Susceptible is my middle name. With a very big capital S.
And Impressionable. With an equally big capital I.
Where have I been led this time? What fashion trend have I bought in to this time round?
Oh and Back Peddlar with a capital B and a capital P.
Because I left a comment for Louise on my blog saying "cords are not for me because you get flat patches where you sit" when she mentioned she had purchased some new cords. What I also forgot to say at the time was they also attract fluff and cat hairs. And then she did a post where she looked damned good in them .... and so it was that I found myself armed with a 30% discount code from Gap making my way to town to look for some cords I suddenly absolutely had to have.
I didn't get the reddish ones seen above.........
....... and I didn't get the yellow ones seen below.
Nicki Bluhm. Look her up. Funky ex school teacher or what?
Instead I went for some green ones. The ones which Nicki Bluhm didn't model. And the only ones which are not the actual Gap website. I could have sworn I'd seen a picture of her in a green pair or maybe it's my imagination playing with my headspace again.
Tropical green - their description - not mine.
When I went in Gap, the green cords were yelping "Me, me, me!" like excitable puppies and kittens in a pet shop. How could I say no? And so I took them home safe in the knowledge of the 28 day return policy. And I thought they looked fun ... and comfy (age creepeth upon me yet again).
So here I am having fun and seeing how some of my existing wardrobe goes with this one pair of cords. This is a kind of test to see whether these are keepers, returners or should I just stick with the boyfriend jeans I already have and save myself some pennies. After all, everything I'm wearing below, works just as well with a normal pair of blue jeans.
So here we go...... ding ding.
Round 1. Whistles Top
Going for girly and pretty here. I know there's the saying that blue and green should never be seen but I've always liked the mix and besides rules can be rewritten to suit. The blouse is an old Whistles shirt dress picked up for about £15 in one of their sales about 6 years ago. I got it chopped so it's now a useful blouse instead of a useless dress. As a dress, this was an item which made you think "escapee from hospital". As a blouse, this has enough going on with it to make it a standalone item and makes you feel instantly "dressed". Quick question - buttoned up or unbuttoned?
Round 2. Jack Wills Spurrell Breton
Yellow and Green? It's certainly colourful.
It's a Breton. I don't really need to say much more apart from it's not your usual Breton colour and I love it. It's a bit of a little workhorse is this top because it washes really well and still looks good after a days hard slog with the three C's. Cooking, cleaning and err .. cids (sic). It was last seen on this blog when it braved The Deep with me in Hull and as you can see, it survived the ordeal.
Round 3. Jigsaw Jumper
Ivory cotton - the safe but possibly boring option.
I have a real love hate relationship with this jumper. I love that it's plain and ivory and technically a really nice basic jumper and it's cotton so it doesn't pill. I hate the fact that the sleeves are too long and being a jumper makes it virtually impossible to alter to the right length. Also the neck is a kind of funny cut across the neck boat shape. It's the kind of jumper that Jigsaw does so well but I like the slight hint of Margaret Howell which comes from it being so basic and plain. But I don't wear it very much for the reasons I mention but I can't put it in the charity bag or bring myself to ebay it. Basically - it does my head in!!!
Round 4. Mango Jumper
Grey and Green - Needs to be Seen!
However, this jumper I love! We get on really well. Best buds. I saw it in Mango, scooped it up and took it to the changing room and came marching out declaring to all and sundry "I'm having it". It's basically a box shape, it's grey with some flecky bits to take it out of total boring territory and it hides a multitude of sins. You can eat and eat and have a huge belly and no one would know. You could smuggle bags of shopping in here and no one would know. It's great. I did have some reservations about whether it would pill and be a one season wonder but to it's credit, it's holding up well and is dutifully earning its keep. And I love the cords with it.
Round 5. Muji Jumper
Miss Prissy Pants
Going from baggy to fitted - the little black Muji fine knit jumper which has been going since like forever. It's nothing special - it just fits. It has 3/4 length sleeves which I always see as a bonus of not having to deal with too long sleeves and serves as an excellent way to show off arm candy if I could be bothered to wear any. Completing the outfit with a little paisley scarf and some very old work shoes from M&S which are getting a new lease of life this year since being rediscovered at the back of the wardrobe. Wearing this combo makes the cords look smarter and less casual somehow despite their boyfriend fit. Actually, I feel a bit prim and proper in this - I'm not sure that's good.
Round 6. Zara Sweatshirt
Dressed down happiness
This is probably me at my comfiest. I like this pairing with the cords and the tan boots. Some people might say it needs black boots but I find the tan is softer than black boots which I have a real bugbear about them acting like full stops on the end of my short legs. The Zara sweat is a perfect (light) weight and sits just right on me for fit without making me look too sloppy. I do like an oversized fit but find on the whole for someone my size, my sweats and hoodies can't be too "big" or I just look like a delinquent teen.
Round 7. Hobbs NW3 tee and Uniqlo Cardigan
Spot the difference!
Student. This is what this look says. I'm finding I'm wearing my Hobbs NW3 tee quite a lot so that is a good thing. When I bought it, I knew I loved the little Hedwig owl but would I actually get much wear out of it, seeing as how my penchant is for plain as plain can be tees? You know how it is, one day you love one thing and next thing you go "pah.... I do not like you.... one little bit". But for the time being ... I still love Hedwig. Grey goes excellent with the cords. I figured black pump shoes for a more girly take and boots for when the mornings demand some socks to warm the tootsies.
Actually all that was really hard work. It might have looked like a piece of cake but during this exercise, I've found I tended to look a bit rubbish with anything tucked in the cords or maybe I just don't like being tucked in and feeling a little restricted. The other thing is they are terrible piece of clothing to photograph - there were many outtakes, believe me. Credit to the Gap photographer where it's due.
Anyway, remember at the start of this post where I said I couldn't find any Gap promo photos for the green cords. I thought I'd help them out a bit and fill the "Gap" (much intended pun). With a bit of help from my friend N who popped past for a coffee and who ended up being a willing accomplice to my moment of madness, we tried to recreate a Nicki Bluhm inspired shot. I donned my blue Gap Perfect Oxford shirt, tucked my shirt in, added a belt, did a bit of hair flicking, head moshing and star jumping in the spare bedroom and she papped away. The funniest thing was she didn't question why I needed her to take a picture of me doing this. She just did it. I know some weird people and yeah it takes one to know one.
A moment of madness.
Picture Credit : N
So that's it. And let's not forget the purpose of this post. Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Cords. What's the verdict? Keep or return?
Last Note :
- Gap - if you're reading - you can use my pic if you like as long as you credit me with some Gap vouchers - I could do with a new pair of your current sexy Boyfriend jeans. Or just send a pair my way. Size 10 please.
- Also - I seem to have adopted a new standard pose with hand in pocket. Bonkers.