepers. With the original tag sewn in with all of the military details of issue, I love that although unworn, this pair have a bit of history to them. I know we will have our own history together down the line. These go into the capsule. Once you find a keeper, you make them your own, no matter where they came from. That is dressing with confidence.
Photographed By: Mario Recchia