I've been wearing cords for years. Decades, actually. How long exactly? Without completely revealing my age, I'm pretty sure my first pair of cords were, in fact, bell-bottomed, and looked surprisingly similar to these:
Ahhhh….nothing screams Fall in the 1970s!!! like a woodland-creature / mushroom motif on a sweet pair of chocolate brown flare cords. Ya know?
Actually, these are still pretty sweet. If you'd like to rock these cords, be my guest. Some things just never go out of style. Besides, if you paired these bad boys with some nerd glasses and a wide-brimmed hat, the street photographers would be all over you.
I'm not that brave.
But cords do deserve some mom-love. Like our first, nostalgic pair of cords, cords today still make rockin' good play clothes….for moms and kiddos alike. What else feels like a sweatpant but wears like teflon? Not. Much.
Let's hear it for corduroy!
(wearing: On S – Salt sunnies, JBrand Mid-Rise Stretch Cords in Toffee, J.Crew sweater, Frye Buckle Carmen boots…on R – Joe's 5 Pocket Jeans, Distinction v-neck tee, Ugg Halfhitch sneaks c/o Ugg Australia)
Ok, so there's no moose or mushrooms involved here, but this has been my go-to outfit as of late. Cords are great because they turn any boring outfit into something….cozy and cute. Seriously – I'm wearing a plain sweater and skinny cords, which is saved from being a total snooze-fest by the combination of texture. And wearing all neutrals (think monochrome) is an easy trick to elevate your look into something classy.
Cause this, people, is classy:
Incidentally, Smith Playground in Fairmont Park rocks. And have you tried these spinny things? The ones that seem to be replacing the good, old-fashioned merry-go-rounds? No? Well here's a tip: HANG ON
The little stinker almost threw me off. And I would've chased him down but I was too dizzy. Like staggeringly dizzy.
I ended up with a pair of J.Brand cords. J.Crew has some cords in amazing colors, but not enough stretch to be comfortable. I find the fit is just a bit off. Gap's are very cute also, but J Brand….well, it all came down to the bum. And since mine is starting to sag, I need all of the help I can get. Besides, the J.Brands have this magic amount of stretch – they fit tight, but not so tight that you look like a stuffed sausage. Unlike jeans, I prefer cords to evoke a snugness, a coziness….not a super-hot, skin-tight look. And J.Brand's cords have a higher-waist…..LOVE. Not a hint of muffins anywhere.
A note on Flare cords: I love 'em. I luuuurrrrve 'em. But when it's snowy and cold, the last thing I want to do is worry about my flare leg dragging in the wet snow, and then having to change my pants when I come in. I only had room in the ol' budget for one pair of cords….so skinny it is.
And I'm so happy with these. So soft, so comfy, so cute…so Fall. I've been wearing them for several days straight. They are perfect play-clothes.
In celebration of Fall, we went out to a farm last weekend for a night-time hay ride for the kiddos, complete with witches, cookies, and cider. The boys were enthralled – it was very serious business. Mike snapped this cool pic of little P and I (yup – still wearing my cords):
(wearing: On S – ancient Gap turtleneck sweater, J.Brand cords, Makr bag, brown Ergo….on P – Old Navy baha hoodie)
Bring on the (spiked) cider!
Happy October, Mamas.
ps. Did you hear Steve Jobs passed away? Heartbreaking. He was such a visionary. I find his words below exceptionally wise and…comforting, somehow.
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish."
Steve Jobs– Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.