Addendums: London Style and Paris Music - une femme d'un certain âge

Addendums: London Style and Paris Music


I realized after going through more of my trip notes on London style that I’d neglected to include a couple of observations.

  • Utility Jackets are still A Thing. Spotted on women of all ages, though when worn by women of a certain age leaned more toward an artsy style, and a were bit less distressed and more polished. 

  • Vertical Black & White Striped Pants: I saw similar to these (or wider-leg styles) on women of ALL ages, including one very chic woman who looked to be in her 70’s. Not in huge numbers, fewer than a dozen spotted over the course of a week, but enough that I’ll go out on a limb and predict that these are Pants To Watch Out For, and that come fall this trend will have legs, pun intended.
And for a different iteration of black and white, my outfit post for May is up over at Already Pretty, here.

One commenter on the Paris post asked about the name of the band that was playing on the sidewalk.

The name of the group is “R26” and here’s a video. They also have some songs available on iTunes.

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  1. May 23, 2013 / 11:11 am

    C’est moi, who asked for the name of the band. Thank you so much! Love them and will try to get their music playing in my kitchen in the mornings as I get ready for work. Also, SO GLAD I got the black ponte pants when I did, as per your suggestion, as they are indeed sold out and I just love mine!

  2. May 23, 2013 / 11:12 am

    C’est moi, who asked for the name of the band. Thank you so much! Love them and will try to get their music playing in my kitchen in the mornings as I get ready for work. Also, SO GLAD I got the black ponte pants when I did, as per your suggestion, as they are indeed sold out and I just love mine!

  3. May 23, 2013 / 12:29 pm

    Thanks for the street report. Never say never, although it is difficult to picture myself in the striped trousers : > I’ll do some NYC street style reporting next week. Great tunes!

  4. May 23, 2013 / 2:22 pm

    I like the look of those pants but I would not wear them myself although I would wear that jacket and I love that shade of green…great music too!

  5. May 23, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    I’ve seen those pants in San Francisco! And the field jackets too. Who knew we were so cosmopolitan? Or perhaps I’ve seen the look on European tourists…Thanks for the data points.

  6. May 23, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    I have a photo of this same band in the same spot taken either last year or the year before — such a superb Paris scene!

  7. Nicolene Richards
    May 23, 2013 / 10:45 am

    Interesting post, love the music! I constantly buy cd’s from where I go when overseas, bringing home a little nostalgia! The pants are growing on me, I’d go for the less skinny versions since I am pear shaped, but love the stripes!

  8. mette
    May 23, 2013 / 10:50 am

    The only place I´d wear utility wear, would be on home grounds and hiking – for the simple reason, that these clothes ( the real ones ) are durable and dirt does not show.
    About the striped pants : Horrible!
    But thank you for the info of what to expect ; ).

  9. Madame Là-bas
    May 23, 2013 / 11:02 am

    New styles appear that we may not embrace but they are interesting to observe on others. I enjoy street music wherever I go.

  10. Lady of Style
    May 23, 2013 / 12:37 pm

    I have seen a couple of those trousers on blogs already but easy for me to skip that trend…

    Maybe a more polished parka would be useful for windy or rainy weather but everything distressed is just not my style. I am oldfashioned in that respect and can’t find the “fun factor” in distressed jeans either.

    Lady of Style

  11. Pam @ over50feeling40
    May 23, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    I’m with Patti…I do not see me in the striped pants…but I have learned to never say never…I really like the band..thanks for the introduction! Have a wonderful day!!

  12. Kathy
    May 23, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    I actually like the striped pants. But these are Balmain and the cut looks quite perfect. Will have to see how the knock offs are. Not sure I’d actually wear them though. Love the field jacket, but have too many already.

  13. Adrienne Shubin
    May 23, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    I love a good olive colored field jacket. I have one myself that I wear often.
    The striped pants are very cool. I might wear something like that but would get lots of strange looks here in my tiny little town. That price cracks me up…$2K for a pair of pants. Yikes!

  14. May 24, 2013 / 2:02 am

    The striped pants? No. Show us a shot of the backside and that’s all you need to know why. A mitered butt! I suppose one could wear them under a longish coat that covers your bum, but that’s all.

    I love seeing the Parisian Street band. The army jacket is nice for young hippie chicks, but I don’t think it works for women my (our) age.

  15. Suz
    May 23, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    In an urban setting, army jackets never totally go away. They do get more refined as you noted though. I recently sold my old version (worn in younger years) to a reseller/vintage store – and have a grown up j crew replacement (also vintage-ish i bought a few years ago) that I am now wearing. They are like biker jackets for some – old punk wear 🙂

    Those pants …Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice! Oye.

  16. May 24, 2013 / 6:04 pm

    Utility jackets have been replaced by overcoats now, it’s like winter here!

  17. Une petite Indienne
    May 24, 2013 / 12:25 pm

    Love the olive green jacket! Where can I get one?! Not sure about those stripy pants. Black and white is one of my go-to combinations, especially if I’m packing for travel. But I think these won’t flatter my petite curvy figure,

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