Yohji Yamamoto Dress Pants

You know when you go shopping in an out-of-town thrift store and you decide not to buy a special vintage piece for whatever reason and then you can’t stop thinking about it?  That is how I feel about these Yohji Yamamoto pants except I’ve only seen them on Instagram and I could never actually afford them. I just keep going back to this video clip to stare and appreciate them. Press play and watch them move.

Details on Yohji Yamamoto SS18 show. Model @yu_shirota #YohjiYamamoto #SS18 #PFW #Fashion #YuShirota

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Even though these are designer pants I feel like I could wear them to work at the library. I’d wear a pressed white button-up shirt, Doc Martens or brogues, and an orange lip. Done.
Not that I care about transitioning from work to evening, but these would totally do that. Add heels and a jacket worn over the shoulders. Done again!

The long half skirt, to me, seems to be a reaction to people’s openness to gender fluidity. The word “unisex” doesn’t feel like the right way to describe them. When I think of unisex I think of something neutral — something that doesn’t reference either gender. These dress pants reference and celebrate both.

The half skirt also makes me think of long peplums on 1940s dresses and suits. Like this dress below from 1st Dibs. If you Google 1940s long peplum dresses you’ll see lots of examples.

1st dibs 1940s lace and silk
1940’s Chantilly-Lace & Silk Sheer-Illusion Peplum Hourglass Cocktail Dress on 1st Dibs

That is all. I just wanted to share my appreciation for Yohji Yamamoto’s design. It is an example of what is right in the world. IMHO xo jam

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Sofa Dining

I’m daydreaming about redecorating my dining room. It is so much less expensive than actually decorating.

I’ve long been a fan of built-in banquettes. They look inviting and allow for an extra guest to squeeze in.

Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy

banquette

built in dining bench
Petra Gustafsson

This one below is probably my favorite of the bunch. Perfection.

banquette
S & Company

The problem is tho that banquettes are such a commitment. You can’t just move the furniture around if you change your mind. That and the cost of hiring a builder have always kept me from actually ever implementing this decorating concept in my own living space.

Which is why I’m delighted to stumble upon the trend called sofa dining. Why have I only just heard of this? This one below is nice. Maybe just a little too austere.

sofa dining len alberti

This one looks comfier. Maybe a little too “country” looking for me.

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My Notting Hill

If you Google “sofa dining” or search on Pinterest you’ll see examples like the ones above. Much of what I found was too fancy and overstuffed for me. Perhaps the solution is a DIY dining sofa. This Maple Sofa by Farrah Sit & Rebecca Atwood is great inspiration. You’d just need to raise the seat to be table height.

diy dining table couch

But now I need to hire a builder again. 🙂