Brocade and Black
I live in jeans during the fall and winter, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a little. I’ve had my eye on these Brocade Charlie Trousers in Green for months, but I wasn’t certain I could pull off the look. I’ve shied away from colored and printed jeans in the past in favor of darker washes. But I fell in love with these trousers, and when they went on sale, I decided to try them.
I was truly surprised at both their fit and how slimming they are, and since they are mostly cotton, I can wear the pants through the spring. The pattern is classic, but also sort of 1960s-inspired, and the brocade reminds me of wallpaper. It’s a fun look and I’m so thrilled that I took a risk and moved outside my comfort zone a little bit.
To balance the busyness of the trousers, I paired them with a basic black tee and my new Arced Crest Cardigan by Bailey 44, a brand I featured in my first Anthro: USA post. The cardigan is soft and flattering, and it nips in slightly at the waist. I especially love the braiding at the sides, and it reminds me a little of something Catelyn Stark might wear. I’ve had a trusty black cardigan for several years that is beginning to wear out, and this sweater, made in the United States, is the perfect replacement.
And, just for fun, here’s a picture of me cracking up during this photo shoot. Ryan was encouraging me to open my eyes wider, and he did his best imitation of “doe eyes.” I couldn’t contain my laughter.
I look pretty silly in that picture, but I still really like those trousers!