A few weeks ago I took Mr D to see the hilarious adaption of ‘The 39 Steps’ at The Criterion Theatre in London. It was the third time I have seen it, which should tell you how brilliant it is! It is the play I always advise people to see if they are visiting London.
Being set in the 30s, I thought I should wear something in the same style – even better, something suitable for running across the Scottish Highlands in case I was framed for a murder I didn’t commit. This was the first outing for my new swing trousers from Heyday Vintage Style. I had never bought anything from Heyday before, but am so pleased with my new trousers. For a start, they are nice and long and come down to well past the ankles (a constant struggle for me with my long legs). The high waist is also brilliant for flattering a somewhat chubby tum, something modern low rise trousers emphasise rather than hide. They also drape beautifully.
Now, here I have an amazing tip for buying trousers to fit – I have fairly wide hips so have always struggled to find trousers that don’t strain unattractively around the bum and thigh area. I thought trousers just didn’t generally suit me, and that is why I held off so long in buying a pair from Heyday, despite admiring them for ages. Well, the pair I wanted was only available in a size that was (depending on the day) one-two sizes larger than I usually am. I wanted them so much I bought them anyway. And they fit me perfectly around the hips. The waist does need to be taken in, but it is relatively easy to take a waist in – whereas it is impossible to let hips out. This might seem like common sense to some of you, but for big-bottomed and slow-on-the-uptake girls like myself, this is the tip – buy your trousers to fit your bum, not your waist. How I could have used this knowledge in the past 15 years!
Along with my Heyday trousers, I am wearing a reproduction 1940s knit top in pale grey mohair wool, vintage brogues, with a petit point purse I bought in a charity shop many years ago. I was very lucky to be having a naturally Good Hair Day, so all I needed to do was smooth a tiny amount of wax over a few strays. Believe me, it isn’t often that my hair looks like this with no work. Photographic evidence should always be taken of such occasions.