Grandad Pants

(Grandad pants and cardigan, H&M; sweater, Zara; shoes, French Connection c/o Spartoo)

Ever since I fell off the Dressember bandwagon, I’ve had absolutely no idea what else to write about here, so I’m just going to keep blogging my outfits, and pretend that’s not weird, even although there is almost nothing stranger than taking photos of yourself and posting them on the internet. Seriously, what could be weirder than that? I mean, there was that time I wrote a post from the point of view of the radiator in my bathroom, true. But before I fall headfirst down the rabbit hole of “OMG, blogging be weird!”, let’s get on with the show, shall we?

So, this post is about my Grandad Pants. No, not my grandad’s pants: that really WOULD be bizarre. More so than this is, even. My grandad pants. I call them that because something about the brown check makes me think these are just begging to be worn with a flat cap, and, I don’t know, maybe a pipe? And I would wear them to the dog track, and drink lager from a can? Or something? They also look vaguely like something Betty Draper might wear in one of her more causal moments, though, so I’m going to claim Betty as the inspiration for this outfit (even although she totally wasn’t) and hope you all just forget that stuff I just said about the dog track. Honestly, we don’t even have a dog track here. It’s wrong that I just spent so much time wondering what I’d wear to one.

(Aside: does anyone else do that? Like, you see some fictional scenario on TV, or in a movie or something – tea with the queen, alien-invasion of the planet, that kind of thing – and then you spend the next 60 40 20 10 minutes thinking, “My God, what if I ever find myself in just such a situation? WHAT WILL I WEAR?” And just so you all know, if I ever find myself invited to a registry-office wedding in 1959, and I am the bride, I now know EXACTLY what I will wear, because I found it last week. God, it’s a tragedy that that can never happen. Why is my life so full of suffering?)

I’ve totally lost the thread of this post now. I started off talking about grandad pants, and now I’m worrying about what to wear to tea with the queen.  Anyway, these photos were taken as part of the Shoe Challenge, which is now entering its final few weeks, even although it feels like it’s been going on for about ten years or something. I still have 12 pairs of shoes to get through. And once I’ve shown you all of those, what will I write about then, I wonder? Maybe I should go and see if the bathroom radiator has anything to say for itself…

Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a full-time fashion/shoe blogger from the UK, and this is the story of my life, my clothes, and the International Man of Mystery Next Door. You can read more from me at my other blogs, The Fashion Police and Shoeperwoman, and you can follow me on Bloglovin' here.

25 Comments

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Helen

    I absolutely adore this outfit

    • Reply December 20, 2011

      Amber

      Thanks – it’s very cosy, I must say. In a dog-track n’ grandad pants kinda way :)

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Leigh

    You’re rocking those grandad pants! Give us a shout for the dog track, I’ve got my outfit planned! I totally do that all the time, if you do decide to get married in a 1959 registry office…..I’ve got my shoes sorted! L x

    • Reply December 20, 2011

      Amber

      Oh God, WHAT SHOES WOULD I WEAR to my fictional 1959 wedding? Oh, the decisions!

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Rebecca

    I must get myself one of those cardigans immediately. Also some grandad pants. And never fear, I spend entirely too much time figuring out what I’m going to wear to a) my wedding, which won’t happen for at least another decade, b) any sort of fancy dinner party, no matter the theme, and c) when I am eventually famous and being asked for interviews.

    • Reply December 20, 2011

      Amber

      c) when I am eventually famous and being asked for interviews.

      Thank God you said that. I sometimes like to imagine what my speech would be if I won an Oscar. Because that could TOTALLY happen.

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Catherine

    You rock those granddad pants! For what it’s worth, I think they would be fab with red shoes. And a bright pink sweater. And your hair is GORGEOUS. So jealous!

    I love your rambling! :) You always make me laugh and simultaneously want to go buy gorgeous shoes.

    • Reply December 20, 2011

      Amber

      Well, red shoes I can do, but bright pink is Not My Colour, unfortunately: in fact, it really hates me. It’s a shame, because every time I see a really, really stunning dress, it’s almost always either pink or red, which also hates me: gah!

