Day 22 – Oops I did it again!

February 26, 2010

In this post, I really wanted to talk about the Boyfriend Blazer, and how versatile it can be – from dressing up some jeans to jazzing up your business casual attire.  However, if you’ll look at the pants length, I have once again made a huge fashion faux pas.

Price Breakdown:

Boyfriend Blazer:  Banana Republic $4.69

Teal Tunic: Ann Taylor $2.29

Pants:  Eddie Bauer $1.99

Boots:  Nine West $18

Total Cost: $26.97

I feel like I’m back in 7th grade.

7th grade was a pivotal time in my life.  Upon returning back to school after summer vacation, I immediately noticed that there was something different about all the other girls.  They had changed.  They seemed taller, bigger, more mature.   They were wearing make-up, carrying purses and  wearing bras because they had boobs.

It was like they had all gone off to “How to Be a Girl Camp” and came back with all this new information about things that I didn’t even know existed.

Me?  I had spent the summer like I always did – climbing trees and catching tadpoles.

With my recent outfits, I feel I’m right back there in 7th grade – everyone knows all these things about fashion that I wasn’t even aware of! Where have I been when all these fashion rules were made?  How could I have been so unaware?

Today’s topic is pants length.  And for all of you who were like me, unaware of the the current fashion standards, I have done some research by trial-and-error, and I can bring back some information for you. In other words,  I feel like I have attended “What is the Proper Pants Length”  camp.

Here’s what I’ve learned from the always helpful, kind supportive women at You Look Fab:

– Almost skimming the surface of the ground is about an eight of an inch off the ground – which is an ideal length. The photos on the left are perfect for bootcuts and wide legs.

– Skinny legs however, are different. Hems that taper cannot skim the surface of the ground – so we allow them to scrunch a little at the ankle instead.

For more information about pants length, visit click here.

So it’s back to my closet to re-evaluate my pants collection.  No wonder why I wear skirts all the time.  Pants are complicated.

Several people have commented how difficult it is in winter to wear pants this long in the winter.  Any thoughts?


  1. Brenda — I love this shade of teal on you … looks great. I went to Catholic School, seems you weren’t allowed to grow up there at all which is probably why I began to experiment with life when I began college! Anyway, because I can’t wear heels (bad knee and hip) and one leg is longer than the other, for me, the pant length issue is a mute subject. But I neither like pants too long or too short and I hate dragging, muddy jeans that have holes at the bottom and look like they havent’ been washed in a year! I have enjoyed your 28 days! Hope you have.

  2. I don’t think you really can wear your pants that length in winter. If you do, you wind up with a salt ring all the way to your knees. It’s another rule that’s just not practical in Des Moines.

    • THANK YOU!! That’s a conundrum, because I wear pants in the winter because it’s cold, but then the length sets them up for being soiled……hmmmmmm…..I feel an idea for a post coming here…..

  3. This is a general comment. I have been catching up on some past days’ entries and just read the “do-over” entry. It never occurred to me that readers are giving you feedback, and some hard-to-swallow though constructive stuff is mixed in there! I am proud of you. Your response of ‘no more pleats’ is flexible and full of acceptance! (and I have not thrown out my 5 pairs of wool flannel, fully lined pleated Talbots pants that were $88 each – 5 years ago).

    • thanks, Laura! I have learned that if I don’t want to hear the answer – don’t ask the question, so I’ve prepared myself for direct answers. But EVERYONE is so kind in their feedback! And I’ve never thought pleats were very flattering on me. I just thought since they were quality, they were good. Repeat after me – release the pleats……release the pleats……if I can, you can!

  4. You look so nice in that teal top, deep V-neck are so great for neck elongation, I like that BF jacket on you as well, it’s fitting you just right I think!
    Add a pair of super fitting pants and you will look very stylish and classy!!!
    Also, I just thought about that, how about adding more bolder piece of jewelry for more impact or long colorfull silky scarf!

    • Rena – thanks – those are great suggestions, and I think I’ll try them, then send a follow-up photo to show the changes. I did buy some tighter black pants at this super sale I posted yesterday. fitting pants – eek!! Sure they look better in a stagnant photo, but am I ready to go through the day with them? I’ll give it a try and get back with you.
      Also, regarding the v-neck – that is another huge step for me, because I’m a lover of sleeveless turtlenecks. I never thought about how unflattering they can be – I just thought they looked nice and professional. So thanks for the feedback, and I’ll get back with you on more fitted pants and some great jewelry/scarf.

  5. Brenda the top in this outfit is just gorgeous…what a find and it looks fabulous on you! I too struggle with “proper” pant length so feel your pain!

    • Thanks, Debbie! The top was a great find, and I may start looking for more like it. And pants ARE hard, arent’ they???

  6. Brenda–I caught the story on you on channel 13, and I love this concept and have enjoyed looking at all your outfits. I’m a huge clearance sale shopper, so this type of thing really appeals to me. I plan to go on a thrift store shopping spree soon.

    Regarding pants length, I happen to love the longer pants length look, and I wear them frequently. I usually find that the salt/snow/water is usually only a problem for a day or two at a time, and I normally walk carefully enough to avoid the worst of it. I also will pull the pant leg up with my hand when there is no choice but to step in something really yucky.

    Anyway, keep up the great work on the blog. I look forward to the rest of your posts for February!

    PS I also love the top in this picture. Great color on you and very flattering.

    • Merrie thanks so much for your comments!! I’m so glad you are enjoying this as much as I am! It has been a huge learning experience for me, which was very unexpected. Regarding pants length, if I have to take them to a tailor, I always get them longer. I’m just going to have to pay more attention to which heels I wear with which pants from now on.
      Thanks again, and let me know how your thrift store shopping spree goes. Perhaps you can be a guest blogger if you want to share your thoughts and experience with us (photos optional).

  7. […] take scarves, for instance. Just a nice little suggestion of a scarf from Rena on my boyfriend jacket/teal tunic outfit led me to try one out on this […]

  8. […] I’m still working through my own issues of wearing pants, as evident in the recent posts Oops I Did it Again, and yesterday’s […]

  9. […] I probably could have worn a better color top underneath – like those teal tops I wore here and here.  However, it does show fashion growth for me, because reaching for a bright, form-fitting top to […]

  10. […] making a bold statement on Oops I did it again that pants were just too complicated, so I was going to stick to skirts, my favorite fashion blog […]

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