(More) things I didn’t buy recently

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I own this Iro jacket in an off-white, and am tempted to get one in black too because it’s so great looking and a really handy stand-in (as one of you also recently also noted in the comments) for a blazer.

I’m not certain I could pull off a jumpsuit like this—my temptation would be to size up, but then I fear I’d look like a lady car mechanic—but I very much like the idea of it.

Just a good, furry leopard print coat in a nice, rich color combination.

I’m having the toughest time finding good jeans lately: high-waisted looks awful on me, and everything is high-waisted these days. These trouser jeans aren’t, though, and I like the tailored cut.

I’m sorry, but how awesome is this shaggy coat? I would wear it with just about everything.

This wide-wale corduroy blazer is rather chicly professorial.

I do not totally understand my desire to own this clever little boucle bag, but I’m OK living with the mystery.

This striped wrap is such an instant outfit-transformer.

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31 Thoughts on (More) things I didn’t buy recently
    Deri
    19 Sep 2018
    11:05am

    The jumpsuit reminds me of a jumpsuit I had (and wore to death) from the Banana back on the 80s. You know back when the Banana Rebublic was safari inspired and fab!

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      Kate
      19 Sep 2018
      11:10am

      Oh, I miss those days! I had the best long split skirt from there that was very Out of Africa!

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      Suzy Q
      20 Sep 2018
      3:28pm

      Loved their tees with safari animals and vintage maps from the same era–pretty sure I wore my rhino one with a khaki miniskirt every warm Friday night!

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    Kelly
    19 Sep 2018
    3:02pm

    If you travel, the Iro jacket is a must. Because it is a fitted knit, it never looks wrinkled even after being squashed into a suitcase or worn for 12 hours. I own it in 3 different colors.

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    AnneL
    19 Sep 2018
    7:33pm

    I just don’t have the tops to go with high waisted jeans – all of my button downs look very odd when tucked in all the way (and you really can’t do a high waisted half tuck). I dig that corduroy blazer though – which makes sense since hiply professorial is about as close as you can get to describing my personal aesthetic.

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    Viajera
    19 Sep 2018
    11:09am

    I approve of the leopard print faux and the striped poncho wrap (if you must). Everything else you don’t need. ; )

    The off-white fuzzy coat might have made the cut, except the Elmo sweater from last (season? can’t remember) was way better so you should wear that instead.

    Mary … I think you may get different answers, but imo, to be true exemplars, “Mom” jeans have to have pleats that poof out and a tapered leg. I was never clear on the rise though, except that it could not be low I guess. I think Mom jeans pre-dated the low-rise trend. Likewise, the actual hem length may have varied a bit.

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      Mary
      19 Sep 2018
      11:12pm

      Thank you for this, Viajera!

      I am a fan of the high-rise as long as my behind is all covered up. Not terribly flattering on my flat butt but it’s awfully nice to control the “spillage.”

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    joannawnyc
    19 Sep 2018
    9:28am

    That little boucle bag is like a pet in accessory form!

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      Kim France
      19 Sep 2018
      11:59am

      That likely explains my affection for it.

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    Maggie
    19 Sep 2018
    9:35am

    Why are jeans so bad lately? Women are currently either walking around dressed like the cast of Friends in hideous pouchy mom jeans or like castaways from Gilligan’s Island in high water cutoffs. I accidentally bought a pair of mom jeans online and they made me look like I’d gained 10 lbs. And the ones you posted remind me of children’s pants. Whatever happened to a good, streamlined boot cut?

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    SueM
    19 Sep 2018
    9:37am

    Love you as much for what you DON’T buy as what you do. High waisted jeans also look dreadful on me and I spend an inordinate amount of time looking at style that is a great “idea” but not for me. ☺️

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    Lora
    19 Sep 2018
    9:43am

    I will say that the jumpsuit could be made into a pretty awesome Ellen Ripley costume for Halloween. Too bad it isn’t more affordable.

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    Mary
    19 Sep 2018
    9:54am

    I love the blazer!

    I’m going crazy with jeans too. Mid rise does look better on me except for the muffin top issue. If I size up, then they’re too big in the legs and hips.

    What are Mom Jeans, exactly? Anything high waist? Are all straight-leg cropped jeans considered Mom jeans?

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      Maggie
      19 Sep 2018
      12:34pm

      No, I think of mom jeans as the super 90’s high-waisted but roomy jeans (think boyfriend jeans with a tapered leg). They also have a very 90’s blue wash.

      70’s high-waisted jeans have a much tighter, smoother fit. For some reason, those make me look really slender. Mom jeans do no one any favors.