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Doug Byron

    I’m not sure it’s the done thing to wear tweed when having tea with the Queen, unless you’ve just been deer stalking up at Balmoral, of course…

    • Reply December 20, 2011

      Amber

      Oh no, I wouldn’t wear THIS outfit for tea with the queen! This one’s for the dog track. I would have to find something else for Queenie :)

    • Reply December 21, 2011

      Cookie

      No no, never tweed with the Queen! And never brown in town! :)

      • Reply December 21, 2011

        Roisin

        This rule makes me laugh so, so much.

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Panthera

    I’m just happy to read your posts, no matter what you write about. I’m not the best at commenting, since I usually read them in my rss reader (ipad), but I always enjoy your writing.
    Especially when you rant about stuff ^^ ;oP

    And you look beautiful as always!

  • Reply December 20, 2011

    Cee

    They look similar to the trousers Michelle Williams wore as Marilyn Monroe in the new film though Betty Draper works as well.

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Katie

    I am so glad I’m not the only one who thinks up scenarios for outfits and vice versa. Today, for instance, I am wearing an outfit that would be perfect for hooking up with Nancy Drew and solving crime in the 1950s. Ah well – modern life may be rather samey and predictable at times, but at least our clothes are having fantastic imaginary adventures.

    • Reply December 21, 2011

      Amber

      Today, for instance, I am wearing an outfit that would be perfect for hooking up with Nancy Drew and solving crime in the 1950s.

      OMG, I can already tell that I would LOVE that outfit! Nancy Drew crime-fighting ensembles are one of my favourites :)

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Judy Stevens

    I often think about what to wear to accept a huge lottery check, but then my mind skips to how I’ll spend the money and when I finally come back to myself, I’m really grouchy to discover it was just a fantasy. Sometimes an imagination is a curse. :0)

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Fi

    I love this outfit! I want to wear my furry collared cardi again.
    Do you have a flat cap? I think you would look awesome in one – you can pull off hats really well.
    x

    • Reply December 21, 2011

      Amber

      Haha, no, no flat caps, I’m afraid – in fact, just last week, I realised I’ve somehow managed to put almost ALL of my hats into the attic along with my summer stuff: will have to send Terry to get them down again!

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Cookie

    Nope, you’re not the only one. Plus, I am notoriously fussy about what I wear everywhere and anywhere, and tend to drive my household crazy. I fussed about what to wear to dinner with my husband on my birthday, I fussed about what to wear to my company’s xmas dinner, I am currently fussing over what to wear to the club where I worked a few years ago (we are going out this weekend)… And yes, I always imagine what I’d wear if this happened or that happened.
    I think I might need a new dress, or three 0.o

    And your entire outfit is just amazing! I adore it! I can see it in a huge house somewhere in the countryside. Something a well bred lady would wear when not in her riding clothes, but still being casual. And yes, it has a very 50′s feel to it :)

    • Reply December 21, 2011

      Amber

      Aaah, that’s exactly the look I was aiming for (when I wasn’t being distracted by thoughts of flat caps and dog tracks, that is) so I’m really glad it came across!

      And yes, I’m exactly the same with the fussing. I mean, we have lots of stuff on over the next couple of weeks, like most people, and as I said to my mum yesterday, I’m currently having to carry a long list of possible outfits around in my head: even if the “event” in question is no big deal, I will still FUSS. So glad it’s not just me!

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Jessie in Fashion Limbo

    The thing about Grandad pants is that they are sooo warm and comfy… if you get the right ones. I still can’t forget a certain pair I got from Zara. They actually became known as “those itchy trousers”… put me off tweed for a good while ;)

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Francesca

    Oh Amber you look stunning!

    Although I’m still gutted there is no dressember…I was buying dresses going to my husband “well SOME people call this month dressember donchaknow?!”

    • Reply December 21, 2011

      Amber

      Oh, worry not, there are still plenty of other brave souls Dressembering, so you still have an excuse! (They’re all here: http://www.facebook.com/Dressember) And ironically, as soon as I gave it up, I started wearing dresses almost all the time again – this was the first pair of pants in weeks!

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    Pamada

    oh gawd. i never. ever. make up imaginary situations and coordinate outfits with them.

    and i’ve never. ever. bought a dress for the purposes of nothing but to take pictures in it and tell myself that one day, one day i’ll wear this to a wedding of some sort.

    /sheepish grin :)

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