shape shift

Lately, I’ve been drawn to soft shapes with a lot of movement, floaty bits that dance along when I walk. I’d purchased these jersey slouchy knit pants a few months ago, thinking they might be good for my Hong Kong travel wardrobe, but they ultimately didn’t make the cut. They’re so comfortable, and when combined with the right pieces, flattering even. Just for grins I tried them with my long cardigan, and loved the result.

Alexander McQueen scarf, French Kande bracelet

Bracelet: French Kande

Of course, the sheer silk scarf really makes the outfit. I spied this scarf on a rack at Neiman Marcus last spring, and it was as they say, un coup de foudre. I may have gasped out loud when I saw that print. I was surprised to find out it was an Alexander McQueen piece, as there were no obvious skulls. (Turns out there are skulls, but they are subtle and only visible when the scarf is laid out flat.) Sadly I’ve not been able to find it online anywhere, but perhaps an intrepid Sales Associate could help you track it down.

Clarks open toe shoes

These are Clark’s from last year; I’ve included some similar styles in the widget below.

Le Monsieur and I are planning a long weekend getaway next month for our 20th anniversary, and I thought this would be a good outfit for one of our evenings out. But I’ve also styled (and worn!) these pants for the office, and will show you that soon.

Eileen Fisher long cardigan, Alexander McQueen scarf

Wearing the Chanel Rouge Coco “Arthur” on lips, Chanel “Tentation” on toes. This polish wears like iron.

A few people have asked me about my photo process. I don’t have a photographer, or any special lighting setup. During the winter months, I’m limited to taking outfit photos on weekends and have to rely on “good” natural light, so probably have about an hour to 90 minutes total per week in which to shoot. I use a DSLR on a tripod, and a remote shutter trigger (which you can sometimes catch a glimpse of in one of my hands) set for a 2-second delay.

Have you tried any new clothing shapes recently?

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68 Comments

  1. February 20, 2015 / 4:33 am

    Totally love it! You look wonderfully sleek and chic. The scarf is just fantastic on you – what a great find – the colours and print are prefect. I’ve got back to the A line silhouette this Winter and I am going to try the flared jeans to see how they look – for laughs! I think it’s so important to keep an open mind and try new things from time to time.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:14 am

      silkpathdiary, thanks so much! I do think our eye becomes accustomed to new silhouettes too over time, and it’s fun to experiment.

  2. KPL
    February 20, 2015 / 4:38 am

    Love the whole outfit. I almost bought the scarf last year from Net-A-Porter and didn’t, now I’m sorry as it’s gorgeous.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:13 am

      KPL, thank you. Yes, they must have made this scarf in very limited quantities. I’d never seen it before or since (remember now it was on Net-a-Porter for a sneeze’s time).

  3. plutrell
    February 20, 2015 / 4:51 am

    Love your pants…and that amazing scarf! I am all about trying new shapes right now since I am at a 24 pound loss. For the first time in a while, the clothes which fit closer are looking good and i am having fun with it! I will always love the flowy ones though. This is a perfect look for your celebration time.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:12 am

      Pam, thanks, and have fun with those new styles!

  4. Lisa
    February 20, 2015 / 5:23 am

    I love every single thing about this outfit. That first photo looks like it could be out of a catalogue or magazine!

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:07 am

      Lisa, thank you so much!

  5. February 20, 2015 / 5:48 am

    The light that you have just now is brighter than our summer, you are so so lucky to live with that sort of light, it’s so uplifting.
    The scarf and lipstick combination are wonderful, really ‘happy’

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:06 am

      Badinage, thank you! But the light in Scotland was so pretty, even with just my little phone camera I got so many great images and effects.

  6. February 20, 2015 / 5:50 am

    Love it, love it! That silhouette of long over long looks so fresh and chic to me. And wow, what a magnificent silk scarf. xo

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:04 am

      Patti, thanks so much!

  7. susan
    February 20, 2015 / 6:07 am

    i recently bought a pair of slouchy pants but was unsure how to wear them. thanks for the great photo inspiration.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:01 am

      susan, thanks. I’m finding they’re more versatile than I’d initially thought.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:01 am

      Anne, thank you very much. I really love this lipstick.

  8. Kristi
    February 20, 2015 / 6:26 am

    Beautiful.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 7:00 am

      Kristi, thanks!