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        Mary
        19 Sep 2018
        8:18pm

        Got it. Boyfriend with a tapered leg is an excellent identification tool! Thank you.

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    c.w.
    19 Sep 2018
    11:05am

    I don’t mind Mom Jeans when I’m standing up, however, there is an unmistakable belly pooch of empty fabric in an epic proportion when I sit down––like I’ve stuffed a small exercise ball down my pants. I do not need an article of clothing that makes me look like my belly pooches out further than it already does so go suck an egg jean manufacturers.
    Lately I’ve been ordering and trying on pants that are not jeans, yet are also not slacks/trousers/office appropriate. My latest “find” is a pair of Kuhl Free Range Pants that are supposed to be for hiking (I believe). My only “hiking” will be on the beach or through the grocery store. The fit is high in the back (but not too high) and low in the front (but not too low). I ordered them from Title 9.

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      Viajera
      19 Sep 2018
      11:20am

      Those are cute, cw! They remind me of Chemin de Fers from a long, long time ago with that seam in the back. Wait, maybe it was Dittos.

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        c.w.
        19 Sep 2018
        12:16pm

        Thank you, Viajera. They are also comfortable. I have a pair of Kuhl shorts that I’ve worn and worn and worn and they still look presentable so the quality is good.

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      Heather
      19 Sep 2018
      2:20pm

      Just a note, those would not be good for hiking because of the cotton content (nonwicking and non-water-resistant, which means chafing at best and, at worst, hypothermia). I find that with most of Kuhl’s clothing — it’s nicely made and has an ‘outdoorsy’ aesthetic but not useful if you’re actually doing outdoor stuff.

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    Turner
    19 Sep 2018
    12:27pm

    Love the furry coat!

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    EW
    19 Sep 2018
    1:48pm

    whenever there is talk about ‘mom jeans’ I always think of the Baroness von Sketch bit about jeans….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf2FW1VQy-c

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    Caroline
    19 Sep 2018
    3:04pm

    I love the furry coat!
    Although I feel like you could get a close proximity at topshop.
    Whenever I try on super high waisted jeans i just vow to skip dessert…never works.
    I can reasonably pull off a midrise though. Levis wedgie jeans are great,inexpensive and do wonders for the derrière!

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      Mary
      19 Sep 2018
      8:23pm

      Really? Which style of Wedgie?

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    Nancy
    19 Sep 2018
    11:50pm

    Kim I believe the IRO jacket is available at the Outnet.

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      Kim France
      20 Sep 2018
      7:53am

      Sadly, last I checked it was not.

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    therealblonde
    20 Sep 2018
    10:23am

    I’ve just bought my first high-waisted jeans… I loved the cut of the leg – it’s flared but not too, with a slit on the inside leg which makes it interesting, it looks great with sandals, sneakers and a ankle bootie and has a lot of swagger! I hate high-waisted anything, but since I never tuck tops anyway, or do the half-tuck, I figured: no one will actually see that this is high-waisted. And they stretch, so don’t dig in, and now that I’ve broken them in, they have a nice slouch and I can pull them down a bit. They’re Rag + Bone’s Bella – but they look hideous on the model in their online store so don’t get put off by that look! Completely unflattering, probably because the flared leg is too short on her (I’m 5’9”).

    I have that IRO jacket in black and love it, though I sometimes wish it would have a couple of buttons, so you could opt for that half-closed-by-one-button look, plus it makes it easier when it’s winter and you need a coat on top.

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    MariaE
    20 Sep 2018
    10:35am

    I may have ordered that IRO jacket. May have. Ok, I did.

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      MariaE
      21 Sep 2018
      3:58pm

      Ok, the IRO jacket came. It looks so fantastic on me (and I’m not someone clothes generally look fantastic on). Yes, expensive, but I can imagine a million outfits with it, so it is a keeper.

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    marjorie
    20 Sep 2018
    12:18pm

    ahhhhhhh the furry leopard is available in extended sizes! i waaaaaant it! i’ve been haunting eBay looking for a replacement for the vintage leopard swing coat i bought at Love Saves the Day circa 1994, which is now too tight in the arms (sigh), plus the lining has been replaced two or three times and it has developed bald spots like The Velveteen Rabbit.

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      MariaE
      20 Sep 2018
      12:22pm

      Marjorie, I have that furry leopard JCrew coat (bought it last year) and it is really fun to wear. In case you need a nudge!

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    sc
    20 Sep 2018
    1:13pm

    The lady mechanic look is THE look of the moment for all the cool moms in LA.

    To the point of silliness – so I can’t do it. And most of the good jumpsuits are a fortune!

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