Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fly Away Pants

Where to begin, where to begin.  I realize I spend an incredible amount of time waxing on about Free People, but I honestly just can't help it.  There is rarely a time when I glance at their online shop or visit a store and don't find something that is truly unique and a blast from the past.  If you get their catalogues then you know firsthand how well they capture a moment, an item, and your wallet.  Which is exactly what happened when I saw their Extreme Vintage Flares.

It all started while I was prepping for my tax appointment aka tax showdown 2011.  In order to get myself through the paper sorting process I do not allow for lollygagging of any sort including internet browsing, catalogue shopping or cookie baking.  If there is one thing I know about myself it is procrastination rules at tax time.  Just prior to t-day I happened to get an email from Free People bearing no other than the Extreme Vintage Flares.  Unable to contain myself as images of Gene Simmons and the Bay City Rollers flooded my mind I found myself clicking over completely disobeying my own rules.  

pause. stare. pause.

*internal struggle ensues as disobedience to rules carries on*

'the papers aren't sorted and the appointment is tomorrow.  but what if they sell out? they're not going to sell out.  they might sell out! (said in pleading voice to self)' rinse and repeat.

Long story short I purchased the pants immediately after the appointment.  We'll skip the part where they ran out of inventory and I had to track them down at a store.  Victory was mine and that's all that matters.  
~H&M Blazer, TuckerxTarget Butterfly Cami, Free People Extreme Vintage Flares, 
Old Stud Handmade Belt, Sorial Handbag, can't remember the sunnies~
Up Close
Note swooshing pant legs.
Not my car.  Just loved this shot.  And the pants.

I've been staring at them in my closet for a month which provided ample time to think of different ways to wear them.  It would be predictable for me to roll out in the Winter Kate fringe vest, which I'll do later anyway, so given the brisk air I dressed them up a little with a soft pink linen blazer (the one I stalked down at H&M's from here to kingdom come) and ta-da.  Gotta say I love the look and random passersby did, too.  One of the few times I wasn't self-conscious taking the pictures.  It was all about the pants.

71 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

I really love the walking swooshing picture. And oh how your blog makes me want to SHOP. Trying to exercise some of the self-restraint you mentioned given my soon to be placement in the unemployment line.

Stephanie said...

I just stepped foot into my first Free People store yesterday... I wanted to get everything.

happy wednesday!

eLiZaBeTh said...

Now, those are my kind of pants. I love them! I agree, your blog makes me want to shop!

kimbirdy said...

wow, these are incredible! i love your style. you should be a professional shopper.

Ashley said...

Ahh I love those pants too! And the last pic with the car, very nice! :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Marcela said...

I think this is one of my favourite outfits yours ever! Loving every piece, every!
And yeah, I know this buy or not buy and what if sold out thoughts... But you made a good decision ;-)

Thanks for your advice btw. I wont see any hair dresser in SoCa for sure hahahaa

xx
M.

Debby said...

Carrie, you are just too cool for words. Free People need to put you in their catalog.... you are already their biggest spokesperson. Have a great Wednesday. xo

Jess said...

LOVE that first shot!!! You look so chic.

Judy C said...

I went to the Free People website. I was amazed at how expensive it is. Though I liked some of their things, I flat can't afford them.

RosaLovesDC said...

Those pants are insanely hot! Love them lady! So glad you got them because these are so you and you look super boho chic in them.

Krystal said...

i love love that outfit - they look so great w/ the jacket!

LyddieGal said...

Oh Carrie, you look amazing in these flares! They were completely made for you, and your styling feels so fresh and contemporary.
Love.

Lynzy said...

Ok, you really need to stop making me love Free People. It damages my wallet...

On the other hand, freaking loving the extreme flares, they rock.

xo Lynzy

Closet Fashionista said...

Those are soooo amazing!!!! You are so funny, similar things go through my head all the time...but usually its "you don't need it, its too expensive, but I loooove it, I guess I'll buy it..."
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I'm crushing hard on that bag.

briannelee said...

Love how you styled them!

Leah said...

Great pants, great outfit. Nothing you can't love about free people so rant all you want! :)

xo L.

Megan said...

Love it!!! I dont think Ive ever had any reservations about a thing you have ever put on! these pants make a statement and that is what i love about them! and i think they look great with what you paired it with :-)

marissa said...

wow you look so good! free people can do no wrong.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i have a few pairs of SUPER flare jeans - all from years ago - i can never get rid of them and would wear them even when they weren't "so in" - i just LOVE them and the whole hippie vibe they bring - mankind makes a pair i've been dying to buy!!!

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

I looove these! Glad you found them! Free People is definitely one of my favorite brands as well!

Courtney Erin said...

Damn, those pants are fab and you pull them off so effortlessly!

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Those pants are INSANE! Love how you paired them too. I really need to get myself to an H&M (though err they're not in my country now, boo!)

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Now I want pants that swish too!!! LOVE IT.

Santina said...

You deserve these jeans. I mean, you waited until after the appointment. Self-control, my friend, should always be rewarded. They look amazing on you!

hip hip gin gin said...

These pants are crazy awesome! Love it! I really need some fantastic wide legs. This whole low rise, tight jean thing we've been doing for ages? I'm so over it.

Kai.Mercado. said...

ummm yep. I love them.

fshnonmymind said...

Wow, those are extreme. You look utterly fantastic in them and I can see why that internal struggle was so difficult (glad I'm not the only one who has conversations about whether or not to get something).

I love that blazer too!!! Good thing I didn't see that during my recent trip or I so would have thrown my shopping budget off.

made-to-travel.com said...

LOVE THEM ON YOU!!! And I died at your fine print!"We'll skip the part where they ran out of inventory and I had to track them down at a store. Victory was mine and that's all that matters."