  9. February 20, 2015 / 7:01 am

    The light in Your photos almost always looks sunny and I am very impressed by your photo shoots…the camera on a tripod is a fabulous idea! I thought you might have your husband taking those pictures!
    The scarf is really beautiful and adds such a lovely punch of colour, perfect for Spring….
    I ‘d like to see how it looks with a dress.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:59 am

      Hostess, thanks so much! Yes, there’s a dress I might wear it with too…

  10. February 20, 2015 / 7:02 am

    Wonderful! This is just a fabulous look on you and really captures your creative spirit.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:51 am

      Frances, thank you! I really feel “myself” in this.

  11. sybes1
    February 20, 2015 / 7:04 am

    Wow! That scarf is amazing–unusual. Very pretty. I love the long sweater paired with it and the jersey pants are perfect. Really a pretty outfit. You’re photography is excellent too–you really have good natural light in that spot and you pose so nicely.
    Well done! Have a great anniversary!

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:51 am

      sybes1, thank you very much!

  12. Rita
    February 20, 2015 / 7:10 am

    Beautiful scarf! But, I put long sweaters in the same category as cropped pants and flares – they look fresh at first, but don’t stay looking fresh very long. And I’ll always think of Bea Arthur’s “Maude” character.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:50 am

      Rita, thanks! I don’t know, I loved “Maude” and thought she was one of the strongest female characters on TV at the time.

  13. February 20, 2015 / 7:22 am

    I think that look is so romantic and dreamy because of the lovely drape of the long sweater and scarf. Very appropriate for a 20th anniversary celebration! Many congrats on that milestone by the way. I do shape shifting a lot when I choose to wear Issey Miyake Pleats Please items (which I often find in consignment shops at very reduced prices). The way the garments are constructed you can wear jackets upside down or pants that puff out or not and when you move the shape of the garments constantly changes.

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    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:48 am

      Accidental Icon, thank you. I adore your Issey Miyake pieces, and you wear them so well.

  14. February 20, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Those slouchy trousers really work, perhaps because they aren’t too full. Surprised they didn’t make the cut for your long flight, as they’d be so comfy on a plane without looking like trackpants.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:47 am

      lagatta, it was close, but I took a different pair of knit pants that I ultimately thought would be cooler in the sub-tropical climate. But these are definitely going with me to Europe in late spring!

  15. February 20, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Funny…I tried having my husband shoot me for the “How I Wear” series (thought I would submit the booties) but we only got three images finished. He couldn’t stand it! and neither could I!!! I have a really good tripod, but no remote control. Very hard to get both the placement and the lighting correct with the timer on the camera. Well, I’ll keep trying! btw: love the pants and the entire outfit, just my style!

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:45 am

      An Eye For Detail, thanks! I’m trying out some alternate locations/backgrounds, and it takes some trial and error to get the composition, lighting and angle just right. The best photographers make it look easy but it’s not.

  16. Leslie K
    February 20, 2015 / 9:39 am

    I really love everything about this outfit, especially the scarf with the bright lipstick!

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:42 am

      Thanks, Leslie!

  17. Cher
    February 20, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Love the bright lipstick! I would try the slouch pants with an ankle bootie or a flat.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:41 am

      Cher, thank you! Yes, I think these pants would work with many different shoe styles.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:40 am

      Dawn Lucy, thanks so much!

  18. GingerR
    February 20, 2015 / 11:02 am

    I hadn’t thought about long scarves being Maude scarves, but I have felt like I likened them to the stoles that clergy wear over their robes. It’s a nice way to put something between my itchy neck and a sweater .. The one in the carousal is nice. I love that fatigue green color and it picks that up.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:40 am

      Ginger, hadn’t thought of that. Sometimes I’ll tie the ends to make a DIY infiniti scarf and wear to the office like that.

  19. February 20, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Yes indeed, I join the chorus – this is a great look. I’m drawn to the soft colours from your scarf (wow!) near your face and your lipstick couldn’t be a better shade. The slouchy knit pants with the long cardigan go well when you wear that shorter, soft-blue top underneath. I’ve been hit and miss with long-over-loose but your combo is a winner.
    Thanks for the photo info. I’ve been trying to find a remote for my camera. I’ll try harder.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:39 am

      Melanie, thanks so much! This scarf just knocks my socks off every time I look at it.

