...At least that's what I was going for! I suppose I must have got at least part of the way there, as my brother-in-law took one look at me and offered me a string of onions to hang around my neck.
So here you have part one of the Great Trouser Experiment (or Great Pants Experiment, which will make more sense to American readers while raising a snicker amongst my fellow Britannians). After years of eschewing trousers in favour of skirts and dresses, I've decided to follow my 1930s, 40s and 50s sisters, and take the plunge into this brave new world. I haven't worn trousers by choice for about fifteen years, so you can understand it's a pretty big step for me.
The decision was influenced in part by constantly seeing vintage ladies looking fabulous in their (generally repro) 1940s swing trousers, and partly by the need to have some more appropriate winter clothing, especially for early morning car boot sales.
My first pair of trousers were from - of all places - Tesco, but need some alteration (predictably, the waist needs taking in) before you can see them. Then the other day I was strolling through town trying to persuade no. 2 nephew to take a nap, and spotted these in the window of H&M. They were capri-length on the mannequin, but being rather dumpier than said mannequin they turned out rather longer on me. At first I figured on taking them up to the same length on me, but trying them on again at home I decided I actually quite liked the length as it was. They're a little lower on the waistline than I'd ideally like, but worn with a sweater or cardigan over that doesn't really matter, and they style up pretty vintage-looking, I thought.
I've worn them a couple of times already, in variations on the theme of this outfit. They're very comfortable, being mostly cotton (which surprised me when I checked the label in the shop, as I'd assumed they'd be poly) with a small percentage of elastane. So all in all, although they're not quite as flattering as my beloved skirts, I'm pretty satisfied with how my Great Experiment is going so far.
1950s velvet beret-style hat, charity shop; Wool cardigan, Hobbs via charity shop; Camisole, M&S; Novelty ladies accessories brooch, made by me from a 1950s pattern; Trousers, H&M; Cherry shoes, similar style available in my shop, but only a couple of sizes left in stock); Bakelite, plastic & lucite bangles, various; Record bag (yes, again - I wasn't kidding when I said I use it all the time!), made by me - more in my shop.