Usually when I encounter double knit pant suits from the late 60s and early 70s they look like this. Thrift shops are teeming with them where I live in Florida.
Because that particular frumpy look was so pervasive back then, it’s no wonder pantsuits got a bad rap. But contrary to popular belief, there were actually more stylish ones made. They’re just harder to find because there weren’t as many produced.
Here are two nice examples of knit pant suits by Pierre Cardin from 1971.
When I happened upon the one below at the Brimfield Antique Flea Market this past summer the red and black Moroccan inspired pattern with hints of metallic gold caught my eye.
The suit included a pair of boot cut pants and a longer length slightly fitted “Nehru style” jacket with goldtone buttons with loop closures. Since the price was dirt cheap and I’m a sucker for interesting prints and details, I started thinking of how I could make this work in my own wardrobe.
My husband, who was shopping with me, rolled his eyes and shook his head when he saw me eyeing it. He obviously doesn’t have my fashion imagination. So I had to remind him who it was that he begs to go shopping with him when he needs something to wear for a special occasion, because he doesn’t know how to put an outfit together. That quieted him right down!
Anyway, treating each piece as separates was the way to go to get more use out of it.
When shopping for vintage you can often find some serious bargains if you keep an open mind.
It pays to think outside the box when shopping for vintage. Be on the lookout for interesting pieces out there that don’t command the price of more collectible vintage. Pieces that you can imagine styling a different way. You’ll get a unique look and at a bargain price!
Jacket shown belted and unbelted, paired with burgundy red leggings, black jersey tunic top, caramel leather boots, a 1960s tapestry purse , vintage floral silk scarf, fall leaves brooch and black onyx and rhinestone filligree cuff bracelet.
Then I paired the pants with a 90s black burn out velvet tunic blouse, black suede lace up ankle boots and a vintage triple strand bead necklace from the 60s. Because of the thickness of the knit these would be nice and toasty warm to wear when it’s cold out.
Threw on a beaded burnout velvet fringed shawl to dress it up a little. I was thinking it would make a festive look for an informal holiday cocktail party. But it would also look good with a duster or kimono worn over it. And the jacket could be worn with a black pencil skirt. So I’m not done experimenting !
Have you ever almost passed something by until you started thinking of how to style it in a different way?
Till next time….
Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday
Patti/Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday
Catherine/Not Dressed as Lamb/#IwillwearwhatIlike