Hilarious!

Tanvi said...

WOW! Those are some really extremely flare pants!!! Look fabulous!!!

♡ from © tanvii.com

Katie said...

Ive got to get some wide legged jeans. Have to. I dont think theres much of a choice.

Torrie said...

That last shot... PERFECTION. Everything about it.

Carrie- I must say (and I don't mean it lightly)... You look gorgeous here. Gorgeous. (and it's not just because of the pants, although they do play a role =).

Dancing Branflake said...

Those pants are awesome. But that cami? So super cute! I want!

Annie said...

carrie your pants are getting bigger and bigger but you rock it!

Daisy said...

keep rockin the free world.

I dunno that just sounded appro given your love for FP and the way you rock those pants.

xo
Daisy

Dale said...

Wow, these are extreme flare but they look amazing on you and I love your H&M jacket. I got the items from my post you mentioned a few months ago so you don't need to visit H&M 4x a week. hehe..that comment made me laugh.

Anyway, you look really pretty and so 70's chic. Love the sunny weather in this pic too.

xoDale

la petite coquine said...

Oh my goodness, this is AMAZING. I actually love the pairing of the wild flares with the understated blazer-it's divine.

DaMora said...

Those are some serious jeans, and you're working them.

this free bird said...

The sunnies are Spitfire! That's the name. Not enough chocolate yesterday :)

Ms. Givens said...

I need that Blazer! Honestly. An H&M closer than 8 hours away would be nice too!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Oh em gee I'm in LOVE! You have styled and executed to perfection. And Blazer = Heart attack. No wonder to went to hell and back to try and find it! xo

saltandpine said...

I love them! You need a great personality to rock those jeans & I do believe you have it! And as a side note, I love that blazer, too. Want!

rebecca said...

i'd get lost in these pants. but you wear it well!

Kristin said...

Now THAT is how you rock flares. You look spectacular lady!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I. Am. In. LOVE with this outfit!!!!! Gah!!! So incredible!!! I just want to put you on a plane to come shopping with me :)



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Amber Blue Bird said...

whoa those are extreme but you are rocking them!

Bonnie said...

Those pants are huuuuuuuuuuge. I love how obnoxiously they swoosh.
No wonder you immediately bought them. They're perfect.

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Higgenbottom said...

I LOVE them! They're absolutely insane and so much fun! And you don't have to worry about keeping up on pedicures as often :oD I hear you about procrastinating. Suddenly balancing desk objects on each other becomes incredibly fascinating when I have something tedious to do.

eat, sleep, denim said...

You look AMAZING in your wide leg denim trousers! I can't get enough of this look :) I love how you styled them too – tres chic! Keep us posted on the denim :) xx, jess

Marie a la Mode said...

Those are some pretty awesome pants! Where can I find Free People in the states?

Kavery said...

You carry off this look so well. It must be all the sweeter knowing the effort you put to get them . Love both the flares and the blazer;can't decide which gets my No #1 vote! Re: my coat, I shop online for my River Island fix 'coz they are based in the UK.

Couture Carrie said...

Those jeans are amazing, darling!
You look so fabulous!

xoxox,
CC

whoorl said...

Love love love!

Alicia said...

You're killing it Carrie - absolutely love this look and I need to run to H&M for that blazer!

this free bird said...

Alicia make haste!! I stalked it for 3 wks at multiple locations even when they said they didn't have it in stock and eventually got it at 8:50pm last Friday night. It goes with so many things and you will love.

Mo Pie, Please said...

Wow, these really take the bell bottoms of yore to a whole new level! They look great on you!

My Heart Blogged said...

Those pants are gorgeous, and look perfect on you. I love your style, and you don't even know how badly I wish I could raid your closet.

Cara said...

we are officially twins- I have the exact same shirt AND Blazer!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

GET OUT! You louk fabulous!!!!
HAve a pretty day!
Kristin

Bringing Pretty Back said...

look. I am so sorry!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

um whoa!!! I LOVE them, so, so, so much, I have always seen huge flares on people and coveted my own but these are to the next level, LOVE. PS you did them up totally right, you are rocking!

amy said...

I'm a thrifty-vintage thirsty girl. Never have I fallen for a brand, or been blinded by a name tag. But free people totally has me.

They create the most beautiful cloths.

You. are stunning. Everything about your style is inspirational. Free together x


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Josie said...

Carrie, you're rocking those pants like nobody's business. I'm so jealous of your on-point gutsineess. Super cute and I love how you balanced them with that charming little jacket!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

RedPoppy said...

wow, those pants look incredible on you! Gorgeous photos, and no need to ever stop talking about Free People...xo Redpoppy

TheChambrayCountess said...

"It was all about the pants"!!! You crack me up! I love the pants and love the way you styled them! They look so vintage but totally modern!

Natalie Marie said...

I love that last shot with the arrow! I am so excited I found your blog today! I can't wait to go back and read your older post! I would be delighted if you would stop by my blog and tell me what you think! I am also having a giveaway you might like.

Thank you NAt

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Love love love Free People! These pants are incredible. They look perfect!

xoxo

Wander.Lust said...

i really love your blazer, it's such a lovely shade!

Emmett Katherine said...

Wow, those flares are intense, but amazing. I like :)

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flippi75 said...

what a fantastic pants, which is absolute madness, incredible as it wit the shoes. I love this style so so so much. you have so many wide-leg pants or bell bottoms, your style is perfect. I would so much time talking to you, perhaps you write so again, I'd be very happy. even if I have a one am I bear these pants too, I totally love it when they go very far beyond the shoes. I think we have something in common. maybe a tip for you to still buy some other nice bell bottoms jeans ... www.comycom.de

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