  20. February 20, 2015 / 11:35 am

    This is a really great look! I really like that dramatic scarf.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:37 am

      Susan, thank you!

  21. nell
    February 20, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Wow, I can only echo everyone else’s superlatives. You look sensational, confident and ‘old-Hollywood’ stylish. There’s definitely an overtone of Marlene Dietrich at her most glamorous! You glow in the colors of your scarf. And that bracelet is super.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:37 am

      Hi Nell, thank you. I love the ‘old Hollywood’ styles. Lots of draping and soft elegance.

  22. February 20, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! And obviously a fan favorite. Such a gorgeous, polished look.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:34 am

      Helen, thanks so much!

  23. February 20, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    C’est magnifique! I love the line of that long cardi, and it really looks fantastic with the slouchy pants. That scarf takes it from cool to uber cool, although the outfit looks good even on its own. And you wore just the right shoes, too!

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:33 am

      Merci, Val!

  24. JaniceG
    February 20, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Adore your new look! So flattering and elongating.

    • Marjory
      February 21, 2015 / 6:27 am

      I love this look too, but tell me, would the looking card still look good after sitting on it? Seriously. Everywhere I might wear it requires an hour of car travel and I wonder if it would keep its shape.

      • une femme
        February 21, 2015 / 6:33 am

        Hi Marjory, thanks. I’ve worn this cardi to the office, where I sit at a desk all day and it still looks fine. I have not seen that it stretches out or becomes mis-shapen.

    • une femme
      February 21, 2015 / 6:33 am

      Janice, thank you!

  25. pink azalea
    February 21, 2015 / 7:17 am

    I particularly like the color, intricacy, and detail of the scarf and bracelet juxtaposed against the simplicity of the underlying garments and the bright flash of your hair and lipstick. And looks comfortable and slimming to boot!

    • une femme
      February 22, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      pink azalea, thank you!

  26. Rita
    February 21, 2015 / 7:51 am

    Pseu, I did also love Maude. I just meant the long sweater is making a comeback from that era. Although, come to think of it, that was a good era, much more progressive than we live in now! Remember the episode where Maude gets an abortion? Can you imagine that happening on a sitcom today? The world would collapse! (Or, some might think it had).

    • une femme
      February 22, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Oh could you just imagine the pearl clutching and calling for the smelling salts?? 😀

  27. dottoressa
    February 21, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    I agree with everybody-Great outfit. It seems that you lost a couple of pounds and look very fresh. Have a nice weekend

    • une femme
      February 22, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      dottoressa, thanks!

  28. February 22, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    I really like this look on you. So very flattering. The pops of bright pink are perfect…even on the toes:) I too have been gravitating toward more fluid looks. I have my eyes on a great comfy pair of pants from Lou & Grey. BTW, adore the bracelet!

  29. February 23, 2015 / 12:08 am

    I too am into baggy pants lately but more towards the harem pants or Aladin pants they called it. I saw my yogi friends wearing them and went to get a few for myself. Man, they are so comfortable and fall beautifully. I think I am hooked! Anyway, the scarf is pretty and this pairing has that modern bohemian flair to it of which I like. And as always, you accessorize really well

  30. February 23, 2015 / 2:32 am

    I am a big fan of slouchy pants because of the comfort factor.Your scarf is wonderful,such brilliant colours,perfect with the bright lipstick.I am a fan of Chanel lipsticks too,must check that colour out.

  31. Lorna Mai (@LornaMaiLtd)
    February 23, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Your bright colourful scarf is beautiful, stands out a mile against the neutral outfit. I love the comfy slouchy trousers and your long cardi is so classy. You look great.

  32. stylecrone
    February 23, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    As a scarf lover, I’m lusting after this beauty. I love the colors, the length and how it plays with your long cardigan and slouchy pants.

  33. Jess
    February 24, 2015 / 9:07 am

    Great look! I love the long cardigan ,the looser fit pants, and the beautiful colors of the scarf> Almost like a blank canvas that you painted with color with your scarf. Love it. I have tried some shapes like the swing jacket and I have and an asymetrical sweater. The coral lipcolor is very lovely too!
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  34. February 28, 2015 / 8:15 am

    I love flowy and soft fabric but never tried until today. I plan to explore the soft fabric land soon. The scarf gives a youthful, playful note to your basic outfit.

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