Throwback to the ‘Cool’ Sweatpants

I have a confession to make: I haven’t bought sweatpants since high school.

Now, to put this into context, I live in a city where it’s normal to go to school or grocery shopping in extremely casual wear. Vancouver is not, unfortunately, known for its fashion. Sweatpants are extremely popular here. So going for that long without buying new sweatpants is a bit surprising. Especially since, though I admit that while I was skeptical at first, this style of sweatpants is really growing on me (you can dress them up! Crazy!).

That being said, giant, baggy sweatpants were actually considered cool when I was in high school, and were a staple in my wardrobe. The signature Russell sweatpants. Oversized. Part sporty, part hip-hop dance inspired.

Getting a kitten has had me digging to the depths of my wardrobe and bringing out clothes that I don’t wear very much anymore. As armour against the kitty claws. This includes sweatpants from over ten years ago, and old sweatshirts. It made me rather nostalgic.

Christine Fichtner tbt sweats

Just missing the Adidas Originals shoes.

In my defence, these sweatpants have held up extremely well against any wear and tear. Quite amazing, considering how often I used to wear them.

Most of the time at home I wear pyjama bottoms. But I have to say that I’m very much enjoying the good old sweatpants. And they do an excellent job protecting me from my kitten’s claws.

All in all, I’m very glad to have dug these out. I still might buy some new sweatpants though.

 

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Wardrobe staples: Leather Jacket and Booties

I love it when clothes feel like they carry secrets.

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Cool colours for the cooler spring days.

Pockets in dresses, small details, hidden colours.

Part of the reason I love my leather jacket and booties is because both of them carry secret colours on the inside. Outwardly, it’s not visible. But every so often, the colours flash as if coming out of hiding for just that turn, that one step.

Christine Fichtner leather jacket

It hides a lovely green.

Another I reason I love them is that they’re classics. You can never go wrong with a black leather jacket and grey ankle boots. They match almost any outfit. You can dress them up or down. Shopping, work, for drinks at the bar… the possibilities are endless!

Christine Fichtner booties

Leather booties from Coach. Well worn and loved.

When it comes to jackets and shoes, I prefer not to skimp. As tempting as it is to buy more pairs of cheaper shoes, I am a firm believer that buying good quality shoes will be a better investment in the long-run. They’ll be more comfortable, and they’ll last longer. Comfortable shoes become well-worn over many years. Cheap shoes soon find their way to the trash can after a season which, in addition to being a waste of money, is bad for the environment.

Styles change quickly, which is why I try to look for classic staples that I’ll be able to wear throughout the years.

I don’t completely rule out fast-fashion. But I try to invest in quality. As someone close to me used to always say: I’m not rich enough to be able to afford cheap shoes.

Come, Summer

I can’t wait for the warmer days. The sunny skies with cool breezes. Sandals, skirts, and road trips through the mountains.

Summers in Vancouver are absolute perfection. The winters inspire traveling abroad, but the summers keep me home, wandering my homeland.

I eagerly await the inspiration that summer brings.

Christine Fichtner maxi skirt jeans jacket

Back when I had short hair!

Comfort is very important when I travel. If I’m going to enjoy myself, I have to be comfortable. Luckily, maxi skirts and loose, flowing tops are in. And for the summer, a jean jacket is the perfect addition to keep any chill away.