A Toast to Trousers!

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“The silhouette is the most important thing in clothes. Every French girl knows that. High-waisted trousers give you long legs and a pretty bum which, after all, is what we all want.” ~ Lou Doillon

I must confess about my love of¬†1940s trousers. Which is why I am raising my glass in honor of trousers; women’s trousers specifically. Because they’re just so damn awesome. ūüôā

My mom once told me that when I was a kid my family called me Cindy Lauper. Simply because I insisted on dressing myself and would throw together quite an eclectic ensemble. As I evolved as a teenager, my eclectic-ness grew to gothic, hippie, preppy and vintage. My high school photos are evidence of this. But of all these different styles, vintage was one that was always the constant as I always included something vintage in my style or wardrobe.

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As an adult, I continued my love for vintage style and its pretty much been how I dress myself. I even¬†compare vintage clothes shopping as if I was planning an exquisite trip. It’s a big deal and something I thoroughly look forward to. I’m more inclined to wear a vintage or vintage re-production dress or skirt, although, I do done the occasional pants as well.

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Over the past several years I’ve closely abandoned wearing jeans. I do occasionally but not frequently. I hate hip-hugger jeans as I think they do quite the opposite as to what they were invented¬†to do; flatter. Because, sorry (not sorry), I have hips. My natural waist, on the other hand,¬†I’ve grown to love. Wearing your pants at your natural waist while growing up in the 1990s was a fashion faux-pas. Because, as mentioned before, hip hugger jeans where all the rage and anything else was jeans¬†taboo. But if you’re a vintage clothing aficionado like me, you’ve realized that vintage clothing and the natural waist were a match made in heaven. I’m so glad because I’ve learned how much more flattering it is to wear your bottom separate pieces there and not like a hula hoop around your hips.

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So like anything else I’m determined about, I set sail on the internet’s vast ocean to find the perfect 1940s trousers. My search didn’t take me too long as I came across a United Kingdom company called Vivien of Holloway. I hit the jackpot because this vintage clothing-inspired UK company carries a plethora of 1940s women’s trousers. Here are a few pictures of one of the pairs I own (I’m quickly acquiring a collection).

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These terrific trousers are the most flattering and best of all, comfortable! The high waist, side buttons, front and back ironed crease and cuffs at the bottom scream sophistication. They are the epitome of an androgynous style. Which I’ve always considered my style androgynous. You can wear them with an array of tops and mix and match. Vivien of Holloway has a great collection of colors. These pants aren’t just for the colder seasons either; there are many colors that can be worn in the spring or summer seasons too. So go ahead and step into a pair of these vintage-inspired gems!

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Celebrating the Valiant Veterans

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Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the people that have sworn an oath to protect our country. The day dedicated to the men and women is Veterans Day. Similar to the other national holiday, Memorial Day, that honors Veterans as well, Veterans Day is to the day dedicated to them to celebrate their bravery and sacrifice. Memorial Day is the day to remember those that have fallen and Veterans Day is the day dedicated to celebrating them.

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Formerly known as Armistice Day, it was originally dedicated as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially was November 11, 1918. Legislation passed in 1938 which declared November 11th as the day “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.”¬† It was in 1954 that Congress, with the urging of Veterans Service Organizations, took out the word Armistice and replaced it with Veterans. This made November 11th the day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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So what’s the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Memorial Day honors servicemembers who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime.

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As the daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, great-granddaughter and friend¬†of many veterans, I’ve grown up in a Veteran world. I’ve¬†been aware of¬†what it takes for those that swear an oath to our country. I’ve heard stories and I’m sure there are many I haven’t heard as it wasn’t always expected for soldiers to speak about their experience on the front-line. So I take my hat off and salute the brave men and women Veterans on their day.

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